Winter notes: Troy gains momentum with Freeway wins
Troy’s girls soccer team is one of the hottest teams in the county going into the final week of the regular season.
The Warriors moved to 7-0-1 in the Freeway League last week with a pair of shutout victories over Fullerton and Sonora. Brianna Diaz had four goals and an assist in the two games.
The first-place Warriors have surrendered just two goals in league. ...
Cypress captured the Empire League title last week with a 3-2 victory in overtime against Pacifica. The Centurions ran their league record to 8-0, and they have outscored their league opponents, 21-2. ...
Northwood clinched the Pacific Coast League title last week with a 2-0 win over Woodbridge. Danielle Solaru, who is fourth in the county with 22 goals, netted both goals in the victory.
Northwood’s defense has also been stellar. The Timberwolves (11-4-5, 7-0-1) have not allowed a goal in league behind goalkeeper Mackenzie Curry. ...
Tarbut V’Torah’s Carly Malatskey, who has signed with Stanford, has a staggering 51 goals this season to lead the county. Malatskey has scored in every game except one, and that was a 3-2 loss to Webb of Claremont in a San Joaquin League game last week.
Tarbut V’Torah (10-1-0 in league) will face Webb (11-0-1) in the teams’ league finale on Thursday.
- ANDREW TURNER, contributing writer
Capistrano Valley Christian named former Santa Margarita and Northwood coach Rick Curtis as its football coach and athletic director on Monday.
Curtis coached Santa Margarita the past two seasons, compiling an 11-10 overall record with a playoff appearance in 2014. Curtis arrived at Santa Margarita from Northwood. He coached the Timberwolves for 13 seasons, producing seven playoff trips and a CIF runner-up finished in 2005.
At CVC, Curtis replaces Eric Preszler, who departed for Arrowhead Christian.
- DAN ALBANO
The remainder of the league wrestling finals involving county teams will take place this week.
The Orange Coast League will take place Thursday at Estancia. The Freeway League (at Sonora), Trinity League (at St. John Bosco) and Academy League (at Calvary Chapel of Downey) are Friday. The Empire League (at Valencia) and Golden West League (at Santa Ana) take place Saturday.
- DAMIAN CALHOUN
Laguna Hills’ boys soccer team had three players - Joey Barry, Willy Ospina and goalkeeper Jacob Huber - sign letters of intent last week.
Huber, who has helped the Hawks shut out three of their last five opponents, signed with Cal State San Bernardino. Barry selected Concordia, and Ospina signed with Cal State Fullerton.
- DAMIAN DOTTORE
One quick takeaway from the CIF-SS Girls Southern Division qualifier at Tustin is that the overall quality of girls westling in the county is improving.
There were 72 wrestlers from the county who qualified for the CIF-SS Individuals, which are Friday and Saturday at Roosevelt of Eastvale.
There were qualifiers from established programs, such as Santa Ana, Kennedy, Godinez and Magnolia, among others.
There were also some new faces on the scene, with schools such as Corona del Mar (Kierstan Muse, Heather O’Donnell), Newport Harbor (Cheyenne Stooks, Nicole Datt), Costa Mesa (Shawna Jensen), University (Lorena Egea) and San Clemente (Carolina Moreno, Amara Devericks) having girls advancing.
A complete list of county wrestlers advancing to the CIF Individual Championships can be found at ocvarsity.com
The wrestling begins Friday at 11 a.m. The medal matches are set to begin Saturday at 2 p.m. The top eight wrestlers in each weight class advance to the CIF State Tournament on Feb. 27-28.
- DAMIAN CALHOUN
Valencia freshman golfer Ricky Castillo has committed to Florida, his father and Valencia coach Mark Castillo said.
This past summer, Castillo qualified for the U.S Amateur championship by shooting a 1-over-par 143 at Hacienda Country Club.