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The week in prep sports: 'Pink' is the word for Hilltop Lancers

Thu, Oct 18 2012 01:31 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents

The Hilltop High School girls field hockey team’s annual Pink Game took place Monday against the visiting Eastlake Titans. Not only was the contest a tribute to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month but it also doubled as a battle for first place in the league standings.

Hilltop, whose players donned special pink jerseys for the contest, won the game 2-0 on goals by Laurel Coleman and Breann Clapper.

Lancer players in unison shouted “Go Pink!” as they prepared for the ceremonial post-game handshake with the Titans.

The yearly contest started five years ago to honor former coach and cancer survivor Janet Balsley as well as the grandmother of one of the players then on the team.

Its message has not been lost over the course of time, according to assistant coach Janine Dare.

“As female athletes, this brings an awareness to what it means to have a healthy body and to stay healthy,” she said.

Monday’s victory capped a 4-0 showing through the opening round of Metro Conference play. The loss was the first for Eastlake in three league contests so far.

All the scoring took place within a 1:16 span early in the second half. Coleman, assisted by Michaela Murphy, scored just 25 seconds into the second half.

Daniela Martin then fed Clapper a back door pass moments later to cap another Hilltop possession in the visitors’ end.

The victory built on a 3-0 win against Chula Vista on Oct. 11. In that game, Coleman, Martin and Emily King each scored goals.

Dare said the Lancers’ biggest ally is confidence.

“They are playing with confidence right now,” she said. “They are trusting their teammates more and more. It’s showing on the field.”

The Titans, who dropped to 4-7-1 overall, were thwarted on several close-in chances, though the hosts carried the bulk of play.

“They’re a good team,” Eastlake coach Robert Blas said of Hilltop. “They’re in the driver’s seat for a good reason. The good thing about league is that we play twice. We’ll see them again.”

Update: Otay Ranch doubled up host Eastlake, 4-2, on Thursday to drop the Titans to 2-2 in league play. Stargensky had both Eastlake goals.

 

Metro Conference Scoreboard
Girls Field Hockey

Thursday, Oct. 4
Hilltop 2, Otay Ranch 1

Monday, Oct. 8
Hilltop 2, Otay Ranch 0
Eastlake 1, Chula Vista 0

Wednesday, Oct. 10
Eastlake 3, Bonita Vista 2 (Eastlake wins in penalty strokes)

Thursday, Oct. 11
Hilltop 3, Chula Vista 0
Otay Ranch 2, Bonita Vista 1 (Otay Ranch wins in penalty strokes)

Monday, Oct. 15
Hilltop 2, Eastlake 0
Otay Ranch 3, Chula Vista 0

Thursday, Oct. 18
Otay Ranch 4, Eastlake 2
Bonita Vista at Chula Vista, no report

 

 

BOYS WATER POLO
Howard closing in on school, section records
Hilltop senior Nick Howard continued his assault on the San Diego Section record book by scoring 10 goals in Tuesday’s 14-6 Mesa League victory against Bonita Vista at the Southwestern College pool.

Howard increased his season total to 144 goals in 18 games. He earned all-tournament MVP honors for the Lancers at last weekend’s 12-team East County Invitational by collecting 29 goals, 41 steals and 10 assists in five games.

The Hilltop school record for most goals in one season is 160, set by Daniel Street in 1993. The Lancers improved to 11-7 overall, 3-1 in league play, following Tuesday’s win. 

Hilltop and Bonita Vista traded goals throughout most of the first half, with the Lancers building leads of 2-0, 4-2 and 7-4 and the Barons closing the score to 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4. Hilltop led by three goals at halftime before steadily pulling away in the third quarter with a 10-5 lead.

Howard scored all four of the Lancers’ goals in the fourth quarter; he finished the second half with eight goals. Carlos Lizarraga scored twice for Hilltop, which Emilio Maldonado and Nick Norton each scored once. Connor Kober (six saves) and Josue Macias (three saves) combined for nine goalie blocks.

Howard has already set a new section record for most steals in one season with 158, breaking the old record of 151 set by Patrick Henry’s Ty Lackey in 2000.

Uribe also ranks near the top of the leader board this season with 103 assists, 50 goals and 64 steals. Patrick Henry’s Dave Comstock owns the section record with 154 assists in one season, set in 1978.

James Cevallos led Bonita Vista (1-3 in conference, 8-8 overall) with three goals in Tuesday’s game while Anthony Muzquiz scored twice. The Barons finished 3-2 at the East County Invitational with victories against Southwest, San Yisdro and El Cajon Valley.

“I thought my team played well,” BVHS coach Betty Alexander said. “We were aggressive. Everyone knows he’s (Howard) is the superstar in our league.”

Jan Garay, who had one goal in Tuesday’s game against Hilltop, earned Bonita Vista’s all-tournament MVP award. “He was the most improved player on our team in the tournament,” Alexander said.

Titans extend league winning streak
Eastlake extended its Mesa League winning streak to 31 games after defeating host Mater Dei Catholic, 15-2, on Tuesday. Josue Alvarez led all scorers in the game with seven goals while teammates Daniel Lord and Johnny Velazquez each scored three times.

Alvarez has tallied 75 goals, 68 steals and 44 assists in 19 games for Eastlake (4-0 in league, 12-7 overall). Other top scorers include Lord (54 goals, 56 steals, 28 assists) and Velazquez (42 goals, 29 steals, 12 assists).

Eastlake and Hilltop will meet in a climactic second-round league encounter on Monday, Oct. 22, at UC-San Diego in a 2 p.m. varsity match-up.

