Fall Sports Update
- San Marcos broke into the win column on the golf course with a 278-286 non-league decision over Cabrillo at Santa Barbara Golf Club.
Alex Manion earned medalist honors with a 45.
"The team was very excited with our first win of the season today," coach Sarah Ashton said. "We are seeing a lot of improvement across the board as the girls get used to playing competitive matches several times a week."
Alex Manion - 45 (medalist)
Sofia Tasca - 56
Jackie Moreno - 58
Bronwen Smith - 59
Nina Huffman - 60
- Allison Seoane's 57 broke a tie and gave San Marcos a win over Santa Ynez in a girls golf match at the Alisal River Course.
The teams were tied at 263, and the tiebreaker was each team's No. 6 score. Seoane's 57 beat the 60 of Morgan Blunt of Santa Ynez.
"Earlier in the season we tied them using the first five scores, and also tied when the sixth score was factored in," San Marcos coach Sarah Ashton said. "Today we ended up winning by three when the 6th score was factored in.
Alex Manion of San Marcos was the match medalist with a 48.
Bella Wygant: 54
Allison Seoane: 57 (tie-breaker)
Alex Manion: 48 (medalist)
Nina Huffman: 54
Sofia Tasca: 51
Jackie Moreno: 56
- San Marcos broke into the Channel League win column with a 225-236 girls golf win over Ventura at Buenaventura Golf Course.
Alex Manion earned medalist honors with a 5-over 40, Sofia Tasca shot a 41 and Bella Wygant had a 43.
Alex Manion - 40
Sofia Tasca - 41
Bella Wygant - 43
Jacqueline Moreno - 50
Bronwen Smith - 51
- San Marcos finished the regular season in girls golf with a 265-273 victory over Buena at Sandpiper Golf Course.Alex Manion led the Royals with 48.
San Marcos -265
Alex Manion - 48
Sofia Tasca - 50
Jackie Moreno - 52
Bella Wygant - 57
The San Marcos girls tennis team pulled out a strong 12-6 victory against rival Santa Barbara High.
Yuko Perera remained undefeated on the season for the Royals, sweeping her sets without losing a single game.
San Marcos' Sam Forster upset Santa Barbara's Hannah Mendez in a 6-4 victory, and Kelly Coulson and Samantha De'Alba ran their streak of consecutive games won to 23 at number one doubles.
- San Marcos stepped up and avenged its only Channel League girls tennis loss, beating Dos Pueblos, 12-6, at the Royals' John Stoney Courts. The Royals needed this win to stay in the running for the league championship.
The Royals were dominant in doubles, winning six sets. The No. 1 team of Kelly Coulson and Samantha DeAlba improved to 35-0 with three wins agianst the Chargers. The No. 2 squad of Savana Mata and Maura Mannix also swept their three sets and the No. 3 team of Ava Castanha and Sam Wiener went 2-1.
In singles, Yuka Perera defeated her three DP opponents.
- The team of Kelly Coulson and Samantha DeAlba raised its record to 38-0, helping San Marcos go 9-0 in doubles en route to a 12-6 win over Ventura in a Channel League girls tennis match.
Maura Mannix and Savana Mata went 3-0 on the day in doubles and Yuka Perera won her two sets in singles.
- In a showdown of unbeaten doubles teams, the San Marcos pair of Kelly Coulson and Samantha DeAlba pulled out a 6-4 victory over Cate's Carol Cai and Sarah Polowczak, sparking the Royals to a 10-8 win over the Rams in non-league match between two of the top girls tennis teams in the area.
Coulson-DeAlba went 3-0 on the day to extend their win streak to 38 straight sets.
In singles, Yuka Perera of the Royals swept her three sets, Fiona Kinsella went 2-1 and Samantha Forster earned a win.
- San Marcos earned a share of the Channel League tennis title with an 18-0 rout of Buena in the final league match between the two schools.
It is the third straight league title for the Royals and the second year they've shared it with Dos Pueblos. Both teams finished with 7-1 records.
The doubles team Kelly Coulson and Sam DeAlba improved to 46-0 for the season and "the unflappable" Yuka Perara finished 8-0 oin league play.
The doubles teams of Maura Mannix/Savana Mata and Sam Wiener/Ava Castanha dominated as did singles players Fiona Kinsella and Sam Forster.
Next week the Channel League will gear up for individual singles and doubles championships at Dos Pueblos.
