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CCS Wrestling Championships 2017: Pena ends Watsonville's 9-year title drought

Modified: Sunday, Feb 26th, 2017
SAN JOSE -- Watsonville's Abel Pena needed no reminders.
A Wildcatz wrestling historian of sorts, Pena knew that it had been a long time since someone wearing the black and gold singlet had their hand raised under the bright lights at Independence High.
Not since Emmanuel Lanuza in 2008, had a Watsonville wrestler captured a Central Coast Section championship.

Boy's CCS Basketball: St. Francis routs Nueva to advance

Posted: Sunday, Feb 26th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- It was close for a moment. Then Chase Watkins laid down the hammer.
The No. 1-seeded St. Francis Sharks bludgeoned the No. 8-seeded Nueva Mavericks 63-36 on Saturday at home in the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Division V playoffs.
The Mavericks (19-5) ran into a five-headed monster in the Sharks (24-2).
Sandor Rene Rodriguez,

D-League Basketball: Warriors bounce back with win over Bulls

Modified: Sunday, Feb 26th, 2017
The Santa Cruz Warriors defeated the Windy City Bulls 118-113 on Saturday night in front of the twenty-fourth consecutive sellout crowd at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
Seven different players for Santa Cruz (20-17) scored in double-figures. Alex Hamilton led all scorers with 26 points off the bench, while Phil Pressey was one assist shy of a triple-double, finishing with 19

CCS Soccer Roundup: Watsonville advances to 4th straight semifinal; Aptos blanked by Mountain View

Modified: Sunday, Feb 26th, 2017
It took only two minutes for the Watsonville Wildcatz to take control of the match.
They never gave it back.
No. 2 Watsonville bounced No. 10 San Benito, 3-1, on Saturday at Emmett M. Gieser Field to advance to the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals.
The Wildcatz will play No. 6 Menlo-Atheron, which beat No. 14 Andrew Hill in

Boy's CCS Basketball: Mustangs knocked out by hot-shooting Cardinals

Modified: Sunday, Feb 26th, 2017
SALINAS -- Monte Vista Christian junior center Lucas Schmidt was shaking his head as he ran back up the court.
The Mustangs had just played a solid defensive possession. They were physical with their man, fought over screens and closed out on the shooter. But Santa Cruz sophomore wing Robert Bishop still swished a 3-pointer to go up by 19 late

CCS Basketball Roundup: Aptos upsets Mills; St. Francis cruises by Jewish Community

Modified: Sunday, Feb 26th, 2017
Aptos sophomore guard Hannah Hocom scored an team-high 18 points on Saturday.
Her last two were the most important.
Hocom sunk a layup with a minute left to play, giving the No. 5-seeded Mariners just enough cushion to upset the No. 4 seeded Mills Vikings, 45-44, and advance to the Central Coast Section Division III semifinals.
Mills' (17-9) senior wing

D-League Basketball: Warriors blow 25-point lead against Bighorns

Modified: Saturday, Feb 25th, 2017
The Santa Cruz Warriors blew a 25-point lead in an ugly 109-108 loss to the Reno Bighorns on Friday night at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
James Southerland led the Warriors (19-17) with a double-double, notching 27 points and 11 rebounds, while LaDontae Henton finished with 23 points, going 7-of-13 from deep, and Scott Wood added 13 points and

CCS Wrestling: Five locals advance to quarterfinal round

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017

Five locals are still in the hunt for Central Coast Section championships after one day of wrestling at Independence High in San Jose.
Watsonville's Abel Pena and Joaquin Mosqueda, Monte Vista Christian's Ethan Dean and Eddie Zamora and Aptos' Keegan Dutton-Jones all won their first two matches in their respective weight divisions on Friday to advance to today's quarterfinals.

Local Roundup, 2/25: Cabrillo basketball set to play top-seeded CCSF

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017

Linton Acliese scored 24 points, Amenofis Mitchell added 20 points and the Cabrillo College Seahawks beat Cosumnes River, 77-75, in the first round of the CCCAA playoffs on Wednesday.
Cabrillo (20-7), the back-to-back champion of the Coast Conference South, advances to play the top-seeded City College of San Francisco today at 7 p.m.
Brett Reed recorded a double-double with

CCS Basketball Roundup: MVC girls advance to quarterfinals; PV, NMC boys bounced

Modified: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017

The No. 8-seeded Monte Vista Christian Mustangs will play the top-seeded Menlo Knights in the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Division IV playoffs after beating No. 9 Santa Cruz, 51-33, on Thursday night in Watsonville.
MVC (18-7), the second-place finisher in the Monterey Bay League Gabilan division, will travel to Notre Dame-Belmont on Saturday to play Menlo (14-10)