Update: Eastlake extended its league winning streak to 32 games following Thursday's 15-2 victory against Bonita Vista at SWC. The Titans (5-0 in league play, 13-7 overall) built a 10-0 lead. Alvarez led EHS with five goals while Lord had four goals, Velazquez and Jian Miclat each had two goals and Kyle Schauer and Noah Schenk each scored once. Ricky Gonzalez was credited with seven saves; BV's Riley Mangubat had eight saves in the loss.

Mater Dei Catholic upped its Mesa League record to 3-2 following Thursday's 16-1 victory against Otay Ranch.


Mesa League
Boys Water Polo Standings

(Through Oct. 18)
Eastlake 5-0
Hilltop 3-1
Mater Dei Catholic 5-2
Bonita Vista 1-4
Otay Ranch 0-5

Thursday, Oct. 11
Hilltop 12, Mater Dei Catholic 9
Eastlake 20, Otay Ranch 5
Tuesday, Oct. 16
Hilltop 14, Bonita Vista 6
Eastlake 15, Mater Dei Catholic 2
Thursday, Oct. 18
Eastlake 15, Bonita Vista 2
Mater Dei Catholic 16, Otay Ranch 1



East County Invitational Finals
Saturday, Oct. 13 at West Hills High School
First place: Mission Bay 8, West Hills 7 (OT)
Third place: University City 17, El Capitan 12
Fifth place: Monte Vista 11, Hilltop 9
Seventh place: San Marcos 14, Mater Dei 8

Semifinals
Mission Bay 10, University City 4
West Hills 12, El Capitan 5

Cross-bracket games
Saturday, Oct. 13 at West Hills High School
Mission Bay (1st A) 16, Hilltop (2nd D) 8
San Marcos (2nd B) 11, University City (1st C) 6
West Hills (1st D) 12, Mater Dei Catholic (2nd A) 6
Hilltop (2nd D) 17, San Marcos (2nd B) 7

Saturday, Oct. 13 at El Capitan High School
El Capitan (1st B) 8, Monte Vista (2nd C) 7
San Ysidro (3rd B) 17, El Cajon Valley (3rd A) 2
Bonita Vista (3rd D) 5, Southwest (3rd C) 0
El Cajon Valley (3rd A) 12, Southwest (3rd C) 11
Bonita Vista (3rd D) 13, San Ysidro (3rd B) 2
Bonita Vista (3rd D) 18, El Cajon Valley (3rd A) 4
San Ysidro (3rd B) 17, Southwest (3rd C) 8
Monte Vista (2nd C) 7, Mater Dei Catholic (2nd A) 4


Bracket Standings
A Bracket
1. Mission Bay 2-0
2. Mater Dei Catholic 1-1
3. El Cajon Valley 0-2
Friday, Oct. 12 at El Capitan High School
Mission Bay 18, Mater Dei Catholic 10
Mater Dei Catholic 15, El Cajon Valley 5
Mission Bay 17, El Cajon Valley 5

B Bracket
1. El Capitan 2-0
2. San Marcos 1-1
3. San Ysidro 0-2
Friday, Oct. 12 at El Capitan High School
El Capitan 10, San Marcos 9
San Marcos 17, San Ysidro 8
El Capitan 19, San Ysidro 11

C Bracket
1. University City 2-0
2. Monte vista 1-1
3. Southwest 0-2
Friday, Oct. 12 at West Hills High School
University City 16, Monte Vista 10
Monte Vista 15, Southwest 6
University City 17, Southwest 1

D Bracket
1. West Hills
2. Hilltop
3. Bonita Vista
Friday, Oct. 12 at West Hills High School
West Hills 9, Bonita Vista 4
Hilltop 11, Bonita Vista 5
West Hills 13, Hilltop 9

 

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Trojans stay on top
Castle Park remained atop the South Bay League standings with victories against Mar Vista (3-0) on Tuesday and Sweetwater (3-0) on Thursday. The Trojans finished the week 9-0 in league play, 11-3 overall.

Castle Park defeated host Mar Vista 25-20, 25-22, 25-12 and also swept host Sweetwater 25-20, 25-11, 25-21. Leaders for the Trojans included Jocelyne Rojas (eight kills), Maya Lyda (19 assists) and Sarah Bolles (four aces).

Chula Vista (7-2 in league, 13-8 overall) retained possession of second place in the SBL standings by defeating San Ysidro on Thursday 25-9, 23-25, 25-8, 25-13. Kills leaders for the victorious Spartans includded Alexis Arrendondo (16) and Carly McCoy (14). McCoy also contributed eight blocks while Aaliyah Ortiz notched six aces.

Sweetwater, last year's league champion, dropped to 2-6 in SBL play, 6-15 overall.

In Mesa League action on Thursday, Otay Ranch swept Olympian 25-17, 25-17, 25-16. Mustang leaders included Carlee Wood (eight kills), Miranda Brumbaugh (22 assists) and Megan Angerstein (16 digs). Otay Ranch improved to 4-2 in league play, 17-12 overall.

Bonita Vista leads the Mesa League standings at 5-0 (13-11 overall), followed by Eastlake at 4-1 (17-5 overall). Eastlake hosts Bonita Vista on Wednesday, Oct. 24 in a key match-up for first place.

 

GIRLS GOLF
•Sweetwater defeated Southwest, 284-330, on Oct. 8 at the Eastlake Country Club to repeat as South Bay League champions. Briana Rodriguez, a 2011 CIF qualifier, led the Red Devils to the victory with a score of 36.


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