Weekend Roundup, 9/1: Condors hold off the Vikings in season opener


Pajaro Valley girls' volleyball team defeats PCS in four sets

Brandon Ducusin finished with a pair of rushing touchdowns and a 2-point conversion for North Monterey County in a 28-20 win against North Salinas on Friday night in non-league play. 

Junior Julian Raya scored two touchdowns, while senior Lalo Hernandez-Marquez booted two extra-point attempts for the Condors. 

N.M.C. sophomore Nico Torres had a 50-yard kickoff return and an interception, while senior Riley Anderson recovered a fumble.

N.M.C. coach Sean Gomes wrote through a text message that the defense had two huge stops in the fourth quarter. Plus, he mentioned the offensive line and junior running backs Kobe Hatten and Robert Narez iced the game.

The Condors (1-0) will host Monte Vista Christian (0-0) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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Newport Harbor 31, Aptos 28: The Mariners needed a big stop in the fourth quarter but the Sailors picked up a first down with less than two minutes left in the game to capture the non-league win.  

Aptos was down 17-14 at halftime and kept it close with seven minutes left in the game, as the Mariners trailed by just three points, 31-28.

Prior to the game, Newport Harbor (2-0) was ranked No. 328 in the state on MaxPreps.

Aptos (0-1), which is currently ranked No. 106 on MaxPreps, will host Oakdale (1-1) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. 

The Mustangs, currently ranked No. 230 on MaxPreps, have qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in 14 of the past 15 seasons. 

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M.V.C., Ann Sobrato – Cancelled: The non-league game between Monte Vista Christian and Ann Sobrato High was canceled due to a power surge at Mustangs' Stadium, which caused the stadium lights to go out.

According to M.V.C. athletic director Matt Coleman, the school attempted to turn the lights on but they did not work properly, which resulted in the game to be called off.

“As of now, we’re playing a nine-game season,” Coleman said.

Coleman said the two schools couldn’t come to an agreement for a rescheduled date and will now have to give up one game in a 10-game season.

The Mustangs (0-0) hit the road to play against N.M.C. on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in non-league action.

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Girls volleyball

Pajaro Valley 3, Pacific Collegiate 1: The Grizzlies defeated the Pumas in four sets, 25-11, 25-23, 22-25, 26-24, in non-league play on Thursday.

Pajaro Valley (1-0) plays at Gilroy on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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Christopher 3, Mount Madonna 1: The Hawks came up short against the Cougars in four sets, 26-24, 23-25, 28-26, 25-20, in non-league play.

Mt. Madonna junior Savanah Campbell finished with a team-high 36 assists, while senior Paola Jacobs finished with six kills.

Sophomore Lina Kitchell finished with a team-high 12 kills, while freshman Mariah Cohen racked up 10 kills for the Hawks (0-1), who will host Scotts Valley (0-1) on Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. for their Santa Cruz Coast Athletic opener.

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Aptos 3, Salinas 0: The Mariners swept the Cowboys in three sets, 25-12, 25-19, 25-20, for a win in non-league action. 

Aptos (1-0) will play in a pair of non-league games starting with a home game against San Benito (0-1) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. 

The Mariners hit the road on Thursday for a big-time match against St. Francis of Mountain View (7-0, 1-0) at 6:30 p.m.

The Lancers recently won the Milpitas Spikefest with wins against Fremont, Los Altos, Aragon, Notre Dame Belmont and Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep.

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Reporting Scores

Coaches are encouraged to report scores, stats and highlights to [email protected] following games or call 831-761-7335. Please include your name and a contact number in the email. 

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