Athletes Honored; New AD and Football Coach Hired

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

July 1, 2022

Morro Bay High School named Wesley Wilson (left) and Peyton Schemmer the 2022 Male and Female Athletes of the Year. Wilson was a State Medalist wrestler and Schemmer a standout on the softball team. Both plan to continue competing in college. Photo courtesy MBHS

The Morro Bay High school year is over, but before the seniors were unleashed onto the world and the rest of the students left for summer vacation, the school honored its top athletes in every varsity sport.

Called “The Platinum Pirate Awards” the honors go to the MVPs of their respective teams and to the male and female Athletes of the Year.

Those Athletes of the Year Awards were given to Wesley Wilson and Peyton Schemmer.

Schemmer was a standout on the Lady Pirates’ Softball Team and had a truly amazing season. A shortstop and a pitcher, she batted .541, with 6 home runs, 13 doubles and 33 RBIs. Pitching, she posted a 1.34 ERA, with 158 strikeouts and allowed just 19 earned runs while pitching 70% of the time.

Schemmer has committed to play softball at Syracuse, University in New York.

Wilson was a State Medalist wrestler who won the CIF Central Section Div. III title at 182 pounds. He will grapple on the mats for Cal Poly SLO next year.

The school also hands out Good Guy and Good Girl Awards and this year they went to Charles Minetti and Hana Yoneyama.

The Cross Country Platinum Pirate Awards went to Charles Inman and Annabelle Wieck.

In football the award went to Dylan Turner, who will play for Cal Lutheran next year.

In girl’s golf the award went to Lena Karas and the boy’s team award went to Johnathan Riley.

The Girls’ Tennis Team award went to Ella Stoneman and the boy’s team award went to Joshua Failla.

The Girls’ Volleyball Team honored Hannah Colletti and the boy’s team awarded Jonah Konjoyan with a Platinum Pirate Award.

The Boys’ Water Polo Team honored Zeke Taylor and the Girls’ Team honored Kali Gammie.

The Boys’ Basketball Team gave its Platinum Pirate Award to Camden Steeb and the Girls’ Team Award went to Sophie Graves.

Boys’ Soccer Award went to Hugo Mendoza and the Girls’ Team Award to Jessica Chavez.

Boys’ Wrestling Team honored Shea Dawson and the Girls’ Team Award went to Sofia Steen.

The Baseball Platinum Pirate Award went to Cayden Reineke and the Girls’ Softball Team Award went to Reese Tartaglia.

The Boys’ Track Team, which won the first ever Mountain League Championship in any MBHS sport went to hurdler Phoenix Popp and the Girls’ Award went to Ava Burton.

Andrew Estala got the award for the cheerleader/stunt squad and Abigail Roberts was honored from the beach volleyball team.

Hayden Davis was the winner of the Platinum Pirate Award for the Boys’ Swimming Team and Sydney Beckett won for the girl’s team.

In other MBHS news, the Tribune named its All SLO County Baseball and Softball Teams and Pirates topped both lists.

Schemmer was the Tribune’s Player of the Year for her terrific season leading the Lady Pirates to the CIF semi-finals. Tartaglia was named First Team All County and Emily Duclos was Second Team. Sadie Pilnick made Honorable Mention All County.

In boy’s baseball, pitching ace, Morgan Codron was named Co-Player of the Year along with Arroyo Grande pitcher, Marc Byrum. Joining Codron on the First Team All County was Jackson Howell, with Nicky Johnson making Second Team All County. John Skaggs was Honorable Mention All County.

And on the administration front, school Principal Scott Schalde hired MBHS alumnus Tyler Hoyt to be the new Athletic Director, replacing longtime A.D., John Andree.

Hoyt is already a teacher in the San Luis Coastal School District and has been coaching at Laguna Middle School for 10 years, Schalde said in his announcement.

Hoyt has been pulling triple duty as the Laguna MS athletic director, track & field, and cross-country coach. Schalde came to MBHS in 2021 from Laguna MS, too.

“Throughout his time at Laguna and coaching at both Morro Bay High and SLO High,” Schalde said, “Tyler has built large athletic teams, which fostered the development of young people and were also widely successful on a competitive level.”

Hoyt was born and raised in Los Osos and Schalde said he’s glad to be home again.

“He is thrilled to be returning to lead our athletic programs,” Schalde said. “Prior to his career in education, Tyler attended U.C. Santa Cruz where he was instrumental in starting an NCAA men’s cross country program and overseeing intramural athletics.”

Hoyt and wife Jessica have two young sons — Dylan, who is 3, and George, 1. The family lives in Los Osos and Dylan and George will go to school at Baywood Elementary and eventually attend the school by the beach as their pops did.

Schalde also announced the hiring of a new head football coach, Robert Dougherty, replacing former head coach, Jake Goosen-Brown who resigned to take a job coaching at Notre Dame Academy in Southern California. Coach Goosen-Brown was here three years and steered the program through the difficult period of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Goosen-Brown led Morro Bay to a CIF Central Section and Region Titles last season and the Pirates played for a State Championship but came up short in the school’s most successful football season ever.

Schalde reached into to the Aloha State to find a new coach, who will also teach P.E.

Coach Dougherty said he was born and raised in Visalia, attending Mt. Whitney High School. He was a 3-sport letterman — football, basketball and baseball.

“I attended College of the Sequoias,” Dougherty said, “where I played both football and basketball and was fortunate enough to be offered a scholarship to Boston University to play football.” He has a healthy philosophy of sports and life.

“Throughout my life,” he said, “I have come to realize the impact athletics have played in my life journey and how important the mentors I have been coached by were to my development as a son, husband and father. My passion is teaching and coaching.”

He said he coached at Corcoran High School, then Exeter High and eventually his alma mater, Mt. Whitney. The family’s big move came soon after.

“In 2013,” he said, “we moved to Maui to be closer to my wife’s family, taking a job as an Athletic Director for six years, where I was able to see athletics from the administrative point of view.

“I realized that I missed what was truly my calling, teaching and coaching, so I took a job as a teacher and head football coach at Maui High School.”

He and wife Allison have been married 26 years, he said, and they have four children — Makena, Maile, Madelyn, and Sands. 

“Sands will be attending Morro Bay High School in the fall as a freshman,” the coach said. “I love my family and we are very excited about the move to Morro Bay and our return to California. Aloha.”

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