St. Francis High junior Nash Horton, left, and Monte Vista Christian junior Kayla Fullalove-Silveira were named Preps of the Week in this week's edition of the Central Coast Prep Sports Ticker. (contributed)

This week’s edition of the Central Coast Preps Sports Ticker highlights local prep athletes for their performances during the week of March 25-31.   

Preps of the Week

Boys: St. Francis High junior Nash Horton batted a perfect 4-for-4 with one home run—his third of the season—to go along with two stolen bases, four RBIs and a pair of runs scored for the Sharks baseball team in a 9-5 win over Monte Vista Christian in Pacific Coast Athletic League Gabilan Division action March 25. Horton also had one double and one RBI in a 4-1 win against MVC on March 27. 

Girls: Monte Vista Christian junior Kayla Fullalove-Silveira batted 3-for-4 with one double, three RBIs, two runs scored, one walk and one stolen base for the Mustangs softball team in a crushing 16-0 non-league win over Oak Grove High of San Jose on March 28. Fullalove-Silveira also had a pair of hits to go along with three RBIs and one run scored in a 16-5 non-league win against Marina High on March 26.

Rising Stars

  • Monte Vista Christian senior Kyra Driscoll had five goals, one assist and four draw controls for the Mustangs girls’ lacrosse team in an 11-3 victory over Carmel High in PCAL Gabilan Division action March 25. Maya Moored had two goals and one assist, Lucia Rasi contributed a pair of goals, Jana Bacero-Duncan had 13 saves and Alexa Malaspina had three draw controls.
  • Mount Madonna School’s Nikowa D’Costa-Hemp led the Hawks boys’ volleyball team with 20 kills, seven aces and 18 digs in a five-set victory 3-2 over Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League play March 26. Fellow teammate Nash Wilson tallied eight kills, and Solomon Coleman had four aces and 37 assists. With the win, Mount Madonna (4-14) improved to 2-3 in league play.
  • St. Francis High senior Trey Silva recorded five strikeouts in six innings pitched to earn a win for the Sharks baseball team in their 4-1 victory over Monte Vista Christian in PCAL Gabilan Division action March 27. Fellow teammate senior Junior Ibarra had one double and one RBI for St. Francis.
  • St. Francis High senior Micah Cervantes batted 2-for-4 with three runs scored for the Sharks baseball team in a 9-5 win over Monte Vista Christian in PCAL Gabilan Division action March 25. Fellow teammate senior Adrian Leon allowed three earned runs in five innings pitched.
  • St. Francis High juniors Mia Guardino and Alyssa McDaniel helped the Sharks girls’ swim team defeat York, 24-20 in PCAL Santa Lucia action March 27. Guardino won the 200-yard freestyle and 100 back, while won the 200 medley and 100 breast. For the boys, senior Troy Dawson won the 200 free and 100 back.
  • St. Francis High boys’ track and field team produced some first place finishes starting with the 4×100 team (Joseph Dayrit, Anthony Silva, Markel Parker, Robert Gomez) with a win in 47.4 seconds at the PCAL Santa Lucia Division cluster meet March 26. Gomez won the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 6 inches, Dayrit won the long jump (19-1 1/2), and Coy Jordan captured the triple jump (36-7 1/2) event.
  • St. Francis High sophomore Petyon Orradre won both the high jump (4-6) and 100-meter hurdles (17.59) for the Sharks girls’ track and field team at the PCAL Santa Lucia Division cluster meet March 26. Aaliysah Gomez, a senior, won the triple jump with a leap of 30-5, and sophomore Micaela Garcia won the 300 low hurdles in 1.00.28. 
  • Scotts Valley High junior Elijah Diamond, senior Jules Dudek, sophomore Aditya Hannon and senior Wesley Theissen completed the singles sweep for the Falcons boys’ tennis team in a 7-0 victory over Harbor High in SCCAL action March 28. In the lone doubles match, the Scotts Valley senior tandem of Hunter Young and Evan Anderson won their match to help the Falcons remain undefeated at 5-0 in league play. Scotts Valley plays at Aptos (5-1) on April 9 at 4:00 pm.
  • Watsonville High senior Ruben Mora won four events to help the Wildcats boys track and field team beat Stevenson, 81-55, in PCAL Mission Division action March 27. He won the 110-meter high Hurdles in 17.55 seconds, 300 intermediate hurdles (42.68), and was part of the 4×100 relay team (Alex Paniagua, Mora, Isaac Urbina, Jose Pena) and 4×400 relay team (Patrick Miller-Brown, Urbina, Pena, Mora) that won in 46.16 and 3 minutes, 53.84 seconds, respectively. Paniagua, a freshman, won two individual events taking the 100m (11.58 seconds) and 200 (24.12). Giancarlo Mendo won the 1600m (4:46.65) and 800m (2:07.70), Lisandro Pantoja won the discus with a toss of 122 feet, 6 inches, Rodrigo Barranco won the 3200m (10:46.78), and Nathan Aguilar won the triple jump (39-9 1/4). 
  • Watsonville High junior Katelynn Ruiz won the 1600- and 3200-meter races in 6:19.69 and 11:41.65, respectively, in a 78-57 loss to Stevenson in PCAL Mission Division play on March 27. Lizbeth Gomez won the 400m (1:06.28) and 800m (2:51.93), Jocelyn Guzman won the 300m low hurdles (50.61) and was part of the winning 4×100 relay team (Aileen Reyes, Guzman, Evangelina Gaona, Liz Torres) that won in 54.98.

Games to Watch       

  1. Watsonville at North Monterey County, softball – Monday at 5pm: The Wildcatz (7-2, 2-1) will play a non-league game against a battle-tested Condors (3-5-1, 0-4) squad that competes in the challenging PCAL Gabilan Division. 
  2. St. Francis vs. Pacific Grove, baseball – Friday at 4pm: The Sharks (6-3, 5-3) will attempt to inch closer to the top of the PCAL Gabilan Division standings against the Breakers (4-7, 2-6), who have lost four straight league games. 
  3. O’Condon Invitational, track and field – Friday at 4pm: A group of local high schools, including Watsonville, Pajaro Valley, Aptos and Ceiba College Prep are competing at the fifth annual O’Condon Invitational at North Monterey County High School.  

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

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