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Water polo

It was a high intensity battle to the end with the Pirates out scoring Cabrillo 8-7. The lead changed hands several times during the game, but play was tied at the end of regulation. The rules governing high school play allow for only two 3-minute overtime periods.

Neither team scored, so it went to a sudden death period. Cabrillo had the first chance to score.

Emmitt Hill of Cabrillo took a shot from 5 meters out, but it was blocked by Santa Ynez’s Luke Barber. Lukas Lastra took off quickly on a fast break and the goalie made a perfect pass to him. Lastra rolled to his right and skipped under the goalie’s arm to win the game.

This was Lastra’s third goal of the game. Adam Parlato had 2, Elijah Ozimec 2 and Luke Barber 1.

The Pirate overall record is 18-5-1, and 4-0 in league action. The final league game against Nipomo, ranked third in CIF, was scheduled for Wednesday.

Cross country

The Pirates made a strong showing at the Mt. SAC invitational on Oct. 22. The girls’ team placed 4th in their heat, comprised of 26 teams and 126 runners. The boys placed 7th from a pool of 24 schools and 147 runners.

The top runners for the lady Pirates were Shay Calderon, placing 15th with a time of 20:47, followed by Cat Truax, 19th at 20:58. For the boys, it was Connor Reck who was 5th at 16:31, followed by Roberto Bazan, 22nd at 16:59. The time to beat was 16:27.

The Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational is one of the nation’s largest cross country invitational meets. Last year more than 22,000 athletes competed on the three-mile cross country course. The course is split into various sections bearing the names “Valley Loop,” “Switchbacks,” “Poop Out Hill” and “Reservoir Hill.” The course is part of cross country legend and lingo, and dreaded by many.

Little has changed at Mt. SAC over the last 61 years, making it one of the few races where different generations can compare times. Santa Ynez High School record holders are Liza Truax with a time of 18:56 run in 2006, and Carlyle Eubank with a time of 15:47 in 2004.


Santa Ynez finished league play with win over Cabrillo, 199-230. Kristin Henno led the Pirates with 36, followed by Maddison Shean, 37, Christiana Layman with 39 and Meredith Stewart, who shot a 40. Morgam Salm of Cabrillo was medalist with a 35. Sarah Sanger, one of the Pirate best, was ill but tried to play to support her team. She eventually had to withdraw due to her illness, and Jenny Andreas stepped up with her personal best score of 47 to round out the scoring.

Santa Ynez was the only Los Padres League Team to make CIF Regional Team play was slated for Wednesday at Soule Park in Ojai.

Salm, Henno, Shean and Layman will represent the league in Individual CIF play on Monday at Los Posas Golf Course. The top six players in the League are Salam, from Cabrillo, Henno, Shean, Layman, Sanger, and Stewart – all from Santa Ynez.