GONZALES — A Saturday filled with excitement and accomplishment occurred for the Gonzales High Athletic Program as two league championship teams were crowned, two athletes received All-League awards and two teams qualified for the Central Coast Section (CCS) playoffs.
“Saturday, Oct. 27, was a historic day for the athletes at Gonzales High School,” said Gonzales High Athletic Director Todd Buller. “Our school is steeped in history and pride, and our student-athletes demonstrated what makes the community and the school such a special place.”
Last Saturday the day started with the varsity boys winning the first Pacific Coast Athletic League (PCAL) Cypress Division Championship in cross country at about 11:30 a.m., and just five hours later the undefeated football team crushed Robert Louis Stevenson, 41-10, to claim the PCAL Santa Lucia Division.
“Whether it was our boys cross country placing first for the first time in nearly three decades, or Ashley Ochoa placing third individually in the PCAL finals for girls cross country, or the football team clinching a league title and on the verge of an unprecedented 10-0 regular season, there is so much to be proud of at Gonzales High School,” Buller said. “Superintendent Yvette Irving raced over to the football game from a meeting and was able to see what Gonzales was all about; excellence and composure in competition, coaches pushing our players to give their all and a passionate community supporting our kids. Two titles in one day is credit to the coaches and students, and like cross country athlete Gonzalo Villagomez said, ‘Let’s win some more this year.’”
Sophomore Ashley Ochoa placed third overall in the varsity girls cross country race and qualified for her second CCS Division IV championship as an individual.
Ochoa will compete at CCS with All-League runner Miguel Mendoza and the rest of the boys team on Nov. 10, and the football team will complete the regular season on Friday against Harbor and wait to be seeded into the CCS playoffs.