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Sports Highlights - Week of March 22
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Monday, March 22, 2021

Women's Tennis

Pioneer Valley HS women's tennis with a 5-4 win yesterday against Morro Bay HS.  It was also a great day for JV too, as many girls got to play for the first time 🙂

Women's Soccer

The girls had their first game last night at home under the lights.  It was an exciting evening for an unusually young team.  We started two freshmen and six sophomores.  The girls came out nervous but held off the very experienced Eagles team for a first half draw 0-0.  Unfortunately, they couldn't find the net and ended the game losing to Templeton.  Very impressive performances from sophomore Maria Ramirez and freshman goalkeeper Alex Aldama.  We play again at home on Thursday at 6pm.

Women's Golf

The women's golf team took on Santa Maria High School on Monday at the Santa Maria Country Club. The ladies battled the Saints and 20 mph winds to come away with 289-328 victory. Both teams played an unusual 9-hole configuration, holes #7-15, due to a benefit tournament and another high school match.  Carmen Guerrero continued her hot streak by posting low round of the day and earning medalist honors with a 48, while recording her first birdie in competition on the 14th hole. Clarissa Novela continued her consistent play by shooting the second-best score on the day of 51. Also scoring for the Panthers was Marissa Dollinger, 57, Breanna Villalobos, 65, and Meghan Contreras, 68. The ladies currently hold sole possession of second place in the Ocean League with an 8-3 record. The last league match of the season will be on Thursday on the Canyons course at the Blacklake Golf Resort. Thursday is also senior day, where we will honor our three seniors, Clarissa, Carmen, and Breanna. Tee time is slated for 3:00 pm with the senior ceremony to follow at the conclusion of the match


On Friday March 19, 2021 Boys/ Girls Swim hosted Orcutt Academy.  We walked away with several individual firsts and second places. Numerous swimmers have personal bests in numerous races. 

James Diaz- 1st in 100 Breast and 2nd in 200 IM

Cali Perez- 2nd 50 Free

Trinity Lopez - 2nd 200Free

Zitlaly Hernandez - 2nd 100 Free

Bianca Cambero-1st in 500 Free

Lilo Munoz - 2nd 100 Butterfly


On March 20, the Panthers Cross country team took on crosstown rival St. Joseph at PVHS.  Conditions were perfect, and the Panthers were almost perfect.  Cross Country is scored by adding up the places (scores) of the finishers.  The lowest possible score is 15 (1 + 2 +3 + 4 + 5) and low score wins. 

The Girls race was won by Makayla Gonzalez.  Rounding out the rest of the finishers were Maritsa Carmona, Katie Magni, Melissa Marin, Claudia Cortes, and Irma Cortez.  The girls finished 1-2-3-4-6 for a total of 16 points.  St. Joseph scored 43 points.  The girls are 5-0 for the season.  Good job, girls!

 The Boys race had a similar story.  Juan Santiago, a freshman, ran a great race to record his first Varsity win of his short running career.  Remember his name because he is going to be a fantastic runner in the future.  Other finishers were Luis Campos, Adan Pina, Orlando Marin, Nelson Torres, Ethan Stenhouse, and Josh Inay.  The boys took 1-2-3-5-6 for a total of 17 points.   St. Joseph scored 45 points.  The boys are 3-2 for the season.  Good job, boys!

 St. Joseph HS did not bring and JV runners, so the Panthers ran against their own personal bests.  A great effort was put forth by all.  Winners were Anthony Sierra and Natalie Diaz.

Our season ends on Saturday versus Mission Prep.

Varsity Softball

On Saturday the Panther softball team had a wild opening game against the San Luis Tigers. Despite a 6-run deficit in the seventh inning, the Panthers almost came all the way back eventually losing 20-19. The Panthers scored three runs during the rally with a double by Genesis Negrete, a single by Paris Razo, and an error. The Panthers collected 13 hits on the game. Big bats this weekend were led by Jasmine Dominguez, Natalie Villa, Katrina Mata, and Destiny Ramirez. Senior Maddison Hernandez pitched the full 7 with four strike outs, 29 first pitch strikes, and allowed 12 hits. The team will take on the Templeton Eagles this Wednesday at home. 

 JV & Varsity Baseball

JV and Varsity split the double header with San Luis on Saturday.  The JV team went out and played very well.  Bobby Cantoral got he start on the mound and did well to get the win.  Bobby also helped at the plate driving in 3 runs to get the scoring going.  Mario Dedios also had a good day at the plate driving in 3 runs as well.  The Varsity did not fare as well as the JV but played very hard.  A lot of newcomers to Varsity got their first experience and it was good to see how they reacted to their first Varsity game.  Jesus Nava had a good game at the plate with a leadoff triple and a run scored.  Estevan Fonseca came in the game in relief and cooled off the bats for 2 plus innings.  Next up this week is Righetti on Wednesday and Paso Robles on Friday.

 Varsity Men's Water Polo

On Saturday March 20, 2021 the Pioneer Valley Boys Water Polo team was finally back in the water hosting Nipomo in a fantastic entertaining match. It has been a very long 515 days since our last contest against Santa Maria in October 2019. The boys capped up 22 players for the contest. We have 6 returning from the 2019 Varsity, 1 from the 2018 Varsity, 9 from the 2019 Junior Varsity and 10 Novice for a total of 26 players. Four could not be there for Saturday’s contest.

The boys played very well, in a losing effort 10-16. It must be noted Nipomo did not bring any novice players on their 15 man roster and we have 10 guys who have never played in a water polo game before and every one of them had several minutes of play. This season is difficult to prepare for because we are overlapped with swimming and have had only 3 practice sessions since we restarted polo on March 11.

 The coaches are very proud of every player, it takes a lot of courage for novice players to get in and play against more experienced players. Our guys did a remarkable job and every player should feel really good about how well they played. Nipomo is a good team and well coached. We appreciate their style of play and they deserve credit in taking the 16-10 win.

 Varsity Women's Water Polo

Girl's Water Polo had their debut game, unfortunately losing to SLO Saturday afternoon. There were quite a few girls in the pool who started playing water polo this season and have been working to learn the ins and outs of such a rigorous sport. The "veterans" on the team have been supportive, helpful, and working hard every day.  With two upcoming games this week, the Panthers hope to hop back in the pool with a strength and more team goal successes. We are all looking forward to some good competition!

 In other news...

Making their debut this week is women's soccer.  Varsity women's soccer host Templeton on Tuesday March 23 and Morro Bay HS on Thursday March 25.

Please congratulate our PVHS Scholar Athlete nominees.  They have been chosen by our varsity head coaches to represent PVHS for the Central Section Scholar Athlete Award.  These two scholars have an opportunity to earn a $1000.00 scholarship.  

  • Boys Nominee:  Shamar Arriola-Walls (350580) Academic GPA: 3.90 Class Rank: 51 Varsity Sports: Basketball/Volleyball/Track
  • Girls Nominee:   Katie Magni (352802) 4.37 GPA, Class Rank 9, Varsity Sports: cross country, soccer and track. Has an athletic scholarship opportunity to run cross country (waiting on times to be submitted) to South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. 
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