Mustangs honored

Jose Hernandez TCAL coach of the year guided girls’ soccer to

Gilroy
– All four of Gilroy’s winter sports teams were honored with
multiple All-League selections, but none is likely to cherish their
selections more than the true Cinderella team of the bunch – the
girls’ soccer squad.
Gilroy – All four of Gilroy’s winter sports teams were honored with multiple All-League selections, but none is likely to cherish their selections more than the true Cinderella team of the bunch – the girls’ soccer squad.

Following an 0-10 league record last year, the girls turned their fortunes around, earned second in TCAL and made it to the CCS playoffs.

Now the ‘Stangs have been honored with four first-team, All-TCAL players. Three were named to classwoman of the year spots. And probably the best news for the team – nearly all of its top honorees are returning next season.

From the offense, junior Jo-Ann Olivo-Pedroza and sophomore Amanda Bruce, both midfielders, were named to the first team. The award was Bruce’s second in as many years. Olivo-Pedroza also earned junior player of the year.

On the defensive side, junior Kendra Sato and freshman ‘keeper Sara Hugo were also given a nod for the first team. Hugo was also awarded the freshman of the year for TCAL.

Rounding out the list of honorees was Alysha Davis who, despite an injury plagued season, earned co-senior of the year along with Hollister’s Michele Sanchez.

Head coach Jose Hernandez said the girls were all team players and never complained about their circumstances. “They played in a formation they were not accustomed to,” Hernandez said. “They didn’t complain and they played through numerous injuries.”

The TCAL coach of the year said the girls never played together before – only eight came from club teams – but they melded together. And as Hernandez stressed, the girls led by example, especially those honored by the TCAL.

Davis went through several major injuries, including a torn groin in the summer, a pulled hamstring in the fall, a chip in her back and a concussion which took her out of the CCS play off game.

But despite it all, Hernandez said Davis had an aggressive style that is hardly matched and still led the team in goals scored with 14.

Boys hoops

When basketball coach Bud Ogden thinks of senior Calvin Kretz, one word comes to mind: warrior.

While Kretz did not lead the team in any one statistic, he did lead the team in “overall stats.” He was No. 2 in overall scoring, field goals, three-pointers and free throws.

It’s little wonder Kretz was named to the All-TCAL first team – the only one from Gilroy named to the top list.

“I thought Calvin was the heart and soul of team,” Ogden said. “He was an excellent, leader like having a coach on the court.”

Kretz’s leadership and play will be hard to match, Ogden said. However, not all will be lost when he graduates. Dominick Wilkins, who made TCAL’s second team, is the closest in style to Kretz.

“I saw Wilkins grow this year in a basketball sense. He’s tough and will step into Calvin’s shoes nicely.”

Girls hoops

The Lady Mustangs had a lot to be proud of this season including a 20-10 record and yet another trip to the semi-finals in the CCS playoffs.

But for two players, it didn’t end there. Senior Amanda Link and junior Kristen Campos were named to the All-TCAL first team.

For Campos, her consistent shooting was the key for her nod to the top team. Campos was deadly from the outside and led the team in three-pointers, 51 total. But for head coach Kari Williams, there was so much more.

“I’m all smiles when I look back,” Williams said. “I’m really happy with her progress.”

To round out Campos’ credentials for the first team spot, Campos was solid on defense. She led the team in shot blocks and rebounds.

Link didn’t have too many big numbers during the season, but she fought hard each night she played, especially in the latter part of the season when her intensity went up.

“I have to give her credit,” Williams said. “I wasn’t the easiest on her, but she stayed with it.”

Boys Soccer

Team work and individual leadership were the themes this year for the Gilroy boys soccer team.

Four members earned first team TCAL spots, and three were awarded overall accomplishments: Alfonso Motagalvan, Artemio Arteaga, Ben Alcantar and Evy Diaz De Leon were all placed on the high team. Motagalvan, last year’s TCAL MVP, was also named senior of the year, and was joined by Alcantar as the offensive player of the year and Kevin Grove, the freshman of the year.

Co-head coach Brian Hall had nothing but praise for his boys who he said mark a new generation for Gilroy High School sports.

“This is the new breed of student athletes from Gilroy High,” Hall said. “These guys represent themselves positively on and off the field and for that I am really proud of them.”