Boys and Girl's Cross Country:
- The San Marcos boys cross country team rose to the occasion in the first Channel League cross country meet of the season.
Jason Peterson took first place, Ty Burre came in fourth and their teammates did a terrific job of pack running, as the Royals knocked off CIF-Southern Section Division 2 second-ranked Ventura to take team honors on the flat on-campus course at Dos Pueblos.
San Marcos won with 40 points and Ventura was second with 52. Buena (69), Dos Pueblos (81) and Santa Barbara (117) rounded out the placings in the first of three league meets.
The Ventura girls, ranked No. 8 in the Southern Section Division 2 poll, took first place with 25 points. San Marcos (43) was second followed by Dos Pueblos (69), Buena (96) and Santa Barbara (150).
San Marcos sophomore Madison Funk (18:45.43) and junior Kaela Cleary (18:57.22) came in third and fourth, respectively. Mya Adornetto (19:25.50) was eighth.
Peterson and Burre set the tone for the Royals' boys. Peterson took over the lead after Ventura runners dropped and won in 15:49.31. His time was 10 seconds better than second-place Cody Beeson of Ventura (15:59.70). Ventura's Charlie Hammel (16:07.20) was third, just edging Burre, who clocked 16:08.22. "Ty Burre, who normally runs third or fourth, had his highest finish ever in a race."
Dominic Pugliano (16:43.88) came in 13th and Will Snyder (16:48.83), David Dinklage (16:49.77) and Ryan Hullander (16:57.15) placed 15th through 17th.
- The San Marcos senior boys and girls won their division titles at the Dos Pueblos Invitational cross country meet at Shoreline Park on Friday.
Jason Peterson of the Royals won the 3-mile senior boys race in 15 minutes, 51 seconds, edging out Jack Raymond of Long Beach Poly by two seconds. Ty Burre of San Marcos came in third in 15:59 and David Dinklage was sixth in 16:07.
The Royals beat Long Beach Poly for the team title.
Kaela Cleary beat Oliva Burton of a strong Foothill Tech team , 18:42 to a 18:44, to capture the girls individual title for seniors. San Marcos teammate Mya Adornetto (19:25) was third.
San Marcos finished first followed by Foothill Tech and Dos Pueblos in the senior team standings.
In the junior division, Dominic Pugliano of San Marcos was third in 16:34. San Marcos came in fourth.
Madison Funk of San Marcos won the girls individual title in 18:57. The Royals placed third as a team.
Will Snyder of San Marcos was fifth (16:36) and Kyle Rheinschild of the Royals was seventh (16:46).
One of the best local finishers was Anna Chase of San Marcos (21:34).
- The San Marcos boys placed four runners in the top 10, leading them to first place in the second Channel League cross country meet at Lake Casitas. The Royals have won both league races. Kaela Cleary of the Royals ran the three-mile course in 18:48.13 and finished. San Marcos sophomore Madi Funk came in third (18:56.49), Mya Adornetto was sixth (19:37.81), Lyla Krock 12th (20:45.11) and Kate Allison 15th (21:16.98). Jason Peterson led the Royals' boys with a second-place time of 15:59.17. Ty Burre was San Marcos' No. 2 runner, placing fourth in 16:16; Will Snyder came in seventh (16:30.95), Kyle Reinschild was eighth (16:35.60) and David Dinklage rounded out the scoring in 12th (16:47.72)
- Royals get strong play from middles Kristine Fimlaid, Brynn Sofro in Channel League crossstown match.
San Marcos ran a volleyball version of the spread offense and the attacks from all over the court were too much for visiting Dos Pueblos to handle, as the Royals won the Channel League crosstown match in a sweep, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23, at the Thunderhut.
Middles Kristine Fimlaid and Brynn Sofro combined for 14 kills, Sierra Palladino had six, Bella Johnson five, Jenna MacFarlane four and Leila Parker added three kills.
Gamberdella was excited to see the middles score points. They not only were effective hitting the short sets in the middle but also on the slides to the outside
The Royals (12-7, 1-0) also blocked well against Dos Pueblos' tall middles Danielle LaGrange and Ally Mintzer.
The Royals closed out the first set convincingly and pulled away in the second, outscoring DP 10-3 to take a 21-12 lead. Fimlaid started the run with a kill from the middle, Kendall Williams hit two balls off Charger blocks, Sofro recorded a couple of stuff blocks and MacFarlane ripped a kill that was set up by a Sofro-MacFarlane soft block.
