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Josh Dyson scored in the 10th minute off an Eddie Lundberg assist to give Orcutt Academy an early lead in Tuesday’s Los Padres League boys soccer match at Santa Ynez.

But after that it was all Santa Ynez as the Pirates rolled to a 4-1 victory.

The Pirates Ben Blacker scored off an Alex Hernandez assist to tie the game and the teams went into halftime tied 1-all.

The Pirates broke the game open with three second half scores.

“We had a chance to take the lead early in the second half when Josh came close to scoring his second goal but, unfortunately, didn’t,” said Orcutt Academy coach Kevin Dyson. “They scored in the 50th minute, then again in the 60th and we couldn’t get any momentum back.”

Sammy Villa netted what turned out to be the game winner in the 50th minute off another Hernandez assist.

Alex Harrison made it 3-1 with a goal off a Mario Diaz pass in the 60th and Charles Harris, off a Chris Tellez assist, closed out the scoring in the 68th minute.

“Chris’ goal was a great shot from about 30-yards out that settled into the left hand corner of the net,” said Santa Ynez coach Rick Joyner.

Misa Hernandez was in goal for the Pirates and made five saves.

“He made one of those saves with his nose,” said Joyner. Orcutt Academy was on a breakaway and Misa came out of the net to defend and the shot hit him right in the nose – but he made the save,” said Joyner.

The game was originally scheduled as an Orcutt Academy home game but had to be moved to Santa Ynez because the Pirates artificial surface drained better in the recent rains.

“And it was raining pretty good here in the second half,” said Joyner.

“We’ll have a lot of three-game weeks over the next couple of weeks to catch us up with everyone else because we’ve had so many games postponed because of the rain,” said Dyson.

The Spartans (5-4, 1-2 LPL) are scheduled to host Cabrillo on Thursday but that game could be moved to Cabrillo because of the wet conditions at Orcutt Academy’s Rice Ranch field. The Spartans are also scheduled to play at Lompoc on Friday to wrap up their first three-game week.

Girls Water Polo

Santa Ynez 11, Buena 2

Santa Ynez (9-6) took an early 3-1 lead and expanded that to 7-2 at the half before cruising home with a win in Tuesday’s non-league girls water polo match at Santa Ynez High.

Shannon Connolly and Layna King led the way with three goals apiece, Alicia Reyes added two with Annie Ackert, Kaila Guillermin and Teghan Miller all scoring once.

Sydney Hill and Olivia Sparkes split time in goal for the Pirates with Hill in the net for the first and third quarters and Sparkes moving in to backstop the second and fourth. Hill has three saves and Sparkes four as the Santa Ynez defense made it tough on Buena to get shots on goal.

“It was a good win,” said Santa Ynez coach John Connolly.

The Pirates are back in the pool Wednesday when they host Lompoc in an LPL game.


Valley Christian 28, Shandon 27

The Valley Christian Academy Lions won their Coast Valley League girls basketball opener, defeating Shandon Tuesday night on the Outlaws’ home court.

“It was definitely a defensive battle but our girls played some really good D,” said VCA coach Randy Stanford.

The game was close all the way with the Outlaws holding a slim 6-5 lead after one quarter and maintained that margin through the half, going into the locker room with a 16-15 lead.

Valley Christian outscored Shandon by three points in the third quarter to take a 20-18 lead, then held off Shandon’s fourth quarter comeback attempt.

Mayley DiBernardi led the Lions with 12 points followed by Alyssa Norholm with six.

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“But the real story was our defense,” said Stanford. Ana Rohde had seven steals, Alyssa had three steals and Mayley had four. Mayley even blocked a shot – and she’s barely five feet tall. You love to see a kid that tall go up and block a shot.”

The Lions were also strong on the boards with Norholm grabbing nine rebounds, DiBernardi seven and Lauren Tittes six.

“And we’re tied for first in the league,” said Stanford of his 1-0 (CVL), and 2-5 overall Lions.

VCA hosts Maricopa Thursday as CVL play continues.

Righetti 57, San Luis Obispo 45

The Warriors (10-2, 3-0) trailed 16-11 going into the second quarter but rallied to win this PAC 8 League game at Righetti's Warrior Gym on Monday night.

The Tigers led 23-21 at halftime. Righetti took a 36-34 lead into the fourth quarter and out-scored the Tigers 21-11 then to pull away.

Zane Sheckherd scored a game-high 18 points for Righetti. Danita Estorga added 11. Whitney Burns led the Tigers with 11 points.

Boys basketball

Pioneer Valley 58, Paso Robles 57, OT

Leo Partida-Ruiz made one of two free throws to score the winning point and give the Panthers (1-2 PAC 8 League) a PAC 8 win in overtime on Monday night at Pioneer Valley.

The Panthers out-scored the Bearcats 15-10 in the fourth quarter of regulation to force overtime.

Jaden Jones and Taylor Burns scored 15 points each for Pioneer Valley. Partida-Ruiz added 13.