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 From May 2017 Lion's Tale
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Spring Sports Update
San Marcos Athletics have earned NINE Channel League Championships!!  Congratulations to Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Boys Tennis, Girls Tennis, Boys Swimming and Diving, Girls Swimming and Diving, Girls Soccer, Girls Water Polo, and Girls Cross Country.  Go Royals!!

The San Marcos girls claimed the league title outright by winning the meet against DP. The Royals, who went unbeaten in dual meets, scored 395 points to beat out Ventura (309). Dos Pueblos was third (229), Santa Barbara fourth (152) and Buena fifth (60).
Piper Smith was a double winner for the Royals, taking the 100 freestyle (54.22) and 50 freestyle (24.50). She led a sweep in the 100, with Megan Musick and Luiza Moreno finishing second and third. Maija Ninness won the 100 butterfly (57.88) and the Royals captured the 200 free relay with the team of Angela Drake, Moreno, Smith and Musick (1:44.57). Amanda Hayes was second in the 100 breaststroke.
San Marcos boys got wins from Tristan Depew in the 100 fly (51.98) and the 200 free relay (Depew, Miles Cole, Spencer Wood, Matt Mills) in 1:30.33. Kellen Radtkey finished second in the 500 free. San Marcos Boys share the Channel League Title. The title for the Royals is their first in boys swimming in 40 years.
  • The San Marcos boys and girls swim teams took down Santa Barbara High in a duel meet. The boys won 126-60 and the girls won 122-62.  Hunter May, Matt Treadway, Tristan Depew, and Matt Mills secured all of the first place finishes by San Marcos on the boys side with a combined nine first place finishes.  San Marcos honored six seniors graduating and taking their talents to the collegiate level in: Miles Cole, Adam Fuller, Koss Klobucher, Jesse Morrison, Patrick Rowley, and Spencer Wood. For the girls, Amanda Hayes, Luiza Moreno, and Paige Hauschild won events for the Royals. "Winning a channel league championship is always a big deal," said San Marcos head coach Brian Roth. "This team works very hard. One of our goals this season was to go undefeated in duel meets, and today we did so." 
  • The San Marcos boys swim team showed up strong in a Channel League meet against Buena by winning eleven events and taking the meet 133-57 on Thursday.Koss Klobucher won four events and earned the praise of coach Jeff Ashton, who said, "Koss has been swimming great the last couple of weeks. He has battled illness all season and now that he is healthy has really been a boost for our team." Klobucher won the 50 and 100-meter freestyle races, along with being part of the 200 and 400-meter freestyle relay winning teams. Ashton also highlighted Sean Hopkins, who won won the 100-meter butterfly and was part of the winning 200-meter medley team. Ashton described Hopkins as "the hardest working kid on the team."
  • The San Marcos swim teams combined to capture the sweepstakes title at the Mt. SAC Meet of Champions over the weekend. The girls team took first place in their division and the boys claimed sixth place. Majia Ninness set a school record in the 100 back with a time of 56.96 seconds. Piper Smith swam her best times in the 50 free (24.15, second place) and 100 free (53.26). Roth said senior Luiza Moreno had one of her best meets, setting personal records in the 50 free (25.57) and in the 100 free (55.36). She also swam on a first-place 200 free relay with Angela Drake, Paige Hauschild and Smith. They clocked a time of 1:38.63 The Royals' 400 free relay (Smith, Ninness, Fiona Kuesis, Hauschild) went 3.31.46 to take first place.
    The San Marcos boys set a school record in the 200 medley relay. The team of Hunter May, Matt Treadway, Tristan Depew and Matt Mills swam 1:38.72, besting the previous mark of 1:39.04, set by the team of Seth Fleischauer, Mark Warkentin, Kyle Parrish, Jeff Kircos.
    In other finals, Mills placed fourth in the 50 free, Treadway was eighth in the 100 breaststroke, Depew came in ninth in the 100 butterfly and Mills got ninth in the 100 freestyle.
    Coach Jeff Ashton lauded the swims of sophomore Kellen Radtkey. He posted personal bests in the consolation finals of the 200 free and 500 free.
San Marcos rallied from a 4-0 deficit and beat Dos Pueblos 5-4 in 10 innings and sweep the season series.
The Royals loaded the bases in the 10th on a singles by Aliyah Huerta-Leipner and Savannah Tait and a walk to Hailee Rios. They scored the winning run after a strikeout and an errant pickoff attempt at third base. Huerta-Leipner came home for the go-ahead run.
