2012

Coach ANGELO ROSS IS Santa Cruz sports and so much more.

For more than 48 years, Coach Ross has dedicated his life to teaching kids not just the fundamentals of football, basketball and baseball, but about life, responsibility, humility and the value of hard work.  Despite the countless hours spent on the field, or in the gym, Coach Ross’ impact on the field is only exceeded by the impact he has on his kids off the field.

 

Coach Ross is now in his 35th  year of coaching the perennial powerhouse, Palma Chieftains.  In his role as running backs and defense backs coach, he has helped guide the Chieftains to 28 league championships and 11 CCS championships.  He has helped develop many athletes secure college scholarships, including current San Jose State starting quarterback, David Fales.

In 2009, Coach Ross was elected to the Palma High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

However, Coach Ross is equally proud of his student-athlete’s success in the classroom.  This commitment to education is not surprising as Coach Ross was and educator at Mission Hill Jr. High from 1964-2000.  There, he taught history, civics, physical education and helped organize the school’s sports program, often opening the gym in the early morning or at night to give kids a chance to practice.

 

Prior to Palma High School, Coach Ross was the head basketball coach and assistant football coach (where he coached with good friend and classmate at Santa Cruz high Norman Costa) at Holy Cross and Marello Prep.  In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s Coach Ross was the assistant baseball coach at Santa Cruz High School, helping them win the league title in 1989.  His coaching career started when he and fellow Santa Cruz classmate and friend, Bob Vega, started coaching Pony and Colt baseball teams during the summer.  He continued coaching these teams for 30 years.

 

Known as an excellent ball-handler and tenacious defender, Coach Ross was a standout basketball player at Santa Cruz high.  Coach Ross not only made the All CCAL teams in 1957 and 1958, but was offered a scholarship to play at the University of California Riverside.  Further, he graduated from Santa Cruz High as the class of 1958 Salutatorian.

 

Coach Ross attended San Jose State earning a General Secondary Credential.  While at San Jose State he was admitted to the Tower Society and National Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi.

 

Coach Ross has been and continues to be a positive figure for countless numbers of student-athletes.  For Coach Ross, success on the field, means nothing without success in the classroom.  He demands the most from his kids and is the ultimate role model of excellence.

 

(Additional. Angelo played basketball all 4 years at Santa Cruz high making  two ALL CCAL teams in 1957 and 1958  varsity team with his ball handling, shooting and tenancies play.  Angelo was always intense when he played.  As he was later as a coach at Mission Hill, Holy Cross, Marello and Palma.  Angelo was head coach of the  basketball  teams at Holy Cross High and Marello  Prep.  He was assistant football and baseball coach, in addition to spending 30  summers coaching very successful Pony and Colt league teams.  Angelo would opened the gym, on his own time, to let kids work out.  One knew that any team Angelo coached would be well schooled and would play hard no matter the score.  He expected his players to play with the same passion he had.

Angelo after his work as a PE teacher at Mission Hill,  drove to Salinas to coach with his good friend.  Angelo was available during basketball and baseball season to work with players in Santa Cruz.  He continues to coach football at Palma, but attends many SC athletic events and knows most of the players well.

As a senior in high school his basketball coach and PE teacher Emmett Thompson sent Angelo a period a day to Bay View school to work as a teachers aid to help students learn how to play sports and get their exercise.  As a junior, Angelo along with senior Bob Vega started coaching little league teams and then quickly moved up to pony league and then colt league.  Out of college, Angelo was quickly hired at his old junior high Mission Hill,  where  he continued his coach career.   He probably had the job before he graduated, so highly he was thought of in Santa Cruz.

Angelo is a sample of what all parents, athletes and students would like to have in a teacher/coach.  He has coached year around in the city and  has been well known for his efforts with kids.

 

Jan. 1.  Sentinel, Santa Cruz County Stories Of The Year.

Number 3.  Breakers Academy Shakes Up Prep Soccer Scene.  When the two Breaker Academy club soccer teams adopted a ten month schedule that lasted through the high school season, it forced more than twenty elite boys  soccer players to make an extremely tough decision: drop their high school team of drop out of the academy.

The rule pit’s the long term goals of the Breakers Academy to secure scholarships for its players and improve soccer as a whole in the USA against the brief opportunity to play for school pride.

“It’s the wrong decision. They forgot the kids. Club soccer and high school soccer is a totally different environment. The kids have school pride and they are missing that.  They are taking this goodness away from the kids’ life,” said Card coach Semih Sabankaya.

Sabankaya’s program took the biggest blow from the policy change.  SC went winless in this years preseason after losing nine players from last years CCS D111 Championship team to the Breakers Academy.

Number 9.  Santa Cruz High Boys Soccer Repeats As CCS Champs.  The soccer teams journey to a second straight CCS D-111 championship didn’t start off so promising.  During non-league play, a short handed SC team took its lumps at the Golden State Invitational.  They faced four teams that are nationally ranked and salvaged a 1-3 record.

But coach Sabankay got his boys to peak at the right time. SC finished the season with a 14 game win streak, outscoring opponents 11-0 in three postseason games and defeated Live Oak 2-0 to claim the CCS D-111 title. “ To bad we don’t have state, because this team is as good as it gets.” said Sabankaya after the victory in March.

 

Feb. 1. Locals Ready For The Next Level.  SC has a total of seven athletes to sign. SC has three boys from last seasons repeat CCS Division III championship soccer team signed scholarships: Slater Meehan, Stanford; John Chronopolous at Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo and Giovanni Giattino,  Omaha Nebraska.

Ashley Claussen in basketball to Southern Oregon; Ben Albrecht in track at Dartmouth; Kiara  Burkett in soccer at Cal State Bakersfield; Alex Scott in Softball at Brown.

Jonah Hodges will walk on with the Cal football team.

 

May 18.

ESPN  HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ SOCCER

With the regular season winding down, it’s time to take a look at the top goal scorers in the US Soccer Development Academy under-17/18 age group.  John Chronopoulos playing for the Santa Cruz Breakers, ranked first with 20 goals,

 

Jan. 25.  Delucchi Has Best Of Both Worlds. Hurdler Combines Raw Talent With Hard Work.

Jenny Delucchi could probably get pretty far in track by just showing up.  At least that strategy seems to have worked for the other runners in the juniors family.

Her brother Derrick dedicated his springs to baseball.  But a couple of times during the season, he would leave after baseball practice and engage in the SC track meet running the 100 and 200 meters.  Derrick took second place in the SCCAL meet in both events.  Mother Lisa also a sprinter for SC, dominated the 100 and set the school record in the 200 without laboring much over her races.

Sure Delucchi has speed in her genes, but she didn’t become the second fastest qualifier in the 100 hurdles at the CCS track and field championships without putting that talent to work.

Longtime SC hurdles coach Don Roberts said, “I think it’s just maturity and focus.  She just went from recreational, having fun doing it, to one who could do something with it.  Delucchi won the 100 hurdles in 14.97 at the SCCAL meet, which put her second in CCS.  She qualified at seventh in the 300 hurdles at 47.19.  The top three in each event at the CCS finals qualify for the CIF State Championships in Clovis.

Last year she won the SCCAL title in the 100 hurdles in 16.35 and she has worked her time down to just short of getting into the middle 14 hundreds. The key to her turnaround lies in a three step program.  She literally takes just three steps between hurdles instead of five she had previously done.  It has taken a lot of practice and she hasn’t missed any practices this year. I’m naturally fast, but in the hurdles, I have to work at it a lot.  It’s all about mechanics.

As her times plummeted, she started to realize that her best times compare with those times run by collegiate athletes.  That got her thinking she might be able to compete at the next level as well.  “So now she has even more to work on,” said Coach Roberts.  Combining that work and her genetic gifts could lead to some really amazing results. I can say something to her once and she does it.

 

May 22.  Three SC under classmen competed at the Nike SPARQ Combine at Laney College in Oakland.  More than 1,000 athletes were tested in a variety of drills including the 40 yard dash, shuttle, vertical jump and power ball throw, which was done while kneeling.  Athletes results in each category helped them receive a SPARQ  score.

Sophomore running back Dale Stoller at 5-7, 150, finished 400tg at 59.04. He ran 4.74 in the 40 yard dash, at the 57th fastest finish.

Doug Leonard and Riley Cameron, also running backs for SC was third and fourth highest for the locals, finishing with a score of 51.84 and 47.28 respectively.

 

May 15.  In College baseball, alum Luke Wetmore wrapped up his first season as head coach of Occidental College with a league record of 18-10 in the SCIAC conference and 23-16 overall, finishing the season with the best school winning percentage of .592, since 1982. The Tigers, who finished two games out of first, set the school record for conference wins. The total was nine more than a year ago and 10 more overall  than in 2011.

 

June 23.  Sentinel: GIRLS ALL COUNTY ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

At Top Of Their Game:  Pauli Pappas, senior basketball and volleyball.  First team ALL-SCCAL in hoops averaged 15.4 points and 10.7 rebounds.

 

June 24.  Sentinel: BOYS ALL COUNTY ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

At Top Of Their Game:  Jonah Hodges, senior excelled in football, basketball and track.

Readers Choice. Picks for the Santa Cruz County boys athlete of the year based on an online vote:   Number two choice was Jonah Hodges with 46.29 percent of the votes which totaled 15,769.  The top vote getter had 47.99 percent.  The third place vote getter had 1.72 percent.

VARSITY FOOTBALL

Practice:  Menlo 18-19. Watsonville 10-6. Pajaro Valley 42-21.  North Salinas 40-14. Practice record 3-1. League:  SLV 31-14. Harbor 57-6. St. Francis 40-0. Scotts Valley 29-49,  Soquel 10-14, Aptos 6-37.    League standings: Aptos 6-0, Scotts Valley 5-1, Soquel 4-2, SC 3-3, SLV 2-4, Harbor 1-5, St. Francis 0-6. League record 3-3.  SC overall record 6-4.

 

Sentinel September 3, Kickoff 2012 of the Santa Cruz County football teams.  Of the ten county football teams, Santa Cruz is ranked sixth by the Sentinel.  School enrollment: 1,149.  Coach: Bubba Trumbull, fifth season.  2011 season 4-5-1 overall, 2-4 in league for sixth place.  Tale of 2010:  All four of SCCAL losses were decided by nine points or less.  Last league title, 1993.  Last postseason appearance, 2007.  Offense:  spread and fly: Offensive Coordinator:  Jeff McCormick.  New Defense: 4-3: Head coach and Defensive Coordinator: Bubba Trumbull.

Other coaches:  Randy Quilici, Paul Quilici, Justin Woodlief, Nick Arellono, Sergio Escobar

 

Name                   Position       HT/WT       YEAR

Jonah Hodges       RB/DB        5-9/160       SR

Ben Albrecht         TE/ILB        6-2/190       SR

David Ledwith      RB/ DE       6-0/175       SR

Joe Rocha            QB/ DB       6-1/175       SR

Jason Patel           WR/DB       6-0/170       SR

Nick Locatelli        RB/DB        5-8/165       SR

Brady Halbleib       TE/DL        6-1/200       SR

 

Key Newcomers:

Name                   Position       HT/WT       YEAR

Jaime Saint John   TE/Safety    6-2/180       SR

Armando Ortiz      OL/DL        5-10/250     JR

Mezziah Williams   RB/LB         6-1/190       JR

Doug Leonard       OL/DL        5-11/245      SO

 

Keep and eye on

Locatelli at running back:  Halbleib, tight end;  Patell at wide receiver.

 

From MBAYPrep and the yearbook:  Other players: Yabi Abraham, Tanner Akol, Jake Camat, Trevor Clark, Kevin Cox, Cesar Enriquez, Evan Fujino-LaFluer, Aldo Garcia, Chris Kovats-Wildenradt, Justus Kovats-Wildenradt, Victor Luna, Robert Schultz, Brent Thiebout, Dominick Vaughan, Eric Shimokawa, Anthony Ferrer, Gus Willis, Kyle Lewis, Nick Vargas, Koa Kiffer,

Dom Vaughan, Wyllie Crawford, Dave Hernandez, Bakari Broodnax,

Coaches:

 

SC is hoping to follow the mantra “speed kills.”  SC produced the top three finishers in the 100 meters at the SCCAL track and field championships in the spring.  Jonah Hodges is one of the three.  He is a contender for the SCCAL rushing crown, but he won’t take opposing defenses by surprise.  Last year he ran for 746 yards in 88 carries and scored 8 touchdowns.  Jonah is a shifty running back and shutdown cornerback.  Ben Albrecht was a member of the winning 100 meter relay team and won the 200 meter dash.

Coach Trumbull, said “he has four other running backs, plus two good fullbacks Brady Halbleib and Mezziah Williams. Six starters return on offense and eight on defense, including all four defensive backs.  Much improve quarterback Joe Rocha had off season surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, which hindered his follow through last season.  Once healthy, he worked out and added 20 pounds to his frame.  All this added 25 yards on his throws down field.  He spent a lot of time watching game films.  We are real happy with his progress.  Jason Patel and Albrecht could be Rocha’s top receivers.”

Trumbull, also the defensive coordinator, said “the team will change from a 4-3 front to a 4-3 front with two down tackles and two stand up ends.  With this we’re putting nine speed guys on the field.”  Senior David Ledwith, and end, will be a force on defense.  “Teams are going to have to take care of him or he’s going to cause some problems for the quarterback.”

SC will wear black helmets this season.  New linebackers coach Justin Woodlief,  played locally for Soquel and Cabrillo College.  He was the SCCAL’s Defensive Player of the year in 2005 and finished his career at Southwest Missouri State.

 

Since the seven SCCAL teams have been dropped by the CCS Board of Managers from a “B” league which automatically qualifies the top two teams in the league for the CCS playoffs.   It has been this way for most of its existence other than the 2005 to 2006 seasons when it garnered “A” league status and qualified for the prestigious Open Division of the CCS playoffs.  Both years the  two SCCAL teams lost in the first round.  But due to getting more points as “A” league teams in 2005, four out of the seven league teams advanced to the CCS playoffs.  In 2006 three teams advanced.

Based on more points given for playing an “A” league team, less points for playing a “B” league team and even less for playing a “C” league team.

Until the SCCAL betters its status, local fans won’t be treated to any Cinderella stories like they were in  2007, when SC finished in third place in league, but still has enough points to qualify for the CCS Small Schools Division with an at-large berth.  SC  was seeded eighth or last in their division, but went on to win its first CCS title with three straight upset wins.

The SCCAL as a whole struggled last season with only two league teams having a winning season.  Both teams were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.  As a “B” league the top two teams in the league automatically earn a CCS playoff spot.  A third playoff spot for the league will be hard to come by, as the total points needed to receive an at large will be hard to get.

Every two years the League Classification Index is used to evaluate the status of teams and leagues is complied annually..  Based of the previous two years results league status can be changed up or down.

 

August 27.  SCCAL SNEAK PREVIEW.  Santa Cruz Takes To The Ground To Win Jamboree.  The Jamboree was split into three three-team sessions.  Santa Cruz, Harbor and Pajaro Valley met in the first session.  Santa Cruz scored 52 points followed by Monte Vista Christian 45, Soquel 44, Aptos 30, Scotts Valley 30, Pajaro Valley 21, SLV 9, Harbor 8 and St. Francis 4.

SC’s game plan was a simple one.  Run the ball.  Push the tempo.  Run the ball.  Senior running back Jonah Hodges broke a 65 yard touchdown run on the first offensive play of the Jamboree.  “The offensive line did a great job run blocking today.  We’ve got a lot of exciting to-watch players who are definitely gonna make an impact.  Anyone can get the ball at any time and do something with it,” said Hodges.

SC ran 37 offensive plays with 31 of them on the ground and they had plenty of backs for the task.  Hodges, Bakari Broadnax, Brady Halbleib and Mezziah Williams each posted positive , hard hitting gains for what looks like a solid rushing unit for the Cards this season.   “We do have options and a couple of guys who are injured, said coach Jesse Trumbull.  “We worked hard at pushing the pace.  That was the most positive thing we saw tonight, maintaining the pace offensively and keeping the opponent playing at our speed.”

Hodges scored a 8 yard touchdown run on a pitch to the left side.  Quarterback Joe Rocha threw only 6 passes, but two of them were for touchdowns.  Broadnax scored from five yards out on a pass from Rocha and Hodges caught a pass for a 72 yard score.

 

Sept. 3.  MENLO 19, SC 18.  Santa Cruz’s Hodges Shines On Both Sides Of The Ball, But Menlo Steals The Show.       Menlo trailed 18-12 after Jonah Hodges scored his third touchdown of the game with 40 seconds left on the clock, but Menlo rallied down the field and scored on a two yard run with time expiring         to tie the score.  Then as time expired kicked the extra point for the win.

SC was in control with a 12-0 lead at halftime on a pair of rushing touchdowns and a pair of interceptions by Hodges.  He scored on runs of five and one yards.  He finished with 146 yards on 27 carries.  Hodges entered the season with the must rushing yards of any back in the SCCAL back from last year.  He ran for 746 yards on 88 carries and eight touchdowns.

 

Scoring by quarters

Menlo         0       0       6       13      19

SC              0       12      0       6       18

 

Team Statistics      Menlo         SC

First downs          22               11

Rushes-yards        33-230        178

Passing yards        68               9

Comp-att- int        6-16-2         5-9-1

Fumbles-lost         0-0             2-2

Penalties- yards     4-25            8-75

 

Individual Statistics

RUSHING

Individual stats:  Rushing by carries- yards:  Hodges 27-146;  Nick Locatelli 12-35;  Brandy Halbleib 6-12;   Williams 2-2;  Broadnax 2- minus 3;  Rocha 4- minus 14.

Passing by completions, passes attempted, yards gained and interceptions:  Rocha 5-9-9-1

Receiving by catches and yards:  Hodges 1-6;  Locatelli 1-2;  Leonard 1-1;  Broadnax 2-0

Defensive stats:  Fumble recoveries:  Two.  Brent Thiebout and Williams

Sacks:  Two by Doug Leonard.

Interceptions:  Two by Hodges

Tackles for losses Two by Thiebout

 

Sept. 10.  Cardinals Claim Win In Classic Showdown.  Albrecht’s Recovery ends Watsonville’s late charge.  The oldest football rivalry in Santa Cruz County added another classic to the history books.  Running back Nick Locatelli scored on a 4 yard run midway through the fourth quarter to give the Cards the lead.  Watsonville stormed back with a nice drive with time running down, only to fumble the ball away at the half yard line with 27 seconds left.  Ben Albrecht recovered the ball to preserve the 10-6 win.  On the previous play from the one yard line, corner back Jonah Hodges made a tackle for a 8 yard loss to put the ball back on the nine.

“I’m going to pass out,” said coach Bubba Trumbull.  “Two weeks in a row it comes down to two yards as time expires.  We must have learned something by losing in the same situation last week.  This week we dug a  little deeper.”

From Albrecht, “It was a nail biter.  Our defense held the whole game. We faltered a little bit late, but I’m just really happy, because of the intensity of this whole game and to get a win.  There’s a giant sense of relief.”

It was the Cards second defensive stand in the fourth quarter.  SC held Watsonville on a fourth and 4 play at their own 19 yard line at the start of the quarter.  After this stand, the Cards marched 84 years on 12 plays to take the lead for good.

It was a defensive battle from the opening whistle.  SC jumped to a 3-0 lead on a 37 yard field goal from Tanner Akol, a standout soccer player.  Watsonville then intercepted a pass and ran it back 65 yards for a touchdown to go ahead 6-3, which held up to the fourth quarter.

Coach Trumbull said, “The defense came up with big stands all night.  Finally the offense fed off the energy.

 

Scoring by quarters

SC                                3       0       0       7       10

Watsonville                    6       0       0       0         6

 

Team Statistics      SC     Watsonville

First downs          18               10

Rushes-yards        52-245        42-162

Passing yards        9                18

Comp-att- int        1-5-1          1-2-0

Fumbles-lost         1-0            3-1

Penalties- yards     5-35            6-45

 

Individual Statistics

RUSHING

Individual stats:  Rushing by carries- yards:  Jonah Hodges 25-169, Nick Locatelli 8-49, Brady Halblelb 11-29, Bakari Broadnax 3-12, David Ledwith 1-4, Tanner Akol 1-1, Joe Rocha 3 minus 18.

Passing by completions, passes attempted, yards gained and interceptions:  Rocha 1-5-9-1

Receiving by catches and yards:  Hodges 1-9

Defensive stats:

Fumble recoveries:  Ben Albrecht

 

Sept. 18.  Hodges, Cards Pull Away From Feisty Grizzlies winning 42-21.  The Cards running game was too much for host Pajaro Valley.  Senior Jonah Hodges rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns.  Nick Locatelli added a score and had a total of 92 yards for the game.  “The run game is our go-to offense,” said coach Bubba Turnbull.  “We were able to get it going when we needed it.”

Hodges entered the contest averaging more than 150 yards per game, broke free on a 63 yard run for SC’s first score and tacked on a 11 yarder near the end of the second quarter to put SC ahead 28-14 at halftime.  PV opened the scoring taking the lead 7-0 on a 62 yard pass.  To open the second quarter Locatelli put the Cards ahead 13-7 with a 3 yard run.  On PV’s next possession, Yabi Abraham picked off a pass and ran 41 yards to the end zone.

To start the second half, PV scored to close the gap to 28-21 Cards.  SC was held scoreless the third quarter, but scored two more touchdowns in the fourth period.  Hodges ran for 37 yards to score and Broadnax went in from 9 yards out.  Tanner Akol hit four of his five place kicks.  Hodges caught a pass from quarterback Rocha for a two point conversion.

 

Scoring by quarters

SC     7       21      0       7       42

PV     7       7       7       0       21

 

Team Statistics      SC              PV

Rushing-yards       41-373        51-254

Passing yards        0                80

Comp-att- int        0-6-1          2-8-1

 

Individual Statistics

RUSHING

Individual stats:  Rushing by carries- yards:  Hodges 14-187, Locatelli 10-92, Broadnax 7-51, Haltbleib 7-25, Enriquez 2-18, Rocha 1-0

Passing by completions, passes attempted, yards gained and interceptions:  Rocha 0-6-0-1

Receiving by catches and yards:

 

 

Sept. 24. Cards Run Rampant VS Vikings.  Hodges Has Career Night:  Rocha Throws 2 TD’s.

Santa Cruz 40, North Salinas 14.  Coach Trumbull and his staff called the match-up with North Salinas High a statement game.  Statement?  More like and exclamation.  SC dominated on offense and defense to emerge with a landslide victory.  Running back Jonah Hodges ran for a career high 234 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries.  Brady Halbleib added 120 yards rushing in 16 carries and one touchdown.

Trumbull said, of Hodges effort, “That was a monster game.  We talked all week about this being a statement against an A league team.”  Joe Rocha entered the game without a scoring pass, but his first two completions this game ended with receivers celebrating in the end zone.  Rocha connected with Hodges for a 63 yard score and to Bakari Broadnax for a 15 yard score all in the first half.  Coach Trumbull said, “This was a point of interest.  We know we can throw, but we had to show it.”

SC jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and led 27-7 at halftime.  Hodges entered the game as the leading rusher in the Monterey Bay Area with 502 yards rushing in 66 carries, and did most of his damage yardage wise in the second half.  Hodges had 68 yards and a touchdown on six carries in the first half.  He added scoring runs of 83 and 55 yards in the second half.  “It was awesome how we came out and put points on the board, “said Hodges.

 

Scoring by quarters

North Salinas        0       7       7       0       14

SC                       21      6       6       7       40

 

Team Statistics      NS              SC

First downs          13               15

Rushes-yards        30-135        46-402

Passing yards        100             90

Comp-att- int        10-24-1       4-8-0

Fumbles-lost         2-1             3-1

Penalties- yards     6-45            10-65

 

Individual Statistics

RUSHING

Individual stats:  Rushing by carries- yards:  Hodges 13-234, Halbielb 16-120, Nick Locatelli 13-55, Rocha 3 minus 3, team minus 4.

Passing by completions, passes attempted, yards gained and interceptions: Rocha 4-8-90-0.

Receiving by catches and yards:  Hodges 2-76, Bakari Broadnax 1-15, Jason Patel 1- minus 1.

Defensive stats:  Fumble recoveries:  Hodges 1

Interceptions:  Broadnax 1

 

Oct. 2.  SC’s Run Unstoppable vs. SLV.   The tendency for football teams playing against SC might be to focus on stopping Jonah Hodges, the leading rusher in the CCS.  Good luck with that.  SLV coach, “It’s just not Jonah.  It is the way they do it.”  Hodges remained true to form compiling 155 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.  Yet it was Nick Locatelli, who led the charge in a dominating first half, as SC went ahead 24-0 before running rough-shod over SLV to win 31-14.  SC is now 4-1 overall and 1-0 in league with its fourth straight victory and its sixth over SLV in the last nine years.  SLV still leads the lifetime series 22-16-2.

SC had 306 yards on the ground with Locatelli running for 107 yards.  But it was his 84 yards and two touchdowns on four carries in the first half that set the tone of the game and pushed SC into a comfortable lead 24-0 lead at halftime.  “He made the most of his opportunities,” said coach Trumbull.  “They were keying on Hodges, which is silly not to do, but Locatelli was our counterpunch.”  It’ the first the first time Locatelli has eclipsed the century mark this season.  His second carry of the game went for a 33 yard touchdown.  He b0unced off the right tackle toward the sideline and sprinted into the end zone during the Cards second offensive possession of the game.  His third carry, to open the second quarter, went for a 37 yard score and staked SC to a 17-0 lead.  This time Locatelli went left, but cut back to the right side shortly after crossing the line of scrimmage and found daylight.  “Our offensive line was its doing work as usual.  Every chance they get, they’re doing it to the best of their ability and it allows myself, Brady Halbleib, Johah and Bakari Broadnax to do what we need to do to put points on the board,” said Locatelli.

SLV was not able to sustain drives in the first half.  Two turnovers, and interception by Hodges and a fumble recovery by Broadnax led to two SC touchdowns.  Tanner Akol also made a  37 hard field goal in the first half and later in the game narrowly missed wide to the left on a 51 yard attempt.

Hodges’ 155 yards came on the ground on 19 carries resulting in two touchdowns.  A 15 yard score on a sweep left ended in a Superman dive into the end zone midway in the second quarter, putting SC ahead 24-0.  His 51 yard touchdown came at the tail end of the third quarter spoiled any chance for a SLV comeback even though they had gotten to within 17 points of SC.  But on SC’s very first offensive play from scrimmage, after Yabi Abraham ran the ensuing kick

off back 45 yards to midfield, Hodges burst up the middle and side-stepped out to the left side of the end zone.

SC’s only loss of the season came in the first game in the final seconds of the game by one  point are in line to win their fifth straight game for the first time since 2007when they won the Small Schools CCS championship.

Locatelli said, “It’s the strategy that each running back possesses.  We can get up field.  We can make moves.  We can break tackles.  No one can stop us.”

Scoring by quarters

SC     10      14      7       0       31

SLV   0       0       7       7       14

 

Team Statistics               SC              SLV

First downs                   14               20

Rushes-yards                 43-306        24-112

Passing yards                 37               242

Comp-att- int                 1-4-0          22-43-1

Fumbles-lost                  0-0             1-1

Penalties- yards              3-30            5-46

 

Individual Statistics

RUSHING

Individual stats:  Rushing by carries- yards:  Hodges19-155; Halbleth 11-46; Locatelli 9-107; Broadnax 3-0.

Passing by completions, passes attempted, yards gained and interceptions:  Rocha 1-4-37-0

Receiving by catches and yards:  Locatelli 1-37

Defensive stats:  Fumble recoveries:  Broadnax

Interceptions:  Hodges

 

Oct. 8.  Hodges, Cardinals Conquer Harbor.  Memorial Field was a muddy, sloppy mess, but if there was any question as to what affect it would have on the Cards potent running, senior Jonah Hodges provided an immediate emphatic answer.  Hodges, the leading rusher in CCS broke off a 66 yard dash to the end zone on the first play from scrimmage, then proceeded to eclipse the 200 yard mark for the second time this season in a single game as SC ate the mud and competition en route to a 56-6 shellacking of the Pirates.

Hodges, who didn’t even play in the fourth quarter, finished with 205 yards on the ground and four touchdowns on just nine carries, leading SC to their fifth straight victory over their cross town rivals and the conch shell trophy.

They have battled for the trophy since 2004.  The rivalry dates back to 1969, when Harbor high opened.  This was SC’s twentieth victory in the all time series and the 50 point differential is the second largest ever.  Only a 61-6 victory by the Cards in 1989 was greater.  “We’ve been practicing working on the bad playing conditions all this week.  We took advantage of the field and came out and did what we need to do,” Hodges said.  Added Nick Locatelli of the sloppy field, “It was second nature.”

Locatelli surpassed 100 yards rushing for the second straight game.  He ran for 107 yards and a touchdown in just five carries.  His 55 punt return in the first quarter made the score 13-0 after less than seven minutes of action.  Then he ran 78 yards at the end of the first quarter to make the score 20-0.  Hodges had touchdown runs of 66 and 29 yards in the first half and added two more of 68 and 10 yards in the second half.  Bakari Broadnax completed the scoring with a 4 yard run midway through the fourth quarter. “Our line did a great job,” said Hodges, who eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing this season in the game.

Tanner Akol kick four extra  points and missed one.  Joe Rocha, Brady Halbleib each ran for two point conversions.

 

Scoring by quarters

SC              20      8       22      7       57

Harbor        0       6       0       0       6

 

Team Statistics               Harbor                 SC

First downs                   11                        16

Rushes-yards                 28-67                   36-424

Passing yards                 97                        26

Comp-att- int                 9-22-2                  2-4-1

Fumbles-lost                  0-0                      2-0

Penalties- yards              6-45                     4-35

 

Individual Statistics

RUSHING

Individual stats:  Hodges 9-205; Locatelli 5-102; Halbleib 6-45; Broadnax 6-47; Rocha 5-12; Cesar Enriquez 3-9; David Ledwith 2-4.

Passing by completions, passes attempted, yards gained and interceptions:  Rocha 2-4-26-1

Receiving by catches and yards:  Jason Patel1-11; Jaime Saint John 1-15

Defensive stats:

Sacks:  Brent Thiebout and David Ledwith one half each

Interceptions:  Hodges and Brent Thiebout one each

 

Oct. 21.  High School Football Commentary.  HODGES ON THE PROWL.  SC’s RB Eats Yards For Dinner, Chases School Mark.

Jonah Hodges is uber-confident with a football in his hands.  Asked if he could run through a mine field unscathed, the Cards two-way star nods.  “I’m mentally tough, “He said matter- of-factly.  The normally soft spoken Hodges can talk a big game when he is prodded.  Put a football in his and the 5-7, 170 pound star running back proves he can play one too.  “I’m as big as I want to be when I get the ball.  I feel like I can do anything with it,” Hodges said.  Entering the St. Francis game, he is the second leading rusher in CCS.  He has been ranked number one for much of the season, before the Cards bye last week.

Hodges has run for 1,096 yards and 15 touchdowns on 107 carries and receiving touchdowns and a handful of other scores nullified by silly, behind-the play penalties.  Hodges a well rounded athlete who also shines on the basketball and track and field teams has also made five interceptions as a corner back on defense.

Despite all his heroics on offense most of the colleges showing interest, San Diego State, Fresno State, UC Davis, Cal Poly, University of San Diego and Ivy league school Cornell want him to play defense.  And it has everything to do with size.  “I use it as motivation, in his third season on varsity,” said Hodges.  Though he’s shorter than most receivers he covers, Hodges compensates with his speed and football savvy.  It doesn’t hurt that he’s blessed with incredible hops said coach Bubby Trumbull.

Hodges, who can slam dunk a basketball, won the long jump and triple jump titles at the SCCAL track and field championships last spring and took third in the 100-meter dash.  He tested with a 40-inch vertical jump at the Nike Combine in the off season, Trumbull said.  Hodges is pushing to break the schools rushing record set by ex-NFL player Johnny Johnson’s school record of 1,729 yards in 1985 and was the Santa Cruz County record until 2000.  Johnson went on to play at San Jose State and played five seasons in the NFL and made a Pro Bowl appearance in 1991, before a back injury ended his career.

