Local Roundup: Harbor's Willy Lamacchia, Dakotah Francis advance to semifinals at Coast Classic
Dec 28, 2012 (Menafn - Santa Cruz Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --Two Santa Cruz County wrestlers, both from Harbor High, remained alive in the Championship bracket after the first day of the California Coast Wrestling Classic at Aptos on Thursday.
Willy Lamacchia at 138 pounds and Dakotah Francis at 220 pounds each won their quarterfinal matches to advance to the semifinal round on Friday.
Lamacchia managed to reach the semifinal round after posting a 14-5 major decision victory against Alisal's Jonathan Rivera. Lamacchia won his first two matches by technical fall, and his third, against Lick's Victor Carrillo, by fall (3:45).
Lamacchia will face Davis Hallberg of Elk Grove in the semifinals.
Francis received a bye in the first round before winning his next two matches by one-point decisions. He beat Daniel Sonora of Woodland 9-8, then Daniel Patterson of Gilroy 1-0.
In the quarterfinals, Francis beat Porterville's Eduardo Madrigal by a 6-0 decision. Francis will face Briar Litz of Foothill in the semifinals.
Litz upended Francis' teammate Nash Palafox (2-1) by an 8-2 decision in the quarterfinals, moving Palafox to the consolation bracket.
Wrestling continues Friday at 9 a.m.
Aptos' Caleb Phalen and Ramon Zacarias each fell short of reaching the semifinals. Phalen (2-1), at 220 pounds, lost to Gress Lawson of El Dorado by fall at 48 seconds, while Zacarias (3-1), at 120 pounds, lost a 5-2 decision to Sean Summers of Saint Francis of Mountain View.
Bryan Battisto (2-1) fell in the quarterfinals to Trae Providence of Ponderosa by a 12-4 major decision, while Scotts Valley's Baldan Dashiev (2-1) fell to Ponderosa's Nick Troquato by fall (:52) in the quarters.
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Previously named the Central Coast Section's Runner of the Year and Senior of the Year earlier this month, Scotts Valley senior Vanessa Fraser was named first team All-NorCal by regional coaches, according to prepcaltrack.com.
Fraser earned second team honors a year ago.
This season Fraser, who plans to attend Stanford next year, won the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League title -- covering 2.95 miles in 16 minutes, 53 seconds. She went on to win the CCS (3 miles, 17:42) and state (3.1, 18:00) Division IV titles as well.
Other Santa Cruz County harriers who earned All-NorCal honors included Scotts Valley junior Scott Edwards, who was named third team All-NorCal.
SLV juniors Claire MacMillan and Anna Maxwell, and Aptos' Yulisa Abundis, received honorable mention.
Aptos' Patrick Olson was named to the All-Frosh team.
Sydney Beadle scored 19 points and had five blocks as host Monte Vista Christian dropped Woodland Christian 79-49 at the Christmas Tournament in Watsonville.
The Mustangs (8-2) outscored Woodland Christian 42-20 in the second half.
Myckenzie Toler added 17 points for MVC, which will play Sacred Heart Prep Friday at 4 p.m.
Donatella MacLeod had 13 points in the win.
--Sonya Cervantes scored 20 points to lead Watsonville past Fremont 40-33 in the opening round of the Del Mar Tournament in San Jose.
Brianna Cueva added six points for the Wildcatz, who improved to 6-4 in nonleague play with the win.
Watsonville will face either Gunderson or Del Mar in the second round at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
--Tyler Stewart scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Soquel to a 63-34 win over North Salinas in the Alvarez Tournament's first round.
Madison Rocha and Keahna Clark each added 10 points for the Knights, who improved to 9-1 with the win and will face Dougherty Valley in Saturday's second round at 8 p.m.
--Morgan Green racked up 30 points for Pacific Collegiate School, but the Pumas couldn't complete a second-half comeback and lost to Branson 47-45 in the first round of the West Coast Jamboree.
Branson led 31-20 after the first half at Ygnacio Valley High.
Irini Pateras had seven points for PCS (5-2), which will face Cloverdale on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the second round.
--Despite a 24-point performance from Lauren Price, St. Francis fell to Pleasant Valley 69-59 in overtime in the Monterey Bay Sweet 16 at Alvarez High.
Kim Hammill added 16 points, including four 3-pointers, and Sonja Shumake had six points, four rebounds and four assists for the Sharks (5-3).
Amber Martinez chipped in with seven for St. Franics, which will face Del Campo in the second round at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
--Santa Cruz lost to St. Patrick-St. Vincent 52-25 in the first round of the St. Ignatius High Sand Dune Classic.
Gezan Yahya scored seven points for the Cardinals (5-2), while Ashley Larkin and Melissa Jamrus added six and five, respectively.
Santa Cruz will play in Saturday's second round at 6:30 p.m. against Skyline or St. Ignatius.
Cole Welle had 16 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to lead Aptos past Mission San Jose 53-40 in the first round of the North Salinas Tournament.
Ben Brenkwitz and Luke Rossi each chipped in 10 for the Mariners (7-3), and Brenkwitz had four assists.
Antonio Andrade added six points and eight rebounds for Aptos, which will face Carmel at 6 p.m. in Friday's second round.
--Kaijae Yee-Stephens scored 24 points, including five 3-pointers, to help Santa Cruz earn a 59-58 overtime victory over Branson in the opening round of the Sand Dune Classic at St. Ignatius High.
Kiree Hutchings chipped in 10 points and six assists, while Kobi Underwood had 10 rebounds and blocked seven shots.
The Cardinals (5-5) will face either Burlingame or St. Ignatius at 7 p.m. Saturday in the second round.
--Scott Akrop scored 13 points but Soquel fell to San Ramon Valley 55-45 at the St. Francis Tournament in Mountain View.
Cody Valcarcel added 12 points for the Knights (6-4), who will face the loser between Sweetwater and San Leandro on Friday.
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