Tony's Thoughts: Offensive line the strength of explosive Aptos despite inexperience, lack of size

Aptos’ starting quintet of Josh Sousa-Jimenez, Angel Morales, Levis Slay, Adam Candelario and Mennie have taken pride in that. They’re not the biggest, they’re not the fastest and they most certainly do not have an overwhelming amount of experience — only one played a full varsity season before this fall. But they’ve done their job to the best of their ability over, and over, and over again.

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SCCAL Volleyball: Rodriguez, Dueck earn spot on First Team

Rodriguez, a senior, and Dueck, a sophomore, combined for 501 kills, 94 aces and 509 digs, according to the stats kept by MaxPreps, while leading Aptos to second place in the SCCAL, and a third straight trip to the Central Coast Section Division III championship match.

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JC Roundup, 11/16: Tradition continues; Cabrillo volleyball clean sweeps Coast Conference play

The Cabrillo College Seahawks swept the Monterey Peninsula College Lobos Tuesday, 25-12, 25-14, 25-20, to close out their conference schedule with an undefeated 12-0 record and claim their 12th consecutive Coast Conference title.

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Weekly Roundup, 11/16: Santa Cruz continues hot start

The Santa Cruz Warriors improved to 5-0 — their best start in franchise history — with a 115-112 win over the host Northern Arizona Suns on Wednesday night.

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CCS Sports: Section officially moves weekend’s action south

Because of poor air quality in the Bay Area stemming from the ongoing Camp Fire just east of Chico, all of Friday’s football games will take place on Saturday at five sites in the southern portion of the CCS. The CCS Cross Country Championships, too, were pushed back a day and moved to a different location. The section’s top runners will meet at Toro Park in Salinas on Sunday at 10 a.m.

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CCS Sports: Section makes contingency plans for weekend’s events

Aptos and Terra Nova are set to play in Pacifica at 7 p.m. on Friday, but their CCS Open Division III matchup could be moved to Watsonville at 7 p.m. if the air quality in the coastal city just south of San Francisco does not improve.

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HS Athletes of the Week, 11/16: Scott Tinsley & Paola Jacobs

The Register-Pajaronian High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Nov. 4-11.

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JC Football: Seahawks stifle Lobos to close out 2018 season

The Cabrillo College Seahawks closed out their 2018 season with gusto Saturday night, steam rolling the rival Monterey Peninsula College Lobos, 31-7, to finish in third place in the American Golden Coast Conference.

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CCS Football: Aptos' playoff game rescheduled for third time

The Central Coast Section Open Division III playoff game between Aptos and Terra Nova was pushed for a third time on Monday morning due to poor air quality stemming from the ongoing fire in Northern California.

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CCS Sports: Cross country finals postponed until Saturday

The Central Coast Section on Sunday rescheduled its upcoming cross country finals from Monday to Nov. 17 because of poor air quality stemming from the ongoing fires in Northern California.

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CCS Sports: Ongoing NorCal fire pushes cross country, football action

Due to poor air quality stemming from the ongoing fires in Northern California, Friday night's Central Coast Section Open Division III football game between No. 5 Aptos and No. 4 Terra Nova in Pacifica has been pushed to Saturday.

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CCS Football: M.V.C. falls to Monterey in D-V quarterfinals

The No. 7-seeded Mustangs hung tough through a handful of uncharacteristic mistakes, but could not hold off a late rally in their 15-10 loss to the No. 2-seeded Monterey Toreadores in the Central Coast Section Division V playoffs on Friday at Monterey Peninsula College.

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CCS Cross Country: Kelly ready for last hurrah at St. Francis

Kelly will try to join former teammate Paul Colosi as the school’s second-ever individual section champion when he toes the line at the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course in Belmont.

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JC Sports Roundup, 11/9: Cabrillo volleyball captures 12th straight conference crown

The Cabrillo College women’s volleyball team continued its era of domination over the Coast Conference defeating the Hartnell College Panthers 23-25, 24-26, 25-14, 25-23, 15-10 Wednesday night in Salinas to claim their 12th consecutive conference championship.

