Thursday and Friday will add new chapters in the annual Lompoc-versus-Cabrillo rivalry in three different sports.
Except this time, every contest will have their first-ever meetings as Channel League opponents.
From girls water polo all the way to the basketball double headers taking place at the end of the week day, here’s a brief breakdown of this week’s Lompoc/Cabrillo contests:
Girls water polo
Lompoc vs. Cabrillo at the Lompoc Aquatic Center
Time: 2:40 p.m.
The Conquistadores currently sit at 7-6 overall under first-year head coach and 2002 CHS graduate Mike Lee.
Cabrillo recently went through the Agoura Hills Tournament – going 0-3 overall but losing each game by margins of three, two and one.
They’ve already scored one win over the Braves this season: An 18-5 victory which saw the likes of Ashley Valle, Kaiya Ogan and Jamie Anderson score three goals.
Lompoc, which has mainly consisted of freshmen and sophomores helping fill the varsity roster, received goals from Delena Hernandez, Alyssa Nava, Jenny Gonzalez and Taylor Ronholt in the last contest.
Cabrillo at Lompoc
Time: 5 p.m.
The Braves have had the better end of this annual city rivalry – winning the last four meetings.
Cabrillo, though, currently has the most regular season victories this season at 6-10-2 and in three games this season, the Conquistadores won by scoring more than three goals.
Cabrillo is led defensively by goalkeeper Morgan Christen who is bound for Menlo College after this season plus midfielders Brooklynn Gregory and Antoinette Terrones. Naomi Wiley and Allie Dickson have led the offensive charge.
The biggest key for CHS will be slowing down junior Ayziah Simmons. According to Max Preps, Simmons has scored eight goals in just five games for the 4-3-1 Braves. She scored both goals in the last meeting against Cabrillo, which was a 2-0 road win last January.
Amy Bommersbach, Katie Guzman and Monica Escalante additionally have contributed to the Braves’ offensive goals this season.
Lompoc at Cabrillo
Time: 3 p.m.
It’s been rough beginnings for both the Braves and the Conqs in the Channel League. At presstime, both teams were sitting at 0-2 in league standings heading into Tuesday night's matchups.
But this could be the game that swings the winning momentum back someone’s way.
Lompoc has had to survive a tough non-league schedule that included current unbeaten San Luis Obispo, defending unbeaten Tri Valley League champion Santa Paula and Oxnard area powerhouse Santa Clara. Cabrillo has had to experience a youth movement under head coach Oscar Torres with four freshmen on the active varsity roster.
Cabrillo is aiming to avenge last season’s sweep by the Braves as the Conqs were shut out in both contests. The Conqs swept the regular season series the previous season including the 4-2 double overtime victory in Jan. 2017.
Cabrillo at Lompoc
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Here’s something that hasn’t happened in years: Both teams will be entering this contest with sub .500 records as the Braves and Conqs have endured a tough non-league gauntlet.
But as stated last week and usually mentioned when rivalry games arrive – records get tossed out.
Plenty of young talent will fill the Bryan Ayer Court floor on both sides. Lompoc has sophomore Mya Mendoza leading the transition charge. Freshmen Mallory Branum and Raya Gonzalez have given LHS a glimpse of the future with their early play. Senior Bella Robles provides a post and leadership presence.
On the Conqs’ side, Morgan McIntyre has emerged as a quality scoring presence. Jesse Jenkins and Alexa McCune have added additional scoring options for the last-ever Los Padres League girls basketball champions.
Lompoc will aim to snap its near two-year slide against Cabrillo in the first game of the Friday double header.
Cabrillo at Lompoc
Time: 7 p.m.
Much like both girls basketball teams, the CHS and LHS boys also experienced a rough early schedule before Channel League play – with Lompoc having to deal with Ventura County powers St. Bonaventure, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks while Cabrillo fell to Ventura, Foothill Tech, Buena and Santa Clara as part of its Ventura County slate.
But now, two teams that won the LPL (CHS) and appeared in the CIF Southern Section Division 4A semifinals (LHS) will meet in what should be a contest that will lack empty seats at Paisola Pavilion.
And this year’s game will feature two guys who are in contention for All-Area honors: Cabrillo’s Jeremy Hicks and Lompoc’s Ryan Morgan.
Hicks has taken up the scoring slack for CHS and has become a threat to score 15 to 25 points on any given night. Morgan, a third-year varsity letterman, has been a standout for the Braves during the Santa Maria, Garces and Arroyo Grande tournaments this season.