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March 26, 2023

‘Catz players earn All-PCAL first-team honors for outstanding efforts on the court | Girls basketball 

MVC senior Marissa Cortes earns Gabilan Division first-team honors

Watsonville High juniors Xitlali Montesino and Kaylani Trout-Lacy gained some notoriety this season in the Pacific Coast Athletic League’s Mission Division.  

The coaches within the league recognized their outstanding efforts on the basketball court by honoring the Wildcatz standouts as members of this year’s all-league first-team.

Both players missed significant time due to Covid-19 protocols and they still managed to shine throughout the season.

Montesino, who averaged 8.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season, was also named the division’s Defensive Players of the Year. She averaged 5.7 steals per contest in 14 games played according to the MaxPreps website.

Trout-Lacy averaged 15.2 points and nine rebounds per game this season in nine games played.

Watsonville’s Crystal Salazar-Nieto was named to the Richard Chamberlin Sportsmanship Team.

Stevenson senior guard Rhea Cosand was named the Mission Division’s Most Valuable Player after a stellar year on the court. She averaged 16.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game in 18 games played this season.

Mission Division

Most Valuable Player: Rhea Cosand, Stevenson

Offensive Player of the Year: Leslie Rodriguez, Alisal

Defensive Player of the Year: Xitlali Montesino, Watsonville

First Team All-League: 

Rhea Cosand, Stevenson

Gabby Perez, Stevenson

Leslie Rodriguez, Alisal

Xitlali Montesino, Watsonville

Kaylani Trout-Lacy, Watsonville 

Karizma Ruiz, Alisal

2nd Team All-League:
Sydney Clymo, Stevenson
Ahsani Collins, Seaside
Kassandra Arriola Raya, North Monterey County
Amia Duffy, Seaside
Isabella Soto, Alvarez
Yulissa Alvarez, Alisal

Elgie Bellizio Sportsmanship School: Stevenson

Richard Chamberlin Sportsmanship Team 

Graz Cardmen, Stevenson

Victoria Castillo, Alvarez

Jaqueline Rangel, Alisal

Crystal Salazar-Nieto, Watsonville

Kamala Encinias, Seaside

Gabriela Holmes, North County

Gabilan Division

Monte Vista Christian senior guard Marissa Cortes earned Gabilan Division all-league first-team honors.

Senior guard Paloma Ramirez earned a spot on the Richard Chamberlin Sportsmanship Team for the Mustangs, who received the Elgie Bellizio Sportsmanship School award. 

North Salinas junior guard Daeja Hollands was named the Gabilan Division’s MVP. 

Gabilan Division All-League

Most Valuable Player: Daeja Hollands, North Salinas

First team

Bailey Cotter, San Benito

Marissa Cortes, Monte Vista Christian

Daeja Hollands, North Salinas

Leanna Bayhonan, North Salinas

Nat Javier, Christopher

Jenika Zurita, Salinas

Second team

Alyssa Lopez, Christopher

Mia Villegas, San Benito

Brooke Sabala, Christopher

Emmia Rivera, San Benito

Madison Kirk, Notre Dame

Brooke Cannon, Salinas

Elgie Bellizio Sportsmanship School: MVC

Richard Chamberlin Sportsmanship Team

Frenchy Falvey, Christopher

Gia Felice, San Benito

Paloma Ramirez, MVC

Kayla Patton, North Salinas

Katie Yoder, Notre Dame

Sabrina Moore, Salinas

Cypress Division

Most Valuable Player: Elle Bohlman, Carmel

Offensive Player of the Year: Melanie Martinez, Pacific Grove

Defensive Player of the Year: Abigail Shipnuck, Carmel

First team

Elle Bohlman, Carmel

Abigail Shipnuck, Carmel

Melenie Martinez, Pacific Grove

Ava Marshall, Pacific Grove

Mia Henson, Monterey

Marisol Rodriguez, Soledad

Second team

Delaney Castagna, Carmel

Caroline Byrne, Carmel

Adisyn Hulbert, Gilroy

Maddy Sepagan, Pacific Grove

Nayeli Garcia, Monterey

Mariah Montalvo, St. Francis

Elgie Bellizio Sportsmanship School: Soledad

Richard Chamberlin Sportsmanship Team

Adeline Crabbe, Carmel

Erin Castro, Gilroy

Shayla Sanchez, Pacific Grove

Alison Levin, Monterey

Kyanna Medina, Soledad

Klarisse Dayrit, St. Francis

Santa Lucia Division

Most Valuable Player: Linda Ornelas, Greenfield

Offensive Player of the Year: Angel Martinez, Gonzales

Defensive Player of the Year: Arianna Villagomez, Greenfield

First Team

Angel Martinez, Gonzales

Arianna Villagomez, Greenfield

Jessica Rodriguez, Greenfield

Linda Ornelas, Greenfield

Gisela Contreras, King City

Annel Andrade, Pajaro Valley

Second Team

Angelina Navarro, Gonzales

Latai Matalau, Greenfield

Samantha Richardson, King City

Julia Mendez, King City

Ellen Zhan, Pacific Collegiate

Amiya Phillips, Rancho San Juan

Elgie Bellizio Sportsmanship School: Pacific Collegiate

Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team

Julissa Aldaco, Gonzales

Jimena Hernandez, Greenfield

Victoria Hamilton, King City

Ariel Ferrell, Pacific Collegiate

Brianna Hernandez, Pajaro Valley

Daija Moreno, Rancho San Juan

Margaret Spencer, Santa Catalina

Arroyo Division 

Most Valuable Player: Taylor Sifuentes, Marina

Offensive Player of the Year: Mia Martin, Marina

Defensive Player of the Year: Quincy Key, York

First Team

Taylor Sifuentes, Marina

Mia Martin, Marina

Quincy Key, York

Myra Khieu, York

Danielle Gomez, Pacific Point

Nicole Fraser-Thiede, Kirby

Second team

Desiree Torres, Marina

Dioselin Gonzalez, Anzar

Autumn Prettyman, Pacific Point

Zoe Chamberlain, Oakwood

Victoria Peters, Trinity

Isabel Alvarez, Anzar

Elgie Bellizio Sportsmanship School: Oakwood

Richard Chamberlin Sportsmanship Team

Sian Holter, Oakwood

Emily Macias-Gallo, Ceiba

Violet Melcher, Kirby

Alondra Valdez, York

Madysun Roderick, Anzar

Genevie Castaneda, Marina

Camren Cabanilla, Trinity

Lucia Lopez, Pacific Point

Juan Reyes
A Watsonville native who has a passion for local sports and loves his community. A Watsonville High, Cabrillo College, San Jose State University and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alumnus, he primarily covers high school athletics, Cabrillo College athletics, various youth sports in the Pajaro Valley and the Santa Cruz Warriors. Juan is also a video game enthusiast, part-time chef (at home), explorer and a sports junkie. Coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to report scores HERE.


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