Roundup: Carmel ends Soquel water polo streak

Roundup: Carmel ends Soquel water polo streak


Roundup: Carmel ends Soquel water polo streak


The Carmel High boys water polo team defeated Soquel 11-10 in sudden death triple overtime to win the Monterey Bay League Gabilan Division tournament final Saturday and end the Knights’ 91-league match winning streak.

Ethan Atkins scored the winning goal in Saturday’s match at Aptos High, with an assist from Brett Luch.

The win by the Padres (21-6) earned them a share of the league title with Soquel, who won the regular season, and the No. 6 seed in the Central Coast Section Division I championship tournament. Soquel (21-5) is the No. 4 seed.

Carmel will meet Stevenson (15-9), the 11th seed, in a first-round match Tuesday or Wednesday at a site to be determined.

Carmel had two narrow defeats at the hands of Soquel in the regular season.

Carmel’s Trey Coppinger had four goals, Zack Olivas three goals and Sam Sunde came up with 11 saves in goal. Luch and Chimay Skinner excelled defensively and also had one goal and Kenny Doo was a menace defending at two meters, Carmel coach Aaron Gaily said.

In the MBL Pacific tournament finals at Watsonville, Stevenson clipped Palma 16-15 to earn a share of the league title.

Palma went 12-0 in league and Stevenson was 10-2. For the second straight year the Chieftains won the regular season league title, but fell in the tournament finals by one goal to miss the postseason.

Leading the Pirates were Isaac Nealey with eight goals, Logan Fannin with four and Galen Manhard with three.

Palma was led by Michael D’Arrigo’s six goals and four assists, Charles Kesecker’s three goals and two goals each from Brandon Hontales and Blake Martella.

Also in the MBL Gabilan tournament, Santa Cruz defeated Salinas 9-7 at Watsonville to finish third.

In the MBL Pacific Division girls tournament finals at Watsonville, Monterey defeated Santa Cruz 8-5 to win a share of the league title and advance to CCS.

Shannon Cry had four goals, Colleen Mayone three goals and Kody Howard 14 saves in goal.

Monterey (20-5) is the No. 11 seed in the CCS Division II tournament and opens against No. 6 Presentation (14-10). That game will take place Tuesday or Wednesday at a site to be determined.

In the MBL Gabilan Division girls tournament, San Lorenzo Valley topped Santa Catalina 15-14 to place third.

The Cougars (17-8) made the Division II field as the No. 9 seed and will meet No. 8 Willow Glen (15-5) on Tuesday or Wednesday at a site to be determined.

Girls volleyball

Six Monterey County teams were seeded in CCS championship tournaments, led by Notre Dame earning the No. 1 seed in Division V and Salinas the No. 2 seed in Division I.

Here are the local qualifiers along with their opening match-ups;

Division I: No. 10 Monta Vista (19-5)/No. 7 Santa Teresa winner at No. 1 Salinas (22-8), 7 p.m. Saturday.

Division III: No. 9 Monterey (12-19) at No. 8 Live Oak (12-16), 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Division IV: No. 10 King City (17-11) vs. No. 7 Mercy Burlingame (22-12) at TBD, 7 p.m. Wednesday; No. 12 Carmel (20-14) at No. 5 Harker (20-6), 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Division V: No. 6 Crystal Springs Upland (23-9) at No. 3 Santa Catalina (19-4), 7 p.m. Saturday; No. 8 Pacific Collegiate (22-3)/No. 9 Thomas More (17-10) at No. 1 Notre Dame (21-10), 7 p.m. Saturday.

Girls tennis

Four Peninsula schools were seeded in the CCS girls team tennis championship tournament and will open play Tuesday. All matches start at 1:30 p.m.

Here are the opening matches featuring local teams: Crystal Springs (14-5) vs. Monterey (13-2) at Pebble Beach Tennis Center; Palo Alto (14-8) at Stevenson (11-5); Gunn (15-7) at Santa Catalina (12-3); Evergreen Valley (9-3) vs. Carmel (19-1) at Carmel Valley Athletic Club.

Field hockey

North Salinas (12-1-1) was seeded No. 12 in the CCS tournament and will play at No. 5 Saratoga (7-7) at 3 p.m. Thursday in an opening-round game.

Christopher (12-0-2), the MTAL champion, was seeded No. 8 and will play No. 9 Leigh (7-6-1) on Thursday.


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