Girls' SCCAL Soccer Preview, 2017-18: St. Francis, Aptos take giant leaps forward heading into league

St. Francis High is off to its best start in the program’s 13 years of existence. The Sharks have won their first five games after a decade-plus of failing to win more than three games total in a single season.

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HS Cross Country: Zlatunich, Ruiz recognized as two of section’s top runners

Aptos High senior Marea Zlatunich was named to the All-CCS First Team and Watsonville High freshman Layla Ruiz earned a spot on the All-CCS Second Team.

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MBL-P Football: Six locals named to MBL-P First Team

Watsonville High senior running back Evan Delozier, senior tight end and fullback Gibert Marinez, junior offensive lineman Andres Galvan and senior defensive back Johnny Bravo all made the team, while Pajaro Valley High senior linebacker Angel Chavez and North Monterey County High senior receiver Jerry Perez joined them.

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Girls' Soccer: Watsonville edges Santa Cruz in PKs for tournament title

The junior goalkeeper posted her second shutout of the tournament and made a huge save in penalty kicks to lift Watsonville over Santa Cruz High in the championship of their own tournament on Saturday night.

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Girls' Basketball: Shorthanded Watsonville falls to San Benito

Shorthanded Watsonville High hung around but ultimately could not keep pace in a 54-42 loss to San Benito High in the semifinals of the Watsonville High girls’ basketball tournament on Friday night.

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Pappas pours in 37 points to lead Cabrillo past Reedley

Pauli Pappas poured in 37 points on 22 shots, grabbed 13 rebounds and made four blocks to lead the Cabrillo College Seahawks to a 79-63 win over Reedley College on Thursday night in preseason action at Aptos.

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MBL-G Football: Aptos’ Reyes, Austen named two of Gabilan’s top players

Aptos High junior running back Marcos Reyes and senior guard Alex Austen were recently recognized as the Monterey Bay League Gabilan division co-Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year and co-Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman of the Year, respectively.

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Girls' Soccer: Felix's hat-trick lifts Watsonville into tournament final

The junior forward scored three goals, including a pair over the last six minutes, to lead Watsonville High past Harbor High, 5-1, on Thursday evening and into the championship game of their own tournament.

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HS Football: St. Francis' Kovacs named MTAL-C Defensive Player of the Year

St. Francis High senior linebacker Josh Kovacs was named the Mission Trail Athletic League Coastal division’s Defensive Player of the Year, the league recently announced.

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Boys' Basketball: Gallo leads new-look Sharks to season-opening victory

Gallo recorded 27 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and three assists in two and half quarters to lead the St. Francis High Sharks to a 64-34 season-opening victory over the Pacific Collegiate School Pumas.

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HS Cross Country: Ruiz takes 2nd in freshman regional championship

Watsonville High freshman Layla Ruiz finished off her impressive first cross country season by taking second in the freshman race of the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship West Regional, Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.

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Girls' Soccer: Aptos nets 3-0 statement win over St. Francis

Senior midfielder Monserrat Hernandez Marquez scored and made an assist, junior keeper Caroline Miller recorded a handful of crucial saves and the Mariners shut out juggernaut St. Francis High of Mountain View, 3-0, in a statement preseason victory.

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