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SCCAL Girl's Tennis: Sharks fall two games behind Scotts Valley

Modified: Friday, Oct 9th, 2015
APTOS -- They took a step in the right direction, but, ultimately, a 4-3 loss to Scotts Valley High at Cabrillo College will make winning the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League for a third straight year nearly impossible for the St. Francis High Sharks.
St. Francis (9-3, 6-2) falls two games back of Scotts Valley (9-1, 8-0) in the

SCCAL Girl's Volleyball: Mariners hold off scrappy Hawks in sweep

Posted: Friday, Oct 9th, 2015
APTOS -- For a few minutes the Mt. Madonna Hawks looked like they were going to be the first team to take a set off Aptos High in league play up 18-17 in Game 2.
But the Mariners rapidly rebounded to sweep the visitors 25-14, 25-18, 25-17 Thursday in Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League play.
Trailing for the first

The R-P Q&A, Oct. 8: Pajaro Valley High's Joe Gregorio

Posted: Thursday, Oct 8th, 2015

RP Football Rankings, Week 5: North Monterey County rebounds into No. 3

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 7th, 2015
1. MVC (4-0):
Mustangs handled business through the preseason, winning all four games. Now the real tests come.
Last, no change
2. Aptos (1-4):
Mariners have a week to rest and recover before starting their attempt at a fifth straight SCCAL title.
Last, no change
3. NMC (1-4):
Condors rose to the occasion and turned their season

Local Roundup, 10-8: Cabrillo blasts Skyline, 9-1

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 7th, 2015

The Cabrillo College Seahawks throttled Skyline College 9-1 Tuesday in Coast Conference North play at Carl Connelly Stadium in Aptos.
Sacha Benchetrit recorded the hat trick for Cabrillo (4-14, 1-0-2), while Cody Valcarcel, Jairo Esqueda, Corentin Voltot, Fernando Del Toro Diaz, Giovanny Godoy and Jose Magana also scored goals in the rout.
The Seahawks play Ohlone College Friday at

Competitive cheer to become a CIF sport in 2017-18

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 7th, 2015

Competitive cheer will become an official California Interscholastic Federation sport beginning in the 2017-18 school year, CIF announced Wednesday afternoon, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 949.
Introduced by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), AB 949 will require CIF to oversee competitive cheer as it does with its other 16 sports: basketball, badminton, cross country, field hockey,

Prep Football Preview, Week 5: Watsonville not discouraged by loss

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 7th, 2015

If the Watsonville High Wildcatz want to compete for a Monterey Bay League Pacific division title they'll need to pull the upset of the North Salinas High Vikings Friday on their homecoming.
Watsonville (2-3, 0-1) suffered a setback last week when it lost to Gilroy High 20-13 on a fourth quarter defensive breakdown. But with five more games still

49ers’ HC Tomsula remains confident in Kaepernick

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 7th, 2015

SANTA CLARA -- San Francisco coach Jim Tomsula remains committed to Colin Kaepernick as his quarterback and maintains the fifth-year pro has not lost any confidence.
Kaepernick has struggled this season as the 49ers (1-3) look for ways to get the ball into the end zone. Kaepernick threw for his only two touchdown passes in a loss to the

MBL-G Girl's Volleyball: Mustangs fight off Cougars for 2nd straight MBL-G win

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 7th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- When the Monte Vista Christian Mustangs look back at their season, Tuesday night's win against Christopher High might be considered a turning point.
After losing Game 1 and trailing big in Game 2, the Mustangs kept their cool to beat the Cougars 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 and hand them their first Monterey Bay League Gabilan division loss.

Local Roundup, 10-6: Cabrillo held without an offensive score

Modified: Monday, Oct 5th, 2015

The Cabrillo College Seahawks were held without an offensive score for the second time in two weeks and fell 27-7 in American-Golden Coast Conference play Saturday in Aptos.
Rishad Goode returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown, but the was one of the few high points for Cabrillo (1-4, 0-2), which allowed 17 points in the third

Prep Football, Week 4: Late touchdown pass sinks Watsonville in MBL-P opener

Modified: Sunday, Oct 4th, 2015
GILROY -- With the game tied at 13-all late in the fourth quarter, Watsonville had all the momentum.
Then it was gone.
Gilroy High quarterback Jon Jon Castro threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Wiggins to hand the Wildcatz a 20-13 loss in their Monterey Bay League Pacific division opener Saturday in Gilroy.
The game-winning connection came with

Prep Football, Week 4: Grizzlies struggle without Jesus Fernandez

Posted: Saturday, Oct 3rd, 2015
APTOS -- After losing their quarterback for the season in their last game, the Pajaro Valley High Grizzlies had trouble and got off to a slow start in a 26-12 Monterey Bay League Pacific division opening loss to Alisal High Saturday at Cabrillo College in Aptos.
The game was called with 11.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter after

Prep Football, Week 4: MVC shuts out Fremont in final tuneup before MBL-G play

Posted: Saturday, Oct 3rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Monte Vista Christian Mustangs defeated Fremont High of Oakland 24-0 Friday in Watsonville to head into Monterey Bay League Gabilan play undefeated.
Monte Vista Christian (4-0) opens MBL-G play next week against Alvarez High (2-2) in their first game in the upper division of the MBL after finishing second in the Pacific last season.
"Every team we

