1. Over the weekend, Torrey Bailey of Los Alamitos scored six goals to lift the second-seeded Griffins past third-seeded Beckman, 19-13, in the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section Division 1 semifinals. Los Al is the two-time defending champion. As good as Bailey was, Santa Margarita’s Adrienne Anderson was even better. She scored eight goals as fifth-seeded Santa Margarita upset top-seeded Foothill, 12-10. It’s the first time Santa Margarita has advanced past the first round of the playoffs. The teams will play Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., at Mission Viejo High.
2. Two teams poised to win league champions faced each other Saturday and El Toro scored an 8-5 victory over Esperanza. It was a playoff-worthy matchup pitting two of Orange County’s best second-tier teams against each other – the first tier being Edison, Mater Dei and JSerra. After that triumvirate, it’s open season. Ryan Joyce and Cole Tomlinson both had two RBIs and scored a run for the Chargers (23-6, 8-2), who won their 10th consecutive game and snapped Espy’s five-game winning streak. El Toro plays twice this week against Tesoro (17-12, 6-4), which was the last team to beat El Toro. El Toro can clinch the South Coast League title with a victory; if Tesoro sweeps, the title belongs to the Titans. Esperanza (18-9, 8-2) is in the same boat; it plays Foothill (16-10, 6-4) twice this week.
3. At the South Coast League swimming finals at Capistrano Valley Melanie Klaren of Aliso Niguel won two events. That’s not a big deal. But her time in the 500-yard freestyle, 4 minutes 45.69 seconds, was the eighth-best in county history. For perspective’s sake, Klaren broke Kaitlin Sandeno’s league record; Sandeno took a bronze in the 800 free at the 2000 Olympics while attending El Toro High. Klaren’s mark in the 200 free, 1:46.40, was the second-best in county history. The senior, who will attend California, appears primed for section meets.
4. Another swimmer in the fast lane is Utah-bound Nick Soedel of Marina, who posted two times in the Sunset League finals at Newport Harbor High that moved him to No. 7 all-time county history in his respective events, 20.57 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle, and 44.87 in the 100 free.
5. There were some outstanding track and field performances during various league finals around the county, including Newport Harbor’s Mark Sakioka, whose 16 feet 2 1/2 inches in the pole vault from the Sunset League is the state’s third-best mark and ninth all-time in county history. Other outstanding performances came in the South Coast League from Grant Oshier of Trabuco Hills, who won the 1,600, 800 and 3,200, and Devin Harrison of Dana Hills, who won the long jump, 200 and 400. Notably, Harrison overtook Oshier in the last lap of the 1,600 relay. Oshier’s 1:51.29 in the 800 is the state’s best mark. El Toro’s Jake Fraser had the second-best shot put in the state (63-5).