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By Steve Breazeale and Kevin Dahlgren

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Track and Field Sweeps Tritons

Both the Dana Hills boys and girls track and field team defeated San Clemente in a league dual meet on April 17.

The boys team won 10 of 16 events at the meet, grabbing enough points for an 84-52 win. Both Dolphins relay teams earned victories.

The girls success in the field events helped pave the way to a convincing 96-40 win. The Dolphins won all six of the meet’s field events and sophomore Summer Higgins picked up wins in the long jump and triple jump.

The Dolphins competed at the Mt. SAC relays on April 20 and had several strong showings.

The boys 4×100 meter relay team of Justin Hunter, Connor Higgins, Marou Marquina and Nick Van Vliet won the event with a time of 42.49.

Chloe Deol broke her own school record in the 400 meter seeded event with a time of 56.95, good enough for a second-place finish.

Dolphins Tennis Topples Tesoro

The Dana Hills tennis team relied on the efforts of their doubles units in a 12-6 South Coast League win over Tesoro on April 22. The doubles teams needed to be sharp given the fact they accrued only three points in the singles format.

Senior Chase Masciorini, the team’s No. 1 singles player, won all three of his games while Tesoro won the remaining six points that were up for grabs.

But the Dolphins (4-8, 2-5 league) doubles teams, consisting of Chase Aplin, Corey Stephens, Jon Alami, Nick Kouracos, Arjun Boddu and Tyler Bloom, routed the Titans later in the day.

Boys Golf Eyeing League Title

The Dana Hills boys golf team has rattled off seven consecutive wins dating back to March 26. The winning run has put them one game ahead of Tesoro in the South Coast League standings.

The Dolphins (12-5, 5-1) recently capped off four consecutive league wins with a 201-206 victory over Aliso Niguel at El Niguel Country Club on April 17. Tanner Podres shot a 38 (+2) on the front nine to earn medalist honors.

The highlight of the winning streak came on April 15, when the Dolphins shot a collective season-low 182 at Aliso Viejo Country Club in a 182-202 win over Aliso Niguel. Dana Hills’ Matt Fry and Hayden Hill both shot 35 (E) on the front nine to earn co-medalist honors.

Dana Hills was set to play Laguna Beach in a nonleague match on April 24. Results were not available at press time.

If the Dolphins can win their two remaining league matches against Trabuco Hills on April 29 and April 30, they will claim the title outright.

Boys Volleyball Loses Two in a Row

After giving up an early 2-0 set advantage in an eventual five-set loss to San Clemente on April 15, the Dana Hills boys volleyball team was swept by Tesoro on April 17.

All three of the sets against the Titans were closely contested but the Dolphins lost 25-22, 25-23, 25-22. The Dolphins lost ground in the league standings and now find themselves in a tie for second place with Tesoro. San Clemente is two games clear at the top of the standings.

Dana Hills will return to league play with a match against Capistrano Valley on April 29.

Softball Bounces Back

Following a loss to top-ranked Mission Viejo to open up South Coast League competition, the Dana Hills softball team has bounced back with three consecutive wins.

Two of the wins came against league opponents San Clemente and El Toro.

The game against the Chargers on April 22 saw the Dolphins (14-4, 2-1) score all of their runs in the first four innings en route to a 6-3 victory. Senior pitcher Lindsey Cassidy threw a complete game, allowing five hits while striking out a season-best nine batters.

Dana Hills will travel to play Tesoro in a league game on April 29.

Dolphins Baseball Still in First

The Dana Hills baseball team continued their run through the Sea View League on April 22 with an 8-3 victory over Laguna Hills.

The Hawks had no answer for Dolphins junior starting pitcher Marrick Crouse, who dominated the Hawks bats on the mound while also producing at the plate.

Crouse picked up the victory while throwing a complete game four-hitter, striking out six batters and giving up three runs. At the plate, Crouse was able to collect two hits, including a two-RBI single in the top of the second inning to give Dana Hills a 2-0 lead.

Crouse sped through the first five innings on cruise control, allowing only one hit and two base runners until the sixth inning, when the Hawks scored two runs on two hits and a walk. Crouse’s dominating performance on the mound included a stretch of ten straight batters retired from the second to fifth inning.

Currently atop the Sea View League standings with a 6-1 record, the Dolphins will play the Hawks again April 25. –Kevin Dahlgren

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