By Gideon Rubin
Santa Fe Christian’s amazing run finally hit a wall.
The Eagles had their 11-game winning streak snapped in heartbreaking fashion, as a late field goal was the difference in a 32-29 loss to Christian on Dec. 9 in the San Diego Section Division V championship game at Mesa College.
The Eagles had state championship bowl aspirations going into the title game. They hadn’t lost since being shut out by Westview 21-0 on their Sept. 2 season opener.
The Eagles’ average margin of victory during their winning streak was 30 points.
Tony Miro rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the Eagles, and Grant Lucier gained 61 rushing yards and scored one touchdown on eight carries.
Eagles quarterback Connor Moore was five for 11 passing for 94 yards.
A 38-yard field goal with just less than 30 seconds left in the game was the difference.
Torrey Pines won the Hilltop tournament title as the Falcons defeated Mission Bay 61-46 in the Dec. 9 title game at Hilltop High.
Tournament MVP Joe Rahon scored 33 points to lead the Falcons, and Garrett Galvin added 15 points.
The Falcons opened the tournament with a 71-48 victory over San Diego on Dec. 2 and then beat tournament host Hilltop 67-42 the next day.
The Falcons secured the best record in their pool with a 55-41 victory over Helix on Dec. 6 that enabled them to get to the tourney finals despite a 62-59 overtime loss to Monte Vista on Dec. 8.
Rahon scored 30 points to lead the Falcons in the Helix game and Galvin added 11 points.
Rahon scored 32 points in the Monte Vista game and Galvin added 15 points.
Rahon averaged 27.6 points in the season-opening tournament as the Falcons improved their record to 4-1.
Cathedral Catholic remained unbeaten as they advanced to the finals of the Wolfpack-Horseman tournament with a resounding 68-36 victory over Carlsbad in the semifinals on Dec. 10 at West Hills High.
Nick Prunty scored 19 points and had four steals to lead the Dons. Xavier Williams added 11 points, and Niksha Federico contributed 10 points.
The victory followed a 73-50 win against Escondido the previous day in which Prunty led the Dons with 19 points.
Williams added 17 points and Federico contributed 14.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 5-0.
Canyon Crest Academy defeated Ramona 57-51 in a nonleague game on Dec. 10.
Alison Brown scored 14 points to lead the Ravens and Stephanie Bieler added 12 points. Kathryn Brandos contributed 10 points.
The victory followed nonleague wins against Santa Fe Christian (59-41) and Grossmont (62-36) on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8.
Julia Brew scored 21 points and had 15 rebounds to lead the Ravens. Brown added 16 points and Bieler contributed 15 rebounds and four points.
Megan Franke scored 12 points to lead Santa Fe Christian and Lindsey Almquist added 10 points.
Brown scored 28 points to lead the Ravens in the Grossmont game and Brew added 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Ravens improved their overall record for the season to 4-1.
Despite heavy graduation losses and the retirement of longtime coach Dennis Costello, defending San Diego Section Division I and State Regional champion Torrey Pines wasted little time adding more hardware to their already crowded trophy chest.
The Falcons defeated host Bonita Vista 1-0 to win the Bonita Vista tournament title on Dec. 10.
Earlier in the day, the Falcons defeated Rancho Bernardo 1-0 in the semifinals.
Courtney Massimino scored the Falcons’ only goal in the title game off an assist from goalie Hunter Rittgers. Rittgers, who was credited with the shutout, had seven saves.
Delaney Giacalone scored Falcons only goal in the Rancho Bernardo game off an assist from Gianna Montini.
Rittgers had 10 saves.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 5-0.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Bishop’s 1-0 in a Butch Lee tournament game on Dec. 10.
Natalie Teles scored game’s only goal off an assist from Brittany Doan. Dons Goalie Hanna Macaulay was credited with the shutout.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Mar Vista 5-0 in a nonleague San Diego High tournament game on Dec. 10.
Jared Hegardt, Lucas Ilijebski, Morgan Harrison and Derek Viegas and Brendan Pottier each contributed one goal to lead the Dons and goalie Giovanni Garbella had five saves.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 2-1.
Canyon Crest Academy defeated Montgomery 4-1 in a nonleague game on Dec. 10.
Brady Seitz scored three goals and had one assist to lead the Ravens.
Goalie Justin Bartell had five saves, and Tad McCardell added two saves.