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Prep Football: The progression of Nick Ciandro and why the Sharks love their schedule

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Approximately 481.
That's how many miles the St. Francis Central Coast Catholic Sharks football team will clear during this year's schedule -- it's about the same distance as a drive from Watsonville to the Mexican border.
And they wouldn't have it any other way.
"It brings our team together," said senior linebacker Wyatt Ryan. "We get to talk

Watsonville Aggies host first-ever showcase

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Don't overthrow to first base so it ends up in right field. Don't let a simple grounder slip through the glove. Make contact with the ball and don't swing for the fences.
Those are only a handful of thoughts rumbling through the minds of any potential prospects performing in front of dozens of scouts.
The Watsonville Aggies

Keeping his memory fresh

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Gerardo Loyola wants to do only one thing: help.
Keeping the memory of his son, Jerry Jr., alive and fresh, Loyola is hosting the fifth annual JL Challenge Saturday at Spring Hills Golf Course in Watsonville to raise money for the Jerry Loyola Foundation Inc.
The foundation, now in its fourth year, gives help, big or small,

Tarlton wins first feature of season

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Tommy Tarlton picked the perfect night to win his first feature of the season. Already a previous winner of the Johnny Key Memorial race, the two-time track champion earned the final guaranteed starting spot for next week's 54th running of the prestigious short track event.
"This win means more than most," Tarlton said. "I'm happy to earn a

St. Francis C.C.C. Football: Soto taking a chance for ‘love of the game’

Posted: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014

WATSONVILLE -- Alyssa Soto will make history this year at St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School.
The sophomore will be the first girl to play for the Sharks' football program in its eight years of existence.
The decision, at least at first, was an unpopular one in the Soto household.
"My wife was a little skeptical," said

UCI BMX World Championships: Watsonville’s Gonzales brings home 5th straight World Championship

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014

Some people turn away from the spotlight. Whether it's because they don't like the pressure, excitement or eyes of the other people staring at them.
But for others, the spotlight is where they live, thrive and succeed.
Michael "Bubba" Gonzales is one of the others.
"It get's me excited," the Watsonville native said.
At 15 years old he has

Ocean Speedway: Mitchell uses dramatics to notch Western Classic win

Posted: Monday, Aug 11th, 2014

WATSONVILLE -- A slide job executed in sprint car racing can be poetry in motion--or a disaster.
Matt Mitchell's dramatic slide move on Brody Roa Friday night earned him his first West Coast, Western Classic feature win of the season.
Roa of Huntington Beach started from pole position and led 90 percent of the 30-lap main event. He lost

Comerica Challenger: No. 2 seed Baghdatis takes Comerica in tight match with No. 1 Kukushkin

Modified: Monday, Aug 11th, 2014
APTOS -- Sunday was all about the word never.
Never had the No. 1 and No. 2 seed of the Comerica Challenger squared off in the final, never had the No. 1 seed won the tournament, never had a player as established as Marcos Baghdatis taken Aptos by storm like this and, it seemed, that there would never be a

Aptos High Football: Mariners have eyes set on 4th consecutive SCCAL title, 2nd CCS and State playoffs

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014

APTOS -- The 2013 Aptos Mariners senior class won their third consecutive league title, dominated their way through the section playoffs to a championship and had two All-State selections.
But, somehow, the 2014 Mariners could be even better than their predecessors. All depending on the resolution of a big if.
"If we come together," said Aptos head coach Randy

Local Round Up: Santa Cruz Warriors hit $1M in season ticket sales

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014

The Santa Cruz Warriors became the first NBA D-League team in league history to exceeded $1 million in season ticket sales, the team announced Thursday.
Capping off the most successful off-season in team history, the Santa Cruz Warriors received $20,000 from local companies to purchase season tickets for disadvantaged youth, which will highlight the team's newly-launched "Community Access"

San Francisco 49ers: 49ers looking to improve after 23-3 loss to Ravens

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
BALTIMORE -- As first impressions go, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh didn't care much for what he saw from his football team in its preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
"We have some work to do," Harbaugh conceded after Thursday night's 23-3 loss.
Especially on defense. Although the 49ers didn't play standout linebacker Patrick Willis or starting linemen Ray

San Francisco Giants: Peralta first to 14 wins, Brewers edge Giants 3-1

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- Wily Peralta even surprised himself with the company he keeps.
Peralta became the first 14-game winner in the majors this season, earning his fifth straight victory and pitching the Milwaukee Brewers past the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Thursday.
"That feels amazing, man," Peralta said. "There's a lot of great starting pitchers out there. And to be able

Oakland A's: Lester goes the distance in A's 3-0 win over Twins

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
OAKLAND -- Jon Lester got a rousing ovation the first time he pitched in an Oakland uniform. His second start for the Athletics ended with his name being chanted by the crowd at O.Co Coliseum.
Lester pitched a three-hitter for his fourth career shutout, and the A's beat the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Thursday night.
The All-Star left-hander struck out

Comerica Challenger: Baghdatis cruises to another win, quarterfinal berth

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014
Former top 10 player, Marcos Baghdatis took care of business in Thursday night's feature match at the Comerica Challenger in Aptos and in a timely manner.
Clocked in at just under an hour of play, Baghdatis seemed relaxed and in the zone against his 22-year-old opponent, Andrea Collarini, for a 6-1, 6-1 win.
"I did what I had

Never Stop The Fight: Gerardo Loyola continues his son's fight against cancer with the Jerry Loyola Foundation

Modified: Thursday, Sep 19th, 2013

"Cancer is a horrendous disease," says Gerardo Loyola. "It beats you up mentally, physically, emotionally... It takes your youth away, and it takes your children."
Millions of people in the United States alone are affected by cancer, and most have no help or hope of defeating this brutal disease. Loyola is trying to bring that hope and help back

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