Central Coast Blue and Central Coast Red hit the dirt at Central Coast Polo Club in Los Osos, California, to compete for middle school trophies. Sara Espy scored first from the field for Central Coast Blue. Central Coast Red’s Morgan Manos tied the game before the end of the chukker. Central Coast Blue’s Dylan Stern put his team in the lead again with a single tally in the second, but Manos tied the game by the end of the half. The third chukker was an exact repeat of the second chukker, with goal from Manos and Stern and defense prowess displayed by Linnea Johnson and Blaire Conlan for Red and Alyssa Neville for Blue. Espy and Manos traded goals to begin the fourth and an Espy Penalty 2 conversion put Blue ahead. Manos found the goal twice more to regain the lead for Red, but Espy’s final goal of the chukker sent the two teams into a shootout. Central Coast Blue prevailed with Espy scores from the penalty line.
Blair Conlan, Sara Espy, Morgan Manos, and Dylan Stern were chosen as All-Stars. Linnea Johnson was elected to receive the Sportsmanship Award. Alyssa Neville’s Tequila was chosen as Best Playing Pony.
PRESTONWOOD POLO CLUB MIDDLE SCHOOL TOURNAMENT
Six players took to the arena in Oak Point, Texas, to vie to be the Prestonwood Polo Club middle school title. Prestonwood’s Trenton Werntz kicked of the scoring with a field goal for his team. Francesca Felhaber added two goals to tie and then take the lead for Rancho Naranjo El Paso. A goal from Cole Felhaber coupled with a pony goal ended the chukker with Rancho Naranjo ahead 4-1. Estephanie Turrubiartes and Alec Felhaber traded goals to open the second chukker. Cole Felhaber extended Rancho Naranjo’s lead to four, but a goal apiece from each of the Prestonwood players pulled the team back within a single tally. A final goal from Cole Felhaber ended the first half with the score in favor of Rancho Naranjo 7-5. Werntz and Turrubiartes tied the game at the beginning of the third chukker, but Francesca Felhaber tallied two to secure Rancho Naranjo the lead again. Werntz, Turrubiartes, and teammate JB Long combined for four goals to take the lead 11-9, heading into the final chukker. Werntz and Francesca Felhaber traded goals to begin the fourth chukker, but a trio of goals from the Prestonwood team put them out in front for the rest of the game, ending with a final score of 15-10.
Francesca Felhaber and Trenton Werntz were chosen as All-Stars. Alec Felhaber was elected to receive the Sportsmanship Award. Trenton Werntz’s Peanut was chosen as Best Playing Pony.
Middle School competition continues next weekend at the Houston Polo Club in Houston Texas, and Bluewater Creek Polo Club in Rogersville, Alabama.