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Local Roundup, 2/6: Watsonville stuns league-leading Alisal

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016

The Watsonville High Wildcatz knocked off the Monterey Bay League Pacific division leading Alisal High Trojans 53-47 Thursday night in Watsonville.
Evelyn Rios scored 20 points and Thalia Nava added a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Watsonville (6-14, 2-6) hosts the Monterey High Toreadores Tuesday at 7 p.m.
• NMC 43, Alvarez 40 - Amanda Torrez scored

Sambrailo, Broncos have loyal Watsonville following for Super Bowl

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016

WATSONVILLE -- Pajaro Valley High head football coach Joe Gregorio started the year wishing he would be wearing his San Francisco 49ers jersey when Super Bowl 50 arrived.
He was wishing the 49ers would be competing for their sixth Lombardi Trophy on their own home field: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
Those wishes fell flat.
Instead, Gregorio will

Watsonville hosting Pajaro Valley in first-ever “Rumble in the Mello” match Tuesday

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016

WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville High wrestling coach Josh Castillo doesn't like to think of what happens on the mat during a match as simply a sport.
"A lot of people think wrestling is this brutal sport where two guys mash into each other," Castillo said. "It's not. It's an art."
The Wildcatz and cross-city rival Pajaro Valley High Grizzlies will

Sidd McDonald to step down as Hawks’ AD

Modified: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016

Longtime Mt. Madonna School Athletic Director Sidd McDonald has announced that he will step down at the end of this school year, the school said Friday in a press release.
As part of a restructure in the administration of the school's athletic programs, PK McDonald will step in as the Athletic Director of high school athletics and Erin Mitchell

Girl's SCCAL Soccer: Aptos pushes league unbeaten streak to 24 games

Modified: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016

SANTA CRUZ -- The Aptos High Mariners did not play like a team who had not lost a Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League game since 2014.
But they did just enough to extend their unbeaten streak to 24 games with a 0-0 tie against Santa Cruz High Thursday at Depot Park.
Aptos (8-2-4, 6-0-2), allowed the Cardinals more scoring

SCCAL Wrestling: Mariners finish undefeated in dual meets, inch closer to SCCAL title

Modified: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016

SANTA CRUZ -- With three wrestlers missing from their lineup, including their Central Coast Section finalist, senior Gio Zacarias, Aptos High tried something a little unconventional.
From 152 pounds up, all but one of the Mariners was wrestling up a weight class.
That also meant that a freshman, Marco Reyes, would have to step into the hole left

Boy's MBL-G soccer: Watsonville escapes PV, 3-2

Modified: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016

WATSONVILLE -- Senior night didn't start as planned for Watsonville High and it nearly didn't end as planned either.
The Wildcatz speakers didn't work, so instead of doing the senior ceremonies before the game, they were forced to do them at halftime down 1-0.
The celebration wasn't as cheery as it could have been and they only had

HS Football: St. Francis-CCC football moves to BFL, North Coast Section

Modified: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016

WATSONVILLE -- For at least one more year, the St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High Sharks will put their return to the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League on hold.
St. Francis announced it will compete in the Bay Football League (BFL) of the North Coast Section during the upcoming 2016 football season.
The Watsonville-based private school joins Emery, California

Local Roundup, 2/4: Morrell scores 17, MVC wins 15th straight

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016

Nikki Morrell scored 17 points, Avery Keathley added 10 and the Monte Vista Christian Mustangs blew out Salinas High 48-28 Tuesday in Monterey Bay League Gabilan division play in Watsonville.
Donatella MacLeod scored nine points for MVC (18-2, 8-0), which is on a 15-game win streak.
The Mustangs host Gilroy High today at 7 p.m.
• Alisal 46, NMC

Local Roundup, 2/2: Six finalists lead Aptos to Dawn2Dusk title

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016

The Aptos High Mariners wrestling team won the Dawn2Dusk Classic at Marin Catholic Saturday.
Aptos had six finalists and eight total placers.
Gio Zacarias (134 pounds) and Adrian Galindo (287) both took first place, while Evan Carillo (115), Keegan Dutton-Jones (154), Danny Velez (162) and Jack Harris (197) all finished second.
Patrick Peoples (121) and Adam Vega (184) were

D-League Basketball: Warriors drop pair on the road

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016

The Santa Cruz Warriors will need an impressive finish to the regular season to earn a spot in the postseason after a disappointing weekend.
The reigning D-League champions kicked off a three-game road trip with back-to-back losses. They fell to the Bakersfield Jam 123-108 Friday night and lost to the Reno Bighorns 102-91 Sunday.
They travel to Bakersfield Friday

Cabrillo College Baseball Preview: Strong pitching staff, invaluable experience has Seahawks hoping for NorCal run

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016

APTOS -- A season after advancing to the second round of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) NorCal Super Regional, Cabrillo College has set its sights high once again.
At the very least, they look to make it back to the Super Regional, where they were trounced last season by eventual state runner-up San Joaquin Delta, the No.

