Schools & Education

Hollister resident selected for regional showcase game

Schyler Sicoli, a junior outfielder at Monte Vista Christian High School this past season, will play in front of scouts at Santa Clara University

Hollister resident Scyler Sicoli, an outfielder on the Monte Vista Christian baseball team in Watsonville, is one of 20 junior standouts selected to play in this coming weekend's 46th annual California Baseball Coaches Association (CBCA) North-South Series at Santa Clara University.

Sicoli, the son of Alison and Mike Sicoli — the owners of Hollister's Round Table Pizza — will play in a game that in the past has featured future Major League Baseball players such as Randy Johnson, Mike Gallegos, Robin Young and Rickey Henderson. A total of 280 juniors, including 90 from the north, were nominated by their coaches to participate in tryouts.

A doubleheader will be played on Saturday, June 13 with games at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday’s game begins at 10 a.m. 

Sicoli's coach at MVC, Donald Keathley, nominated the speedy outfielder — along with two other of his players — to participate in a tryout for the games. After the first cut in a morning tryout session, 30 players remained. They were divided into two teams and played a simulated game so the attending coaches could assess each player's ability at their individual positions. After the simulated game, the final roster of 20 players were selected to represent the North squad. 

Sicoli wrapped up his season at MVC by earning second-team all-league honors in the Gabilan Division of the Monterey Bay League, in which San Benito High School also competes. The North-South rosters include four outfielders, six infielders, two catchers and eight pitchers. Sicoli is the first player from MVC to be selected to a CBCA all-star team.

Mike Sicoli called his son's selection "a proud moment" for him and his wife.


Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.