There were five ties down the stretch until Sofro tooled the Charger block for a 24-23 lead.
The Royals scored match point on a tough serve by Kelsey Warren.
- Down two sets at defending league and CIF champion Ventura, San Marcos stepped up its game and swept the next three and took the Channel League girls volleyball match at the Cougars' gym. The scores were 20-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 15-12.
Setter Ellie Gamberdella keyed the huge win as she dished out 55 assists, had three blocks and four kills.
The Royals gained some momentum after the second set and took Set 3 despite playing with the wrong alignment.
Outside hitter Jenna MacFarlane led the San Marcos attack with 20 kills in 55 attempts. Defensively, Grace Matthews picked up more than 35 digs, according to Brown.
The Royals also received solid play from middles Brynn Sofro (14 kills) and Kristine Fimlaid (6 kills) and critical serving from AJ Huerta-Leipner and Kelsey Warren in Sets 3 and 4.
Brown said Leila Parker was the "X factor" for the team, posting four kills and recording two blocks.
- The outside hitters shined for San Marcos in a four-set Channel League girls volleyball win at Buena, 25-19, 25-18, 23-25, 25-19.
Jenna MacFarlane paced the Royals' attack with 23 kills, Sierra Palladino had eight kills and opposite hitter Bella Johnson supplied nine kills.
Kristine Fimlaid put away seven balls in the middle.
Setters Ellie Gamberdella and Taylor Hantgin combined for 30 assists, and Gamberdella provided four kills.
- San Marcos got big performances from several players, rallied from two sets down and pulled out a wild five-set girls volleyball victory at Dos Pueblos.
San Marcos turned the match around with tough serving, big plays at the net by Kendall Williams, Brynn Sofro, Ellie Gamberdella and Bella Johnson and the back-row defense and hustle of libero Grace Mathews and setter Taylor Hantgin resulting in the 17-25, 13-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-12 5-game match.
Williams put away 11 kills, Johnson and Sofro added nine apiece and Gamberdella chipped in eight. At the defensive end, Mathews led the way with 23 digs, Gamberdella had 16 and Hantgin, Williams and Jenna MacFarlane each picked up 11.
Williams came off the bench early in the match and provided a huge lift with her all-around play. San Marcos ability to score points on tips proved to be a key factor in the match. A Williams kill for a side out and an ace by Mathews ignited a 9-1 run in the third set to give the Royals a 12-4 lead. Hantgin had two service aces during the run.Three kills by Williams and one by Gamberdella brought the Royals back to 6-6.
The lead went back and forth, with points coming in a variety of ways. At 14-13, Sofro kicked the ball over the net for a kill. She tied the score at 15-all with a block that DP was unable to make a play on. Williams followed with a kill to give the Royals the lead for good. She served five more points, capping the run with an ace for a 21-15 advantage.
A fantastic dig by Mathews led to a Johnson kill of an overpass for the 24th point and Gamberdella served an ace to pull the Royals even at 2-2 in sets.
After a Johnson tip tied the score at 5-5, Sofro crushed an overpass off of a Mathews serve and Mathews followed with an ace to give San Marcos a 7-5 lead.
- The Royals were firing on all cylinders in the 25-18, 25-21, 25-16 sweep of Ventura that puts them alone in first place in the Channel League at 5-1. "I think everybody played a really great game serving, defense, offense, blocking... we couldn't have done it without everyone," said libero Grace Mathews, who led a stellar defensive effort with 22 digs. "Even the bench was cheering us on, the crowd... it was a fun game."
Setter Taylor Hantgin did a nice job spreading the ball around. The kill leaders are Bella Johnson and Kendall Williams with 10 apiece followed by Brynn Sofro win the middle with eight kills and Jenna MacFarlane on the outside with seven.
The San Marcos defense made a huge difference. Led by Mathews, the Royals made dig after dig against Ventura's aggressive attack. Williams contributed 11 digs, giving her a double-double, while MacFarlane and Hantgin picked up 10 apiece.
And with two more wins, they'll accomplish their goal of winning Channel League.
