Patrick Sweeney, soon to be graduate of Scotts Valley High School, has recently committed to pitch for CSU, Stanislaus. He has played baseball since he was five, and coaches refer to him as “a team player with a mid-80’s fastball and a devastating slider, pitching with great command,” great work ethic,” “smart kid who hustles,” “bulldog mentality on the bump.” Principal, Mike Hanson describes him as a “scholar athlete,” “known to have great integrity, “and his youth pastor says, “Patrick has a relentlessly positive attitude,” and “he lights up the room with his presence.”
Mrs. Fernald, the PE Teacher at Baymonte Christian School, organized a one lap marathon for students, family members, and a dog, on April 3rd. Students at Baymonte Christian, from kindergarten through 6th grade, joined together for this fun, safe, and healthy activity. In order to promote social distancing at the event, participants were instructed to remain in their cars until they were told to run a lap, by themselves, or accompanied by family members, while adequately spaced staff cheered them on. Mrs. Fernald recalled the faculty meeting about four weeks ago at Baymonte, when they were informed of going virtual. “Our principal told us we’d be transitioning to a distant learning model. My heart immediately sank. I had so much planned in the spring, like Presidential Fitness and track and field day.” During the meeting, Steve Patterson, the principal asked his teachers what they could do to overcome their newest obstacle. Fernald says, “It came to me immediately.” She summarized her idea to the attendees, “We’ll host a one lap marathon! Parents drive their kids up, their kids or their family get out, run a timed lap, get back in the car, and drive off.” Mr. Patterson had an “extremely supportive response. If you dream it, he’ll say go for it. He makes my job fun and easy.” Since that meeting, Fernald has been planning the marathon, alongside other teachers, Patterson, and the office manager, Leslie Rapolla, who “made awesome signs. The signage was huge. It needed to be organized and everyone needed to know what to do when they came, to maintain a safe environment.” Fernald also reached out to local law enforcement, to double check safety procedures during the event. Captain Wilson, of the Scotts Valley Police Department, gave a resounding “Yes!” and added, “The Santa Cruz County Health directive tells us to get out and exercise in a healthy manner. This is perfect!” On April 3rd, Fernald and the other teachers of Baymonte Christian were so excited to see the long line of cars, “being distant during learning, you can’t see the kids. I miss them… Everyone had to remind themselves to not hug and stay at their assigned cones. I, and a few others, almost cried to be able to see our kids and give them lots of support as they ran around the track. What amazing confidence we’re pouring into these kids, after all the negativity they’ve been exposed to in the news.” Overall, the event was a huge success, with 113 runners, and a family dog. To virtually experience and hear about the award winners, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY4NRsdqzkU&t=184s. The 1st-3rd place winners were each rewarded with an amazon gift card, to give the older kids “a little incentive.” Fernald was so pleased with the turn out as she feels, “a sense of responsibility to keep kids healthy during this time. We already have a huge problem with childhood obesity. I want to motivate them in a positive way for the benefit of them. There’s so many video games, TV shows, movies, and so much screen time. I just want the kids to get out and have fun. If there’s anything I can do to promote positivity, getting out and exercising, I’ll do it.”Fernald’s socially distanced creativity does not stop with the marathon! She’s putting together a drive-in movie night for the school and has started her own YouTube Channel. PE TODAY! With Mrs Fernald suggests new activities and exercises for kids, alongside the Baymonte mascot Leo the Lion and a new theme each video. You can subscribe or view her videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeFw-O9n9zVNCcZ-HzwceSA.
On Sunday, February 23 the Santa Cruz Mountains Surf Team, made up of surfers from San Lorenzo Valley High, Scotts Valley High, and a few other inland schools, faced off against heavily favored Santa Cruz High at their home break, Steamer Lane. While the SC Mountains team lost overall in the team-vs-team rounds (44-60), several individual team members surfed well enough to advance to quarterfinals, semifinals and, in some cases, finals in individual competition later in the day.
The Santa Cruz Mountains Surf Team, made up of surfers from San Lorenzo Valley High, Scotts Valley High, and a few schools in Santa Clara County, pulled off a powerful win (60-44) over Aptos High surfers in the fourth contest of the season put on by the Santa Cruz Scholastic Surf League at Pleasure Point on Saturday, February 8. Conditions were challenging with extreme tides and morning fog so dense that early heats had to be delayed several times, but the local surfers made the most of what was on offer.