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G League Basketball: Santa Cruz routs Stockton in home opener, 123-104

Santa Cruz (2-0) hit 12 of its 16 shots from beyond the arc over the first two quarters, and held Stockton (2-2) to just 45 points to jump out to a 34-point lead heading into the locker room.

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HS Athlete of the Week, 11/9: Quinn Alexander & Paola Jacobs

The Register-Pajaronian High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 3.

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Girls CCS Water Polo: Mariners' season ends in D-II semifinals

No. 4 Aptos, a team with more than a handful of first-time varsity players, concluded its season in an 8-4 loss to top-seeded The Menlo School at Homestead High on Tuesday.

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Girls CCS Volleyball: Strah, Soquel deny Aptos title — again

The Mariners were looking to score a double dip of revenge on Saturday. The Knights had not only stonewalled the Mariners in last year’s CCS D-III championship, but they also swept the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League series to end their rival’s five-year reign over the league.

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Girls CCS Volleyball: Mt. Madonna rallies past ND-Salinas for redemption, D-V title

No. 2 Mt. Madonna outlasted top-seeded Notre Dame-Salinas 25-16, 11-25, 25-17, 27-29, 15-11 to win the program’s third section crown and first since 2009.

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HS Football, Week 11: Aptos falls short of PCAL-G title

A week after falling one yard short of a game-winning touchdown against Palma, the Mariners fell a yard short of icing what would have been a title-clinching victory in Friday night’s 28-24 loss to Salinas at “The Pit.”

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Girls CCS Volleyball: Mt. Madonna returns to D-V championship game

Outside hitters Mara Peruzzi and Paola Jacobs combined for 21 kills, 20 digs and seven aces, setter Savannah Cambell had 30 assists, seven digs and three kills and No. 2 Mt. Madonna looked refocused in a 25-22, 25-18, 25-14 sweep of No. 6 Summit-Shasta in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division V playoffs on Thursday.

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HS Football, Week 11: League title up for grabs in Salinas

Aptos and Salinas will meet tonight at “The Pit” for a share of the Pacific Coast Athletic League Gabilan division championship.

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G League Basketball: Cleveland, Santa Cruz Warriors ready to rebound

Santa Cruz has a deep roster that screams switchability on defense, and attention to detail everywhere else. Ten of 12 players on the team’s opening day roster are 6-foot-4 or taller, and half have NBA experience.

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Tony's Thoughts: Eye in the sky gets an upgrade

Several local high school football squads have put down the clipboards and picked up the iPads over the last three years, tapping into instant replay technology that has exploded across the state and country at the prep level.

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JC Sports Roundup, 11/2: Cabrillo volleyball rolls to 15th straight win

The Cabrillo College women’s volleyball team, currently ranked No. 4 in the state, swept the visiting West Valley College Vikings on Halloween night to protect their undefeated Coast Conference North record heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

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Girls CCS Volleyball: Diminutive Dueck brings big game in small package

Dueck, a second-year varsity starter, has become one of the Mariners’ top offensive weapons this fall, and she’s stepped into that role with a confidence uncommon for someone of her diminutive size.

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Girls CCS Volleyball: Aptos marches toward rematch with Soquel

Outside hitters Jillian Rodriguez and Peyton Dueck led the charge on offense, middle blockers Gabby Giuffre and Emilia Jeffe made life tough on opposing hitters and No. 2 Aptos swept No. 7 Prospect, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16, to advance to Thursday’s Central Coast Section Division III semifinals.

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HS Athletes of the Week, Nov. 2: Marcos Reyes & Layla Ruiz

The Register-Pajaronian High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 22-28.

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HS Football Rankings, Week 11: Aptos finishes year atop rankings

The Register-Pajaronian's high school football rankings for Week 11 of the 2018 season.

