FROM DECEMBER'S 2017 LION'S TALE
Winter Sports Update
Girls Water Polo
The San Marcos girls water polo team finished fourth in the Villa Park Tournament on Saturday after losses to Los Alamitos and Orange Lutheran. Los Alamitos took down the Royals 7-4 in the first match up, and the Griffins eventually went on to lose to Dos Pueblos in the championship game. In the third-place game, Orange Lutheran took down the Royals 7-6.
Sophie Trumbull had a strong day notching a combined 14 blocks.
"The girls fought hard and played two great games," said San Marcos head coach Brian Roth.
--Because of the Thomas Fire, the Royals hadn't seen action since the Villa Park Tournament on Dec. 6-8.Game day finally came on the second day of the new year and the energized Royals cut loose for an 11-4 victory over crosstown rival Santa Barbara in a Channel League match-up at the San Marcos pool.
Piper Smith and Hannah Meyer each scored three goals and Sarah Owens had two as the defending league champions and CIF-SS Division 1 runners-up (5-3, 2-0) used an aggressive defense and an up-tempo attack to overpower the Dons (4-4, 0-1).
Meyer said the team trained a little at the YMCA during the weeks of the fire before finally being allowed to practice at the school pool last week.
Santa Barbara (5-3, 0-1) hung tough early, scoring the first goal of the game and playing the Royals to a 1-1 tie in the first period.
The Royals forced a turnover and Meyer scored from about 12 meters out at the 3:17 mark to put them ahead for good.
Meyer made a field block on a Santa Barbara power play and Smith scored her first goal of the game for a 4-2 lead at 1:32 of the period. A few seconds later, Smith broke up a Santa Barbara pass intended for Hendrix, fed Megan Musik, who crossed to Claire Kronen for the finish.
The UC Irvine-bound Smith took a short pass from Meyer and buried a shot with 36 seconds to go in the half for a 6-2 San Marcos advantage.
The Royals shut out Santa Barbara 3-0 in the third period. Their defense forced a turnover on a five-on-six situation and Smith converted at the other end for a 7-2 lead. Lili Rose Akin and Owens also scored to make it 9-2 heading into the final period.
Ryan Godges was on fire, sinking 11 of 12 shots from 3-point range and scoring a career-best 39 points for San Marcos in an 80-41 boys basketball win at Righetti.
Godges shot 14 of 17 for the game. On several shots, he was was set up by point guard Stef Korfas, who finished with 12 assists.
"Ryan was really good night," said San Marcos coach Landon Boucher. "Stef and Ryan really play well together, and continue to find each other more and more every day."
Jackson Stormo scored nine points, grabbed 11 rebound and was a force on defense. The 6-foot-9 center made 3 of 4 shots in the game, making him 26 of 28 from the floor in his last three games.
The Royals led 39-22 at halftime and then erupted for 35 points in the third quarter to blow the game open.
--Ryan Godges turned in his second straight 30-point game and Jackson Stormo made all five his shots as the San Marcos boys basketball team crushed Golden Valley,94-38, at the Simi Valley Tournament.
Godges scored 30 points on 11 of 18 shooting and made 8 of 15 three-pointers. He had 39 points in a win at Righetti.
The 6-foot-9 Stormo continued his red-hot shooting. After a 5-for-5 night, he's made a 31 of 33 shots in his last four games. He also was a force on defense with six blocks. Beau Allen sank 5 of 6 shots and scored 13 points. Stef Korfas handed out seven assists.
--San Marcos blew open a close game in the second quarter and routed Royal, 88-48, in a boys basketball game at the Simi Valley Tournament.
The Royals led 19-12 after the first quarter and then outscored the Highlanders 28-16 in the second to take a 47-28 halftime lead. It expanded to 798-39 in the third.
Jackson Stormo continued his hot shooting, making 9 of 12 shots en route to a game-high 24 points.
Ryan Godges sank six three-pointers and scored 23 points, point guard Stef Korfas scored 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting and handed out nine assists, and Nate Fay contributed 10 points.
--San Marcos lost to a strong Harvard Westlake team, 75-66, in the championship game of the Simi Valley Tournament. Harvard Westlake (8-1) is ranked 15th in the L.A. Times Southland poll.
In the semifinals, San Marcos edged Clovis West, 70-68.
