High School Roundup: CdM, Sage advance


Corona del Mar 18, Sunny Hills 0

CORONA DEL MAR — The No. 2-seeded Sea Kings (18-3) opened the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs with a dominating win Wednesday.

Chaz Downing won 6-0, 6-0 in singles. Fellow freshman Jonathan Rhone took over for Downing in the third round and won 6-3.

CdM Coach Brian Ricker said Rhone was very nervous the long-standing CdM tennis "French-Fry Rule" might come his way. When CDM wins 17-1 the person who got the 1 (a 1 looks like a French fry) must bring McDonald's French fries for the entire team the next day at practice.

Seniors Alex Murray, Dan Anastos and Zach Williams contributed to sweeps in doubles on senior day.

CdM will play at the Brentwood-Orange Lutheran winner in the second round Friday.

Sage Hill 12, Los Osos 6

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Senior Robbe Simon swept at No. 1 singles for the Lightning in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs Wednesday at Los Osos High.

Alex Manolakas and Eric Magliarditi swept at No. 1 doubles for Sage Hill, which won five of six sets in the first go-round. The doubles teams of Ryan Lee and Denis Cirit, as well as Sam Sherman and Cole Solaas, also won two sets for the Lightning.

Sage Hill, the defending Division 3 champion, is now 10-10. Los Osos, the Baseline League champion, finishes 17-2.

Sage Hill plays host to Kennedy in the second round Friday, at The Tennis Club Newport Beach.

Troy 11, Newport Harbor 7

FULLERTON — The Sailors ended their season at 11-8 after losing in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs Wednesday.

Reese Stalder won two of three at No. 1 singles, as did Troy Arnold at No. 3 singles.

Christian Lee won twice at No. 2 singles before being subbed out for Mike Allen, who earned a win.


CIF Southern Section Division 3 preliminaries

RIVERSIDE — Costa Mesa High junior Kellie Thorsness qualified top six in both her freestyle events Wednesday at Riverside City College.

Thorsness qualified second in the 50-yard freestyle, in 24.83 seconds. She also qualified sixth in the 100 free, in 55.23.

Costa Mesa senior James Lewis qualified fifth in the boys' 200 freestyle (1:49.92) and also fifth in the 500 free (4:59.16). Mesa sophomore Tyler Connors qualified sixth in the 100 backstroke in 56.70, as well as 10th in the 200 individual medley (2:06.69). The Mesa boys' 400 free relay team of Lewis, Victor Gonzalez, Quinn Stone and Mason Cooper qualified ninth in 3:25.42.

The Division 3 finals are Thursday back at Riverside City College, beginning at 5 p.m.

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