Motagalvan said his style of leadership involved working out problems, organizing players and being an example in the classroom and on the field.

“I would like to see this group mature,” he said. “They have the tools, they just need to know how to use them.”

TCAL Honors

Boys’ basketball

• TCAL All-League Honors

MVP: Kyle Sharp, Sr., Hollister

All-TCAL First Team

GILROY

Calvin Kretz, Sr.

HOLLISTER

Eric Davis, Sr.

LIVE OAK

Matt Van Keulen, Sr.

NORTH SALINAS

Eric Petty, Sr.; Marco Ramos, Sr.; Orlando Johnson, Soph.

SALINAS

Kelly McCarty, Sr.; Adrian Cryder, Sr.

PALMA

Michael Willrodt, Jr.

All-TCAL Second Team

GILROY

Dominick Wilkins, Jr.; Adam Supnet, Sr.;

Ryan Chisolm, Jr.; Adam Moon, Sr.

LIVE OAK

Doug Porras, Sr.

NORTH SALINAS

Jeffery Perijil, Sr.; Vernon Berlinga, Sr.

PALMA

Ari Goldman, Sr.; Dominique Dunham, Sr.

All-TCAL Honorable Mention

GILROY

Jeremy Teschera, Jr.; Vince Mitre, Sr.

HOLLISTER

Vince Bautista, Sr.

LIVE OAK

Kevin Toombs, Sr; Brandon Powell, Sr.

NORTH SALINAS

Prince Ray Pope, Jr.

PALMA

Theo Jackson, Sr.

SALINAS

Ian Whitely

Sportsmanship: Steven Good, Sr., Gilroy

Girls’ basketball

• TCAL All-League Honors

MVP: Jessica Ross, Guard, Notre Dame, Sr.

Coach of the Year: John Given, Notre Dame

All-TCAL First Team

GILROY

Kristen Campos, Guard, Jr.; Amanda Link, Center, Sr.

HOLLISTER

Jaime Hall, Center, Sr.; Trisha Lee, Guard, Sr.

LIVE OAK

Megan Gulla, Guard, Soph.

NOTRE DAME

Jessica Ross, Guard, Sr.; Randy Goodenough, Center, Sr.; Britany Plummer, Forward, Sr.

SALINAS

Angela Fales, Forward, Soph.

NORTH SALINAS

Nicole Martinez, Forward, Jr.

All-TCAL Second Team

GILROY

Katherine Hussey, Guard, Jr.; Kendall Costa, Forward, Sr.

HOLLISTER

Jaime Flores, Guard, Sr.; Crystina Osborne, Forward, Sr.

LIVE OAK

Annaise Curley, Guard, Jr.

NOTRE DAME

Briana Mendalla, Guard, Jr.; Kristen Santos, Forward, Fr.

SALINAS

Mia Musones, Guard, Fr.; Amanda Oxford, Guard, Sr.

Tana Azevedo, Center, Sr.

All-TCAL Honorable Mention

GILROY

Marissa Nowakowski, Guard, Jr.; Jessica Groppe, Center, Jr.

SAN BENITO

Dani Andrewsom, Guard, Sr.; Johni Kieswetter, Guard, Sr.

LIVE OAK

Mattie Borges, Center, Jr.

NOTRE DAME

Megan Taylor, Guard, Sr.

SALINAS

Megan Herney, Forward, Sr.

NORTH SALINAS

Domonique Hill, Center, Soph.; Dorine Hernandez, Forward, Sr.; Audrey Sanchez, Guard, Soph.

Sportsmanship: Sarah Whitney, Sr., Gilroy

Boys’ soccer

• TCAL All-League Honors

MVP: Anthony Avalos, MF, Jr., Live Oak

Also nominated: Anthony Avalos, MF, Jr., Live Oak; Garrett Frechette, FWD, Jr., Live Oak; Alfonso Motagalvan, MF, Sr., Gilroy; Ben Alcantar, MF, Jr., Gilroy

Off. POY: Benjamin Alcantar, Jr., MF, Gilroy

Def. POY: Anthony Spadoni, Sr., KPR, Palma

Senior: Alfonso Motagalvan, MF, Gilroy

Junior: Garrett Frechette, FWD, Live Oak

Sophomore: Silvano Botta, FWD, Palma

Co-Freshmen: Robert Adam, FWD, Live Oak and Kevin Grove, DEF, Gilroy

Coach of the Year: Juan Flores, North Salinas

All-TCAL First Team

GILROY

Alfonso Motagalvan, MF, Sr.; Benjamin Alcantar, MF, Jr.; Evy Diaz De Leon, FWD, Sr.; Artemio Arteaga, DEF, Sr.

