The Central Coast Section commission held its seeding meeting on Sunday to decide which teams would be competing in the boys volleyball championships.
The Aptos High boys volleyball team received the No. 4-seed in the Division II playoff bracket, while Mount Madonna got a No. 6-seed in the Division III playoffs.
The Mariners will host No. 5-seed Valley Christian on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Hawks will need to hit the road to play No. 3-seed Saratoga, also on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“It’s better competition, there won’t be any easy games,” said Mariners coach Tyler Krinkie.
Krinkie said he knew there would be no more easy games shortly after the Mariners secured a league title after defeating San Lorenzo Valley High on April 23.
“Everything from here on out is do or die,” he said. “We have to perform if we want to get out of here with a win.”
As for the Mariners, they finished 20-10 overall and 11-1 in Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League play. They were also crowned outright league champions after defeating the Hawks (16-9, 9-3) in the league tournament playoffs on Thursday.
Aptos won the SCCAL tournament finals against Mount Madonna in four sets (25-17, 25-20, 22-25, 25-13) in front of about 200 fans at Cabrillo College.
“This is my first ever (league title), so it feels pretty cool,” Krinkie said. “We knew we had expectations of winning one. It was important for us as a team to get it, especially outright and not having to share it with anyone.”
Krinkie said the team was fired up going into the game but wanted to remind his players not to dwell on what happened the last time both teams met up. The Hawks gave Aptos its first and only league loss of the season on April 12.
“We also wanted to make sure we weren’t forgetting it completely,” Krinkie said. “We wanted to learn from our mistakes and learn from our bad performance.”
The Mariners will play at home against Valley Christian (19-14) on Tuesday at Aptos High.
Hawks coach PK McDonald said the team had trouble finding a flow and their confidence in Thursday’s championship game against Aptos. But, he felt like they did get some momentum at the end of the second set and carried over into the third, where they won 25-22.
“We showed that we can play with these guys when we’re passing well and playing at a high level of defense,” McDonald said.
Mount Madonna has a chance to bounce back in the CCS D-III playoffs and like McDonald predicted, the Hawks start on the road to take on Saratoga High (13-12) on Tuesday.
“We’re really excited to know that we’re going and that our season isn’t over,” McDonald said.
Pajaro Valley was hoping to get an At-Large bid in the CCS playoffs. But the Grizzlies. were snubbed despite finishing with a solid 17-15 record overall and 13-3 in Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission Division play behind Alisal (17-3, 16-0).
At N.M.C. 11, Alvarez 1 >> Willie Bravo tallied 11 strikeouts and allowed a run on two hits to help the Condors defeat the Eagles in non-league play.
Brig Gabudao goes 2-for-3 with two triples and an RBI, while AJ Valdez, Isaiah Murphy and Tony Magaña all finished with two hits each for North Monterey County (14-5-1), which plays against Stevenson on Monday at 4 p.m.
At Harbor 13, Pajaro Valley 3 >> The Grizzlies came up short against the Pirates in non-league play. Pajaro Valley (0-16, 0-12) play at Gonzales High on Monday at 4 p.m.
At St. Francis 10, Mission College Prep 0 >> The Sharks won the finale of a double header against the Royals in non-league play. The first game ended in a 2-2 tie after seven innings.
St. Francis (17-9, 10-4) plays against Monte Vista Christian on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
CCS releases tee times >> The CCS announced tee times for Aptos High players starting on first tee. The Mariners will begin with Cole DeFrancesco beginning at 8:16 a.m. followed by Nicholas Gavasse (8:32 a.m.), Johnny Staka (8:48 a.m.), Jacob Fasio (9:04 a.m.), Adam MacDonald (9:20 a.m.) and finally Jake Lanagan (9:36 a.m.).
The CCS Golf Regionals will take place at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey.
Watsonville 3, at Gilroy 1 >> The Wildcatz close out the regular season with a league win in four sets against the Mustangs in PCAL-Mission play. Watsonville finished with an 8-7 overall record and 7-4 in league play.
Aptos 3, at Harbor 2 >> The Mariners go on the road and edge the Pirates in SCCAL play. Aptos (18-4-1, 10-3) plays at Santa Cruz on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
At M.V.C. 14, St. Francis 4 >> Harrison Zischke batted a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI to the Mustangs defeat the Sharks in five innings in PCAL-Gabilan play.
