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CCS Division I Baseball: 'Catz face heartbreak again in 11-6 to Leland

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville High star picture Chris Rivera summed up the Wildcatz 11-6 loss to Leland High perfectly.
"All it took was one inning," Rivera said
One inning full of miscommunication and frustration sunk the No. 8-seeded Wildcatz hopes of a Central Coast Section Division I championship Wednesday against the No. 9-seeded Chargers.
Fresh off clinching their first league title

CCS Baseball Playoffs: St. Francis beats Mitty, 3-1, to win first-ever CCS Open Division game

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Danny Cervantes was asking St. Francis head coach Kenny Nakagawa for the ball all week.
And when Nakagawa finally made him the starting pitcher for the Sharks first-ever Central Coast Section Open Division game against West Catholic Athletic League power, Archbishop Mitty, the right-handed pitcher had a simple message for his coach.
"I just told him, ‘I got

Boy's CCS Volleyball: Aptos tightens up in championship loss to Saratoga

Modified: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
SAN JOSE -- In a few years the youthful Aptos High Mariners team might look back at Tuesday's Central Coast Section Division II championship game against Saratoga High as a leaping point for something great.
For now, they'll use it as motivation.
In the biggest game of the season the top-seeded Mariners simply weren't themselves and fell 25-21, 25-18, 31-29

Local Roundup: Whitehouse signs with Doane College

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Monte Vista Christian School's Aaron Whitehouse signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska Wednesday.
Surrounded by friends and family, Whitehouse made his commitment to the Tigers, who play in the Great Plains Athletic Conference of the NAIA. In the 2015 season, the Tigers were 33-15 overall.
Whitehouse was a standout for the

CCS Baseball and Softball, 2015: Three local teams to play in playoffs Wednesday

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015

St. Francis High and Watsonville High baseball will both host Central Coast Section playoff games Wednesday.
The Sharks, co-champions of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League, received the No. 5 seed in the CCS Open Division -- the top division of the playoffs. They will host No. 12 Archbishop Mitty Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Mitty, of San Jose, was

Local Roundup, 5-19: ‘Catz softball wins MBL-P outright

Modified: Monday, May 18th, 2015

Watsonville High beat Alisal High 17-0 in five innings Friday night to clinch the Monterey Bay League Pacific division title outright.
The Wildcatz (16-10-1, 11-1) will play at Los Altos High Wednesday in the first round of Central Coast Section Division I playoffs at 4 p.m.
• Seaside 8, Monte Vista Christian 5 - Hillary Guerrero was 3-for-4 with

Ocean Speedway: Sanders notches third straight win

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015

WATSONVILLE -- Slide jobs are part of the game in sprint car racing. Friday night Justin Sanders proved he could slide job with the best garnering his third consecutive win in Ocean Speedway's Taco Bravo sponsored 360 winged sprint car series.
"This was another great track by Ocean Speedway. The slide jobs were incredible," said Sanders, referring to the

Little League Roundup: Braves withstand late rally from Padres for 10-8 win

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015

Taking a 10-5 lead into the home sixth, the Braves survived a three-run Padres rally to hold on for the 10-8 win Saturday in Pajaro Valley Little League Majors playoffs in Watsonville.
Mario Castillo's two-run double had closed the gap to two, but Braves reliever Jo Jo Diaz settled down and retired the next two Padre batters to seal

Boy's CCS D-II Volleyball playoffs: Aptos sweeps SHC, moves to championship

Modified: Monday, May 18th, 2015
SAN JOSE -- Aptos has four great hitters, athletes that can set a solid block and a setter that can pick apart defenses. When all of those pieces are playing together and having fun, they're tough to beat.
Sacred Heart Cathedral found that out Saturday.
After cleaning up some sloppy offensive play in Game 1, the top-seeded Mariners made quick

CCS Swimming and Diving Championships: Staka wins 100-yard Backstroke title

Modified: Monday, May 18th, 2015

SANTA CLARA -- Aptos High's Chris Staka walked away with a Central Coast Section championship Saturday. It just wasn't the one he was expecting.
Staka won the CCS championship in the 100-yard Backstroke with a time of 49.55 seconds at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara.
The Mariners star junior swimmer came in as one

MBL-Pacific Baseball: Watsonville beats Seaside for a share of 1st league title since 1991

Modified: Friday, May 15th, 2015

SEASIDE -- For the first time since 1991, the Watsonville High Wildcatz can call themselves league champions.
Oscar Gonzalez hit the Wildcatz first homer of the season, and of his high school career, to spark a five-run inning and lead Watsonville past Seaside High 9-1 to clinch a share of the Monterey Bay League Pacific division championship Friday in

