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La Jolla Country Day lacrosse rides hot streak

The Torreys (12-3, 6-1) boys lacrosse team keeps on winning, notching their 10th victory in a row last week as they defeated Santa Fe Christian and Canyon Crest Academy.

This week the team takes on San Dieguito Academy and Pacific Ridge, but looming in the distance is another game against Bishop’s next Monday evening. That match could be for the conference title, which would be a huge improvement from last year for the Torreys, who saw their then-head coach fired before the season concluded.

The team’s new head coach, Rory Hyland, has this year’s group headed in the right direction, thanks in part to Jake Hamilton and goalie David Farley.

“I think a lot of it’s momentum,” Hyland said of the winning streak, “and we won a lot of one-goal games that just boosted our confidence and we just kinda got hot.”

Hyland didn’t want to get ahead of himself, but knows another win Monday night (as well as the two games this week) could mean a league title for his rejuvenated group.

“That should be a pretty good game, said Hyland, whose team topped the Knights 9-8 last time the two schools played.

Softball

In the last two weeks, the Torreys have had victories over Santa Fe Christian (15-0), High Tech High (12-0), Tri-City Christian (8-1) and Chula Vista (7-1). Their only loss during that span was a league game against San Dieguito, 3-2.

At press time on Tuesday, the Torreys were 17-3 overall and 4-1 in league.

The highlight of the past two weeks came against Chula Vista. With the score tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, the Torreys went on a hitting barrage, which started with Katie Woods getting on base with a single and the next three batters (Christine Campbell, Miquela Fiori and Megan Woods) hitting doubles that bounced off the fence. The remaining Torreys got into the swing of things as well and at the end of the inning, leading to a 7-1 advantage.

This week the Torreys are on the road at Escondido Charter and Thursday to Santa Fe Christian.

Girls lacrosse

The Torreys (3-12, 0-4) lost both of their games last week, each a 16-2 setback to Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito Academy. The team closes out the regular season with another game against SDA this week.

Baseball

The Torreys (18-6, 3-3) went 2-1 last week, defeating both Bishop’s and San Dieguito Academy, but losing to Parker, 4-0.

Against Bishop’s, freshman Dustin Hughes took the mound for his first start of the season. He also led off the scoring by doubling in the second inning and being driven in on a ground-out by Roman Valenzuela.

With the win against SDA, the Torreys are now 3-3 in a very tightly contested Coastal-South league race.

In JV action, the team went 3-0 this week, including another great pitching performance, with Mark Atkins no-hitting arch rival Bishops.

Boys golf

The Torreys finished the regular season with an overall record of 13 wins and three losses to finish second to Francis Parker in the Coastal-South.

On May 5, in the Coastal Conference tourney at Lake San Marcos Country Club, the Torreys finished second to Francis Parker, carding a 419 to the Lancers 407. Canyon Crest Academy finished third with a 433 score followed by the Bishop’s School with 449 and Horizon Christian with 466.

On the individual side, Jack Styli of Bishop’s at 79 was the only player to break 80. Freshman Nick Tubis and sophomore Bernardo Bustamente both shot 82 to lead the Torreys, followed closely by Alex Rapeport 83 and Anthony Paolucci at 84.

At last week’s seeding meeting for CIF play, the Torreys had the third lowest index (the team average of five players) with a 17.4 behind St. Augustine 11.6 and Steele Canyon 14.9, and ahead of Cathedral Canyon 17.7 and Francis Parker at 18.5.

The Torreys will tee it up at 7:30 a.m. May 18 at the Warner Springs Resort Links.

Junior Anthony Paolucci earned Coastal-South player of the year honors, and both Freshman Nick Tubis and Alex Rapeport earned second team all-league honors. Paolucci had the distinction of having the lowest individual index in all of CIF golf with a composite of -0.9 for the season.

LA JOLLA HIGH

Girls lacrosse

The Vikings (6-10, 2-4) finished out the regular season with back-to-back wins last week defeating Bishop’s 10-9 and Henry 10-4.

Baseball

The Vikings (7-14, 2-6) lost all three of their games last week, which included one to University City and two against Madison.

La Jolla broke out to a 1-0 lead against Madison in the rematch, but couldn’t hold on to the lead. The game was tied 1-1 through five innings, but the Vikings’ bullpen couldn’t hold down the Madison offense and the Warhawks won, 9-4. Zac Zlatic was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, while Steigerwalt was 2-for-3 on the game.

In another rematch, this one following an 11-0 loss to UC the previous week, the Vikings rallied late to force extra innings. Max Strohl threw 6 2/3 innings of strong relief allowing only one run. La Jolla pounded out 16 hits, but couldn’t come up with the big one when they needed it as they stranded 14 runners on base en route to a 5-4 loss in 11 innings.

Bradley Zimmer was 4-4 and reached base safely in all six at bats. Aaron Steigerwalt was 3-4. Tinol Yekta, Mike Peterson, and Strohl each had two hits in the losing effort.

This week, the team plays two games against Mission Bay.

Boys lacrosse

The Vikings (7-7, 4-2) split a pair of games last week, a 10-goal win over University City and a 11-8 setback against Henry. The team will close out its regular season this week with a pair of games on the road against Serra and Coronado.

Boys volleyball

The Vikings (23-13, 9-3) notched two wins last week, a 3-0 win over Mira Mesa and a 3-1 win over Scripps Ranch to conclude their regular season.

Track

The team has league finals Friday.

THE BISHOP’S SCHOOL

Boys lacrosse

The Knights (11-4, 3-2) are currently riding a five-game winning streak, including two more last week against Parker and San Dieguito Academy. This week, the team will play at Santa Fe Christian and Canyon Crest Academy.

Boys volleyball

The Knights (20-5, 8-2) notched two more wins last week, defeating San Dieguito Academy 3-0 and Tri-City Christian 3-1. This week the team starts CIF first-round play.

Girls softball

The Knights (9-10, 1-4) went 1-2 last week, losing to both Parker and Holtville, but getting a win at Horizon. This week the team will play a home-and-home with Mountain Empire.

Girls lacrosse

The Knights (10-4, 4-2) went 2-1 last week, beating Parker and Santa Fe Christian by a combined 28-14. The team’s lone setback came against La Jolla, a 10-9 loss. Up next this week is a game versus Canyon Crest.

Other teams at Bishops: Tennis, swimming and track and field are all in the postseason this week.