Obviously, this list can go on forever but for now here are five
prep athletes to watch.
Any time I get a chance to sit back and digest all the goings on in the sports realm it feels like a calm and quiet afternoon at the beach. A relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle.
On one of many trips to refuel with iced coffee, I got to thinking about all prep talent in our schools.
It is usually the tradition to point out some of the outstanding student-athletes at the end of a school year or at the end of the calendar year, etcetera.
But, hey, this seems like as good a time as any to send a shout out to a few that are making an impact for their respective teams over the past couple of weeks. Obviously, this list can go on forever but for now here are five.
Cameron Yawary: At 5-foot-9, the senior has zero fear of tangling with the big boys under the hoop. the dribble-drive-first point guard threw up 42 points in a loss against San Benito last week, three shy of the GHS single-game record of 45 set by Derek Bruton in 1985.
Jimmie Lopez: In the wrestling talent-rich pool of this community, Christopher High freshman 103-pounder Jimmie Lopez is tossing his name into the hat of Central Coast Section title hopefuls. Lopez, a product of middle school juggernaut South Valley, Lopez took first at the Apple Cider Classic and is so far undefeated in league dual meets.
Jasmine Yanez: The most traveled Gilroy High wrestler, Yanez is again raising eyebrows this season. Being recruited by at least three colleges, the senior and two-time All-American, is the favorite to repeat as section champ and perhaps contend for a state crown at the California Interscholastic Federation’s first sanctioned girls state meet in late February. Check out Yanez and the rest of the Mustangs at next week’s 31st annual Mid-Cals Classic.
Ashlee Williams: The junior is steadily growing into a formidable force for the GHS girls basketball team. Becoming one of the Mustangs most reliable scorers inside, Williams has been a handful for opposing coaches and players to deal with. Williams is quietly averaging 13 points and six rebounds for the section’s No. 8 team.
Hanna Tabron: Just a sophomore, Tabron is the heart and soul of the CHS girls basketball team – at least in terms of scoring. Tabron has led the Cougars in points in each of the team’s previous five games. A key piece in the Cougars’ continued progress this year, Tabron and company have lost both league games by a combined 18 points, a sure sign things are headed in the right direction.
With the winter sports season heating up – about the only thing warm around here – each team is worth checking out. But here are a few to consider if you have a free afternoon or evening.
Five-time defending league champ GHS girls soccer open TCAL play Wednesday at home against Alisal. The Anchorpoint Christian basketball team is 2-0 in CAL play. The Warriors do not have another home game (home games played at South Valley) until Jan. 26. The Christopher High boys soccer team hasn’t suffered a loss at home dating back to last season. The Cougars are at home against MBL opponent Monte Vista Christian on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.