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The Santa Ynez girls soccer team got off to a solid start, winning its first three games of the season.

The Pirates got past Righetti 2-1 on Nov. 30 and then beat San Marcos 1-0 on Dec. 1.

Against Righetti, Julia Pritchard scored one goal and assisted on another as the Pirates (3-0-0) edged the Warriors (1-1-0) in a non-league game at Santa Ynez.

Monica Pizano assisted Pritchard on the first Santa Ynez goal. Pritchard assisted Mikayla Palmer on the second one.

Santa Ynez goal keeper Breanna Rodrigues made six saves and, "Catalina Kett, a freshman, played a phenomenal game for us," said Santa Ynez coach Rob Cantrell.

"She's an attacking midfielder, and she was all over the field for us."  

Santa Ynez played at San Luis Obispo on Tuesday. That score was not available at press time. The Pirates were scheduled to host St. Joseph in another non-league match Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Girls basketball

Ruth Dozier Tournament

Santa Ynez's girls evened their record with a 52-50 victory over host Atascadero at the annual Ruth Dozier Tournament on Nov. 30.

The Pirates then fell to 1-2 on the year with a 39-27 loss to San Luis Obispo. The Pirates will next play on Dec. 12 at home against Morro Bay.

In the win over Atascadero, Santa Ynez was led by Lita Wright with 26 points and Sarah Perkins and Ashley Quiroga who both had seven.

"We came out slowly and Atascadero went out to a 12-0 lead," said Santa Ynez coach Mike Alexander. "But we adjusted our defense, going from a zone to a tight man-to-man. Atascadero struggled with our man-to-man and we were finally able to catch them in the fourth quarter and held on for the win."

Boys basketball

Pirates get first win

Santa Ynez won its first game of the year, a long one, edging Fallbrook 62-61 in double overtime at Morro Bay High School on Nov. 30.

The Pirates out-scored the Warriors (0-2) 8-7 in the second five-minute overtime period. The Warriors out-scored the Pirates 17-6 in the fourth quarter of regulation to force overtime.

Santa Ynez shook off 28 points by Fallbrook sophomore Joel Calhoun to get the win. Merek Mercado led the Pirates with 16 points. He made four 3-pointers.

Zach Hewitt scored 14 points for the Pirates, and Ryan Reddick put in 13.

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


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