Spring notes: Tamagno sets O.C. record in 1,500


Brea Olinda’s Austin Tamagno broke another record on the track this past weekend.

Competing in the Oxy Distance Carnival at Occidental College, the junior established a new county mark in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:46.94. It was the seventh fastest time in state history.

The junior broke the county mark of (3:50.2) that Edison’s Charlie Christiansen set in 1977.

Earlier this season, Tamagno set a school record in the 800. ...

South Coast League teams swept the team titles in the second edition of the South County Classic at Mission Viejo.

Dana Hills (102.5 points) and Mission Viejo (74 points) topped St. John Bosco and Mater Dei in the boys meet. Mission Viejo dominated the girls meet, defeating runner-up Santa Margarita, 155-70.

Mission Viejo’s Kennedy Gillian, Taylor Arco and Olivia Teegarden combined to win four of the  eight events won by the Diablos. ...

Joe Wiley served as an assistant coach for Brea Olinda’s cross country program in the fall, but now the track season has rolled around and he is the head coach of the distance program at Canyon.

Wiley was hired during the winter to replace Patrick Bendzick. The transition has gone more smoothly than Wiley anticipated.

“I was worried that it was going to be like having a stepdad,” Wiley said. “I thought it was going to be like ‘You’re not our coach; Bendzick’s our coach.”

Wiley said Bendzick, who remains at Canyon as the school’s athletic directory, has played an integral part in the transition.

“Part of it is just getting the kids to believe in you. He helped me out a lot with that,” Wiley said of Bendzick. “The transition has been way easier than I anticipated.”

The Canyon and Brea Olinda track teams square off Wednesday.

- ANDREW TURNER, Contributing writer


This past weekend was a successful one for several of the county’s boys volleyball teams.

Huntington Beach increased its consecutive victory streak to 77 matches, going undefeated at the Best of the West Invitational, hosted by Poway High.

Laguna Beach defeated Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks in the finals of the Dos Pueblos Tournament. Senior outside hitter Dane Olson was the tournament MVP.

Los Alamitos defeated Foothill in the finals of the Foothill Varsity Classic. Senior outside hitter Cole Thompson of Los Alamitos earned MVP honors.

Orange Lutheran won the Surf City Classic at Ocean View, defeating Villa Park in the finals.

This week, several county teams will turn their attention to the Orange County Championships, which begins Friday at various locations. More information about the tournament will be released later this week.



The Dana Hills boys golf team set a tournament record by carding a 181 at Aliso Viejo Country to win the Wolverine Golf Tournament. The Dolphins’ score eclipsed the event record by 19 strokes.

San Clemente finished second, shooting a 194, followed by Corona del Mar (202), Mission Viejo (203), Aliso Niguel (205) and Newport Harbor (205).

Corona del Mar held the previous mark of 190, set in 2013.

Each team in the scramble fielded three two-man teams. The Dolphins’ teams of Clay Feagler and Matt Fry and Tanner Podres and Alex Diaz eached posted 60s on the par-72 course, while Mason Bowen and Hayden Hill finished with a 61.



Corona del Mar sophomore Alyaa Abdulghany, Valencia sophomore Brittany Park, University junior Ellen Takada and Fountain Valley senior Lilia Vu have been selected to compete in the ANA Inspirations Champions Junior Challenge on March 30 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

The low junior amateur will earn a sponsor’s invitation to play in one of the LPGA Tour’s five majors - the ANA Inspiration April 2-5 at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course in Rancho Mirage.



Corona del Mar defeated San Clemente, 20-3, Saturday. The Sea Kings’ leading goal scorers were Jordan Greenhall (four), Max Kline (four), Noah Howe (three) and Stephen Von Der Ahe (three).

Foothill’s Nate Marano had a pair of five-goal games last week. He had five goals and two assists in a 14-5 victory over El Toro on Saturday night.

County games to watch this week: Mater Dei at Trabuco Hills, Thursday; San Clemente at Foothill, Thursday; Santa Margarita at St. Margaret’s, Thursday; Great Oak of Temecula at Aliso Niguel, Friday; Beckman at Huntington Beach, Friday.



The Foothill girls lacrosse team defeated Mater Dei (8-4), La Jolla (12-6), Mt. Carmel (14-1) and Beckman (8-3) to win the title at the Surf, Sun and Stix Tournament at Westview High in San Diego.

This is the second tournament title for the Knights this season. They won the Rose Bowl Jamboree earlier this season.


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