Athletes and Coach of the Year
The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table recognized Chuckie Roth of San Marcos as high school coach of the year. He guided the girls water polo and swim teams to Channel League championships and the postseason in CIF Division 1.
The Royals' water polo team won a very competitive Channel League with an 8-0 record and advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 Final Four. They defeated Mater Dei in the semifinals and lost to undefeated Laguna Beach, 6-2 in the championship game. The Royals held Laguna Beach to one goal in the second half and the six goals was its lowest total of the season.
In swimming, San Marcos went unbeaten in Channel League dual meets, won the league championship meet and captured the Meet of Champions at Mt. SAC. The team placed eighth at the CIF Division 1 Championships.
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Spring Sports Update
San Marcos girls came in third in the 200 free relay (1:36.73) and fifth in the 400 free relay (3:30.55). The 200 team consisted of Luiza Moreno, Piper Smith, Paige Hauschild and Angie Drake. The 400 quarter included Smith, Fiona Kuesis, Megan Musick, and Hauschild, who swam an anchor leg of 50.76.
The Royals came in sixth in the 200 medley relay with the team of Maija Ninness, Amanda Hayes, Hannah Meyer and Drake. Their time was 1:46.81. Ventura took first in 1:42.64.
Hauschild swam in the championship final of the 100 free and came in sixth in 51.36.
In consolation finals for San Marcos swimmers, Hauschild was 12th in the 50 free (23.85), Ninness came in 13th in the 100 backstroke (57.91) and Kuesis finished 18th in the 200 free (1:55.41).
Aliyah Huerta-Leipner singled in Alex Pitchford in the bottom of the seventh inning, lifting the San Marcos softball team to a 2-1 walk-off Channel League win over Ventura on Senior Day.
Michelle Henderson went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt, Alex Pitchford was 2-3 with a double, Lauren Pitchford had a hit and a sacrifice bunt and Hailee Rios went the distance on the mound, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out eight.
Freshman Savannah Tait hit a homer to lead off sixth inning to give San Marcos a 1-0 lead.
San Marcos (19-7, 9-3 in league) earned a spot in the CIF playoffs.
The San Marcos softball team took down Hemet 11-1 in six innings in a CIF-SS Division-4 second round playoff game.
The Royals (21-7) scored four runs in the first and sixth innings en route to a dominant mercy rule victory.
Hailee Rios hurled two shutout innings and Aliyah Huerta-Leipner pitched four innings of one-run ball to close out the game and earn the save.
In the first inning San Marcos sent 8 hitters to the plate, with the first four scoring. A Hailey Fryklund single scored Huerta-Leipner and Savannah Tait and a Claire Early double scored Rios. Fryklund then scored on a ground ball to give the Royals an early 4-0 lead.
Huerta-Leipner entered the game in relief in the third inning and surrendered a lead off double, which scored one out later. But the Huerta-Leipner and the Royals didn't allow another run the rest of the way.
Fryklund hit a two-run home run that scored Rios in the fourth to break the game open and give the Royals a 6-1 lead. In the fifth, Rios singled home Paige Powell from second to make the score 7-1.
The Royals really put the game away in the top of the sixth, when Huerta-Leipner hit a two-out grand-slam that scored Alex Pitchford, Michelle Henderson, and Megan Cunnison.
Huerta-Leipner allowed a lead off double to begin the bottom of the sixth, but a fly out and two strikeouts sealed the mercy rule victory for the Royals.
Hailee Rios struck out seven of the first nine batters she faced and Aliyah Huerta-Leipner pitched two perfect innings to seal a 2-0 victory against Beckman (Irvine) in the CIF-SS Division-4 softball quarterfinals.
San Marcos' Savannah Tait hit a one-out double in the bottom of the first inning and Rios launched a ball over the outfield wall in the next at bat.
Rios' final line was five innings pitched, zero runs, one hit, nine strikeouts, and two walks.
Huerta-Leipner entered the game in relief in the top of the sixth and calmly pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts to pick up the save.
