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Local Round Up: Watsonville’s Webb wins Tennessee Knockout

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014

Watsonville's Cody Webb won the fourth running of the Tennessee Knockout last weekend at Sequatchi, Tennessee.
Webb won all three preliminary races and won the five-lap final. This makes two years in a row that the local has won the event.
• Grizzlies earn All-American honors, win awards as UC Santa Cruz camp

FIBA World Cup: Watsonville’s Zamora goes from humble beginnings to FIBA World Cup

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The old saying goes, hard work pays off.
According to the family, it's a saying that is common in Zamora household.
Like the people before him, Adrian Zamora worked.
The Watsonville native worked through major setbacks, moments of self-questioning and everything in between.
Now he's on one of the world's biggest stage, the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

Prep Football: The progression of Nick Ciandro and why the Sharks love their schedule

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Approximately 481.
That's how many miles the St. Francis Central Coast Catholic Sharks football team will clear during this year's schedule -- it's about the same distance as a drive from Watsonville to the Mexican border.
And they wouldn't have it any other way.
"It brings our team together," said senior linebacker Wyatt Ryan. "We get to talk

Watsonville Aggies host first-ever showcase

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Don't overthrow to first base so it ends up in right field. Don't let a simple grounder slip through the glove. Make contact with the ball and don't swing for the fences.
Those are only a handful of thoughts rumbling through the minds of any potential prospects performing in front of dozens of scouts.
The Watsonville Aggies

Keeping his memory fresh

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Gerardo Loyola wants to do only one thing: help.
Keeping the memory of his son, Jerry Jr., alive and fresh, Loyola is hosting the fifth annual JL Challenge Saturday at Spring Hills Golf Course in Watsonville to raise money for the Jerry Loyola Foundation Inc.
The foundation, now in its fourth year, gives help, big or small,

Tarlton wins first feature of season

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Tommy Tarlton picked the perfect night to win his first feature of the season. Already a previous winner of the Johnny Key Memorial race, the two-time track champion earned the final guaranteed starting spot for next week's 54th running of the prestigious short track event.
"This win means more than most," Tarlton said. "I'm happy to earn a

St. Francis C.C.C. Football: Soto taking a chance for ‘love of the game’

Posted: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014

WATSONVILLE -- Alyssa Soto will make history this year at St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School.
The sophomore will be the first girl to play for the Sharks' football program in its eight years of existence.
The decision, at least at first, was an unpopular one in the Soto household.
"My wife was a little skeptical," said

UCI BMX World Championships: Watsonville’s Gonzales brings home 5th straight World Championship

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014

Some people turn away from the spotlight. Whether it's because they don't like the pressure, excitement or eyes of the other people staring at them.
But for others, the spotlight is where they live, thrive and succeed.
Michael "Bubba" Gonzales is one of the others.
"It get's me excited," the Watsonville native said.
At 15 years old he has

Ocean Speedway: Mitchell uses dramatics to notch Western Classic win

Posted: Monday, Aug 11th, 2014

WATSONVILLE -- A slide job executed in sprint car racing can be poetry in motion--or a disaster.
Matt Mitchell's dramatic slide move on Brody Roa Friday night earned him his first West Coast, Western Classic feature win of the season.
Roa of Huntington Beach started from pole position and led 90 percent of the 30-lap main event. He lost

Comerica Challenger: No. 2 seed Baghdatis takes Comerica in tight match with No. 1 Kukushkin

Modified: Monday, Aug 11th, 2014
APTOS -- Sunday was all about the word never.
Never had the No. 1 and No. 2 seed of the Comerica Challenger squared off in the final, never had the No. 1 seed won the tournament, never had a player as established as Marcos Baghdatis taken Aptos by storm like this and, it seemed, that there would never be a

Never Stop The Fight: Gerardo Loyola continues his son's fight against cancer with the Jerry Loyola Foundation

Modified: Thursday, Sep 19th, 2013

"Cancer is a horrendous disease," says Gerardo Loyola. "It beats you up mentally, physically, emotionally... It takes your youth away, and it takes your children."
Millions of people in the United States alone are affected by cancer, and most have no help or hope of defeating this brutal disease. Loyola is trying to bring that hope and help back

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