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High School Roundup: Estancia football shuts out Artesia

Estancia's Noah Aires celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first half of nonleague game against Artesia on Thursday.
Estancia’s Noah Aires celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first half of a nonleague game against Artesia on Thursday.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

After traveling across county lines, the Estancia High School football team routed Lakewood Artesia 43-0 on Thursday night in a nonleague game.

Noah Aires needed just seven carries to rush for 102 yards and three touchdowns for the Eagles (3-2), who have their first winning streak of the season after beating Westminster La Quinta last week.

Tight end Oswaldo Sanchez, left tackle Alex Rubio, left guard Kevin Avonce, center Marcos Linares, right guard Misael Sandoval and right tackle Adam Sotomayor served as the blockers that helped spring Aires loose for his big game on the ground.

Estancia's Noah Aires avoids a tackle from Artesia's Robert Magdaleno during a nonleague game on Thursday.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

“You’ve got to trust your linemen,” Aires said. “They’re family to us now. We practice every day … It comes to a point where they’re like family. You just got to trust each other and hope that all that practice pays off, and obviously it does when we work as hard as we do and come out with a win.”

Cameron Knickerbocker completed 12 of 13 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 78 yards and another score.

Joshua Vazquez led the Estancia receiving corps with 87 receiving yards and a touchdown, and Dion Kerkhoff added 76 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Estancia's Cameron Knickerbocker throws during a nonleague game against Artesia on Thursday.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

Estancia begins Orange Coast League play with a home game against Saddleback (3-1) on Friday, Oct. 1. It will be the Eagles’ homecoming game.

“We were up 22-0 in the first quarter, so the defense put us in a great position to make some plays,” Estancia coach Mike Bargas said following Thursday’s game. “The kids were focused, and the defense put us in good position, and all of the sudden we were up 22 points on these guys, so I just thought we played pretty good ball.”

Estancia's Cameron Knickerbocker, left, congratulates Joshua Vazquez after he scored a touchdown.
Estancia’s Cameron Knickerbocker, left, congratulates Joshua Vazquez after he scored a touchdown during a nonleague game against Artesia on Thursday.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

Newport Harbor 3, Edison 1: Quinn Perry had 11 kills, nine digs and six service aces to lead the visiting Sailors past the Chargers 25-5, 12-25, 25-14, 25-16 on Thursday in a Wave League match.

With the win, Newport Harbor (15-5, 3-0) moved into first place by itself. Anne O’Brien added nine kills. Gabbi Higgs provided five kills and five blocks, and Emma Fults contributed five kills, five aces and six digs.

Sammy Wood led Edison (14-14, 2-1) with eight kills, followed by Summer Witherby’s six kills. Adia McCown also had five kills.

Marina 3, Fountain Valley 2: Dominique Vadeboncoeur had 11 kills to lead the host Vikings, who completed a backdoor sweep of the Barons 19-25, 19-25, 25-13, 25-10, 15-12 on Thursday in a Wave League match.

Mackenzie Dorney had seven kills. Marina coach Jake Nuneviller said it was the first varsity contest of Dorney’s career.

Jordan Packer had 31 assists, 13 digs and four aces, and Dana Tran provided 19 digs and seven aces for Marina (12-10, 1-2). Katelyn Hooker also had six blocks, 17 digs and three aces.

Fountain Valley dropped to 2-10 and 0-3 in league.

Pacifica Christian Orange County 3, Newport Christian 0: Junior middle blocker Rebecca Penjoyan paced the Tritons with seven kills in a 25-15, 25-8, 25-17 sweep of the host Seahawks on Thursday in an Academy League match.

Senior opposite Elle Steffens and freshman outside hitter Kaelin Rieke each had five kills for Pacifica Christian, which lines up against Avalon for a doubleheader on Saturday on the road.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Estancia 14, Costa Mesa 4: Tara Spas and Sofia Kehoe swept in doubles for the Eagles in Thursday’s Orange Coast League match at Costa Mesa High.

Spas and Kehoe improved to 16-1 this season for Estancia (5-2, 1-1 in league).

Costa Mesa fell to 0-8 overall, and 0-2 in league.

Corona del Mar 15, Fountain Valley 3: Sienna Brooks, Jane Paulsen and Lauren Jones each swept in doubles for the Sea Kings in Thursday’s Sunset Conference crossover match at Fountain Valley High.

Cate Montgomery and Lena Pham swept at No. 1 doubles for CdM (4-3).

Emily Tran and Iris Chau won twice in doubles for the Barons (4-4).

Huntington Beach 14, Laguna Beach 4: The Oilers improved to 6-0 after winning Thursday’s Sunset Conference crossover match at home.

Laguna Beach is now 2-2 this season.

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