Johnson a 6-2, 220 was a big bruising back with speed to boot.  Hodges is mostly finesse with speed.  (One of his uncles advanced to the State Track Meet as a sprinter from SC and one of his grandfathers was a long time track coach, who in his eighties still runs regularly.  He comes from good stock)  Two different running styles from two completely different sized athletes, yet same successful result.  “It is no fear,” said head junior varsity coach Bytheal Ratliff, who played center on the line that blocked for Johnson.  “That’s the same thing Johnny had.  He had some deception and speed.  And once he ran you over, he’d keep going.  He was so strong and fast.”

“Jonah looks for shifts and moves and gets out there, but it all looks pretty.  They both look pretty.”  Ratliff said Hodges probably envisions himself with Johnson’s body on the football field.  Confidence plays a huge role.  He thinks, ‘I believe I can.’  And if you do, it shows on the field.  That’s what he has.  He has heart and it has carried him a long way.”  To see Hodges off the field is to see just another high school student.  He doesn’t look like a star.  “Until you see him go, you wouldn’t understand it,” coach Trumbull said during a recent practice.  “You have to see him in action to understand it.

Hodges, who grew up watching videos of ex-Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders on YouTube, said he developed his current running style while playing flag football and two hand touch growing up.  The fastest man wins and remains uninjured.  I try not to get touched or tackled.  “I’m claustrophobic.  I learned that when I about passed out in wrestling matches with my dad.  I think it’s more of a control thing.  I don’t want anyone touching me.  When it comes down to it, I’ll hit them, but I’ve always been a juke-first kind of guy.”

His style is yielding results.  Whether he garners the college scholarship he desires remains to be seen.  NCAA Division I Cornell and D-IAA University of San Diego have already offered him scholarships.  The first day to sign a national signing period begins February one.  Though months away, Hodges likely has an outfit selected for that special day.

 

Oct. 23.  Cardinals Coast.  SC’s Run Game Seems unstoppable as it continued to be in be 49-0 win over St. Francis.  Not even in defeat, which happened in the last seconds of their first game has the Cards running attack been slowed.  SC ran for 354 yards in their game with St. Francis at Cabrillo College.  This is the Cards best start since 2007, when SC won the CCS Small Schools Division Championship.

SC’s first touchdown came when Jonah Hodges on a fourth and 20, ran a fake punt attempt down the left sideline for a 41 yard score.  The second score came on a 78 yard run by Nick Locatelli up the right seam.  SC led 35-0 at halftime behind a 10 yard run by Hodges, a one yard quarterback keeper from Joe Rocha and a 14 yard pass from Rocha to Jaime Saint John.

SC scored twice in the second half on a interception by Yahi Abraham for 86 yards.  David Ledwith scored the last touchdown on a five yard run. Four extra point kicks were made and two missed.  Hodges and the extra point kicker each ran in two point extra points to make up for the one point extra points missed.

SC has won six straight games and will host a tough Scotts Valley team next.

 

Scoring by quarters

SC              21      14      7       7       40

St. Francis   0       0       0       0       0

 

Team Statistics      SC              ST

First downs          19               7

Rushes-yards        37-354        22-68

Passing yards        72               14

Comp-att- int        4-8-0          6-13-2

Fumbles-lost         1-0             1-0

Penalties- yards     8-95            7-55

 

Individual Statistics

RUSHING

Individual stats:  Rushing by carries- yards: Hodges 18-198; Brady Halbleib 7-40; Rocha 2-minus 1; Locatelli 8-111; David Ledwith 2-6

Passing by completions, passes attempted, yards gained and interceptions:  Rocha 4-8-72-0

Receiving by catches and yards:  Bakari Broadnax 2-44; Hodges 1-4; Jamie Saint John 1-14.

Defensive stats:  :

Interceptions:  one each for Hodges and Yabi Abraham

Sacks: Ben Albrecht two

 

 

Oct. 29.  Scotts Valley won a convincing 49-29 win over SC.  Both teams now have one loss in league.  SC 6-2 overall and 3-1 in league hadn’t lost in six straight games, would have been sitting pretty with a win, but a slow first half saw them trailing 28-3 at halftime.

Still Jonah Hodges had another stellar game, scoring three touchdowns three different ways to lead SC.  The senior running back ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, caught four balls for 34 yards and one touchdown and threw for 86 yards and one touchdown on two of four passing.  He hit Jason Patel on a 61 yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, while quarterback Joe Rocha finished 9 of 17 passing for 74 yards and a touchdown.

But the game was pretty much settled following the second quarter.  A solid defensive scheme by the Falcons managed to keep SC’s two headed running attack of Hodges and Nick Locatelli in check during the first two quarters.

(stats not available)

 

Nov. 5.  Soquel 14, SC 10.  For the fifth straight year and the ninth time in the past 10 seasons Soquel has won the STUMP – a wooden trophy bearing plaques with all the scores in the rich rivalry.  Both teams played high intensity football throughout the contest.  Even the bands got into it at halftime, squaring off with up-close-and-personal performances at midfield, with the crowd cheering support.

SC took the lead late in the first quarter on Tanner Akol’s 40 yard field goal, but the Cards trailed 7-3 at the half.  With 1:47 left in the half, Soquel scored to go ahead 7-3.  In the third quarter, SC tried a fake-kick, but punter Akol was not able to make the first down and gave up the ball to Soquel on Cards 40 yard line.

Running back Jonah Hodges, who was held to 79 yards on 21 carries, scored  the Cards lone touchdown on a 4 yard run on the final play of the third quarter to cap a 45 yard drive.  It was set up by Hodge’s second interception of the game and the eighth of the season.

Early in the fourth quarter, linebacker Ben Albrecht made two big stops for a total loss of 13 yards, forced Soquel to punt.  SC took over at its 15 yard line and marched to midfield with three crucial third down conversions.  On the thirteen play of the drive, Soquel picked a thrown ball off the turf with four minutes remaining and Soquel controlled the ball on running plays to end the game.

“It was a battle of defenses.  It sucks, to be frank.  We were in it the whole game,” said Albrecht.

 

Scoring by quarters

SC              3       0       7       0       10

Soquel         0       7       7       0       14

Team Statistics      SC              Soquel

First downs          17               8

Rushes-yards        57-222        33-157

Passing yards        47               39

Comp-att- int        5-9-1          4-8-2

Fumbles-lost         2-1             1-0

Penalties- yards     4-20            3-25

 

Individual Statistics

RUSHING

Individual stats:  Rushing by carries- yards:  Halbleib 13-83, Hodges 21-79, Locatelli 13-62, Broadnax 4-28, Akol 1 minus 7, Rocha 5 minus 23

Passing by completions, passes attempted, yards gained and interceptions:  Rocha 3-7-12-1, Hodges 2-2-35-0

Receiving by catches and yards:  Jamie Saint John 1-36, Locatelli 1-6, Hodges 2-6, Rocha 1 minus 1

Defensive stats:

Interceptions:  Hodges 2

Tackles for losses: none

Sacks: none

 

Nov. 12. No Stopping Aptos.  Aptos 37, SC 6 in the last game of the season for the Cards.  Aptos won the league with a 6-0 record and SC is 3-3 in league and 6-4 overall. Rain fell throughout the first half and the field was already more mud than grass by kickoff.  Quarterback Joe Rocha got the Cards on the scoreboard with a 2 yard touchdown run on the final play of the game.  SC never acclimated to the soggy conditions. The Card offense ran for positive yardage on three plays in the first half and had a minus 7 yards of offense with four turnovers at halftime.

 

Scoring by quarters

Aptos          6       31      0       0       37

SC              0       0       0       6       6

 

Team Statistics               SC              APTOS

First downs                   3                20

Rushes-yards                 37-31          59-347

Passing yards                 0                0

Comp-att- int                 0-3-1          0-1-0

Fumbles-lost                  4-3             4-3

Penalties- yards              2-10            4-25

 

Individual Statistics

RUSHING

Individual stats:  Rushing by carries- yards:  Broadnax 2-1, Rocha 6-9, Halbleib 5-6, Ledwith 1-4, Locatelli 6-1, Hodges 9-0, team 3-0.

Passing by completions, passes attempted, yards gained and interceptions:  Rocha 0-3-0-1

Receiving by catches and yards:  none

Defensive stats:  Fumble recoveries:  Abraham three

Sacks:  none

Interceptions:  none

 

Dec. 11.  Stats from the Sentinel All County Football edition. Under final county offensive leaders:  RUSHING: Nick Locatelli, 621 yards in 92 carries, 6 touchdowns and 42 points scored. Brady Halbield, 432 yards in 89 carries and one touchdown.

PASSING:  Joe Rocha threw 71 passes, completed 29 for 329 yards, four touchdowns and threw 7 interceptions.

Individual Season High Plays: Interception Returns for TD’s: Second place: Yabi Abraham 83 yards against St. Francis and 41 yards against Pajaro Valley. Punt Returns for TD’s: Nick Locatelli for 55 yards against Harbor.  Longest Pass Plays for TD’s: Jonah Hodges, 63 yards from Joe Rocha against North Salinas.  Jason Patel, 61 yards from Hodges against Scotts Valley.

Longest Run Plays for TD’s:  Jonah Hodges with six runs of, 83 yards against North Salinas; 66 against Harbor; 63 against Pajaro Valley; 55 against North Salinas; 51 against SLV.

Nick Locatelli had two:  78 against Harbor and 76 against St. Francis.

Longest Field Goals: Tanner Akol had four:  40 against Soquel; 37 against SLV; 37 against Watsonville; 29 against Scotts Valley;

 

Dec. 11.  Sentinel ALL COUNTY FOOTBALL.  Defensive MVP: Jonah Hodges, who was also named to the first team defensive team as a defensive back at 5-10, 175.  Hodges was second in the league in total yards gained at 1,565 in 172 times carried, tops in touchdowns scored with 20 and second in total points scored with 136.  Hodges was probably better known as a running back, but lets not forget his performance on the other side of the ball this year. He led the SCCAL with eight interceptions in ten games, on shy of leaders in the Monterey Bay area. It is the most picks in the county players for four years.  The squad consisted of 26 players, one sophomore and three juniors.

 

Sentinel Dec. 2.  SCCAL ALL LEAGUE.  Co- Offensive Players of the Year: Jonah Hodges.

No Cards on the first team offense. First team defensive lineman: David Ledwith, line backer Brent Thiebout and defensive back, Jonah Hodges.

Second team offense: Nick Locatelli, running back and offensive lineman, Armando Ortiz.

Second team defensive lineman, Ben Albrecht and line backer Dom Vaughn.

Honorable Mention: Doug Leonard, Joe Rocha, Brady Halbleib, Jason Patel, Jutus Kovat-Wildenradt and Yabi Abraham.

 

FROSH-SOPH PLAYERS PLAYING AGAINST JV FOOTBALL TEAMS.

Yearbook.

Team members:  Brad Laguna, Alex Sandoval, Elijah McManus, Drake Fennelly, Miles Keys-McKay, Gabriel Mead, Riley Rohrbaugh, Dion Shattuck, Collin Gilmore, Nick Williams, Trey Whitley, Victor Hiltner, Graham Galloway, Christy Trotter, Eli Bariteau, Antonio Rodriguez, Junior Reyes, Alex Morris, Daniel Cuevas, Nick Noland, Riley Cameron, Ashtyn Davis, Desmond Quilici, Ryan Renteria, Davonte Scott, Tracy Schultz, Dale Stroller, Nick Brandt, Alex Salinas, Alex Perez, Fabian Delgado, Shawn Cox, Mitchell Bourist, Lucas Borg, Greyson Taylor, Pierce Tuttle, Saul Alvarado, Jordan Rodriguez, Jimi Gleitsman, Jesus Vazquez, David Davidson, Manual Zamora, Tadhg Mullen and Damien Borg.

Coaches:  Head coach Bythel Ratliff, Chris Harper, Matt Dinatale and Dj Zac.

 

CROSS COUNTRY BOYS

League:  Beat Harbor 23-32.  Lost to Aptos 27-33.  Lost to SLV 26-30. Defeated Soquel 15-40, St. Francis 19-36 and Mount Madonna 15-42. Lost to SLV 15-50.  League record: 4-3.

SCCAL meet standings:  SLV 19, Aptos 67, Scotts Valley 86, Harbor 109, Santa Cruz 113, St. Francis 156, Mt. Madonna 215, Soquel 219.  SC fifth in league meet.

 

Yearbook.  The Cross Country team  is composed of intense runners.  They have to struggle with the challenges of a race through almost pure nature.  Their trek for gold usually includes several miles of random and brutal terrains that would be less than desirable.  This makes them powerful and enduring runners for sure.

 

Team members:  Eric Boesser, Scott Sheppard, Daniel Lloyd, Anthony Lafrance, Mike Ellis, Grady Theilen, Truman Williams, Riley Mallory, Zeebo Gouldon, Sebastian Stock, Boston Cameron and Andrew Walgren.

 

Sept. 16.  LaFrance Leads Cards In Cross Country Opener at Aptos.  Anthony LaFrance won the season opening SCCAL Tri-meet in 15 minutes 11 seconds.  Boston Cameron placed third at 15:34 and Andrew Walgren sixth.  SC defeated Harbor 23-32 and lost to Aptos 27-33.

 

Sept. 20.  Sentinel Boys Cross Country Preview.  No write up about SC. In the Ones to Watch list was a lone Card, senior Anthony LaFrance who will be the Cards top runner this season and hopes to lead the team to a CCS berth.

 

Sept. 25.  Sophomore Boston Cameron was the top Card runner at Westmore High’s Ram Invitational Sophomore race taking fourth place in 13.52 on a 2.4 mile race.  Andrew Algren was fifth in 14.15 in the freshman race.

 

Sept. 30.  Scotts Valley defeated SC 26-30 in a dual meet at the SC 2.08 mile course.  Anthony France took second place in 12:04.9 and third place finisher Boston Cameron in 12:32.7.  SC is now 1-2.

 

Oct. 15.  In a three way meet scored as dual meets,  SC defeated Soquel 15-40.  SC defeated St. Francis 19-36 and Mount Madonna 15-42.

Anthony LaFrance, Boston Cameron, Andrew Walgren and Zeebo Gouldon placed in the top five to help SC sweep a quad meet at UC Santa Cruz.  SC is now 4-2 in the SCCAL

LaFrance won the 2:06 mile course in 12:21.9 followed by second place Cameron in 12:51.6. Walgren fourth in 13:08.3 and Gouldon fifth in 13:36.1.

 

Oct. 28.  SLV earned the top five places to down SC 15-50.  Anthony LaFrance led the Cards with the time of 16:43 for eighth place.

 

Nov. 4.  At the SCCAL championship at meet at the 2.9 mile course at Pinto Lake Park the following are the schools scoring:  SLV 19, Aptos 67, Scotts Valley 86, Harbor 109, Santa Cruz 113, St. Francis 156, Mt. Madonna 215, Soquel 219.

SC placers in the top 25, listed by place, name and time.

PL     NAME                 TIME

6       Anthony LaFrance 16:45

18      Andrew Walgren   17:27

24      Boston Cameron    17:48

The three Cards LaFrance, Walgren and Cameron qualified individually for CCS, because of their times at the  SCCAL meet.

 

CROSS COUNTRY GIRLS

League:  Lost to Aptos 18-37 and SLV 15-50.  Defeated Harbor 15- incomplete, SV 27-28, and Mount Madonna and St. Francis 15- incomplete.  League: 5-2.

Yearbook:  Team members were:  Selena Friedman, Angie Pogson, Haley Smith Shane Halblieb, Amelia Jackson Cassidy Burr, Carmela Roberts, Brends Rivera, Erin Coffey, Cassandra Hamilton, Amelia Eckhardt  and Taina Cannon

 

At the SCCAL meet SC was fourth.  At the CCS Division III meet SC was fifth.

 

Nov. 4.  At the SCCAL championship at meet at the 2.9 mile course at Pinto Lake Park the following are the schools scoring:  SLV 41, Aptos 51, Scotts Valley 66, Santa Cruz 99, Soquel 121, Harbor 160, St. Francis 181.  The SC team qualified for CCS, because of there times at this SCCAL Championship meet.

 

SC girls by place, name and time.

PL     name                    time

5       Mimi Echardt      18:40     25th at State in 18.49

15      Selena Freedman   19:28

17      Cassidy Burr         20:08

20      Erin Coffey           20:14

22      Amelia Jackson     20:48

25      Angie Pogson        21:09

 

Nov. 13. At the CCS Division III meet Mimi Eckhart was fifth in 18:40 and qualifies for the State meet in Fresno.  Selena Freedman came in twenty-five in 20:17 and Cassidy Burr followed her for twenty-sixth place in 20:21, finished in the top quadrant to help SC to place fifth as a team with 130 points.

 

Nov. 27.  At the state meet Mimi Eckhardt placed twenty-fifth in 18:49. Only two other SCCAL runners had a better time and only four runners from CCS had better times.

 

Sept. 15  Sentinel Girls Cross  Country Preview.  The Aptos coach said he expects SC led by senior Mimi Eckhardt to be in contention for the league team title.  Eckhardt is listed on the Sentinel Ones To Watch list.  She finished fourth in the SCCAL championships and took third in the CCS DIII meet.

 

Sept. 16.  The opener the girls lost to Aptos 18-37 and defeated Harbor 15 to and incomplete team.  Mimi Eckhardt at 17:03 was the top finisher for SC.

 

Sept. 25. In the frosh/soph race at Westmore High, Angie Pogson took eighth place in 17.43.

 

Sept. 30.  SC narrowly edged Scotts Valley 27-28.  A Scotts Valley runner took first place and annihilated SC’s 35 year old course record held by SC runner Terri Schneider.  Mimi Eckhardt took third in 13:48.3, Selena Friedman fourth in 14:4.7 and Cassidy Burr fifth in 14:56.3. SC is now 2-1.

 

Oct. 15.  Soquel won the first two places in the quad meet at UCSC, but SC defeated Soquel 25-36 and was credited with wins over Mount Madonna and St. Francis, who were not able to field complete teams.

Cassidy Burr was the top runner for SC taking fourth place in 14:59.9 and Selena Friedman placed fifth in 15:13.3.  SC is now 5-1.

 

Oct. 28.  SLV earned the top five places to down SC 15-50.  Angie Pogoson finished as the top Card with a time of 20:31 for eighth place at the meet.

 

Dec. 15.  Amelia Eckhardt earned an honorable mention on the All CCS cross country team.

 

 

GIRLS TENNIS

League:  St. Francis 5-2, 6-1;  Aptos 0-7, 0-7; Soquel 4-3, 7-0; SLV 7-0, won: Harbor 5-2, won; Scotts Valley 2-5, 1-6.  League 7-5, third.  Practice:  Willow Glenn 6-1.  Overall 8-5.

 

Sept. 5.  Sentinel Tennis Players to Watch.  For SC, sophomore Tatilana Podolsky

 

Sept. 7.  SC in it’s first match of the season defended St. Francis 5-2 .  At number two singles, Rachel Zhang won 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.  Two singles, Emma Brokaw won 1-6, 6-4, 4-6.  Four singles, Katie Walton won 6-0, 6-0.  Number one, Tantiana Podolsky lost.

Doubles winners:  No. 1, Alexis McNeal and Kianna Day-Smith 6-4, 6-0.  No. 2:  Sophie Shen and Gillian Rexroad won 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.  Cibel Quinteros and Ana Chavez lost at number 3.

 

Sept. 9.  Aptos swept SC 7-0.  All the SC players lost.  Those who played in order of the seeding.  Number 1 singles player Tatiana Podolsky lost 6-1, 1-6, 5-7.  There singles players who lost:  Rachel Zheng, Emma Brokaw, Katie Walton.

The number one doubles team of Alexis McNeal and Kiauna Day-Smith lost 2-6, 0-6.

Other players who lost in order of the seed in doubles:  Gillian Rexroad and Sophia Shen, Cibel Quinteros and Anna Chavez.

 

Sept. 14.  SC defeated SLV 7-0.  Emma Brokaw won the number one singles 6-1, 6-1 and Katie Walton won at number two 6-0, 6-1.  Kiauna Day-Smith and Alexis McNeal won 6-1, 6-1.

SC won three matches by forfeit.  SC is 2-1 overall.

 

Sept. 15.  SC defeats Willow Glen 6-1.  Tatiana Podolsky won a third set tiebreaker.  She dropped the first set 6-7, but won the second set 6-0 and the third 11-9.  Kiauna Day-Smith and Alexis McNeil won their number one doubles 6-2, 6-4.  SC won three singles matches.  At three, Emma Brokaw won 6-2, 6-1.  At four Katie Walton won 6-1, 6-1.  Number two Rachel Zhang lost 7-6 (3-7), 1-6.

At two doubles 2. Sophie Shen and Gillian Rexroad won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.   Number 3, Cibel Quinteros and Ana Chavez won 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.  SC is now 3-1 overall and 2-1 in league.

 

Sept. 16.  SC defeated Harbor 5-2.  Number one singles player Tatiana Podolsky lost in back-to-back tiebreakers 6-7(5-7), 6-7(5-7).  In order seed.  Winners 2. Rachel Zhang  4. Katie Walton.  Lost 3 Emma Brokaw.  SC swept the doubles.  One seeds, Alexis McNeal and Kiauna Day-Smith. 2. Sophie Shen and Gillian Rexroad.  3. Cibel Quinteros and Ana Chavez.  SC is now 4-1 overall and 3-1 in league.

 

Sept. 20  SC comes up big in doubles in a 4-3 victory over Soquel.  Number 2 doubles Gillian Rexroad and Sophie Shen won 6-4. 6-1.  Three doubles Becky Hardie and Ana Chavez won convincingly 6-0, 6-3.  Number one singles Tatiana Podolsky did not drop a game winning 6-0, 6-0.  Three singles Emma Brokaw won 6-1, 6-3.

 

Sept. 28.  SV Girls Tennis Tops Cardinals 5-2.  Five of the matches went three sets in a tight SCCAL battle for sole possession of second place.  SC won the number one and three singles matches.  Tatiana Podolsky won the number one spot in straight sets.  Number three Emma Brokaw won 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.  Number two Rachel Zhang lost 6-2, 3-6, 2-6.  Number four Katie Walton lost 3-6, 7-6(6), 1-6.  All three doubles matches were won in three sets by Scotts Valley.

Doubles listed by order of the seed.  Number one Kianna Day-Smith and Alexis McNeal 2-6, 6-1, 4-6.  Gillian Rexroad and Sophie Shen 6-7(7-3),4-6.  Anna Chavez and Cibel Quinteros 3-6, 7-6(7-2), 4-10. SC is now 4-2.

Sept. 30.  SC defeated St. Francis 6-1, while losing only the number one singles.  Singles winners are list from two through 4.  Rachel Zhang 7-5,6-4;  Emma Brokaw 6-4, 6-4 and Katie Walton 6-4, 6-4.  Doubles winners list in order:  Kiauna Day-Smith and Alexis McNeal 6-3, 6-2;  Gillian Rexroad and Sophie Shen 6-3, 7-5; Anna Chavez and Cibel Quinteros 6-3, 6-3.  SC is now 5-2.

 

Oct. 5.  Aptos remains undefeated swept SC 7-0.  SC’s four singles players in seed order: Rachel Zhang, Emma Brokaw, Katie Walton and Kianna Day-Smith.  Doubles players in order: Alexis McNeal and Cibel Quinteros: Gillian Rexroad and Sophie Shen;  Ana Chavez and Becky Hardie.

 

Oct. 14.  SC improved its season record to 8-3, while cruising to a 7-0 victory over Soquel.  At number one singles, Tatiana Podolsky won 6-0, 6-1. At number one doubles, Kianna Day-Smith and Cibel Quinteros won 6-1, 6-4.

Other singles winners:  Rachel Zhang 6-3, 6-4;  Emma Brokaw 6-1, 6-4;  Katie Walton 6-2, 7-6.  Other doubles winners:  Gillian Rexroad and Sophie Shen 6-1, 7-6;  Ana Chavez and Becky Hardie 6-4, 6-1.

 

Oct. 21.  Scotts Valley defeated SC 6-1 to finish second in league.  Number one singles player Tatiana Podolskey won the only match for SC 6-0, 6-0.  Cards singles players who lost in seed order:  Rachel Zhang 3-6, 1-6.  Emma Brokaw 1-6, 3-6.  Katie Walton 2-6, 3-6.  Doubles teams lost by seed:  Alexis McNeal and Kianna Day-Smith 6-7, 6-2, 8-10.  Cibel Quinteros and Gillian Rexroad 0-6, 6-7.  Ana Chavez and Becky Hardie 3-6, 6-7.

 

Oct. 26. In the semifinals of the SCCAL tournament, playing to qualify for the singles finals, Tatiana Podolskey lost 5-7, 6-2, 7-6.

 

 

BOYS WATER POLO

Santa Cruz along with SCCAL members Aptos, and Soquel will be playing against Carmel, Monterey, Stevenson and Salinas in the Tri County Athletic League TCAL Mountain Division, which is composed of top water polo teams in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.  This Division will send three teams to CCS.

 

Practice games:  Bellarmine 2-12, Del Oro 8-16, Gunn 6-14, Monte Vista of Danville 11-9, Live Oak 12-11. Homestead Tourney Carlmont 14-9, Harker School 10-11, Wilcox 12-9 for third place.  Practice record 4-4.   League:  Aptos 4-15, 10-12; Soquel 12-16, 7-12; Carmel 9-13, 6-13; Stevenson 11-6, 4-3; Monterey 8-7, 9-7; Salinas 11-7, 6-11.  League record 5-7.  In league playoffs:  Salinas 10-8 and in semifinals Soquel 7-12.  Overall 10-12.

 

Yearbook:  Water polo may very well be one of the toughest sports in high school.  Our team this year fought hard against all the obstacles of a small team with few substitutes and numerous grueling games.  We had a very strong schedule that definitely put our enduring athletes to the test.  They were up to the challenge and played through the season with no fear or doubts. Go Santa Cruz Water Polo!

 

Roster:  Alex Waggoner, Joe Raimondi, Turner Roll, Phoenix Pelstring, Austin Park, Jesse Honig, Henry Tobias, Chez Chamberlin, Jacob Chaffin, Greg Frank, Miles Herrera-Pease,

Conner Dietrich, Carlos Carpenter, Jacob Wisotsky, Ben Coffey and Zach Tuson.  Coaches Joe Beek and Chris Melcer

 

Sept. 7.  Alex Waggoner scored three goals, but SC lost 13-9 to Carmel in the new TCAL league match.  Joe Raimondi, Turner Roll and Greg Frank each scored twice for the Cards who are 2-0-2.  Goalie Phoenix Pelstring had 10 saves.

 

Sept. 26.  Junior Turner Roll was honored by being named a 2010-11 Academic All-American by USA Water Polo, after participating in a USAWP (USA Water Polo) national championship tournament and completing his academic years with a GPA over 3.6.

 

August 30.  Last year the SCCAL had only five teams, which was not enough to qualify for an automatic bid to the CCS Playoffs.  So this year the SCCAL water polo teams are moving to the Tri County Athletic League TCAL.

The new TCAL is now made up of 15 teams split into two divisions.  Coaches believe the new format will provide more competitive balance and more opportunities to play in the postseason with four teams guaranteed CCS berths.  The divisions were decided by league coaches based on strength of program and approved by the school athletic directors.  Each division will play a double round robin schedule and hold an end-of-season tournament.

The upper Mountain Division consists of Aptos, Carmel, Monterey, Stevenson, Salinas, Santa Cruz and Soquel.  CCS has given the Division three automatic playoff spots with the first spot going to the regular season champion and the next two to the top finishers in the league tournament that didn’t win the regular season title.

In the lower Valley Division:  Christopher of Gilroy, Everett Alvarez of Salinas, Gilroy, Harbor, Hollister, Palma, San Lorenzo Valley and Watsonville will play for one automatic section berth going to the winner of the division tournament.

Coaches said one of the drawbacks to the new format will be the increase in travel.  Several teams will now have to commute well over and hour a few times a season to play teams in Monterey county.

Two SC players are on the Sentinel ONES TO WATCH list.

Senior Alex Waggoner a All SCCAL honorable mention at driver, who last year and led the team in assist as a junior.

Senior Turner Roll a three year starter led the team in ejections drawn last year.

 

Sept. 2.  In the teams first competition  of the season, Aptos defeated SC 15-4.

 

Sept. 7.  Alex Wagoner scored three goals, but SC lost 13-9 to Carmel in the new TCAL league match.  Joe Raimondi, Turner Roll and Greg Frank each scored twice for the Cards who are 2-0-2.  Goalie Phoenix Pelstring had 10 saves.

 

Sept. 20.  OLD FOES PLAY CLOSE.  TCAL Boys Water Polo,  Soquel 16, SC 12.  In New League, Soquel Holds Off Familiar Rival Santa Cruz.  Considering the two coaches work together coaching the Wax’em water polo club during the summer and the two teams play one another during the summer they know each other well.

SC double guarded in front of the net for much of the match and battled back from a four goal deficit to a two goal deficit late in the action, trailing 14-12 with little more than two minutes remaining.  Card keeper Phoenix Pelstring had plenty of action at the net and finished with 13 saves.  Soquel’s two standouts received plenty of attention by SC in what was a tight

physical match.  The game SC played was enough to motivate SC for next time.  Alex Waggoner led the Cards with six goals and two assist.  Last year SC lost both contest 17-3 and 17-2.

SC coach Chris Melcer used his knowledge of Soquel to change his defense to best control the top Soquel scorers.  SC worked to keep the ball away from them as much as possible.  SC was behind 5-1 at the start, then closed the gap to 6-7 at halftime.  SC deposited three straight balls into the net in succession, created by strong defensive efforts.  Henry Tobas had consecutive steals to kick-start back to back transition goals by Waggoner and Greg Frank made it a one goal game, when his mid-pool shot rocketed past the keeper with four-tenths of second left in the half.  But that was as close as the Cards got, though Soquel never truly pulled away until the end.

“We’ve never played them anywhere near that.  There’s no two ways about it, “Melcer said.  “The difference is the depth of our team.  We’re starting to have four or five players verses in the past when we had maybe one.”  Melcers defense didn’t double guard one player.  Instead the Cards doubled up on whoever came into the “strike zone”, the area between the goal posts and inside the 5 meter line.  “We doubled up in front of the net and our guys were real aggressive in there, that was the key.  If there was a  loose ball, we went after it.”

Soquel led 12-8 at the end of the third quarter.  SC pulled within two goals twice in the fourth quarter.  SC 2-6 overall and 0-3 in league.

Scoring:  Waggoner 6 goals and 2 assists.  Austin Park 4 goals.  Frank 1 goal, 1 assist.  Pelstring 13 saves and 1 assist.  Roll 1 goal, 3 assist. Tobias 1 assist.

 

Sept. 23.  Phoenix Pelstring made 10 saves and 4 steals as SC defeated Stevenson 11-6.  Turner Roll and Austin Park scored twice in the TCAL Mountain Division game.  Alex Waggoner led SC with six goals.  Greg Frank scored one.   SC is 3-6 overall and 1-3 in league.

 

Sept. 28.  Turner Roll scored the winning goal in sudden death as SC came back to beat Monterey 8-7 in a TCAL Mountain Division game.  SC was down by two goals in two periods of overtime with 57 seconds left and managed to tie the game up and send it to sudden death (the first team to score in this period wins).  Leading scorers:  Alex Waggoner led SC with three goals and Roll finished with two. Phoenix Pelstring had 7 saves.

SC is 4-6 overall and 2-3 in league.

 

Oct. 5.  Aptos edged SC 12-10.  (no further SC info)

 

Oct. 29.  SC defeated Monterey 9-7.  Turner Roll had four goals, two assists and three steals.  Alex Waggoner two goals.  Henry Tobias two goals and Phoenix Pelstring two steals, one assist and at goalie 6 saves.  (only adds up to 8 goals)

 

Oct. 30.  SC Water Polo Takes Third in Cupertino Tournament.  The Cards edged Wilcox 12-9.  Turner Roll had three goals and three steals in the consolation final, while, Henry Tobias, Austin Park and Joe Raimondi each scored twice.  Alex Waggoner collected four assists and one goal.  Greg Frank made four steals and one goal.  Goalie Phoenix Pelstring made eight saves and Chaz Chamberlain had one goal in the win.

