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October 23, 2021

Weekly Roundup: Sharks football thumps Rancho San Juan

MVC names new head coach for girls’ basketball varsity program

APTOS— St. Francis senior running back Johrdan Garibay was running wild for the Sharks as they picked up their first win of the season.  

He finished with 147 yards rushing on 15 carries and a touchdown en route to a 40-7 victory over Rancho San Juan in non-league play on Sept. 18.

“My linemen made perfect holes and they let me do my magic down the field, putting me in one-on-one situations,” he said. 

St. Francis quarterback Kyle Dyer had a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown to senior Dez Litel on a short screen that turned into a 68-yard touchdown. Junior running back Nathaniel Madrigal-Hernandez had a rushing touchdown and senior Charlie Valencia scooped up a fumble for a defensive touchdown that capped the scoring. 

“Today we all worked together and we executed, it was amazing,” Garibay said.

St. Francis coach John Ausman said he believes they put together a full game and they were able to execute more efficiently. 

“We executed a lot better, which was much needed because the first three games we shot ourselves in the foot numerous times,” he said. 

The Sharks (1-3) begin PCAL-Santa Lucia division play at Stevenson on Saturday at 2pm.

Palma 47, MVC 14: Will Mesa had a 70-yard touchdown for the Mustangs in their PCAL-Gabilan division loss against the Chieftains on Sept. 17. 

Mark Spohn had a 1-yard touchdown for MVC (1-2, 0-2), which hosts Christopher High in league action tonight at 7:30pm.

Soledad 26, NMC 14: Nico Torres finished with a rushing touchdown for the Condors in their non-league loss against the Aztecs on Sept. 17. 

The Condors took an early 7-0 lead after quarterback Marcos Muñoz connected with receiver Gio Mellin for a touchdown. 

Torres’ score in the first half gave NMC a brief 14-6 lead but then he was sidelined with an ankle injury that kept him out for the final two stanzas. 

Issaiah Cruz scored a pair of touchdowns for Soledad, while Arnold Bernal and Dominic Chavez also scored for the Aztecs, who put up 20 unanswered points for the win.

The Condors (1-3) will open PCAL-Cypress division play at San Lorenzo Valley High on Saturday at 2pm. 

North Salinas 20, Watsonville 7: Andrew Acevedo returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, but the Wildcatz lost to the Vikings in their non-league game on Sept. 18.

Vicente Mosqueda had two interceptions for the Wildcatz (2-2), who open PCAL-Cypress division play at Scotts Valley High tonight at 7:30pm.

Gilroy 40, Pajaro Valley 0: Grizzlies junior defensive lineman Alex Aguilera had a third-quarter interception in their non-league loss against the Mustangs on Sept. 18.

Pajaro Valley (0-3) will look to bounce back in what will be the first of a three-game homestand when it hosts Greenfield (1-2) for the teams’ PCAL Santa Lucia Division opener on Saturday at 2pm.

Boys cross country

Vargas takes second: St. Francis senior Julian Vargas finished second in 15 minutes, 06 seconds at the PCAL-Cypress division’s 2.93-mile race No. 1 at Pinto Lake Park in Watsonville on Sept. 15.

Vargas finished slightly behind York School senior Michael Julian (14:48) and ahead of Pacific Collegiate sophomore Spencer Koontz (16:29), who took third. 

St. Francis junior Santiago Ramirez (17:32) placed sixth.

Watsonville won with a team score of 60 led by senior Sebastian Abonce (17:12) who placed fifth. 

Senior Emanuel Renteria-Garcia placed ninth (17:48), freshman Rodrigo Barranco (18:12) took 13th, senior Daniel Mata  (18:14) was 14th and sophomore Eli Romero (18:47) finished 19th for the Wildcatz.

De La Salle Nike Invitational: Junior James Ponzio led Monte Vista Christian at the De La Salle Nike Invitational on Saturday 

Ponzio finished 38th out of 218 runners in 16:35 at Newhall Park’s 3-mile course in Concord.

Davis senior Zachary Ayers (14:59) edged Bella Vista senior Sean Lacey (15:00) for the individual title and Jesuit senior Braden King (15:18) was third.

Senior Michael Martin (19:01; 169th), junior James Rose (19:40; 189th) and sophomore Aarush Nalawadi (20:14; 197th) also competed for MVC.

Girls cross country

Ramirez wins league race: St. Francis sophomore Monserrat Ramirez won the PCAL-Santa Lucia division No. 1 race in 19:40 at the 2.93-mile course in Pinto Lake Park on Sept. 15.

Sharks’ junior Claire Burke (23:54) took eighth and teammate Arianna Fernandez (26:42) took 11th.

Senior Aislinn Magana (33:21) placed 18th for Ceiba College Prep.

Watsonville’s Ruiz takes second: Watsonville freshman Katelynn Ruiz (20:03) finished second to Christopher High junior Sarah Arcelo (19:43) at the PCAL-Cypress division’s race No. 1 at Pinto Lake Park on Sept. 15.

Junior Edith Rodriguez (22:37) took eighth and junior Alexa Pedraza (23:11) was 13th as the Wildcatz took fifth place.

De La Salle Nike Invitational: Junior Caelan Gilliam led MVC at the 24-team De La Salle Nike Invitational at Newhall Park’s 3-mile course in Concord on Saturday.

Gilliam finished 70th out of 171 runners in 20:44. Freshman Kylie Brunelli (119th; 22:01) and and sophomore Makayla Rader (171st; 33:44) also competed for MVC, which had an incomplete squad.

Acalanes sophomore Olivia Williams (17:35) won the race, Los Gatos freshman Shea Elmore (17:57) took second and Monta Vista of Cupertino’s Nikhita Saldi (18:11) was third.

Los Gatos (91) won the team title, Campolindo (117) of Moraga was second and Los Altos (132) was third.

Girls basketball

Munchinsky named coach at MVC: Monte Vista Christian School announced that Alyssa Munchinsky was named the new head coach of the girls basketball team, according to a school-issued press release issued Sept. 21.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to join the Monte Vista Christian coaching staff,” she said in the press release. “It will be an honor to serve the student-athletes and empower each individual to develop as an athlete, as a person, and as a child of God. I believe God has an incredible plan for this upcoming season, and I am humbled and thankful to be a part of it.” 

Munchinsky, who is a middle school language and literature teacher at MVC, played at Nebraska Christian Schools. 

She attended and graduated from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, where she was a member of the women’s basketball program. 

“Coach [Munchinsky] brings energy, enthusiasm and passion for the game of basketball, and I’m excited to see the development of the student-athletes in her program in a three dimensional way, focusing on the body, mind and spirit,” MVC athletic director Matt Coleman said.

Reporting Scores

Coaches are encouraged to report scores and highlights at pajaronian.com/author/jreyes/.

You can also email Juan Reyes at [email protected] following games. Please include your name and contact information such as phone number and email address.

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