Prep Football, Week 4: North Monterey shrugs off 0-4 start for 1st win

Modified: Saturday, Oct 3rd, 2015
CASTROVILLE -- You can ask the North Monterey County High Condors about their 0-4 start to the 2015 season.
You'll probably get an answer like this: "it's not even on our minds right now," senior quarterback Jordan Graves said. "We're just moving forward because it's league."
Now it's one thing to say that losing four straight to start

Local Roundup, 10-3: Watsonville FBall to play at Gilroy today

Posted: Friday, Oct 2nd, 2015

The Watsonville High Wildcatz Saturday afternoon game against Gilroy High, initially scheduled at Christopher High, will be played at Gilroy High at 2 p.m.
• MVC 3, Montrey 0 - Sjea Anderson had a team-high 15 kills for the Monte Vista Christian Mustangs in their 25-17, 25-13, 25-23 sweep of Monterey High Thursday in Monterey Bay

JC Women's Volleyball: Cabrillo looks to return to Final Four with young team

Posted: Friday, Oct 2nd, 2015

APTOS -- Stepping onto the campus of Cabrillo College wasn't something freshman middle Amber Bothman took lightly. She knew of the success the program had seen during head coach Gabby Houston-Neville's tenure at the school and was even at the state playoffs to see Cabrillo a season ago.
"It was a little intimidating at first," Bothman said. "I

MBL-P Girl's Volleyball: Grizzlies outlast Gilroy in five-game battle

Posted: Friday, Oct 2nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Last week the Pajaro Valley High Grizzlies called practice early. They went through the fundamentals of volleyball in the first half of practice and sat down for the second half to have a conversation.
It wasn't one of those impromptu "players only meetings" that million-dollar professional athletes call during a rough part of the season.
No, it

The RP Q&A, Oct. 1: Aptos High's Maddy Bol

Modified: Thursday, Oct 1st, 2015

Q: What were you guys thinking when you were 0-3?
A: It was definitely a rough start. We were playing great teams, which is definitely hard, but we were like ‘oh, no. This isn't how we want to start our season.' But, like I've said before, we definitely learned from those games. I don't

RP Football Rankings, Week 4: Mustangs take over top spot

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 30th, 2015
1. MVC (3-0):
Mustangs host Fremont of Oakland for their homecoming before the games start to mean a little more.
Last, 2nd

2. Aptos (1-3):
Mariners knew that being under .500 at this point of their season was a possibility. One final test in the state's capital before SCCAL play starts.
Last, 1st

3. Pajaro Valley

Prep Football Preview, Week 4: Aptos focused on snapping streak

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 30th, 2015

The Aptos High Mariners not only needed to beat Palma High last week to put an end to their two-game losing streak, but a win would've gone a long way toward hosting a postseason contest.
"We needed to win because we just needed to win," said Aptos head coach Randy Blankenship after a 24-13 loss to Palma last week.

Local Roundup, 10-1: Ortiz leads Hawks past Sharks

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 30th, 2015

Sophie Ortiz had 17 kills, 16 digs and nine aces to power the Mt. Madonna Hawks past the St. Francis High Sharks 25-17, 23-25, 25-17, 25-13 Tuesday in Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League play in Watsonville.
Elise Slater added 16 kills, while Mara Peruzzi finished with 13 kills, 18 digs and two blocks for Mt. Madonna (8-3, 3-2).

SCCAL Girl's Volleyball: Aptos sweeps Soquel for first place

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 30th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The last time Aptos High went into the Soquel High gym and exited with a win, the current Mariners' seniors were in seventh grade.
To say that Aptos' 25-13, 25-17, 25-11 Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League win has been a long time coming, would be an understatement.
"Soquel is an awesome team so it feels really great to

Local Roundup, 9/29: NorCal Sports youth hoops season back

Modified: Monday, Sep 28th, 2015

NorCal Sports is hosting its third year of signups for its youth basketball league over the next three weeks.
The league, which is for boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade, runs for 6-8 weeks at the Watsonville High pair of gyms and has an end-of-season tournament that also includes a 3-point shot contest and a half-court shot

Prep Football, Week 3: Mariners can't get out of own way in 24-13 loss to Palma

Modified: Saturday, Sep 26th, 2015
SALINAS -- The Aptos High Mariners played against two teams on Friday night at Rabobank Stadium: the Palma High Chieftains and themselves.
Four turnovers and three empty trips inside the Palma 10-yard line doomed the Aptos High Mariners in a 24-13 non-league loss to the host Chieftains.
"It's really simple," said Aptos head coach Randy Blankenship. "Thou shall not

Prep. Football, Week 3: Olivarez rushes for 4 Watsonville touchdowns in Myers' homecoming

Modified: Saturday, Sep 26th, 2015
SOQUEL -- Watsonville High took down Soquel High 34-19 behind four rushing touchdowns by junior running back Daniel Olivarez in head coach Ron Myers' return to Soquel Friday.
Olivarez needed just nine carries to rush for 185 yards and four scores. All of his touchdowns were of 27 yards or more and they were all at crucial times.
"He has

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