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Week in Sports: Vikings, Torreys, Knights all win in football

Football

La Jolla High School secured a dominant 41-0 victory over San Diego High School on Sept. 19 in the Vikings’ first home game this season.

The Vikings rolled to the win on the strength of their running game. Victor Rangel carried the ball nine times for 125 yards and three touchdowns (of 7, 15 and 47 yards), and Robbie Beathard contributed 174 yards on nine carries and scored twice (on runs of 2 7 and 27 yards).

La Jolla’s offense totaled 432 yards, while its defense limited the visiting Cavers to 70 total yards.

“This was a good win for us after last week,” Vikings coach Dave Ponsford said. “We worked on ironing out some things all week in practice, and it was nice to see improvement.”

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Torreys on top

La Jolla Country Day eased to a 73-26 win over Foothills Christian on Sept. 19, improving to 3-0 this season.

Derek Hatfield led an unstoppable Torreys offense, completing 13 of his 20 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 98 yards and two scores on 10 carries. Connor Gerhart caught five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, and Montell Allen carried the ball 13 times for 67 yards and a pair of scores while also getting into the end zone on a 26-yard pass from Hatfield.

Kees Thompson returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns. Zack Wolfenzon converted all 10 of his point-after-touchdown attempts and made a 20-yard field goal.

Defensively, Doug Rogers made four tackles and had two sacks. Hatfield, Frankie Brown, Gerhart and Alberto Yanez all had interceptions.

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Offense rolls

The Bishop’s School rolled to a 55-16 victory over Salesian on Sept. 19, moving to 2-1 this season.

Sophomore running back Kyle Jester led the Knights with 11 carries for 167 yards and three touchdowns, and freshman quarterback Joey Moreno threw for 142 yards and two scores, all in the first half.

Mike Jensen made seven tackles in leading a Knights defense that didn’t allow Salesian a first down before halftime. Hector Eribez had two sacks, and Nathan Hickman added a pair of interceptions.

“This game was a complete turnaround from last week,” Bishop’s coach Mike David said. “We played extremely well on both sides of the ball.”

Girls’ volleyball

The Bishop’s School fell to Cathedral Catholic in a sweep on Sept. 17. Kendall Lord led the Knights with four aces, and Laura Aguilar played well in the serve receive role, coach Tod Mattox said.

Bishop’s bounced back with a sweep of Tri-City Christian on Sept. 19. The Knights totaled 16 aces and just one serving error. Thea Derrough was dominant in the middle, tallying a match-high 15 kills.

La Jolla High School earned a 25-16, 25-19, 25-15 victory over Christian High School on Sept. 19.

Cross country

La Jolla Country Day’s boys team placed 19th of 65 teams at the Mt. Carmel Invitational on Sept. 20, the top finish for a Division IV team.
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Senior captain Alex Poyhonen led the charge after returning from a summer knee injury, placing 12th with a time of 16 minutes, 32 seconds over a 2.7-mile course. Eric Blodgett finished 63rd in 18:26. Noah Wolfenzon placed seventh in the freshman race in 18:07, Lee Klitzner placed 9th (17:11) in the sophomore race, and in the junior race, Dennis Roth (16:53) was eighth, with Alex Fleischhacker (17:18) was 17th.

The Torreys’ girls team also turned in a solid performance at the Mt. Carmel Invitational, especially from freshman Sam Staszak, who finished 14th while covering the 2.7-mile course in 18:57. Kaitlin McCallum finished 29th in 19:55, Maggie Taylor was 45th in 20:40, and Emily Domanico finished 58th in 21:36. Senior captain Sasha Binderow finished 55th in 20:04.

La Jolla High School’s boys’ team had some good individual performances at the Mt. Carmel Invitational on Sept. 20. Andrew Farkas placed second in the sophomore race with a time of 16:43. Michael Conroy was sixth (16:44) in the junior race, and Bryant Hammershaimb finished 14th (16:37) in the senior race.

Field hockey

The Bishop’s School secured a 3-0 win over San Marcos on Sept. 16.