Cynthia Vargas

St. Helena High's Cynthia Vargas possesses the ball during a game against Willits Sept. 26 at Patterson Memorial Field in St. Helena.

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The St. Helena High girls soccer team did all the damage it needed to in the first half Tuesday, cruising past Kelseyville 4-0 at Patterson Memorial Field in St. Helena.

Senior co-captain Cynthia Vargas led the Saints offense in the North Central League I matchup, recording a goal and two assists. Freshman Cydney Adamson scored a goal and assisted on one.

Andrea Hernandez and Marilyn Wilms each scored a goal, and Harper McClain had an assist.

The Saints (7-2 overall, 6-1 NCL I) will try to secure a rare season sweep of Clear Lake, hosting the Cardinals at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Middletown 2, St. Helena 0

The Saints suffered their first defeat of league play last Thursday in Middletown, getting shutout by the perennial power Mustangs, who scored both goals in the first half.

St. Helena will now have to scoreboard watch and take care of business the rest of the way, including senior night, Oct. 25, when the two teams meet again, to earn at least a share of the league title.

Varsity Volleyball

Kelseyville 3, St. Helena 1

Facing the top team in the league at home Tuesday night, the Saints (2-11 overall, 1-5 NCL I) flashed some moxie, led by an impressive hitting performance from Lindsay Martin, some clutch defensive work by Ellie Blakeley and well-rounded show from Dyani Lopez at the net.

Scores for the game were unavailable at print deadline.

“We proved tonight, given the right circumstances, we can beat even the best team in our league,” said Saints head coach Lauren Dickson. “We just need to start playing more consistently for the whole match.”

Middletown 3, St. Helena 2

The Saints lost an absolute slugfest, taking the first two games before dropping the final three in heartbreaking fashion, 15-25, 15-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-11, last Thursday in Middletown.

The Saints served tough, recording 14 aces and only one error through the five games.

JV Volleyball

Kelseyville 2, St. Helena 0

Tuesday in St. Helena, the Saints (4-3) fell 25-12, 25-18 to the visiting Knights.

Despite the loss, head coach Kim Hurtado highlighted the defensive passing efforts from Yuleni Sanchez, Daphne Steele and Stephanie Menegon. The Saints also had solid setting by Kaitlyn Glakeler, who had 14 assists, and Carter Dahline with seven. Carter Dahline had strong serving with a six-serve streak.

Youth Football

Carpy Gang Varsity 26, Kelseyville 7

Saturday in Kelseyville, the defense paved the way for Carpy Gang’s fifth win of the season. St. Helena is now 5-0 and a game ahead of Lower Lake in the Mendo-Lake Empire Junior Football League South Division standings.

A quick three-and-out by Kelseyville to start the game led to a two-play drive capped by a touchdown run by Clayton Crean. A fumble on the Chiefs’ next possession led to another quick score by way of Elquin Flores on the ground. The defense scored the next TD with a pick-six by cornerback Clayton Gambill. And a final score by Justin Maldonado came after an interception by Cal Lehman.

The game was ended short of regulation when the Kelseyville quarterback went down hard after a play and was taken off the field by emergency crews there. He was released from the hospital with no serious injuries the next day.

Carpy Gang will took to continue its winning ways, hosting Fort Bragg at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Kelseyville JV 30, Carpy Gang 19

St. Helena (1-4) lost a hard fought game on Saturday, led by the passing of Micah Marquez and receiving of Nelson Davis, who had over 100 yards. The ground game was paced by Marquez, Sam Beck and Sam Raunegger, who all had second-half TDs.

The defense was led by Andrew Mendez, who had the team’s first interception of the year, and by Caiden Taylor and Fabian Segura on the defensive line.

Carpy Gang plays at home on Saturday against Fort Bragg, with a 5:30 p.m. kickoff.

Kelseyville Pee Wees 26, Carpy Gang 0

St. Helena running back Adam Herdell ran hard all night last Saturday, but seemed to always wind up a yard or two short of the elusive first downs needed to control the ball. After allowing three first-half scores, the defense, led by nose tackle Landon Spain, fought hard and held Kelseyville scoreless until the final moments of the second half.

Next week the Pee Wee squad will play the first of three Carpy Gang football games here in St. Helena. Game time is 4 p.m.