Girl's CCS Basketball: Hungry Aptos makes quick work of NMC, 75-50

Modified: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
APTOS -- The year was 1983.
Michael Jackson and the Police were at the top of the charts, Al Pacino was asking people to say hello to his little friend and Dan Gruber was guiding the Aptos Mariners girl's basketball team to its first and only Central Coast Section championship.
More than 30 years later third-year head coach Stefan

Curry flurry: MVP's huge third quarter propels Warriors

Posted: Friday, Feb 24th, 2017
OAKLAND -- Well-rested on fresh legs, Stephen Curry found his 3-point touch during one phenomenal flurry in one game-breaking quarter.
Draymond Green got hit with a technical while walking away and let his usual fire fly at coach Steve Kerr in the aftermath. They laughed about it later.
Kevin Durant brought some postgame comedy -- "I got a couple of

R-P Q&A Podcast: Monse Hernandez-Marquez talks Open Division soccer & news from CCS hoops, soccer & wrestling action!

Posted: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017

D-League Basketball: Santa Cruz handles Reno, 116-96

Modified: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
The Santa Cruz Warriors defeated the Reno Bighorns 116-96 in wire-to-wire fashion on Wednesday night at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
Phil Pressey led the Warriors (19-16) with a double-double, notching 21 points and 11 assists. James Southerland (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Dennis Clifford (14 points, 10 rebounds) also finished with double-doubles for Santa Cruz. Scott Wood contributed 15 points, while

Girl's CCS Soccer: Youthful Watsonville gives powerhouse Woodside all it can handle in 1-0 loss

Modified: Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Sometimes a loss can be more than just a loss.
The upstart Watsonville Wildcatz believe Wednesday night's 1-0 Central Coast Section Division I defeat at the hands of powerhouse Woodside falls under that category.
No. 12 Watsonville, which has never won a playoff game, let alone a CCS title, not only played toe-to-toe with the last year's Open

JC Softball Preview, 2017: Slugging Seahawks off to slow start

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017

APTOS -- Softball season is long. It's a marathon, not a sprint, after all.
For the 2-10 Cabrillo College Seahawks time is on their side. But they can't wait too long. Conference play begins today at home against Monterey Peninsula College at 3 p.m. and if they want to be in the hunt for the Coast Conference

CCS Soccer: Watsonville carries momentum into playoffs, win over Gunn

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017

WATSONVILLE -- They're alive. They're alive. They're alive.
The No. 2-seeded Wildcatz continued their second-half reanimation on Tuesday night in the rain, walloping No. 15 Gunn, 5-1, in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs to record their sixth straight victory.
Watsonville (12-6-3) will move on to play the winner of No. 10 San Benito

CCS Basketball Roundup: Pajaro Valley boys, NMC girls notch wins in first round

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017

The unseeded Pajaro Valley boy's basketball team notched its first Central Coast Section playoff win since 2009 in comeback fashion, edging No. 12 Soledad in the first round of the Division III bracket on the road on Tuesday night.
Pajaro Valley (17-8), the second-place finisher in the Monterey Bay League Pacific division, trailed until the final minute.
The Grizzlies

CCS Basketball: Watsonville, Pajaro Valley boys sneak into postseason

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017

For the first time since the 2011-12 season, the Watsonville Wildcatz boy's basketball team will play in the Central Coast Section playoffs.
Watsonville (12-12) squeaked into the CCS Division II bracket as an unseeded team during Sunday afternoon's selection show and will play at No. 9 Leland today at 7:30 p.m.
The Wildcatz were one of six local boy's

Local Roundup, 2/21: Warriors’ Scott Wood wins Three-Point Contest

Posted: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017

Santa Cruz Warriors guard Scott Wood won the 2017 D-League Three-Point Contest on Saturday at the NBA All-Star weekend festivities in New Orleans with a score of 23 points in the final round.
"I'm really blessed for this opportunity," Wood said in a press release. "Without the staff and players in Santa Cruz, I wouldn't be here. I appreciate

CCS Soccer: Both Watsonville squads, Aptos' girls make postseason

Modified: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017

The Watsonville Wildcatz boy's soccer team won't get a chance to defend its Central Coast Section Open Division title but it will have a shot at its 12th section championship.
The Wildcatz (11-6-3), winners of their last five games and the second-place finishers in the Monterey Bay League Gabilan division, received the No. 2 seed in the Division I

Boy's SCCAL Basketball: Sharks win tournament; complete perfect SCCAL season

Modified: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017

APTOS -- Too big. Too fast. Too good.
The St. Francis Sharks were that and then some all season long.
That stayed true on Saturday.
Behind an authoritative 20-1 run, the top-seeded Sharks attained Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League perfection, mauling the No. 3-seeded Santa Cruz Cardinals, 58-42, to win the outright league title and finish undefeated in SCCAL

