The week in sports: Del Mar, Encinitas, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach
• Torrey Pines gave perennial power Cathedral Catholic all it could handle in a Week 3 nonleague game.
But if recent history is any indication, facing the Dons in early September isn’t quite the same thing as facing them in late November.
The No. 2-seeded Dons reiterated that point in a 27-0 San Diego Section Open Division playoff quarterfinal victory over the No. 7 Falcons on Nov. 21.
The Dons narrowly won the earlier meeting between the two teams, 8-7, on Sept. 12.
The Dons will play No. 3 Helix on Nov. 28 for a chance to play for the section title.
Clayton Dale rushed for a touchdown from the 1 early on, and the Dons stretched their lead to 13-0 in a first quarter that set the tone for the game on a pair of Tim Semenza field goals, the first from 32 yards out and the second from the 38.
The Dons stretched their lead to 20-0 when Dale competed a 26-yard scoring pass to Courtney Richardson.
They tacked on another touchdown in the fourth quarter on Adam Eastwood’s scoring run from the 2.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 10-1. The Falcons fell to 6-5.
• La Costa Canyon had lost four of its last five games going into the playoffs including all four of its games in the tough Avocado League West.
But the top-seeded Mavericks appear to have regained their footing just in time.
After a shaky start, the Mavericks rallied from an early deficit to defeat No. 8 Grossmont 47-28 in a Division I playoff quarterfinal on Nov. 21.
So now, despite their midseason woes, the Mavericks are a victory away from playing for the section title.
They are scheduled to play No. 4 Madison on Nov. 28.
The Mavericks had to overcome a 21-7 deficit in second quarter.
Duke Mackle led the comeback, scoring four touchdowns as the Mavericks closed out the game outscoring their opponent 40-7.
Mackle scored on runs from the 1 and the 3 to send the Mavericks into the intermission locked in a 21-21 tie.
Jake Koehnke kicked a 23-yard field goal in the third quarter that gave LCC a 24-21 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Colin Nishioka scored on an 48-yard interception return to give the Mavericks a 10-point lead, and Mackle’s 17-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter made it 38-21.
Grossmont answered with a rushing score to make it a 10-point game, but the Mavericks answered with a safety and a Mackle scoring run from the 3.
The Mavericks improved their overall record for the season to 6-5.
• Torrey Pines lost to Scripps Ranch 2-1 in the San Diego Section Division I finals on Nov. 22.
The Falcons defeated Rancho Buena Vista 1-0 in a Nov. 20 semifinal.
Gabi Jimenez scored the Falcons only goal in both games.
The Falcons fell to 21-6 overall for the season.
• La Costa Canyon lost to Serra 3-0 in the San Diego Section Division II finals on Nov. 22.
The Mavericks advanced to the finals after defeating Cathedral Catholic 2-1 in a Nov. 20 semifinal.
Mackenzie Peterson and Heather Brennan each scored one goal in defeat for the Mavericks. Nina Randolph assisted both scores.
Amico Paige recorded nine saves for the Mavericks.
Peyton Mowery scored the Dons’ only goal on an assist from Shannon Link.
The Mavericks fell to 17-9 overall for the season.
The Dons dropped to 18-9-1 overall for the season.
• Torrey Pines’ amazing state title run is over.
The Falcons’ unheard-of streak of four consecutive state championships ended with a second-place finish at this year’s finals at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga on Nov. 18.
The Falcons shot a combined 401 team score, finishing 20 strokes behind Diamond Bar.
The Falcons were led by senior Rong Ji, who shot a 77.
Muni He and Shiyang Fan each shot an 80 and Sung Eun Park shot an 81.
• Torrey Pines defeated Canyon Crest Academy 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-13) in the San Diego Section Open Division finals on Nov. 22.
Both teams advanced to the state championship tournament.
CCA is the No. 1 seed in the Southern California regional Division III bracket.
Torrey Pines is seeded No. 2 in Division I.
Savvy Simo had 13 kills to lead the Falcons and Savannah Rennie and Jillian Strockis added 12 and nine kills, respecitvely.
Lindsey Fry and Jolie Rasmussen each had four kills in defeat for the Ravens.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 21-6.
The Ravens fell to 28-7 overall for the season.
• La Costa Canyon lost to Point Loma 3-0 in the Division I finals on Nov. 22.
Cady Francis had 12 kills in defeat for the Mavericks and Sierra Lyle added six kills.
The Mavericks fell to 22-8 overall for the season.