Eight Santa Maria High School football players were named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division 12 team, the high school sports governing body announced Monday.

Saints quarterback Blake Truhitte landed co-Offensive Player of the Year honors after leading Santa Maria to the Division 12 title game, which the Saints lost to Big Bear.

Bears quarterback Chase Dowty makes up the other half of the Offensive Player of the Year award. 

Truhitte helped the Saints go 9-5 in 2017 by throwing for more than 2,000 yards and rushing for more than 2,000. Truhitte threw 25 touchdown passes and rushed for 31 touchdowns. 

Only two other area schools were represented on the All-CIF teams.

Lompoc's Toa Taua was on the All-CIF Division 3 team at running back. Taua rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior.

St. Joseph running back Jayden Vargas is the lone area representative on the Division 5 team. Vargas rushed for 1,668 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior for the Knights. 

Santa Maria has four players on the Division 12 offense, led by running back Bobby Ruiz, who proved to be a reliable stablemate alongside Truhitte. Ruiz rushed for 1,094 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior for Santa Maria. 

Gabriel Bravo and Jesus Zul are also on the All-CIF offense. Zul was a reliable blocker for the Saints' potent offense while Bravo was a two-way lineman for the Saints. Bravo was a monster on the defensive line for the Saints, finishing second on the team with 14 sacks. 

John Ramos is on the All-CIF team at receiver. Ramos turned into Truhitte's favorite target in the passing game, catching 51 passes for 1,076 yards and nine touchdowns.

Adrian Ayala is an All-CIF team member at defensive back for the Saints. Ayala also played receiver, grabbing 11 passes for 180 yards and a score. But his biggest impact was at defensive back. Ayala finished the year with 72 total tackles (47 solo) and two interceptions.

Santa Maria's Gerardo Zul had one of the most dominant seasons of any area player on defense, finishing the year with 16 sacks. Zul is on the All-CIF team at defensive line. Zul was third on the Saints with 79 tackles and had 18 tackles for loss on the year.

Santa Maria's middle linebacker is also on the All-CIF team in Division 12. Frank Lopez led the Saints by a wide margin in tackles, with 126 on the season, 87 of which were solo stops. 

Lopez also had four sacks and rushed for over 400 yards with four touchdowns on offense. 

Girls basketball

Cabrillo 65, Santa Ynez 30

Erin Jenkins scored 21 points and her younger sister, Jessie Jenkins had nine as the Conquistadores (18-2, 10-0) breezed past the Pirates (7-10, 5-5) at Cabrillo to stay unbeaten in Los Padres League play.

Morgan McIntire scored eight points for Cabrillo. Alyssa Stewart made four steals.

Lompoc 61, Santa Maria 18

Danielle Morgan racked up 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds as the Braves (12-8, 7-3) routed the Saints (7-10, 1-9) in a Los Padres League game at Lompoc.

Morgan also had five steals and three blocks. Alyssa Grossi added 10 points for Lompoc. Bella Robles had nine points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Mya Mendoza added nine points and five assists.

Righetti 64, San Luis Obispo 39

The Warriors (19-1, 10-0) won this PAC 8 League game handily at their Warrior Gym and clinched a playoff berth.

Righetti kept its two-game lead over second-place Arroyo Grande. Each team has four league games left.

Zane Sheckherd popped in 16 points for Righetti. Malia Cabigon put in 13 points and Alijah Paquet had nine.

Arroyo Grande 60, St. Joseph 51

Kathleen Hutchens popped in 25 points and Jayci Bayne had 14 as the Eagles moved to 14-7, 8-2 with a PAC 8 League win at St. Joseph's Hofschulte Gym.

For St. Joseph, Jenna Patel matched Hutchens' 25 points and Sam Brackett added 11. The Knights are 7-14, 4-6.

Nipomo 56, Orcutt Academy 39

Simonson sisters Clarissa and Shantille combined for 29 points and Abby Gutierrez scored 11 more as the Titans (10-12, 5-5) moved into a tie for fourth place with Santa Ynez with a Los Padres League win at Lakeview Junior High School.

The top four league teams at the end of the regular season will be guaranteed playoff spots. Nipomo has four LPL games left.

The Spartans are 10-9, 2-8. 

Boys basketball

Cabrillo 76, Santa Ynez 72

The Conquistadores (13-5, 10-0) held off the Pirates (9-5, 7-3) at Santa Ynez and stayed unbeaten in Los Padres League play.

LeAndew Knight poured in 33 points for the Conqs, and Austin Olsen had 19. Eddy Little added eight.

Zack Hewitt and Ryan Rennick scored 22 points apiece for the Pirates. Merek Mercado put in 18.

Lompoc 62, Santa Maria 59

The Braves (10-13, 7-3) completed a sweep of their two-game season series with the Saints (13-7, 6-4), edging Santa Maria at the Saints' Wilson Gym and moving past the Saints and into a tie with Santa Ynez for second place in the LPL.

Jordan Tyler put in 24 points for the Braves. Andrew Villa added 12.

Paso Robles 57, Pioneer Valley 56

The Bearcats (6-11, 4-6) nipped the Panthers (13-10, 4-6) in a PAC 8 League game at Pioneer Valley, moving into a tie for fifth place with the home team and ending the Panthers' three-game winning streak.

D.J. Martinez and Jayden Jones scored 10 points apiece for the Panthers. Martinez fouled out in the fourth quarter. Steven Fuerte added 10 points.

Sebastian Galsim scored a game-high 21 points for the Bearcats. Anthony Napoli had 12.

Nipomo 72, Orcutt Academy 60

Brandon Rios scored 21 points, and the Titans (6-10, 4-6) beat the Spartans (4-15, 0-10) in a Los Padres League game at Nipomo.

Daren Sosa put in 18 points for the Titans. Carmelo Hernandez grabbed 15 rebounds and scored nine points. Kenny Johnson snared seven rebounds and doled out six assists. 

Arroyo Grande 55, St. Joseph 54

Caleb Whalen, with an A.J. Panetta assist, scored at the buzzer to give the Eagles (14-8, 7-3) over the Knights (13-10, 6-4) at Arroyo Grande's James Gymnasium.

Panetta grabbed an offensive rebound right before he passed to Whalen who scored the winning basket.

Whalen snapped a 51-51 tie when he made a layup after making a steal. Michael Chavez hit a 3-point shot with 20 seconds left to put the Knights up 54-53.

Bryan Smith led Arroyo Grande's scoring with 19 points. He had four rebounds. Whalen scored 14 points for the Eagles and Robert Hutchens had 12. Panetta had eight assists.      

College baseball (Sunday)

Hancock 6, Cabrlllo 1

The Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start for the second time in three years.

Hancock freshman Zach Torra struck out 10 in six innings, and Daniel Curiel racked up a career-high four hits in an 18-hit Hancock attack.

Torra, a Santa Ynez graduate, scattered three hits and allowed one unearned run in his Hancock debut. He struck out hte side in the second and ifth innings. Torra yielded three walks.

Phil Almanza pitched two shutout innings of relief, and Dylan Maiden retired the side in order in the ninth. The three Hancock pitchers combined on a five-hitter.

Curiel drove in two runs. Four other Bulldogs, including Ismael Hernandez, Reed Odland, Quinntin Perez and Brian Dowell, had multi-hit games. Hernandez and Odland both went 3-for-4. Perez and Dowell each had two hits.

Hancock will finish its four-game homestand Thursday with a 2 p.m. game at John Osborne Field.

Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jbaileysmsports

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