The end of the school year is always a bittersweet time for most -- including me.
With the time off, me being a student at San Jose State University, I do get to focus a little more on finding stories in the community and I get a few more hours of free time during the weekend.
But the summer is also known as the drought for high school sports reporters.
Gone are the days of watching a tightly contested softball game, a pitcher’s duel on the baseball mound or a kid break school records on the track.
Making phone calls and typing in results replace those days -- yawn.
But in all seriousness, I’d like to give thanks to all those who helped me through my first full year of covering high school sports.
I was around for the final month and a half of last school year, but it wasn’t as special as this year.
I’d like to thank all the coaches and athletic directors who helped me with pictures, interviews and stats.
I’d also like to thanks all the parents for helping me out as well. Thank you for reading, watching and, of course, buying.
All the readers who are fans or simply alumni of a local school and continue to support the community, I thank you.
Lastly, and most importantly I think, I’d like to thank all the student-athletes -- high school and college -- and the professional athletes for allowing me to get into your minds and ask you questions.
Thank you for answering questions through smiles or tears, whether the tears were from joy or from sorrow.
I’ve made some great relationships with many of you and for those of you who graduated I wish you good luck and nothing but the best.
There’s just one last thing to do to send the year off right: name the Register-Pajaronian Student-Athletes of the Year.
Last year, I felt it wouldn’t have been fair to select winners because I wasn’t at the Register-Pajaronian for a full school year, but this year is different.
I’m taking a little different approach to this year’s awards. There will still be both male and female awards, but instead of naming an athlete for each school there will be four different awards.
For both male and female there will be: a Student-Athlete of the Year, a Breakout Athlete of the year, an underclassman of the year and the team of the year.
Here are the nominees in no particular order:
•Male Student-Athlete of the Year - Cole Welle, Aptos; Alex Joh, Aptos; Nick Ciandro, St. Francis; Garrett Saucedo, St. Francis; Eddie Medina, Pajaro Valley
•Male Breakout Student-Athlete of the Year - Chris Rivera, Watsonville; David Ceja, Watsonville; Dalton Weitzle, Aptos; Dante Gomez, Aptos; Zach Davis, Pajaro Valley; Jordan Graves, North Monterey County
•Male Underclassman of the Year - Chris Staka, Aptos; Ruben Ibarra, St. Francis; Ryan Slater, Monte Vista Christian
•Male Team of the Year - Aptos football; Watsonville Soccer; St. Francis baseball
•Female Student-Athlete of the Year - Clare Peabody, Aptos; Lizette Garcia, Watsonville; Hillary Guerrero, Monte Vista Christian; Taylor Blaha, North Monterey County; Tori Teraji, North Monterey County; Myckenzie Toler, Monte Vista Christian
•Female Breakout Student-Athlete - Kelli Graham, Monte Vista Christian; Kayce Stachelek, Monte Vista Christian; Sonja Shumake, St. Francis; Alyssa Rivera, Pajaro Valley
•Female Underclassman of the Year - Bella Dufeck, Aptos; Avery Keathley, Monte Vista Christian; Elise Coash, Aptos
•Female Team of the Year - Aptos cross country; Watsonville cross country, St. Francis tennis, St. Francis basketball, Monte Vista Christian volleyball
Editors Note: Feel like I’m missing a strong candidate? Email me at email@example.com, call 761-7335 or tweet me at @tony_nunez.
The Female Athletes of the Year will be released June 21 and the Male Athletes of the Year the following week.
For the complete article see the 06-12-2014 issue.
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