Torrey Pines Varsity and JV rugby teams victorious at recent games

20131214 TP v Pt Loma (Spitters JV)
20131214 TP v Pt Loma (Spitters JV)

Torrey Pines sophomore Ben Spitters takes a pass from teammate Lucas Cruz (on ground) during the Junior Varsity’s 46-14 victory over High Tech High/Pt. Loma Dec. 14.  Team Captain and forward Brandon Cole broke open a scoreless tie at the 10-minute mark of the first half to help lead the 2-0 Torrey Pines squad.  Alec Packer led the JV with three tries, while scrum half Bryce Pickwell (far right, standing) had two.  Tito Angulo had two assists off brilliant runs to set-up teammates Raul Frias and Packer, while a dynamic dash up the middle by Spitters added another try.  Also shown:  (L to R) Jack Roberts, Kevin Misak, Frias.  Rio Reinholz (forwards) and Cruz (backs) were named “Men of the Match” for their overall strong play.  The Torrey Pines JV have never lost a match in the four years of their existence.  The team opens at home this Saturday, Dec. 21, against University City /Clairemont at the upper grass field at Torrey Pines High School.  The match starts at 10:30 a.m.  Varsity at noon.  Photo/Susie Talman. Report by Tim Pickwell

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20131214 TP v Pt Loma (Watson Scrum V)

Torrey Pines scrum half Bryce Watson digs a ball out of a ruck during the Varsity’s 64-12 beat down of High Tech High/Pt. Loma Dec. 14 at Dusty Rhodes Park in Ocean Beach.  Teammates Dany Schevchenko, David Groesbeck, and Patrick Foran lean into the pile.   Dean Karam (upper right) was named man of the match with 17 tackles and many timely line breaks (runs).  Jake Goena, a senior inside center, scored two tries on hard, physical runs.  Wing Devin Slubowski showed superior speed in outrunning the High Tech High defense to score the Varsity’s first three tries. Newcomer Brad Chapman got his first start ever at flanker. “I was very impressed with the backline attack today,” said Head Coach Matty Sandoval. “The forwards need to pick up their end of things. As a group we are headed in the right direction, but have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be by season’s end.”  Sandoval especially praised the play of scrummie Watson. “Bryce took a big step up as field general at scrumhalf, marshaling the forwards all over the pitch, and delivering crisp passes to the backline.” Torrey Pines (2-0) are the defending San Diego Section champs.  The team opens at home this Saturday, Dec. 21, against University City /Clairemont on the upper grass field at Torrey Pines High School.  Match starts at noon.  JV plays at 10:30 a.m.  Photo/Susie Talman. Report by Tim Pickwell

   
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