Staff Reporter

Last week was a busy one for Santa Ynez athletes as the winter sports season opened with no fewer that seven Pirates sport events taking place.


The boys squad opened its season on the road against Carpenteria on Monday, winning 47-43. Trevor Nowitzki led the way for the Pirates with 13 points and three rebounds.

"Our kids are starting to understand they can be pretty good if they play together," said a Coach Jon Korfas.

Going into the weekend, Korfas' crew headed up to San Luis Obispo for its first tournament of the season. The host team handed the boys their first loss in the opening round, 70-43.

Toniight, the team hosts Paso Robles, with varsity scheduled to play about 7:30.

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The ladies got the ball rolling with their home opener against Nordhoff on Thursday. Their bid to once again hoist the league trophy began with a 66-46 victory. Captain Arianna Gnekow's layup skills helped the Pirates surge to a 22-point lead in the second perio, and the visiting team never recovered.

The Gnekow sisters led their team with 13 points each. Erin was flawless from the field, shooting 6-for-6, including a three-pointer.

This week, the varsity team plays in the San Marcos Gold Coast Tournament, while the junior varsity squad hosts its own tournament at home.

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Boys soccer was busy with three games in as many days last week. On Tuesday, the team headed north to San Luis Obispo, winning 2-0. Ruben Camacho and Scott Cha scored for the Pirates.

Then it was south for a 2-0 win vs. Santa Barbara. Both sides played tight defense, keeping it scoreless through the first half.

Then, forward Cha struck in the 58th and 78th minutes to break the game open. Keeper Brenden Baca made a diving save to preserve the shutout in the closing minutes.

On Thursday, the Pirates were on home turf for a 1-0 win against Atascadero. Defenseman Ryan Makowski scored the lone goal, with a 30-yard shot that soared past several defenders to find the net.

Last Saturday, the boys' team played a preliminary match of the Carpinteria Tournament. The Pirates lost their shutout streak, but still soundly beat Nordhoff, 3-1.

The regular season unbeaten streak now stands at 16.

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The girls' team, looking to three-peat as league champs, also had a busy week. On Tuesday, it hosted San Luis Obispo.

00020000032E0000095B 328,After an early score by the Tigers, the Pirates tied the match early in the second half. The lone goal proved to not be enough, with Santa Ynez losing 2-1 on a San Luis Obispo goal in the final seconds of the second half.

"It's probably a good loss to have in the preseason. It'll teach us not to ever slack," said girls' coach Julie Estabrook.

On Thursday, the girls lost again, 4-2, at Atascadero.

Girls Waterpolo

Coach John Connolly led his squad as they faced off against Atascadero in the water on Thursday. Despite a setting sun and dropping tempratures, Santa Ynez floated to the top in a big way, winning 18-3.


A revitalized program, this year's wrestling team defended home turf against Santa Paula Tuesday night in the first dual meet of the season -- with thunderous results.

0002000004E000000C83 4DA,The Santa Paula Cardinals junior varsity squad was beaten, 42-24, and the varsity did not fare much better. Cesar Avalla, Mark Compos, Anthony Ives, R.D. Hershey, Bryce Bates, Manny Garcia and John Perez all pinned their Santa Paula opponents. The final team score was 54-30 in the Pirates' favor.

On Saturday, the Pirates took to the mats of Santa Maria for their first tournament. The tournamnent was for novices, first-season wrestlers and JV members. For the young Santa Ynez wrestlers, that meant sending about 60 percent of the team.

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Not To Miss -- It is a big year for soccer at Santa Ynez with both teams coming off of huge seasons, and hoping to improve.

Postseason cheering can be physically demanding. Start rooting for Pirates soccer now to build up endurance.

Today at 3:30 p.m., the girls play Coast Union at home. A win would improve the Pirates' standing in the Central Coast Tournament, and give them much needed momentum for the approaching league games.

The Santa Ynez boys' soccer team has high goals this season and a 15-game unbeaten streak to back it up. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Pirates play on home turf vs. Dos Pueblos and Arroyo Grande. The games start at 3:15 and 3:30 respectively.

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