 

Nov. 2.  SC topped Salinas 10-8 to advance to the semifinals in the TCAL Mountain Division Tournament.   Scorers:   Austin Park with three goals, while Greg Frank and Alex Waggoner each had two goals.  Sean Hoban, Henry Tobias and Joe Raimondi each had goals.

Goalie Phoenix Pelstring made ten saves.

 

Nov. 4.  Soquel defeated SC 12-4 in the TCAL Mountain Division tournament finals for the league championship. (no other SC info)

 

STATS

By name, games played and goals scored, assists, shots on goal and steals.

GOALS SCORED:  Waggoner 63, Turner 39, Frank 26, Park 23, Raimondi 17

ASSISTS:  Turner 29, Waggoner 29, Frank 16, Park 11, Raimondi 9

SHOTS ON GOAL:  Waggoner 133, Turner 98, Frank 91, Raimondi 55, Park 45

STEALS:  Turner 33, Frank 22, Park 13, Tobias 12, Raimondi 11

Pelstring in 7 games stopped 60 attempts at goal.  (If he had played all 22 games his total would be much higher)

 

Nov. 22.  Alex Waggoner was named to the TCAL Mountain Division, highest Division in the league, first team. Phoenix Pelstring and Turner Roll were named to the second team.  Greg Frank was given the Sportsmanship award.

 

BOYS JV WATER POLO

Yearbook.  Our team was mostly new athletes, so we struggled the first couple games, but we started coming together as a team, and began winning games left and right.

 

Team members: Will Brothers, Will Wiseman, Skylar Dann, Buin Pollard, Triton Pelstring, Jeff Gallagher, Reid Birch, Trevor Thomson-Silva, Rowan Ediger and Austin Straley.

Coaches:  Chris Melcer and Joe Beck

 

 

GIRLS WATER POLO

SCCAL teams San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz and Soquel will join Carmel, Gilroy, Stevenson, Salinas and San Benito in the TCAL Mountain Division, which is a “A” league, which will send   three teams to CCS.

Practice games:  Harbor 7-1.  Clovis tournament:  Clovis North 8-9, Lemoore 13-8, San Joaquin Memorial 4-3, Redwood of Marin 2-16, E Hanford 5-9.  Watsonville tournament:  Santa Clara 7-5, San Benito 14-9, Mercy of Burlingame 10-9, Aptos 2-7 in the championship game.  Practice record  6-4.  League:  SLV 10-19, 5-18; Soquel 4-15, 5-14; Gilroy 16-5, 13-7; Carmel 18-7, 4-8; San Benito 6-11, 6-10;  Stevenson 5-6, 6-7; Salinas 4-6, 2-3.  League record 3-11.  In the TCAL playoffs:  SLV 5-3, Carmel 8-2 and the championship game against Soquel 4-12.  11-17 from Sentinel.  CCS D-2 playoffs lost to Carmel 6-8.

Overall 11-17

 

Sept. 1.  The girls decided to followed the boys and join with the TCAL with 17 teams as the girls coaches decide it was better for everybody.

In the Mountain Division are San Lorenzo Valley, SC, Soquel, Carmel, Gilroy, San Benito, Stevenson and Salinas.  This division is considered the “A” league, which means their will be three automatic qualifiers for the CCS playoffs.  The league regular season champion and the next two to the top finishers in the league tournament that didn’t win the regular season title.

The lower Valley Division includes Aptos, Harbor, Scotts Valley, Watsonville, Everett Alvarez, Christopher, Monterey, Notre Dame of Salinas and Santa Catalina will play for one automatic section berth going to the winner of the division tournament.

At the end of the season, coaches will meet to decide which teams belong in which divisions next year based on strength of programs.  A coaches comment, “I don’t think it is perfect.  Obviously, there is some debate over whether all teams are in the right divisions.  I think overall it is going to be a good thing, especially for developing programs, getting a chance to play against teams that are like minded.

Sentinel SC ONES TO WATCH.  Sophomore Bridget Grossi: last year SCCAL freshman of the year.  Juniors Chloe Bynes and Alex Scott both second team ALL SCCAL.

 

Yearbook:  We started the year a little rough learning with a new coach, but as the year progressed we really came together, won tough games, and had a lot of fun.  I felt like this team was one big family both in and out of the pool, everyone loved each other.  I’m sad that this was my last year and I’m going to miss the entire team.  Alex Scott

 

Roster:  Alex Scott, Chloe Grijalva-Bynes, Audrey Waggoner, Bridget Grossi, Allie Wiegel, Dede Eckhart, Lindsey Frankel, Jane Tobias, Kenzi Stare, Tali Benisty, Kendall Harding, Emily Locatelli, Mackenzi Smith, Kenzie Stair, Daisy Thayer,  Jane Tobias and Laurel Livingston,

Coach Lindsey Frankel

 

Sept. 2.  Cougars Overpower Santa Cruz In Duel Of 2010 Co-SCCAL Champs.

New league, new opponents, new coaches, new players.  For all the things that have changed since SLV and SC girls water polo programs shared the SCCAL title last season, at least one remains the same.  The girls can score.  They showed as much in their new TCAL league and season opener.  The teams hung close for a half before SLV went on a scoring spree to end up with a 19-10 win.  The match pitted the two teams that ruled the SCCAL last season.  SLV won both regular season match ups to take first place in the regular league season.  SC pulled off an 10-9  upset of SLV in the SCCAL tournament to became Co-Champs with SLV.

For girls and boys water polo only, all SCCAL schools are now competing in the TCAL, which includes teams from Monterey and Santa Clara counties.

SC’s new coaches Nicholas Orstad and assistant Greg Shaner took over the team just two weeks ago and are in the midst of installing a new offensive scheme.  “It’s been such a roller coaster ride.  We’re just working on the basics,” Coach Shaner said.

The Cards managed to get the early upper hand.  Lindsey Frankel scored the opening goal 26 second into the game, but SLV tied the score a few seconds later.  Alex Scott put the Cards up again with her first of five goals at 1:16 into the match.  SLV went ahead 8-4 at halftime.  Scorers:  Alex Scott 5 goals;  Lindsey Frankel, 1:  Laurel Livingston, 1;  Chloe Bynes, 1: Audrey Waggoner, 1: and Dede Eckhardt, 1.

“We were coming in a little confused about everything, but I think we’re going to come back and be really good,” said Waggoner, a freshman, who noted that the Cards did get that key win over SLV last year and they’re willing to wait just as long this season for their success.

 

Sept. 20.  Soquel defeat SC 15-4.(no SC information)

 

Sept. 28.  SC pummeled Gilroy 16-5 in a TCAL game.  Alex Scott had seven goals and four steals.  Chloe Bynes added three goals, Bridget Gross grabbed four steals and  Jane Tobias had 13 saves in the net.  SC is 2-3 in the TCAL Mountain Division.

 

Oct. 4.  SLV defeated SC 18-5.  (nothing about SC)

 

Oct.  19.  Undefeated in league Soquel beat SC 14-5. (Nothing about SC)

 

Oct. 27.  Alex Scott’s seven goals and five steals overwhelmed Gilroy as SC won 13-7 in the TCAL Mountain Division game.  Bridget Grossi racked up nine steals and two goals.  Kinzie Stare two goals. Goalie Jane Tobias made 14 saves.

 

Oct. 29.Bridget Grossi scored three goals to led the Cards to a 7-1 win over Harbor in the TCAL Valley Division game.  Allie Wiegel, Alex Scott, Lindsey Frankel and Kenzi Stare each added a goal.  Goalie Jane Tobias logged four saves.

 

Nov. 2.  SC upset SLV 5-3 in the first round of the TCAL Mountain Division Tournament.  Alex Scott scored two goals and made four steals.  Bridget Grossi scored once and grabbed four steals.  Chloe Bynes  and Audrey Waggoner each scored a goal.  Allie Wiegel made three steals.  Goalie Jane Tobias made 13 saves.

 

Nov. 4.  In the TCAL Mountain Division semifinals, SC’s 8-2 win over second seeded Carmel avenged a four goal defeat toward the end of the regular season.  Alex Scott scored four goals Bridget Grossi had two goals, Lindsey Frankel and Kenzi Stare had one goal each.

The win puts the Cards in the championship game against Soquel, plus securing a CCS playoff berth.

 

Nov.  6.  In the finals of the TCAL Mountain Division, Soquel downed the Cinderella seventh seeded Cards 12-4.  Allie Wiegel, Alex Scott, Audrey Waggoner and Bridget Grossi scored for the Cards.  Coach Nick Orstad said, “I’m stoked of how we finished the year.  Coming into a new league and the tougher division was a little daunting, especially because we have a very young team.  There’s no doubt that we’ll be even better next year.”  Soquel won the league with a 14-0 record.

 

Nov. 7.  At the CCS seeding meeting for Division II, number eight seeded SC 11-16 faces number nine seeded Santa Catalina 19-7-1 Tuesday.

 

Nov. 9.  Under The Weather Cardinals Lose to Santa Catalina 6-8.  Scott Scores Three Goals For Cardinals In Her Final High School Game.  SC was battling two opponents- Santa Catalina and the flu- putting the Cards in a deep hole before their game even started.  SC was seeded 8 and Santa Catalina seeded 9 in the opening round of the CCS Division II playoffs.

“Many of our girls were ill today,” said coach Nicholas Orstad.  “They don’t know for sure, but they think a couple of girls have strep throat.  Despite being under the weather, the Cards fought back from a three goal deficit at halftime to get within one point of their playoff foes in the fourth quarter.  SC couldn’t quite fight all the way back despite receiving solid play from senior Alex Scott who finished with three goals.  Other seniors include Dede Eckhart and Ellie Wiegel.  Coach Orstad said, “We only have a couple of seniors, so our roster is pretty young, so I am looking forward to next season.  I like our chances, especially since we have one of the better JV teams in the area.”

Scott had 3 goals. Chloe Bynes 2 goals. Eckhardt 1 goal. Jene Tobias 11 saves.

The loss came after the Cards made an unlikely run at the TCAL Mountain Division Tournament, where they lost 4-12 to Soquel in the championship game.

 

STATS

By name, games played and goals scored, assists and steals.

GOALS SCORED

Name          Ga     Go

Scott           22      59

Bynes          19      34

Waggoner    20      29

Grossi         24     23

Wiegel         19      12

 

ASSISTS

Grossi         20

Scott           13

Wiegel         12

Eckhardt     11      20 games

Frankel        7       16 games

 

STEALS

Grossi         105

Scott           63

Bynes          28

Eckhardt     24

Wiegel         21

Nov. 2.  Audrey Waggoner was named the TCAL Mountain Division Freshman of the Year. Selected to the first team were Bridget Grossi and Alex Scott.  Jane Tobias was selected to the second team.  Dede Eckhardt was selected for the Sportsmanship award.

 

Dec. 8.  Senior Alex Scott, who was third in the TCAL in goals made, was selected to the CCS honorable mention list.

 

GIRLS JV WATER POLO

Sept. 25.  At the Watsonville tournament SC lost to Aptos 7-2 in the tourney final.

Team members:  Emma Scholz, Bianca Frank, Briana Jamrus, Angela Culver, Alyssa Bebout, Chrystal Archibeque, Lauren Gallant, Kendall Harding, Adela Puretz, Savannah Spencer, Lauren Julien, Katie Kelly Charlotte Mitchell, Monique Luster, Taylor Wilhelmson, Bailey Faustina, Kirsten Hoffstetter, Kirby Bartlett, Katelyn Renteria.  Coach Greg Shaner.

 

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Practice:  Notre Dame Salinas Invitational Monterey 2-1, Alvarez 2-0, Notre Dame of San Jose 0-3.  Carmel 2-1, San Ramon Valley Tournament: Chico 1-2, Deer Valley 2-1, T  Deer Valley 0-2, San Mateo 0-2.  Practice record 4-4.  (games missing)

League:  Soquel 0-3, 0-3; St. Francis 3-0, 3-1;  Mount Madonna 3-2, 0-3, Harbor 0-3, 0-3; SLV 3-1, 3-1; Scotts Valley 3-2, 3-2; Aptos 0-3, 0-3.  League record 7-7.

Overall record 14-16 by the Sentinel.  CCS Playoff Notre Dame San Jose 0-3.

 

Roster:  Pauli Pappas, Jamie Fenisey, Salena Garcia, Beca Morse, Melissa McPherson, Noelle Pipa, Bella Rich, Danielle Robin,  Chelsea Medina, Sierra Tobin, Sophia Sierra, Marley Hemmen, Dani Robin.  Coaches: Mindy and Phoebe.

 

Sept.  8.  SC lost to Notre Dame-San Jose last year in the first round of the CCS Division IV playoffs.  This year Notre Dame won again by the score of 25-19, 25-18, 25-20.  Becca Morse led SC with eight kills followed by Pauli Pappas with 5.  Jamie Fenisey had seven assists  SC now has a 3-3 record.

 

Sept. 14.  In their SCCAL opener the Cards lost to Soquel 17-25, 15-25, 15-25.  Pauli Pappas led the Cards with five kills and Melissa McPherson added two aces and five assists.

 

Sept. 16.  Melissa McPherson had 11 assists.  Becca Morse added six aces and four kills.  Jamie Fenisey had one ace and 9 assists.  as SC defeated St. Francis 25-19, 25-18, 26-24.  SC is 4-5 overall and 1-1 in league.

 

Sept. 20.  SC came back from a two game deficit to beat Mount Madonna 26-27, 24-26, 25-14, 25-15,16-14 in a thriller.  (no SC information)

 

Sept. 23.  Harbor swept SC 25-6, 25-18, 25-15.

 

Sept.  28.  Pauli Pappas had eight kills, three assists and six digs.  Melissa McPherson added ten assists, three aces and three digs as SC defeated SLV 23-25, 25-10, 25-16, 25-12.  Becca Morse had three 3 aces, four digs and seven kills.  Jamie Fenisey had nine assists, one ace and two digs.  SC improved to 8-9 overall and 3-2 in league.

 

Sept. 30. Bella Rich had five aces, four blocks and five kills.  Pauli Pappas had a team high 10 kills, three aces and four digs, as SC out lasted Scotts Valley in five sets 26-24, 25-20, 24-26, 24-28, 15-8.  Jamie Fensiey had 12 assists. 2 aces and 4 digs.  Marley Hemmen six kills and 3 blocks.  SC improved to 4-2 in league and 9-9 overall.

 

Oct. 5.  Aptos won 25-12, 25-17, 26-24.  SC was led by Pauli Pappas with six kills and six digs. DanI Robin with seven kills;  Sophia Sierra, seven digs one ace and Noelle Pipa, five kills.  SC is now 4-3 in league and 9-10 overall.

 

Oct. 7.  League leader Soquel defeated SC 25-16, 25-11, 25-16.  SC had a outstanding performances from Pauli Pappas, who finished with five kills ad five digs and Marley Hemmen with nine kills and three blocks.  Becca Morse 2 aces, 2 digs and 6 kills.  Jamie Fensiey 12 assists.  5-4 in league and 9-11 overall.

 

Oct. 12.  Becca Morse had 11 kills, one block and five aces.  Jamie Fenisey added 17 assists and three aces.  Pauli Pappas had eight kills, four digs and five aces.  Marley Hemmen added eight blocks and four kills.  SC downed St. Francis 25-16, 27-29, 25-13, 25-17 and is 5-5 in league.

 

Oct. 19.  Harbor swept SC 25-14, 26-24, 25-13.  Becca Morse led SC with five kills and an ace, Marley Hemmen added three kills and four blocks.  Pauli Pappas had four kills and a block.

SC is now 5-6 in league and 10-13 overall.

 

Oct. 21.  SC defeated SLV 29-27, 19-25, 25-22, 25-23.  Pauli Pappas had 13 kills and an ace.  Becca Morse had 12 kills and four aces.  Dani Robin had 11 kills and Melissa McPherson had 21 assists and a ace.  The Cards improved their record in league to 6-6 and 11-13 overall.

 

Oct. 26.  SC defeated Scotts Valley 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 19-25, 15-8.  Dani Robin had 11 kills and one ace.  Sophia Sierra three kills, six digs and one ace.  Becca Morse seven kills, four aces and seven digs.  Jamie Fenisey 15 assists and three digs.  SC is 16-17 overall and 7-6 in league.

 

Oct. 28.  Aptos down SC 26-24, 25-20, 25-20.  In the SCCAL tournament, the 7-7 Cards will play a yet to be decided opponent.  Pauli Pappas led SC with 11 kills, one ace and two blocks.  Marley Hemmen had nine blocks and five kills.   Jamie Fenisey added 15 assists, one kill and three digs.  Dani Robin five kills and three blocks. Sophia Sierra eight digs.

 

Nov. 3.  In the quarterfinals of the SCCAL tournament, fifth seed Mount Madonna defeated fourth seeded SC 25-19,25-22, 25-18.  During the season the teams split their games.  SC’s overall record was 14-16 and in league 7-7 to Mount Madonna’s 14-14 and 6-8.

SC served tough and many of their rallies started behind the serving line.  In all the Cards dropped seven aces on the Hawks, which pleased coach Phoebe Miller.  Outside Noelle Pipa served three aces, hit three kills, three digs and made three solo stuff blocks, which only added to an all-around standout match for the junior.  Senior Pauli Pappas had nine kills and two digs.  Fiery Becca Morse made eight kills and two digs.  Jamie Fenisey had eight assists, three aces and one dig.

Mount Madonna would jump out to an early lead, then SC would rally back within an arm’s reach.  The Hawks would stymie the run, gather a few more points, then fight off another SC run.  Case in point:  In Game 1, Mount Madonna streaked to a 21-13 lead, then allowed SC to bounce back behind Pippa’s serves to make it 21-18 before the Hawks came back.  In game 2, the Hawks led 21-16 before the Cards drew to within 23-21.  In game 3, the Hawks saw its nine point lead slowly vanish thanks to a spark provided by senior setter Jamie Fenisey.

No matter what the results are in the rest of the tournament, the Cards will likely qualify for the CCS playoffs.  SC is expecting to make the Division III playoffs based on points earned by playing in this tough league.

 

Nov. 6.  SC is one of seven Santa Cruz County schools to advance to the CCS playoffs.  Aptos and SC in Division III;  Soquel, Harbor and MVC in D IV;  Mount Madonna and Pacific Collegiate in Division V.

SC seeded ninth with a 14-16 record plays number eight Notre Dame of San Jose with a 15-15 record.

 

Nov. 9.  Pappas, Fenisey, Robin Lead Cardinals.  SC’s season ended abruptly as it was ousted in the first round of the CCS Division III playoffs in straight sets to Notre Dame-San Jose, 25-17, 25-14, 25-11.  “We could have racked up a few more points,” said coach Phoebe Miller.  “But regardless of the outcome, each one of the girls worked their butts off all year long and I’m extremely proud of that.”

SC was highlighted by a trio of seniors, including co-captain Pauli Pappas, who led the team with six kills and four digs.  Jamie Fenisey added six assists, one kill, four digs and one ace. Dani Robin had six kills and one ace.  Two other seniors are Sophia Sierra and Marley Hemmen.  “I’m going to be sad to see them go,” Miller said.  “They were great athletes who all were very important to this team.”  SC ends the season 14-17 overall and 7-7 in league.

 

 

Becca Morse and Michelle Hitt were named to the SCCAL second team by the coaches.

 

JV GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Team members:  Maya Kobe-Rundio, Hannah Anderson, Sabrina Hockett, Elena Phares, Hannah Cytron,

 

FRESHMAN GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Team members:

 

 

GIRLS GOLF  SC

Co-Champions with Scotts Valley with 7-1 records.

Santa Cruz’s scoring always listed first accept against Scotts Valley.  League:  Aptos 207-226, 176-182; Harbor 179-181, won: SLV 201-247, 197-221; SV won 178-186; SC won 175-188.  Co-Champions with Scotts Valley 7-1.  In a playoff to see who would go to CCS, Scotts Valley won 255-257.

 

Five players are needed to form a league team and SC has five good ones.  Chelsea Ficklin, Kristina Davis, Macy Balassone, Erika Tinetti and Mara Julin.  Pete Pappas has coached the team for the start of the girls program and the boys for a long time.

 

Sept. 6.  Sentinel Preseason preview.  Ones to Watch:  Chelsea Ficklin, junior three year veteran, who was all SCCAL first team member as a freshman and who made CCS last year.  She reportedly broke her wrist playing soccer this summer.  But she has shined consistently in the past.

Kristina Davis a junior is also a another three year veteran.  According to coach Pete Pappas, she kept practicing all summer.  Last season she was often the teams low scorer.

Aptos, defending champion Harbor and SC are early favorites.  SC, which was third in league last year, will have a strong team.  Still Card coach Pete Pappas declined to speculate, saying he won’t have a pulse on the league until he sees the girls play.

 

Sept. 9.  SC STARTS SEASON WITH WIN.  Freshman Boosts the Cardinals Past Aptos.

Top dog for her middle school team, SC freshman Macy Balassone figured she’d be the low golfer on the totem pole this season.  She didn’t see this coming.  Not only did Balassone play varsity in the SCCAL opener, she helped SC defeated Aptos 207-226. She had her teams low score of 35, which was one shot shy of being the matches medalist.

With only five players, each players score counted.  According to this years rules a team can play six players with only the top five counting.  SC scoring:  Macy Balassone 35, Chelsea Ficklin 39, Kristina Davis 40, Erika Tinett 41 and Mara Julin 52.

`        Ficklin, who broke her wrist in June playing soccer and didn’t begin playing golf competitively until mid -August showed scant signs of the layoff.  Her opening drive went 240 yards done the middle of the fairway

 

Sept. 16.  Scotts Valley defeated SC 178-186 in the par-23 front six holes at DeLaveaga.  Chelsea Ficklin earned medalist honors for the Cards with a round of 30.  Other SC scorers:  Macy Balassone 34, Kristina Davie 35, Erica Tinetti 43, Mara Julien 44.  SC is 2-1.

 

Sept. 23.  Chelsea Fickling gained  medalist honors with her 12-over-par 35 at DeLaveaga as SC defeated SLV 201-247.  SC got strong performances from, Kristina Davis and Macy Balassone both with 37 strokes.  Mara Julin 44 and Erika Tinetti 48.  SC 3-1 in league.

Sept. 28.  SC’s Chelsea Ficklin earned medalist honors with a 3-over-par 26 as the Cards edged Aptos 176-182 at DeLaveaga.  Other scorers:  Kristina Davis 29, Macy Balassone 32, Mara Julin 43 and Erika Tinetti 46.  SC is 4-1 in SCCAL

 

Sept. 30.  Chelsea Ficklin and Kristina Davis shared medalist honors with rounds of 32 to lead SC past SLV 197-221 at Boulder Creek.  The rest of the Cards: Macy Balassone 35, Mara Julin 47, Erica Tinetti 53.

 

Oct. 5. Chelsea Ficklin earned medalist honors, with 9 over par as SC beat Harbor 179-191.on the front nine at DeLaveaga.  Other Cards Macy Balassone 34, Kristina Davis 35 and Mar Julian 36, Erica Tinetti 42.

 

Oct. 12.  SANTA CRUZ GOLF GETS SHARE OF SCCAL TITLE.   SC’s golf team guaranteed itself a least a share of the SCCAL title after giving Scotts Valley its first loss of the season 175-188.  SC shot their best team score of the year were led by medalist Kristina Davis with an 8-over par 31 in their regular season finale on the DeLaveaga Courses front six holes.  Mara Julian with a 35 and Erika Tinetti a 36 had their best scores of the year.  Chelsea Ficklin a consistent competitor for the Cards shot a 32 and Macy Balassone shot a 41.

 

Oct. 21.  Scotts Valley edged SC 255-257 at DeLaveaga in a final nine hole round in a tiebreaker to decide which team would advance to the upcoming CCS championship.  There were eight matches in league and the teams tied with 7-1 records for a SCCAL co-championship

Kristina Davis earned medalist honors with a 43 on the par-34, 2,380 yard course.  Chelsea Ficklin followed Davis with a 47 for SC, while Erika Tinetti at 54, Macy Balassone 56 and Mara Julin 57 rounded out the team.

The SCCAL Championships will decide which individuals will compete in the CCS tournament at DeLaveaga.

 

Oct 26.  Leaderboard at the SCCAL tournament at DeLaveaga golf course for 18 holes at par 70 in the SCCAL playoff to find the top eight golfers, who qualified to advance to the CCS tournament.  SC qualifiers were in third place Kristina Davis at 91 and fourth place Chelsea Ficklin at 92.  They will play in the CCS tournament at Rancho Canada Golf Club’s East Course in Carmel.  Though not qualifying for CCS,  Macy Ballasome shot a 123 to earned twelve place.

 

Nov. 3.  At the CCS championships at the Rancho Canada Golf Club, East Course par 72, Chelsea Ficklin shot a 96 and Kristina Davis shot 97, which put them fourth and fifth out of the counties other participants.

 

All SCCAL MVP, Chelsea Ficklin.  First team: Macy Balasone and Kristina Davis.

Second team:  Erika Tinetti

SC coach Pete Pappas and Scotts Valley coach Rich Hager, both former Card athletes were named co-coaches of the year.

 

 

BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

SC won the regular season title, but Aptos won the league Tournament for a SCCAL Co-Championship.

Practice games:  St. Francis of Mt View 59-63, Monterey 76-65, Dads Club Tournament: Pioneer of San Jose 75-56, Salinas 77-52, Soquel 43-51 for second place.  Oakland High 59-52. Palma tournament: Nevada Union of Grass Valley 59-47, Merced North 55-41, Palma 63-44 for the Championship.  St. Ignatius Tournament: St. Mary’s of Berkeley 61-35, St. Ignatius 35-50, Oakland Tech 55-60.  Practice record 8-4.

League: SV 49-29, 67-37; Aptos 69-48, 64-73; Harbor 79-47, 76-46; SLV 88-47, 77-61; St. Francis 72-45, 62-46; Soquel 52-49, 64-50. League record 11-1 for the championship.

SCCAL Tournament: St. Francis 55-46 in semifinals.  Aptos 76-79 in double overtime to tie for the league championship as Co-Champions.  Palma tournament champions.

CCS Division III Quarter-finals: Saratoga 55-48. Semi-finals El Camino 59-67.

Season record 21-7.

 

Roster:

SENIORS:                     POS   HEIGHT

Etal Levy-Richards         G       5-7

Beto Olmedo                  G       5-9

Jonah Hodges                G       5-8

Anthony Lafrance          G       5-11

Clayton Conroy              F/C    6-2

Walker Hansen               G/F    6-1

Jamie Saint John            G/F    6-2

Ti DeMeo                      F/C    6-3

Chris Martin                  F       6-3

Forrest Brown               G       6-0

Yabi Abraham                 G       5-10

 

JUNORS:

Mezziah Williams            F       6-2

Kobi Underwood            C       6-7

Thatcher Sammet           F       6-1

 

Dec. 4.  In a well played first game of the season SC lost to St. Francis of Mountain View 63-59. St. Francis lead 19-18 in the first quarter, 34-28 at half time and 51-42 at the end of the third. SC made a big push in the fourth to out score St. Francis 17-12.  SC ran their zone press well picking off passes and deflecting them to their teammates.

Scoring: Levy-Richards 2, Olmedo 1, Hodges 12 on three 3-pointers, Conroy 6, Hansen 7, Saint John 8, seven rebounds, Underwood 4, DeMeo 8, Sammet 1, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assist and 2 blocks.

 

Dec. 6. Cards Pull Away From Monterey. De Meo, Conroy each score 20 points to pace up tempo SC.  SC bent but didn’t break against Monterey.  SC made 19 steals and forced 24 turnovers, creating a frenetic pace that the Toreadores could not match for four quarters as SC won 76-65. De Meo add seven rebounds and Conroy had four rebounds and four assists.

“It was a fun game to be involved in. I felt it was real important to close out the quarters strong and we did. This team is not about individual scoring, it’s about making plays and we did that tonight,” said coach Bill Domhoff.  SC now 1-1 went into halftime up 40-29.  Monterey 1-1 came out strong to start the second half going on a 15-1 run and taking a one point lead with 3:50 to go in the third quarter. SC regularly subbed in five players at a time, regained the momentum after going on a 15-4 run to close out the quarter. They entered the fourth quarter up eight.

“We like to play fast pace and so does Monterey, so this was the type of game we love. We knew we couldn’t take Monterey lightly and we got by.  I think this was a good testament for our team and it will get us ready for the Dads Club Tournament Thursday,” said De Meo.

Walker Hansen added 12 points and Beto Olmedo added seven points and four steals.  Jamie Saint John may have scored only four points, but the senior swingman completely filled up the stat sheet with team highs in rebounds with eight, assists with nine and five steals.  “Jamie was big for us tonight and was the key playmaker. In all, nine different Cards scored.,” said Domhoff.  “Everyone came out fast and really brought it tonight. We played a really disciplined game tonight and everybody bought in and we got the victory,” Conroy said.

Other Cards stats: Etai Levy-Richards 4, Jonah Hodges 3, Yabi Abraham 2, Mezziah Williams 4.

 

Dec. 8. Dads Club Tips Off.  Four games a day will be played Thursday through Saturday at the Civic Auditorium like always.  Only Salinas and SC have played in all fifty-six tournaments.

Since 2006 the tournament has been called the Emmett Thompson Memorial Dads Club Tournament, named after its founder.  Last year, the Most Valuable Player award was named after Phil Netto, who attended almost every Dads Club tournament before passing away in September 2010, at the age of 71.  It went along with a slew of other awards after Dads Club notables: the Emmett Thompson Coaches award, the Jack Alzina Most Inspirational and the Lefty Waltrip Hustle award.

“It’s been going on since I was a little boy and I had some great memories playing in it.” said Domhoff, a SC grad of 1983. “Being able to come back as a coach. “Being able to keep that tradition going.”

 

Dec. 9.  In the first game of the Dads Club Tournament SC 75, Pioneer of San Jose 56.  Scoring: Levy-Richards 6, Olmedo 14, Hodges 11, 5 assists, 6 steals; LaFrance 2, Conroy 1, Hansen 13, Underwood 4, DeMeo 8, 6 rebounds; Sammet 6.

 

Dec. 10. CARDINALS CHARGE.  SC Overcomes Early Deficit, Routs Salinas. “The were tough tonight. They’re really good, Salinas coach Joe Chappell.  When SC switched to a rather ultra-aggressive press at the end of the first quarter, coach Domhoff wasn’t to worried about the repercussions it would have in the second quarter, or in the second half for that matter. “We condition and train in the off season, which helps in the regular season. I think our guys are really amazing in how hard they train. I’m glad to see it paying off”

The Cards press took Salinas right out of the game. Despite trailing by ten points less than five minutes into its semifinals match-up, SC shut down the Cowboys from the second quarter on and forced turnover after turnover en route to an unexpected 77-52 victory.

Salinas won the tournament three years in a row and had ousted the Cards in the tournament two years running, simply couldn’t crack SC’s press. They couldn’t slow Beto Olmedo either. The 5-9 senior guard dropped a game high 24 points on Salinas and was 4 of 6 from three point range. Olmedo added five rebounds and a assist to his game high total, which came on 9 of 15 shooting. “When they were playing man defense, its just drive and kick,” Olmedo said of SC’s offensive game plan. If your open for the shot, take it.” The attack didn’t necessarily work from the start. SC went 0 for 5 from  3-point range and trailed 15-5 with 3:20 remaining in the first quarter. But defense turned into offense for SC, who had 19 steals in the game.

Salinas coach Joe Chappell, who celebrated his 669th victory on Thursday night set an all-time record in the CCS for the number of wins, said “They were tough tonight. They are really good.  There defense was on the ball and we had difficulty with it.  They are really well conditioned and are in great shape.”

“We did a really good job of finding the hot shooter,” said Domhoff, as his team squares off with league rival Soquel in the championship game.

SC took the lead for good midway through the second quarter and grabbed a 45-32 cushion at halftime.  Other scorers: Hodges 11, 4 steals, 4 assists; Conroy 10, 7 rebounds, 3 steals; Hansen, 12, 3 steals; Saint John, 5, 7 rebounds, 3 steals; Underwood 2, De Meo 7, 5 rebounds; Sammet 6.

