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Men's JC Soccer, NorCal playoffs: Cabrillo bounced in PKs by West Valley

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 25th, 2015
SARATOGA -- The third round was just three minutes away for Cabrillo.
And then it wasn't.
The No. 10-seeded Seahawks fell to the No. 2-seeded West Valley Vikings in the second round of the CCCAA NorCal regional playoffs in penalty kicks Tuesday in Saratoga.
The game was tied 2-2 after regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods. The Vikings (16-3-2)

D-League Basketball: Santa Cruz drops rivalry game with Bakersfield, 113-105

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 25th, 2015
The Santa Cruz Warriors fell to the host Bakersfield Jam 113-105 on Tuesday night at the Dignity Health Event Center.
Santa Cruz's (3-2) Elliot Williams notched a season-high 33 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, as Darington Hobson also recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Daniel Orton posted 17 points, while Jarred Shaw added 10.

Women's JC Volleyball, NorCal playoffs: Cabrillo moves on after sweep of Yuba

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 25th, 2015
APTOS -- For the tenth straight match, the Cabrillo College Seahawks swept their opponent, this time a 25-15, 25-17, 25-23 victory over Yuba College, to advance to the second round of the 2015 CCCAA NorCal regional.
The top-seeded Seahawks (24-1) took down the No. 16 Yuba 49ers by going on runs and having strong performances attacking and blocking by Olivia

Women's JC Basketball: New head coach John Wilson leads fresh team at Cabrillo

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 24th, 2015
APTOS -- Starting a program back up from scratch can be difficult and it's a task most would run from.
But the Cabrillo College Seahawks found someone up to the task, John Wilson.
Wilson came onto campus with a strategy even though he has never coached at the collegiate level.
As a coach with 18 years of

R-P Q&A, Nov. 25: Watsonville's Ron Myers

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 24th, 2015
Q: What does the future look like? Obviously, it's a long ways until you guys start up again, but, roughly, what does it look like?
A: All of our younger teams have done real well -- they've been successful the last two years. The kids have played well there. They are all working really hard. Our administration has given us

Girl's CCS Tennis: Yao, Casper knocked out of tournament on Day 1

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 24th, 2015

LOS GATOS -- There were no tears. She didn't throw her racquet down in disappointment.
When Monte Vista Christian's Cloria Yao found her exit from the Central Coast Section singles tournament by way of a 6-3, 6-4 loss in the quarterfinals, she kept an unwavering smile on her face.
"I'm satisfied with what I got," Yao said. "I

CCS Football: Aptos, MVC playing for finals berths

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 24th, 2015

For as tough as the Monte Vista Christian Mustangs' road to the Central Coast Section Division III semifinals has been, their toughest test looks to be Friday.
The defending CCS Open Division champions Sacred Heart Prep Gators, the No. 6 seed in this year's CCS D-III bracket, will give the No. 2-seeded Mustangs a visit at 7 p.m. The

Local Roundup, 11/24: MVCs Sjea Anderson named to 1st team

Modified: Monday, Nov 23rd, 2015

Monte Vista Christian junior Sjea Anderson was named to the All-Monterey Bay League Gabilan division first team, the league announced Sunday.
The outside hitter made a team-high 211 kills and posted a 44.3 percent kill percentage while also recording the second most digs on the team with 171.
Her teammates Marianne Soria, Emily Angel and junior Avery Keathley all

D-League Basketball: Balanced scoring leads Santa Cruz

Posted: Monday, Nov 23rd, 2015
Five Warriors scored in double-figures in the Santa Cruz Warriors' 118-114 win over the Reno Bighorns Sunday night at the Reno Events Center.
Santa Cruz's Elliot Williams notched a team-high 27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, as Darington Hobson recorded 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Daniel Orton added 19 points and shot 80 percent from the field,

Men's JC Soccer, NorCal Playoffs: Cabrillo holds off De Anza, 1-0

Modified: Saturday, Nov 21st, 2015
CUPERTINO -- It was only four minutes of added time but for Cabrillo College keeper Alejandro Carrillo it didn't feel that way.
"It felt like another half an hour," the Watsonville High alum said. "Honestly, another half an hour."
Despite being visibly gassed, the No. 10-seeded Seahawks held off the No. 7-seeded De Anza Dons, 1-0, in the first round

Men's JC Soccer, NorCal Playoffs: Cabrillo healthy, hungry for playoffs

Modified: Saturday, Nov 21st, 2015

APTOS -- The Cabrillo College Seahawks have been through a little bit of everything this season.
Wins against state-ranked squads, heartbreaking one-goal losses to conference rivals and tough-luck injuries knocking key starters out of the lineup.
They've had a taste of the good and the bad over the last four months.
The latter two hamstrung the

