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Mustangs tab alum Miller as new girl’s soccer coach

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015

WATSONVILLE -- Monte Vista Christian Athletic Director David Reese will replace one of the girl's soccer program most successful coaches, with one of the program's most successful players.
Former Mustangs standout Morgan Miller, a 2006 MVC grad, will guide the reigning Monterey Bay League Pacific division champs into the 2015-16 season.
Miller played at the varsity level in all

Youthful field headlines the 2015 Comerica Challenger

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
Whereas last year the Comerica Bank Challenger was headlined by a former Top 10 player in Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, this year's tournament will feature plenty of top up-and-coming youth competing for the $100,000 purse.
Hosted at the Seaside Sports Club in Aptos, the oldest running men's challenger in the United States will have four players still in their teens and

Manager Ramirez III, players Ramirez IV, Para enjoying the ride with SC PONY

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The logo on their chests might say Santa Cruz, but there's a little taste of Watsonville on the Santa Cruz PONY All-Stars.
The Santa Cruz PONY All-Stars will make their first-ever West Zone tournament appearance today when they face powerhouse Long Beach PONY at 11:30 a.m. in Los Alamitos, and Watsonville will be well represented.
Watsonville native and

Tony's Thoughts: 2015 is critical for 49ers, Raiders

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
The start of NFL training camp for Bay Area football is just a few days away, and for the first time in a handful of years I really don't know which team is coming in with more question marks, the 49ers or the Raiders?
Both have new head coaches -- although one (Jack Del Rio, Oakland) is more accomplished than

Sam Chelanga wins 43rd edition of Wharf to Wharf

Modified: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015
CAPITOLA -- During the past four months Sam Chelanga developed a new found appreciation for running.
The Kenyan-born runner was sidelined with a stress fracture in his left foot in April, and had to sit out a full month before building himself back up in the short time before the 43rd running of the Wharf to Wharf.
For a few

Watsonville’s Justin Sanders continues impressive success

Posted: Monday, Jul 27th, 2015

WATSONVILLE -- Justin Sanders continued his extraordinary success in 360 winged sprint car racing in Central and Northern California.
Back-to- back wins at Ocean Speedway last Friday night and Marysville on Saturday brings his season total to 12. Sanders has 26 podium finishes in his 35 races and has finished in the top ten 33 times.

Watsonville’s Kane takes 17th at CrossFit Games

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015

Watsonville native John Kane took 17th in at the 2015 CrossFit Games in Carson.
Kane, competing in the Masters 60+ division, scored an 11th-place finish in the "Thruster" and a 12th-place finish in "The Sandwich," which were two of the six events he competed in starting on Tuesday and finishing up Wednesday.
Steve Pollini of CrossFit Oakland was crowned

Wharf to Wharf returns for 43rd running

Modified: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015

CAPITOLA-- In the weeks leading up to Sunday's 43rd annual Wharf to Wharf, registration broke records, selling out in merely two hours.
With the race only accommodating 16,000 people, registration is notoriously limiting, with the window of opportunity to participate shrinking each year.
Scott McConville, 31, the race director for the last three years, said that registration time

County local wins gold at Police and Fire Games

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
For a few days law enforcement officers and firefighters turned in their normal attire for a shirt, shorts and some sneakers.
More than 12,000 current and retired police and firefighters traveled to Fairfax, Va. to compete in the World Police and Fire Games, and retired Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Officer Larry Griffin brought home a gold, silver and two bronze

Aptos football players learn the ins-and-outs of media relations at Levi's Stadium

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 22nd, 2015
Maybe a few years down the road some of the high school football players that attended the first-ever USA Football/MaxPreps High School Football Media Day will be a little more reserved and relaxed when they're interviewed in a press-conference format.
Wednesday, however, the Aptos High football players in attendance were anything but that. They were giddy and excited, and soaked

Aptos selects 2001 grad Jason Biancardi as new baseball coach

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 22nd, 2015
APTOS -- The Aptos High Mariners baseball program has found its man.
After a thorough two-month search, the Mariners tabbed 2001 Aptos grad Jason Biancardi as their new head coach, Athletic Director Mark Dorfman announced Tuesday.
"He's a great guy from a great Aptos family," Dorfman wrote in an email, "full of enthusiasm, passion and baseball knowledge."
Biancardi, one of

Ocean Speedway, 7/21: Golobic wins, earns spot in Johnny Key Memorial

Posted: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Shane Golobic's win Friday night at Ocean Speedway locks him into the 55th running of the Johnny Key Memorial race on August 29.
"Having a guaranteed starting spot into the Johnny Key takes a lot of weight off our shoulders," Golobic said. "This was a fast race track and tonight it all came together for a must-win into

Tony's Thoughts: In a city of more than 50,000, there is still not enough for kids, young adults

Modified: Monday, Jul 20th, 2015
A couple of days ago I was texting back and forth with a few of my cousins trying to find out what we wanted to do.
We threw out a few thoughts: beach, movies or go out of town.
I thought to myself, sadly, "there really isn't much to do in Watsonville."
Yeah there's the Green Valley Cinemas, more

Local Roundup, 7-18: Lil’ Mariners camp coming Monday

Posted: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015

The Lil' Mariners Football camp, run by Aptos High head coach Randy Blankenship, will begin Monday at Aptos High.
The four-day camp, structured for kids from first to eighth grade, will run until Thursday. It will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is $40.
For more information contact Blankenship at Aptosfootball@gmail.com.
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For HS football teams offseason weight lifting equals wins, success

Posted: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The high school football season doesn't start for another month and half, but many teams have already started winning games.
Well, the answer lies in the weight room.
It's there where boys are turned into men, a group of athletes become a team and, of course, where muscle and strength is built.
But what does that added

Past champs headline Wharf to Wharf elite field

Posted: Friday, Jul 17th, 2015

Previous victors will headline both the men's and women's elite runners field in the 43rd annual running of the Wharf to Wharf on July 26.
Kenyans Nelson Oyugi and Shadrack Kosgei will return with hopes of being the first man to cross the finish line, while Risper Gesabwa will be back looking for her second Wharf to Wharf championship.

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