Falcon pride was on full display June 1 as a school record 23 graduating student-athletes were honored at the annual Scotts Valley High Signing Day celebrating the fact that each student will continue his/her athletic career at the collegiate level. As a beaming Falcons Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Louie Walters said at the conclusion of the ceremony, “This was a banner year for Scotts Valley High and athletics. We were so successful across the board; boys, girls, varsity, J.V. and freshman.”
That success radiated across the fields, courts, mats, track, etc. for individuals and teams at Scotts Valley High this year. Examples include Domino Parish who simply dominated as the 2015 CCS, State and National champion in girls wrestling and Draven Hawk who captured the 800 meter league and CCS championship in track, vaulting him into the state meet. Parish will continue her wrestling career at Simon Fraser College in Canada, along with fellow Falcon wrestler and boyfriend Doug Peyser. Hawk will stay closer to home at UCSC where he’ll hone his skills as a member of the cross country and track teams. Looking forward to the next level, Hawk said, “UCSC is definitely a growing program so it’s exciting.”
Nowhere was achievement, both on and off the court, more evident this year than the girls’ basketball team where the Falcons finished with a school record 25 wins. The team was led by seniors Mandy Silver, Charlie Boyle and Sadie Allen, each of whom will continue their respective basketball careers in college. Silver will join sister and former Falcon standout Angela at the University of Redlands in Southern California. Boyle will head to the East Coast and attend Emerson University in Boston. Allen will attend Pacific Union near Sonoma. All three played pivotal roles in leading the Falcons to back-to-back undefeated league seasons and appearances in the CCS open division playoffs and NorCal playoffs. Head Coach Rick Silver, father of Mandy, could not stop gushing about the three senior leaders. “The term that sums it all up is immense pride” said the first year head coach who attended signing day. “I’m really proud of not only Mandy but Charlie and Sadie as well. It will be hard to replace them on the court but I’m really excited for them moving forward.”
Senior David Snyder, who served as master of ceremonies in this student led event and who himself earned a baseball scholarship to the University of St. Francis in Indiana, was the perfect voice to enthusiastically introduce each of his fellow Falcons. “We definitely made history today at Scotts Valley High School,” said the Falcons team MVP and starting shortstop. “Being part of this really makes me proud. These are all my best friends my whole life.”
As the signing ceremony concluded, Sherry Silver, mother of Mandy and wife of Rick may have summed up the day best by stating, “It’s been a great experience at Scotts Valley High and it’s great to see all these athletes rewarded for all their hard work and dedication.”
With the students headed back to class, one couldn’t help but notice the 23 empty chairs, representing not only history made but also the outstanding achievements of each student-athlete over their respective four years at Scotts Valley High. Indeed, large shoes, or in this case, large chairs to fill!