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Santa Ynez controlled the first three quarters against Nipomo on Jan. 27 and appeared to be on the way to snapping its losing skid, but a fourth-quarter collapse led to a 47-38 Titans win and kept the Pirates winless in 2012.

The home loss dropped Santa Ynez to 2-15 on the season and ran its string of losses to eight straight.

The Pirates, who dropped a 67-38 decision at Cabrillo two nights before, led by 12 points after the first quarter, seven at the half and were up by three going into the fourth. They were outscored 16-4 in the final period, though, en route to the loss. Santa Ynez coach Rod Caughell said tired legs hurt his team late in the loss, noting that the Pirates were down to just eight players for the game.

Sophomore Derek Smith led Santa Ynez with 14 points against Nipomo, while fellow sophomore Clinton Anderson poured in a team-high 16 in the loss at Cabrillo.

The Pirates, who hosted Morro Bay on Wednesday, will travel to Lompoc on Friday before closing the season with a pair of home games, against Mission Prep on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and against Santa Maria on Friday, Feb. 10.


Boys soccer

A week after suffering their first loss of the season at Nipomo on Jan. 19, the Pirates bounced back with a win over rival Lompoc and a draw at San Marcos.

They squeaked past the Braves, 2-1, in Lompoc on Jan. 26 and then played San Marcos to a 1-1 tie the following night.

In the win over the Braves, Jamie Guerrero and Blake Joyner each netted second-half goals – Joyner’s came in the 93rd minute – to help Santa Ynez pick up the dramatic victory.

The Pirates, who improved to 7-1 in league play, will welcome Santa Maria into town Thursday, Feb. 2. They will close the regular season on the road, at Cabrillo on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and at Templeton on Thursday, Feb. 9.


Girls soccer

The Pirates tightened their grip on second place in the Los Padres League standings with a hard-fought 1-0 home win over rival Lompoc on Jan. 26.

Anouk Aument knocked in the lone goal on a deflection near the 15-minute mark of the first half. Despite controlling the time of possession for much of the game, Santa Ynez was unable to again find the back of the net against a strong Braves defense.

The win improved the Pirates to 7-6-3 overall and kept them unbeaten in league play at 5-0-3. They will travel to Santa Maria on Thursday, Feb. 2, before closing out the regular season with a pair of home dates, Tuesday, Feb. 7, against Cabrillo and Thursday, Feb. 9, against Templeton.


JV girls water polo

Pirates junior varsity coach Lisa Boyer promised her team that it could dunk her in the pool if it claimed a championship in the two-day Arroyo Grande novice tournament held Jan. 27-28 at Arroyo Grande High.

The JV Pirates went a perfect 4-0 to make good on their end, and the coach was forced to hold up her end of the bargain as well.

Santa Ynez, with a reduced squad of just novice players, beat Righetti, 8-0, and Cabrillo, 11-7, on the first day and then came back on day two and topped host Arroyo Grande, 7-6, before closing out the event with a 6-1 win over Atascadero.


Travel baseball discount cards

The Santa Ynez Titans Under-11 travel baseball team was one of 32 teams to qualify to compete for a national championship at the Disney Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. To help fund the cross-country trip, the team is selling $20 cards that offer discounts to several area businesses and restaurants.

The trip is scheduled for the first week of August. There are just 300 cards for sale and they are valid throughout 2012.

To purchase a card, contact Bonnie Welker at 448-6705 or at vwelkers@verizon.net.

willis@syvjournal.com