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Boys basketball

Led by Clinton Andersonís double-double, Santa Ynez picked up its first win of the season at home Dec. 4 against Laguna Blanca. The Pirates havenít had much to celebrate since then, however.

In the teamís 47-35 victory against Laguna Blanca, Anderson scored 14 points and pulled down 10 boards, while senior Karl Fredrickson added 11 points.

Following that win, Santa Ynez hit the road to compete in the Fillmore varsity tournament from Dec. 6-8, an event in which they finished 0-3.

The Pirates (1-4) opened the tourney with a 56-31 loss to host Fillmore. Fredrickson led Santa Ynez with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

On day two of the tournament, the Pirates suffered a heartbreaking 38-36 loss to Carpinteria. Fredrickson (13 points) and Anderson (10) led the scoring for Santa Ynez, which couldnít get its shots to fall over the final five minutes. Coach Rod Caughell said he was encouraged by his teamís defensive effort in the tight defeat. On the third day of the event, Santa Ynez again struggled with shooting in a 60-38 loss to Rosemead, a game in which the Pirates shot just 20% as a team. Fredrickson had another double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Anderson was just two points away from also achieving the feat with 8 points and 11 boards.

The Pirates, who hosted Orcutt Academy on Wednesday, Dec. 12, will compete in the Carpinteria varsity tournament Friday through Tuesday, Dec. 14-18. They will open Los Padres League play at home against Nipomo on Dec. 20.

Girls soccer

Santa Ynez came up short on a pair of rally attempts as it dropped its first two matches of the season.

The Pirates fell behind late in a 3-2 loss at San Luis Obispo on Dec. 6, and then fell behind early in a 4-1 home loss against Charter Oak two days later. The setbacks dropped Santa Ynez to 2-2-1 on the season.

The Pirates took the first lead against SLO when sophomore Riley Smith netted a goal early in the second half. That 1-0 advantage was quickly erased, however, when the Tigers struck back for three goals in a 14-minute stretch, including two in two minutes from senior Brandy Candaele. Santa Ynez sophomore Tayler Beaird cut her teamís deficit to 3-2 with 12 minutes remaining, but the Pirates were unable to come up with the equalizer.

Junior Julia Callow and senior Kat Rocha each assisted on goals in the loss, while senior keeper Alyssa Beamer recorded five saves. Back at home against Charter Oak, the Pirates were hit early and found themselves in a 3-0 hole at the half. Santa Ynez senior Paige Tambini scored in the second half, off an assist from Beaird, but it wasnít enough as the visitors tacked on another score in the runaway victory. Beamer had four saves in the net for Santa Ynez.

The Pirates, who played at San Marcos on Wednesday, Dec. 12, will travel to Santa Barbara to take on the Dons on Thursday, Dec. 13. They will open LPL play at Lompoc on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Girls water polo

The Pirates rebounded from a tough loss at Righetti with a strong home win over San Luis Obispo and a dominant undefeated run in a tournament hosted by Santa Maria.

Santa Ynez lost 16-5 at Righetti on Dec. 4, getting goals from Sophie Stanfield (2), Leah Parlato, Olivia Weber and Holly Walter. The Pirates (6-1) bounced back in a big way, though, with a 12-5 win over SLO on Dec. 6 and then a 4-0 streak in the Santa Maria tourney that took place on Dec. 7-8.

Stanfield and Taylor Hamilton each finished with three goals in the win over the Tigers, while Parlato and Walter added two apiece. Reagan Mroz and Emma de Goede each also scored.

At Santa Maria, the Pirates picked up an 11-6 win over Pioneer Valley, a 12-6 victory over Villanova, a 12-3 decision over the host Spartans and an 8-5 verdict against Nipomo.

Stanfield led the team with a combined 14 goals in the two-day event, while Parlato also reached double digits with 11. Mroz (5), Hamilton (4), Walter (4), Weber (3), and Erica Krause, Ana Everhart, and de Goede (each with 2) also scored multiple goals. Mackenzie Perez was the lone other scorer for Santa Ynez in the event. The Pirates, who traveled to Cate on Wednesday, Dec. 12, will host Atascadero on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Golf tournament

Recovery Ranch, a structured sober living facility for men in Santa Ynez, will host a benefit golf tournament at the Rancho San Marcos Golf Course on Jan. 12.

All proceeds from the event, dubbed the Howard Shannon Classic, will go to support the facilityís scholarship fund.

For more information, or to enter the tournament, contact Daniel Ross at (805) 252-5661, Andy Kirk at (805) 701-4671 or Syd Wasem at (805) 680-0128.