North County High School Athletes Take to The Field •

Bears start water polo season

ATASCADERO HIGH SCHOOL

Last week the boys and girls from different countries competed in a double confrontation with Righetti. The Hounds traveled to Santa Maria and returned with two wins. The Hounds not only won, but finished first in both games, led by Faith Rocha and Kyle Shatwell.

The Greyhound girls were absolutely dominant in their win on Friday, with six girls in the top seven of the race. Rocha led the race with a time of 20:19, followed by Kelsey Rigby in second place with a time of 21:07 and Anna Archibald in 21:08. The field was split by Righetti’s top runner, Mara Gutierrez, who finished fourth, followed by three other girls in orange. Quinn Dubrul (21:46) was fifth and Amelie Lovo (21:58) was sixth to complete Atascadero’s top five.

Vera Rocha moved into position early in the race. (Photo via Roger Warnes)

Chatwell, an Atascadero resident, ran the race of the day for both the team and the boys and girls. He used the entire 5,000 yards to score and finished with a bang to win. Shatwell finished with a time of 17:34, just ahead of Corey Campbell of Righetti, who finished in 17:34.6. Two Warriors followed Shatwell in second and third place, but it was the Hounds who placed three runners in the top five. Carl Walrod finished fourth for the Hounds with a time of 18:08, followed by Dane Hardy in 18:11. Two more fighters crossed the line in the sixth and seventh laps, but Atascadero slammed the door shut and took the win, with Owen Fung, KJ Sanchez and Nathan Cooks all one lap outside the top 10.

On the left: Hannah McFarlane runs for a group of runners. That’s right, Josh Bell is distancing himself from the rest of the group. (Photo courtesy of Matt McFarlane)

TEMPLETON HIGH SCHOOL

The Templeton boys continued their strong start Saturday with a 23-32 victory over a Pioneer Valley team. They earned their third win in a row and raised their record to 3-1. Saturday’s overcast seems to have energized the Eagle runners, as every boy in the race improved his time since last week. Josh Bell took first place in the boys race, leaving scorched earth behind with every step. He broke the Templeton school record for the second year in a row with a time of 16:04. Bell was so fast on Saturday that he was nearly two minutes ahead of his nearest competitor. The Eagles placed three guys in the top five and five in the top ten. Nicholas Jansen (18:05) was third, Jayden Buck (18:19) was fourth and Max Chackson (18:41) was sixth.

The Eagle girls also ran a good race, but they were only able to field four runners, which was not enough for a team score. Maddie Bobbitt also continued her own dominance in the girls race, winning for the third time in a row, this time by more than a minute’s difference. Bobbitt finished with a time of 20:36, followed by three Panthers and Hannah McFarlane (23:12) to round out the top five. Marianne Perez and Ashlyn Estes finished eighth and ninth with times of 24:04 and 24:07, respectively.

PASO ROBLES SCHOOL

The Paso Robles Bearcats ran their first cross country race of the season on Saturday, earning another win for both the boys and girls teams. The Lady Bears defended their home turf with a convincing 26-41 victory, while the boys won 26-30 in a much more exciting game.

The Paso Robles girls placed four of their runners in the top five and six in the top ten. Charlotte Castelli led the race and finished first with a time of 19:15, followed by Sydney Moore who finished second. A Nipomo runner split the Bearcats’ field to finish third, followed by Jaiden Anguiano (20:42.3) in fourth, Madeline Loff (20:52.8) in fifth and Sophia Berry (20:59.3) in sixth.

The Bearcats boys also took the first two spots, placing six runners in the top ten. Jason Scruggs led all runners with a time of 16:34.5, followed by teammate Cameron LeClaire, who finished second with a time of 17:05.4. The first two Bearcat runners were followed by three Nipomo Titans before a second wave of purple tank tops crossed the finish line. Diego Ortega finished sixth with a time of 17:50.9, followed by Joseph Martinez (18:13.4) in eighth place and Manuel Cruz (18:14.8) in ninth, giving the boys a narrow victory.

The Bearcats opened their water polo season at home against Santa Ynez also on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Pirates were too strong in the water for both the boys and girls, with both teams losing their season opener. Both teams fought hard, but couldn’t find enough attacking power to win. The girls lost 10-7, with goalkeeper Caitlin Rebrand making 19 saves. The boys lost the game 17 to 12. Riley Lowery led Paso Robles offensively with five goals.

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