Girls' CCS basketball: Pajaro Valley's record-setting season ends in second round

Using a stifling full-court man-to-man trapping defense, the Falcons put the clamps on the upstart Grizzlies in a 62-38 win in the second round of the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs on Saturday.

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CCS Wrestling Championships, 2019: 'Brave' Cabuag scores redemption, section crown

M.V.C.’s star wrestler scored a bit of redemption from last year’s runner-up finish on Saturday night by holding off dangerously focused Palma sophomore Zak Thompson, 9-7, for the 113-pound Central Coast Section crown.

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CCS Basketball roundup: Quintero's career night powers P.V. to first-ever quarterfinal

Christian Quintero poured in a career-high 46 points to lead No. 10 Pajaro Valley over No. 7 Mills, 75-67, and into the quarterfinal round of the Central Coast Section playoffs for the first time in program history.

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CCS soccer roundup: Watsonville boys roll Los Gatos; Aptos girls also advance

Top-seeded Watsonville exploded for five goals to storm past No. 8 Los Gatos, 5-0, in Saturday’s Central Coast Section Open Division quarterfinals at Emmett M. Geiser Field.

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Girls' CCS soccer: M.V.C. shakes off nerves for first playoff win since '08

After allowing an early score in the first half, M.V.C. exploded for three goals over nine minutes to hold off an upstart No. 8 Nueva squad for a 3-1 win, the program’s first playoff victory since the 2007-08 season.

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Girls' CCS basketball: Unseeded Pajaro Valley stuns No. 12 Hillsdale

Unseeded Pajaro Valley stunned No. 12 Hillsdale, 56-39, in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs on Friday night in San Mateo.

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Boys' CCS basketball: Pajaro Valley advances behind defense, rebounding

No. 10 Pajaro Valley eliminated unseeded Greenfield from the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs on Friday night with a wire-to-wire 58-41 win despite shooting just 32 percent from the field.

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Togo's HS Athletes of the Week, 2/15: Christian Cabuag & Natalia Ackerman

Togo's High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10.

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CCS soccer: Watsonville's boys, girls set to host double-header after receiving top seeds

The girls, the top seed in Division II, will welcome in No. 8 Piedmont Hills for a 5 p.m. game, and the boys, the top seed in Open Division, will take on No. 8 Los Gatos after.

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Girls' soccer: Magdaleno the secret weapon for PCAL-M champion Watsonville

Magdaleno has scored at least 24 goals over the course of the season, and her head coach, Gladys Mondragon, estimates she’s made at least seven assists.

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'Same ol' Ty': St. Francis alumnus Sambrailo returns home for jersey retirement

The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder was still the down-to-earth, small-city guy that left to play college football at Colorado State with dreams of one day playing in the NFL.

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JC Roundup, 2/15: Cabrillo sees title chances wash away

The Cabrillo College men’s basketball team saw its chances of capturing at least a share of its 13th consecutive Coast Conference South title wash away with the El Nino storms following a 62-46 loss to host Gavilan College in Gilroy on Feb. 8.

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Boys' soccer roundup, 2/15: Watsonville closes regular season with ties, wins PCAL-G title

Watsonville closed out its Pacific Coast Athletic League Gabilan division season with a pair of ties, but the draws were more than enough for the Wildcatz to capture their first league title since the 2014-15 season.

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Boys' basketball roundup, 2/15: St. Francis closes regular season with wins

The St. Francis Sharks finished the regular season with pair of Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission division wins over Alvarez and Christopher.

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HS Wrestling: Aptos produces six league champs; area sends 31 to CCS

Aptos produced six league champions at the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Finals on Feb. 8 at San Lorenzo Valley High.

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Boys' CCS basketball: P.V. earns first-ever home playoff game

Coach Andre Bailey and Co. received the No. 10 seed in the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs, and will welcome in unseeded Greenfield (15-9) for a first round matchup at 7 p.m.

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Girls' CCS basketball: Pajaro Valley unseeded despite 20-win season

Aptos (20-6) and Pajaro Valley (20-4) were on opposite ends of the spectrum when the official postseason brackets were released on Wednesday night. The Mariners received the No. 1 seed in the D-III playoffs, and the Grizzlies were unseeded.

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Girls' basketball roundup, 2/15: Ceiba still smiling after falling short of title

Micaela Macias, a senior who had never played organized basketball before this winter, muscled away an offensive rebound, and managed to score her first points in the waining moments of Tuesday night’s 30-13 loss to the Pacific Coast Athletic League Arroyo division champion Hawks.

