2017-18 Paso Robles athletic awards announced

England, Castillo named Athletes of the Year

The recipients of the 2017-18 Paso Robles High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Year were announced on Friday evening during a ceremony at Paso Robles High School.

This year's recipient of Male Scholar-Athlete is Will Stroud. Stroud played baseball for the Bearcats and earned first team all-league honors in both his junior and senior year in the PAC 8. He currently has a 4.23-grade point average (GPA) and is committed to playing baseball at Azusa Pacific next year.

This year’s recipient of Female Scholar-Athlete is Stephany Abarca. Abarca was a two-sport athlete for the Bearcats playing varsity in both tennis and soccer. This season she earned honorable mention in the PAC 8 in girls soccer and currently carries a 4.11 GPA.

Male Athlete of the Year was awarded to two-sport athlete Cade England. England played football and ran track for the Paso Robles Bearcats (both teams winning league championships) this season and earned first team all-league honors in both. In Football, England was the Bearcat’s special teams weapon. As a kicker and a punter, England would continually help Paso win the field position battle by pinning teams inside their own 20 on punts and rarely allowing a kick returner to even touch the ball on a kickoff.

England also excelled as a placekicker. In his senior season, he kicked two field goals that would have broken the school’s longest field goal record and has now moved the record back seven yards after hitting a 54 yarder this season.

“In my opinion, he takes more pride in being a Bearcat than anyone on campus,” Bearcat Head Football Coach J.R. Reynolds said. “And to me, that speaks volumes.”

In track and field, his best event was the triple jump. At the PAC 8 finals meet in Atascadero, England recorded his best jump of his high school career jumping 46’ 5.5 which broke the meet’s record and a Paso Robles record that had stood since 1991.

“Cade’s jump is the 25th best jump in the state of California this year, out of more than 4,000 listed triple jumpers,” Head Track Coach Ivan Huff said. “He finished 2nd in the CIF-SS Division 2 Finals and qualified for the CIF-SS Master’s Meet. At the Master’s Meet, which includes all jumpers from all divisions in the Southern Section, Cade finished 12th. He remained undefeated in the triple jump until CIF Finals.”

England qualified for CIF in track in his sophomore, junior and senior year.

Female Athlete of the Year was awarded to Bearcat goalkeeper Alexis Serna Castillo. Castillo was the captain of the Lady Bearcats soccer team and helped lead them to a 15-7-3 record and a third-place finish in the PAC 8. According to statistics posted on MaxPreps, Castillo recorded 191 saves this season and posted eight shutouts.

“Without Alexis in the goal for these tough league matches I do not feel we would have been able to have the success that we did,” girls head coach Dillion Simoulis said. “She is always able to come up with the big saves to keep us in the game or lead us to Victory. Her work ethic, leadership and determination will give her continued success for many years to come.”

Castillo earned first team all-league honors this season and also did so her junior year. She has yet to decide where she wants to play soccer, and more importantly earn her degree, but her coach says, “I have been contacted by multiple colleges in regards to Alexis. Some of them have stated that they have scholarships opportunities for her.”


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