HOLLISTER

Jose Diaz De Leon, FWD, Soph.; Jose C. Vasquez, DEF, Soph.

LIVE OAK

Anthony Avalos, MF, Jr.; Garrett Frechette, FWD, Jr.

Nick Mott, DEF, Jr.; Hassan Abdullahi, DEF, Sr.

Robert Adam, FWD, Fr.

NORTH SALINAS

Jaime Castro, MF, Jr.; Luis Serrano, MF, Jr.; Ernesto Sotelo, FWD, Soph.

PALMA

Silvano Botta, FWD, Soph.; Robert Maher, DEF, Sr.

SALINAS

Christian Regalado, MF, Sr.; Jorge Perez, MF, Sr.

All-TCAL Second Team

GILROY

Kevin Grove, DEF, Fr.; Arron Thomas, DEF, Sr.; Juan Llamas, FWD, Sr.; Emmanuel Nava, MF JR

HOLLISTER

Vicencio Eduer, FWD, Soph.; Ceja Arturo, MF, Jr.

LIVE OAK

Bryan Place, MF, Sr.; Michael Place, DEF, Sr.; Hussein Abdullahi, MF, Sr.; Anthony Razouk, MF, Sr.; Rodney Spencer, DEF, Sr.

NORTH SALINAS

Dagoberto Ramirez, KPR, Jr.; Alex Vaca, MF, Sr.; Joel Amador, FWD, Soph.

PALMA

Anthony Spadoni, KPR, Sr.; Anthony Daoud, DEF, Jr.

SALINAS

Ediberto Cruz, DEF, Jr.; Frankie Monsivais, DEF, Fr.

All-TCAL Honorable Mention

GILROY

Jose Pineda, FWD, Jr.; Ismael Nava, DEF, Sr.

Girls’ soccer

• TCAL All-League Honors

MVP: Michele McDonald, Sr., Live Oak

Co-Seniors: Michele Sanchez, Hollister

and Alysha Davis, Gilroy

Junior: JoAnn Olivo-Pedroza, Gilroy

Sophomore: Tannia Hernandez, North Salinas

Freshman: Sarah Hugo, Gilroy

Off. POY: Jenny Rose Vandenberg, Hollister

CO-DEF. POY: Susanne Riddleberger, Salinas

and Alayna Bongiorno, Live Oak

Midfielders: Lena Marsh, Live Oak

and Amanda Bruce, Gilroy

Goalkeepers: Andrea Riolo, Live Oak and Mary Von Urff, Hollister

Coach of the Year: Jose Hernandez, Gilroy

All-TCAL First Team

GILROY

JoAnne Olivo-Pedroza; Amanda Bruce; Kendra Sato;

Sara Hugo

LIVE OAK

Michelle McDonald; Lena Marsh; Jaime Hickey; Andrea Riolo; Jenny Emick

HOLLISTER

Jenny Rose Vandenberg; Michele Sanchez;

Mary Von Urff

SALINAS

Emily McGuire; Susanne Riddleberger; Erika Mendoza

NOTRE DAME

Melissa Casas; Jade Ohmann

NORTH SALINAS

Tannia Hernandez

All-TCAL Second Team

GILROY

Brittany Barnes; Alysha Davis; Nubia Diaz de Leon; Stephanie Glenn

LIVE OAK

Katie Renteria; Ginelle Bongiono; Ashley Thomas;

Alayna Bongiorno; Sarah Locarnini

HOLLISTER

Julie Broyer; Brittany Lobb; Brittany Huth

SALINAS

Mikaela Bozzo; Kristin Elias; Amy Cranford

All-TCAL Honorable Mention

GILROY: Maria Alfaro; Luz Cortes; Jeannette Figueroa; Nicole Hovey

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