- Jenna MacFarlane had a fun Senior Night at San Marcos, leading the Royals to at least a share of the Channel League girl's volleyball title with a 25-8, 25-23, 25-20 sweep over Buena on Tuesday night at the Thunderhut. The Royals (6-1) have a one-game lead over Ventura (5-2) with one match to play. The Cougars play at Dos Pueblos on Wednesday, while the Royals travel to Santa Barbaraon Thursday night.
"We had a great night of volleyball, celebrating our six seniors with a victory," said co-coach Tina Brown ofTuesday's match.
MacFarlane recorded eight kills and 10 digs. Senior teammates Leila Parker, Sierra Palladino and Maggie MacDonald each had four kills, Kelsey Werner led the team with four service aces and AJ Huerta provided six digs and an ace.
"It was a fun night honoring our seniors with a stamp on their career at San Marcos," Brown said.
Other leaders for the Royals included Grace Mathews with 16 digs, middle Brynn Sofro with six kills and setters Taylor Hantgin and Ellie Gamberdella with 18 and 15 assists, respectively.
Boys Water Polo:
- Boys water polo had a pair of great wins this week besting Santiago in a nail-biting buzzer beater and romping Buena in a Channel League contest.
- San Marcos won its final two games at the Villa Park water polo tournament on Saturday, beating Costa Mesa 12-4 and San Juan Hills 9-7.
Trevor Ricci had five goals and Sam Fuller scored three against Costa Mesa. Goalie Jack Phreaner made 11 saves.
Fuller tallied three goals and Colin Bosse and Ricci added two each, and Phreaner stopped nine shots in the win over San Juan Hills.
The Royals finished 13th in the tournament out of 32 teams.
Phil Womble Award For Ethics in Sports
The act of selflessness Fiona Kuesis showed a San Marcos teammate at the CIF Swimming Championships last spring is a perfect example of what the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award represents.
Kuesis was presented the award for high character and sportsmanship at Monday's Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon.
The junior student-athlete carries a 4.3 grade point average, plays water polo and swims for the Royals, is a member of the school's Resource Family Association Student Support Team and HOSA, an international student organization that promotes career opportunities in the health care industry.
Outside of school, she's put in several hours of community service work at Sarah House, a facility that provides end-of-life care for people with low incomes.
In addition, she has been a part of the Santa Barbara City Junior Lifeguard Program and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
She's won several awards as an athlete, but it was her act of giving and the support of a teammate that overwhelmed San Marcos coach Chuckie Roth.
"She's a phenomenal athlete, there's no two ways about that," Roth said. "In my program you have to swim and play water polo. She's primarily a water polo player. These kids swim all year long, they work really hard, and we go to the CIF championships and try to be the best we can be.
"Fiona was an All-American (swimmer) as a freshman and she was really excited to repeat that her sophomore year."
At the CIF Prelims, Kuesis swam in several events, including the 4x50 freestyle relay. The relay team qualified for the finals.
Roth had a senior athlete he took to the CIF Meet. Her times weren't as fast as Kuesis, but Roth wanted to give her a shot. He had her do a time trial and set a standard for her to meet. If she swam 25.1 seconds, she could swim in the relay final. She swam 25.3.
After watching her fall short of the mark, Roth told her, "I'm so sorry. You've done everything right for four years. I wanted to put you in this race but you had to go 25.1. I'm sorry I have to swim Fiona. She's earned the spot."
Roth said the two of them cried.
"I feel terrible. This girl's high school season and career is coming to an end like this," he said.
After the emotional moment, Roth said Kuesis told him: "I want to give my spot to Luisa. I want her to swim for me today."
Stunned by her statement, Roth replied: "Wait, that's your spot. You're faster and we need to present ourselves the best we can. And she said, 'No, the team needs Luisa today." Roth called it a special moment.
"Everyone wanted Fiona to swim but they were so excited to have Luisa in that race. It was pretty amazing. I think it gave our team this huge sense of inspiration."
The team finished third in the fastest heat for high schoolers in the country.
"We swam this amazing time and Luisa went on to be an All-American," Roth said. "And Fiona gave that to her and gave her that opportunity.
"When the Phil Womble Award came up, I thought this is something that Phil would have really appreciated: a hard working student athlete that does everything right and finds a way to positively impact other people's lives."
Kuesis said her decision was well worth it.
"If you knew Luisa, the joy she got by swimming that race means so much more than me getting a title as All-American," she told the audience when she accepted her award Monday.
"Being able to see her and give her the opportunity surpasses anything I would have gotten out of it. "
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