Week in Sports
By Gideon Rubin
Torrey Pines returned to familiar territory on he shoulders of an unfamiliar face.
Sandy Cho, the Falcons No. 3 golfer, won the state individual title and led her team to a second consecutive state championship on Nov. 15 at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.
Torrey Pines, which concluded its second consecutive unbeaten season, shot a combined 381, finishing two strokes ahead of Torrance to win the team title.
Cho shot a 1-under-par 71 to finish in a two-way tie for first and eventually won the title in a playoff with Palm Desert’s Cha Cha Willhoite.
Standout Hee Wook Choi and Jennifer Peng each shot a 76. They were among 12 players who tied for eighth place.
Playing with a fractured toe, Minjia Luo shot a 78, highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 17th hole.
Stacey Rayo shot an 80, and Shiyang Fan added an 83 score for the Falcons.
Torrey Pines couldn’t have picked a better time to snap a two-game skid.
The Falcons rallied from a fourth quarter deficit to defeat Morse 16-11 in a San Diego Section Division I first-round playoff game on Nov. 19.
Trailing 11-7 early in the fourth quarter, the Falcons closed to within a point on Jack Mitchell’s 37-yard field goal.
David Bagby’s scoring run from the 2 gave the Falcons a 16-11 lead.
Bagby led the Falcosn with 48 rushing yards.
The Falcons broke a scoreless tie midway through the second quarter when Jake Ashby recovered a Morse fumble in the end zone to give Torrey Pines a 7-0 lead.
Falcons quarterback Andrew Perkins was 11 for 20 passing for 168 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 5-6.
Cathedral Catholic and Santa Fe Christian had first-round byes in the Division III and V playoffs.
Top-seeded Cathedral Catholic (9-1) will play host to Lincoln (2-8-1) in a quarterfinal on Nov. 25. At 7 p.m.
No. 1 Santa Fe Christian (9-1) will play host to Tri-City Christian (9-2) on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.
Torrey Pines will play at No. 1 Helix (9-1) on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.
Torrey Pines defeated Rancho Buena Vista 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-10) to win the San Diego Section Division I championship on Nov. 19.
Savannah Rennie had 10 kills to lead the Falcons and Madison Dutra added eight kills.
The Falcons advanced to the finals after defeating Valley Center 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-21) in the semifinals.
Rennie led the Falcons with 10 kills and Gigi Cresto contributed 25 assists and 15 digs.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 27-8 heading into the state playoffs.
Cathedral Catholic defeated La Jolla 3-1 (25-14, 25-17, 25-27, 25-16) to win the Division III championship on Nov. 19.
Morgan Cormier had 20 kills to lead the Dons, and Krissy Witous added 11 kills.
The Dons title game appearance followed a 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-10) victory over Valley Center in the semifinals on Nov 15.
Tatiana Durr led the Dons with 12 kills and Cormier added 12 kills.
Lauren Miller had 24 assists and Jaclyn Williamson added 14 assists.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 31-4 heading into the state playoffs.
Canyon Crest Academy lost to La Costa Canyon 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-19) in a Division III semifinal on Nov. 16.
The Ravens were led by Delaney Sullivan, who had nine kills, and Hannah Grobisen, who added seven kills.
Miranda Beach had 13 assists, and Kyana Miller had 12 assists.
The Ravens concluded their season with a 23-13 overall record.
Canyon Crest Academy lost to Serra 3-0 in the Division II championship game.
Ravens goalie Clara Belitz recorded 12 saves.
Ashlyn Dadkhah’s second place finish led Torrey Pines to a San Diego Section Division I girls’ team championship on Nov. 19.
Dadkhah clocked a 16-minute, 14-second time on the 2.75-mile course at Morley Field.
Jarron Helbock placed fourth individually to lead Cathedral Catholic to a Division III boys’ championship.
Helbock ran the 3.04-mile course in 16:27.
Former Cathedral Catholic standout Tyler Gaffney rushed for a pivotal touchdown for Stanford in its 31-28 victory in the annual Big Game rivalry against California on Nov. 19.
Gaffney’s 6-yard scoring run late in the first half culminated a 78-yard drive and gave the Cardinal a 14-13 lead going into the intermission.
Gaffney, a junior, rushed for 40 yards on six carries.
His 415 yards and seven touchdowns this year are both career highs.