 

Dec. 11.  Soquel Outlasts Cardinals In Finals of Dads Club Tournament 51-43.  Soquel committed four straight turnovers and didn’t take a shot for more than two minutes into the game. They didn’t score until five minutes into the game as SC built an early 8-0 lead.  No matter. In what was a combination of solid inside defense by Soquel and a poor shooting by SC, who still lead 13-12 at the end of the first quarter, but Soquel out scored SC 12-4 in the second quarter for a 24-17 halftime lead and held a 7 point lead most of the rest of the way.  The second quarter carried Soquel the rest of the way as both teams scored 13 points in the third quarter and Soquel out scored SC by one point in the fourth.

Soquel was 14 for 23 from the line, but 8 of 10 in the fourth quarter. SC got within three points with 4:50 left, but fouls and turnovers let Soquel back with a cushion again.

It was a defensive battle in which the two teams combined for 39 turnovers. Neither team managed to show much of an offensive push when given the chance, leading to many instances of back-and-forth turnovers. SC had frequent dry spells from the floor, including much of the second quarter when they scored only 4 points.  SC shot only 33 percent for the game.

SC was coming off a strong 77-52 victory over Salinas, which had won the tournament three years in a row and defeated SC twice in the finals the past two years.  Little of what transpired against Salinas carried over against Soquel, though. “They made sure we didn’t get it going, Give them all the credit,” said coach Bill Domhoff.

Still SC only trailed by three points with 4:50 remaining in the game after Etai Levy- Richards knocked down and open three pointer from the left corner. It was the Cards ninth three pointer of the game, as they shot 9 of 24 from behind the arc.  But before SC could pull any closer, a minute later Soquel entered the bonus of  two free throws for each foul.  SC then committed three turnovers on its next five possessions.

Walker Hansen led SC with 16 points, while Ti DeMeo, Beto Olmedo and Clayton Conroy each contributed five.  Hansen, Conroy and Olmedo were All Tournament. The Hustle Award went to Kiree Hutchings of Harbor, while Jordan Villandeda of Salinas was Most Inspirational.

Scoring: DeMeo 5, Olmedo 5, Hodges 3, Hansen 16, Conroy 5, Sammet 4, Levy-Richards 3, Williams 2, Saint John 0, Underwood 0.

 

Dec. 18.  Jonah Hodges and Walker Hansen each scored 13 points as the Cards defeated Oakland at Laney College 59-52.  Oakland went ahead 10-8 in the first quarter and SC led 25-22 at halftime and 43-31 in the third quarter.  Other scoring: Levy-Richards 7, Olmedo 5, Conroy 5, Saint John 7, Sammet 5, Abraham 4.

 

Dec. 21.  Conroy Lifts SC Boys Hoops In Palma Tourney.  Clayton Conroy’s double-double helped lift his team to a 59-47 win over Nevada Union.  Conroy scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds and three steals for SC with a 5-2 record.  Jonah Hodges and Walker Hansen each had nine points as SC took a 18-6 lead in the first quarter.  Thatcher Sammet had a well-rounded day, scoring four points, grabbing five rebounds and making two steals.

SC led 29-18 at halftime and 48-30 at the end of the third quarter. Other scoring: Levy-Richards 6, Olmedo 0, Saint John 6, Underwood 2, De Meo 6, Abraham 4, LaFrance 0, Williams 0.

 

Dec. 22.   At the Palma Tourney, Thatcher Sammet led a balanced scoring effort as SC waltzed past Merced North 54-41.  Clayton Conroy added nine points and eight rebounds was one of nine Cards scoring.  SC led 34-14 at halftime.  Scorers: Levy-Richards 7, Olmedo 5, Hodges 5, Hansen 4, Saint John 6, DeMeo 5, Sammet 11, Abraham 2.

 

Dec. 23.  Santa Cruz, Soquel Share Palma Tournament Basketball Title.  There were only six teams in the tournament this year, so it was changed to a round- robin format instead of the normal tournament.  SC and Soquel both had 3-0 records.

Clayton Conroy and  Walker Hansen were named to the All tournament team. They both were All Tournament at the Dads Club.

SC defeated Palma 63-44.  Five Cards reached double figures in scoring. SC led 18-11 in first quarter, 36-25 at halftime and 53-32 at the end of the third period.  Conroy had 15 points and eight rebounds. Hansen added 12 points. Yabi Abraham scored 11.  Jamie Saint John had ten points, eight rebounds and three steals. Ti De Meo had ten points and nine rebounds. Other players: Levy-Richards 0, Olmedo 3, Hodges 2, Williams 0, Underwood 0 points and two blocks.  SC is now 7-2.

 

Dec. 28.  Thatcher Sammet scored 16 points and pulled down nine boards and Clayton Conroy added 12 points and three steals, as SC routed St. Mary’s of Berkeley 61-35 in the Leo La-Rocca Sand Dune Classic at St. Ignatius of San Francisco.  Ti De Meo added 10 points and two blocked shots, Walker Hansen six points and three steals and Jamie Saint John contributed nine rebounds and six points. SC is now 8-2.  Other scoring:  Levy-Richards 2, Olmedo 5, Hodges 4

SC led 13-4 at the end of the first quarter, 27-10 at halftime and 48-23 at the end of the third quarter.

 

Dec. 29.  St. Ignatius defeated SC 50-35.  (No other information)

 

Dec. 30.  Ti DeMeo scored 15 points, but SC fell 60-55 to Oakland Tech in the third place game of the St. Ignatius tournament.  Clayton Conroy added 11 points and seven rebounds.  De Meo and Conroy were named to the All Tournament team.  Other scorers: Olmedo 6, Hodges 2, Hansen 3, four assists, four rebounds. Saint John 6, Sammet 4, Abraham 6, Underwood 2.  SC is now 8-4.  Oakland Tech went out to a 16-9 lead in the first quarter, but the Cards came back in the second quarter out scoring Tech 21-18 to only be down 30-32 at halftime.  Tech outscored the Cards 14-6 in the third quarter, but SC made a 19-15 push in the fourth.

 

Jan. 3.  Sentinel Power Poll Basketball Rankings for the preseason.  SC is ranked second behind Soquel, who beat them in the Dads Club Tourney.

 

Jan. 4.  SC beat Scotts Valley 49-29 in the SCCAL opener. Ti De Meo led the Cards with 17 points and six rebounds. Clayton Conroy had eight points, seven rebounds and four steals.  SC held a 29-5 lead at halftime.  SC is now 9-3 overall and 1-0 in league.

Other scorers:  Chris Martin, who has been out since the first game of the season with a bad ankle scored 4 points. Levy-Richards 1, Olmedo 3, Hodges 7, Hanson 2 and 5 rebounds, Saint John 2, Underwood 2, Sammett 3, 5 rebounds.  Others who played: Abraham, Brown, Williams.

 

Jan. 6.  Walker Hansen had 22 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals to lead SC to a 69-48 victory over Aptos.  Ti De Me added 14 points as the Cards improved to 10-4 overall and 2-0 in SCCAL.  The first quarter was tied 12-12, but SC  went ahead 34-22 at halftime and 47-37 at the end of the third.  Other scoring: Chris Martin 4, Olemdo 2, Hodges 3, Conroy 8, Saint John 6, Sammett 6, 7 rebounds, Yabi Abraham 4, Others who played: Levy-Richards, Williams, Brown and LaFrance.

 

Jan. 11. MaxPrep:  CCS  Division III with 26 schools, SC is sixth with a 10-4 record, 834 points scored  and 693 points against.

 

Jan. 12. Etai Levy-Richards had 23 points, including five 3-pointers as SC breezed past Harbor 79-47.  (Three year starters were held out of the game).  SC led 18-13 at the first quarter and 33-22 at halftime.  Scoring:  Martin 20, Brown 7, Olmedo 3, Williams 6, four steals, five rebounds.  Underwood 12, Sammet 6, nine rebounds,  Abraham 2.

 

Jan. 14. Jaime Saint John scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and Chris Martin added 17 points and SC improved to 4-0 in league with a 88-47 victory over SLV.  Ti De Meo had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Thatcher Sammet had 12.  SC went ahead 26-10 in the first quarter and 41-23 at halftime.  Other scorers: Olmedo 4, Hodges 3, Conroy 6, Hanson 2, 4 assists, 6 steals; Williams 2, Underwood 4, 7 rebounds; Abraham 4, Levy-Richards 0, Brown 0.

 

Jan. 18. Walker Hansen scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds and four steals.  Chris Martin added 14 points and six rebounds as SC defeated St. Francis 72-45.   SC led 16-15 at the end of the first quarter and increased it to 36-27 at halftime and 58-34 at the end of the third quarter.  SC is now 12-4 and 5-0 in league.  Other scorers:   Levy-Richards 2, Olmedo 7, Hodges 4, Conroy 10, Saint John 4, Williams 3, De Meo 9,  6 rebounds Abraham 2.

 

Jan. 24.  Cardinals Rally, Top Soquel 52-49.  SC’s Hansen, Martin Lead Santa Cruz.  SC eyeing a three way tie for first place in league with a loss, instead grabbed a one game lead with one rather decisive quarter.

Trailing Soquel by 10 points entering the final eight minutes and even 13 point with 7:27 remaining in regulation, SC closed out on a 24-8 run with solid defense and the sparkplug play of Jamie Saint John, who scored all his six points in the fourth quarter to lift SC to a come-from-behind 52-49 victory.

“Just like we drew it up,” said Coach Bill Domhoff said of the fourth quarter effort.  Walker Hansen and Chris Martin each finished with 13 points to lead SC to a record of 14-4 overall and 6-0 in the SCCAL, the last remaining undefeated team in the league at the end of the first half.  Aptos is now 5-1 and Soquel is 4-2 after losing to Aptos last week.

“Our defense picked it up and we settled in,” Domhoff said of the final period.   SC got a key basket from Etai Levy-Richards, who drained a 3-pointer, his only basket of the game, to cut the deficit to one point at 41-40 with 4:05 remaining.

Saint John then forced a turnover and went the length of the court to give SC the lead with 3:07 left. On the next possession, Saint John picked off another pass and drove the lane in transition before dishing off to Chris Martin for and easy basket. The Cards never trailed again.

“Soquel took it to us in the first half and jumped on us. They put us on our heels and did a really good job scoring on their sets,” said Domhoff.   Soquel led by as many as 15 points in the game.  Scoring: Martin 13, Levy-Richards 3, Hodges 4, Conroy 10, Hansen 1, Saint John 6, De Meo 5, Underwood 0, Abraham 0.

 

Jan. 26. SC used a balanced scoring effort to defeat SV 67-37. Twelve Cards got into the scoring column led by Jamie Saint John with 13, Ti De Meo 10 points and 2 blocks; Thatcher Sammet 8 points and  7 rebounds; Walker Hansen 4 points, 6 steals and five assists.  Others: Chris Martin 8 points and 6 rebounds; Etal Levy-Richards 3; Forrest Brown 4; Beto Olmedo 5; Jonah Hodges 7; Clayton Conroy 2; Kobi Underwood 1;Yabi Abraham 2.

 

Jan. 28. Aptos Beats Press, Cardinals 73-64.  Win Helps Mariners Move into Tie For First Place With SC.   Three weeks ago, Aptos was practically run off the court in a 21 point loss to SC to open league play.  Leading by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter, Aptos broke through the SC 2-2-1 press with relative ease, limited the Cards on the offensive glass and threw a collective wrench in to the league standings.

Aptos tied the score 19-19 midway through the second quarter and closed out the half on a 14-4 run and never looked back.  SC shot 37 percent from the field.  Aptos led 33-23 at halftime and 49-38 at the end of the third quarter. Both teams were looking to push it early and once SC switched to its 2-2-1 full court press, Aptos never slowed.  Aptos played man to man the whole game.

Scoring:  Martin 15, Hodges 13, Conroy 8. Hansen 7, De Meo 9, Saint John 5, Levy-Richards 5, Sammet 2, Olmedo 0,  Abraham 0.

Feb. 1.  Sentinel Basketball Rankings: SC second had won seven straight games, before last weeks loss to Aptos.

 

Feb. 2.  Levy-Richards Keys Cardinals Rout.  SC defeated Harbor 76-46.  SC led 16-14 in the first quarter and 38-32 at halftime. SC came out at halftime and upped the score to 56-37.  Scoring: Martin 13, Levy-Richards 21, Forrest Brown 3, Olmedo 2, Hodges 2, Conroy 6, Saint John 0, Mezziah Williams 5, Kobi Underwood 6, DeMeo 3, Sammet 13, Yabi Abraham 2.

 

Feb. 4.  SC beat SLV 77-61. Walker Hansen scored a team high 16 points leading five Cards in double digits. Ti De Meo and Etai Levy-Richards had 12 points each and Chris Martin and Jonah Hodges added 10 apiece.  Other scorers: Clayton Conroy 5, Jamie Saint John 8, Kobi Underwood 2 and Yabi Abraham 2. SC is now 17-5 overall and 9-1 in league.

 

Feb. 9.  Walker Hansen had a team high seven rebounds and five steals as SC defeated St. Francis 62-46. Chris Martin scored 12 points, Jonah Hodges had 11 and Walker five.  Other scoring: Levy-Richards 4,  Forrest Brown 4, Olmedo 4, Conroy 6 points and 6 rebounds, Saint John 5, De Meo 8, Abraham 3 points and 4 steals.

 

Feb. 11.  Santa Cruz Keeps Championship To Itself. Cardinals Avoid Three-way Tie At Top By Dominating Soquel.  SC lost to Soquel at the Dads Club.  It only motivated the Cards to win the SCCAL for the third straight year.  “Oh, yeah it did.  We are  mainly seniors and the Dads Club is something we’ve always wanted to win,  When we lost the Dads Club, we started building a fire and we wanted another shot at Soquel.  And with the crowd that was awesome,”  said Jaime Saint John.  SC set the tone from the start with pressure and defense, opening up a double digit lead within the first six minutes, led 18-5 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back in a 64-50 title clinching victory.

A standing room only crowd, mostly rooting for the Cards celebrated SC’s emphatic win afterward.  The final outcome was never really in doubt as SC led 38-14 at halftime.  In the first half SC shot 58% to Soquel’s 22%.  “Once five guys are out there and playing hard, we have five more guys that can come in. Our bench is so deep,” Saint John said.  SC’s bench made their presence felt, scoring a combined 24 points, including seven by Thatcher Sammet.

SC led wire-to wire. It bounced in between a 2-2-1 and a 1-2-1-1 full court pres all game and although Soquel broke through it at times couldn’t get their shots to drop. Soquel went 4 of 18 from the field in the first half and 0 of 7 from behind the arc. “Just al the energy. We didn’t really change our game plan. We just al really wanted it. There was so much enthusiasm and it just kind of carried us al the energy,” said Saint John.  The physical brand of defense by SC yielded to frequent fouls called.  Soquel was in the bonus a minute into the second quarter (means seven fouls were committed by SC )   Soquel made only 8 of 16.

Ten different players scored for SC:  Martin 4, Levy-Richards 10,  Hodges 8, Conroy 9, 12 rebounds and 3 assists;  Hansen 2, Saint John 11, Underwood 2, Ti De Meo 10, Abraham 1, 4 steals, Sammet 7, 7 rebounds . Rest zero points:  Olmedo, Williams, Brown.

 

Feb. 17.  Top seeded SC defeated fourth seeded St. Francis 55-46 in the league semifinals.  SC was led by Clayton Conroy with 14 points and 11 rebounds.  Thatcher Sammet had seven points and nine rebounds.  Ti DeMeo had 13 points and nine rebounds for the regular season champions 20-6 overall and 11-1 in league.

SC led 15-8 at the first quarter, 27-22 at halftime and 39-33 in the third.  Other scorers:  Martin 3, Levy-Richards 7, Olmedo 2, Hodges 3, Saint John 2, Abraham 4.

 

Feb. 19.  Aptos Stuns Santa Cruz For Share Of Title in Two Overtimes.  SC 20-6 overall won the regular season title after compiling a 11-1 SCCAL record.  Their only loss in league play came against Aptos on January 27.

Aptos’ senior guard had an unusual game scoring 30 points.  He hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds of double overtime to put Aptos ahead 75-73.

SC had a slew of scorers, including Jaime Saint John, who led the team with 19 points. Clayton Conroy chimed in with 17, Jonah Hodges had 13, Chris Martin had 12 and Ti De Meo had 10.  Other scorers: Etai Levy-Richards 4 and Thatcher Sammet 1.  “I think we played very well. We had good energy, good hustle and played with a lot of heart. The seniors kept coming.  It was a fun game to watch,” said coach Bill Domhoff.

Scoring by quarters:  First quarter SC 15-10.  SC halftime 34-31.  Third quarter SC 47-45. Fourth quarter, tie 63-63.  First overtime 70-70.  Aptos out scored SC 9-6 in the second overtime for the final score of 79-76.

 

Feb. 24.  Cards Crash ‘Toga Party. SC struggles en route to second round victory.  SC 55, Saratoga 48.  SC enjoyed a bye in the first round of the CCS Division III playoffs. Consider it a wake-up call. “For sure,”  player Jonah Hodges said, “This is not the ideal game we planned on having. We just weren’t in sync today.”  Seventh seeded SC, five days removed from a disappointing loss to Aptos in the SCCAL championship tournament, lacked energy early on and struggled to put unseeded Saratoga away.

Turnovers by SC and timely shooting by Saratoga, kept the game close through out.  SC fell behind by ten points in the first half and didn’t take the first lead until the 2:20 mark in the third quarter, using a 17-7 spurt after halftime to erase the deficit.  SC needed a key stop late in the fourth, while clinging to a 52-48 lead in the final minute of play, Clayton Conroy deflected a pass in the lane and Ti DeMeo pulled in the loose ball to all but seal the victory.

“Some times when we have a hard week, it takes us a couple of days to recharge,” said Clayton Conroy, referring to last weeks SCCAL Tournament.  But this game, Conroy added, “I think it helped us restore some energy.  We’re gonna come out tomorrow and practice hard. We’re gonna work on it and we’re going to fix it and I know we will, because we always do. That’s gonna happen.”

Hodges finished with a team high 11 points and three assists.  Conroy  a 6-2 forward scored 8 points and pulled down a team high 11 rebounds.  Ti De Meo had nine points and five rebounds. Thatcher Sammet provided a boost off the bench scoring nine points behind a pair of 3-pointers and pulled down seven rebounds.

The Saratoga coach, “I think they did a great job being physical and they really handled us on the glass on both end of the floor.  We had to establish presence, but with their physical ness inside the shots we were getting tended to be more outside shots.  We shot the ball well to start and took advantage of nine first half turnovers by SC, which ended up with 16.

Saratoga led 15-11 in the first quarter and 29-25 at halftime.  Saratoga led 11-5 early in the first quarter and late in the second quarter led 27-17.  SC closed out the first half with a 8-2 run sparked by Chris Martin, who scored four points off the bench.

“At halftime, it was a wake-up call.  We had to come together. We knew that we wanted to keep playing and we knew we had to go out and do it,” said Hodges.  DeMeo tied the game at 36 on a short range basket following a quick dish by Hodges, while Jamie Saint John supplied SC its first lead 25 seconds later by knocking down an open three.

It took a step-up in defense and a 4 of 5 performance from the charity stripe to close out Saratoga. “We knew we had to keep our composure in order to come out with a win. We had to focus on D-ing up,” Conroy said.  Other scoring:  Levy-Richards 2, Olmedo 4.

 

 

Feb. 26.  SC’s seniors spread the scoring around, but couldn’t pull off an upset bid against El Camino 67-59.  Jaime Saint John led the team with 15 points and five rebounds, Clayton Conroy added 11 points and five rebounds, Chris Martin had 10 points and 5 rebounds, Jonah Hodges had nine points and five assists.  Other scorers:  Levy-Richards 6, DeMeo 2, 5 assists; Sammet 6 points, 5 rebounds. Played: Olmedo, Abraham,

The loss brings the seventh seeded Cards to 21-7 and draws a curtain on one of the best senior classes in school history.  The group won three straight SCCAL titles.

 

Mar. 19.  Sentinel All Santa Cruz County Boys Basketball.  Seniors Walker Hansen and Clayton Conroy. Two of the six players selected.

Wing Walker Hansen was selected first string by the league coaches. The 6-1 played the point guard position most of the time, getting passes to open players. He averaged nearly 9 points per game.  But his presence was felt most on defense, where he led the county with 88 steals or nearly four swipes a game, including a season high 8 against Oakland on Dec. 17.

Forward Clayton Conroy was selected first string by the league coaches.  Conroy finished second on the team in points scored with 249 points for an average of 9.2 per game.  He led the team in rebounding with 168 boards at 6.2 per game. The 6-2 forward had nine points, four assists and 10 rebounds to help SC defeat Soquel in the last league game to give SC the title.

 

Feb. 21.  SCCAL ALL LEAGUE first team: Walker Hansen and Clayton Conroy, both seniors. Second team: Jamie Saint John, Ti De Meo.  Honorable mention: Jonah Hodges all seniors.

Coach of the Year Bill Domhoff

SC won the regular season title, but Aptos won the league Tournament for a SCCAL Co-Championship.

 

 

GIRLS VARSTIY BASKETBALL  League Co-Champions with Soquel.  Champions of the Gilroy and Watsonville Tournaments.

Practice games: Gilroy Tournament:  Gunderson 60-44, Notre Dame, Salinas 59-44, Gilroy 63-33 for the championship. Watsonville Tournament: Christopher of Gilroy 65-35, St. Francis 62-39, El Camino Fundamental of Sacramento 65-49 for the championship.  Alisal 64-40, Santa Teresa 53-52, Evergreen Valley 51-38.  St. Ignatius Tournament: Saint Patrick/Saint Vincent of Vallejo 43-54, Washington of Fremont 48-35, Galileo of San Francisco 63-45 for third place.

Practice record:  11-1.  League: SV 45-38, 66-56; Aptos 55-36, 52-42; Harbor 57-36, 69-25; 69-23; SLV 60-10, St. Francis 64-59, 63-49; Soquel 40-44, 46-57. League record 10-2.

League playoffs:  Semifinals SV 45-38.  Finals, Soquel 60-56 for the SCCAL tournament championship and as Co-Champions of the league.

Santa Cruz receive a bye in first game of CCS Division III.  In the quarterfinals defeated Mills 56-44. Semifinals Sacred Heart Cathedral 45-54. The final team record 24-4.

 

ROSTER from MaxPrep, by name, position, height and year in school.

NAME                          POS   HT     YR

Ashley Claussen             G       5-6    SR

Pauli Pappas                  G       5-8    SR

Cheyenne Oropeza          G       5-5    JR

Kayla Katama                 G       5-5    SO

Gezan Yaliya                  G       5-1    SO

Shane Halbleib                F       5-9    FR

Melissa Jamrus              F       5-9    SO

Lindsay Frankel              F       5-8    JR

Courtney Schmidt          G       5-3    JR

Shiloh Taul                    F       5-8    FR

Audrey Davis

Ashley Larkin, freshman brought up from the JV team to play in the league and CCS playoffs.  She scored in every game she played in.

 

On Jan. 11. SC is ranked 118 in the state with a 11-3 record.

 

Dec. 4.  SC GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM GLIDES PAST HOST GILROY FOR TOURNEY TITLE.  SC blew away Gilroy 63-33 to win the Gilroy Tournament. Ashley Claussen earned the MVP honors after scoring a game high 19 points and notching 5 assists and 5 steals. Pauli Pappas scored 11 points and had 14 rebounds. Cheyenne Oropeza scored 10 and both were named to the All Tournament team. SC is now 3-0. The game was never close as SC went out to a 15-6 first quarter lead and 27-10 at halftime.

Other scoring: Kayla Katama 2, Audrey Davis 6, Gezan Yahya 7, Shane Halbleib 6, Shiloh Taul 2.

 

Dec. 9. CLAUSSEN, SC BEAT CHRISTOPHER. SC opened the Wildcat Invitational in Watsonville with and emphatic 65-35 victory over new school, Christopher of Gilroy.  Ashley Claussen led SC with 18 points. SC is now 4-0. (no other info available)

 

Dec. 10.  SC topped St. Francis 62-39. Ashley Claussen scored five 3-pointers for 25 points and Pauli Pappas had 19.  Scoring: Katama 1, Pappas 19, Yahya 4, Claussen 25, Halbleib 5, Oropeza 2, Taul 3, Jamrus 2.

 

Dec. 11. SANTA CRUZ DOMINATES EL CAMINO.  Claussen’s 22 points helps Cardinals Capture Wildcat Invitational Title 65 to 49, while being named tourney MVP.  She is one of only two seniors on the team, but they both were ALL SCCAL players last year. The other senior Pauli Pappas tossed in 18 points including 7 of 8 from the line and was chosen for the All Tournament team.

Usually having only two seniors is often a sign of a team rebuilding, not for this years Cards.  But with these two athletic and basketball intelligent players, it is no surprise that SC is 6-0 and has won two tournaments.  “As a team, we all play well together,” said Claussen.  “There’s no ball hog, everyone contributes and we’re always pushing the extra pass to get the easy shot.”  Claussen makes it sound so easy.

A solid defensive effort by the Cards – youthful or not- shut down El Camino Fundamental of Sacramento just long enough for a 65-49 victory for the tourney title. Claussens game high 22 points paced the championship effort. Melissa Jamrus and Cheyenne Oropeza each finished with eight points.  SC had a 31-28 halftime lead, but three straight threes put El Caminos ahead 40-39 in the third quarter. But the lead was brief for the Eagles. Pappas drove the baseline for layup to put SC ahead for good. SC closed out the game on a 24-9 run.

 

Dec. 16.  Ashley Claussen scored 19 points and Pauli Pappas added 17 in a 53-52 win over Santa Teresa to give them a 8-0 record in preseason. (no other information given)

 

Dec. 18. Pauli Pappas and Ashley Claussen filled the stat sheet as SC breezed by Evergreen 51-38.  Pappas racked up 14 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and seven steals. Claussen flirted with a triple-double, finished with 17 points, nine steals and eight assists. Shane Halbleib added nine rebounds.   No other scoring recorded.  SC is now 9-0.

 

Dec. 21. SC girls are the only SCCAL girls team with an undefeated record of 9-0.

 

Dec. 22.  Talent Abounds In The SCCAL.  Santa Cruz has had perhaps the most to show through the non-conference slate.  Led by the teams lone seniors, guard Ashley Claussen and post Pauli Pappas, the rather youth-full Cardinals are off to a 9-0 start, have won two preseason tournaments and have outscored their opponents by and average of 18.2 points a game.  The Cards opponents have by no means been pushovers, either.  SC defeated defending TCAL champion Gilroy, a team from Sacramento who is 10-2 and SCCAL foe St. Francis, who is 9-2 in a solid start, in the Watsonville tourney 62-39.

St. Francis coach said, “They’re a strong team and they’ve got a really good point guard in Claussen. She is aggressive and fast. She does a good job of penetrating and kicking off.  That helps create open shot for he teammates, including freshman, 5-9 starting forward Shane Halbleib and sophomore, 5-9 starting forward Melissa Jamrus.  Junior guard Cheyenne Oropeza returns from last years team and has a solid mid-range shot.

“As a team, we all play well together.  There’s no ball hog, everyone contributes and we’re always pushing the extra pass to get the easy shot,” said Claussen.

Santa Cruz County Girls Basketball: Ones To Watch.  As a junior, Claussen led SC in points, assists and steals and was third on the team in rebounding and managed a triple-double in one stellar game.

Pauli Pappas was hindered last year with Mono, which limited her time on the court and did not allow her to play at full strength for the whole season.  She was still second in rebounding and the second leading scorer last year.  She is solid mid-range inside.

 

Dec. 28.  SC suffered its first loss of the season to St. Patrick-St. Vincent 54-43 at the St. Ignatius of San Francisco tournament.  Pauli Pappas and Melissa Jamrus led the Cards with ten points a piece, while Ashley Claussen added nine. Other scoring:  Gezan Yahya 2, Shane Halbleib 6, Cheyenne Oropeza 6.

 

Dec. 30.  Cheyene Oropeza scored a career high 21 points to lead SC over Galileo of San Francisco 63-45 at the St. Ignatius Tournament. Oropeza added five steals, four rebounds and four assists.  Pauli Pappas had 18 points and 18 rebounds. Ashley Claussen had 16 points, five steals and six assists.  Pappas and Claussen were named to the All Tournament team.  SC is now 11-1.  (no other players mentioned)

 

Jan. 4.  SC Puts Squeeze On Falcons. Cardinals Outscore Scotts Valley 29-9 In The Second Half In Battle Between League Contenders.  SC 45, SV 38.   SC’s leading scorer, Ashley Claussen was held to four points, but she made up for it with eight steals, six assists and helped lead an inspired 45-38 comeback victory in their SCCAL opener.  SV led by nine points entering the fourth quarter.  SC outscored SV 20-2 in the final stanza, by zoning and pressing its way to nine fourth quarter takeaways.  (the Cards wore down the Falcons with continual pressure that led to dead legs for the mainly taller SV team.  SV was way off on their shooting because of the tired legs and for the same reason, SC was picking of off  the rebounds as they were out jumping  SV.

SC 12-1 overall didn’t grab a lead until Cheyenne Oropeza banked in a basket from a nice pass underneath with 4:05 remaining.  The Cards bench then spilled out toward mid-court when the final buzzer sounded to seal the statement.

“We’re really young and I’m just proud of everyone on this team. We seem to come out really strong in the fourth quarter. I wish we could start earlier, but I’ll take it,” said senior Pauli Pappas.  Oropeza led all scorers with 16 points and Pappas had five rebounds and 13 points, including seven straight in the fourth quarter that allowed SC to pull away late.. “This feels great,” said Claussen, who went to SV as a freshman.

 

SV is 9-3 this preseason and last SCCAL season went undefeated.  At the 2:35 mark in the fourth quarter the game was tied 38-all, before Pappas and the Cards  closed the game out on a 7-0 run.  SV led 19-9 at the first quarter and 29-16 at halftime, but in the second half SC out scored SV 29-9.

The halftime adjustment by the Cards wasn’t one of a defensive set or one player catching fire, but a 100 percent pressure full court.  Instead, SC began playing at a higher level of intensity after a halftime speech by coaches Patrick and Monique Jones. “Just something in us kicked in. We came out with more intensity and were able to keep it steady,” said Claussen.

Other scoring: Yahya 1, Halbleib 3, Jamnis 8, 5 rebounds.

 

Jan. 6. SC defeated Aptos 55-36 to improve to 12-1 overall and 2-0 in SCCAL.  Aptos led 14-8 in the first quarter, but SC came back and outscored Aptos 13 to 5 in the second quarter to lead 21-19 at halftime.  SC exploded in the fourth quarter with a 20 to 7 spurt.  Ashley Claussen scored 15 points, Kayla Katayama added 14 and Pauli Pappas 8.  Other scoring:  Audrey Davis 5, Shiloh Taul 2, Lindsay Frankel 0, Courtney Schmidt 2, Halbielb 3, Jamrus 4, Oropeza 2

 

Jan. 11.  San Jose Mercury top ten teams in CCS ranked SC tenth at 13-1.  Soquel at number nine is the only other team from south of Santa Clara County ranked.

Sentinel Power Poll has SC ranked second, up from third last week with there defeat of SV.

 

Jan. 18.  SC Girls Basketball Holds Off St. Francis.  SC  carved out a small lead over St. Francis in the second quarter and held on for a 64-59 win.  Thanks to a 21 point second quarter the Cards now 16-1 and 5-0 in league entered halftime up 28-25.  Pauli Pappas and  Ashley Claussen each hit two 3 pointers and scored 16 points. Cheyenne Oropeza added 14 and Melissa Jamrus scored 10.   Other scorers:  Katayama 1, Yahya 6, Frankel 2.

 

Jan. 18.  Sentinel Power Poll. SC is rated second to Soquel.  Both teams are 5-0 in league and the first half of league will end with one team leading league.

