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Local Round Up: Cabrillo College dominated by Shasta 63-20

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014

Cabrillo kept it close for one quarter but the following three were all Shasta as the Seahawks fell 63-20 Saturday night in Redding.
Lucas Sinnott caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Layne to put Cabrillo (0-2) up early, but Shasta shutout the Seahawks until the 3 minute, 19 second-mark of the second quarter. By then Cabrillo was already

Prep Football Week 1: Watsonville scores 14 points in 4th quarter to notch first win, 24-20

Modified: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014

SOQUEL -- Down three with 3 minutes, 32 seconds left and on their own 27-yard line.
Turns out the Wildcatz had the Cardinals right where they wanted them.
Senior Oscar Gonzalez punched in a 1-yard, game-winning touchdown with 8.3 seconds left to notch Watsonville's first win of the season, 24-20, against Santa Cruz in a non-league contest at Soquel

Prep football Week 1: Mariners not sneaking by anyone anymore

Modified: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014

SEASIDE -- No matter what team they play, no matter where they play them, Aptos will get everyone's best game.
If they didn't know that before the start of the season, they do now.
The Mariners ended up with a 32-7 blowout win against the Seaside Spartans Friday night, but there was no doubt that a team in a

Podcast: Register-Pajaronian Prep Football Wrap Up, week 1

Modified: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
Tony Nunez, the sports editor at the Register-Pajaronian newspaper, breaks down the prep football action in the Pajaro Valley during week 1 of the 2014 season.
Enter the following link into your browser to listen to this week's podcast.

Local Round Up: Mustangs end week with two wins

Modified: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014

The Monte Vista Christian Mustangs beat the Scotts Valley Falcons in straight sets 26-24, 25-23, 28-26 Wednesday in Watsonville.
Sjea Anderson has six kills and three aces for the Mustangs (5-3) while Avery Keathley notched five kills and five blocks.
Thursday the Mustangs got their third win of the week by taking down North Salinas 16-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-17,

R-P Volleyball Rankings: Aptos debuts a top rankings

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
1. Aptos (5-1):
Wins against St. Francis of Mountain View and San Benito have Mariners on top.
Last, NA
2. MVC (5-3):
Mustangs go 3-0 against quality opponents this week.
Last, NA
3. Mount Madonna (0-1):
Hawks have to replace all of their top players and play in a tough conference.
Last, NA
4. NMC (0-3):

MBL Girls Cross Country Preview: Wildcatz striving for consecutive MBL-P titles

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014

WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville is no longer the team that can hide and sneak their way to a title. This season the Wildcatz are front and center, oh, and in everybody's crosshairs.
Watsonville is looking to start a league championship winning streak after breaking a 23-year hiatus of raising a banner by winning the Monterey Bay League Pacific division title

SCCAL Girls Tennis Preview: Defending SCCAL champions have hopes of repeat, Mariners in way

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014

WATSONVILLE -- Everyone in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League and beyond knew about the Casper sisters, Caroline and Claire, last year, what they didn't know was the two were only the tip of the St. Francis Central Coast Catholic iceberg.
As a team St. Francis C.C.C. was a force to be reckoned with, and that showed on the

Prep. Football: Villa, Condors see changes equal success:

Modified: Thursday, Sep 11th, 2014

CASTROVILLE -- For the greater good, John Villa sacrificed a comfortable 20-point lead against Gonzales.
The first year-head coach subbed in all 45 of his players, many of them in their first years, into their non-league contest against the Spartans in the final quarter.
That decision turned what was a no-doubt win, into a 27-20 skin-of-their-teeth W.
But if

Register-Pajaronian Football Power Rankings: North Monterey County moves up to third after win

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
1. Aptos (1-0):
Mariners snuck by the Cowboys in closing minutes last week. It was their first Week 1 win since the 2011 season.
Last, 1st.
2. MVC (1-0):
Mustangs notched an impressive win down in King City over a good team.
Last, 2nd.
3. NMC (1-0):
Condors kick off 2014 season with a 27-21 win against

Prep Football Preview, Week 1: Watsonville looks to notch first win of season v Santa Cruz

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014

The Wildcatz have a big chance at making up for their Week 0 mistakes with a win in the 106-year-old rivalry game against Santa Cruz.
Watsonville improved their lead on Santa Cruz in the all-time series last season with a 27-20 win. The Wildcatz now lead 54-37-5.
Watsonville looked like it found a rhythm offensively during the second half

Local Round Up: SC Warriors open season against LA D-Fenders

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014

The Santa Cruz Warriors will open their season on Nov. 14 by hosting Phil Hubbard and the Los Angeles D-Fenders at 7:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Area.
Hubbard was an assistant coach under Casey Hill last season.
Other notable games include their one-game rematch on Jan. 6 against the NBA D-League champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants, who swept

SCCAL Girls Cross Country Preview: Aptos Mariners reload for another run at SCCAL, CCS championships