Girl's SCCAL Basketball: Aptos burnt by sizzling Soquel in tournament final

Modified: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017

APTOS -- The No. 2-seeded Aptos Mariners came up short of their first Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League championship since the 2009-10 season on Saturday evening, falling to the red-hot Soquel Knights, 58-43, in the league tournament final at Cabrillo College.
Soquel (20-5) -- the 11-1 SCCAL regular-season champ -- hit 10 3-pointers, including five during the second quarter,

SCCAL Wrestling Finals, 2017: Aptos wins 7th title in last 8 years

Modified: Monday, Feb 20th, 2017

SOQUEL -- Redemption is said to be a sweet moment.
For Aptos heavyweight Matty Maestas, there has never been a better feeling.
The Mariners' senior wrestler capped off his final Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League action with a revenge-filled, upset win over Santa Cruz's Adrian Luna at Friday night's league wrestling finals at Soquel High.
"This is the best

Local Roundup, 2/18: Aptos girl's hoops advance to SCCAL Final

Modified: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017

Hannah Hocom scored 23 points, Abbi Saxton had five points, 10 boards, eight steals and five assists and the Aptos Mariners beat Scotts Valley, 60-43, to advance to today's Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League tournament championship game.
Gabby Giuffre added 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Mariners (22-3), who will take on Soquel today

Boy's SCCAL Basketball: St. Francis earns tournament rematch with S.C.

Modified: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017

SCOTTS VALLEY -- The St. Francis Sharks are on the doorstep of perfection.
All that's left is a shot at retribution.
The top-seeded Sharks will play the No. 3-seeded Santa Cruz Cardinals for the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League tournament championship after holding off the scrappy No. 4-seeded San Lorenzo Valley Cougars, 59-50, on Thursday at Scotts Valley.

Girl's MBL-P Soccer: Gonzalez, Felix power Watsonville to first title since '12

Modified: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
SALINAS -- Wednesday was Ina Gonzalez's 18th birthday.
After the game, she received a shirt, some cash and a present she's been patiently waiting for since her freshman year: a Monterey Bay League Pacific division championship.
Watsonville's star senior keeper made 12 saves and junior striker Gabby Felix scored two goals to power Watsonville past host North Salinas, 2-0, to

Boy's MBL-G Soccer: Watsonville beats PV, 2-0, for 4th straight win

Modified: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville Wildcatz were in second to last place at the midway point of the Monterey Bay League Gabilan division season.
But they never gave up.
"We couldn't," said Watsonville senior midfielder Agustin Sorroza. "We knew we had it in us. We just needed to execute on the field."
Sorroza scored during the eighth minute, freshman midfielder Julian

Local Roundup, 2/16: Watsonville’s Ramirez wins golf tournament

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017

Watsonville High's Maximilian Ramirez IV won the 16-18 division at the Carmel Valley Classic golf tournament on Monday.
Ramirez, who advanced to the Central Coast Section Regionals as a freshman last season, sunk a trio of birdies and fired a 7-over Par 77 to win the tournament.
• Aptos 1, SLV 0 - Monserrat Hernandez scored

R-P Q&A Podcast: Aptos High's Blake Welle talks Mariners' hoops and his roots in the sport

Modified: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017

Thompson scores 35 to lead Warriors past Kings, 109-86

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
OAKLAND -- Missing his emotional leader and one of four All-Stars on Golden State's roster after Draymond Green was ejected late in the second quarter, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was curious how his team would respond in its final tuneup before the break.
A big run in the third quarter quieted whatever concern Kerr had.
Klay Thompson scored 10 of

Huberdeau scores in OT to lift Panthers past Sharks, 6-5

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
SAN JOSE -- Jonathan Huberdeau scored 1:38 into overtime after San Jose's Joe Pavelski scored twice late in the third period to tie it, and the Florida Panthers beat the Sharks 6-5 on Wednesday night.
Nick Bjugstad and Aleksander Barkov each scored twice for the Panthers, who have won five of six games. Jussi Jokinen also scored.
Jaromir Jagr assisted

NBA G-League: The D-League getting makeover in Gatorade deal

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017
The NBA Development League is changing its name starting next season to the NBA Gatorade League, a deal that will include a rebranding that will affect the league logo, basketballs, jerseys, on-court signage and digital properties.
Long viewed as a proving and testing ground of sorts for the NBA, what has been known as the D-League will also get to

Local Roundup, 2/14: Watsonville girl's soccer inches closer to MBL-P title

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Gabby Felix scored two goals, Raquel Perez added another goal and the Watsonville Wildcatz beat Monterey, 3-0, in Monterey Bay League Pacific division play.
Watsonville (10-3-4, 8-1-1) plays at second place North Salinas on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
• Alvarez 47, Pajaro Valley 41 - The Pajaro Valley Grizzlies suffered their third Monterey Bay League Pacific division

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