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Boys' PCAL-SL basketball: Watsonville smothers Oakwood, creates tie atop league

Down 22-11 at the end of the first quarter, Watsonville had to rally over the last three quarters to fight its way back into the Pacific Coast Athletic League Santa Lucia division title chase with a 52-46 upset of Oakwood.

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Togo's HS Athletes of the Week, 2/8: Christian Quintero & Elyanna Magdaleno

Togo's High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3.

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Men's JC basketball: Seahawks’ Seymour realizing grand potential

In six games as a starter, Seymour has accumulated 44 rebounds, 28 points, 18 blocks, five assists and four steals for Cabrillo, who tonight travel to Gilroy to play Gavilan College in a game that could determine the conference championship.

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Girls' basketball roundup, 2/8: Pajaro Valley, St. Francis win long-awaited league titles

The Grizzlies thumped visiting Gonzales, 59-17, to win the PCAL-SL title outright a night after clinching a share of the championship with a 60-36 win at Greenfield.

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Girls' PCAL-C Soccer: M.V.C. routs P.V. to claim first title in 4 years

M.V.C. scored five goals in the first 40 minutes to cruise past Pajaro Valley, 5-1, and clinch the Pacific Coast Athletic League Cypress division crown.

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Boys' PCAL-C basketball: Condors outlast Quintero, P.V. to earn share of title

Behind a 12-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter, N.M.C. held off a late Pajaro Valley surge to secure no worse than a share of the Pacific Coast Athletic League Cypress division crown with a 55-50 win on Tuesday night.

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HS Football: Reyes, Seymour, Anderson earn All-State honors

Reyes, a record-breaking running back and linebacker for the Aptos Mariners, was named to the All-State Medium Schools Second Team. Seymour, an explosive receiver and defensive back for St. Francis, made the All-State Small Schools First Team. And Anderson, a stud defensive back at North Monterey County, earned a spot on the Junior All-State Football team.

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Boys' PCAL-G soccer: Watsonville continues super run into first place

The win pushed Watsonville’s unbeaten streak to 10 games, improved the black and gold to 12-1-3 overall and pushed the team into first place in the star-studded league.

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JC softball preview, 2019: Seahawks hope for bounce back season

Cabrillo College softball has won just 23 games combined over the last two seasons, six less than they won in 2016 alone. This year’s team is looking to shake off the struggles of the past and hit their way back into a berth in the postseason tournament.

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Girls' basketball roundup, 2/1: Solorzano, Ibarra bring P.V. closer to first-ever title

Jayleen Solorzano had 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine steals as the Grizzlies reset their program record for most points in a single game in Wednesday night’s Pacific Coast Athletic League Santa Lucia division win.

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Girls' soccer roundup, 2/1: Mustangs continue march toward PCAL-Cypress title

Emily Edgerle scored two goals and Caroline Sullivan added the third goal for M.V.C. (10-2-4, 8-0-2), which can clinch its first league crown since the 2014-15 season with a win against Monterey tonight at home and a tie between Seaside and Pajaro Valley.

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Girls' PCAL basketball: Winning season no shocker for P.V. after summer full of hoops

Pajaro Valley (17-4, 7-0) has already shattered the program’s previous records for overall wins (11) and league wins (5) in a single season — both of which were set during the 2014-15 campaign — and it also reset the program record for points scored in a single game in a 73-25 drubbing of Santa Catalina on Wednesday.

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Boys' soccer roundup, 2/1: Streaking ‘Catz crack state’s top 15

Watsonville moved up to 15th in the state, according to MaxPreps’ rankings, and made its debut on Top Drawer Soccer’s Winter FAB 50 national rankings after beating Alvarez. Sophomore Jael Leal and junior Eric Vasquez each scored a goal to help the ‘Catz improve to 11-1-3 overall and 4-0-1 in Pacific Coast Athletic League Gabilan division action.

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Women's JC basketball: Cabrillo stunned by Mission in battle for conference supremacy

The visiting Saints (12-9, 5-0) outlasted the Seahawks (13-4, 4-1) in a neck-and-neck battle between the top two teams of the Coast Conference South division on Wednesday night.

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HS Athletes of the Week, 2/1: Angel Luis Hernandez & Janessa Yniguez

High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Jan. 21-27.

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Girls' SCCAL basketball: Soquel reignites rivalry with stunner over Aptos

Aptos (16-6, 7-1) shot 29 percent from the field, and turned it over 18 times en route to its lowest scoring output in an SCCAL game since the 2016-17 season.

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JC baseball preview, 2019: Punchy offense the heart of reloaded Seahawks

After finishing last year with a disappointing record of 14-24, and missing the playoffs for only the second time in the last nine seasons, the opportunity to take the field once again could not have come soon enough for the Seahawks.