D-League Basketball: Warriors slammed by Jam, 123-108

Posted: Saturday, Jan 30th, 2016
The reigning D-League champion Santa Cruz Warriors lost to the Bakersfield Jam 123-108 Friday night at the Dignity Health Event Center.
Recently-named 2016 NBA D-League All-Star Elliot Williams led the way with 31 points and seven assists for Santa Cruz (12-17), going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc for his tenth 30-point game of the season.
Golden State Warriors assignee

Watsonville native, Jairo Cervantes, rises from life-changing ‘mistake’

Modified: Friday, Jan 29th, 2016

When Jairo Cervantes hit rock bottom his family and friends were there.
And so was basketball.
The Watsonville native has felt like the "worst person in the world" but he's also felt like an inspiration. He's felt the weight of criminal scrutiny but he's also felt the heart pounding joy of redemption.
Through all of those ups and downs

Basor providing essential look, energy to SJSU

Posted: Friday, Jan 29th, 2016

SAN JOSE -- Back in early September, days before the season began, San José State head men's basketball coach Dave Wojcik spoke in front of about 50 of the most faithful Spartan fans at the first installment of Wake Up With Wojcik. As he introduced some new members of the team and ran through a few video clips from

Girl's MBL-P Basketball: Grizzlies run away with rivalry game, 52-35

Modified: Friday, Jan 29th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville High Wildcatz came in looking for revenge.
The Pajaro Valley High Grizzlies sent them away.
Behind a dominant second-half push, PV beat its cross-city rival Watsonville for the second time this year, 52-35, Thursday in Monterey Bay League Pacific division action.
Watsonville (5-14, 1-6) took a 26-25 lead with 3 minutes, 27 seconds left in the

Girl's MBL-P Soccer: Spirits edge Grizzlies, 1-0

Modified: Thursday, Jan 28th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Not much can slow down the Notre Dame-Salinas Spirits right now.
Not even the best team in Pajaro Valley High history.
Lauryn Nimis scored in the 37th minute and the Spirits handed the Grizzlies their first Monterey Bay League Pacific division loss of the season, a 1-0 Wednesday night defeat at Emmett M. Geiser Field.
Pajaro Valley dropped

The R-P Q&A: Vicente Samudio

Modified: Thursday, Jan 28th, 2016

Q: Looking back at what you guys have done in league so far, what have you guys learned about yourself through those first six games?
A: I think as a team we saw some of our weaknesses and we noticed that there was really not that many weaknesses. The thing is that we need

Local Roundup, 1/28: Rebottaro, Harris named to All-State teams

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 27th, 2016

Aptos High's Jack Harris and Monte Vista Christian's Christian Rebottaro were both named to Cal-High Sports All-State teams, the website announced Tuesday.
Harris was a second-team defensive selection for medium schools, while Rebottaro made the first-team offense for small schools.
Harris led an Aptos defense that allowed only nine points and 81 yards rushing per game in five Santa

Pat Lovell honored by CCS for service

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 27th, 2016

The Central Coast Section honored Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League commissioner Pat Lovell with the Distinguished Service Award, Wednesday at a Board of Managers meeting in Campbell.
Lovell joins a distinguished group of 63 honorees, including retired Watsonville High Athletic Director Brad Hubbard, who was inducted in 2010. Jeff Young, an Athletic Director and coach at Stevenson High for

Girl's MBL-P Basketball: PV left behind by speedy Alisal, 42-27

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 27th, 2016

WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley High Grizzlies looked like they had everything in control.
Then the Alisal High Trojans proved why they're at the top of the Monterey Bay League Pacific division.
Behind their stifling full-court press defense, the visiting Trojans turned away the Grizzlies 42-27 Tuesday to improve to 5-1 in league play.
Alisal is locked in a

Girl's SCCAL Basketball: Soquel forces 24 turnovers to drop Aptos

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 27th, 2016

SOQUEL -- The Aptos High Mariners went into Soquel High looking for redemption from their first meeting of the year.
They came away empty handed, committing 24 turnovers and shooting just 30 percent in their 51-41 Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League loss to the Knights Tuesday.
The Mariners fell to 4-3 in SCCAL play and 12-7 overall.

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