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D-League Finals: Santa Cruz sweeps Fort Wayne to claim championship

Modified: Monday, Apr 27th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Through the last half of the season nearly everything had gone right for the Santa Cruz Warriors.
They had won a franchise-record 11 straight games, a franchise-best 34 games in a season, the West Division crown and, in a stroke of luck, had guard Elliot Williams return from the NBA right on time for playoffs. Oh, and

MBL-Pacific Softball: Watsonville comes back to remain in first place

Modified: Saturday, Apr 25th, 2015
SEASIDE -- It didn't matter that they were down 1-0, then 3-1 and, finally, 4-3 on the road. The Watsonville High Wildcatz simply followed their head coach's advice: slow the game down.
With a smooth and steady approach at the plate the Wildcatz knocked off the Seaside High Spartans, 10-6, Friday in Monterey Bay League Pacific division play.
After trailing

MBL-Pacific Track and Field: Brotherly duo Cervantes, Trout-Lacy powering WHS

Modified: Saturday, Apr 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- It's one of the most overused sayings in sports: We're family.
But in the case of Watsonville High track and field stars Jacob Cervantes and T.J. Trout-Lacy, it's simply the truth.
One is the speedy assassin on the track, the other is the explosive leaper in the field events. They're different. They're step brothers. But like the old

Local Roundup, 4/25: Watsonville beats Seaside, 10-6

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015

In a battle of top teams in the Monterey Bay League Pacific division, the Wasonville High Wildcatz came out on top of the Seaside High Spartans 10-6 Friday evening in Seaside.
The Wildcatz were down 3-1 after the third inning, but went on to outscore the Spartans 7-1 through the next three innings.
Dominique Anderson was 2-for-3 with a

D-League Finals: Santa Cruz erases 20-point deficit to take 1-0 lead

Modified: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
Throughout the entire season the Santa Cruz Warriors have kept their cool. Through the many roster moves, through the early-season offensive struggles, through everything the 2014-15 season dealt them.
So it was no surprise that when they were down by 20 points just eight minutes into Game 1 of the NBA D-League Finals that they didn't panic.
No, Santa Cruz

JC Baseball: Cabrillo closes out regular season hot

Modified: Thursday, Apr 23rd, 2015
APTOS -- All nine Cabrillo College starters got on base as they won their final game of the regular season, 15-10, against West Valley College in Coast Conference Pacific play Thursday in Aptos.
Cabrillo (21-15, 14-10) went into the game a game behind Gavilan College and Ohlone College in conference play on the last day of the regular season. The

Local Roundup, 4/23: Palazzo leads Hawks past Gavilan

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015

Matt Palazzo threw a complete game, four-hit shutout to lead the Cabrillo College Seahawks past Gavilan College 3-0 in Coast Conference Pacific play Tuesday in Aptos. It was the Seahawks (20-15, 13-10) fourth straight win.
Palazzo struck out seven batters in win.
Angel Sanchez, Andy Morris and Jake Raynaud scored for Cabrillo, while Lucas Hewitt had an RBI.

MBL-Gabilan Baseball: Dean, MVC edge defending champ San Benito

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Since the Monterey Bay League and the Tri-County League joined forces to create an equity league three years ago it seemed like the Monte Vista Christian Mustangs were just spinning their tires in the MBL-Gabilan -- the upper division of the league. In the first two years of the equity league era they were 12-24 in league play.

SCCAL Baseball: Sharks fall to Soquel 5-3 with 1st place on the line

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
SOQUEL -- With first place in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League on the line, St. Francis High fell behind early and left runners on base in a 5-3 loss to host Soquel High Tuesday.
St. Francis (16-4, 5-2) falls into second place with the loss. Coming into the game, the Sharks were tied for first place with the Knights.

MBL-Pacific Baseball: WHS beats North Salinas in back-to-back games behind two-out rally

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
SALINAS -- Behind six solid innings from David Ortiz and a crazy two-out rally, the Watsonville High Wildcatz beat the host North Salinas High Vikings 6-0 Monday afternoon to create a tie at the top of the Monterey Bay League Pacific division.
Watsonville (12-6, 8-2) scored all of its runs in the top of the seventh inning with two outs.

D-League Western Conference Finals: Williams scores 31, Warriors advance to Finals

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
Elliot Williams scored 31 points to lead the Santa Cruz Warriors past the Austin Spurs, 97-83, in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals and into the NBA D-League Finals for the third straight year Friday at Keiser Permanente Arena.
Williams added six rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots to his night, while also serving as the closer for

Local Roundup, 4/21: Aptos takes two at Steinbeck Classic

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015

The Aptos High Mariners beat Carmel High 6-4 and Christopher High 5-4 in Saturday at the Steinbeck Classic in Salinas.
Jenn Segura was the winning pitcher in both games and had a huge day with the bat as well. Segura was 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs against Carmel. Segura was 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI

Ocean Speedway: Car troubles lead Hogge IV to win

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015

WATSONVILLE -- Bobby Hogge IV led the final two laps to win his second consecutive IMCA modified main event at Ocean Speedway Friday night.
Salinas' Cody Burke grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag and led 23-laps before his car quit, denying him his first win of the season.
"We were a second-place car

