The American Canyon High boys placed second and girls third in a Solano County Athletic Conference cross country center meet Sept. 27 at Rockville Hills Park in Fairfield.
Justin Chang won the 50-runner boys race in 18 minutes, 18 seconds on the 5K course to lead the Wolves. Dakota Lim was sixth in 19:27, Josh Logan 14th in 20:19, Jeremy Shaun Lim 16th in 20:25, and Wilder Mazeriegos 17th in 20:28 to round out the scoring five.
John DeLeon was 21st in 21:09, Jazjuan Kenion 23rd in 21:31, Kristian Valencia 24th in 21:35, and Heriberto Zavala 29th in 22:04 to round out the American Canyon contingent.
In team scoring, Vanden won with 27 points, followed by American Canyon with 54, Benicia 66, Bethel 115, Fairfield 121, and Vallejo with an incomplete team.
The Wolves were led in the 26-runner varsity girls race by Rebecca Richards with a fifth-place time of 24:04. She was followed by teammates Isabella Richards (seventh in 25:11), Quencee Stewart (17th in 29:42), Karla Aldana (21st in 31:46) and Jenna Carreon (23rd in 34:01).
Vanden also won that division with 38 points, followed by Benicia (47), American Canyon (64), Fairfield (68) and the incomplete Bethel and Vallejo squads.
Boys Water Polo
The Wolves defeated Fairfield 8-1 on the road Sept. 26, and routed visiting Bethel 16-5 on Sept. 28 in SCAC games.
Goalkeeper Duncan Applegarth shut out Fairfield until midway through the third quarter and Zandar Lipari, Nathan Banks, Andy Pitt, Justin Bautista and Josh Mora scored goals.
Against Bethel, coach Astin Sparks said, American Canyon “mixed well and played a very good game offensively as well as defensively.”
The SCAC-leading Wolves broke the nine-hole school record for the second time in a week with Tuesday’s 230-343 win over host Fairfield at Rancho Solano Golf Club.
Katie Robinson was the medalist with a 38 for American Canyon (11-1 SCAC), while three teammates posted career-best rounds – Keinah Baron’s 45, Melita Poehleman’s 46, and Maita Veneracion’s 47. Kandy Miller added a 54, and Kaitlin Dang a 61.
Robinson had shot her best high school score in the previous match, as her 2-under-par 34 helped the SCAC-leading Wolves win their season series over Vanden, 2-1, with a 251-268 victory Sept. 28 at Cypress Lakes Golf Course in Vacaville. Poehleman added a 47, Dang a 54, Baron a 56, Miller a 60, and Veneracion a 76.
On Sept. 26, the Wolves won by forfeit over undermanned Bethel while shooting a then-school-record 240 at Blue Rock Springs Golf Course in Vallejo. Robinson had a 39, Baron a 46, Poehleman and Veneracion 49s, Miller a 57 and Dang a 60.
The Wolves fell on the road Friday, 25-12, 25-19, 25-19, in the first-ever meeting between programs that will be in the same North Coast Section league next season. For American Canyon, Kalia Rualo had three aces, Katherine Montuya two aces, Desiree Ernst two aces and 15 digs, Raizel Dimalanta two aces and four digs, Kahli Kyee five digs and five kills, and Jessica Kei Moncada 10 digs.
The Wolves bounced back with a 25-13, 25-9, 25-9 cnference win at Vallejo, They served aggressively in all three games, head coach Katy Maligie said. Charlize Christensen had five digs, Kenzie Dado and Maranda Azurin each had five aces, Rualo 11 digs, Kyee eight digs, and Dimalanta eight aces.
The Wolves won 25-10, 25-10 at Vallejo on Monday to improve to 7-2 in SCAC play.
“The girls did a great job defensively while serving aggressive at the line,” American Canyon coach Rick Manibusan said.
