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Water polo: Pirates finish second at Corona Tournament

By Staff Report (Santa Maria Times), 09/12/17, 1:00PM PDT


CORONA — The Santa Ynez Pirates boys water polo team finished second at the Corona Tournament on Saturday.

Santa Ynez fell to Redondo Union 9-6 in the championship game.

On the way to the title tilt, the Pirates breezed past four opponents.

Santa Ynez won Friday's tournament opener 19-4 over Eastvale Roosevelt and followed that with a 19-0 victory over Murrieta Mesa.

The Pirates began play Saturday with a 19-6 victory over Xavier Prep in the quarterfinals and a 14-6 win over South Pasadena in the semis.

"I'm extremely pleased with how we played. We definitely exceeded my expectations against some very good teams," said Santa Ynez coach Jake Kalkowski. "Tristan Durbiano was outstanding in goal and, on offense, we had four guys lead the way — Keller Haws, Connor Hiatt, Nolan Morrison and Henry Allen each had at least one five-goal game."

Santa Ynez football stays at No. 5

There wasn't too much movement when the CIF Southern Section released its weekly football rankings on Monday.

The area's highest-ranked team, the Lompoc Braves, stayed in place.

Santa Ynez, which was on a bye and didn't play last week, didn't budge either. 

St. Joseph jumped up two spots. Santa Maria, coming off its lopsided win over Cabrillo, moved up one.

However, there are ample opportunities for some teams to keep rising.

Lompoc is ranked second in Division 3 for the second week in a row. The Braves play Saturday at Santa Barbara City College against Santa Barbara High, the ninth-ranked team in Division 9. 

The Braves are 3-0 on the season after cruising past San Marcos 72-14 at home on Friday. Charter Oak remains the top-ranked squad in Division 3.

St. Joseph has the toughest challenge ahead. The Knights host the top team in Division 6, Bishop Diego, on Friday. Bishop Diego is coming off a 45-3 thrashing of Nipomo on the road. The Cardinals beat Arroyo Grande 42-14 in their second game of the year. The Titans and Eagles are a combined 1-5.

St. Joseph moved to 2-1 on the season with its second straight win on Friday, beating St. Bonaventure on the road handily, 42-12. The Knights beat Bishop Diego 21-17 last season.

In Division 10, Santa Ynez (2-0) stayed put at No. 5. In fact, all of Division 10 stayed put. Top-ranked Apple Valley leads Division 10, followed by Oxnard Pacifica, Valley View, Quartz Hill and Santa Ynez.

There was quite a shakeup in Division 12. Santa Maria was 10th last week, but has moved up to No. 9 this week, with several teams falling out and others reshuffling. The top three teams in Division 12, Rancho Christian, Schurr and Godinez, remained in place this week.

The Saints host rival Righetti Friday night as they come off their 47-26 win at home over Cabrillo (0-3), which was ranked seventh in Division 11 when the preseason polls were released last month.

Boys water polo

Two PAC 8 League rivals are ranked this week in Division 3.

Righetti is the fourth-ranked team in D3, with Arroyo Grande coming in at No. 8.

Santa Ynez is tied for third in Division 4.

Cabrillo is the top team in Division 6.

Division 7 teams, including Santa Maria, did not report.