Jackson Stormo scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win. Nate Fay had 13 points, Ryan Hodges 12 and Beau Allen and David Frohling scored 10 apiece
--San Marcos returned to the basketball court and pulled out a 70-59 win at Pioneer Valley in Santa Maria.
Stef Korfas provided the spark for San Marcos, scoring 25 points, handing out five assists and grabbing five rebounds. "Stef had some huge plays for us down the stretch," San Marcos coach Landon Boucher said.
Jackson Stormo scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Royals (8-2). Also playing well was Beau Allen off the bench. He scored 11 points.
--Jackson Stormo made some clutch plays down the stretch for the San Marcos boys basketball team, leading the Royals to their biggest win of the young season, a 66-63 decision over CIF-SS 2AA Division second-ranked Colony in Ontario.
The loss was Colony's first at home since Jan. 5 of last year, according to San Marcos coach Landon Boucher.
With the score tied at 63, the 6-foot-9 Stormo blocked a shot and grabbed a rebound. At the offensive end, he passed to a cutting Ryan Godges who knocked down a two-point shot for a 65-63 lead.
Beau Allen made a huge steal with eight seconds left and David Frohling was fouled. He made 1 of 2 free throws with two seconds left and Colony missed a desperation shot from half court at the buzzer.
Stormo was a force for the Royals, producing 18 points, 20 rebounds and eight blocks. Nate Fay was key, scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds; Frohling had 11 points and Stef Korfas had nine points and eight assists.
--Jackson Stormo was a perfect 12 of 12 from the floor and scored 25 points, leading San Marcos to a 76-39 non-league boys basketball win over Arroyo Grande at Maury Hallock Gym.
The Royals (2-1) blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring Arroyo Grande 21-10 to take a 55-32 lead.
"Our third-quarter surge was fueled by our defense," San Marcos coach Landon Boucher said. "I thought Beau Allen was big for us tonight, he played really hard.
Ryan Godges was 6 of 11 on three pointers and scored 14 points. Stef Korfas had eight assists. Stormo grabbed 14 boards to complete a double-double.
--Stef Korfas turned in a solid performance for San Marcos in an 83-48 non-league boys basketball win against visiting Salesian.
Korfas scored 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point range.
Jackson Stormo followed his 12-of-12 outing on Tuesday by making 11 of 12 shots en route to 24 points. He also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Ryan Godges scored 13 points and dished out five assists, and Nate Fay played a strong game with eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
--Ryan Godges poured in 36 points to lead the San Marcos boys basketball team to an 84-44 rout of Royal at Maury Halleck Gym.
David Frohling tossed 18 points and Jackson Stormo chipped in 13 and grabbed nine rebounds for the Royals, who improve to 11-6.
The San Marcos girls basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season with a 62-32 victory over Channel Islands as part of the Fillmore Tournament. The Royals outscored the Vikings by a combined 32-11 in the first and fourth quarters.
San Marcos was led by Milan McGary's 16 points, and all 10 players scored for the Royals.
--Sophomore Ashley Day scored a career-high 16 points, and San Marcos got hot in the fourth quarter and rallied past Garces Memorial, 46-42, in a Silver Division game at the Arvin Girls Basketball Tournament.
The Royals made 7 of 12 shots and were 4-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
Megan Cunnison scored two baskets in the fourth quarter to give San Marcos the lead with about 3 1/2 minutes to play. Taylor Hantgin hit three triples en route to 11 points and Milan McGary scored 10 points, stretching her double-figure scoring streak to nine games.
"I thought Alex Guadagno gave us some good minutes off the bench tonight, and Taylor, Milan, and Jackie worked very hard to control their best player."
--The San Marcos girls basketball team won its final game at the Arvin Tournament, beating Taft in overtime, 44-42. The Royals finished 3-1 in the tournament.
"This was an intense game and it was great to see the girls battle and grind it out till the end," San Marcos coach Chris Hantgin said. "They could have given up but they showed great resiliency and were able to grind out a great win."
Milan McGary scored 19 points and earned all-tournament honors. She converted a layup off a Taft turnover to pull the Royals within one with 12 seconds left in regulation.
The Royals' defensive pressure forced another turnover and Megan Cunnison was fouled with four seconds left. She made one of two free throws to send the game into overtime.
Leticia Romero scored on an offensive rebound but Taft scored the next four points to retake the lead. With 40 seconds left, Jackie Hernandez fouled and hit two free throws to tie the score.