The Mustangs exploded for nine runs in the second inning and never looked back. Matt Sanders went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while teammate Quinn Alexander went 1-for-1 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Thomas Avila recorded four strikeouts on the mound, allowing four runs on three hits for Monte Vista Christian (14-12, 11-9), which plays at Monterey on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Watsonville 9, at Soledad 6 >> The Wildcatz went on the road and came away with an upset win against the Aztecs in PCAL-Mission play. Watsonville (5-20, 4-16) will play at Alvarez High on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
San Francisco City FC 3, at Santa Cruz Breakers 1 >> Jonathan Colunga scored in the 68th minute for the Breakers in a loss against San Francisco City FC in Western Conference Southwest Division play.
Walmer Martinez was credited with an assist for the Breakers, who play at Ventura County Fusion on Friday at 7 p.m.
Saint Francis 7, at St. Francis 1 >> Alicia Mendez went 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for the Sharks in a loss against the Lancers in non-league play.
Mendez also recorded seven strikeouts and allowed seven runs on 13 hits in seven innings of work.
Notre Dame 4, at Watsonville 0 >> Jessica Rodriguez recorded eight strikeouts and allowed four runs on eight hits for the Wildcatz in a loss against the Spirits in PCAL-Gabilan play.
Maya Guerrero and Rylee Gomez each got a base hit, while Juliana Wilson drew three walks for Watsonville (18-4, 7-3), which plays at Gilroy on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Samantha Rocha recorded 13 strikeouts and allowed just the two hits in a complete game shutout for Notre Dame. Meghan Amaral went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Spirits (21-3, 9-2), who play against San Benito on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
HS TRACK & FIELD
MVC sending 10 to CCS >> The Mustangs track and field are sending a combined 10 athletes to the CCS trials at Gilroy High on Saturday. Six of those athletes finished in the top-3 in their events at the PCAL Master’s Meet.
The Mustangs girls team placed sixth with 38 points, while the boys placed 13th with 10 points.
MVC junior Sofia Bessa took third place in the 100 meter dash in 12.97 seconds and second (27.04) in the 200 meters.
Bess was part of the 4x100 relay team with Danielle Gomez, Jiselle Payne and Shayna Lebovitz, that placed third (51.78).
Lebovitz also placed third (1:03.31) in the 400 meters, while Faith Jimenez placed sixth (16.96) in the 100 meter hurdles and fourth (49.13) in the 300 meter hurdles.
Mustangs sophomore Viktoria Sundberg saw her throw of 33-feet, 6-inches land for a third place finish in the shot put.
On the boys side, the 4x400 meter relay team — Andrew Bachman, Justin Lomeli, David Wang and Sage Oliver — will go to the CCS trials after placing sixth in 3:34.21.
Bachman also placed second (2:01.03) in the 800 meters.
The Monte Vista Christian 4x400 meter relay team — David Wang is holding baton, Sage Oliver, Andrew Bachman and Justin Lomeli — pose for a photo during the PCAL Master's Meet on Friday. (contributed by Gina Lomeli)
NMC to send six athletes to CCS >> Konan Van Lear is heading to the CCS trials after placing third in both the shot put with a throw of 46-feet, 5-inches and the discus (91-11.25) at the PCAL Master’s Meet.
Also joining Van Lear is R.J. Scally after he placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 42 and 1/2-inches. Brian Cabanillas placed fifth in the pole vault with a throw of 11 feet.
Fernando Perez placed fifth (16.53) in the 110 meter hurdles and sixth (42.93) in the 300 meter hurdles.
On the girls side, Nayla Anastacio placed seventh in the long jump with a mark of 14-feet, 6 ½-inches, while Nia Nisby placed seventh (91-11 ¼ ) in the discus.
The Condors boys team placed seventh with 28 points, while the girls placed 21st with two points.
Strader to represent PV at CCS>> Katelyn Strader placed second in the discuss with a throw of 101-feet, 5-inches at the PCAL Master’s Meet. She will move on to the CCS trials on Saturday at Gilroy High. The Grizzlies girls team placed 16th with eight points.
Wildcatz sending five to CCS >> Layla Ruiz is on her way to the CCS trials after she won the 3200 meter race in 11-minutes, 23.36-seconds at the PCAL Master’s Meet. She also placed third (5:13.17) in the 1600 meters.
The boys team will send four of its members to the CCS trials, too. Jesse Mandujano placed seventh (51.70) in the 400 meters, while teammate Jorge Guerrero placed seventh (16.95) in the 110 meter hurdles.
Rodrigo Hernandez placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 45-feet, 1-inches, while Jonathan Arroyo placed sixth in the pole vault with a mark of 11-feet.
The Wildcatz girls team placed 12th with 18 points, while the boys placed 15th with eight points.