Mission Prep running back Patrick Laird garnered another postseason accolade Thursday, when he was named a small-school second team All-American by MaxPreps.com — a CBS Sports website for high school sports.
“To be considered on an All-American list is just a cool feeling,” Laird wrote in a text message to The Tribune following the announcement. “I never thought growing up I would even be close to achieving that. Things like this have made all the hard work worthwhile.”
According to MaxPreps, Laird was one of just three California running backs to eclipse the 3,000-yard mark this season, when he rumbled for 3,117 yards and 36 total touchdowns. He was named The Tribune’s County Player of the Year as well as the offensive player of the year for the CIF-Southern Section Northeastern Division.
The 6-foot, 205-pound senior is still weighing his options when it comes to college from both athletic and academic standpoints. Last week, he said Cal offered him a preferred walk-on spot, and he is planning to make an official visit to Brown. Laird added he hopes to visit other Ivy League schools on the East Coast as well.
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The 60 MaxPreps Small Schools All-Americans were picked from schools around the country with enrollments of 1,000 students or less.
Nipomo 2, Cabrillo 1
Efrain Navarro scored with four minutes remaining to break the tie and lift the Titans
(6-12, 1-4 Los Padres League) to their first league win of the season.
Brian Araujo also scored for Nipomo on an assist from Mike Arevalo, and Johann Ayala made a pair of saves in net.
Santa Ynez 7, Templeton 4
Jeffery Hammond scored twice for Templeton (5-6-2, 2-2-2 LPL), but Santa Ynez’s six goals in the second half proved to be the difference.
Mission Prep 1, Coast Union 1, tie
Scott Creel tied the score for the Royals (3-4-3) off a set piece from Marcel Graingen in the second half.
Adrian Gonzalez scored in the first half for Coast Union (4-10-1).
Mission Prep’s Justin McKeague made six saves, and teammate Paul Tompkins had three saves.
Lompoc 5, Morro Bay 0
The Pirates (3-12, 1-4 Los Padres League) surrendered three goals in a three-minute stretch in the first half.
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Atascadero 8, San Luis Obispo 2
Kylie Ferree led the Greyhounds (10-5, 2-1 PAC 7) with five goals, and goalie Lauren Giggy had 12 saves.
Emily Lovato and Julia Donath scored for the Tigers (5-7, 1-2).
Nipomo 2, Cabrillo 0
Vanessa Avila and Gracie Albano scored for the Titans (2-2-1 LPL). Dani Diaz assisted on Avila’s goal.
Lompoc 2, Morro Bay 2, tie
Emma Hotaling scored both goals for the Pirates (7-7-3, 2-1-2 LPL).
Morro Bay led 1-0 at halftime before Lompoc tied the score in the second half. The Pirates regained the lead, but the Braves forced overtime.
Maddy Davey assisted one of Hotaling’s goals, and Elsa Ruiz assisted the other.
Goalie Madelynn Martinez recorded 14 saves.
Coast Union 3, Mission Prep 2
Cristina Plasencia scored all three goals for the Broncos (5-10).
Santa Ynez 6, Templeton 0
The Pirates shut out the Eagles (4-12, 2-4 LPL).