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September 22, 2023

Preps of the Week: Pajaro Valley’s Angel Rodriguez, Aptos’ Berkeley Ashby | Pajaronian Sports Ticker

This week’s edition of the Pajaronian Sports Ticker highlights local prep athletes for their performances during the week of Dec. 26-31. 

Coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to submit scores and stats to [email protected]. Follow sports editor Juan Reyes on Twitter @jmreyes831 for score and news updates.

Preps of the Week 

Aptos High sophomore Berkeley Ashby hit a couple of big shots for the Mariners girls’ basketball team in a 36-34 win over Soquel High in the SC Warriors/Aptos NorCal Invitational in December. (Juan Reyes/The Pajaronian)
  • Boys: Pajaro Valley High sophomore Angel Rodriguez had seven saves and recorded the shutout for the Grizzlies boys’ soccer team in a 2-0 win over Aptos High in non-league play Dec. 29. Rodriguez also had a pair of saves Dec. 28 in a 2-2 draw against Palma. The Grizzlies (5-0-3) will begin Pacific Coast Athletic League Cypress Division play at Monte Vista Christian on Friday at 5:45pm.   
  • Girls: Aptos High Sophomore forward Berkeley Ashby scored the final four points for the Mariners girls’ basketball team including an inside jumper with 40 seconds left to play in a 36-34 win over Soquel High in the Santa Cruz Warriors/Aptos High NorCal Invitational on Dec. 29. Ashby also contributed eight rebounds and a pair of steals for Aptos (3-10), which begins Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League play at Soquel on Tuesday at 6pm. 

Rising Stars

Saint Francis High junior Junior Ibarra is one of four football players who transitioned to the Sharks boys’ basketball team, which will compete in the PCAL Cypress Division this season. (Raul Ebio – The Pajaronian)
  • Aptos High junior guard Guin Lines had a team-high 13 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists for the Mariners girls’ basketball team in a 36-34 win over Soquel High on Dec. 29. Junior guard Laurel Southall contributed 12 points and five rebounds for Aptos.
  • Pajaro Valley High sophomore Mario Rocha and senior Johan Vazquez each scored one goal in the second half for the Grizzlies boys’ soccer team in a 2-0 win over Aptos High in non-league action Dec. 29.
  • St. Francis High junior guard Junior Ibarra scored a team-high 17 points for the Sharks boys’ basketball team in a 44-41 loss to Harbor on Dec. 30. Senior forward Diego Rameriz scored nine points and senior center Aiden Andrade added six points for St Francis (4-5), which begins PCAL Cypress Division play against Rancho San Juan on Wednesday at 7pm.

Games of the Week       

  1. Watsonville vs. North Salinas, girls basketball, Tuesday at 7pm: The Wildcatz (6-7) will tip off the start of PCAL Gabilan Division play against senior Daeja Hollands and the Vikings (9-2), who are the heavy favorites to win the league this season.
  2. St. Francis vs. Rancho San Juan, boys basketball, Wednesday at 7pm: The Sharks (4-5) want to begin PCAL Cypress Division play on the right foot against a Trailblazers (7-3) team that went 2-1 in last week’s Steinbeck Classic tournament they hosted.   
  3. Pajaro Valley vs. Monte Vista Christian, girls soccer, Friday at 3pm: The Grizzlies (4-3-1) were bumped up a division and will kick off the PCAL Mission Division season against the Mustangs (1-4-2), who are looking to return to the Central Coast Section postseason.  
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