Scotts Valley High senior Quinn Turowski, left, and junior Taylor Wilson were named the Press Banner Sports Ticker's Preps of the Week. (photos by Paul Firenzi and Juan Reyes)

This week’s edition of the Press Banner Sports Ticker highlights local prep athletes for their performances during the week of May 6-12   

Preps of the Week

Boys:  Scotts Valley High senior Quinn Turowski last week was a huge contributor in helping the Falcons baseball team extend their win streak to nine straight. He had one double with two RBIs and a pair of stolen bases in a 12-4 win over San Lorenzo Valley High in Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League action May 7. He also contributed on the mound with three strikeouts in two innings. Turowski then had three hits, scored three runs and stole three bases in a 12-8 win over SLV in the teams’ league finale May 10. Turowski capped off the regular season with one hit and one RBI in a 4-2 win over Willow Glen High of San Jose in non-league action May 11. He also pitched one inning, allowing just one hit and recording a pair of strikeouts for the save.

Girls: Scotts Valley High junior Taylor Wilson was a major factor on the field for the Falcons, who captured the SCCAL softball crown last week. She batted 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a pair of runs scored in a 13-0 crushing win over Soquel High in league play May 7. Wilson followed up with one double, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored in a 10-3 victory over SLV in SCCAL action May 9. The following day, she had one more double and scored two runs in the league-clinching 9-4 win against SLV. Wilson also had two impressive plays on defense, including a throw she made from third to first base while on one knee for the force out.


  • San Lorenzo Valley High junior Kane Pichler allowed just one hit and one walk, while recording nine strikeouts for the Cougars baseball team in an 11-0 non-league win over Watsonville High on May 8. Fellow teammates seniors Malakhi Higbee and Cody Houston each had two hits and one RBI, while junior Phil Nattrass had one hit, two RBIs and one stolen base. 
  • Scotts Valley sophomore Jacob Pauka had a two-run double in the third inning to help lift the Falcons past Willow Glen of San Jose in a 4-2 non-league win May 11. Jack Abel had a run-scoring triple and one double. Colin Melrose pitched allowed two runs on four hits and one walk, while recording five strikeouts. 
  • Scotts Valley sophomore Jacob Pauka batted 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs for the Falcons baseball team in a 12-8 win over SLV in eight innings in SCCAL play May 10. Lukas Bloom, Jack Abel and Kaleb Wing each had two hits for the Falcons. Bryce McDonnell had three strikeouts in four innings of work on the mound. He also came up clutch in the eighth inning with a base hit to right field that drove in Abel and Jack Parker for two runs.
  • Scotts Valley senior Blake LaRiviere started on the mound for the Falcons in a 12-4 win against San Lorenzo Valley High in SCCAL baseball action May 7. LaRiviere allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, while recording nine strikeouts in four innings. He also batted 2-for-3 with one double, one triple and three runs scored. Jacob Pauka batted 2-for-3 with two doubles and 5 RBIs for Scotts Valley. Fellow teammates Jack Sanders, Corbin Giesen and Jack Abel each had one double as well. Jack Parker pitched one inning in relief of LaRiviere.

Games to Watch       

  1. Scotts Valley vs. Willow Glen, baseball, Saturday at noon: The No. 4 Falcons (16-7) will host the No. 5 Rams (15-12, 10-8)—members of the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division—in the Central Coast Section Division IV quarterfinals. Scotts Valley beat Willow Glen in the teams’ regular season finale May 11.
  2. San Lorenzo Valley vs. Cupertino, softball, Saturday at 11am: The No. 2 Cougars (15-10) will host the No. 7 Pioneers (14-6, 8-4)—members of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division—in the CCS Division IV quarterfinals. 
  3. CCS Championships, track and field, Saturday at 3pm: Scotts Valley High standout distance runners Ashlyn Boothby and Mason Lantz along with other SCCAL athletes will compete at this weekend’s CCS Track and Field Championships at Gilroy High School. 

Coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to submit scores and highlights to [email protected]. Follow sports editor Juan Reyes (@jmreyes831) on Twitter for scores and news updates. 

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