Serving strong for the Wolves were Louralei Salanga, Christin Locke, Aldine Lusung and Kehaunani Wilson with four aces each, and Lydia Espiritu with three aces. Keeping the middle front secured were Rachel Ritter (one block, three kills), Jessica West (one block, one kill), KiYanni Gresham (one kill) and Greta Fast. Balancing the offense were Kylie Garcia (ace, two digs), Alexia Juarez (one ace, four digs), Lariah Brown (two digs, one kill), Kristin Jaylyn Argarin (two aces, three digs, one kill), Caitlyn Abuan (one ace, one dig, one kill) and Caytlin Capulong.
The Wolves placed fifth at the prestigious Stockton Volleyball Classic at Weston Ranch High on Saturday, going 3-1 in bracket play and losing to No. 2 seed Manteca in the quarterfinals. The loss knocked American Canyon into the consolation bracket, denying it anything better than a fifth-place finish.
“The girls performed great today,” Manibusan said. “They did a good job in scouting their opponents, focused on their plan, and played hard while having fun. It was nice to see the girls step up and do their thing.”
The coach said the front court of Gresham (nine blocks, nine kills), West (six blocks, 12 kills), Fast (one block, nine kills) and Ritter (one kill) did an amazing job blocking. All-around defense and attacking came from Locke (four aces, 14 digs, five kills), Lusung (10 aces, 25 digs, five kills), Brown (four aces, nine digs, four kills), Espiritu (three aces, 16 digs, one kill) and Abuan (four aces, 14 digs, 12 kills). Solid back-row performances came from Garcia (three aces, 18 digs), Juarez (three aces, seven digs), Argarin (six aces, 12 digs) and Capulong (33 digs). Directing the offense were Salanga (nine digs, 15 assists) and Wilson (five aces, 25 assists).
The Wolves fell at Sonoma Valley in Friday’s nonleague match, 25-11, 25-14.
“The team was just not consistent with their ball handling and overplayed their position, while Sonoma Valley did a good job in keeping us off rhythm,” Manibusan said.
Staying strong up front were West (four blocks, two kills), Fast (one block), Espiritu (one block, three digs, one kill) and Gresham. Outside hitters were Juarez (four digs, two kills) and Brown (one dig, one kill) with back protection from Locke (six digs), Kylie Garcia (three digs), Lusung (four digs), Abuan (one dig) and Capulong (seven digs). Leading the offense was Salanga (three digs, three assists) and Wilson (one ace, one dig).
JV Cross Country
The Wolves’ boys dominated the Sept. 27 SCAC center meet in Fairfield, as all five of their scorers finished in the top 10 of a 56-runner race.
Eduardo Mendoza was second in the 2K race in 13:08, Riley Carlos third in 13:09, Sergio Navarro fifth in 13:27, Lemuel Jumamoy seventh in 14:04, and Matthew Fernandez 10th in 14:35.
American Canyon had 14 other runners in the race, all fast as well – as 19 opponents finished behind that pack.
They were Kenneth Perena (was 11th, 14:35), Aron Bayot (13th, 14:47), Lazaro Padiernos (15th, 15:05), Brandon Canchola (19th, 15:58), John Kogami (18th, 15:11), Kobe Somozo (21st, 16:38), Dylan Suguitan (22nd, 16:49), Sebastian Lopez (26th, 17:23), Juan Botello (27th, 17:25), Dharyll DeLuna (31st, 17:45), Jacob Atanacio (33rd, 17:59), Nicholas Pomperado (35th, 18:17), Mathew Lopez (36th, 19:41) and Kyle Siy (37th, 20:01).
American Canyon scored a 27, and the only other complete teams were Vanden (42) and Benicia (69).
Jazmin Barrientos was the Wolves’ only entrant in the JV girls race, finishing in 25:04.
Under-16 Girls Soccer
The American Canyon Atletico FC Vipers recently won the Benicia Fall Classic for the third time in five years.
They defeated Delta United, 4-0, and Napa Sport, 2-0, and tied Albany Berkeley, 1-1, to reach the championship game. The final, against the Albany Berkeley Storm, was tied at the end of regulation. That forced it to be decided by penalty kicks, and Alexci Johnson scored in the sixth round of the shootout to win the game.
American Canyon goalie Sarina Regis allowed only one goal the entire tournament for the team, which is sponsored by Vallejo’s Redwood Gardens.