Little League Roundup, 4/21: Mendoza, Teixeira help Giants beat Padres, 8-6

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015

Donovan Mendoza and Jasper Teixeira both hit doubles to lead the Giants past the Padres 8-6 Friday in Pajaro Valley Little League Majors play in Watsonville.
Temo Orta, Logan Way and Mario Castillo all hit doubles for the Padres.
Rays 15, Diamondbacks 4 - The Rays stormed past the Diamondbacks 15-4 behind a 10-run first inning Saturday in

JC Softball: Cuellar hoping to spark Hawks in playoffs

Posted: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015

APTOS -- Cabrillo College took the field March 15 for a double-header against Yuba College.
The Seahawks won the first game, 3-2, but ultimately took a huge loss in the process.
Their leadoff hitter and vocal leader, sophomore centerfielder Mikal Cuellar suffered a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) that took her out of the lineup. She was thrown

D-League Western Conference Finals: Austin evens up series at 1-all

Modified: Monday, Apr 20th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- With a third straight trip to the NBA D-League Finals on the line the Santa Cruz Warriors stumbled to an ugly 100-91 loss against the Austin Spurs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Sunday night at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz.
In possibly the biggest stage of the top-seeded Warriors season, they gave the

D-League Western Conference Finals: Santa Cruz takes 1-0 advantage behind team effort

Modified: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
The Santa Cruz Warriors defeated the host Austin Spurs 106-95 in Game 1 of the NBA D-League Western Conference Finals Friday night. Seven different Warriors scored in double-figures to give Santa Cruz the 1-0 edge in the best-of-three series.
The Warriors host the Spurs Sunday in Santa Cruz at 5:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Arena and can clinch their third-straight

All-RP Boy's Soccer: The Register-Pajaronian names Gonzalo Samudio its Player of the Year

Modified: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015

WATSONVILLE -- After being away from the Watsonville High soccer program, Gonzalo Samudio knew that nothing would be guaranteed in his return as a senior.
"I had to work for it," he said.
And he did exactly that. From the first day of tryouts the Wildcatz midfielder took a leadership role and helped the Black and Gold to one

Local Roundup, 4/18: Gonzales takes 2nd in Sea Otter Classic

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015

Watsonville native Michael "Bubba" Gonzales took second in the 18 and under division of the Dual Slalom final at the 25th annual Sea Otter Classic Friday at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey.
It was his second year finishing in second place. Gonzales crashed in the second leg of the race after finishing second in the first leg

Little League Roundup, 4/18: Azevedo hits inside-the-park HR in Rays win over Padres

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015

Ariana Azevedo hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run and the Rays made quick work of the Padres in a 12-1 Pajaro Valley Little League Majors win Monday in Watsonville.
Brandon George scored three runs and Nathaniel Brouse had two hits.
Ruben Castaneda hit a triple for the Padres.
Cubs 11, Giants 7 - The Cubs beat the Giants

Boy's SCCAL Volleyball: Aptos hands Mt. Madonna first league loss in sweep

Modified: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
APTOS -- Neither coach could tell exactly what the difference was between the Aptos High Mariners and the Mt. Madonna Hawks in their Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League game Thursday night, but a quick look at each of the player's faces made it clear.
The host Mariners were aggressive, hungry, laughing and slapping each other with high fives. Simply

JC Softball: Cabrillo's conference title hopes dashed in 1-0 extra-innings loss

Modified: Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
APTOS -- It was the definition of a pitchers dual in West Valley College's 1-0 win in eight innings over Cabrillo College Thursday in Aptos.
The loss drops Cabrillo (29-10, 9-5) to third place in the Coast Conference South. They were in second place entering the day and needed to win to have any chance of taking the CC-S title.

Local Roundup, 4/16: Watsonville blows out Pajaro Valley

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015

The Watsonville High Wildcatz beat their cross-town rivals, the Pajaro Valley High Grizzlies, 14-0 in five innings Wednesday evening in Monterey Bay League Pacific division play.
Heaven Ramirez hit a two-run double in the first inning to give Watsonville the early lead and they never looked back.
Watsonville hosts Monte Vista Christian Friday at 4:30 p.m.


SCCAL Softball: Slow start dooms Aptos in 13-5 loss

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
SOQUEL-- Aptos High fell to host Soquel High 13-5 in six innings Tuesday afternoon in Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League play.
It didn't take long for Soquel High to score, and by the end of the fourth inning they were up 11-1.
Aptos had just one last inning to score before the game would end due to the mercy

SCCAL Baseball: St. Francis pushes winning streak to six

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
SCOTTS VALLEY -- The St. Francis High Sharks proved that they could play with any team in the country over the weekend by beating nationally ranked Bishop Gorman, of Las Vegas.
Tuesday, they did nothing to disprove that with an 8-4 Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League win over the host Scotts Valley High Falcons.
St. Francis (16-3-1, 3-1) was so

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