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By Steve Breazeale and Kevin Dahlgren
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Dolphins Track Teams Go Undefeated
Both the boys and girls Dana Hills track and field teams capped off undefeated runs through the South Coast League dual meet season with wins over visiting Mission Viejo on April 30. The Diablos came into the meet following a win at the Orange County Championships five days earlier.
The boys team came away with a 77.5-58.5 win and the girls triumphed, 76-60.
The Dolphins’ Michaela King continued to excel in the hurdle events, winning both the 100 and 300 hurdles in times of 15.14 and 43.82, respectively.
Christina Wright, Kathryn Kaloroumakis and Sienna Serrao finished first, second and third, respectively, in the 3,200 to boost the Dolphins point total.
In the boys events, Jake Ogden won the 1,600 and the 3,200. Nick Van Vilet claimed both the 100- and 200-meter runs and finished second in the 400.
The Dolphins may have swept the season series with all of their league opponents, but now the South Coast League finals looms on May 9, where the title is up for grabs.
Dolphins Baseball Survives Late-Inning Push in 7-6 Win
The Dana Hills baseball team continued their roll through the Sea View League on April 30 with a 7-6 victory over San Juan Hills. But it wasn’t easy.
Holding on to a 6-0 lead and heading into the final three innings, the Dolphins’ lead shrunk to 6-5 after allowing the Stallions to score two runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth.
Trailing by two runs in the top of the seventh and final inning, the Stallions scored on an RBI double by junior Tim Humphreys. With the game-tying run at second base and two outs, Dana Hills senior pitcher Louis Raymond sealed the victory for the Dolphins by getting Jacob Duhey to fly out to centerfield for the final out.
The Dolphins (20-5, 8-1) continue to win and have reached the elusive 20-win plateau for the first time since the 2010 season.
They will face San Juan Hills for a final time on May 2 and finish up league play with two games against San Clemente on May 7 and May 9.—Kevin Dahlgren
Boys Golf Wins League Title
The Dana Hills boys golf team put the icing on the cake for their veteran coach Phil Wilburton on April 30 with a 197-220 win over Trabuco Hills. The win secured at least a share of the South Coast League title for the Dolphins in Wilburton’s 28th and final year as head coach.
The Dolphins (15-5, 7-1) needed to be perfect down the stretch if they were to claim the title after splitting the season series with second-place Tesoro (11-2-1, 6-1) in late March. The Titans still have one game left on their league schedule, a match against Aliso Niguel that was set to be played on May 1. Results were not available at press time.
It was a matter of which team, the Dolphins or the Titans, would stumble to the finish line but the Dolphins didn’t blink. So far, Tesoro hasn’t either. The Titans can share first place with the Dolphins following a win over Aliso Niguel.
Dana Hills won six consecutive games against league opponents to close out their season and send their coach out on a high note. The South Coast League Finals are set to take place on May 5 at Talega Golf Club in San Clemente.
Dolphins Volleyball Loses to Tritons on the Road
Being down two games to one in a volleyball match is not a comfortable spot to be in. But on Thursday the San Clemente boys volleyball team proved again that they are good at rallying out of early deficits.
The Tritons dropped the first two games against Dana Hills in front of their home crowd, but roared back to win three games in a row to take the match 19-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-14, 15-10. The win secured an outright league title for the San Clemente.
When the two teams first met in league play on April 15 at Dana Hills, the Dolphins got out to a 2-0 lead and the Tritons came back to win.
On senior night, San Clemente (18-5, 6-1) was led by their upperclassmen Shawn Stephens and Peter Van Liefde, who recorded 21 and 17 kills, respectively. Junior Brandon Hopper had 11.
Senior setter Nick Goldstone had a standout night, tallying 62 assists in the victory.
If the Dolphins could have held on for the win, it would have resulted in a two-way tie at the top of the standings with both teams having one game left to play. Instead, the Tritons claimed a second consecutive league title, their 10th in 14 years.
Boys Lacrosse Finishes Third in League
The Dana Hills boys lacrosse team wrapped up Sea View League play on April 29 with a 14-1 loss to league champion Aliso Niguel.
The Dolphins (6-10, 5-3) played a difficult nonleague schedule, and wins were hard to come by. But Dana Hills managed to finish league play with a winning record and grab a solo third-place finish. The Dolphins finished one game behind second-place Capistrano Valley.
The difficult nonleague schedule will continue for the Dolphins with a match against St. Margaret’s Episcopal, the reigning US Lacrosse Southern Division champion, on May 2.
Dolphins Softball Set for Rematch with Diablos
The Dana Hills softball team has not dropped a game since their 8-1 loss to first-place Mission Viejo on April 3. The Dolphins have outscored their opponents 33-21 in their last five contests, including an 8-6 win over visiting San Clemente on May 1.
The Dolphins will now travel to play the Diablos on May 6.
Under the guidance of first-year head coach Brandon Cosenza, the Dolphins (15-4, 3-1) have had a successful year. The team’s combined batting average is .331 and the pitching staff carries a combined 3.34 ERA. It’s likely that senior pitcher Lindsey Cassidy will start in the circle against the Diablos.