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The Cypress Swim Club put on an exhibition of excellence virtually, grabbing 14 gold and silver medals at the Pacific Association Virtual Artistic Swimming Invitational.

Scarlet Dotterer brought home two gold medals, capturing the 11-12-year-old solo competition, teaming with Reagan Dotterer to claim the duet. The two sisters paired with Sofia Carmona Young to finish second in the trio event.

Elena DeCarlo won the 10-under solo routine, with Katelyn Gera finishing second. The pair teamed up to capture the duet competition in their respective age class.

Daphne DeCarlo claimed gold in the 13-15 solo competition, joining forces with Carmona Young to win the duet title as well.

The Cypress Swim Club will compete in its first in-person competition in 15 months at the Santa Clara Synchronized Invitational June 6.

Stevenson sailors finish 12th at state championships

Competing in its first state championships in 11 years, the Stevenson sailing team combined their efforts to finish 12th overall at the Gold Pacific Coast State Championships at Long Beach Harbor.

The Pirates were the No. 2 overall team from Northern California. The tandem of Ryan Marquess and Sadie Marinerstein won a pair of events over the 13 races held.

Marquess, Marinerstein and Sophia Thomsen were part of Stevenson’s ‘B’ Division boat team, while Lilah Parker and Carmen Berg were in the ‘A’ Division.

Stapleton earning more at-bats at USF

Having hit safely in four of his last five games, Christian Stapleton has raised his batting average over 60 points for the University of San Francisco baseball team.

The 6-foot-3, 223-pound first baseman is hitting nearly .300 in his last five games with his first four home runs of the season.

The Herald’s Baseball Player of the Year in 2018 at Carmel, Stapleton has driven in eight runs in 10 starts for the Dons, having walked four times and scored four runs.

As a senior at Carmel, Stapleton hit over .600 with 10 homers and 39 runs batted in over 29 games, with 26 of his 39 hits going for extra bases.

Carmel’s Bianchi awarded scholarship

Carmel senior golfer Tyler Bianchi was one of 20 high school seniors across the nation to be awarded the 2021 Youth of Course scholarship.

Bianchi, who will attend the University of Colorado, was one of just five athletes from California to receive the prestigious award from Youth on Course, which is in its 13th year of providing scholarships.

Bianchi, who is one of the top golfers in the county, helped the team reach the Central Coast Section Tournament as a sophomore in 2019.

Gunter finding a role for the Iowa State softball team

Former Santa Catalina slugger Abby Gunter has made the most of her limited plate appearances as a true freshman for the Iowa State softball team, hitting .273 in 12 games.

Having had her senior year at Santa Catalina wiped out in 2020 because of the pandemic, the powerful first baseman also sports a .385 on- base percentage. Iowa State is 31-19 overall this spring.

A two-time member of The Herald’s All-County softball team, Gunter tore up pitching as a sophomore in 2018 with 10 home runs for Santa Catalina.

Servi caps sophomore softball season at Louisville

After spending most of the season as the designated player at third base for the University of Louisville softball team, Jenna Servi got a chance to swing the bat over the final quarter of the season.

The left-handed swinging Monterey High graduate responded by hitting .258, scoring 14 runs for the Cardinals, whose season ended last week.

Servi started 48 of the team’s 49 games at third base, compiling a .925 fielding percentage, starting seven double plays to solidify the hot spot.

One of five players at Louisville to appear in all 49 games, Servi committed to the program as an eighth-grader. She was a member of The Herald’s All-County softball team as a freshman.

Coaches needed

Alisal is searching for a head cheerleading advisor. Go to jose.gil@salinasuhsd.org.

Alvarez is looking for head coaches in water polo, girls volleyball and girls tennis for the upcoming fall seasons. Go to brian.vazquez@salinasuhsd.org

North Salinas is looking for a girls tennis coach and a field hockey coach for the fall seasons, and a JV boys tennis coach for next spring. Contact jeankinn.ashen@salinasuhsd.org

Gonzales is looking for a head football coach and a head boys basketball coach. Go to mdaniels@gonzales.k12.ca.us

Seaside’s Finest basketball tryouts

Seaside’s Finest will hold open tryouts for their summer traveling basketball teams for grades 9-12. Go to jwhieb@yahoo.com or call 831-915-5362. You can also go to their website and register to receive more information at https://seasidesfinest.leagueapps.com/events

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