 

Jan. 24. Unbeaten Soquel Hand SC First League Loss 44-40 with both teams coming into the game with seven game win streaks.   SC lead 14-7 in the first quarter, 25-19 at halftime and 33-31 at the end of the third quarter, but Soquel went ahead 36-33 lead with 5:25 remaining.  Soquel never trailed again. “Our offense just stopped said point guard Ashley Claussen, who had 12 points and three assists.   Pauli Pappas had four rebounds and 16 points, including 8 in the first quarter, when SC grabbed a 14-7 lead.

“We were just shooting up shots that shouldn’t have been shot. I just felt like we were gassed by the third quarter,” said Claussen.  Which is where it al began to slowly fall apart for SC, who suffered just their second loss of the regular season.  Playing in a 3-2 zone defense for nearly the entire game, SC forced 14 turnovers.  SC allowed Soquel to hoist 3 pointers almost at will, a strategy that aided SC in the early going.  Soquel was 6 of 21 from the field in the first half, 2 of 10 from behind the arc, and trailed 25-19 at half.  But in the second half, Soquel was getting second, third and four offensive rebounds allowing them to close the gap. Soquel outscored SC 25-15 in the second half.

Claussen suffered an ankle injuring early in the fourth quarter and was in the locker room four roughly three minutes, when Soquel scored a 5-0 run to take the lead for good.

Other scorers:  Halblieb 2, 4 rebounds; Jamrus 2, Oropeza 4, Taul 2, Yahya 2.

 

Jan. 26.  SC defeated SV 69-23.  (no game info)

 

Jan. 28.  SC defeated Aptos 52-42. Ashley Claussen scored  11 points, Pauli Pappas and Audrey Davis had 8 points and Melissa Jamrus had seven.  SC led 16-8 in the first quarter and 33-17 at halftime.  Aptos came back and outscored SC 14-12 in the third period and 20-6 in the fourth. Other SC scoring: Katayama 2, Yahya 2, Halblieb 6,Oropeza 6, Schmidt 2.

 

Feb. 1.  Sentinel Basketball Rankings. SC number one.  SC won two straight and nine of their last ten games and Soquel lost to St. Francis in double over time.

 

Feb. 2. SC routed Harbor 69-25. Pauli Pappas led SC with 20 points and 8 rebounds, was followed by Ashley Clausen with 18 points, seven assists and five steals.  SC is now 19-3 overall and 8-1 in league.  SC held Harbor to just two points in the first and third quarters.

Other scorers: Kayla Katayama 3, Audrey Davis 2, Gezan Yahya 2, Shiloh Taul 2.

 

Feb. 4. SC defeated SLV 69-23 ( but no other info in Sentinel.) Scoring in Maxprep:  Claussen  19, 7 assists and 3 rebounds; Pappas  14, 11 rebounds and 5 assists;  Jamrus 4, 7 rebounds; Davis 0, 2 rebounds; Oropeza  16, 5 rebounds and 3 assists; Yahya 1,  1 rebound and 2 assists;  Schmidt 0;  Katayama 11; Frankel 4, 3 rebounds; Taul 0, 2 rebounds.

Feb. 9.  Ashley Claussen had a game high 19 points to lift SC to a 63-49 victory over St. Francis.  Pauli Pappas and Cheyenne Oropeza each added ten points for the Cards who are 21-2, 10-1 in league.  SC led 18-11 at the end of the first quarter, 31-20 at halftime and 47-27 in the third quarter.  Other scoring:  Gezan Yahya 4, Halbleib 9, Jamrus 8, Lindsey Frankel 1, Courtney Schmidt 2

 

Feb. 11. SC lost to Soquel 57-46. Both teams came into the game with 11-1 records.  SC struck the first blows of the game, jumping ahead 4-0 on plays by seniors Ashley Claussen and Pauli Pappas.  Soquel dominated the boards with their taller squad.

Thanks to the quick hands and accurate shooting of Claussen with 21 points and two steals and Pappas with 20 points and three steals, the Cards managed to keep the score close.

SC pulled to within a point in the second quarter and trailed by just 27-24 at halftime.  SC trailed 39-31 heading into the fourth quarter.

A full court pres led to a couple of quick turnovers and the Cards threatened again, but Soquel made enough free throws to keep ahead.  Other scoring: Halblieb 1, Oropeza 4.

 

Feb. 16.  In the semifinals SC defeated third seeded SV 45-38 to advance to the SCCAL playoff championship game.  SC is 22-3 overall and 10-2 in league.  The two seniors on the team, Ashley Claussen scored 17 points, had six steals, five assists and five rebounds. Pauli Pappas had nine points and 12 rebounds.  Maxprep box score:  Jamrus 3, 8 rebounds;  Oropeza  6, 4 rebounds; Yahya  0;  Larkin  9, one rebound;  Halblieb 1, 5 rebounds and one assist; Taul 0, one rebound.

 

Feb. 19. Crown The Cards. Clausen, Pappas push past Soquel to Share League Title. Soquel won the regular season title and SC the league Tournament for a Co-Championship.

Pauli Pappas buried her face in her jersey to hide her tears and then leaned into a warm hug from coach Pat Jones.  Pappas fouled out the SCCAL tournament championship game, the final league game of her high school career, with 54 seconds left in overtime and her Cardinals holding a slim four point lead over regular season champion Soquel coached by her uncle John Wilson.

In an inspired effort at Aptos High, Clausen scored 8 of her teams 13 overtime points and kept the heat on Soquel long enough to secure a 60-56 overtime victory and a share of the SCCAL title. Then, she got her own hug from Pappas during their joyous post game celebration.

SC has now won three SCCAL championships in four years.  SC followed up those previous two titles in 2009-10 and 10-11 with CCS Division IV championships.  From the outset, the Cards only two seniors made it obvious they wanted to end their SCCAL careers with some hardware. Claussen finished with a game high 21 points and two steals and Pappas added 20 points and six rebounds.

Soquel beat SC in both regular season games, thanks in large part by Regine Graves a four year starter and league MVP.  She played in a club volleyball tourney.  Without her last year for the same reason, Soquel last in double overtime to St. Francis 57-56.

Scoring: Pappas 20 points, 6 rebounds and one block; Claussen 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals; Oropeza 2 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists; Shiloh Taul 2; Shane Halbleib 2; Melissa Jamrus 10 points and 8 rebounds; Ashley Larkin 3.

 

Feb. 26.  Pauli Pappas logged a double-double and SC ousted six seeded Mills 56-44 in the CCS D-III quarterfinals.  Pappas scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Ashley Claussen finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Melissa Jamrus contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.   Other scorers:  Halbleib 1 point, 8 rebounds, Oropeza 6, Larkin 7, Taul 4.   SC went out to a 16-7 lead in the first quarter, 29-23 at halftime and 37-32 at the end of the third.

The third seeded Cards 24-3 face number two seeded Sacred Heart Cathedral in the semifinals.

 

March 1.  SHC Sinks Santa Cruz 54-45 in CCS Division III Semifinals.  Sacred Heart Cathedral  won ten straight CCS titles that ended in 2010.  SC trailed 9-8 after the first quarter and were down 29-17 at half time.  SHC went on a 10-0 run to open the second half and never looked back.  Even thought SHC had this run SC out scored them 18-15 in the second half.

SHC played in a very tough league and was 14-14 for the season, but defeated their next opponent to win the CCS Division III title.  SC ended with a 24-4 record.

(SC had been playing in Division IV in previous seasons.  This was the extent of the write up.

Maxprep box score: none available)

 

March 18. Sentinel All Santa Cruz County Girls Basketball team, seniors, Ashley Claussen and Pauli Pappas two of the five players selected.  (Former Card Athlete and coach John Wilson now the Soquel coach,) who helped guide Soquel to the school’s first CCS basketball title was named coach of the year.

Point guard Ashley Claussen is expected to attend Southern Oregon University in the fall. She led the Cards with 16.3 points per game.  Claussen shot 52 percent from the field and led SC in both assists 5.7 per game and steals 5.6.

Power forward Pauli Pappas averaged a double-double, finished with an average of 15.1 points and  11.2 rebounds in 26 games.  She also led the team in blocks with 34 and was second on the team in both assists 81 and steals 84. She records a double-double in 19 games, including a 18 point, 18 rebound game against Galileo on Dec. 29.

 

Feb. 21.

ALL SCCAL

first team: Ashley Claussen and Pauli Pappas, seniors.  Second team: Cheyenne Orpeza, Junior.  Honorable Mention Melissa Jamrus, sophomore.

Claussen averaged 16.4 points and Pappas 15.2 and were the only two seniors on the team.

 

 

WRESTLING

Jan. 11.  SV earned five wins by forfeit and won another match be decision to defeat SC 28-6 in the dual meet opener for both teams.  In the 120 pound division Josh Burr lost by a 5-1 decision.  SC now 0-1 won two matches by decision: at 106 pounds Jacob Ritz won and at 160 pounds Scott Boynton won 7-2.

 

Jan. 15. Alex Perez took sixth place at 180 pounds in the Bert Mar Invitational at Christopher High.

 

Jan. 29.  SLV won a forfeit riddled match 36-24 over SC.  Jacob Ritz at 106 pounds, Josh Burr and Ryan Renteria at 160 each turned in pins for the Cards 0-2 in league.  SLV had only pin and the rest of the matches were forfeits.  Winner by forfeit:  At 120 pounds,  Zeebo Gouldon.

 

Feb. 5. Jacob Ritz took fourth place at 106 pounds at the Oakland Winter Classic at Castlemont High.  Ryan Renteria was eighth at 154.

 

Feb. 8.  Harbor defeated SC 24-12 with most of the matches forfeited.  Josh Burr at 122 pined his man in 1:18 in the third round.  He was the lone SC wrestler to pin his man.

 

Feb. 18.  SCCAL Championship Tournament won by Aptos with 241 points, followed by Scotts Valley 146, Harbor 131, SLV 122.5, Soquel 80 and SC 53.

In the 106 pound weight class finals, Jacob Ritz was pinned in the second round in one minute and 41 seconds.

In the 120 weight class finals, Josh Burr lost in a 13-10 decision.  Burr was down 9-2 at the end of the first round, but responded with a strong second round to cut the lead to three, only down 11-8.   Each wrestler scored two points in the last round. Burr won the second round.

Both wrestlers moved on to the CCS Wrestling Championships at Independence High in San Jose, by virtue of making the SCCAL finals.

 

 

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER  SCCAL CHAMPIONS

Practice games:  Sacred Heart Cathedral 3-3, Mitty 1-4.  Golden Gate Invitational at Bellarmine: Paramount of Southern California 0-5, Bellarmine 2-4, PV 1-1 tie but won 5-4 on penalty kicks to earn a fifth place game, Richmond 2-8.  Practice record 0-4-2.

League record: Soquel 4-1 but had to forfeit the game for using a varsity player in both a JV and varsity contest: Second game 5-0. Harbor 3-3, 5-2; SV 3-0,3-0; SLV 6-0, 6-1; Aptos 6-0, 6-1; St. Francis 7-2, win.  League record 10-1-1.

CCS Division III playoffs: Del Mar in quarterfinals 5-0. North Monterey County in semifinals 0-4. Season record 11-6-3.

 

Roster: Jaia Young, Juanito Aguilar, Cristian Gomez, Cassidy Caruso, Edwin Amercua, Kai Workman, Edwin Naranjo-Valles, Brandon Laguna,  Frank Laguna,  Jairo Esqueda, Robin Johnson, Scout Schiebel, Jose Calvillo, Cody Gottsegen, Guillermo Sanchez, Damian Rodruquez, Chris Sprague, Avery Sofen, Oliver Price, Cesar Enriquez, Ivan Gutierrez, Kai Wallormon.  Coach Semih Sabankaya.

 

Dec. 14.  UP AND COMING?  Santa Cruz 3, Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco 3 in the Cards opener.   Sophomore Young Forces Draw: Santa Cruz Shows Glimmer of Something Special Against CCS Foe Despite Losing Most Of Team.

Maybe  SC’s soccer team isn’t in dire straits after all. SC opened their season against Sacred Heart Cathedral as a shadow of the team that last year defended its CCS D III title. Of the 20 players last year, only four returned from the championship squad, including just one senior. Nine were lost to the Breakers Academy Club, which this Spring announced its athletes would be banned from playing high school soccer.

Instead of just chalking this season up as a walk through, the Cards showed they may just have enough spunk to make it back to the playoffs.  Midfielder, sophomore forward Jaia Young scored two goals in three minutes in the second half as SC rallied to tie the perennial CCS contending Fightin Irish 3-3 at Depot Park.

“See what I mean? We have a good team and we can come back,” coach Semith Sabakaya told his team after the match.  (The Breakers Academy program approached Sabakaya to leave his high school team and take over the same age group with the Breakers. He stayed true to his high school team )

SC had to go through SHC on its way to winning both its CCS crowns, including a 1-0 win in 2010 title game. Contending with a formidable opponent so early, Sabankaya said he realized his young team might be a little erratic at first. “I was expecting this kind of game. Some of our youngsters were a little anxious and nervous, so we had our older players, our sophomores, get their mental game together and they did pretty good.”

Returners Young and lone senior Juanito Aguilar in particular were impressive. Though just a sophomore, Young stood out as one of the team leaders, gently, but intently giving his team direction and confidence. Aguilar controlled the pace of play and was responsible for several key turnover and corner kicks. Two of those corner kicks resulted in goals.  The first came in the nineteenth minute. Aguilar sent a kick from the right across the goal, where Brandon Laguna, in a scuffle with a Fightin’ Irish defender, knocked it in to give SC the early lead.  Aguilar connected with Young on a similar play in the seventieth minute with the Cards trailing 3-2. This time, Young got his foot square on the ball and turned to knock it high into the far corner of the net.  That knotted the score at 3s and sparked a celebratory frenzy.  A mere three minutes earlier, Young capped off what was easily the prettiest play of the match. Freshman Avery Murphy settled a high pass and sent it to junior Cassidy Caruso, who with a quick flick of his head directed it right to Young’s feet. Young made the goalkeeper lunge, then walked the ball into the goal. “I though that kid, Jala Young was unbelievable, said the SHC coach. “He took over at the end.”  The confidence of the returning players gave the young team hope for a comeback,” said Aguilar.  “We’d been in this situation before. We knew we could pull it off.”

 

Dec. 21.  Has played only one match for a tie, while the rest of the teams have played at least four or five.

 

Dec. 27.  SC will participate in the prestigious Golden Gate Invitational soccer tournament at Bellarmine for the second straight year.  SC was picked again this year because of their past success in the CCS playoffs.  When the invitation was given, it was unknown that the majority of the team would not be playing high school soccer.  SC will be playing Paramount of the LA area, which was ranked nationally at the outset of the season, in its first game.  Three teams ranked in ESPN.com’s Powerade Fab 50 poll rankings are in the eight team field–No. 18 Bellarmine, 3-0-1, No. 35 Richmond 5-0-0 and No. 37 Watsonville 0-0-0.

SC depleted by its older best players choosing to compete in the SC Breakers Academy is 0-1-1, having tied Sacred Heart Cathedral and lost to Mitty, both of which compete in the powerful West Catholic Athletic League.

SC returns just two starters, sophomore midfielders Jaia Young and Brandon Laguna and plays five freshman. “This is my youngest team in my 12 years of coaching,” said coach Sabankaya. “My freshmen, they’re not bad. But it’s a rebuilding process.”

In last years tournament with four nationally ranked teams, SC went 1-3, but closed the season with 14 straight wins to repeat as D-III section champs. SC has won six CCS titles, including five in the past ten years under Sabankaya.

 

Dec. 27.  Two seniors, who were SC players last year and who this year are playing Club soccer instead of high school soccer have made verbal commitments to play at the college level.  Slater Meehan committed to Stanford was named number 91 on a list of the top 100 club players to watch from the Class of 2012 by top-drawer soccer.com.  The top league goal scorer last year, John Chronopoulos has committed to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.

 

Dec. 28.  Paramount 5, SC 0.  Paramount is now 7-2 and SC is 0-2-1.  Paramount is ranked  No. 72 in the state and No. 142 in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com. “Overall, I think our kids did very well.  We are a little young for this tournament with five freshman playing,” said coach Sabankaya.  Robin Johnson and Scott Schiebel split time in goal.

 

Dec. 29.  Bells Strike Cardinals. Naranjo-Valles Puts Santa Cruz On Board vs. Nationally Ranked Bellarmine.  The Cards led by Edwin Naranjo-Valles had the Bells on the ropes, but then the hosts woke up and defeated the Cards 4-2.  “This was our best game so far, playing-wise. I realize score wise that didn’t show,” said sophomore midfielder Jaia Young.

SC 0-3-1, two time defending CCS Division III champion is still searching for its first win.  SC was decimated by the departure of their veteran players to the Santa Cruz County Breakers Academy this season, but they didn’t look like a rebuilding team early in the contest.  The Cards were the aggressors from the opening whistle and produced numerous scoring chances in the first 20 minutes, much to the dismay of the Bell faith full in the bleachers.

“I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’re going to be not that bad,” said coach Sabankaya.  Naranjo-Valles was credited with both SC goals, though SC’s first tally came in the twelfth minute on an own goal from Bellarmine. Naranjo-Valles had the last touch on the top of the penalty box before a Bell defender tried to clear the ball and it went by the goalie.

SC played two goalies. Scott Schiebel was in for the first 70 minutes and made four huge saves and Robin Johnson made one save in the final ten minutes.  Sabankaya said of Schiebel a junior, “He is very athletic. I really like him. Our goalkeeping was hurting us, but they are getting better. Today, I didn’t see too many mistakes. They’re growing and growing.”  To the Cards credit, they didn’t give up.

Naranjo-Valles struck again in the seventy-seventh minute on a blast from 35 yards out on a shot that settled in the upper left corner of the net.  Young, the Cards leading scorer was at the forefront of several attacks early. He exited the contest early with a bruise on his foot.

 

Dec. 30.  SC 1, Pajaro Valley 1. SC 0-3-2 advanced to the fifth place game after beating Pajaro Valley 5-4 in penalty kicks.  SC scored in the sixth minute on a free kick that Juanito Aguilar took from Brandon Laguna.  PV scored in the seventy-sixth minute. PV took six shots to the Cards three.  Goalie Robin Johnson had three saves in 40 minutes and Jose Esqueda three saves in the last 40 minutes.

 

Dec. 31. Richmond 8, SC 2.  SC 0-4-2 played all three of its goalies and allowed four goals in each half.  “We played the best team in the tournament. The best team doesn’t always win the tournament.  Paramount the tourney winner was better than us, but we could play with Bellarmine and PV.   Today we had no chance,” said coach Sbankaya.  Jaia Young scored on an assist from Oliver Price just before halftime to narrow the score to 4-1. Juanito Aguilar scored unassisted for the Cards final goal in the second half. Goalies: Scheibel for ten minutes, Johnson 30 minutes and Jose Esqueda 40 minutes.

There’s speculation that the Cards top players from last seasons  CCS D-III championship team, now competing for the Breakers Academy, may take a break from the Academy to return to the Cardinals for the remainder of the season.  Coach Sabaneka said, “They are rumors, but rumors start from something. He will find out more on Tuesday.

 

Jan. 4. Boys Soccer Preview.  The league is going to be completely different this year.  BREAKING POINT.  Absence of Breaker Academy Players Altering Leagues Landscape.

Like a bloodhound’s bale, Sabankaya’s voice sounded over the Depot Park soccer field at frequent intervals, the SC coach barked out so many directions during his team’s season opener that he was left slightly raspy for the post game interviews.  He didn’t expect to be doing so much on-field teaching one season after winning a second straight CCS title with a roster of underclassmen.  But over the summer, the counties two Breakers Academy club teams agreed to a  10 month schedule that prohibits their elite players from competing for their high schools.

Sabankaya and the Cards lost a whopping eight players, twice as many as any other soccer team in the county, leaving him with just four returning players with just one senior. “It’s new to me. I don’t know these kids.  It’s a learning process.  We’re learning as we go.

SC remains one of the SCCAL favorites thanks to talented young players like sophomores Jaia Young and Brandon Laguna.  They helped the Cards take a fifth place among nationally ranked teams last week at the Golden State Invitational in San Jose.

“We can’t worry about what kind of cards we had before.  We’re looking at what kind of cards we have now. We may not have four aces, but we may four kings.” Sabankaya said.

Sentinel Players to Watch.  Jaia Young, sophomore.  Despite his age, forward has emerged as emotional and physical leader for the depleted squad.  Jairo Esqueda, junior. A 2011 first team All SCCAL defender is a staunch guard of the Card’s backfield.

 

Jan. 5.  Jaia Young scored twice and added an assist as SC opened its SCCAL slate with a 4-1 win  over Soquel.  Cassidy Caruso had a goal and a assist and Damian Rodriquez scored the other goal.  Juanito Aguilar assisted on the first goal and Jairo Esqueda assisted on the third goal.  Goalie Robin Johnson made three saves.

 

Jan. 7.  Harbor took a 2-1 lead at halftime and the Cards came back with 2 goals in the second half for a 3-3 deadlock for the final score.  SC is now 1-4-3 overall and 1-0-1 in league.  Christian Gomez scored the SC goal in the first half on an assist by Juanita Aguilar. Cassidy Caruso scored in the 46th minute on an assist by Gomez.  Gomez scored unassisted to tie the score in the 89 minute. Goalie Robin Johnson made four saves.

 

Jan. 14. SC scored on a corner kick, a penalty kick and a free kick on its way to handing SV it first league loss 3-0. Jairo Esqueda scored twice, on a PK in the 36th minute and a free kick from 18 yards out in the 74th. Jose Cavillo opened the scoring with a corner kick in the 28th.  Keeper Robin Johnson made a penalty kick save to preserve the shutout.  SC is now 2-4-3 over all and 2-0-1 in league, while SV is 3-1-0 in league.

 

Jan. 17.  Sentinel Power Poll.  SC is ranked third with a 3-4-3 overall and 2-0-1 in league for second place.

 

Jan. 21.  Jaia Young scored three goals and Damien Rodriguez added a pair as SC defeated SLV 6-0 in the rain.  Cassidy Caruso added a goal and two assists.  Edwin Americua had an assist.

SC is now 4-4-3 overall and 4-0-1 in league. Jairo Esqueda and Robin Johnson combined for four saves in a shutout.

 

Jan. 24.  Sentinel Power Poll Soccer Rankings.  SC fifth with 4-5-2 overall and 3-1-1 in league, who have outscored their last three opponents 14-0. Their only league loss was a forfeit, as a player participated in both the JV and varsity games against Soquel, otherwise the Cards would be undefeated in league.

 

Jan. 26.  SC beat Aptos 6-1. Jaia Young scored three goals giving him 15 for the season and had two assists.  Christian Gomez, Damian Rodriguez and Jairo Esqueda also scored.  Others with assist: Cassidy Caruso, Damian Rodriguez, Christian Gomez and Gabriel Ponce.

SC is now 5-4-3 overall and 5-0-1 SCCAL.

 

Jan. 28. SC Squashes Soquel.  When the final Whistle sounded Coach Sabankaya wore a smile the matched the one he had after is team repeated as CCS Division III champions last year. “As if I didn’t know,” Sabankaya said of his team’s talent after SC thumped Soquel 5-0. Forward Jaia Young scored a hat trick, giving him 18 goals on the season.  Young scored his third goal on an assist by Christian Gomez.  Jairo Esqueda added two long range shots, as SC pulled away with a four goal outburst in a 20 minute span in the second half.     SC improves to 6-52, 5-1-1. SC forfeited its Jan. 4. victory of 4-1 against Soquel for using a varsity player in both a JV and varsity contest.

Young scored the only goal in the first half. The fired up Cards  exploded in the second half after Young scored on a penalty kick after Cassidy Caruso was tripped in the penalty box.  “We missed some easy goals in the first half. I think it was us being angry. You can’t miss chances against a good team. The second half, I think we took the midfield and we have the speedy forwards who can finish.  I told them, play like it is 0-0,” Coach Sebankaya said.

Goalie Robin Johnson had two saves.

 

Feb. 2. Young Cards Dump Harbor. Santa Cruz Sophomore Nets Hat Trick In 5-2 Win.  Jaia Young scored another hat trick as SC pulled away in the second half to thump rival Harbor to take sole possession of first place.   It marked the fifth straight time defending CCS Division III champion has scored at least five goals.

Damian Rodriguez and Edwin Amercua also scored.  Juanito Aguilar had two assists.  Christian Gomez, Young and Cassidy Caruso each had one assist.  SC is now 6-5-3 overall and 6-1-1 in league.

After a tough preseason, coach Sabankaya shuffled his entire midfield and defense, making six changes and SC has rolled ever since.  Aguilar used to play forward, but now plays defense.  He is not happy with the change, but added, “It feels good when you win.”

Young now has 21 goals on the season after scoring 12 as a freshman last year, plus an assists. “He’s the next John Chronopolous …maybe,” said Aguilar.  Chronopolous scored 34 goals last year as a junior, but opted to sit out this season with SC to compete with the Santa Cruz County Breakers Academy.

Harbor scored first in the sixth minute. Young scored the equalizer on a header after Aguilar’s free kick at the 21 minute mark.  SC took a 2-1 lead at 30 minutes on a tally by Young.  Harbor tied the score in extra time before the half.

Rodriquez put SC ahead for good in the 59th minute after finishing a pass from Young.  Harbor has not beaten SC in the last three years.

 

Feb. 2. National Letter of Intent Day.  Chronopoulos Leads College-Bound Trio.  (from SCHS, but this year played for the Breakers Academy)  John Chronopoulos signed with Cal Poly of San Luis Obispo.  Giovanni Giattino signed with University of Nebraska-Omaha. Slater Meehan is set to receive academic aid from Stanford.

There are two other Cards from last years team  who can’t be counted out from receiving a scholarship.  Tanner Akol has received interest from UC Davis and San Jose State.  Aksel Dregelid is close to signing with San Francisco State.  This would give SC five players moving on to four year colleges from one graduating class.

Chronopoulos, said he has known the Cal Poly coach Paul Holocher since he was 7 when Holocher was the coach at UCSC and he played at his camps at UCSC.

 

Feb. 9. Cardinals Clinch Share of League Title.  Simply put, the SC soccer team doesn’t rebuild, it reloads.   After winning the league and CCS Division III titles the last two seasons and when the Cards lost six players to the Breakers Academy it appeared that this was the year they could be knocked from the top of the SCCAL ranks. But not if coach Sabankaya and his band of youthful, hungry Cards had anything to say about it.

Sophomore Jaia Young scored two goals including a penalty kick as top ranked SC clinched a tie for the SCCAL title with a 3-0 victory over number two SV.   Young scored on an assist by Jairo Esqueda in the 61st minute and Ivan Gutierrez had a unassisted goal when he beat three SV defenders and connected from point-blank range in the 64th minute.  Goalie Robin Johnson had 6 saves.

“It’s been a great experience and winning the league title this year has been the most gratifying of them. Everyone worked really hard and showed we are a very young team this year who got better each game.

The game was locked in a stalemate for most of the first half. In the final five minutes, things got heated and with one minute left in the half a SV player received a red flag and SV was minus one player for the rest of the game.  Young took the penalty kick and put the ball in the upper top left side of the net.  Young said, “he was a little nervous and it was a bit nerve-racking. Once we got that first one, we felt we could breath and got more comfortable in the game.

Goalkeeper Robin Johnson was like a wall for SC and had six saves. One he blocked two one-on-one breakaways and a penalty kick. The SV coach said, “Great defense by SC, you have to credit their defense.”

 

Feb. 11. Young Scores Hat Trick In Rout of St. Francis 7-2.  Jaia Young scored three consecutive goals.  Oliver Price had three assists, while Damian Rodriguez started the scoring  in the second minute of the match. Other scorers were Ivan Rodriguez, Edwin Amercua and Jairo Esqueda. Goal keeper Jose Esqueda made four saves.

 

 

Feb. 14  Sentinel Power Poll Soccer Rankings.  SCCAL champion SC is 10-4-3 overall lost all four games against top teams in the opening tournament in San Jose.

 

Feb. 14.  Jaia Young had another hat trick giving him a county leading 29 goals as the Cards routed SLV 6-1.  Ivan Gutierrez scored on an assist from Cassidy Caruso and assisted on another.  Damian Rodriquez had two scores and one assist.

 

Feb. 19.  SC Boys Get No. One Seed In Pursuit Of Third Straight CCS Division III Title.  So much for it being a rebuilding year.  SC ended the regular season 10-5-3 and a SCCAL title after losing 6 players to the Breakers Academy.  SC received a bye in the first round of play.

Ten County boys and girls teams qualified for CCS playoffs.

 

Feb. 26.  Jaia Young and Cassidy Caruso each scored twice to lead the SC boys to a 5-0 blowout of  ninth seeded Del Mar in the CCS Division III quarterfinal.

Young scored the only goal in the first half and then started the second half with another tally. Caruso’s pair sandwiched a goal by Jairo Esqueda.  Goalie Robin Johnson made four saves in a shutout bid. The top seeded Cards 11-5-3  will play North Monterey County in the semifinals.

 

 

March 1. Cardinals Caged. Number One Seed Santa Cruz Boys Stunned by Lower-Seeded North Monterey County Condors 4-0 in the CCS Division III Semifinals. Bid for three-peat Foiled.  Top seed SC was toppled by fourth seeded NMC, who scored two goals in a span of two minutes.  In the ninth and tenth minutes and then in the 35th and 78th minutes.  NMC was well supported in the stands.        SC’s lone senior, defender Juanito Aguilar, said through his tears, “I’m just crushed.”

SC 11-6-3 ran away with the SCCAL title this season, never seemed to find any of the fire, rhythm or chemistry that helped it win the past two Division III championships.   With Aguilar their only senior, the Cards were outsized and outperformed. They did little to string together combinations in the first half, instead trying to send long balls to forward Jaia Young from well before midfield.

“We got beaten but by a very good team. We didn’t have a chance. We thought we’d come around,” Coach Sabankaya.  SC looked much more organized in the second half, but by then NMC was content to play defensively and let the clock run down as the Cards pressed.

Aguilar said that even when the Cards were down 3-0 he thought they could came from behind like they did in beating Sacred Heart Cathedral earlier in the year.  “We just didn’t play our game, we played their game and you can’t win when you play their game, Aguilar said.  “Size doesn’t really matter.”

 

March 26. Sentinel ALL Santa Cruz County Boys Soccer.   Forward of the Year Sophomore Jaia Young, who had a direct role in almost half the Cards 75 goals, scoring 33, one off the single season school record and added four assists. The Cards won the SCCAL league outright and advanced to the CCS Division III semifinals. The league coaches voted him the league’s Player of the Year.  Two other Cards were named to the first team: Freshman forward Damien Rodriguez and Junior defensive player Jairo Esqueda.

 

Feb. 22.  ALL SCCAL:  PLAYER Of The Year, sophomore Jaia Young and Forward Of The Year, freshman of the Year, Damian Rodriguez.  Jose Cavillo, Jairo Esqueda, Juanito Aguilar, Christian Gomez, Brandon Laguna.

Jaia Young made sure there wasn’t any letdown in the Cards second straight CCS tournament championship.  He led the league with 31 goal this season.  It was no surprise when he was named the SCCAL MVP.  It wasn’t just Young leading SC to a 11-6-3 overall record and a 10-1-1 league record.  Four of the losses came in the opening tournament of the year comprised of the top teams in San Jose and Southern Cal.

 

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Practice games: Watsonville Tournament:  San Benito 0-1,Santa Catalina 4-0, Notre Dame Salinas 5-0. Harbor 2-0, Santa Clara 2-1, Stevenson 2-0, Watsonville 4-1.  Practice record:  6-1. League: Soquel 0-1,1-1; Harbor 2-2, 3-1; Scotts Valley 1-0, 0-0; St. Francis 6-0, 6-0; SLV 5-0, 6-0; Aptos 0-1, 1-3.  League record 6-3-3 for third place behind SV champion and Aptos second place. SC was the second seed in CCS Division III.  Woodside Priory 2-0 quarterfinals. Sacred Heart Prep 3-0 in semifinals. Menlo 0-2 in finals.  Season record 14-5-3.