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Boys PCAL Cross Country: M.V.C. edges St. Francis for Santa Lucia title

Sophomores Andrew Bachman and Justin Lomeli and junior David Wang continued their strong seasons, and the Mustangs received a boost from the back half of their scoring five to edge St. Francis, 35-43, for the Pacific Coast Athletic League Santa Lucia division crown in Saturday’s cross country finals at Toro Park.

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Girls PCAL Cross Country: Watsonville's Ruiz returns to form, St. Francis wins first team title

After being hampered by a nagging leg injury throughout the year, Ruiz returned to her usual dominant self to cruise to the individual PCAL Cypress division crown, and post the fastest overall time of the day on the 3-mile Toro Park course in Salinas.

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HS Football, Week 10: Aptos' heartbreaker v Palma sets up wild final week in PCAL-G

Aptos, Palma, San Benito and Salinas will all have a chance to win a share of the league title after a pair of wild finishes on Friday night.

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Girls CCS Volleyball: Aptos, Mt. Madonna earn No. 2 seeds, M.V.C. hits road for 1st round

The Mustangs received the No. 11 seed in the CCS Division IV playoffs and will hit the road to play at No. 6 Sacred Heart Prep on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Atherton.

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JC Football: Cabrillo travels to struggling SJCC for conference game

The Seahawks (4-3, 1-2) will play the Jaguars (1-6, 0-4) in San Jose at 1 p.m.

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PCAL Cross Country: League’s CCS qualifying causes confusing kerfuffle

Win or lose, first or last, Watsonville’s boys and girls cross country teams will advance to the Central Coast Section meet no matter how they perform at Saturday’s inaugural Pacific Coast Athletic League cross country finals.

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HS Football, Week 10: Aptos looks to hit ‘extra gear,’ win PCAL-G title

Aptos (8-0, 5-0) has the league’s top offense (48.3 points per game) and defense (9.3 points allowed per game), while Palma (7-1, 4-1) is second in the league in both offense (36.3) and defense (11.9).

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Tony's Thoughts: Aptos’ Marcos Reyes keeping team accomplishments first during record-breaking run

Over the last three seasons, Reyes has rewritten the Mariners’ record book. Last fall, he tied Mike Allshouse’s single-game rushing record with a 292 yard performance against Monte Vista Christian, and this season he’s eclipsed Allshouse’s career rushing record (2,082 yards) from the early ‘90s and Brooks Nicholson’s career points record (200 points) from five years ago.

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Weekly Roundup, 10/26: Ceiba's Rubio-Pintor scores win in final PCAL-Santa Lucia center meet

Ceiba College Prep freshman Nellie Rubio-Pintor edged Oakwood sophomore Kate Marcotullio by a tenth of a second to finish first in Pacific Coast Athletic League Santa Lucia Center Meet 3 at Toro Park in Salinas on Oct. 18.

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HS Athletes of the Week, 10/26: E.J. Kelly & Layla Ruiz

The Register-Pajaronian High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 15-21.

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HS Football Rankings, Week 10: Rankings stay uniform heading into final 2 weeks

The Register-Pajaronian's high school football rankings for Week 10 of the 2018 season.

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HS Football, Week 9: Mistakes doom Watsonville in 45-7 loss to Alisal

The Wildcatz dropped their third straight Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission division contest on Friday night, losing 45-7 to the visiting Trojans in a must-win game for both teams.

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G League to offer $125,000 contracts to elite prospects

The G League will begin offering "select contracts" worth $125,000 next year to elite prospects who are not yet eligible for the NBA, a move that could slightly lessen the handful of one-and-done players at the college level.

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HS Football Rankings, Week 9: Aptos, M.V.C. hold steady at top

The Register-Pajaronian's high school football rankings for Week 9 of the 2018 season.

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HS Athletes of the Week, 10/19: Carlos Hernandez & Kristen Malone

The Register-Pajaronian High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 8-14.

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HS Football, Week 8: P.V. hands coach Cordova first league win

Carlos Hernandez and Russel Pablo combined to rush for 224 yards and four touchdowns and the Pajaro Valley defense came a few plays short of pitching a shutout in the Grizzlies’ 45-6 rout of Harbor.

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