Prep Roundup: Oct. 6

Gilroy Mustangs

As the season rolls on, the Cougars keep getting better.
Natalie Gutierrez and Alex Granados earned a share of the match medalists honors as they both shot a 44 en route to Christopher’s 253-352 win over Alisal Wednesday at Salinas Fairway. The score was a personal best for Granados. 
“She’s starting to get comfortable with her swing again,” Cougars coach Manuel Gallardo said via email. “I felt that Salinas Fairways really fit her play style.”
Alisal had just three golfers competing and had to record 81s for their missing roster spots, but that didn’t deter Christopher from performing at a high level. 
Mia Navarro shot a 51, while Nina Velez scored a 56. Frankie Vanni rounded out play with a 58 on the day. 
The Cougars also played and beat Watsonville, 257-324, on Sept. 25 at home. 
Vanni stole the show, recording her personal best of 53.
“It was nice to see Frankie shoot so well considering the hard work she has put in since the summer,” Gallardo said. “Her progress has really shown since last summer.”
Gutierrez and Velez shared medalist honors as both shot a 50.
Christopher (5-2) will be back on the course at 3 p.m. today taking on San Benito at San Juan Oaks. 
GIRLS TENNIS
Mustangs top North Salinas
Gilroy picked up its first win of the season, topping North Salinas 4-2 at home Tuesday.
Jessica Martin was stellar at No. 1 singles, topping her opponent 6-3, 6-1.
All three doubles teams also won their matches. Savanna Brandon and Mya Esquivel, the No. 1 duo, won their match 6-3, 6-1. The No. 2 team, Maggie Pickford and Angel Martin won their first set 7-5 and dropped the second 4-6 before picking up a tiebreaker win 10-4. Ada Gailey and Flor Lopez also went to a tiebreaker, but came out on top 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.
No. 2 singles player Nicole Holder won her first set 7-6, dropped the second 1-6 and lost the tiebreaker 4-10. Carissa Jackson, the No. 3, fell in straight sets 2-6, 2-6 as did the No. 4, Breanna Martin, 2-6, 1-6.
Gilroy will play Monterey at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Monterey Tennis Center.
BOYS WATER POLO
Christopher tops Harbor, records two ‘L’s at Sobrato Tourney
Zach Gallardo led the Cougars with five goals in their 16-4 win over Harbor at Santa Cruz Thursday. 
Christopher then played in the Sobrato Tournament Friday, when it lost 13-5 to the Bulldogs and 20-9 to Half Moon Bay.
Sobrato had a shutout at the half, but Christopher scored three in the third and two in the fourth for the final. Gallardo and Gordy Papalias each scored two goals against the Bulldogs and Jackson Jenkins added one. 
Half Moon Bay took a 10-3 advantage into halftime and both teams scored four goals in the third period. Half Moon Bay outscored Christopher 6-2 in the final frame. 
Papalias recorded three goals against Half Moon Bay. Max Deliz scored two.
Christopher (5-5) will be back in the water at 4 p.m. Tuesday to host Gilroy.
CROSS COUNTRY
Mustang girls seventh, boys eighth at Pacific Grove Invite
Briselda Perez led the charge with a 12th place finish for Gilroy at the Pacific Grove Invitational Saturday. 
Perez finished with a time of 22:48.88 for the Mustangs’ top place of the day. Monica Ruelas came in 15th with a time of 22:57.69 as the girls finished seventh with 109 points.
On the boys side, Kairo Barroso was the top finisher with a time of 18:25.72 which was good for 21st place. Jose Tony Barrados was the next Mustang to cross the finish line in 19:29.81 and placed 37th. Eric Heiser was 41st in a time of 19:42.38 and Logan Flores came in 54th in 20:13.49. Jesus Ochoa was close behind, crossing the finish line at 20:27.51, to finish 58th. Connor Doyle came in 67th in 20:54.13 and Eurcario Mendoza Garica was 73rd (21:20.35). Gaven Doyle was 79th in a time of 22:07.43 and Manpreet Singh rounded out Gilroy’s runners to come in 82nd with a time of 22:44.58.
Karla Lozano finished 47th on the girl’s side in a time of 26:53.62. Angelica Garcia (27:56.97) and Maria Trujillo (28:52.94) were 52nd and 56th, respectively.
Gilroy will run the Monterey Bay League Center Meet II at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Toro Park. 
Find out where your favorite Cougar and Mustang teams are playing this week:
CHRISTOPHER
10.6 Girls Golf at San Benito*, San Juan Oaks, 3:30 p.m.
10.7 Girls Tennis at North Salinas*, 4 p.m; Boys Water Polo vs. Gilroy*, 4 p.m.; Girls Water Polo vs. Gilroy*, 5 p.m; Volleyball vs. Monte Vista Christian*, 6:30 p.m.
10.8 Cross Country at MBL Center Meet II*, Toro Park, 3:30 p.m.
10.9 Girls Golf vs. Gilroy, 3:30 p.m.; Girls Tennis vs. Monterey*, 4 p.m.; Volleyball vs. San Benito*, 6:30 p.m.;
10.10 Football vs. Watsonville*, 7:30 p.m.


GILROY
10.7 Girls Golf vs. Watsonville, 3:30 p.m.; Field Hockey vs. Prospect, 3:30 p.m.; Girls Tennis at Monterey, 4 p.m.; Boys Water Polo at Christopher, 4 p.m.; Girls Water Polo at Christopher, 5 p.m.; Volleyball vs. Alisal, 6:30 p.m.
10.8 Cross Country at MBL Center Meet II*, Toro Park, 3:30 p.m.
10.9 Girls Tennis vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m.; Volleyball at North Monterey County, 6:30 p.m.; Boys Water Polo vs. Stevenson, 4 p.m.; Girls Water Polo vs. Stevenson, 5 p.m.
10.10 Football vs. Alisal*, 7:30 p.m.

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