The San Marcos softball team has gotten used to long bus rides.
After making trips to Montebello and Hemet in the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs, the Royals traveled to Beaumont for a semifinal game and jumped on the opponents for three runs in the top of the first inning. They added a fourth run in the sixth to support the solid pitching of Hailee Rios in a 4-2 victory.
San Marcos (23-7) put runners on base every inning and scored its fourth run in the sixth inning. Megan Cunnison led off with a single, moved to second a bunt single by Michelle Henderson, advanced to third on a fielder's choice and scored on Rios single.
Eight Royals had hits in the game. Freshman Claire Early led the way, going 3-for-4 with a RBI; Fryklund was 2-4 with a RBI and a run scored and Tait was 2-4 with a run.
Rios struck out seven, allowed six hits, one walk and two earned runs in a complete-game victory.
San Marcos played top-seeded and unbeaten Buena even for five innings in the CIF-SS Division 4 softball championship.
Then came the sixth.
The Royals were unable to match Buena's offense against Bulldogs' senior ace Brooke Yanez as she fired a no-hitter in a 5-0 title victory.
San Marcos, making its CIF Final debut, finishes the season with a 23-8 record, with four of the losses coming against its Channel League rival.
Rios and Yanez were matched in a terrific pitching duel through five innings. The Fresno State-bound Rios struck out nine, didn't give up a hit and allowed only three base runners (two walks, one hit batter).
"I'm proud for the program, but I'm really proud of these kids here," said Swann. "They really worked hard and they came together. They overcame a lot of things, and they're talented. They started to put things together toward the end of the season; they played with confidence. They did a bunch of gritty things down the stretch to get us to this spot."
Bennett Reichard of San Marcos won the CIF-Southern Section Individual Golf Title, shooting a 3-under par 68 at Rancho San Marcos Golf Course.
Bennett Reichard is the first CIF-SS Individual Golf Champion since Michael Chavez in 1996.
Going into the CIF spring sports postseason, Reichard was the area's first CIF champion (team or individual) this school year.
Reichard becomes the first male at San Marcos to win an individual Southern Section championship since Mark Warkentin won the 200 and 500 freestyle swim titles in 1998.
Reichard made three birdies and had no bogeys in his round.
First Round CIF:
The doubles team of Bryan Shott and Alex Stefanov scored a key first-round win, and San Marcos pulled out an 11-7 victory over No. 6 seeded Great Oak in a second-round CIF-SS Division 2 boys tennis playoff match in Temecula.
Shott-Stefanov won 7-5, helping the Royals take a 5-1 lead in the first round.
Kento Perera, Dominik Stefanov and Daniel Newton won their first-round matches, and Perera finished the day with a sweep.
Dan Coulson and Alexi Gill swept at No. 1 doubles for the Royals, who improve to 14-3.
San Marcos advanced to the quarterfinals.
In singles, Kento Perrera continued his torrid tear through CIF by dropping a total of two games over two matches. He won 6-0, 6-0 over El Segundo's Ignas Kirkla, and 6-2, 6-0 over Parker McBride of West Ranch. Perrera will play in the CIF Individual Round of 32.
"Kento seemed to have more pop on his first serve today and played like the number one seed," said San Marcos head coach Jarrod Bradley.
In doubles, Dominik Stefanov and Daniel Newton defeated Beverly Hills 6-0, 6-4 and won the tiebreaker against West Ranch 6-3, 2-6, 10-6. The pair will also participate in the Round of 32 .
"Dom and Daniel played amazing from the baseline today and showed incredible growth in defeating more experienced players from West Ranch," said Bradley. "They played with poise and confidence in the super tiebreak, and that was the difference in a close match."
The Royals (13-10) won their first-round match at Warren in three sets on Tuesday, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18. Jake Sofro had 14 kills with no hitting errors to lead the team and Ryan Fay added 10. Libero Ben Beifuss was solid passing the ball. The Royals dropped the quarter final match to Quartz Hill.
