The pandemic has put sporting events on hold at Monterey Peninsula College. But it’s not keeping athletes from extending their college football careers.
Four more players from the Lobos 10-1 Coast Conference and Living Breath Foundation Bowl-winning title team in 2019 have earned football scholarships.
Among them is former Alisal High pass rusher Eric Mendoza, who is headed to West Texas A&M to chase quarterbacks at the Division II level.
Mendoza led the Lobos in sacks in 2019, finishing among the state leaders with 13 in 11 games. He added 51 tackles and broke up five passes.
All-conference receiver Dacian Sullivan will play at Division II Colorado Mesa. He caught 59 passes in 2019 for 1,088 yards, averaging 18.5 yards a reception, all team highs. He also finished with 1,585 all-purpose yards and threw a touchdown pass on a reverse in the bowl game.
Offensive lineman Dijon Landfort is headed to New Mexico Highlands, while defensive lineman Jourdyn Graham will play at Gannon University in Pennsylvania.
Romero plants herself behind the plate at New Mexico
Leslie Romero won a job behind the dish last spring for the University of New Mexico softball team, starting 12 of the team’s 15 games at catcher before the pandemic shut down the season.
The junior slugger committed just one error in 38 chances behind the plate. Romero batted .228 for the Lobos with a pair of multiple-hit games.
A four-year starter at Salinas High, the Gonzales native drove in three runs, added a pair of doubles and scored two runs in a shortened season for New Mexico.
A three-sport standout at Salinas, Romero hit .454 as a senior in 2018 with 44 hits, driving in 31 runs, earning all-league honors.
Montano to kick at Fresno State
Former Alisal High and Hartnell College kicker Abraham Montano has committed to play football next fall at Fresno State.
Montano emerged in 2019 as a freshman at Hartnell, scoring 50 points, kicking six field goals, while converting 32-of-33 extra points.
A part of Alisal’s 2018 Northern California Division II soccer title team and the team leader in goals as a senior in 2019, Montano kicked a 50-yard field goal last season for Hartnell.
Servi begins sophomore season at Louisville
A two-hit debut last year as a true freshman set the tone for Jenna Servi, who started all 23 games at third base for the University of Louisville softball team.
Servi, who committed to Louisville as an eighth-grader six years ago, hit .259 in her first season for the Cardinals, going 4-for-4 in stolen bases in a pandemic shortened season.
A member of The Herald’s All-County softball team as a freshman shortstop at Monterey, Servi was the only freshman at Louisville to start every game last year.
Adapting to a new position, Servi sported a .950 fielding percentage. Last year Louisville finished 10-13 with a pair of wins over two nationally ranked programs.
California Rodeo Salinas 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.
Deadlines 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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