Boy's CCS Volleyball: Mt. Madonna ousted by Schneidmiller, Saratoga

Modified: Friday, May 15th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Joel Schneidmiller insisted that his superman-esque celebration after striking down a huge kill was just him having fun and that his team doesn't referred to him as the man of steel.
The Saratoga High team may want to start doing so.
Schneidmiller was indeed superhuman Thursday and the he was also difference between the No. 11 Falcons and

Boy's CCS Volleyball: Aptos dominates, moves to semis

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
APTOS -- After falling to Mt. Madonna School in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League championship, the top-seeded Aptos High Mariners worked hard in practice this week and took down No. 9 Eastside College Prep in the second round of the Central Coast Section Division-II playoffs 25-16, 25-13, 25-20.
Last season, Aptos (23-7, 10-2) fell in this round. Now,

MBL-Pacific Softball: Watsonville hangs on to clinch title

Modified: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- It might have come with a little more drama than they would've liked, but after waiting six years for a shot at a championship the Watsonville High Wildcatz will take it.
Malena Cueva was 4-for-4 with two RBIs, Savanah Quintana was 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs and Sammi Sakai denied Monte Vista Christian's seventh-inning comeback to

MBL-Pacific Baseball: Watsonville beats North Salinas in an 11-inning classic

Modified: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A masterpiece.
That's the only way to describe Watsonville High's 1-0, 11-inning win against North Salinas High.
It had all the elements of an all-time great: a bitter rivalry that was only cemented by another close battle, two ace pitchers that lived up to the hype, a packed house that cheered and booed its heart out, and plenty

Local Roundup, 5/14: Watsonville beats MVC for title

Posted: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The Watsonville High Wildcatz beat the Monte Vista Christian Mustangs 8-6 Wednesday night to capture at least a share of the Monterey Bay League Pacific division championship. It's the Wildcatz first league title since 2009.
Malena Cueva was 4-for-4 with two RBIs, Savanah Quintana was 2-for-3 with two walks, four RBIs and two doubles and Liyah Lopez hit a

Football coach, Hazel, steps in as Sharks’ AD

Posted: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

WATSONVILLE -- St. Francis High announced Sunday that head football coach Adam Hazel will serve as the school's Athletic Director and take the reigns from departing Art Walker.
Hazel first came to St. Francis to lead the football program and as a full-time social studies teacher in 2012. Since then he's branched out to teaching physical education, which includes

SCCAL Baseball Tournament: Sharks upended by Santa Cruz

Modified: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The St. Francis High Sharks didn't put much stock into the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Tournament after capturing a regular season league championship last week.
But Sharks senior captain Nick Ciandro made it very clear when asked if having a title and a Central Coast Section playoff spot locked up made a 6-4 loss to Santa Cruz

Boy's CCS Golf Finals, 2015: Slater misses NorCal

Modified: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

CARMEL -- The Central Coast Section Finals didn't exactly go the way Monte Vista Christian senior Ryan Slater wanted.
Slater narrowly missed advancing to the California Interscholastic Federation NorCal Championships last year by losing in a playoff hole. This time around Slater finished with a 1-over par 72 to tie for eighth place and miss the cut by two

Cavendish wins stage 2 of Tour of California, Jacques-Maynes knocked out of race

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015
LODI -- Britain's Mark Cavendish earned his second straight win over Peter Sagan of Slovakia and extended his race lead Monday in the second stage of the Tour of California.
Cavendish, who rides for the Etixx-Quick Step team, earned his 11th win of the season with a late surge in the 120.4-mile road stage from Nevada City in 4 hours,

Local Roundup, 5-12: St. Francis wins second SCCAL title

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015

The St. Francis High Sharks beat the Aptos High Mariners twice in one night to earn a share of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League championship Friday in Watsonville.
The Sharks (22-5, 10-2) finished out a postponed game with a 10-6 win and then beat the Mariners 10-2.
With the win, St. Francis tied Soquel High for the best

Little League Roundup: Padres beat D-Backs

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015

B.J. Anderson had two RBIs to help the Padres edge the Diamondbacks 6-5 in Pajaro Valley Little League Majors play Friday in Watsonville.
Danny Miranda hit a double while Logan Way and Ruben Castaneda both hit two singles for the Padres.
For the D-Backs, Rylee Gomez hit a double and Clay Acevedo had two hits including a double. .

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