Huerta Leipner retired DP in order in the bottom of the 10th and the Royals celebrated the victory that clinched second place in the Channel League. They are 7-3 in league and 17-7 overall.
San Marcos got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning on a two-out walk to Hailey Fryklund, a double by Claire Early and a RBI single by Morgan Jensen.
The Royals caught DP in the sixth. With one out, Lauren Pitchford and Huerta-Leipner singled and Hailee Rios followed with a monster home run to straightaway left field to tie the game at 4-4.
Tait also went 3-6 and Jensen was 2-5. All the other San Marcos starters had at least one hit. The Royals outhit DP 16-9.
  • Hailee Rios didn't have many opportunities to hit the ball in the game against Ventura because the Cougars refused to throw anything near the strike zone. But they did in the fifth inning and the San Marcos slugger made them pay, hitting a single to score Savannah Tait for the eventual winning run in a 5-4 victory at home. Rios then finished off game for starter Aliyah Huerta-Leipner in the seventh and earned the save. Huerta-Leipner allowed eight hits and four earned runs while walking one and striking out six. Trailing 3-1, the Royals took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of third on a three-run homer by Hailey Fryklund. Tait tripled to lead off the inning and Rios followed with her RBI single. Alex Pitchford went 2-for-3 with a RBI double in the second inning.
  • Hailey Fryklund's two-run homer in the first inning ignited San Marcos to a 5-1 softball win over Dos Pueblos in a Channel League game on Tuesday at the Royals' diamond. Hailee Rios and Aliyah Huerta-Leipner combined on a two hitter for the Royals. Rios started and pitched 3.2 hitless innings with four strikeouts and two walks. Huerta-Leipner finished the game. She struck out five, walked one, allowed two hits and one run.
    San Marcos (16-7, 6-3 in Channel League) scored in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. Claire Early singled home Huerta-Leipner, who was pinch running for Paige Powell. Huerta-Leipner made an acrobatic slide to avoid the tag at home.San Marcos added two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Rios scored from third on an overthrow during a rundown to get Fryklund, who was attempting to steal second base. Morgan Jensen grounded out to shortstop and Fryklund took third on the out at first. Maddy Leung came in to pinch run for Fryklund and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Alex Pitchford.
    San Marcos had 10 hits in the game. Fryklund led the way, going 3-for-3 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI. Rios was 2-3 with two runs scored.
  • Hailee Rios was a force on the mound and at the plate for San Marcos in an 8-4 softball win by the Royals in a Channel League game at Dos Pueblos. The Fresno State-bound Rios struck out 12 and allowed four hits in pitching a complete game. With the bat, she belted a towering three-run homer to left-center field that gave San Marcos the lead for good in the third inning and added a RBI double in the fifth. Freshman Claire Early had two singles and scored a run and freshman Savannah Tait singled and scored. San Marcos coach Jeff Swann held a meeting at the mound and that turned out to make a huge difference for the Royals.  Rios was especially effective against DP's top hitters Wagner and Anya Schmitz. She walked both in their first at-bats and retired them the rest of the game. After Rios stranded a runner at third in the fourth inning, she ignited a three-run eruption in the fifth with a RBI double. She hammered the ball off the second base bag and it ricocheted and rolled to the fence, scoring Tait, who reached base on a fielder's choice. Sinai Miranda, running for Rios, reached third on a wild pitch and scored on a single to left by freshman Claire Early. Early moved to third on a stolen base and passed ball and came home on an error to give San Marcos an 8-3 lead. It's the most runs allowed by Dos Pueblos this season.
Boys Golf
San Marcos captured its fourth straight Channel League boys golf title with a 396-432 win over Buena. The Royals finish league with a 7-1 record and share the title with Santa Barbara. Medalist Bennett Reichard and his San Marcos teammates performed admirably in the tough conditions.  "It was a two- to four-club wind all day, so it made club selection very difficult both down and into the wind," San Marcos coach Aaron Solis said. "We beat some other Channel League teams scores from earlier in the year when they played under much calmer conditions so I was very happy with the boys performance. I am very happy for all the seniors and proud of them for winning four league titles in a row.
  • There was no stopping Bennett Reichard in the final round of the Channel League Individual Golf Final. The San Marcos player was on fire, shooting a 5-under par 67 to repeat as the champion. His 36-hole total of 8-under 136 was four shots better than second place. Reichard had only one bogey on No. 14 to go with six birdies in his round. The top six finishers qualified for the CIF-Southern Section Individuals Northern Division . Sam Metzger of San Marcos (70-74-144), and Chad Visser of San Marcos (77-73-150) made the cut.
