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Boy's CIF Basketball: St. Francis falls short of first State Championship

Modified: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
SACRAMENTO -- There was no second guessing.
There was no talk of what could've been or what should've been.
The St. Francis Sharks stayed true to their identity from the beginning of Friday afternoon's California Interscholastic Federation Division V Championship until the final second and they were satisfied with the result. Even though it was not the one they wanted.

The R-P Q&A: St. Francis' Jason Gallo talks state, motivation and role models

Posted: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017

Boy's CIF Basketball: St. Francis loose, composed heading to State

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Sandor Rene Rodriguez was hoisting up half court shots and trying to kick in 3-pointers, Chase Watkins was trying to throw down slams best suited for a dunk contest and the St. Francis High gym was overflowing with calls of "buckets!" And "that's my shot, baby!"
And that was a tame day of practice.
"Right now we're a

Girl's Track and Field Preview, 2017: Aptos’ Zlatunich has eyes set on CCS title, CIF State meet; others looking to break records

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017

WATSONVILLE -- Fresh off a dream-like cross country season, Aptos junior distance runner Marea Zlatunich is running with confidence and setting lofty goals.
The biggest of them: make it to the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.
"She's healthy, she's hungry and that's what you want," said Aptos longtime distance coach Dan Gruber. "You want that fire."
Zlatunich, a back-to-back

Local Roundup, 3/23: Collins hits two homers in MVC’s win

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017

Jackson Collins hit a grand slam and finished with six RBIs in Monte Vista Christian's 13-3, five-inning win over Gilroy High on Monday in Monterey Bay League Gabilan division action.
Collins also hit a solo homer and finished 3-for-3 on the day. Garret Laine was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Dylan McPhillips picked up the win on

Warriors get 28th road win with 112-87 win over Mavs

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
DALLAS -- A double dose of Curry, with big brother coming out on top again.
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors picked up their 28th road victory over the season with a 112-87 win over younger brother Seth and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.
"It was a fun moment until the game started beating up on us," Seth

Hanzal, Coyle score 15 seconds apart as Wild beat Sharks 3-2

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Devan Dubnyk gave up two goals late in the second period during an otherwise stellar night in net for Minnesota, potential trouble for a team on a skid.
The Wild scored twice themselves in the same decisive stretch, sending the San Jose Sharks away with another defeat.
Martin Hanzal and Charlie Coyle scored 15 seconds apart

Curry shoves, Thompson shoots and Warriors roll Thunder

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors didn't have Kevin Durant for Monday night's game at Oklahoma City.
With or without Durant, there's animosity to go around in this hot-blooded rivalry.
Klay Thompson scored 34 points to help the Warriors beat the Thunder 111-95 in a heated matchup filled with trash talk, technical fouls and a shoving

Sharks blanked by Stars, 1-0

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
DALLAS -- Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves for his 36th career shutout Monday night. And still, one of the toughest shots he faced came before the game.
"He was ready to go today, just because I hit him up high in warmups," Dallas Stars teammate Patrick Sharp said. "I was a little worried. When he made those first couple saves,

Little League Roundup, 3/21: Cubs, Padres, Braves lead high-scoring weekend

Posted: Monday, Mar 20th, 2017

The Cubs coasted to a 14-2 win over the Rays on Friday in Pajaro Valley Little League Majors action.
Izzy Acosta hit two singles and drove in three runs. Adam Martinez had a single, a double and three scored runs. Diego Mitchell belted a homer.
For the Rays, Reis Vasconcellos doubled.
• Athletics 14, Astros 13 - The Athletics

Local Roundup, 3/21: Watsonville softball improves to 10-0

Posted: Monday, Mar 20th, 2017

The Watsonville Wildcatz softball team improved to 10-0 overall with four wins over the weekend, beating Aptos, Santa Catalina, Alvarez and Pajaro Valley.
Against Aptos, Juliana Wilson, Zaira Pena and Mariah Rocha all hit homers and combined for 11 RBIs to lead the Wildcatz to a 15-0 win. Jessica Rodriguez tossed a four-hit shutout against the Mariners, while striking

Boy's NorCal Basketball: St. Francis to play for state title after NorCal win

Modified: Monday, Mar 20th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- It was slowly building.
The cheers were turning into chants.
Everyone in maroon, gray and white was in sync.
"Sa-cra-men-to, Sa-cra-men-to, Sa-cra-men-to, Sa-cra-men-to!"
Pack the bags. Fill up the gas tank. Make the hotel reservations.
The St. Francis Sharks are heading to the capital for one final game: the California Interscholastic Federation Division V State Championship.

Curry scores 28, Warriors beat Bucks 117-92

Posted: Sunday, Mar 19th, 2017
OAKLAND -- The Warriors signed Matt Barnes for protection and depth once Kevin Durant went down with a knee injury in late February.
Scoring? Well, that's icing on the cake for the feisty 37-year-old veteran.
Barnes made back-to-back 3-pointers to ignite a big run in the second quarter and Golden State overcame a sluggish start to beat the Milwaukee Bucks

Ducks close in on Sharks in division race with 2-1 victory

Posted: Sunday, Mar 19th, 2017
SAN JOSE -- The Anaheim Ducks aren't quite ready to give up hope of winning the division they have topped for the past four seasons.
Patrick Eaves and Jakob Silfverberg scored goals and the Anaheim Ducks kept pressure on San Jose in the Pacific Division race with a 2-1 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night.
"This is the team

HS Softball Preview, 2017: Watsonville feeling good with Rodriguez, Wilson leading team

