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February 28, 2024

HS football: Powell recognized as best defensive player in PCAL Gabilan division

Aptos High senior defensive lineman Josh Powell led like a captain from the start of the year. His leadership and play on the field landed him this year’s Pacific Coast Athletic League Gabilan division’s most valuable player on defense.

His offensive production also earned him a spot to the first team on offense.

The Mariners battled through another hard-fought season in the PCAL Gabilan division, placing fourth behind league champ Salinas High.

Mariners’ senior offensive lineman Christian Reyes was named to the first team on offense, while junior linebacker Nicco Riccabona and senior defensive lineman Dre Gomez were named to the first team on defense.

Aptos High senior Dre Gomez lines up on defense against Christopher High on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (Juan Reyes — The Pajaronian)

Aptos junior receiver Fisher Johnson and senior offensive lineman Kevin Avalos made the all-league second team on offense.

Mariners’ senior defensive backs Mauricio Sammet and Hirotaka Kanai were named to the second team on defense.

Aptos senior kicker Danny Dahel was named to the Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team.

Salinas senior quarterback Carl Richardson was named the PCAL Gabilan division’s most valuable player, while Palma High senior running back Anthony Villegas was named the league’s most valuable player on offense.

Aptos, Christopher High and Carmel High were given the Elgie Bellizio Team Sportsmanship Award.

Juan Reyes
Juan Reyes
A Watsonville native who has a passion for local sports and loves his community. A Watsonville High, Cabrillo College, San Jose State University and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alumnus, he primarily covers high school athletics, Cabrillo College athletics, various youth sports in the Pajaro Valley and the Santa Cruz Warriors. Juan is also a video game enthusiast, part-time chef (at home), explorer and a sports junkie. Coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to report scores HERE.

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