  • San Marcos teams took the top two spots and Chad Visser was the individual champion at the 55th Lompoc Eastern Invitational golf tournament on Monday at La Purisima Golf Course.
    Visser fired a 1-over par 73. Righetti's Ethan Ashbrooke was one stroke back at 74 and Bennett Reichard of the Royals finished third with a 75.
    The San Marcos No. 1 team of Visser, Reichard and Bryce Quezada won the team title with 234 strokes. The Royals' No. 2 squad of Blake Bornand (77), Hayden Schoenfelder (81) and Braden Curtis (90) shot 248.

Mason Metcalfe threw four shutout innings and drove in four runs, leading San Marcos to a  6-0 non-league baseball win over Oxnard on Wednesday at Joe Mueller Field.  Metcalfe allowed three hits and struck out three in earning the victory. Vince Vogel pitched the fifth and sixth and Louie Shalhoob finished in the seventh.  At the plate, Metcalfe was 2-for-3 with a single, double and four RBI. Ryan Guardino and Louie Shalhoob each had two hits and Ians Churchill went 1-1.  The Royals (16-5) scored four runs in the first inning and two in the third. 

Boys Tennis:
The San Marcos boys tennis team took down Channel League rival Santa Barbara 11-7 in a hard fought battle.  Kento Perera and Dominick Stefanov each swept three sets en route to the Royals taking a 7-2 advantage in singles play.  Dan Coulson and Alexi Gill swept three sets for the Royals.
  • It was the best-case scenario for Kento Perera as went for his fourth straight Channel League singles championship on Thursday at Ventura High. The San Marcos tennis star was facing Miles Baldwin of Dos Pueblos, the player who handed him the only league loss of his career three weeks ago. Perera came out strong, bolted to a 4-0 lead in the first set, never let up and avenged the defeat with a history-making 6-0, 6-2 triumph.Perera served well, hit low and deep ground strokes and had a nice touch on his volleys. With the victory, Perera became the first player to win four singles titles since Tim Trigueiro did it for Santa Barbara High from 1982-85.It was a great day for San Marcos tennis as won the doubles title, too. The team of Daniel Newton and Dom Stefanov defeated Ventura's Noah Laber and Max Cohen, 6-0, 6-3.It was the Royals' first doubles champion in Jarrod Bradley's 17 years as coach.Perera went on the attack right from the start, breaking Baldwin to go up 2-0. Baldwin had his chances in the second game but he missed a volley at 15-all and hit long at 30-all. Perera was solid on first serves and that helped him build a 3-0 lead in the second set.Sophomores Stefanov and Newton clicked as a doubles team and captured the league title.
  • The San Marcos boys tennis team nearly shutout Buena with a 17-1 victory that gave the Royals a share of the Channel League title for the first time since 1999. 14 Royals competed with each winning at least one set. Bryan Shott led the team with three sets won on the day. Shott dropped only one game over three sets."I'm really proud of this group of guys," said San Marcos head coach Jarrod Bradley. "They've worked hard together, improved their communication, and, most of all, enjoy competing at a high level. Kento Perera and Dan Coulson have displayed great leadership and our underclassman have stepped up and contributed each match."
  • The San Marcos boys tennis team beat Santa Barbara High for the first time in 17 years, taking a 14-4 decision in a Channel League match at the Dons' courts. Kento  Perera, Dominik Stefanov and Daniel Newton combined to go 8-0 singles sets, pacing the Royals to the long-awaited victory. San Marcos came out strong in the first round and built a 5-1 lead. The Royals got a couple of clutch wins in doubles, winning at No. 1 and 3 in tiebreakers, 8-6. They carried the momentum into the second round and went ahead 10-2. On the play of his singles players, Bradley said, "Kento, Dom and Daniel have been so consistent all year. They play different styles but all are great returners and put pressure on their opponents the entire match. They're a fun trio to watch." In doubles, Dan Coulson and Alexi Gill swept their sets 7-6, (8-6), 6-2, 6-3 while Bryan Shott and Jimmy Wimbish went 2-1 on the day. The newly formed duo of Ivar Bjork and Alex Stefanov went 1-2.  "Our doubles teams had their best match of the season. They all remained positive throughout and played their best tennis under pressure. I'm ecstatic to see their improvement this season and hope they gain confidence from their play today," said Bradley.