Modified: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017

WATSONVILLE -- In softball, the pitcher-catcher relationship is thought to be one of the major determining factors between a team's success and failure.
If true, the Watsonville Wildcatz are set up nicely for this season and the near future.
Pitcher Jessica Rodriguez and catcher Juliana Wilson, both sophomores, have been in the same school since preschool, have played

Girl's MBL Soccer: Watsonville’s Gabby Felix named POTY

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017

WATSONVILLE -- It just happened.
Not by force.
It was natural.
Watsonville's junior duo of Gabby Felix and Annalee Robledo took the reigns of the Wildcatz girl's soccer program.
Head coach Gladys Mondragon is happy they did.
"Naturally, they took the leadership of the team," the coach said. "We didn't make them do it. They slowly took it

Local Roundup, 3/18: Mariners’ boys, girls win big on track

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017

The Aptos Mariners boy's track and field team had multiple double-winners in Thursday's Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League dual meet in win over Harbor.
Danner Pardue raced to wins in the 100-meters (11.31 seconds) and 200 (23.16); Ethan Rasmussen was first in the discus (114 feet, 5 inches) and shot put (40-7); and Tal Williford won the high jump

Little League Roundup, 3/18: Rays, Padres, Cubs notch victories on opening day

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017

Hudson Cortez and Pablo Moran each hit a pair of doubles in the Rays 15-12 Pajaro Valley Little League Majors win over the Astros on Saturday.
Moran also had a single, two RBIs and three runs. Matthew Gonzales hit a triple and Reis Vasconcellos had two RBIs.
For the Astros, Albert Martinez hit a double and had three RBIs.

The R-P Q&A: St. Francis' Chase Watkins talks state playoffs, Sharks fans and family

Posted: Thursday, Mar 16th, 2017

Girl's SCCAL Basketball: Aptos' father-daughter duo honored by league

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017

In three years, the Aptos Mariners went from a first-round exit in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League tournament to the program's first Central Coast Section title in more than 30 years.
The father-daughter duo of Stefan and Hannah Hocom, both of which have been at the heart of the Mariners' rebirth, were recognized by the league for the

Local Roundup, 3/16: MVC baseball drops 9-inning battle to Salinas

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017

The Monte Vista Christian fell 5-3 to the Salinas Cowboys in nine innings on Tuesday in Monterey Bay League Gabilan division play at Watsonville.
Dylan McPhillips hammered a two-run homer and Jackson Collins hit a double for MVC (4-3, 1-3), which hosts Christopher today at 4 p.m.
• Soquel 7, Aptos 1 - The Aptos Mariners dropped their Santa

Boy's NorCal Basketball: Focused St. Francis powers into championship game

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- The raucous crowd known as the "Shark Tank" chanted, "it's-all-oh-ver!" Head coach Ed Kelly -- normally emotionally reserved -- walked down the bench high-fiving his players and let out a loud "Wooo" during the final minute. A few fans rushed the court as the clock hit triple zeros.
It seemed like everyone wearing maroon, gray and white was

Warriors hold off Sixers 106-104 to snap three-game skid

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017
OAKLAND -- Even after a series of misses from deep where he makes his money, Stephen Curry kept letting it fly from long range.
Then, at last, the ball started falling.
Curry scored 29 points on his 29th birthday, Klay Thompson added 28 and the Golden State Warriors used a frenetic fourth-quarter rally to snap a three-game skid and beat

Pavelski scores 2 in Sharks' 4-1 win over Sabres

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017
SAN JOSE -- There was no stopping Joe Pavelski, who played as though the season was on the line.
Pavelski scored twice and the San Jose Sharks ended a long streak of futility against the Buffalo Sabres with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night.
"In the short time I've known him, he cranks it up this time of year," Sharks coach

HS Baseball Preview 2017: Local teams eye league titles

Modified: Monday, Mar 13th, 2017

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The clock has turned and the crack of the bat has replaced the sounds of raindrops on rooftops.
Baseball has returned.
For many of the local squads getting on the field for practice has been a struggle early. Rain turned diamonds into mushy lagoons, delaying the normal flow of preparations.
But all

Local Roundup, 3/14: Cabrillo baseball rolls past MPC, 15-2

Modified: Monday, Mar 13th, 2017

The Cabrillo College Seahawks won their sixth straight game on Saturday, walloping Monterey Peninsula College, 15-2, in Coast Conference Pacific play.
Cabrillo (12-8, 3-0) racked up 16 hits. Cooper Krug and Nick Ciandro each hit homers. Ciandro finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs, four scored runs and two doubles to go along with his home run.
Jarius Richards, Zach Thibaut

Iguodala fined $10K for ‘inappropriate’ comments

Modified: Monday, Mar 13th, 2017

OAKLAND -- Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was fined $10,000 by the NBA on Monday for what the league called "inappropriate comments" following the team's weekend loss at Minnesota.
The NBA announced the penalty shortly after Iguodala spoke to the media following practice and addressed the racially tinged comments he made Friday night.
Iguodala acknowledged he put his

Mills leads Spurs past Warriors in game minus top stars

Posted: Sunday, Mar 12th, 2017
SAN ANTONIO -- Golden State understands it might have disappointed fans in attendance along with those watching the nationally televised game against San Antonio by resting its best players.
But the Warriors want to keep their players healthy -- something the Spurs are now hoping for after a tumultuous 48 hours that led to the loss of Kawhi Leonard and

Predators snap skid with 3-1 win over Sharks

Posted: Sunday, Mar 12th, 2017
SAN JOSE -- After starting their California swing with losses after regulation in Anaheim and Los Angeles, the Nashville Predators head home on a high note.
Ryan Johansen and James Neal scored goals to help the Predators snap a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
"It was huge for us to finish

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