La Jolla's week in sports: Torreys win tournament in Phoenix

La Jolla freshman #4 Eric Timms makes a block as his teammate carries the ball. Photo: Susie Talman
La Jolla freshman #4 Eric Timms makes a block as his teammate carries the ball. Photo: Susie Talman

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By Phil Dailey

Staff Writer

After notching a win against Santa Fe Christian last week, the Country Day volleyball team headed to Phoenix to participate in the National Nike Tournament of Champions.

At the two-day event, the Torreys were perfect, earning three wins the first day of the tournament followed by two more wins that vaulted the team to the finals. In the championship match, the Torreys took on St. Joseph's Academy (St. Louis, Mo.), a team that had been ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation this season. Country Day edged out a win, winning the first and third games.

Chloe Mathis led the team in assists as well as the offense. Sheridan Rice and Mollie Rogers were also effective in leading the team to the tournament title. Maggie Whitney, Kendal Peterkin and Mathis were named to the all-tournament team.

Up next this week for the Torreys are matches against Bishop's and Parker.

LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY

Football

The La Jolla Country Day football team took to the desert last week and faced Calipatria. Despite a 14-14 score at halftime, the Torreys (5-2 overall, 4-0 league) won their fourth game in a row as they outlasted the Hornets (4-3), 28-14.

Cornerback Anthony Torres ran back an interception 90 yards to get the first TD of the night for Country Day.

The win in part was because of the stout Torrey defense, which was led by sophomore linebacker Colin McMahon (12 tackles), senior linebacker Junior Togiaso (13 tackles) and junior linebacker Bernardo Bustamonte (11 tackles).

On offense, senior quarterback Ruben Pena who had 14 carries for 69 yards and one touchdown led the team again. He also completed 5-of-9 passes for 59 yards and another touchdown through the air.

The Torreys, tied for first place in the Pacific League, take on Holtville at home Friday night.

JV football

The JV team also won their game against Calipatria, a 21-6 win. The team moves to 4-3 on the season.

Cross Country

The cross-country teams competed last week at the Mt. SAC Invitational with more than 750 high schools.

The boys varsity team competed with some of the top teams in the state and were able to place fourth with a combined time of 1:22:04. Leading the charge for the Torreys was senior Lee Klitzner, who finished third with a time of 15:35. Noah Wolfenzon placed 13th with a time of 16:06, while teammate Josh Pooley placed 23rd with a time of 16:19.

Sam Staszak, who had a time of 21 minutes, 42 seconds, which was good for 57th place, led the girls team.

As for the boys JV team, it competed in the Division IV JV sweepstakes, which includes many of the top high schools in the state. Wes Taylor paced the Torreys with a time of 18:18, which was good for 29th place. Darin Wong and Ariel Smotrich both finished with a time of 18:28, while Max Gruenberg came in right behind them with a time of 18:43.

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