Boys Volleyball:

Grant Smith was a perfect 7 for 7 and the San Marcos volleyball team hit .405 as a team in blowing out Ventura, 25-9, 25-21,25-12 in a Channel League match on the road Wednesday.
Ryder Rivadeneyra led the Royals with 11 kills, while Fred Ysebrands had eight and Parker Bittner and Clay Nerdin each added six.


Erica Schroeder of San Marcos captured her fourth Channel League title in the 800 meters and third in the 1600, and Santa Barbara High's Kiasa Salgado won his third straight 300-meter hurdles crown at the league championship track & field meet at Buena.
Schroeder, seeking her third straight trip to the CIF State Meet, took the 800 in season-best 2:13.25. The University of Washington signee also won the 1600 in 5:00.54 and anchored the Royals' winning 4x400 relay to a season-best time of 3:57. Jennifer Nnoli, Allie Jones and Kaela Cleary were on the team.
The San Marcos girls got double individual event wins from Jones and Carolyn Weisman. Jones won the 100 hurdles in 14.20 and captured the 200 meters in 23.15. She also ran the third leg of the winning 4x100 relay, which blew away the field with a season-best time of 48.46. Danielle Anderson, Nnoli and Sofia Cavaness were the team members.
Weisman swept the long jump (16-4.75) and triple jump (37-09).
Nnoli was the other event winner for the Royals girls, taking the 400 in 57.39.
Jason Peterson, Owen Bates and Brian Nnoli were league champions for the San Marcos boys. Peterson won the 800 in 1:59.22, Owens captured the 100 meters in a PR of 11.30 and Nnoli dominated the triple jump with a leap of 46-07.
  • The San Marcos High School girls track and field team made a statement at Saturday's Santa Barbara County Championships that it's a serious contender for a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 title.The Royals won 10 varsity events and set a school record in rolling to the team title with a whopping 185 points. Not to be outdone, the San Marcos boys also won with 133 points and set a school record.The Royals swept freshman team titles as well, enabling them to capture the boys and girls sweepstakes crowns and the grand sweepstakes title.Allie Jones was the big point maker for the Royals girls, winning the 100 meters and 100 hurdles, taking second in the shot put and running on the first-place 4x100 relay.Jones set a school record in the hurdles at 14.08, besting the 14.10 she posted in the Arcadia Invitational heptathlon. Jenny Nnoli, the school record holder in the 100, is now concentrating on the 200 and 400. She won the events Saturday in 25.36 and 58.02, respectively.The San Marcos girls also got wins from Kaela Cleary in the 1600 (5:09.64), Abbey Willett in the 300 hurdles (47.30) and Carolyn Weisman in the triple jump (36-00.50).Senior Brian Nnoli, had his best day of the season in the boys triple jump, setting a personal best of 46-01.75 to win his first county title. His series included marks of 43-10, 45-04 and 46-01.Sophomore Beau Allen put his name at the top of the school record book in the high jump. He cleared 6-5 to win the frosh/soph title and set a county record in the division.Josh Harrah gave the Royals a win in the shot put, beating out county leader Devon Cetti of Santa Barbara High. Harrah threw 47-10 and Cetti 47-3.
Boys Lacrosse:
 San Marcos goalie Ryan Lehman made 15 saves, sparking the San Marcos boys lacrosse team to an 11-0 win over Cate in the regular-season finale.  The Royals finished with their best record in program history, 11-2.  
  • It was a historic day at San Marcos, as the Royals' boys lacrosse team played its first postseason game. The Royals rose to the occasion, as Justin Lehman scored six goals and had an assist and five other players had goals in a 12-5 victory over Glendale in a first-round game of the Division 2 Southern Section North Division playoffs. Notable Royals were Mason Zimmerman with 2 goals and Michael Palmer with one. San Marcos coach Rick Lehman was a little overwhelmed by the win. He helped start the Santa Barbara Lacrosse Association nine years ago and got the high school programs going in 2015.
  • Aiming for its first post-season invitation, the San Marcos boys lacrosse team rolled to its 11th straight win beating Santa Barbara 14-3.  San Marcos is ranked 16th in most recent regional poll. Justin Lehman rifled in the first goal of the game on his way to a four-goal, two-assist night. Mason Zimmerman played one of his best games of the season, dishing out five assists and scoring a goal.  Issac Oh and Trey Tank each had two goals and two assists. Luca Sautto, Max Gaynes, Joseph Pansossian, Lucas McDonald, Michael Palmer and Shea Rousseau added goals.