The Pioneer Valley girls wrestling team has historically had a lot of depth, and the Panthers have plenty of depth this season under first-year coach R.D. Noel.

That depth showed itself again Saturday as the Panthers won the team championship at the California Coastal Girls Wrestling Association PAC 8 and Los Padres League Finals at Righetti High School's Warrior Gym.

The Panthers scored 276 points to runner-up Santa Maria's 207. Cabrillo finished third in the 10-team field with 101 points.

The victors had multiple wrestlers in several weight classes, and a Panther wrestled against a Panther in two championship matches.

Judith Herrnandez pinned Beatrice Torres at the 1:15 mark of the third period to win the 121-pound championship. Mya Velasquez stopped Dulce Garcia 26 seconds into the third period to take the 126-pound title.

Hernandez and Velasquez were the top seeds in their respective weight classes.

Before her match against her teammate started, "It just felt good that PV was going to take first," said Hernandez, a senior.

Velasquez, too, said it felt good that the 126-pound title match-up meant that someone from Pioneer Valley was going to come away a champion in that one.

Besides, "It meant more points for the team," said Garcia.

Cabrillo junior Haylea Shell broke her wrist during her sophomore wrestling season. She won the 143-pound championship Saturday.

"I'm healthy now, so it's all good," she said. "I'm looking forward to getting a chance to qualify for (the CIF Southern Section Finals)."

That chance will come at the sectional Northern Regional that will take place at 10 a.m. next Saturday. The CCGWA PAC 8 and LPL meet was not a qualifier for the regional. 

Pioneer Valley has won the Northern Regional each of the past three years it has taken place. The Panthers hosted the meet in the past. This year, it will take place at Santa Maria High School's Wilson Gym.

In her first year of wrestling, Santa Maria senior Vivian Garcia is a CCGWA PAC 8 and LPL Girls League Finals champion. Garcia, the third seed of the three wrestlers in her weight class, racked up a pin in the 235-pound title match.

"I decided to come out for wrestling because I wanted to try something different," she said.

"It's a lot of fun. I wish I had come out during my freshman year."

Several weight class champions were first-time winners at the CCGWA PAC 8and LPL meet. Santa Maria senior Esmeralda Castro was one of those. She needed just 48 seconds to get a pin to win the 189-pound title.

"I'm looking forward to the chance to qualify (for the CIF Southern Section Finals)," Castro said afterward.

Pioneer Valley senior Magali Enriquez scored her second title at this meet - she won as a sophomore - and her win in the 111-pound championship match was a dramatic one.

The second-seeded Enriquez was trailing top seed Erika Rodriguez of Santa Maria 5-4 with 10 seconds left in regulation and was in obvious distress. She scored the tying point on a violation against Rodriguez.

Enriquez, at still than less at 100 percent, scored a point on an escape in the one-minute overtime period, the first period of extra time, and hung on for a 6-5 win.

"I had a shoulder injury, but it was mostly asthma," that was causing her discomfort, Enriquez said afterward. "It started in the second period."

Eight of the 14 top seeds won championships. One of those top seeds, Cabrillo's Leslie Hernandez, came from 6-1 down in the third, and last, period to win. Hernandez scored a two-point takedown then got a pin with 20 seconds left. 

College baseball

Hancock starts with wins

Hancock's baseball team opened its 2018 season by winning twice at its John Osborne Field.

The Bulldogs edged Los Angeles Pierce 2-1 Friday behind a strong 6 2/3 innings by starting pitcher Nic Cardinal. The Bulldogs beat the Brahmas again, 8-6, Saturday.

The game Saturday went eight innings instead of the customary nine. The reason why was not known at press time.

Hancock won on its opening day for the fifth straight year.

Cardinal, a sophomore right hander struck out eight and scattered three hits and one run. He did not allow a hit until the fifth.

Quinntin Perez scored the winning run in the sixth on an Ismael Hernandez sacrifice fly. The ball Hernandez hit was caught in foul territory..

Perez doubled home Dylan Maiden in the first inning with the first run of the game. The Brahmas tied it in the fifth. Bryce Vitt tripled for the first hit off Cardinal. He scored on a passed ball.

Josh Tonascia and Daniel Curiel finished with two hits apiece for Hancock. The Brahmas out-hit the Bulldogs 6-5.

Maiden, Tonascia and Reed Odland all had two RBIS for the Bulldogs in the second game. Perez had one.

Tonascia delivered the winning hit for the Bulldogs with a two-run single in the seventh that put Hancock ahead 7-6.

Hancock will host Cabrillo at 1 p.m. Sunday in the third game of the Bulldogs' four-game homestand.

College softball

Hancock sweeps San Diego City College

The Bulldogs (2-0) began their 2018 campaign with an 11-3, 9-1 sweep of the Knights on the Hancock diamond.

Both games were called after the sixth inning because of the eight-run rule.

Mallory Townsend had a total of four hits and six RBIs for the Bulldogs in the doubleheader. She tripled twice for the defending Western State Conference North Division champions.

Hancock led 1-0 in the opener and then broke the game open with seven runs in the fourth. Sierra Martinez, Nakaila Fuggs, Crystal Gonzales and Bailey Killough all hit RBI singles and Townsend smacked a two-run triple.

Killough, the 2017 WSC Pitcher of the Year, went the distance to get the win. She struck out seven, and gave up three hits and three walks.

Hannah Diaz also pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs, giving up one run on four hits.

The Bulldogs had another big fourth inning in the second game, this time snapping a 1-1 tie with seven runs then.

Sabrina Ornelas scored the eventual winning run from second base on a throwing error by the Knights' catcher. Townsend hit a three-run double.

Gonzalez, Townsend and freshman Zaiden Bakke all had two hits for Hancock. 

Women's basketball

Hancock 59, Oxnard 39

OXNARD — Despite shooting just 39 percent from the floor, the Bulldogs (11-9, 3-1) won their third straight with a Western State Conference North Division win at Oxnard (1-16, 0-4).

Grace Rosa notched her career double double for Hancock and Taylor Lee-Hammer notched her first. Rosa scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Lee-Hammer put in a game high 15 points and snared a career high 12 rebounds.

Hannah Walls scored nine points, pulled down five rebounds and blocked three shots for the Bulldogs,. Karly Beyers scored eight points and had 10 rebounds.

Hancock trailed 12-9 after the first quarter but out-scored the Condors 20-6 in the second.

Men's basketball

Hancock 103, Oxnard 85

OXNARD — All 12 Bulldogs scored at least two points as Hancock (16-8, 3-1) won this Western State Conference North Division game at Oxnard (3-10, 1-3) for the Bulldogs' third straight win.

Shane Carney led the scoring with 26 points as five Bulldogs scored in double figures. Devin Davis, with 16 points and 13 rebounds, racked up his fifth career double double. He also had six assists.

Diego Lucas scored 13 points and doled out six assist. Spirit Ricks added 10 points and eight rebounds, and Glenn Jordan chalked up 10 points and five assists.

Kevin Baines chalked up eight points, seven rebounds and five assists for Hancock. 

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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