Local Roundup, 11/21: Mariners, Hawks win CCS scholastic titles

Posted: Saturday, Nov 21st, 2015

Four local athletic programs won Central Coast Section scholastic championships, the section announced Wednesday.
Aptos' boy's and girl's cross country teams and the boy's water polo squad took home honors, while the Mt. Madonna girl's cross country team was also named a champion.
The Mariners' girl's cross country team had the highest overall grade point average (GPA) of any

Tony's Thoughts: Programs looking for equity

Posted: Saturday, Nov 21st, 2015
The football season is over for many teams around the area, which means this thought is sure to come across the minds of many coaches: "man, if we were in another league we would've been in the playoffs."
Those thoughts turn into conversations, conversations become discussion and discussions become rumors.
So it's no surprise there's rumors of leagues recruiting schools

CCS Football D-III Playoffs: Mustangs survive Terra Nova, 34-27

Modified: Saturday, Nov 21st, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Monte Vista Christian's D'Shawn Hopkins' nose was bloody, his legs were cramping and his voice was all but gone after taking hits to his throat.
He looked like he had nothing left to give.
But, somehow, the senior running back had just enough juice remaining to sprint 37 yards for the game-winning touchdown in MVC's 34-27 Central

CCS Football D-IV playoffs: Aptos cruises past Mt. Pleasant, 41-22, to 2nd round

Modified: Saturday, Nov 21st, 2015
APTOS -- Aptos is looking to win its third consecutive Central Coast Section title.
The Mariners are a game closer to making that happen after defeating Mt. Pleasant, 41-22, Friday in the first round of the CCS Division IV playoffs.
The defense dominated for the No. 2-seeded Mariners (7-4), who also put together a run game that produced five touchdowns.

D-League Basketball: Santa Cruz holds on against D-Fenders, 106-100

Posted: Saturday, Nov 21st, 2015
The Santa Cruz Warriors defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders 106-100 on Friday night at Kaiser Permanente Arena to improve to 2-1.
Santa Cruz's Elliot Williams notched a game-high 31 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists and Darington Hobson chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds.
The game was tight throughout, with 20 lead changes and 10 ties, until Santa Cruz

R-P Q&A, Nov. 19: St. Francis' Braxton Rico

Modified: Thursday, Nov 19th, 2015

Q: I want to talk to you about the state meet first. You've been there before. We've talked before about going out there and racing with over 300 other kids in one race. What's it like racing on that course with that many kids?
A: It's bigger than any race -- high school race

Girl's CCS D-III Volleyball: Aptos knocked out in Semis by Sacred Heart Cathedral

Modified: Thursday, Nov 19th, 2015
SAN JOSE -- The streak will live on for another year.
Aptos was knocked out of the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs by West Catholic Athletic League power Sacred Heart Cathedral, 25-16, 25-8, 25-15, Wednesday at Valley Christian High in San Jose.
The Mariners' (23-7) semifinal exit at the hands of the Fightin' Irish extends their storied struggle against

R-P Prep Football Rankings, Final: Mustangs finish year on top

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 18th, 2015
1. MVC (9-1):
No one outside of MVC's locker room saw this season coming.
Last, no change
2. Aptos (6-4):
Fifth straight SCCAL championship season for Mariners.
Last, no change
3. NMC (4-6):
Condors will graduate a ton from a team that was hot late.
Last, no change
4. Watsonville (4-6):
Wildcatz ended season on high

Mustangs running back DShawn Hopkins has grown up quickly

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 18th, 2015

WATSONVILLE -- D'Shawn Hopkins has always stood out amongst the crowd, even at the age of 5.
Hopkins looked up to his older brother, Devaughn, and competed with him since the first day he could stand upright. One day before one of his brother's AAU basketball practices, the team who was on average five years older than Hopkins

Local Roundup, 11/19: MVCs Rebottaro signs with Michigan State

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 18th, 2015

Monte Vista Christian Mustangs star wrestler and lineman Christian Rebottaro signed his National Letter of Intent to wrestle for Michigan State Tuesday in front of family, friends and coaches on the school's campus.
The school's first-ever Central Coast Section wrestling champion, the heavyweight also won the Monterey Bay League championship for the second straight season last season and took

Prep Football, CCS Playoffs: Aptos, Monte Vista Christian host 1st round matchups

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 18th, 2015

The Aptos Mariners had a tough choice between moving up to the Open Central Coast Section Division III bracket and staying down in the Division IV bracket.
They chose the latter.
The two-time defending CCS D-III champ will not be eligible for the California Interscholastic Federation NorCal playoffs, but it'll be heavily favored to reach its fourth straight

Girl's CCS D-III Volleyball: Mariners back to their dominant ways; advance to semifinal

