In this week’s high school sports roundup, it’s another winning season for the Watsonville High volleyball team, highlights aplenty from Santa Cruz County football action, tennis and water polo regular seasons wrapping up and a spot on the WNBA All-Rookie team for Santa Cruz’s Haley Jones.
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The Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission Division volleyball title will be decided this week with Watsonville High School (8-2) sitting right behind Stevenson High School (9-1) and Monterey High School (9-2). The Wildcatz will take on Stevenson on Monday and Monterey on Tuesday.
Led by seniors Destiny Montes, Leslie Ceja and Valeria Garcia, juniors Daisy Cornejo, Calina Casillas, Danika Hernandez, Iliana Sarabia, Leslie Renteria and Aliylah Rodriguez and sophomore Sofia Murillo, these Wildcatz have etched their spots in the Watsonville history books. After finishing with just one winning season between 2012-20, Watsonville has locked up its second consecutive winning campaign. Cornejo paces the league with 86 aces.
Harbor High School 21, Pajaro Valley High School 6
Senior running back Jeovany Linares rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown as the Pirates evened up their Pacific Coast Athletic League Santa Lucia Division record at 2-2; they’re 5-3 overall. Senior James Veiga connected with fellow senior Ferris Vitali for two touchdowns in the win. Veiga completed 67% of his passes and Vitali had seven receptions for 82 yards. Seniors Michael Stetson and Charlie Platt had big days defensively, combining for 11 tackles. Three more seniors combined for four sacks as Brian Guerrero had a pair to set drives back and Dezmond Jones and Tyler Brown each had one. Pajaro Valley fell to 1-7.