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By Zach Cavanagh
Boys Golf Pushes on in League Play
The Dana Hills boys golf team has locked back in after a stumble to open South Coast League play.
The Dolphins are 13-2 overall and 3-2 in league play, with their only two loses coming against Tesoro in a pair of league-opening matches. Dana Hills and Tesoro split the league title and both matches last season, when Tesoro went on to win the CIF-SS Division 2 team championship. Dana Hills had bested Tesoro in earlier tournament play, but the Titans got the results when it counted most.
On March 17, Tesoro just edged Dana Hills in the South Coast League opener, 195-198, in the Dolphins’ home match at El Niguel Country Club. Tesoro took the win in grander fashion, 169-181 on March 22, on its home course of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club.
Dana Hills has won five matches in a row since then. The Dolphins took a pair of nonleague home matches, 183-219 over Beckman on March 23 and 177-200 over Aliso Niguel on March 29, and following the spring break, Dana hills swept San Clemente with a 193-207 win at Bella Collina San Clemente on April 12 and a 183-213 win at El Niguel.
This week, the Dolphins beat Capistrano Valley at home, 199-217, on Tuesday, April 19. The Dolphins also took on Capistrano Valley at San Juan Hills Golf Club on Wednesday, April 20, but results were not available at press time.
The Dolphins close out the regular season next week with a pair of matches against Mission Viejo. Dana Hills plays at Mission Viejo Country Club on Tuesday, April 26, and at El Niguel on Thursday, April 28.
The South Coast League Finals will be played May 2 and 3 at Arroyo Trabuco.
The Dana Hills swim teams will compete in the South Coast League championships next week. The Dolphins will swim at El Toro High School, with the prelims on Tuesday, April 26, and Wednesday, April 27, with the varsity finals on Friday, April 29
Dana Hills girls lacrosse has found itself in a playoff race. The Dolphins (4-9, 3-3) entered Thursday, April 21, tied for second in the Sea View League with Mission Viejo (3-11, 3-3). The Dolphins and Diablos played on Thursday, but results were not available at press time. Dana Hills hosts last-place Capistrano Valley on Monday, April 25, and hosts league champion El Toro on Wednesday, April 27.
Dana Hills boys lacrosse closes out its Sea View League schedule on Friday night, April 22. The Dolphins (2-11, 1-5) play at San Juan Hills and will finish third in the league. Dana Hills has one more game at home on Tuesday, April 26, against El Dorado.
Dana Hills softball is still searching for its first South Coast League win. The Dolphins (2-13, 0-3) tied their biggest offensive output of the season on Tuesday, April 19, but host Aliso Niguel denied Dana Hills in a 15-11 victory. The Dolphins played at San Juan Hills on Thursday, April 21, but results were not available at press time. Dana Hills closes out the regular season next week at home against Mission Viejo on Monday, April 25, and at Aliso Niguel on Wednesday, April 27.
Dana Hills boys volleyball remains winless on the season. The Dolphins (0-12, 0-7) closed out the regular season at Aliso Niguel on Thursday, April 21, but results were not available at press time. The Dolphins have lost their last 25 matches dating back to the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
Zach Cavanagh is the sports editor for Picket Fence Media. Zach is multiple California Journalism Award winner and has covered sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports. Email at email@example.com.