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By Steve Breazeale
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Girls Tennis Wins League Title
Facing a San Clemente team that ended their historic league winning streak earlier this month, the Dana Hills girls tennis team defeated the Tritons in the rematch on Oct. 21 to ensure a share of the South Coast League title.
The Dolphins would go on to lose a narrow match, 9-9, with Tesoro on Oct. 23 but the split with the Tritons guaranteed they will retain the league hardware yet again. In the Tesoro match, the Titans prevailed due to number of games won.
Dana Hills finished the regular season with an 8-4 overall record, including a 6-2 record in league play.
The Dolphins were set to compete in the South Coast League finals from Oct. 28-29. Results were not available at press time.
Soewondo Places Second in League Golf Finals
Sophomore golfer Joan Soewondo shot a collective 146 over a two-day stretch at Costa Mesa Country Club in the South Coast League finals to earn a second-place finish.
Soewondo qualified for the CIF-SS Individual Regional Championship, which was played at Dad Miller Golf Course in Anaheim on Oct. 27. Results were not available at press time.
Dolphins Football Honor the Valor in Final Home Game
The Dana Hills football team was set to host San Juan Hills on Oct. 30 in their final home game of the season. Results were not available at press time.
The game marked the third time the Dolphins team and boosters hosted their Honor the Valor benefit game. Every year, the team invites military veterans to take part in pre-game ceremonies, which include guest speakers and dinner.
In years past, veterans spanning from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom have been in attendance. This year, 63 veterans were scheduled to be on hand for the game.
The Dolphins players also don special custom made jerseys with the name of a veteran on the back replacing their own. At the end of the game, each Dolphins player will present the jersey to their respective veteran.
The Dolphins 12th Man Club, a booster organization, raised funds all year long and will present the proceeds to several local veteran groups, including: Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934, Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee. The Honor the Valor initiative has raised over $60,000 in two years.
Dolphins Water Polo Looks to Lock up League Title
After running through the South Coast League with a perfect record to-date, the Dana Hills boys water polo team has one final test left on its schedule—a rematch with rival San Clemente on Nov. 4. As of Oct. 30, the Dolphins were two games clear of the second place Tritons, who have two games remaining on their schedule.
If Dana Hills (12-9, 6-0) can defeat the Tritons, they will earn an outright first-place finish in league.
But that scenario might not manifest itself. San Clemente was slated to play Mission Viejo in a league contest on Oct. 30. If the Tritons lose that game, their chances of sharing the title with Dana Hills are slim.
The Dolphins were able to beat the Tritons on the road, 11-8, on Oct. 14 behind a balanced offensive performance.
Dana Hills will play Agoura in a nonleague match on Nov. 5 before closing out their season with a league game against Mission Viejo on Nov. 6.
Dolphins Volleyball Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive
The Dana Hills girls volleyball team pulled off a crucial five-set win over first place San Clemente on Oct. 29, keeping their CIF-SS playoff aspirations alive.
The Dolphins (8-10, 4-3) rallied from a two-set deficit, taking the next three to earn a 13-25, 17-25, 26-24, 25-21, 15-5 win.
Dana Hills now trails second place Tesoro by one game and could tie with the Titans for second place if Tesoro falls to Capistrano Valley on Nov. 3. The Dolphins will need to defeat San Juan Hills on Nov. 3 if they are to have a shot at earning an outright playoff berth.
Ogden, Coppi Pace Dolphins X-C to Second-Place Finish at Mt. SAC
Juniors Jake Ogden and Mason Coppi finished fifth and eighth, respectively, in the boys individual Division 1 sweepstakes at Mt. SAC on Oct. 25 to vault the Dana Hills boys cross country team to a second-place finish.
Ogden finished the race with a time of 14:49 and Coppi posted a time of 14:57.
The girls cross country team finished fourth in the sweepstakes race behind the efforts of Sienna Serrao (18:15) and Kathryn Kaloroumakis (18:22).