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014

SALINAS -- The days of Vanessa Fraser, Nikki Hiltz and Anna Maxwell are over in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League. Now, power in numbers will reign supreme once again.
Thankfully, for the Aptos Mariners, that's something they specialize in.
Following a year where Aptos won its ninth SCCAL title in 10 years and its fourth Central Coast Section

Local Round Up: Hawks shutdown by Contra Costa

Modified: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014

The Cabrillo Seahawks dropped their season opener 36-14 to Contra Costa Saturday in Aptos.
Seahawks (0-1) Dominic Bonner put the home team on top, 14-13, before the half with a 51-yard punt return, but Contra (1-0) scored 23 unanswered points to pull away for the win.
Cabrillo's Brandon Layne threw for 138 yards and one touchdown, while the

Ocean Speedway: Gardner pulls clean sweep at Speedway

Posted: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014

WATSONVILLE -- Concord's Damion Gardner ended USAC-CRA racing for the year at Ocean Speedway Friday night. He set a new track record, won his heat race and the 30-lap main event for a clean sweep in the penultimate round of California Sprint Week.
The current point leader in the Southern California-based traveling series won four of the five

Prep. Football: Ciandro, St. Francis fend off Greenfield 35-28

Modified: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014

WATSONVILLE -- Nick Ciandro and the St. Francis Sharks continue to haunt the Greenfield Bruins.
The senior quarterback threw for 283 yards and three scores and sealed the 35-28 season-opening win with an interception to notch back-to-back comeback wins against the Bruins.
"Two games in a row with some instant ESPN classic finishes," said Sharks head coach Adam Hazel.

Video: Register-Pajaronian Prep Football Wrap Up, week 0

Modified: Sunday, Sep 7th, 2014
The sports editor of the Register-Pajaronian, Tony Nunez, wraps up six prep football games from around the Pajaro Valley area during week 0 of the 2014 season.

Prep Football: Leach, Breakers run by 'Catz in season opener, 39-16

Modified: Saturday, Sep 6th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- If Watsonville can take anything from Friday night's 39-16 non-league loss to Pacific Grove it is that that things will get better, and Jason Leach is very, very fast.
The Breakers' (1-0) top runner torched the Wildcatz' (0-1) defense for 195 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries to spoil Ron Myers' first game back as Watsonville's

Local Round Up: Watsonville’s Zamora helps Mexico advance

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014

Watsonville's Adrian Zamora scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds to help the Mexican national team beat Korea 87-71 to close out Group D play at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.
With the win, Mexico advances to the knockout round and will play the US national team Saturday at 7 a.m. The game will be televised on ESPN

MBL GIRLS WATER POLO PREVIEW: Mariners return with CCS berth as top goal

Modified: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014

APTOS -- Despite losing their head coach, leading scorers and ace in front of the net, the Mariners are looking for a season of reloading, not rebuilding.
"We lost a lot," said new head coach Mark Knapp, "but that's the case every year."
Powered by a strong senior group, the Mariners finished at 6-6 in the Monterey Bay League

Prep Football: Behind new leadership, Grizzlies believe postseason is in their future

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014

WATSONVILLE -- Pajaro Valley's starting half back John Mason still remembers being a freshman with this year's class of seniors.
The speedy workhorse said he can remember not having the drive to "put in the work."
But the change from being a part of a varsity squad that went from a 1-9 record to 5-5 last season, changed everything.

Register-Pajaronian Football Power Rankings: Aptos Mariners debut at top spot of initial rankings

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 3rd, 2014
1. Aptos (0-0):
Mariners are favorites in SCCAL, CCS D-III as season begins.
Last, N.A.
2. MVC (0-0):
Mustangs are going to compete for MBL-P title with all of their athletic ability.
Last, N.A.
3. Pajaro Valley (0-0):
Coming off 5-5 year and a Belgard Kup win, Grizzlies have things trending upward.
Last, N.A.
4. Watsonville (0-0):

Prep football preview: Mariners begin grueling preseason with trip to Salinas

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 3rd, 2014

If Aptos wants to meet their lofty goal of making it to the state playoffs this season then they'll need to finish their season almost unscathed. That won't be an easy task, however.
The Mariners stacked their schedule with Salinas, Seaside, Watsonville, Clovis East and Granite Bay. First up the Cowboys at the "Pit." The last time Aptos played

Tony's thoughts: Changes to football coverage, upgrades to Athletes of the Week coming

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 3rd, 2014
Last Friday's Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Jamboree made me have a bit of a flashback.
No, I didn't remember my "glory days" at Watsonville High. I thought of last year and how fun it was to cover the different football teams in the Pajaro Valley area.
Each one of the squads had their own personality, their own make

Aptos Volleyball: Aptos looks for back-to-back SCCAL titles with new coach, same nucleus

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 3rd, 2014

APTOS -- For some coaches the hardest part of the job is getting the kids to gel. For others it's improving their player's skills. For new Aptos head coach Lucas Bol the hardest part of the job is finding a few hours of sleep.
While holding an assistant coach position on the powerhouse Cabrillo College team, Bol will perform

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