By Steve Breazeale
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Tustin Topples Dolphins in Season Opener
The Dana Hills football team’s season got off to a rocky start on Aug. 28 when they traveled to play Tustin in their season opener. The Tillers ran wild, scoring five times in the first quarter to ensure a convincing 74-14 victory.
The Dolphins entered Week 0 with a young, inexperienced roster and, days before their first game, learned that their top returning player, senior Connor McCloud, would be transferring to Tesoro. Down their top playmaker, the Dolphins (0-1) struggled to find a rhythm.
Tustin held a 54-0 lead when the Dolphins broke through for their first score of the night on a seven-yard David Dylan Aronne touchdown run. Sophomore quarterback Corey Cisowski hit senior receiver Eddie Wood for a seven-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring for Dana Hills.
The Dolphins will continue their difficult nonleague schedule on Sept. 4 with a home game against Corona del Mar at 7 p.m. The Sea Kings, who advanced to the second round of the CIF-SS Southwest Division playoffs last season, won their Week 0 matchup against Palos Verdes 21-7.
Corona del Mar is led by its junior quarterback Chase Garbers, who completed nearly 80 percent of his passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns last week. Garbers’ top target appears to be senior receiver Peter Bush, who reeled in 11 catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns against Palos Verdes.
Dolphins Golf Wins Three in a Row
The Dana Hills girls golf team won three straight matches over Newport Harbor, Laguna Beach and Trabuco Hills, respectively, to start their season. Dana Hills’ (3-0) Joan Soewondo continues to be one of the Dolphins’ top golfers and medaled in all three matches.
The Dolphins will host Trabuco Hills at Monarch Beach Golf Links on Sept. 15.
Girls Tennis Defeats Northwood
In a matchup that featured two 2014 playoff teams, the Dana Hills girls tennis squad defeated Northwood 10-8 in their season opener on Sept. 1.
The Dolphins (1-0) got a boost from their doubles teams, which won all nine available points. The Dolphins’ lone point in singles competition came from Courtney Swift, who won one of her three sets.
Dana Hills will travel to play Corona del Mar on Sept. 9.