Aptos’ Vito Riccabona Named to Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Team

Aptos High’s Vito Riccabona was honored on the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Team for Mid-Enrollment Schools.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior defensive back was named to the third-team defense. He helped the Mariners (8-2, 6-1) tie San Benito (9-2, 6-1) for second place in the Gabilan Division of the Pacific Coast Athletic League behind champions Salinas (8-1, 7-0), and reached the quarter-finals of Division I of the Central Coast section.

Riccabona was named first-team defensive back in Gabilan Division-wide voting after finishing the season with seven interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.

Riccabona was named Cal-Hi Sports NorCal Defensive Player of the Week after tying the school’s single-game mark with three interceptions in a 49-0 win over host Campolindo on Sept. 3.

  • Monte Vista Christian School alumnus Ian Koenig handles the Cabrillo College baseball team during the first inning against Merced. (Shmuel Thaler – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Cabrillo College catcher Kawana Soares scrambles to catch a slow roll and throws it to first for the third out of the third inning Thursday. (Shmuel Thaler – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Cabrillo College shortstop Anthony Karagiannopoulos, a former Santa Cruz High standout, makes a move from second place after scoring an RBI double in the first inning against Merced. (Shmuel Thaler – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Cabrillo College first baseman Ryan Mathiesen raises his game to land a high pitch first to get the tag on Merced’s Trent Mallonee for an out Thursday. (Shmuel Thaler – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Cabrillo College baseball coach Bob Kittle, right, is in his 11th season in charge of the Seahawks. (Shmuel Thaler – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Aptos High alumnus Jack Bollengier makes contact with the Cabrillo College baseball team on Thursday. (Shmuel Thaler – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Cabrillo College shortstop Anthony Karagiannopoulos takes over as a Merced play moves up to second. (Shmuel Thaler – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Cabrillo College baseball player Ryan Mathiesen takes his place for the first time as the Seahawks enter the field Thursday against Merced. (Shmuel Thaler – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Cabrillo College’s Dominic Giuffre finishes second and third and heads home to score for the Seahawks on Thursday. (Shmuel Thaler – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Santa Cruz High alum Javy Felix handles a hard-hit ball at third to throw out a Merced batter on Thursday. (Shmuel Thaler – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

boys basketball

Kirby 71, York 64, OT: Shooting guard Nico Jones had 31 points, 13 rebounds and three steals, and three Griffins posted double-doubles in their overtime victory in the Arroyo Division of the Pacific Coast Athletic League on Thursday.

The Griffins outscored their opponent 12-5 in OT after finishing deadlocked regulation at 59-all.

Freshman shooting guard Rain Li had 14 points and 10 rebounds, center Howard Fu had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Curran Williams had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Kirby (6-7, 4-2) takes on Pacific Point Christian at Enterprise Sports Club in Scotts Valley on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Pacific Collegiate 65, at Pajaro Valley 42: Malachi Douyon, coming off his school-high 50 points, scored 15 points and Weston Ow scored 12 points, as the Pumas won their PCAL Cypress Division game on Thursday.

PCS led 38-24 at halftime. Eleven players have scored for the Pumas.

Andrew Hubbell and Elias Golino each scored eight points for the Pumas (13-4, 6-2), who will face Gilroy at Holy Cross in Santa Cruz on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

soccer boys

Watsonville 2, Soledad 1: Oscar Herrera and Lombardo Flores each had a goal and an assist in the first half and the Wildcatz remained atop the PCAL Gabilan Division standings on Thursday.

The Wildcatz (11-4-3, 6-1-1) have two games left in the regular season. They host Alvarez on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. and Alisal on Thursday at 6:45 p.m.

At Aptos 3, Scotts Valley 0: Fredys Abrego scored twice and Jack Curran added a goal in the Mariners’ SCCAL win on Thursday Night Senior.

Kaleb Plascencia and Erik Hernandez have registered assists.

Goaltender Ulises Hernandez made two saves for the Mariners (11-3-2, 7-1-1), who host Harbor Wednesday at 7 p.m.

soccer girls

In Pajaro Valley 2, Monterey 1: Ashley and Heidy Cadenas scored and the Grizzlies handed the Torreadores their first loss in PCAL Cypress Division action on Thursday.

Karla Leyva had two assists for the Grizzlies (8-6-2, 5-2-1), who are undefeated at home in their last seven games.

Pajaro Valley hosts Soledad (11-3, 6-1) Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Aptos 6, in Scotts Valley 0: Jazmine Castaneda had three goals and three assists in the Mariners’ victory at SCCAL on Thursday. The senior striker has 31 goals and 18 assists this season.

Malia Kessler, Rowan Bowyer and Elizabeth Randolph also scored. Gwen Chapman and Ava Churchill had assists.

Goaltender Kylie Nelson made a save for the Mariners (15-2-3, 6-2-0).

At Soquel 7, SLV 0: The Knights opened the game with six goals in the second half of their victory at SCCAL on Thursday.

Sadie Strout registered two goals and two assists, and Lily Montesinos also scored two goals.

Chelsea Clayton, Eva Claussen and Lainie Barton also scored for the Knights (8-6-1, 3-4-1). Luz Ruiz has collected three assists.

Sophomore Taylor Long made 11 saves in the first 65 minutes for the Cougars, and sophomore Allison Bingham made one save in the final 15 minutes.

SLV (1-12-1, 0-7-1) hosts Santa Cruz Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

To Saint Francis 3, Gonzales 1: Daniella Rojas scored twice and Makenna Bedolla also scored as the Sharks won their PCAL Santa Lucia Division game on Thursday’s senior day at Depot Park.

The Sharks (6-5-2, 3-4-1) play Rancho San Juan (4-3-1, 2-2-1) Monday at 3:30 p.m.

College baseball

Merced 3, to Cabrillo 2: Cal State Northridge third baseman Javy Felix had two hits and an RBI for the Seahawks in their non-conference loss Thursday.

Cabrillo shortstop Anthony Karagiannopoulos, the reigning Coastal Conference South Division MVP, scored a brace, an RBI and a run. Dominic Giuffre had a hit and scored scored.

Losing pitcher Ian Koenig (0-2) allowed one hit and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Kody Cardoza (2-0) got the win for the Blue Devils (3-1) and Cesar Avila pitched 3 2/3 innings for his second save.

Seahawks (0-3) play Diablo Valley (2-2) Saturday at 1 p.m.

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