 

Sentinel. Dec. 2.  At the Watsonville tournament, SC scored one goal in the first half and three in the second half to defeat Santa Catalina 4-0.  Marin Dregelid scored on a pass from Cynthia Bautista. Hannah Ornas scored on a pass from Dregelid. Ornas scored on pass from Bautista. Breanna Begin scored on pass from Kiara Burkett. Helena Epps had one save. SC is now 1-1.

 

Dec. 10. SC’s Begin, Landy Team Up To Slide By Harbor Soccer 2-0 in non-league play. Sarah Landy assisted on both goals, one coming in the twenty-fifth minute and the other in the sixty-fourth. Helena Epps played the full game in goal and had two saves. SC is now 3-1.

 

Dec. 14. Sarah Landy scored twice to lead SC over Santa Clara 2-1.  Landy’s goals came off assists from Hannah Ornas and Cassidy Burr after Santa Clara went ahead 1-0 in the 55th minute. Helena Epps made six saves for the Cards, whose record is 4-1.

 

Dec. 16.  SC defeated Stevenson 2-0.  Cassidy Burr scored on a penalty kick in the eight-teenth minute.  Sarah Landy found the back of the net on a assists by Cynthia Bautista in the sixty-sixth minute.  Helena Epps had one save.

 

Dec. 17.  Junior defender Sarah Landy’s hat trick helped SC rout Watsonville 4-1 in SC’s non-league final.  Landy has six goals total scored in the sixth, twenty-first and fifth-eight minutes.  Hannah Ornas also scored to give SC a 6-1 preseason record, the best in the league to this point.  Cynthia Bautista had two assists, while Burr and Maya Goldberg each had one.  Goalie Helena Epps had three saves.

Dec. 21.  Has the best record in the SCCAL with a 6-1 practice record to this date.

 

Dec. 29.  Girls Soccer Preview. TEMPEST OF TALENT.  Plenty of powerful teams are set to collide in upcoming coming SCCAL season.  Scotts Valley coach, “I don’t think there are going to be any easy games.”

Talk about depth. Four of the seven girls soccer teams in the SCCAL qualified for the CCS playoffs last season.  The majority of the SCCAL coaches think this season is going to be a five team battle.  The champion will have at least two losses.  It will be that tight. It is likely the A-rated SCCAL will advance four teams to the CCS playoffs again this season, which means more than half the teams will advance.

By SCCAL standards, last season was an aberration.  Harbor, Soquel and league champion Scotts Valley, a five time CCS finalist since 2005 were all ousted in the quarterfinals. It marked the first time since 1999 that the SCCAL failed to produce a finalist in D-III, which is reserved for smaller division schools.  Powerful SC, a five time section champion, didn’t even make the playoffs.

“All four playoff qualifiers are improved this year and so is SC, “ Cardinal coach Jay Gomez said.  “It would be a big mistake to forget SC, especially after a rebuilding year.”

SC returns 14 players, including four-year starter Cassidy Burr, a defender and midfielder, who was chosen as a Santa Cruz County girls soccer player to watch by the Sentinel.   Also back is senior defender Kiara Burkett, who has already given verbal commitment to play at CSU-Bakersfield next year.  Both were All SCCAL first team selections last year.  SC also has three proven finishers in Sarah Landy, Hannah Ornas and Breana Begin.  Combined they have scored 17 goals in seven non-league games.  Senior Helena Epps will play goalkeeper.

 

Jan. 4.  Soquel defeated SC 1-0 with a goal in the fifty-first minute in the first league game.  Goalie Helena Epps had three saves.  SC 6-2 overall, pressured late and drew a free kick one foot outside the penalty box.  Breana Begin stole the ball and made a run toward the goal, but she was knocked  down by a Soquel player.  Coach Jay Gomez pleaded with officials for a red card, believing the tackle was from behind on the breakaway, but the official disagreed.

 

Jan. 6.  Cards Rally To Tie Harbor. Pirates Led By Two Goals In Physical First SCCAL Match Between Rivals.  Final score tied 2-2.  Sophomore midfielder Marin Dregelid took a hip check and was sent tumbling to the ground in the 76th minute. It was a routine foul in a physical SCCAL contest.  But this time the foul was inside the penalty box, meaning SC earned a penalty kick.  Sore and exhausted, Dregelid converted the penalty kick, capping a two goal rally for SC and forged a 2-2 tie.

“You have to forget about all the pain and how tired you are,” said Dregelid of how she composed herself to make the crucial kick. “Every run, your thinking this is your last chance to win or tie the game.  The hip check hurt, but you have this adrenaline and the moment takes over.”

SC moves to 6-2-1 overall and 0-1-1 in league.  SC started just two seniors against and equally youthful Pirates, who have two seniors committed to play in college.  The Cards inexperience showed in the finishing department.  SC put nine shots on goal in the first half, all handled by the Harbor goalie.  Harbor scored on its first two shots.

SC continued to press and was the benefactor of numerous free kicks after officials called the more physical Pirates for rough play. In the games decisive minutes, the Cards inexperience became a non factor.  Coach Gomez said, “We show both sides of being less stellar and at other times we find ways to look as good as anyone.”   Earlier in the season SC won a practice game 2-0 from the Pirates.

 

Jan 17.  Sentinel Power Poll: SC is ranked fifth.  SC is 6-2-2 overall and 0-1-2 for fifth in the league.

 

Jan. 18.  Leslie Calixto and Hannah Ornas each had a goal and an assist, Marin Dregelid contributed a pair of goals, Cassidy Burr had two assists, Maya Goldberg and Breanna Begin each had goals in a 6-0 victory over St. Francis.

 

Jan. 24. Sentinel Power Poll Soccer Rankings. SC fifth, 8-2-2 overall and 2-1-2 in league, haven’t allowed a goal in the past three games.

 

Jan. 25. SC lost to Aptos 0-1, when Aptos scored in the fourth minute on a hard shot form 20 yards out.  Both goalies were busy each making ten saves.

 

Jan. 27.  SC and Soquel played to a 1-1 tie. Marin Dregelid scored in the thirty-seventh minute. Helena Epps had seven saves.  Soquel scored in the forty-seventh minute.

 

Feb. 1.  Kiara Burkett and Sarah Landy each scored in the first half to help lead SC to a 3-1 win over Harbor.  Juliana Alksne scored in the 54th on an assist by Taylor Wilhelmsen, while Mia Siracusa assisted on Burketts goal in the 33rd minute. SC is 9-3-3 overall and 3-2-3 in league to tie with Harbor.

 

Feb. 8.  Santa Cruz Stuns Scotts Valley 1-0. Falcons See Shutout Streak end in the First League Loss.   Coach Jay Gomez  called it a great turn and finish by senior forward Kiara Burkett.  The shot that initially started on Burkett’s foot got past the stellar SV goalie. The ball trickled into the net in the 37th minute and held up as the decisive tally. “It kind of worked its way through the defense,”  Burkett said of her shot  from ten yards away.  Leslie Calixto got the assist.  SC is now 10-3-3 overall and 4-2-3 in league. SV is 11-4-3, 8-1-1. Goalie Helena Epps had a save.

The teams met in the 2007 and 2010 for the CCS Division III title games.  The teams  tied 0-0 in their first meeting this year. “This is the game we looked forward to all season,” Burkett said. “This definitely makes league very interesting to see who goes to CCS.

 

Feb. 14.  Sentinel Power Poll Soccer Rankings. SC is tied for fourth place. The Cards are 11-3-3 overall and 5-2-3 in league.

 

Feb. 15.  Kiara Burkett scored two goals with an assist from Mya Goldberg and one not assisted in SC’s 6-0 victory over SLV.  SC 12-3-3, 6-2-3 in league took a 3-0 lead into halftime.  Sarah Landy had a goal and an assist.  Other scorers were Hannah Ornas, Cynthia Bautista with an assist from Landy, Natalie Martinez unassisted.

 

Feb. 17.  Aptos  3, SC 1.  Kiara Burkett scored on an assist from Sarah Landy in the 20th minute to tie the score in the first half, but SC failed to score in the second half.  Goalie Helena Epps had six saves.  SC is now 6-3-3, while Aptos is 7-2-3.

 

Feb. 19.  The top two teams in the SCCAL are seed at the top of CCS Division III playoffs. Scotts Valley at 12-4-4 is number one and SC at 12-4-3 number two. They both get byes in the first round.

 

Feb. 26.  Leslie Calixto scored twice and keeper Helena Epps made seven saves as second seeded SC silenced seventh seeded Woodside Priory 2-0 in the CCS Division III quarterfinal round.  SC 13-4-3 will now play eleventh seeded Sacred Heart Prep 12-5-5 in the semifinals.

Calixto put SC on board in the 17th minute off an assist by Marin Dregelid. Calixto scored again in the 57th minute, this time unassisted, to all but seal the victory.  Keeper Helena Epps made seven saves.

 

March 1. Santa Cruz Girls Shut Out SHP.   Defense, in a roundabout way came through for SC.  Junior defender Sarah Landy scored two early goals, then she and the rest of the second seeded Cards shut out eleventh seeded Sacred Heart Prep 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the CCS Division III playoffs.  “She’s a Danny Alves,” said Coach Jay Gomez  of Landy, comparing her to the Portuguese International star defender.  Gomez said, Landy comes up often to attack. “She’s just getting up and being dangerous. That’s what we ask her to do.”

SC, the 2009-10 CCS champ, played the ball with precision on the artificial turf on a chilly, drizzly night. Lindy’s first goal came less than 10 minutes in, when she cut in and shot with her left foot on a ball from junior midfielder Taylar Wilhelsmen.  Her second came in the 18th minute was the prettier of the two.  She crossed a ball from the left, ran back onto it when it was cleared, juked a defender and shot across the goal to the far post with her left foot.

“We are pumped and ready,” Landy said.  “We’ve worked up to this and we’re ready to show it on Saturday”

Sophomore defender Breana Begin scored the Cards third goal in the 76th minute. Though defenders did the scoring, SC looked solid in all areas.  SC controlled the midfield and did most of the possessing.

Goalkeeper Helena Epps had eight saves, including one diving to keep her team’s two goal lead with about 20 minutes remaining.  “I thought Sarah had two great individual efforts. As a team I thought we played within our system,” said coach Gomez.

 

March 4. Stingy SC Lets In 2 Rare Goals to allow Menlo to win 2-0 the CCS Division III title.  Winners of 15 games during the 2011-12 season, SC hadn’t allowed a goal all postseason.

Goals in each half by Menlo’s top scorers tipped the defensive tug-of-war in the lower seeds favor as number 4 seed Menlo blanked number two seed SC.  In the semifinal Menlo had beaten Scotts Valley the SCCAL champions 1-0.  SC 14-5-3 nearly tied things right after Menlo’s first score. Junior defender Taylor Bagnall crossed a ball to a hard-charging teammate in the middle of the box, but the hot shot zoomed wide left of the far post.

“The early goal certainly put us in a tough spot,” said coach Gomez. “ I’d say we were a couple of paces behind them during a majority of the game.  Menlo earned it today.”  Stingy during the final 160 minutes of playing time against SV and SC, Menlo offered little room to breathe against either team.

One of the rare breakouts for SC came early in the second half. Junior Sarah Landy picked off a Menlo pass in the midfield and took off toward the Menlo net.  The Menlo defender found Hannah Ornas cutting through the middle of the pitch.  Ornas was tripped up, setting up a free kick from just inside the  20 yard marker.  The free kick try sailed high and wide, leaving SC empty handed.

SC last won a CCS crown in 2009-10 and has made appearances in the CCS finals in four of the last five years. “We have a great core coming back, minus losing our captain and leader, Cassidy Burr. Other kids will have to step up and fill that void,” said coach Gomez.

 

March 25. Sentinel All Santa Cruz County Girls Soccer.  Defender of the Year, senior Cassidy Burr.  The SCCAL CO-DEFENDER OF THE YEAR. SC’s vocal leader.  She had two goals and six assists and helped the Cards post eight shutouts in 12 league games.  Despite finishing fourth in league, SC reached the CCS Division III final.  Earlier this week, Burr signed with Azusa Pacific a Division II school.

Junior defender Sarah Landy was selected to the first team.

 

Feb. 22.  ALL SCCAL:  CO-Defender Of The Year, senior Cassidy Burr.  First team members:  Sarah Landy, Hellena Epps, Marin Dregelid.  Second team:  Taylor Bagnall, Taylor Wilhelmsen, Kiara Burkett

 

 

BASEBALL

Practice games:  Hillsdale 6-3,  Capachino 12-9,  Sobrato 4-6.  Wilcox Tournament: Christopher 1-5, Wilcox 5-9, Monterey 0-12.  Serra tournament:  Serra 0-6, El Camino 2-1, Heritage 1-3, Bellarmine 3-8.  Salinas tournament: Palma 2-7, Milpitas 2-4, King City 1-2.  Practice record: 3-10.  League:  Harbor 0-7, 2-3; SLV 5-6, 0-11; Soquel 5-2, 3-5; Scotts Valley 4-7, 4-12; St. Francis 9-3, 1-2,  Aptos 6-19, 0-3. League record 2-10. According to this the overall record is 5-20, but the Sentinel has the final record 7-18. Most of the scores came from Mbay.preps

League standings: Aptos 12-0, Soquel 8-4, Harbor 6-6, SLV 6-6, SV 4-8, St. Francis 4-8, Santa Cruz 2-10.

 

The squad by name, position and year in school

Etai Levy-Richards,        P/SS           SR

Jeff Gallagher                P                SO

Clayton Conroy              IB/OF         SR

Anthony Whiting            SS/P/2B      SR

Zach Hill                        OF              SR

Ryan Dong                    3B              SR

Ryan Bettar                    C/P             SR

Anthony Katz                 SS/2B         JR

Dylan Camel                  OF              JR

Garrett Scott                  2B              JR

Nick Nolan                    P/OF           SOPH

Vince Duffy                   P/OF           SOPH

Ti De Meo                     P/OF           SR

Wes Van Barter               OF              JR

Brock Theiland               P/1B           FR

Cam Scholz                   1B              JR

 

 

The following is from Mbay.prep

Feb. 25. Beat Hillsdale 6-3.

Feb. 28. Wilcox 9, SC 5.

March 1.  Monterey 12, SC 0.  Monterey had ten hits and SC 2 with 2 errors

March 3. Christopher 5, SC 1.

 

From the Sentinel March 11.

SC scored three runs in the ninth inning to top Capuchino 12-9. Ross Garibaldi led the way going 3 for 5 with 6 RBI’s.  Chen Duffy went 2 for 2, doubled, 2 RBI’s.   Anthony Whiting went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI’s.  Brock Theilan earned the win by pitching the final three scoreless innings.  SC is 2-3.

 

March 13. Sentinel SCCAL baseball preview.  Aptos is predicted as repeat champions.  Players to Watch: Ti DeMeo, senior who hit .384 with three extra base hits, one of which was a home run in the 2011 CCS playoffs.

SC is the biggest question mark.  It lost it’s top two starting pitchers, but returns standout outfielder Ti DeMeo, who helped the Cards rally late last season and reach the CCS Division II championship game.

 

March 21. In the League opener Harbor defeated SC 7-0.  Ryan Bettar 1 for 2, Brock Theilen 1 for 2 with a double and Ti DeMeo had a hit to account for the Cards 3 hits. The Cards are 3-3 and 0-1 in league. Ti DeMeo started for SC and went four innings.

 

March 24.  SLV 6, SC 5.  SC had 11 hits to 8 for SLV.  Etai Levy-Richards went 3 for 4, double; Ryan Bettar 2 for 4;  Garibaldi 2 for 4, double; West Van Barter 3 for 4.  SC is now 3-4 and 0-2 in league. (no pitcher mentioned)

 

March 28. SC 5, Soquel 2.  Etai Levy-Richards and Ti De Meo each knocked in a pair of runs and SC scored three times in the seventh inning.  Sophomore Vincente Duffy tossed seven innings for the win, allowed one earned run and only three hits.  SC struck out 12 times in a pitchers dual until the seventh.

De Meo  and Etai each went 1 for 4. Pitcher Duffy helped himself at the plate going 1 for 2 and 2 runs scored.  SC had five hits and only one error. SC is now 4-4 and 1-2 in league.

 

March 30.  SV 7, SC 4.  (The win was the first league win for new Scotts Valley coach Rick Erlin a former SC athlete) Etai Levy-Richards had three of SC’s 14 hits and drove in a run.  Ti De Meo and Wes Van Barter each had two hits and two RBI’s.  Both Van Barter’s hits were doubles.   SC is now 4-5 overall and 1-3 in league, plays Bellarmine next in the Serra tournament.

 

April 4.  At the Serra Tournament, Serra defeated SC 6-0. (no individual info)

 

April 6.  SC went 1-1 in a doubleheader at the Serra Tournament, beating El Camino 2-1 and losing to Heritage 3-1.  Ti De Meo was the winning pitcher going two innings and giving up a run, three hits and stuck out three. He also drove in two runs, including the game winner in the bottom of the seventh against El Camino.  Etai Levy-Richards and Ryan Bettar each made two hits in separate games.

Brock Thielin pitched a complete game against Heritage, giving up three runs, six hits, two walks and struck out four.

In the El Camino game: Garrett Scott and Anthony Whiting both went 1 for 3. SC is now 5-7 overall and 1-3 in league.

 

April 5.  SC defeated Bellarmine 8-3 at the Lions Tournament in San Jose.  Ross Garibaldi and Ryan Bettar each gad two RBI’s.  Ti DeMeo had two hits and an RBI.  SC is now 5-6.  Bettar went 2 for 3 and Garibaldi 1 for 2.  Sophomore Vicente Duffy pitched 4 2/3 innings for the win. He gave up four hits, three runs, 2 walks and struck out four.

 

April 19. Ryan Dong had two hits, three RBI’s and scored a run as SC defeated St. Francis 9-3.  Anthony Whiting earned a complete game win.  He struck out four, gave up 3 earned runs and seven hits. SC had nine hits and had only one error.  Other hitters: Ryan Bettar 1 for 3, scored 2 runs and drove in a run; Vincente Duffy went 2 for 2 and drove in a run.

SC is 7-11 overall and 2-3 in league.

 

April 21.  SC lost to Aptos 3-0, while being limited to three hits.  Etai Levi-Richards also threw a complete game with four strikeouts, two walks and gave up ten hits. SC had three errors. SC is now 2-4.

 

April 25.  The Cards had a no hitter thrown at them in a 11-0 loss to SLV.  SC is now 2-5 and SLV 5-2 in league.

 

April 28.  Harbor scored a run in the ninth inning to defeat SC 3-2. Etai Levy-Richards pitched the full nine innings for the Cards, giving up 10 hits, a walk, a hit batter, struck out five and allowed only two earned runs.  At the plate he went 2 for 3, stole two bases and scored both the Cards two runs.  Anthony Whiting went 2 for 4 and drove in both runs.  Ti DeMeo went 2 for 3.

SC went ahead 1-0 in the third inning and 2-0 in the fifth. Harbor scored two runs in the sixth inning to tie the score.  SC had 9 hits to Harbors 10.  SC had two errors to give them a 2-6 record in league.

 

May 5.  Soquel 5, SC 3.  SC scored all of their 3 runs in the third inning.  SC had five hits and three errors.  Etai Levi-Richards went all seven innings, giving up only two earned runs, ten hits, walked only one and struck out four.  Wes Van Barter went 1 for 3, drove in all three runs with a triple. SC is 7-16 and 2-8 in league.

 

May 9.  St. Francis defeats SC 2-1.  Anthony Whiting allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one in five innings.  Etai Levy-Richards went 2 for 4, with a double and drove in the Cards only run. SC had three hits and no errors  St. Francis scored its two runs in the first inning and SC scored its only run in the fourth inning.

 

 

June 3.  Sentinel All County team.  Seniors: Ti De Meo and Etai Levy-Richards.

De Meo was a fleet-footed outfielder who runs extremely well for a bigger kid. He stole nine bases, scored 14 runs and drove in 11 runs, batting average of .343 and has cannon of an arm.

Levy-Richards led the team in hitting with a .386 average, scored 16 runs, drove in 5 runs from his lead off spot and toward the last part of the season was a starting pitcher moving to the mound from the short-stop position.

 

May 30. ALL SCCAL:  Etai Levy-Richards, infield; Ti De Meo, outfield and junior, Wes Van Barter designated hitter.

 

 

GIRLS SOFTBALL

Practice games: Watsonville 7-9, Santa Catalina 0-10, Willow Glenn 6-8, Carmel 3-12, Evergreen Valley 1-7, Gunderson 25-2, Los Gatos 9-10, Sequoia of Redwood City 6-7, Gunn 0-1, Bishop O’Dowd 4-6, Pacific Grove 4-8.  Practice record: 1-10.

League games: Scotts Valley 9-3, 3-2; SLV 2-8, 1-0; Aptos 9-8, 1-0; Soquel 1-6, 8-5; St. Francis 3-1, 6-3; Harbor 8-3, 11-4. League record 10-2.  Season record 11-12.

 

The SCCAL league records:  SC 10-2, Soquel 10-2, SLV 10-2, Aptos 5-7, Scotts Valley 4-8, Harbor 2-10, St. Francis 0-12.

 

Roster: Danielle Whitesell, Jade Lowery, Jessica Pappas, Audrey Smith, Kellie Linkletter, Megan Rix, Alyssa Rodriguez, Emily San-Nicolas, Malia Yamashita, Sydney Falcon, Alex Scott, Salena Garcia, Anna Gallacinao, Mikal Cuellar, Lisa Wolbert

 

March 7.  Willow Glen defeated SC 8-6 while scoring all of their runs in the first three innings. Top hitters were Rodriguez 3 for 4, two RBI’s. Yamashita 2 for 4, four RBI’s, home run and double. San-Nicholas 2 for 4, one RBI, double. Gallacinao 2 for 2, run.  Cuellar 2 for 4, run.

 

March 13. Watsonville 9, SC 7.  All seven of SC’s runs came in the seventh inning.  Top SC hitters: Selena Garcia 1 for 2, RBI. Mikal Cuellar 2 for 3, BB, run.  Yamashita 2-4, run, two RBI’s. Linkletter 1-3, run.  Rodriquez 1-2, run, RBI.  Whitesell 0-2, run.

Alex Scott was the losing pitcher.

 

March 20. Sentinel High School Softball Preview.  Each team has at least one player that everyone knows, like Alex Scott at Santa Cruz.   SC will be guided by new coach Jocelyn Forest, who competed at Cal and helped the Golden Bears to a national championship in 2002.  Although SC finished 4-8 last year, they return one of the top players in the SCCAL Alex Scott.  One of the coaches noted that “She’s a stud.”

Scott led SC at the plate last season and signed a letter of intent to Brown University in the off season.  This year she will be aided by junior Daniele Whitesell and all-leaguers shortstop Alyssa Rodriguez and outfielder Kellie Linkletter.

Ones To Watch.  Senior Alex Scott a first team all- league selection last year after leading the Cards at the plate.

 

March 21. Fresh Start For Cardinals.  SC  9, Scotts Valley 3.  SC defeats SV for first time in five tries. The last time SC upended SV was in 2009.  “I just remember, they were expected to win,” said senior Alex Scott, who played varsity as a freshman along with shortstop Alyssa Rodriguez.

Scott pitched five innings of relief and smacked two RBI’s and Rodriguez added a pair of this and stole three bases.  Emily San-Nicholas connected on a 0-2 pitch for an RBI single in the fourth, while Salena Garcia followed by hitting her first home run of her high school career. The junior’s two run homer made it a 4-0 and provided enough offense for the 2-8, 1-0 league record.

The victory was a positive start for first year coach Jocelyn Forest.  “Everything is playing out according to plan,” said coach Forest, who used the preseason and non-conference slate to establish her philosophy and learn as much about her players as she could.  “Up until league, everything was information gathering for us. We didn’t pay attention to wins and losses.”   “It’s a fresh start, new coach, new uniforms,” said Scott, who allowed three runs on six hits in relief, striking out three.  “All the girls were ready to show off what we can do.”

It was 1-0 SC in the top half of the first inning after Rodriquez singled and swiped a pair  of bases and scored on an error.  Starting pitcher Daniele Whitesell loaded the bases in the first two innings, but got out of the jams with strike outs and ground balls.

SC scored two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings and another in the seventh, aided by two hits and two RBI’s from Scott.  She said, “This is big. We’re starting the season off on a win. It’s a great feeling.  SC scored in every inning but the second and third.

Other scoring: Salena Garcia 1 for 3, which was a two run RBI.  Alyssa Rodriguez 2 for 4, 2 runs, 3 SB.  Scott 2 for 4, 2 RBI’s, double.  SC had 11 hits.

March 23. SLV defeated SC 8-2.  SC scored its two runs in the first inning and had 3 hits and 4 errors. (this is all that is available)

 

March 28. SC Softball Leapfrogs Over Aptos 9-8.  Despite trailing by three runs entering the bottom of the seventh inning SC plated four runs in the seventh to win. Alex Scott drove in two runs on a double and Emily San-Nicholas added a RBI single to tie the score, then scored the game winner on a pass ball.  Jade Lowery was 2 for 2 and Kellie Linkletter was 1 for 2 and two RBI’s and a double.

Alex Scott was the winning pitcher going all seven innings. Aptos took advantage of three Card errors and ten walks. SC had nine hits to four for Aptos and is now 3-9 and 2-1 in league.

 

April 13.  In a 6-1 loss to Soquel, SC had 3 hits and one error.  Pitcher Alex Scott gave up 9 hits, six runs, two walks and struck out 4.  Scott went 1 for 3 at the plate.  Salena Garcia went 1 for 2 and scored the only run.  SC is now 3-10 overall and 2-2 in league.

 

April 20.  Alex Scott pitched a complete game and hit a sacrifice fly to lead SC past Scotts Valley by a tight 3-2 margin.  SC improves to 5-10 overall and 4-2 in league. (nothing more given)

 

April 25. EXTRA INNING SHOWDOWN. SC Gains a Half-game Lead In League Standings.  Defeat co-leader SLV 1-0 in nine innings.  Alex Scott’s slow roller in the ninth inning with a runner on second wasn’t anything to write home about. “But it got the job done,” She said.

After nine innings of scoreless softball, Scott’s spinning dribbler was ultimately, enough. The number three hitters slow roller resulted in a fielding error at first base allowed Alyssa Rodriguez to score in what was a wild  walk-off 1-0 victory. SLV had defeated SC in the first round of league 8-2.  SC is taking the win and all the momentum that comes with it.  “We have never been able to beat them since I’ve been on the team,” Scott said.

There weren’t too many scoring opportunities in an epic pitchers duel, as well as a pair of crazy double plays that ensured play into the ninth inning.  Scott allowed just two hits, struck out eight, but issued nine walks.

SLV coach, “Alex is a phenomenal athlete. She’s a great athlete, she competed and battled.  Give her that. She didn’t give up.”  SLV had a runner on base through the first five innings and had the bases loaded in the eighth with no one out. But Scott struck out the next batter, induced a line-out to the shortstop for the second out and then got a ground ball to get out of the jam.

SC nearly ended the game an inning earlier, in the seventh. When it had runners on second and third with one out.  But SLV got out of the jam when a passed ball resulted in a pair of base-running mistakes by SC, each of which led to outs for SLV and a noticeable swing in momentum.

It was the Cards who had the final say in the ninth inning and got the job done. “Momentarily, our momentum was affected. You can’t help it,” coach Jocelyn Forest said of the eighth inning base running blunders.  But it was only for a moment. Once they had 60 seconds to get over it, they dug in and went right back into battle.”

Hitting: Rodriguez 2 for 4, double, run; Malia Yamashita 2 for 3, two doubles;  Audrey Smith 1 for 3; Mikal Cuellar 1 for 2, sacrifice.   SC had no errors and six hits.  League SC 5-2, SLV 4-2.

 

April 27.  Salena Garcia plated Audrey Smith from second base in the fourth inning for the games only run for SC’s 1-0 win over Aptos.   Pitcher Alex Scott tossed a complete game three hitter, allowing three walks, while striking out ten.

SC had five hits and no errors.  Salena Garcia went 1 for 3 and an RBI;  Alyssa Rodriguez went 1 for 4; Mikal Cuellar 1 for 3; Malia Yamashita 1 for 3. SC is now 6-2 in league.

 

April 28.  Kellie Linkletter hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning to start the Cards 8-3 victory over Harbor.  Alex Scott pitched five innings struck out 4, gave up 6 walks and 3 earned runs.  At the plate she was 4 for 4, hit a double and stole a base; Emily Nicolas went 2 for 2 and doubled; Salena Garcia went 1 for 3 and tripled:  Anna Gallaciano went 1 for 2; Kellie Linkletter went 2 for 3, hit two homers and drove in 4 runs.  SC had no errors and 13 hits.

 

April 29.  Alyssa Rodriguez had a strong game, but Bishop O’Dowd knocked of SC 6-4 in a non league game.  Rodriguez went 3 for 4 with an RBI, two runs and a stolen base. Audrey Smith was 1 for 3, added an RBI single. Whitesell went 2 for 4 and drove in a run.  She pitched a complete game giving up 7 hits, two walks and 6 earned runs.

 

May 4.  Alex Scott had a big day going 3 for 4 with a homer, two doubles and three RBI’s, pitched four innings to lead SC to a 11-4 victory over Harbor. Kellie Linkletter also went 3 for 4, scored a run, drove in three runs and doubled.  Jessica Pappas went 2 for 2, run.  Smith 1 for 4, two RBI, double, run.  Rodriguez 1 for 3, two runs.  SC had 10 hits and three errors.  On the mound Scott started and went four innings, struck out two, walked two, gave up two hits for the win.  Whitesell pitched the last thee innings and gave up two hits.

SC is 9-11 overall and 8-2 in league.

 

May 9.  THREE WAY LOGJAM.  Cardinals Win Puts Them In A Tie With Soquel and SLV Atop The SCCAL Standings.   Not in Alex Scott’s four seasons have the softball bleachers at SC been so crowded.  “We had people standing behind the dugout even,” Scott said, only slightly astonished.  You could credit Senior Day, or the warm weather even, but that would be a disservice to the hottest team in the SCCAL.

Winners of seven straight league games, the Cards provided a monkey wrench by beating defending champions Soquel 8-5, putting the top of the SCCAL standings in a three-way logjam along with SLV.  All three teams have two losses with one more game left.

It was standing room only at SC, because the Cards are suddenly playing for a league title.  “This feels great. We’ve all been so dedicated all season, to finally get the big win is inspiring,” said Mikal Cuellar, who helped keep the pressure on the Knight pitchers. ‘With new coaches, it’s paid off.  Everything is paying off.”

It has been 16 years since SC last played in a CCS playoff game.  The Cards celebrated as if they had won both titles, mobbed pitcher Scott after she completed the win.  The Ivy league  Brown bound senior surrendered five runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking five. She pitched a no hitter into the fourth inning.  “I thought this was one of her better games,” said Cuellar said of Scott

It was one of SC’s better offensive games and the difference in defeating Soquel.  SC jumped on the Knights starter, plated seven runs in the first two innings and finished with a combined 13 hits.  Selena Garcia added a RBI single in the fourth to make the score 8-1 Cards.

SC’s first three batters Alyssa Rodriquez, Cuellar and Scott did most of the damage by going a combined 9 for 11 at the plate. Scott cleaned up early when she connected on a pair of two run doubles in the first and second innings, scoring Rodriguez and Cuellar both  times.

It’s so important for any team during any game to get the first runs. It’s always harder to fight back,” Scott said.

For the first time since the 1980’s,  the Cards can win the title. “These girls were up for this game and we talked about putting our hearts and souls onto the field, right from the start. You could see the belief and the desire,” coach Jocelyn Forest said.

Top hitters: Rodriguez: 3 for 3, walk, two runs:  Cuellar: 4 for 4, two runs: Scott: 2 for 4, four RBI’s, two doubles, one run;  Kellie Linkletter, 2 for 3, run, walk; Salena Garcia, 1 for 4, RBI.  Yamashita 1 for 3, two runs, RBI.  SC had 13 hits and only one error.