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015
APTOS -- The last time Aptos was on its home court it was knocked out of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League tournament by Harbor, which went on to win the tournament and a share of the league championship.
Mariners senior middle blocker Maddy Bol wouldn't call the loss a good thing, but it made a positive difference.
"We definitely

Boy's CCS Cross Country Championships, 2015: Colosi wins D-V title; Sharks send all 7 to state

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015
BELMONT -- Just two years ago, Paul Colosi had never stepped foot on a cross country course at the high school level.
Saturday, he was crowned one of the section's best.
The St. Francis senior blazed the 2.95-mile Crystal Springs Cross Country Course with a Central Coast Section Division V championship time of 16 minutes flat.
He's the Sharks' first-ever

Girl's CCS Cross Country Championships, 2015: Peoples runs to CCS repeat, record books as Mariners win 5th straight

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015
BELMONT -- It didn't take long before Matti Peoples was all by herself on the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course.
And when she crossed the finish line of the 2.95-mile course, she was all by herself in the record books.
The Aptos Mariner added another achievement to her senior season, winning the Central Coast Section Division III individual championship for

Local Roundup, 11/17: Monte Vista Christian knocked out by SHP

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015

The Monte Vista Christian Mustangs were bounced in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division IV playoffs in a 25-23, 25-14, 19-25, 21-25, 15-12 loss to Sacred Heart Prep Saturday in Watsonville.
Sjea Anderson had 20 kills and 23 digs, Emily Angel finished with eight kills and Avery Keathley added seven kills and six blocks for

D-League Basketball: Santa Cruz falls on the road to LA

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015
The NBA D-League Champion Santa Cruz Warriors dropped their first road game of the season to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, 104-101, Saturday night at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.
Santa Cruz's Elliot Williams produced a game-high 31 points and 9 rebounds, as Darington Hobson recorded his second consecutive double-double, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The D-Fenders

Prep Football, Week 10: Aptos wins SCCAL title for 5th straight season

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015
SCOTTS VALLEY -- For the fifth year in a row, the Aptos Mariners won the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League championship.
It was a one possession game at halftime, but the Mariners defense forced five interceptions and ran away with the game, and the league title, 35-12, over Scotts Valley High.
Aptos (6-4, 5-0), the reigning two-time Central Coast Section

Prep Football, Week 10: Monte Vista Christian holds on against San Benito, 22-20

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015
The Monte Vista Christian Mustangs finished their dream-like season through the Monterey Bay League Gabilan division with a 22-20 win over San Benito Friday in Hollister.
MVC (9-1, 5-1) will host Terra Nova in the first round of the Central Coast Section Divison III playoffs Friday at 7:30 p.m. in a rematch of last year's CCS D-IV championship game.

Prep Football, Week 10: Watsonville retains Belgard Kup with 23-6 win

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015
APTOS -- The Belgard Kup is not going anywhere.
Well, at least not for another year.
In a game that was decided by a pair of long scores and lockdown defense, the Watsonville Wildcatz retained the 5-quart ceramic mug with a 23-6 win over their cross-city rival Pajaro Valley.
"I feel the chills," Watsonville running back Alvaro Escobar said after

D-League Basketball: Warriors throttle Jam in season opener

Modified: Saturday, Nov 14th, 2015
The D-League champion Santa Cruz Warriors opened their title defense with a 104-87 win over the Bakersfield Jam Friday at Kaiser Permanente Arena in front of a sellout crowd.
On a night that began with special pregame festivities featuring the championship banner unveiling and ring ceremony, the Warriors set the tone early for their 2015-16 campaign.
Recent arrivals Daniel

Nine Mariner athletes sign with eight different universities around the state, country

Posted: Saturday, Nov 14th, 2015

APTOS -- Nine Aptos Mariners signed their letters of intent to eight different universities Friday morning in front of family, friends and coaches.
It was the school's largest class of athletes to sign at one time.
Seven of the nine will stay in state, while the other two will travel across the country.
One of those two is

Boy's CCS D-II Water Polo: Aptos advances behind second-quarter push

Modified: Saturday, Nov 14th, 2015

CUPERTINO -- After a heartbreaking loss to Carmel in the Monterey Bay League Gabilan division tournament, the Aptos Mariners made a vow.
If they got into the Central Coast Section playoffs they would hold nothing back.
They lived up to that promise Thursday.
Behind a big second-quarter push, No. 8 seed Aptos made quick work of the No. 9-seeded

Men's JC Basketball: Cabrillo off to strong start despite overhaul

Posted: Saturday, Nov 14th, 2015

APTOS -- Normally, it can take most of the season for a basketball team with five new starters to gel.
Cabrillo, however, has a duo in freshmen Malcolm Stevenson and Solomon Taylor that have fast tracked the Seahawks to a hot start.
Stevenson and Taylor played basketball together at Wekiva High in Apopka, Fla. and have known each

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