Divisional Track and Field Finals:
Erica Schroeder of San Marcos ran to her fourth CIF-Southern Section championship, while Brian Nnoli of the Royals jumped to their first titles at the Divisional Track & Field Finals.
Schroeder won the Division 2 800 meters in 2:14.42 and advanced to the CIF Masters state qualifying meet.
Nnoli recorded a personal best of 47-02.25 to win the Division 2 triple jump title and qualified for the Masters.
Also advancing was Beau Allen, who finished third at 6-4.
Other qualifiers for the Masters were Royals Allie Jones in the girls 100 hurdles and Jason Peterson in the boys 800. Jones finished third in 14.62.
Peterson ran a huge PR of 1:56.57 to place third. His previous best was 1:58.10.
The San Marcos girls relay teams both finished fourth. The 4x100 team of Sophia Cavaness, Allie Jones, Danielle Anderson and Jenny Nnoli ran 48.73. The 4x400 quartet of Nnoli, Jones, Kaela Cleary and Schroeder clocked 3:56.18.
Carolyn Weisman was seventh in the triple jump at 35-08.
The San Marcos girls finished sixth in the team standings and the boys finished eighth.
Four San Marcos track and field athletes finished in the top six in their respective events at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet and advanced to the CIF State Championships.
Erica Schroeder will be making her third straight trip to the State Meet at Buchanan High in Clovis by finishing fourth in the girls 800 meters at Arcadia High. Allie Jones, Brian Nnoli and Jason Peterson will be making their State Meet debuts.
Jones placed second in the girls 100-meter hurdles in a personal record of 13.90.
Nnoli was runner-up in the boys triple jump with a leap of 47-00.50.
Jason Peterson of the Royals ran a PR of 1:55.71 and finished sixth in the boys 800 to book a trip to Clovis.
San Marcos triple jumper Brian Nnoli finished as the second leading qualifier and Royals Erica Schroeder and Allie Jones advanced to the finals in their respective events at the CIF State Track & Field Prelimsnight at Buchanan High in Clovis.
Nnoli posted a mark of 47-04.50 on his third and final jump.
Jones finished third in her heat of the 100 hurdles in a time of 13.81. It was the fifth fastest time of the three heats.
Schroeder, who is competing in her third straight State Meet, had the 10th fastest time in the girls 800 at 2:11.17. The top 12 times made the final.
San Marcos senior Erica Schroeder ran her best time of the season and earned a medal in the 800 meters at the CIF State Track and Field Championship.
The Washington-bound Schroeder made the podium with a sixth-place finish in a time of 2:09.53. She finished eighth last year and won the state 800 title as a sophomore.
Royals' junior Allie Jones came in seventh place in the 100 hurdles in 13.87 seconds.
San Marcos triple jumper Brian Nnoli ended his career in the prelims with a school record of 47-04.50.
San Marcos held visiting Culver City to one goal in the second half and won an 11-4 decision to advance to the championship game of the Southern Section North Division 2 boys lacrosse tournament.
The defense of Mac Merrill, Dawson Dewan, Cesar Gonzalez, Kai Sanvictores and goalie Ryan Lehman shut down the Culver City offense in the second half. The Royals led 4-3 at halftime.
Mason Zimmerman led a balanced San Marcos offense with four goals, Josh Blanchard, Justin Lehman and Trey Tank each scored two and Isaac Oh had one. Lehman dished out three assists.
Coach Rick Lehman and his staff awarded the game ball to Shea Rousseau for his outstanding work at the face-off and controlling possession in the semifinal game.
San Marcos fell to Mira Costa, 12-9, in the championship game of the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section Division 2 North Postseason Invitational.
The Royals led 5-4 at halftime, but Mira Costa scored three unanswered goals in the third quarter and never looked back.
Justin Lehman scored five goals to lead San Marcos (14-3), with Trey Tank adding two goals and Shea Rousseau and Joshua Blanchard one apiece.
Mira Costa and San Marcos were both ranked in the U.S. Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA coaches top 20 but didn't make the 16-team Division 1 North playoffs.
For San Marcos, this was the best season in program's three-year history!