Cunnison was fouled and sank both free throws to put the Royals up by two points. Taylor Hantgin interepted a long inbounds pass to seal the victory for San Marcos.
--San Marcos overcame cold shooting in the first half and beat Santa Paula, 50-34, in a pool-play game at the Fillmore Girls Basketball Tournament. It was the third straight win for the Royals.
San Marcos outscored Santa Paula 33-12 in the second half.
"We went on a 7-2 run to close out the second quarter and that gave us the confidence for the second half," San Marcos coach Chris Hantgin said. "Scoring 33 points in the second half was really good."
Milan McGary scored 16 points to lead the Royals and Jackie Hernandez added a season-high 10 points. Leticia Romero grabbed 11 rebounds.
--San Marcos won its fourth straight game, grinding out a 44-33 girls basketball win against Faith Baptist in a pool-play contest at the Fillmore Tournament.
"We had a good defensive effort in a slow-down game," San Marcos coach Chris Hantgin said. "This was the lowest number of possessions we have had this year. We showed good leadership on the floor, showing we are learning and becoming more experienced.
Milan McGary and Taylor Hantgin each scored 12 points to lead the Royals. Hantgin knocked down four three-pointers. Jackie Hernandez scored seven points in the second half and Leticia Romero grabbed 11 rebounds.
San Marcos won its last two games at the Clovis boys soccer tournament, beating Tranquility, 6-1 and Kingsburg, 1-0.
Six different players scored for the Royals in the two games. Rosalio Manzo, Alan Monge, Erick Hermnegildo, Jonas Romero, Tony Garcia, and Aaron Contreras scored against Tranquility and Tony Garcia delivered the game winner against Kingsburg.
"I'm very pleased with the overall performance from all of the boys," coach Daniel Torres said. "Everyone got to play this weekend and the took advantage of their time on the field.
"I was especially happy with the performance of Joel Estrada, Avi Ghitterman and Rosalio Manzo."
--Jonas Romero and Owen Bates each scored two goals as San Marcos shook off a first-round loss at the South Torrance Tournament and routed Harbor City-Narbonne 7-1.
The Royals followed with a shootout win over Lawndale to advance to the consolation semifinals.
Oscar Perez, Erick Hermenegildo and Tony Garcia scored goals for the Royals, who roared out to a 4-0 lead in the first 15 minutes against Narbonne.
Garcia finished a cross from Michael Palmer in a 1-1 draw against Lawndale. In the penalty-kick shootout, goalie Cesar Melchor made two saves to help San Marcos prevail and improve to 4-2-1.
--Owen Bates recorded a hat trick, and the San Marcos boys soccer team rebounded from two losses at the Buena Tournament with an 8-0 rout of Fillmore.
"We dominated from start to finish and controlled every aspect of the game," coach Daniel Torres said. The Royals led 3-0 at halftime and erupted for five goals in the second half.
Tony Garcia tallied two goals and Oscar Perez, Jose Reyes and Aaron Contreras scored one apiece. Avi Ghitterman, Garcia and Perez each had two assists.
--San Marcos demonstrated some nice team work on a couple of goals and then held off Channel Islands for a 3-2 boys soccer victory in the Royals' season opener. Tony Garcia broke a 1-1 tied 14 minutes into the second half after some beautiful passing.
San Marcos created another "team goal" to go up 3-1 in the 62nd minute. The Royals played the ball out wide to Garcia on the right side and he hit a one-time cross in the box, where Avi Ghitterman finished with a left-footed one-time shot.
"But the boys were able to weather the storm in the last five minutes and earn their first win of the season," said Torres.
Oscar Perez scored the first goal for the Royals on a penalty kick in the 31st minute.
--San Marcos did a lot of celebrating in its first boys' home soccer game of the season. The Royals got goals from five different players in a 5-1 rout of Flintridge Prep in a non-league game at Warkentin Stadium.
"After being on the road for our first eleven games, it was proven that the boys were excited to be home," said San Marcos coach Daniel Torres.
Owen Bates got the Royals going with an unassisted goal in the ninth minute. Four minutes later, Jose Reyes finished a corner kick from Jonas Romero for a 2-0 lead.
Tony Garcia found the back of the net on a free kick from 22 yards and Skyler Booth smashed a rocket from 25 yards to give San Marcos a 4-0 halftime lead.
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