 

May 11. Alex Scott pitched a complete game and hit 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI’s to lead SC to a 6-3 victory over St. Francis and a share of the league title.  Malia Yamashita went 2 for 3 and an RBI.  Mikal Cuellar 2 for 4. Emily San Nicholas 1 for 3. Jade Lowery 1 for 3.  Scott walked 9, struck out 7, gave up 4 hits and 3 runs.  SC had 9 hits and 4 errors.

 

May 13.  The SCCAL crowned three champions this season.  Only two of them  automatically qualify from the league.  SLV had a season record of 20-4 and Soquel 19-8, while SC was 11-12, losing most of their practice games, while learning from a new coach, who led to a 10-2 league record.  The Cards didn’t have enough power points to apply for and at-large bid.

“More than anything, it’s a bummer for the girls, It’s an unfortunate end to the season. Because, points or no points, the team that played at the end of the season is a team certainly deserving of a spot in CCS and a team that had a real shot,”  said coach  Jocelyn Forest Cal starting pitcher, who pitched Cal to the NCAA  Division I World Series championship in 2002 and who was inducted to the Cal Hall of Fame this year.

 

May 19. SANTA CRUZ GETS TOUGH SHAKE FROM CCS.  With a Share of League Title, Cardinals Feel Deserving of Playoffs.

It’s every teams goal to win the last game of the season en route to earning a championship.  So why do they feel cheated?

(Added from the alumni information)  The CCS power point system kept the team from participating even though the team won their last eight games.  But the problem was the team, while learning from an outstanding new coach took a while to jell and learn much more about playing softball.   But while all this was happening, the team won only one of the first eleven games.  According to CCS rules, these games count as much as a league record toward gaining playoff status.  The Cards deserve to make the playoffs on how they improved through the season, but that is not taken into consideration by the CCS power point system.

(Back to the Sentinel commentary.)  A bittersweet ending for sure. But how often do you see a league champion not even make the playoffs?  The team has been practicing in anticipation of continue playing. Instead there were tears.  There was anger and confusion, too.  For the five seniors, it was rather devastating. One, Alex Scott, said she had a hunch the team might not make it.  CCS looks at the overall record and a team must win at least 50% of their games.

Scott felt it was unfair and that we had been cheated.  But the league championship is just as important to us, because we hadn’t won it for years. SC is taking the high road in this situation. Coach Forest has called it a learning experience now knowing the intricacies and details of schedule making that can push a team over the top.

For the returning Cards, it’s a swift kick in the pants for next year.  After all, there’s still a playoff drought to end. “I feel good because  we have eight returning players next year,” said junior outfielder Mikal Cuellar. “I feel like we’re going to play every game like it’s the championship. And we know that we did it and we can do it again.”

The league has a tie breaker system and the first tiebreaker is head to head competition.  This was moot since all three teams beat each other. The second tiebreaker was CCS power points.  SLV and Soquel had the most and SC’s point total didn’t come close.

In a nut shell, the power point system is based on what teams you play and how those teams fare in their respective leagues. The better the teams and the better the leagues they play in– “A” leagues are better than “C” leagues- the more power points are received.

Of the 39 teams that qualified to CCS over three-divisions, only 11 are at-large selections.  The CCS point-per-game average was higher than this year than it was a year ago.  In other words, it was more difficult to earn an at-large spot this season than last year.  The SCCAL is considered a “B” league.

The preseason for SC is what coach Forest calls the, “getting-to-know-you” period.  To see how quickly they turned things around is a testament to both coach and players and only bodes well for the future.  “I’ve already heard there’s about 40 girls either coming out or are new students that want to tryout next year,” said Scott a senior. “We never really had that importance in our games. This year, we had something to play for and something to win. The SCCAL title is SC‘s prize this year.  Next year, CCS is the goal.”

Cuellar a junior said, “I feel the league title is what I’ll remember from this season, being the first in so many years to accomplish that.  I will always remember we didn’t make it to CCS. But I have next year. I can help my team push and make it next year.”

 

Mbay.Prep  top five Cards in five hitting areas.  Listed by last name, number of hit, RBI’s, doubles, multi hits and home runs.

NAME        HITS RBI    DOUBLES   MULTI HITS        HR’S

Rodriguez    36               2                9

Scott           27      25      2                8                         4

Cuellar        22                                 7

Yamashita    17      14      4                6

Linkletter     17      15      6

Whitesell     10

Garcia         7

San Nicolas                   2                4

June 10.  Sentinel All County Softball Team

As Versatile As They Come.  Player of the Year, Alex Scott. Coach of the Year Jocelyn Forest.  Alex Scotts Many Talents Help Earn Her Player of the Year.

You could place Scott behind the plate where she is expected to play next season at Brown University of the Ivy league.  But then again, you could also position her at third base or first, or short or even the pitchers circle, where Scott played most of this season.  A coach said that Scott would be the best catcher in the league if she had not pitched in most of the games.  Instead she played where the team needed her the most.   The league coaches also named her Player of the Year.  SLV coach said, “She is an athlete who is competitive.  She had a lot of success.  She led that team to a three way tie for the title this year and SC’s first title in 24 years.

Scott compiled a 9-5 overall record and struck out 109, walked 88, and had an ERA of 3.66 overall and 2.60 in league and her league  pitching record was 9-1.  She was tied for second in the county with teammate Alyssa Rodriguez with a  batting average of .450.

Scott led the county in doubles with 12, and had 25 RBI’s, two less the 27 by a Soquel player.  She tied with two others for the most home runs with 4.  In 60 at bats, she struck out only 5 times.

Scotts offensive and defensive presence was no more evident then when SC outlasted SLV 1-0 as Scott struck out 8 and allowed just two hits over nine innings. She provided the game winning hit as the Cards defeated SLV for the first time in four years.

The only other  first team Card:  Senior Alyssa Rodriguez, leadoff slap hitter belted a team and county high 36 hits and scored 28 runs for third in league.  She also had a solid glove with just six errors all season.

Coach of the year, Jocelyn Forest in her first year coaching the Cards took over a program that went 4-8 in league last year and 5-11-1 overall and had not won a league title in 24 years.  But Forest’s past experiences, teachings and motivational techniques led to a sudden mid-season turnaround by the team.  SC won its last eight league games to finish 10-2 and earn a share of the SCCAL title for the first time since 1988.

Even though two other Cards hit over .300: Mikal Cuellar hit .349 and Kellie Linkletter hit .315, they were not on the Sentinel team.

 

June 6.  SCCAL  All League Team

SC’s  SCOTT  NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR.

Coach of the Year: Jocelyn Forest

First team members: Ale\x Scott, Alyssa Rodriguez, Kellie Linkletter

Second team:  Mikal Cuellar

Honorable Mention: Jade Lowery, Malia Yamashita, Emily San Nicolas, Salena Garcia

Scott was first team as a catcher last year, plus she was also first team all league her freshman and  sophomore years.  This year she is player of the year and she was predominately a pitcher.  This year, she helped the Cards wherever she could, leading SC to its first league title since 1988 and posting impressive numbers along the way.   During league play, she had a pitching record of 9-1, and a 2.60 ERA, a batting average of .526, a .550 on base percentage and a .895 slugging average.

Scott was also a two time All SCCAL selection in water polo, helping the team win two league titles. Academically she had a 4.26 GPA and will play at Brown of the Ivy league next year.

Coach Jocelyn Forest said Scott worked on leveling out her swing this season, believing she could provide more consistent damage hitting into the gap than swinging for the fences. “Alex can do it all and she would do whatever it takes to make the biggest impact on the team. She’s a natural leader. She’s vocal. She knows how to rally up the troops.”

Forest, the first year skipper for SC took a 4-8 league team last year to a 10-2 mark en route to the programs first SCCAL title in 24 years. The team finished the season with eight straight league wins.

Forest was named Most Outstanding Player at the 2002 NCAA softball  tournament after she posted a 4-0 record and a 0.50 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 28 innings. It was the first women’s team title at Cal. A right handed pitcher, Forest was a two time first team All Pac 10 selection and was named second team All-American in both 2001 and 2002.

 

 

TRACK BOYS

Yearbook

May 6.  At the SCCAL Track and Field meet Aptos Boys Unseat SC dethroning the two time champions scoring 144 points followed by SC 131,, SLV 94, Scotts Valley 76, Soquel 28, St. Francis 14, Harbor 6. Aptos did it with depth, but had only four first place finishes.

Sophomore Dion Shattuck took first place in two events: the high jump at 6-1 and the triple jump at 45-04. He was second in the long jump at 20-11 ½, to qualify in all three at the CCS semifinals.  He also earned the Bob Enzweiler Athlete of the Meet Award given to the top point-scorer.  “My coach said you might be in line to win it, but now I’m realizing I’m in shock a little bit. I’m just thankful for my coaches and all they’ve done. I want to do it again,” Shattuck said.

SC had the most individual champions with six, as Shattuck and two time winner Alex Morris led the way. Morris a sophomore sprinter recorded a personal record time of 11.12 in the 100 and 22.40 in the 200.   “I  felt really good right from the start and right when I get to the 50, I can pick up my strength a little more,” Morris said.

Senior Jonah Hodges bested his teammate Shattuck for the long jump title with a leap of 21-09 and tied for second place in the 100 in a time of 11.29

Truman Williams added to SC’s winning tally by taking first place when he recorded a 43.04 in the 300 hurdles.  He also took fifth in the 110 hurdles in 18.13.6.

SC coach Anthony Brown pointed out that the Cards only managed a few points in running events beyond the 400 meters, just Boston Cameron’s fourth place finish in the 800 in 2.03.09..  “We need more distance runners. It puts to much pressure on our sprinters, whose team lost valuable points in the 4×100 after dropping the baton. That was a hole we couldn’t dig out of,” he added.

Other Cards who placed at least sixth:

Nick Locatelli, fifth place in the 200 in 23.04.

Triton Pelstring, sixth place in 400 in 55.36

Eric Boesser, second place in 110 hurdles in 17.71

SC took third place in the 4×400 relay in 3:32.04

Bira Ferreira, sixth place in the high jump at 5-7 and third place in the triple jump at 43-3

Miles Key-McKay, fourth place in triple jump at 41-8

Robin Johnson, third place in pole vault at 12-0

Zeebo Gouldon, sixth place in pole vault at 8-6

 

Each of the top two finishers will advance to the CCS Semifinals in Gilroy.

 

March 5. At the SCCAL Invite at Aptos. Dion Shattuck won the high jump at 6-3 and the Long jump at 20-10 ½.  Boston Cameron won the 800 in 2:09.34.

 

March 10. Alex Morris led SC with four wins as SC defeated Soquel 105-27. Morris won the 100, 200, and ran the two relays.

Jonah Hodges won both jumping events.

 

March 24. At the SCCAL Invitational, the following shows only the SC results with only first places recorded.  Sophomore Dion Shattuck won three events and Johan Hodges and Eric Boesser each won two events.

110 hurdles, Eric Boesser 18.27 and 300 hurdles in 47.21;  100 dash Jonah Hodges, 11.91 and long jump in 22-5.5; 800, Boston Cameron, 2:11.29;  200 dash, Alex Morris, 24.09;  1,600 relay, SC in 3:48.03.  High Jump, Dion Shattuck, 6-4, Triple jump 43-5 and Discus in 108-10.  Shot put, Ricky Seago at 40-6.

A picture in the Sentinel shows Anthony La France coming in second in the 1,600.

Other schools who participated were Harbor, Soquel and Scotts Valley.  SLV and Aptos had their own dual meet.

 

March 31. Aptos 72, SC 64.  Sophomore Alex Morris won both the 100 in 1.59 and the 200 in 23.10.  Sophomore Dion Shattuck won both the high  jump at 6-3 and the triple jump at 42-10.75.  Boston Cameron won the 800 in 2:12.0.  Truman Williams won the 300 hurdles.

SC won the 1,600 relay in 3:40.63.  Jonah Hodges won the long jump at 21-3.5.

 

April 4.  Boys Track and Field Spotlight.  Ones to Watch:  Senior Ben Albrecht  won decisive victories at the league meet in the 100 and 200 and will go faster under the SC sprints coaching powerhouse.

Aptos has this year on lock, upsetting last years champ SC and SLV in league wins in March.  SC returns sprint depth in the 100, led by Ben Albrecht and in the jumps with senior Jonah Hodges and sophomore Dion Shattuck.

 

April 7.  At the Stanford Invite, Dion Shattuck took fifth place in the long jump with a mark of 21-3 ¾ and Jonah Hodges placed sixth at 21-2 ½.  The top mark was 22-0 ¾.

 

April 15 San Jose Mercury. The top three places in CCS.  Triple jump, Shattuck second place at 45-4.75: the top jump was 47-10.  Long Jump, Jonah Hodges third place at 22-10. Top jump 22-11.5.

 

May 25.  Qualifying for the CCS finals were two sophomores:  Don Shattuck in first place in the high jump at 6-5 and forth in the triple jump at 44-08.5.  Alex Morris placed ninth in the 100 at 11.11 and could be an alternate for state if all the sprinters up to  second place drop out of competing at state.

 

May 26.  Only three county athletes qualified for State, plus the SLV 4×400 relay team.  Out of the three qualifying, SC’s sophomore Dion Shattuck had faith all along that he would qualify.  He  did, placing second in the high jump with a personal best of 6-7, the same as the first place finisher who had fewer misses to get to that height. Shattuck isn’t boastful, but he did admit he knew he could do it all along.  He placed third in the triple jump at 44-8.5.

Now he’s headed to state, a thing he’s only heard of in legends and whispers. “When people talk about state, they say people are seven feet tall” he said. “But it’s just so great to be there.”

 

June 2.  Picture in the Sentinel of Dion CLEARING THE BAR AT 6-2.   Dion couldn’t keep up with an overachieving bunch of high jumpers during his state track debut. He failed to clear 6-6 to place twenty-second, while a group of ten surpassed 6-8 to advance.  Shattuck also qualified in the triple jump, but after recording just one clean jump of 44-6, wound up nineteenth.

 

 

TRACK GIRLS

 

May 6.  At the SCCAL  Girls Track and Field meet Aptos won with 130 points followed by SC 97, Soquel 83, SLV 79, Scotts Valley 60, Harbor 22, St. Francis 10.

Jenny Delucchi was nearly a three-time winner after she set personal record times in the 300 hurdles in 47.91 and the 100 meter sprint in 12.56.  She took second place in each event, which qualified her for CCS.  Delucchi never the less earned a trifecta for personal records, when she took first in the 100 hurdles in 14.97. “I’m feeling good. I wish I could have ran a fourth race,” said Delucchi, who was likely a candidate for the Enzweiler award.  “But I beat my personal best times in all three events   I am peaking right now.  My times have been going down a lot.” Her 14.97 time in the 100 hurdles is second best in CCS.   “I think I’m going to compete in al three events at CCS.  But my focus will be on the 100 hurdles. I have a chance that if I run well, I could go to state.  It’ll be interesting to see,” Jenny said.

Marie Powell took first in the triple jump in 35-10, third in the long jump at 15-7 and third in the high jump at 5-0

 

Other Cards who placed at least sixth:

Kiara Burkett second in the long jump at 15-10

Laurel Hanlock, fifth place in 100 dash in 12.94. Fourth place in 200 dash in 27.01

Miranda Koo, fourth place in the 400 in 1:03.56

Lucy Miller, fifth place in the 400 in 1:05.95

Amelia Jackson, fourth place in the 800 in 2:24.99

Selena Friedman, fourth place in the 110 hurdles in 17.32 and sixth place in high jump at 4-10

Sabrina Hackett, sixth place in 110 hurdles in 18.27

Sabrine Griffith, sixth place in 300 hurdles in 54.93 and fourth place in the long jump at 15-0

Mathilda Spiers, sixth place in shot put at 68-0

4×100 relay in third place in 4:18.65

Kenzi Stair, fifth place in the pole vault at 8-6

 

March 5. At the SCCAL Invite at Aptos. No SC girl won an event.

 

March 10.  SC defeated Soquel 81-47. Selena Friedman won both hurdle events to lead the Cards.

 

March 23. Sentinel Girls High School Track and Field Spotlight.

Ones to Watch: Sophomore Kiara Burkett won the SCCAL long jump finals last year in just her second attempt at the event and has won ever meet this year.

Junior Marie Powell was the league triple jump champion last year, while also excelling in the high jump.

 

March 23. At the SCCAL Invitational, the SC results with only first places recorded.  Other schools who participated were Harbor, Soquel and Scotts Valley.  Only SC first place finishers:

High jump, Marie Powell at 4-10 and Triple jump at 33-04.5;  Long jump, Kiara Burkett 15-9.

 

March 31.  Aptos 85, SC 49.  Jenny Delucchi won the 100 hurdles in 17.26. Selena Friedman won the 300 hurdles in 48.45.  Kiara Burkett won long jump at 15-8.75.Marie Powell won triple jump at 32-7.75.  Whitney Renggli won shot put at 21-8.5. Mathilda Spiers won discus at 71-11.

 

April 7.  At the Stanford Invite, the girls took 34th place in the Distance medley relay in 13:34.4. (no names were listed.

 

May 20.  At the CCS semifinals Jenny Delucchi placed second in the 100 low hurdles in the time of 15.06 and took seventh in the 300 low hurdles at 47.19.

Marie Powell took tenth in the high jump and will be an alternate if all the jumpers up through third place decide not to compete in the finals.

 

May 25.  Qualifying for the CCS finals was Jenny Delucchi, who took second in the 100 hurdles in 15:06.

 

May 27. In the CCS finals Jenny placed seventh in the time of 15.82 and eighth in the 300 hurdles in 49.31. Only the top three places qualify for State.

 

 

 

BOYS AND GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING

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BOYS

Part of League:  Soquel 119-41, SLV 99-59, Defeated Harbor, St Francis and SV.  Lost to Aptos 81-89.  League record 5-1.

March 6. Sentinel BOYS Swimming Preview.

SC is quadruple stacked with talented Albert MacPherson, Gabe Boender, George McAneny and newcomer Chaz Chamberlin. “They’re looking like the best team that I’ve had and maybe one of the best teams SC had had in 20 years,” said coach Jeff Wickum a former Card.

Sentinel Ones To Watch

The write ups are from coach Wickum

Gabe Bolender, sophomore, is pretty much a lock to make at least Consolations at CCS in the 100 fly and 200 IM, said coach Wickum.

Albert MacPherson, junior is expect to do well at CCS in the 200 and 500 free.

George McAneny, senior, a sprinter swimming the 50 and 100 free. McAneny caught the swimming bug last season  and joined the Cabrillo Threshers and has improved a ton.

Chaz Chamberlian, senior a transfer student who is “incredible”. He is a versatile swimmer with no fixed event, yet.

 

March 3.  SC won every single event in a 119-41 win over Soquel.  Gabe Bolender, Mathew Cox and Albert MacPherson each won an individual event and swam at least one winning relay event.  Bolender took part in two winning relays and won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Listed are the SC winners by events. 200 medley relay: Albert MacPherson, Mattew Cox, Gabe Bolender, George McAneny in 1:48.89.  400 free, Cox, MacPherson, Bolender in 3:34.69. 200 free Turner Roll, Alex Wagoner, Henry Tobias in 1:39.81.

Individual events:  200 free MacPherson in 1:53.00.  200 individual medley, Bolender in 2:07.97 and 100 backstroke, 1:00.58.  50 free, McAneny in 23.02 and 100 free in 52.36.

500 free, Liam in 6:27.53.  100 fly, Chaz Chamberlain, in 59.76

 

 

March 10.  Aptos edged SC 89-81.  Gabe Bolender won two events the 200 individual Medley in 2:01.01 and 100 backstroke in 58.68. Chaz Chamberlain won two events also, the 100 free in 51.50 and 100 butterfly in 58.08. MacPherson, 500 free in 4:57.19.

200 Medley relay, MacPherson, Cox, Bolender, Chamberlain in 1:50.67.

400 free relay,  MacPherson, Turner Roll, Bolender Chamberlain 3:29.15.  SC is 1-1 so far.

 

March 24.  SC shut out SV 134-0.  SV did not field a scoring team.  George McAneny posted a CCS qualifying time of 22.61 in the 50 free  and was also a part of two of the relay teams, which also earned CCS eligibility.

Only first place finishes are listed. 200 meter relay, George McAneny, Gabe Bolender, Albert Macpherson, Chaz Chamberlain in 1:47.26.

200 Free Relay, George McAneny, Gabe Bolender, Albert Macpherson, Chaz Chamberlain in 1:34.94.

400 Free Relay in 4:26.43

200 free, Chamberlain in 2:08.57

200 Individual medley, Henry Tobias in 2:25.02

50 Free, G. McAneny in 22:61 and 100 Backstroke in 1:03.29.

100 Fly, A. Macpherson in 52.07

100 Breast stroke, Bolender in 1:06.12.

500 Free, Myles Pease in 6:22.69

SC’s record is now 2-1.

 

April 14.  Chaz Chamberlain, Gabe Bolender and Albert MacPherson each won two individual events to lead SC past SLV 99-59.  SC improved to a record of 5-1.

Only first place finishers are listed

MacPherson won the 200 free in 1:54.89 and the 500 free in 5:12.67.

Bolender won the 100 fly in 56.99 and the 100 back in 57.76.

Chamberlain won the 50 free in 23.75 and the 100 free in 52.81.

200 free relay, SC in 1:40.15 and the 400 free relay in 4:10.87.

 

April 29.  SC BEST IN POOL.

SCCAL tournament was won by SC with 293.5 points followed by Aptos 286, Harbor 247, SLV 156, St. Francis 106.5, Soquel 60.

SC’s Gabe Bolender and Albert MacPherson aren’t even sprinters in the pool. The two excel at long distance and stroke events. Bolender won the 100 yard backstroke and the 200 individual medley. MacPherson owns titles in the 500 free stroke and 100 butterfly.  But when it came down to the sprint at the end, with the Cards grasping to a 1.5 point lead over Aptos heading into the 400 free relay, there were few in the pool faster than Bolender and MacPherson as they helped win the event and take the league title.

Only the top three placers were mentioned in the Sentinel.

George McAneny, first in the 50 free in 22.56;  Third in 100 backstroke in 1:01.31;

Chaz Chamberlain, third in 100 free in 51.34; Second in 100 fly in 57.81;

Albert MacPherson, first in 500 free in 4:54.5; First in 100 fly in 54.67;

Gabe Bolender, 100 backstroke in 54.77;  First in 200 individual medley in 1:55.00;

200 medley relay, First place in 1:43.53;  200 free relay, third in 1:41.18;  400 free relay First in 3:20.47.

 

May 10.  BOLENDER WILL MISS CCS.  Standout Sophomore Suffers Knee Injury.  Gabe Bolender won’t be wearing goggles or swim cap at the CCS preliminaries, he’ll sport a leg brace instead.  Bolender suffered a fluke knee injury last week while stretching before practice with the Cabrillo Threshers swim club.  “This is the fifth or sixth time it has happened, but the first time it has been fully dislocated.  The problem is a reoccurring patella instability.  I feel pain when I bend my leg and there is a chance I tore ligaments around the knee, which may require surgery,” Bolender said.

Threshers coach Jim Triplett said of the local boys to qualify for the section prelims, Bolender had the best chance to place.  Bolender isn’t devastated by his injury. “I’ve got two more years. I’ll be donning pom-poms for the swim meet, cheering for my teammates Albert MacPherson and George McAneny. We have a pretty good team.”

 

May 12. CCS Boys Swimming.

SC fell just short of qualifying in the relay events, but wasn’t without solid performances.

Albert MacPherson, the SCCAL champion in the 500 free and 100 fly qualified for the consolation finals in both events.  He placed eleventh in the 500 free in 4:48.25 an improvement of six seconds over his league championship time.  He also took more than a second of his 100 fly time with a 58.30.

Competing without Gabe Bolender though, SC took 23rd place in both the 200 medley relay in 1:44.72 and the 400 free relay in 3:23.07

 

SWIMMING  GIRLS CHAMPS

League:  SV 124-32, Aptos 42-126, Soquel 69-72, Harbor 51-116, SLV 81-84.  League record 1-4.

 

March 2.  Sentinel GIRLS Swimming Preview.

Aptos is the league favorite followed by SC and SLV.   SC won the league title in 2010.   Under Ones to Watch is senior Chloe Bynes: a versatile swimmer, who hopes to overcome elbow surgery and make CCS as an individual this year.

 

April 29.  The Girls SCCAL tournament was won by Aptos with 240 points followed by Harbor 290, SC 160, Soquel 141, Scotts Valley 99,  SLV 92, St. Francis 67.

Only the top three placers were mentioned in the Sentinel.

Samantha Johnson, second at 100 free in 59.37

Chloe Bynes, second in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.83;

200 medley relay, SC, third in 2:06.75;  200 free relay, third place in 1:51.02; 400 free relay, third place in 4:20.39.

 

March 3. Soquel defeated SC 92-69.  SC winners were Chloe Bynes , 100 free in 58.83.  200 free relay, Bynes, Bridget Bianca, Jane in 1:51.74. 400 Free Relay, Daisy Thayer, Midori Hook in 4:38.60.

 

March 10. Aptos defeated SC 126-43

 

March 24. SC 124, SV 32.  These are the only first place results for SC given in the Sentinel. Two hundred medley relay in 2:08.34.  Fifty Free, Chloe Bynes in 26.41. One hundred free, Bynes in 55.83. Two hundred Free relay in 1:54.76.

 

March 30.  Harbor 116, SC 51.  Chloe Bynes won both of her individual events, the 50 free 26.63 and 100 free 57.53.  She was the only Card to take a first place. (first places were the only ones listed in the Sentinel)

 

April 14. SLV edged SC 84-81. Chole Bynes won the 100 backstroke in 1:06.15 and the 50 free in 26.56 for the Cards who are now 2-4.

Only the winners are listed in the Sentinel.  200 medly relay, SC 2:10.87;  200 free, Alyssa B., 2;30.53; 100 fly, Bridget Rossi in 1;13.11;  100 free, Samantha J. in 1:0.7;  200 free relay, SC 1:52.99.

 

May 12.  No SC girls competed in the CCS finals.

 

 

BOYS TENNIS

League champions.  Only five teams in the league: Harbor 6-0, Aptos 4-3, Soquel 5-2, Scotts Valley 6-1.  Only scores available.

 

Yearbook.  Roster:  Emmett Balassone, Walker Nodine, Ryan Harlan, Jessie Honig, Ben Bacher, Chris Okade, Will Tierney, Carl Thigpen, Al Wiegel, Johandar Homidieh and Inmo Kong.  Coach Dan Dewey.

 

March 12.  Sentinel Tennis Preview.  County Battling Low Turnout.  This year marks the first time in recent memory where the SCCAL winner won’t even earn a automatic berth in the CCS playoffs as there will only be five teams in the league, one shy of the minimum needed to earn an automatic bid to CCS.

After losing several key cogs to graduation, SC is still among the leagues elite, but will have to fend off an experienced Aptos team in order to repeat.

Ones To Watch.  Walker Nodine, one of two experienced players back from the league champion Cards.  Junior Jesse Honig  a vet like Nodine, the duo will have the Cards in the mix for a second straight league crown.

 

March 28.  SC 6, Harbor 0.  Jesse Honig won the number one match 6-0, 6-1.  At no. two Carl Thigpen won 6-1, 6-4 and at no. three Ben Batcher won 6-3, 6-4. The number 4 match was called because of rain. (no double matches were in the paper)

 

March 30.  SC 5, SLV 2.   Walker Nodine won the No 1 match 6-4, 6-7, 6-4. Jesse Honig lost the second match,  Carl Thigpen won the third match 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.  Ben Bacher lost the fourth match. (Doubles matches not shown)  SC is now 3-0 in league.

 

April 13.   SC 4, Aptos 3.  Walker Nodine won the number one match 3-1 and the Aptos player retired; Carl Thigpen lost the no. 2 match.  SC won the third and fourth singles: Ben Batcher won 6-2, 6-3; Ryan Harlan won 6-3,6-1.  In doubles Inmo Kang and Will T. lost.  The second team of Emmett Balassone and Chris Okabe won 6-4, 6-1.  SC lost the third doubles, but no names were given.  SC is now 4-0 in league.

 

April 18.  SC 5, Soquel 2. SC swept all three doubles matches and had wins from the number two singles Carl Thigpen 6-1,6-1 and number three Ben Batcher 6-2, 6-1.  No. one Walker Nodine lost 6-7, 6-3, 7-10.  No. four Emmett Ballasone lost 1-6, 0-6. There was no information on the individuals In doubles.

 

April 19.  SC wrapped up the SCCAL season title with a 6-1 win over Scotts Valley.  SC took three of the four singles matches and swept the doubles.  Top Cards duo of Ryan Harlan and Emmett Ballassone turned in the most entertaining win with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory.  SC number one singles player Walker Nodine won 6-4, 6-2. Third seed Carl Thigpen won 7-5, 6-3. Fourth seed Ten Thatcher won 6-0, 6-0.  Second seed Jesse Hoenig lost 3-6, 1-6.  In doubles second seeds Inmo Kang and Will Tierney won 6-2, 6-4.  Third seeds, Al Weigel and Jahandar Hamidieh won 6-4, 4-6, 10-8.

 

April 25.  SCCAL Individual Tournament semifinals.  In singles, Jesse Honig lost to an Aptos opponent 0-6, 1-6.  Walker Nodine defeated an Aptos opponent 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

In doubles:  Ben Bacher and Carl Thigpen defeated their Scotts Valley opponents 6-1, 6-3.  Emmett Balassone and Ryan Harlan lost to an Aptos pair 3-6, 4-6.

 

April 27. SCCAL Boys Tennis Championships.  CARDS NODINE IS NO. 1.

Junior Wins Singles Title After Aptos Opponent Disqualified.  In singles play, Walker Nodine after losing the first set, won the second set of his match to tie for the with his Aptos opponent and almost immediately afterward, he won the match.  Before the third match was started his opponent was disqualified for un-sports-man-like conduct.  The player was charged with three sportsmanship penalties for  obscenities, which increased in severity from having a point docked, to a game, to a set, which gave Nodine the SCCAL singles title.  Showers dampened the courts enough to suspend play midway through the second set.  Nodine was winning the second set 3-2 when the match was suspended.  It was resumed the next day.

Nodine said he had been visualizing his performance ever since the match was suspended Wednesday.  Noting that  his strength is his stamina, he won the all important seventh game to take a 4-3 lead Thursday, surviving four deuces and later grabbed a 5-3 lead by withstanding two deuce situations.  While his opponent grew more frustrated, Nodine said he played as if there was “nothing to lose.”   “Just be affirmative. I was really just trying to stay positive and pup myself up,” Nodine said.

Coach Dan Dewey will petition the CCS to formally qualify the Cards to the team tournament May 2.  Although SC won the SCCAL crown by going undefeated, the league does not have enough teams this year to qualify for CCS.

Nodine will be joined at the CCS individual tournament with teammates Ben Bacher and Carl Thigpen, who won the doubles title by defeating the Aptos doubles team 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

 

May 15.  The SC doubles team of Ben Batcher and Carl Thigpen advanced past the first round of the CCS individual tournament, but fell in the quarterfinals.       They battled for a 7-6, 7-5 win over Leigh in their first match.  But lost the second seeded team from Bellarmine 1-6, 0-6.

SC’s singles player Walker Nodine made it to the second round on an injury forfeit.  Then was overpowered by the top seed of Stevenson 1-6, 1-6.

 

 

BOYS GOLF

League: lost to the following teams: Harbor 201-263, 159-218; Aptos 208-276, won; Soquel 243-256, 218-226; Scotts Valley 142-267; SLV 181-195; St. Francis 225-265 and SC incomplete. SC defeated Scotts Valley 263-274 and SLV 263-274. League record 2-10.

 

Yearbook.  Team roster:  Ada Wagner, Trevor Clark, Kishan Patel, David Ledwith and basketball players Walker Hansen and Thatcher Sammet plus basketball and golf coach Bill Domhoff.

 

March 2.  In the season opener Harbor 201-263. Trevor Clark led SC at 44 strokes followed by Kishan Patel 51, Bennett Elkin 54, Neal Pope 57, Scott Shepard 57.

 

March 7. Aptos 208, SC 276.  Scoring for SC: Bennett Elkin 49, Trevor Clark 50, Ada Wagner 56, Scott Shepard 62, Evan Hightower 59.  SC record 0-2.

