The week in sports: Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach



Cathedral Catholic rallied for a dramatic 24-21 victory over Carlsbad in an Open Division quarterfinal playoff game on Nov. 20. Kevin Boermeester’s 47-yard field goal at the buzzer capped a stunning rally. The Dons trailed 21-14 with less than five minutes remaining when Hogan Irwin’s 33-yard scoring run tied the game. The Dons improved their overall record to 7-4.

Santa Fe Christian experienced a 41-34 overtime loss to Imperial in a Division III playoff quarterfinal on Nov. 20. The loss snapped an eight-game Eagles winning streak. Eagles quarterback Connor Whitton completed 16 of 29 pass attempts for 254 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Matthew McRoskey caught four passes for 92 yards and one touchdown. Hank Ontiveros caught five passes for 85 yards and one touchdown, and Caleb Phillips had four receptions for 60 yards and one score. Phillips led the Eagles defensively with 14 tackles and Gavin Dill added nine tackles and one sack. The Eagles fell to 9-2 overall.

Torrey Pines lost to El Camino 14-10 in a Division I playoff quarterfinal on Nov. 20. Caden Kelly’s 20-yard scoring pass to Sully O’Brien closed to the Falcons to within 14-10 late in the third quarter. Luc D’Arcy kicked a 30-yard field goal earlier in the game. The Falcons fell to 4-8 overall for the season.

La Costa Canyon lost to Mission Hills 47-0 in an Open Division playoff quarterfinal on Nov. 20. The Mavericks fell to 7-4 overall.


Torrey Pines overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat Cathedral Catholic 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-20) in the Open Division championship game on Nov. 21. Savvy Simo had 28 kills to lead the Falcons. Emily Fitzner added 12 kills. Brynn Chandler and Kiara McNulty had 21 and 19 assists, respectively. The Falcons improved their overall record to 34-1. The Dons fell to 29-4.

La Costa Canyon defeated Bishop’s 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 25-20) in the Division I championship game on Nov. 21. Bronte Zlomek had 16 kills to lead the Mavericks and Morgan Lewis and Rachel Mills added 10 and eight kills, respectively. The Mavericks improved to 26-11 overall.


Torrey Pines placed fourth at the Nov. 17 state championship match at Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach. The Falcons were making their seventh consecutive appearance in the state championships, led by Christina Park, their lone senior, who shot a one-over-par 72. She placed tied for fourth individually. Falcons teammates Carolyn Zhao and Rong Ji each shot an 83. Dani Rodea shot an 84. The Falcons shot a 412 team score.

Field hockey:

Torrey Pines lost to Serra 3-0 in the Open Division championship game on Nov. 21. The Falcons defeated Scripps Ranch 1-0 in the semifinals two days earlier. Ryan Poe scored the game’s only goal on an assist from Samantha “Sammy” Cirino. Falcons goalie Jaden Watkins was credited with the shutout. The Falcons fell to 24-3 overall.

La Costa Canyon lost to Serra 2-1 in an Open Division semifinal on Nov. 19. The Mavericks two days earlier defeated Canyon Crest Academy 3-1 in the semifinals. Mackenzie Peterson scored one goal and had one assist to lead the Mavericks and Chandler Waldal and Lindsay Fessinger each added a goal. Mavericks goalie Jodi Steigerwald had six saves. The Mavericks improved their overall record to 19-7. The Ravens fell to 19-4.

Cathedral Catholic lost to Poway 3-0 in a Division I playoff quarterfinal on Nov. 17. The Dons fell to 11-11 overall for the season.

Water polo:

Cathedral Catholic defeated Coronado 11-6 in the Open Division championship on Nov. 21. Dennis Blyashov scored five goals to lead the Dons. Spencer Nelson and Erik Siegel each added two goals. Dons goalie Middleton had five saves.

Cross country:

Torrey Pines won the San Diego Section Division I boys’ championship meet on Nov. 21. The Falcons were led by Charlie Pope, who finished first individually, running the three-mile course at Morley Field in 16 minutes and 41 seconds. The Falcons finished with 61 points, 49 points ahead of second-place Vista (110).

La Costa Canyon won the Division III boys’ heat with 57 points. Cathedral Catholic (73) placed second. The Mavericks were led by Joshua Litwiller (16:07), who placed first individually. Cathedral Catholic’s Joaquin Martinez de Pinellos (16:28) placed second. LCC also took first place in the girls’ Division III heat. The Mavericks dominated, placing seven among the top 10. They finished with 20 points, ahead of second-place Cathedral Catholic (59). The Dons were led by Claire Swafford (17:08), who placed fifth. The Mavericks were led by McKenna Brown, who clocked a 16:31 on the 2.75-mile course. Teammate Krisin Fahy (16:46) placed second. Torrey Pines placed second in the girls’ Division I heat. The Falcons were led by Vanessa Beeler (17:52), who placed 10th.