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Girls' PCAL-C Basketball: St. Francis takes two-game lead with win over Carmel

St. Francis held off Carmel’s second-half push to keep its league record unscathed with a 52-43 win.

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JC roundup, 1/25: Cabrillo men’s hoops adjusts, rallies for win over De Anza

Ultimately, the Seahawks’ in-game adjustments, and rotational pliability proved sufficient to emerge victorious, 82-75.

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Boys' soccer roundup, 1/25: Ceiba's Padilla reaches 30-goal mark with hat trick

Diego Padilla reached the 30-goal mark for the season with a hat trick in Ceiba College Prep’s 7-0 win over Anzar in Pacific Coast Athletic League Santa Lucia division play on Wednesday.

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Girls' soccer roundup, 1/25: Castillo scores twice in Grizzlies' PCAL-C tie

Jasmin Castillo scored two goals to help the Pajaro Valley Grizzlies force a Pacific Coast Athletic League Cypress division tie on Wednesday evening.

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Girls' basketball roundup, 1/25: Solorzano, Pajaro Valley keep winning, breaking records

Solorzano notched her 10th game of the season with 30 or more points, and the Grizzlies reset their program record for most points in a single game in a 72-23 rout of host Gonzales on Wednesday night.

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Boys' basketball roundup, 1/25: Kelly, Seymour help St. Francis rally for bounce back win

St. Francis exploded for 21 points in the fourth quarter to rally past host Pacific Grove for a 54-44 win in Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission division action on Wednesday night.

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Boys' PCAL-G soccer: Watsonville back to normal after scary return home from Hawaii

On its way back home following a three-game trip to Hawaii, Watsonville (9-1-3, 2-0-1) had its flight rerouted back to the island state after the plane’s cabin smelled of smoke an hour and 15 minutes into the journey.

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Girls' SCCAL soccer: Aptos bullied by Santa Cruz in 1-1 tie

Aptos, ranked 25th in the state by Maxpreps.com, almost saw its undefeated start to the season come to an end in a 1-1 draw against Santa Cruz, ranked 135th.

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HS Athletes of the Week, 1/25: Jarrod Garcia & Gisselle Vasquez

High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Jan. 14-20.

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Watsonville history: Watsonville High has many traditions, one of them is written with a ‘z’

Before last week, I was never curious as to why Watsonville used a z instead of an s at the end of its mascots' name. Like I said, I accepted it. It’s not a spelling mistake, which was my first thought when I went to my first high school basketball game, it’s the unspoken rule — like not putting ketchup on a hotdog. No Watsonville alumnus asks why, they just accept it.

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Girls' PCAL-C Soccer: M.V.C. rallies to tie Seaside in battle of unbeatens

Shayna Lebovitz’s header off of Sophia Bessa’s free kick in the final minute of the match clanked off the crossbar and out, preserving a frustrating 1-1 tie for both teams.

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Girls' basketball roundup, 1/18: Mariners’ Pardue embracing role as glue gal

Whether it’s playing tough defense, coming up with loose balls, clogging passing lanes or chasing down long offensive boards, the 5-foot-3 “glue gal” has quietly helped Aptos to a top-10 ranking in the Central Coast Section and a 14-4 start to the season.

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Men's JC basketball: Cabrillo drops first meeting with Gavilan

Cabrillo (13-5, 1-1) mounted multiple attempts to recover from the early offensive blitzkrieg launched by the Rams (16-2, 2-0), shrinking the lead to as little as two points, but ultimately submitted.

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Cool under pressure: St. Francis senior Jake Taylor composed on court, off of it

Taylor and a fellow lifeguard resuscitated a child that had been accidentally buried by a collapsing sand tunnel by performing CPR.

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Boys' PCAL-SL Soccer: Ceiba, Pacific Grove play to another 2-2 tie

The two up-and-coming programs played to another bitter 2-2 tie.

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Girls' PCAL-C soccer: St. Francis holds off Castillo, Pajaro Valley for 4th straight win

The Grizzlies nearly forced a tie in the closing minutes of Wednesday’s contest at Emmett M. Geiser Field, but the Sharks’ defense held tough through a pressure-packed flurry over the final five minutes of their 2-1 win, their fourth straight victory.

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Girls SCCAL basketball: Giuffre, Pardue shoot Aptos past Soquel

Gabby Giuffre and Abby Pardue shot a combined 10-of-15 from 3-point land to lead the Aptos Mariners past the Soquel Knights, 66-54, to their 22nd consecutive Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League victory Friday night

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