 

March 16. Sentinel Boys Golf Spotlight.  Ones To Watch.  Senior Trevor Clark will be counted on for his experience to guide a very young group under coach Bill Domhoff.

The race for third place will have SC as one of the three contenders, all with inexperienced teams churning to develop some quality depth faster than the other.

 

March 20.  Soquel 243, SC 256.  SC 0-2 were led by Trevor Clark at 47 followed by Ada Wagner 54, Thatcher Sammet 51, Walker Hansen 53, Kishan Patel 54.

 

March 23. St. Francis, 225, SC 265.  Ada Wagner was the top Card with a 43, followed by Trevor Clark 45, Thatcher Sammet 53, David Ledwith 59, Kishan Patel 65.

 

March 28. Harbor 159, SC 218.  Each team played with only four golfers instead of five.  Ada Wagner and Trevor Clark led SC with matching 45s.  Kishan Patel 61 and Scott Sheppard 67 rounded off SC’s squad.

 

April 13.  SLV 181, SC 195 in a match up of the last place teams in the league.  SC scoring: Ada Wagner and Thatcher Sammet tied for SC top scores at 34; David Ledwith 38; Kishan Patel 40; Liam Conley 49.

 

April 15. SC 242, Scotts Valley 267.  SC is now 1-6

 

April 18.  St. Francis 215, SC incomplete. SC had only two golfers, Scott Shepard 59 and Nick Lenz 70.

 

April 25. Scotts Valley 142, SC 267.  Ada Wagner 52, Thatcher Sammet 52, David Ledwith 52, Scott Shepard 55, Trevor Clark 56.

 

April 27. Soquel 218, SC 226.  SC scoring: Trevor Clark 42, David Ledwith 44, Thatcher Sammet 44, Ada Wagner 48, Keshon Patel 48.  SC is now 1-7.

 

 

May 2.  At the SCCAL championships at a par 70 for 18 holes at Pasatiempo, Trevor Clark shot a 106 to top the Cards, followed by Sean Gladden 95 and Ada Wagner 104.

 

May 4.  SC 263, SLV 274.  Ada Wagner medalist with a 48 score followed by Kishan Patel 54, David Ledwith 54, Walker Hansen 52, Trevor Clark 55.

 

June 2.  Trevor Clark was named Honorable Mention by the SCCAL coaches.

 

 

LACROSSE

League: SLV 9-7, SV 1-19, Aptos 0-10.  League playoffs: Three seeded SLV defeated six seed SC 9-8 in sudden death overtime.

 

From MaxPrep:  The league standings and overall record

Aptos          9-1    16-5

SV              9-1    16-2

SLV            5-5    6-9

Soquel         3-7    3-9

Harbor        2-8    3-9

SC              2-8    4-14

 

Feb. 25.  Sean Hunt scored four goals to help SC beat SLV 9-7 in the Cards first win of the year.  Oscar Mahoney and Scott Schiebel each netted a pair of goals for SC now 1-1.

 

March 10. Falcons Crush SC. Cardinals score in the second minute, Scotts Valley dominates the rest. After that SV blanked the Cards for a 19-1 victory. SV broke away from SC in the second quarter scoring 9 goals and prevented SC from taking a shot on goal the rest of the game. SC goalie Jorden Tattgaechi had 14 saves.

 

March 15.  Sentinel Boys Lacrosse Spotlight.  (No mention of SC players)

 

April 25.  Aptos defeated SC 10-0.  No other information

 

May 8.  SCCAL Lacrosse Tournament.  OPENING NAIL BITER. SLV Fends Off SC In Overtime.  Number three seed SLV held off number six seed SC in a 9-8 sudden death overtime victory in the quarterfinal match up.  Comment from SLV player, “ SC can play with any of the teams in this league.  They hustle all the time and are a very good team.”

A tight close matchup was no surprise to either team.  In regular league play, SC defeated SLV 9-7 in their first game.  Less than two weeks ago SLV held off SC 9-8 in a sudden death overtime win. Their history for playing tight matches stayed true throughout this match, as neither team led by more than two goals.

Coach Ryan Morper said,  “Both teams fought hard all the way and left it out on the field.  We have only one senior and we have a young program, so next year we’ll be right up there.  The foundation is being built.”

SC went into halftime up 6-5 behind Eli Bariteau’s three goals.  Bariteau broke his right pinkie in the third period and missed sometime before returning in the fourth and continued right through overtime.

SLV (6-8) took its first lead early in the opening minute of the fourth, but SC (4-14) answered with a Oscar Mahoney goal to tie the score with eight minutes left.  Neither team was able to find the back of the net again in regulation sending the game into a four minute, sudden-death overtime.

“It was one of those games that got away,” said Bariteau, a sophomore. “We’re young and have only one senior. Next year, I feel can really be a break for us.”  Mahoney scored twice and had an assist.  Goalie Calum Cecil-Wherity had 11 saves.

 

June 14.

ALL-SCCAL LACROSSE

Assistant Coach of the Year: Doug Hunt of SC.   First team: Riley O’Neill, junior, defense, who led the Cards in take-aways.

Second team: Sean Hunt, junior attack.

Honorable mention: Eli Bariteau, sophomore midfield; Scout Schiebel, junior defense/midfield;

Oscar Mahoney, freshman midfield.

 

CHEER SQUAD

Alivia Sutton, Natlie Blanco, Amber Scott, Tyra Butler, Audrey Smith, Kyla Bell, Patricia Sanchez, Alicia Smith, Cloe Woodling, Jasmine Mendoza and Ebony Gross.

Team captains: Mendoza and Smith.

 

 

 

 

FOOTBALL STAR Hodges Commits to Cal.

Running back Jonah Hodges gave a verbal commitment to attend Cal and play football as a preferred walk=on.  He will practice with the offense at running back and not at cornerback on defense, where he also shined. Hodges led the area with 8 interceptions.  At running back Hodges had 172 carries for 1,565 yards and 20 touchdowns.  He also had two TD receptions.  Hodges was also being recruited by Utah State.

 

 

FORMER AND PRESENT SC COACH

Gregg Brock Former Cross Country and Track  Star a Coaching Fixture at SCHS and the Community.  On any given school day after-noon or Saturday morning, a visitor to the SC track will spy a lanky, fluid-limbed, baseball-capped man some 90 teenagers through a series of dynamic stretches.  Shoes bounce and scrape against the red track as Greg Brock puts the girls and boys through their paces.

Laughter and groans ring out across the field as Brock warms his crew up with “B-skips” and “butt kickers” and “backwards doubles,” then sends the 19 distance runners of on their run.

Molding runners of all ages and ability levels in Santa Cruz for nearly 40 years, and consistently preparing athletes to take their talents far beyond Santa Cruz, Brock qualifies as a Santa Cruz running institution.

Upon graduating, he went to Stanford University to run both cross country and track, as well as to study psychology. “One of the more competitive 2-milers,” as he puts it, Brock placed ninth at the NCAA Division I championships as a senior and later placed fifth in the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

By the time Brock began coaching the Cardinals in 1974, he was building on significant experience informally coaching intramurals at Stanford. From 1974-1981, he coached cross country and track at Santa Cruz High and Cabrillo College.

“There are people in that stretch who have been getting together for 32 years,” Brock said. “We’ve seen marriages, births, divorces, deaths, and still these people keep coming together,” he added.

That same commitment to community, and joy in its serendipitous cycles, marks Brock’s return to coaching at Santa Cruz High School.

Brock is driven by his conviction that coaches often overlook talent and tenacity, giving undue attention to runners who, due to over-running and over-coaching, peak early.

Brock, who welcomes all comers to both the Track Club and the high school team, acts on his principles of encouraging every athlete through responsive, attentive, supportive coaching.

“What I love about Santa Cruz High is its diversity-of community and of students, many of them are highly driven students academically, showing tenacity in the classroom as well as on the field. The students are accepting of each other and open to coaching”, Brock said.

He cites the many former Cardinal athletes and students who went on to achieve great feats in academics as well as running.

John Rembao-a former runner under Brock-now has, after an illustrious career coaching several NCAA track powers, including Cal, returned to Santa Cruz to coach, and Brock, in turn, is learning from Rembao.  “He’s one of the best coaches in the nation,” said Brock. “He said to me, ‘Greg, I just took everything I learned from you in high school and just exploded it.’  I watch him now, and I’m adapting what he does in his dynamic drills for my high school and track club runners, bit by bit, critically evaluating and deciding what will work for us.

 

 

FORMER CARDINALS

 

March 24.  Ayanbadejo Inks 3 Year Deal With Baltimore. Brendon Ayanbadejo resigned with the Baltimore Ravens, agreeing to a three year contract with a perennial playoff team.  Brendon 35, finished second on the Ravens last season with nine special teams tackles. He has 173 career special teams tackles and has been selected to three Pro Bowls. As a reserve inside linebacker this year, he had 27 tackles, 1 ½ sacks and one fumble recovery in 2011.

He said the Ravens; narrow 23-20 overtime loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game was the reason to re-sign. Iv’e wanted to be a world champion my whole life, so that was definitely a major factor.”

This will mark his tenth year in the NFL and fifth with the Ravens.  Through 126 games played, he has recorded 208 tackles, 3 1/2sacks, two interceptions and five forced fumbles as a member of the Ravens, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins.

 

Oct. 3.  Brendon Ayanbadejo had a tackle and fumble recovery in the NFL game between his Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets 34-17.

Dec. 22.  Ayanbadejo Voted In For Fourth Time. Fans pick Santa Cruz High Grad As Top AFC Special Teams Player.  Brendon is headed to the NFL’s Pro Bowl again for the fourth time.  The linebacker was the AFC’s leading vote getter, from the fans voting for special teams with 106,515 votes.  This is the fourth time in his nine-year NFL career that he has been chosen. They were in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Dec. 28.  The fans voting counts for one-third of the total vote, while the players and coaches each get a third of the vote.  Brandon ended up as a second alternate to play in the NFL Pro-Bowl.

 

 

Former Cardinals

August 30.  SC’s Garner Nears Big Football Opener.  College football players get pretty excited for season opening games.  Alum Quinn Garner has experienced three of them at Utah State.  Saturday should be even a more memorable one for Garner, a 6-3, 263 pound senior defensive end.  The Aggies take on last years BCS national champion Auburn on national TV.

Garner was the SCCAL Defensive player of the year in 2006 and 2007.  Garner had 43 tackles last season, including five for loss of yards.  He had 2 ½ sacks and a interception.

Utah State led Auburn with 82,000 Auburn fans in the stands by ten points with 59 seconds left in the game,  but lost by four points on freak plays.

Sept. 28.  Utah State lost to Colorado State 35-34 as Colorado came from behind three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win in double overtime.  Quinn is a starting defensive end, who didn’t red shirt and is playing his fourth and final year.  He started playing special teams and as a line backer in his freshman year.

Oct. 13.  Quinn started at defensive end and made a tackle as USU lost to Wyoming 63-19.

Oct.  20.  Quinn made one tackle and hurried the quarterback once in a 31-21 loss to Fresno State.

Oct. 27.  Made three tackles, including one for a loss in a 24-17 loss to Louisiana Tech.

Nov. 3.   Made on tackle in a 27-24 loss to BYU.  USU was ahead until the last minute.

Nov. 10.  Recorded three tackles in a 35-31win over Hawaii, which had a long win streak against USU.

Nov. 17. Made three tackles, including one for a 3 yard loss and hit the quarterback twice in a 34-33 win over San Jose State.

From the Utah State vs. San Jose State 2011 game program with Quinn’s picture along with three others on the cover page, number 37.  Their was a page on Quinn with the heading, HARD WORK AND FLEXIBILIY MAKES QUINN GARNER A LEADER AMONG THE AGGIES.  Senior Has Adapted To Role As a Defensive Lineman..

Once he got here, Garner jumped right into the Utah State program, where he has played in every game of his career. By his sophomore year, he had worked his way into the starting lineup and hasn’t left.

His time as an Aggie has proven him to be a very flexible and diverse player. Recruited as a linebacker, that’s how he spent his first year. However, upon coach Gary Andersen’s arrival, he was moved to the defensive line.

“I had to get used to the physicality of every play,” Garner said. “Stuff happens a lot faster on the defensive line as opposed to the linebacker spot”

He spent that year putting on weight and getting bigger overall, and learned the ways of a defensive end.

That experience has made Garner an overall better player and his career blossomed from the change.

Overall, he has a lot of experience and that makes him a leader among his teammates.  He is often asked questions and is always willing to help his younger teammates improve.

“One of the biggest things about being one of the older guys on the team is setting an example,” Garner said. “I have to be willing to do extra work and put a lot into this, so others will know they need to.”

Another part of his leadership and expertise lies in avoiding mistakes. “That’s one of the harder things. But if people can see that can be done, they realize they need to get it done,” Garner said. “I want to be the guy the younger guys come to with questions and for help.”

Advice and direction that comes from a teammate rather than a coach is often more helpful, Garner said.

Garner may be graduating as early as this December with his degree in Interdisciplinary

Studies.  The next step in life all depends on the work he puts in at the end of this season.

“I’ll just be working out and training for Pro Day to see if I can get a shot at the next level,” Garner said. “If I had my pick, I’d play for the Miami Dolphins, they’re my team, but I really don’t care, I just want to get out there.”

Once his football career comes to an end, Garner is planning on attending graduate school to become a physical therapist.

Dec. 1. BOWL-BOUND. Garner Forces Key Fumble To Help Aggies Earn Berth in the Idaho Potato Bowl at Boise State stadium.  Garner forced a crucial fourth quarter fumble in the Aggies 21-17 win over Nevada to tie them for second place in the league to extend the teams winning streak to four games and make his team bowl eligible for the first time since 1997.

Garner helped close the deal, when he stopped Nevada 11 yards from the goal line by knocking the ball loose from the quarterback with six minutes left. “I shed off the block and wrapped up just like we work on in practice to get our hands in a spot that we can create a turnover.”  The Aggies then ran out the clock.

His parents have made everyone of his games this year.  His dad saw all of his games over his four years with the Aggies.

Dec. 8. In a 24-21win over New Mexico State, Quinn made two tackles to the Aggies seven wins for the first time since 1979.  They face Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at the Boise State.

Dec. 22.  Quinn recorded four tackles, including a sack as the Aggies lost in the final seconds to Ohio 24-23. At the Idaho Potato Bowl at Boise State.

 

Sept. 8.  Rose Carmen a senior utility at Vassar made 10 digs in two matches.

Sept. 28.  Rose totaled 29 digs in wins over Rochester and St. Lawrence and losses to NYU and Clarkson.

Oct. 13.  Rose Carman, Vassar sophomore utility racked up 39 digs in wins over Bryn Mawr, Smith and Mt. Holyoke and in a loss to Wellesley.

Oct. 20.  Rose made two kills and four digs in a loss to Rochester Institute of Technology.  Had two assists and eight digs in a loss to Skidmore and made nine digs in a sweep of Union.

Nov. 3.  Rose served and ace and made four digs in a sweep of Kean.

Nov. 10.  Had 11 digs and an ace in a four set loss to Clarkson.

 

Gino Delucchi a junior receiver at Angelo State in Texas started in a 35-12 victory of Western State and caught three passes for 20 yards.

Sept. 28. Gino, junior quarterback had one carry for a minus six yards in a 31-17 loss to Abilene State.

Oct. 20.  Gino attempted a drop kick for an extra point in the fourth quarter of his team’s loss to Midwester State.

Oct. 27.   At quarterback attempted a pass and ran the ball once for two yards in a 45-14 win over Texas A&M-Commerce.

Nov. 17.  At quarterback played in a 28-23 loss to Tarleton to end the season.

 

Dec. 22. Kevin Konopelski a senior guard for UCSC scored three points and grabbed a rebound in a 60-50 win over Cal Lutheran.  Kevin collected a assist, a steal and a rebound in a 67-53 win over Cal Tech.  Scored five points and added an assist and a rebound off the bench in a 91-60 loss to UC Riverside.

Previously Kevin started for Cabrillo College.

Jan. 5. Kevin scored eight points with a steal in a 61-51 win over Cal Lutheran.  He scored seven points, had two rebounds and an assist in a 83-73 loss to William Jessup. Against American Sports in a 87-54 win, scored four points, two rebounds and two assist.  In a 69-61 loss to Cal State Maritime, logged a rebound, steal and assist.

Jan. 26.  Kevin logged four rebounds and a block in a 44-43 win over Chapman. Scored two points, one rebound and a block in a 76-71 win over UC Merced.

Jan. 29.  Kevin scored 11 points in a 75-73 loss to Holy Names.

Feb. 2. Kevin scored 11 points on 4 for 6 shooting, including 3 for 3 from beyond the arc, plus three rebounds, six assists and a steal in a win over Pacifica. In a win against UC Merced he had eight points, one assist and two rebounds.

 

Sept. 28  Lauren Miller sophomore forward for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was a substitute in a 2-3 overtime loss to Fresno State.

Oct. 13. Lauren played in a 1-0 loss to UC Irvine.

Oct. 20.  Lauren played in a 2-1 loss to UC Davis.

 

 

Oct. 27.  Chris Busch, UC Santa Cruz senior defenseman played as a substitute in a win over

Concordia Moorhead as UCSC improved to 8-7 overall and 8-4 in NCAA Division III play.

Nov. 10.  Started in a 3-1 loss to Holy Names.

 

Jan. 26. Former High School Rivals Shining for MPC. Zen Maki, who scored 19 points to help the Cards beat St. Francis in the SCCAL championship playoff game to tie for the league title.  MPC lost to Cabrillo who is leading its league. Maki missed some of the season with a wrist injury.  Maki as the starting point guard provides all the crucial intangibles.  He runs the offense and plays good defense.  He’s our floor general. He’s really athletic and savvy.  He’s coming out of his shell and becoming a leader.  He has a super-high basketball IQ, said his coach.

 

 

Jan. 26.  Track and Field. Taylor Kientzel, Cal sophomore finished sixteenth place in the long jump at the Cherry and Silver Invitational with a jump of 22-3.

Jan. 29.  Track and Field. Taylor Kientzel, Cal sophomore leapt to third place in the triple jump at the Golden Bears’ All Comers Meet on Saturday with a distance of 46 feet, 10 1/4inches.  He also took fourth in the long jump in the same meet with a distance of 21-10 ¼.

Feb. 2. Kientzel’s leap of faith paying off. Cal Sophomore places at UW meet.  The former multisport standout at SC, who notably chose to pursue track and field over basketball is racking up podium finishes in the distance jumping events for Cal.  He tied for second place with a leap of 23 feet in the long jump. He triple jumped 48-6 ¼ to take third place behind a professional jumper.

Kientzel was recruited out of SC by DIII teams in basketball and DI teams in track.  He competed in the CIF championships taking seventh in the triple jump and nineteenth in the long jump.

March 22. Taylor at the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento took third place in the triple jump at 47-5 ¼.   He also ran in the 4X100 meters relay team, which took sixth place in 42.61 seconds.

March 29.  Taylor was part of the relay team that won the 4X100 meters at the Johnny Mathis Invitational at SFSU in the time of 42.54.  He also placed fourteenth in the 200 meters in 24.00.

April 26.  Taylor set a personal record in the long jump at the Big Meet against Stanford, taking third with the distance of 23-3 ½.  Also placed fifth in the triple jump at 47-1 ½.

May 3. Taylor placed ninth in the 100 at Brutus Hamilton Invitational in a time of 11.47.

May 31. Kientzel finished in twenty-second place in the triple jump at the NCAA West Regionals with a distance of 50-4. He didn’t qualify for nationals.

 

 

Feb. 22.  Former Card athlete and basketball coach, Charles Burks now the basketball coach at Scotts Valley High didn’t take long to make his presence felt at the school.  “I told the team at the beginning of the season that this team can make history or the school.”  It was only the third time the team made the CCS playoffs and it was the first CCS win.  One of the players said, “Our team has been working hard.  It’s nice to see the hard work pay off.  It’s for our coach.”

 

Feb. 2. Elena Venable, Brown freshman runner took sixth in the 500 meter run in 1:20.31 at the Boston Indoor Games to help the Bears take first overall.

April 12. Venable finished sixth in the 400 at the George Davis Invitational in 1:00.82.

April 19.  Elena helped the 4×400 relay team take fourth at the Brown Invitational in a time of 3:54.62.  The Bears earned four points for the result and went on to win the meet.  She also took eleventh in the 400 in 59.71.

 

Feb. 2. Elle Sanders, UCLA sophomore took 27th place at the Dempsey Indoor Invitational in the mile run with a time of 5 minutes and 5.75 seconds.

March 22. Elle took tenth in the 1,500 meters at the Northridge Invitational with a time of 4:46.08.

April 5. Elle placed fourth in the 1,500 in a dual meet against Tennessee with a time of 4:43.27.

April 19. Elle took sixth in the 800 meters at the Rafer Johnson-Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational in a time of 2:15.66

 

March 10.  Dustin Torchio junior infielder for U of Pacific. Went 2-4 with two runs scored in a win over Kansas State. Went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run in a 9-3 loss to Kansas State.

March 15.  Torchio Lighting The Way.  Santa Cruz Grad Pacing Pacific Offense.  The aplly named Dustin Torchio had an incendiary week atop the University of the Pacific baseball teams lineup.  The junior is starting at third base and leading off for the Tigers. During a three game weekend series against Creighton, he hit .615 and drove in 40 percent of his teams runs.

Torchio doubled twice with four RBI’s, and a run scored in the first game of the three game series.  In a loss on Sunday, he was 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI.  On Saturday he had his best game, where his four hit performance led to a 9-3 victory. He scored three runs, drove in three others and stole a base for good measure.  His final line for the series: 8 for 13, including four doubles, eight RBI’s and four runs.

Torchio’s batting average is up to .365 on the season.  His plate discipline and extra-base power are also surging.  His on-base percentage sits at .444 and he’s slugging .460.  He leads the team in runs scored with 14 and RBI’s 14. The later is a remarkable accomplishment for a leadoff man.

Torchio is in line to meet or exceed the numbers he logged during a breakout sophomore campaign.  In 2011, he hit .369, tops in the Big West Conference and 69th in the entire NCAA, while reaching base at a .419 clip.

For SC, Torchio was a three time All League selection and was the Sentinel’s County Offensive Player of the Year as a junior. He led SC to the CCS Division III championship game that year, where they narrowly fell to Live Oak 3-2.

March 29.  Torchio had four singles in six at bats with a run and an RBI in a 16-6 win over Brown. He went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI’s in a 11-4 win over Brown.

April 3. Dustin went 3 for 3 with a double and two walks helped his team defeat Nevada 6-5.  He won the Big West Conference batting title last year hitting .351, 40 for 114.

May 23.  Dustin was second in the county in hitting with a .296 average with 159 at bats, 9 doubles and 22 RBI’s.

 

March 22.  Quist Dominating In Senior Year At UC Davis.  Quist started off in impressive fashion hurling his second  complete game of the season with a shutout over San Jose State 4-0. He struck out six and allowed just four hits and two walks. He took a no hitter into the sixth inning before allowing a single with two outs.  “I just went and tried to stay in the same rhythm that I have been in and throw strikes.”

Quist is listed as 5-10 and 180 pounds and has been the Aggies best pitcher. He is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and struck out 39 batters and only five walks. He is holding opponents to a .159 batting average and allowed only five extra base hits in 38 1/3 innings.  The coach said, “Dayne is feeling it right now. All we have to do is give him the ball.”

With SC, Quist helped win two SCCAL titles and was a three time All SCCAL selection. He posted ERA’s of 2.20 as a senior, 1.24 as a junior and 2.50 as a sophomore.

Dayne Quist, UC Davis senior pitcher did well, but got no decision in a 7-6 loss to Creighton.  Struck out nine in six innings, allowing three runs, two earned on four hits and two walks.

March 15. Dyne threw his fourth career complete game, striking out seven in a 5-3 win over Seattle.  Quist retired 20 straight batters at one point, prompting praise from head coach Matt Vaughn. “He’s showing his team that if you have some guts and are willing to attack the strike zone, good things can happen,” Vaughan said in ucdavisaggies.com.  “He’s been outstanding ,which is exactly what I thought he would be.”

April 5. Quist is now 4-0 on the season.  In seven innings, he gave up two runs, struck out nine and allowed four hits and a walk in a 5-3 win over Hawaii.

April 17.  Quist was Co-Pitcher of the week for the Big West Conference. He improved to 5-0 on the  year with a complete game, three hit shutout of Pacific. It was his third complete game and second shutout of the season.  The southpaw used only 106 pitches in the 1-0 win, retiring 13 straight at one point and allowing only two Tiger runners to reach second base.

April 26. Quist improved to 6-0 on the year with a masterful 11 strikeout performance in a 7-2 win over UC Riverside. He pitched eight innings, allowed two runs, only one earned on six hits and two walks.

***    April 26.  Dayne is on the NCAA Division I College Baseball Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year watch list. Fifty-one players are on the initial watch list.  The award winner will be announced on June 30.  Quist has thrown three complete games, two of which were shutouts and owns a team leading 75 strikeouts. He has walked just nine batters and has held opponents to a .175 average.  His 8.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks him number 7 in D-1.

May 23.  Quist had a 6-2 record with the ERA of 2.64 second in the county for colleges.  He threw 81 innings, struck out 84, allowed only 13 walks and 59 hits.

June 7. MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT   Quist Goes Pro in MLB Draft.

“He’s Getting What He Deserves. He Deserves To Keep Playing This Game.” Matt Vaughn, UC Davis baseball coach, on Santa Cruz High alum Dayne Quist being drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays.

A finger injury sidelined UC Davis pitcher Dayne Quist down the home stretch this season, but it didn’t derail his dream of turning pro.  At noon Wednesday, the Santa Cruz High alum was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 28th round of MLB’s First-Year Player Draft. He went  No. 872 overall.

Because Quist is a red shirt senior, he has little to no leverage to increase his signing bonus. He couldn’t care less.  “It’s definitely not an issue at all,” Quist said. “I know it’s going to be next to nothing, I was ready to go for a bus ticket and a PB&J (sandwich). I’m ready to go play.”

Quist, 23, was the only player from Santa Cruz County drafted. “It feels great,” he said. ‘It’s a big relief.”

Quist was the 13th of 19 pitchers drafted by the Rays. Only six of them are lefties. Because he’ll sign for little money, Quist hasn’t hired an agent.  He figures he’ll start with the short season Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League. Their season begins June 18.

Quist–who had been talking with 10 teams–was surprised the Rays took him since conversations between the parties dropped off recently. The 5-foot-10 pitcher figured he’d go to the Kansas City Royals since he recently flew out to the Royals’ home field for a personal workout. Scouts initially told Quist he could go as high as the 8th-10th rounds. But he kept waiting until the Rays called his number.

The Rays got a good pitcher, UC Davis coach Matt Vaughn said. “He’s a fighter,” said Vaughn, a first year head coach after serving as Quist’s pitching coach the past four years. “He’s been here five years and he had his best year in his last year. He’s getting what he deserves. He deserves to keep playing this game.”

Despite two uncharacteristic outings to close the year, Quist went 6-3 in 12 starts this season, posting a 3.15 ERA in 852/3 innings. He struck out 85 batters and walked just 13.

Working with a four-pitch arsenal-fastball, curve, changeup and splitter–Quist was able to shut down opponents without overpowering them, His fastball velocity ranges from 87-89 MPH.

“I know I can find success when I’m throwing pitches to spots, rather than blowing guys away,” he said.

Quist finished among the nation’s best in several NCAA D-I categories:  fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.54), 17th in WHIP (60), 41st in walks per nine innings (1.37), 89th in strikeouts per nine innings (8.93) and 93rd in strikeouts.

He started the past four seasons for the Aggies and finished with program top-10 marks in innings pitched (second with 323 2/3) and strikeouts (fifth with 251).

“He came in here from Santa Cruz with a little chip on his shoulder,” Vaughn said. “Because of his height, he was overlooked. And we’re grateful for that. But he was intent to show he belonged at this level. And he was.”

 

 

Collin Ferguson, Saint Mary’s freshman infielder went 3 for 4 with a double and a walk in a 4-3 win over Arizona State. Doubled in a 5-4 win over Oregon State.

March 15. Ferguson went 2 for 5 with two RBI’s and a run in a 6-3 win over San Diego State.  Again in a 8-5 in a 13 inning win over SDSU, he went 2 for 7 with a double and RBI.

March 22. Ferguson went 3 for 4 with a run and a RBI in a win over UC Davis. Then 2 for 4 in a loss to Utah Valley.

March 29.  Collin went 3 for 4, a run scored in 3-2 loss to CSU Northridge.

March 31. Ferguson Scripting Own Fairy Tale. Gaels Freshman has surpassed All Expectations In College.  The 6-2, 216 pound Ferguson is tearing it up in his first season with the Gaels.  After going 3 for 5 with a RBI in a 10-2 loss to number two Stanford, to raised his team leading batting average to .394, with seven doubles and a home run. It was his second multi-hit game against Stanford. It should be noted that Ferguson was recruited as a pitcher. A freshman having this much success is quite impressive says coach Jedd Soto.

It’s uncommon for baseball players to pitch and play another position on off days, but Soto realized Ferguson, both a left handed hitter and pitcher, is too much of an athlete to chill in the bullpen on off days.  Funny thing, Ferguson has yet to throw a pitch this season.

April 3. Saint Mary’s Infielder Ferguson On Fire. Collin went 5 for 7 with two doubles a RBI and a run scored in a loss to Stanford 9-8.  In three games against Stanford this year , he is 10 for 17 with four doubles, two RBI’s and a run scored.

April 26. Collin when 2 for 4 with a RBI in a 7-3 loss to San Diego.  Pitched two scoreless innings in a 2-1 win over UC Santa Barbara.

May 10.  Collin went 3 for 5 with a run and an RBI in a 7-5 loss to Gonzaga.  In the next game a 4-3 loss to Gonzaga, he went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored.

June 8.  Collin was named to the West Coast Conference All-freshman team.  He batted .315, while leading the team with 58 hits, which tied him for 15th in the conference. His 16 doubles tied for third all-time in a single season for the Gaels.  He played in 49 games, starting in 44. He scored 21 runs, had two home runs, 18 RBI’s.  He committed just three errors in 361 chances.

June 8.  Collin was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team, as announced by Collegiate Baseball. He was one of five first baseman selected.

Aug. 29.  Ferguson A Top Prospect In Alaska League.  Collin was named as the seventh-best prospect at this summers Alaska League by,   www.perfectgame.org.

He batted .319 with seven doubles, six homers and 24 RBI’s for the Anchorage Buc’s.  Ferguson won’t be eligible for the MLB draft until his senior season at St. Mary’s .  The Buc’ were 21-19 in second place to the champion Anchorage Pilots 29-14 in the six team standings.

 

May 23. Paul Webster at Puget Sound had a .250 batting average in 36 at bats and 10 RBI’s.

 

 

Alex Taku, Shawnee State senior pitcher took a tough luck 1-0 loss against St. Catherine allowing just one run in 6 1/3 innings.

March 22. Taku got a no decision after pitching 5 2/3 innings and allowing two runs, both unearned. He allowed six hits, two walks and six strikeouts in a 3-2 win over Virginia Wise.

April 5. Alex tossed a scoreless inning of relief in a 38-1 win over Ohio-Chillicothe.

April 13. Alex earned a complete game victory, allowing just two earned runs, while beating Rio Grande 3-2, while allowing five hits, and striking out four.

April 26.  Alex improved to 8-3 on the year with a complete game 10-3 win over Cumberland.

May 3. Alex pitched seven inning of three run ball in an 8-3 win over Rio Grande.

May 23. Alex pitched 92 innings, had a 9-4 record, struck out 50 and walked only 17. His earned run record of 2.53 was the best for a college pitcher in the county.

 

March 29.  Smith junior infielder  Kate O’Brien had two of Smith’s three hits in a 7-0 loss to Wisconsin Oshkosh.

April 5. Kate went 2 for 2 in a 18-2 loss to Amherst.  Went 1 for 3 in 14-3 loss to Wheaton.

April 13. Kate went 2 for 3 with a double, RBI and a run scored in a 12-2 win over Bay Path.

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