Alisal High boys basketball coach Jose Gil became the 16th athletic director in California to earn his Certified Masters Athletic Administration degree through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association.
There were processes in reaching this plateau, as Gil — an Alisal graduate — also earned his Resident Athletic Administration and Certified Athletic Administrator degrees.
“When I became the athletic director, I did it to mentor kids and work with other coaches with what has worked for me,” Gil said. “It was a personal goal and I was driven to get better as well.”
Gil, who is in his second tour of duty as Alisal’s athletic director, has pushed for improvements in sports equipment, as well as participation in all sports programs.
“I told our principal five years ago ‘let’s get sports programs going, not just in basketball,’” Gil said. “Our sports banquets have been amazing of late. We have established a good culture. You’re seeing better results in the classroom. It’s gotten contagious.”
Gil has remained the boys basketball coach, guiding the program to three straight titles between 2016-18. Two years ago he went over 300 wins as a coach.
The only other athletic director in Monterey County to earn a Certified Masters Athletic Administration degree is North Salinas’ Jean Ashen.
Hautau to play football at Columbia
The scholarship offers were out there. But in the end, defensive lineman Oki Hautau chose academics first as the Palma standout will play football next season at Columbia University in New York, a member of the Ivy League.
A two-year starter, Hautau came up as a sophomore to play on the defensive front in 2018. He started last year as a defensive lineman for Palma, where he terrorized opposing quarterbacks, while clogging up opponents’ ground game.
The 6-foot-2, 285-pound beast becomes the second lineman from Palma to commit to a Division I program. Offensive lineman Noah Pulealii signed with UCLA back in November.
Because of the pandemic, the Ivy League did not play football this past season.
Gose gathers two weekly gymnastic honors
Freshman Madeline Gose has had an auspicious start to her college career for the Texas Woman’s University gymnastics team in Denton.
The Carmel High graduate was named the Gymnast of the Week and Newcomer of the Week by the Midwest Independent Conference.
The Newcomer of the Week honor was the 5-foot Gose’s third weekly award this season.
Gose recorded a pair of career marks in her last competition, scoring a 9.775 in the vault and a 9.825 in the beam. She also finished with a 9.825 in the floor exercise.
A Junior Olympic National qualifier in 2017, Gose has a career-best all-around score of 37.825. She trained as a youth at the Elite Gymnastic Academy in Salinas.
Bouyea chasing basketball milestones at USF
For the fourth straight year, Jamaree Bouyea is on pace to shatter his single-season scoring totals for the University of San Francisco basketball team, leading the team in scoring at 17.3 points a night.
The senior point guard, who dropped in a career-high 33 points last Thursday, is hitting 51 percent of his shots from the field and leads the team in minutes played (32.9) and assists (72).
The former Palma sharpshooter is second on the Dons in steals with 30 and is pulling down 3.1 rebounds a game.
A two-year starter, Bouyea lead Palma to a spot in the State Division IV championship in 2015. He never lost a league game in three years as a starting guard for the Chieftains.
Stewart in the circle at Utah State
True freshman hurler Jessica Stewart has appeared in three of the Utah State softball team’s first four games, starting a pair of games in the circle.
The Salinas High product has thrown 12 innings, striking out seven. Stewart is 0-1 with a 4.54 earned run average.
A three-year starter at Salinas, Stewart was the Pacific Division’s Pitcher of the Year as a freshman in 2017.
Gonzales pair place in collegiate wrestling tournament
Gonzales graduates Maria Lopez and Veronica Rodriguez both placed in the top five in their respective weight classes for the Simpson University women’s wrestling team.
Lopez took second at 125 pounds at a tournament in Idaho, while Rodriguez was fourth at 142 pounds.
Central Coast Section participants last winter at Gonzales, the pair will also run track this spring for Simpson College, which is based in Redding.
Last year Lopez finished sixth in her weight class for the Spartans at the CCS wrestling finals, while Rodriguez was injured.
Rodriguez also played football at Gonzales for two years and tossed the shot and discus all four years, while Lopez is sprinter.
Monterey Bay FC to launch virtual events
The Monterey Bay Football Club, which will begin play in the United Soccer League in 2022, is hosting a series of virtual events and listening sessions to support the creation of the club’s crest and colors.
The sessions are open to the public and will also engage in a range of community segments, including drawings of a potential logo from local artists.
Deposits on the 2022 season can be purchased for $22. Individuals and businesses interested in learning more can visit www.montereybayfc.com
You can learn about Monterey Bay FC by going to @MontereyBayFC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Seaside seeking head coaches for fall sports
Seaside High is accepting applications for head coaching positions for football, boys and girls cross country, volleyball and cheerleading. Contact Alex Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org
California Rodeo to offer scholarships
The California Rodeo Salinas is offering two scholarship programs this year — its annual Hartnell College award and the Community Foundation for Monterey County scholarship.
The California Rodeo has been providing scholarship assistance for students attending or graduating from Hartnell since 1986.
The Community Foundation for Monterey County is a new scholarship for students that are California Rodeo Salinas Committee Members or related to committee members that plan on attending college or trade schools.
The California Rodeo Salinas will be providing multiple scholarships with varying amounts allocated to each student.
The deadline for the Hartnell College scholarship is March 2, while the Community Foundation for Monterey County scholarship application must be turned in by March 15. Go to https://www.carodeo.com/p/about-us/community/scholarships.
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