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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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HS Athletes of the Week, 1/18: Elyanna Magdaleno & Diego Padilla

High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Jan. 7-13.

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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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Girls PCAL-M basketball: Condors spoil Cook's return to N.M.C.

N.M.C. held the Cook-led Watsonville Wildcatz to only five field goals to open up Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission division play with a dominant 40-23 win on Thursday night.

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Girls' soccer roundup, 1/11: Watsonville shuts out King City to stay in league-title hunt

The Watsonville Wildcatz scored a 3-0 win over host King City on Wednesday night to keep pace with the leaders of the Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission division.

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Boys' soccer roundup, 1/11: Pajaro Valley beats Palma, 2-1, for first win of season

Pajaro Valley secured its first win of the season on Wednesday night, beating Palma 2-1 in Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission action.

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Weekly roundup, 1/11: More than a dozen players selected for local all-star game

Fourteen local players were selected for tonight’s 34th annual Central Coast High School All-Star football game at Rabobank Stadium in Salinas.

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Boys' basketball roundup, 1/11: Mariners’ offense starting to click

Senior forward Logan Feldbrugge has provided a much-needed scoring punch to support senior point guard Max Pepperdine’s playmaking and scoring, and senior forwards Hunter Matys and Anthony Sanchez have also started to settle into their roles — something the team struggled with during its trying 2-4 stretch at the end of December.

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Girls' basketball roundup, 1/11: Pajaro Valley’s Solorzano off to strong start

No other player in the state is averaging more points per game than Solorzano, according to the stats kept by MaxPreps.com. She is also eighth in the nation in points per game, and is the only player in the Central Coast Section averaging at least 20 points, eight rebounds and six steals per game.

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HS wrestling preview, 2019: M.V.C. looks for top-3 finish at CCS behind strong returning class

Monte Vista Christian last year had five wrestlers place at the Central Coast Section tournament, helping the Mustangs place a team-best fifth.

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Women's JC basketball: Hill, other local talent boost Cabrillo’s title defense

After decades of irrelevance, Cabrillo is looking to become a regionally sourced powerhouse by dominating conference play.

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HS Athletes of the Week, 1/11: Jarrod Garcia & Jayleen Solorzano

The Register-Pajaronian High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6.

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Boys' SCCAL basketball: Mariners' upset bid falls short

Robert Bishop hit a clutch pull-up jumper with 4.1 seconds left to help Santa Cruz hold off a valiant Aptos upset bid, 59-57, in the first Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League action of the 2019 season on Friday night.

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Weekly Roundup, 1/4: Mustangs trample Sharks, 8-2, in PCAL-Cypress showdown

Caroline Sullivan and Sara Thornburg scored two goals apiece, Polina Oglesby made a trio of clutch saves in the second half and Monte Vista Christian thumped St. Francis, 8-2, in a battle of Watsonville private schools Thursday evening.

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All-Register-Pajaronian Football Team, 2018: Mariners’ Marcos Reyes repeats as Player of the Year

Reyes this fall pieced together arguably the most impressive football season in the program’s history, breaking at least 14 records and earning league M.V.P. honors while leading Aptos to its fourth Central Coast Section championship of the decade and first-ever regional bowl game berth.

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Men's JC basketball: Seahawks enter conference play with sky-high expectations

Over the past 19 seasons Marcopulos has built men’s basketball at Cabrillo College from perennial cellar dweller into a conference powerhouse. In nine of the last 11 years, the Seahawks have been named at least co-champion of the Coast Conference South, and produced five of the last six Conference MVP’s.

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Boys' PCAL basketball: Ceiba drops season opener to Anzar

Despite the inexperience, the small K-12 charter school kept it close through two quarters — thanks in no small part to senior point guard Jarrod Garcia.

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Year in review: Triumph, records, heartbreak, inspiration ­— 2018 had it all

For several local student-athletes, the last 12 months were filled with championship performances, inspirational efforts and unforgettable matchups. Some used their skills on the court, field, pool, track and trails to wow spectators, while others showcased their drive and attitude to inspire young and old.

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HS Athletes of the Week, 1/4: Christian Quintero & Natalia Ackerman

The Register-Pajaronian High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Dec. 24-30.

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Don & Martha Price Christmas Classic, 2018: Host Mustangs win girls' title

Paloma Ramirez had 16 points and seven rebounds, Mackenzie Tellez added 13 points, eight rebounds and five steals and Monte Vista Christian completed its dominant showing in the Don & Martha Price Christmas Classic with a 74-41 win over Valley Christian-Roseville in the tournament final on Saturday in Watsonville.

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Pat Lovell Holiday Wrestling Classic, 2018: Aptos' Zacarias, Watsonville's Meyers stun seeded opponents in third place finishes

Zacarias pinned No. 2 seed Nick Trave of Petaluma to take third at 106 pounds, while Meyers pinned No. 4 seed Isaiah Ontiveros of Pitman in the third-place match at 152 pounds.

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Boys soccer preview, 2018-19: Youthful Watsonville trying to reach high bar; Ceiba, M.V.C. cherish new opportunities

The Watsonville Wildcatz are younger than usual, but the lofty yearly expectations thrusted upon the 11-time Central Coast Section champions haven’t changed.

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HS Wrestling: Lovell’s ‘passion’ lives on in 50th year of tournament

The former SCCAL Commissioner was on hand for the dedication last year, but his absence during the 50th edition of the tournament today will leave a gigantic hole in the hearts of a wrestling community so accustom to his gregarious, fun-loving personality.

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JC Roundup, 12/28: Roadrunners shut down star guard Heleyna Hill, Seahawks

Hill, a sophomore transfer from San Jose State and a Santa Cruz native, leads the state in points (24.9) and assists (4.7) per game, but managed just eight points and two assists as a result of running up against a game plan designed exclusively to stop her.

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HS Athletes of the Week, 12/28: Jael Leal & Olivia Meier

The Register-Pajaronian High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Dec. 17-23.

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Men's JC basketball: Marcopulos returns to sideline for streaking Seahawks

After going 7-2 as interim head coach, Page handed back the helm Monday morning to Marcopulos with the Seahawks (9-3) riding a six-game winning streak that includes Sunday’s 77-73 upset of the top ranked City College of San Francisco Rams in the San Joaquin Delta Tournament final.

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Girls soccer preview, 2018-19: Young local teams head into break atop standings, look to stay there

At Aptos, freshmen Jazmin Castaneda and Rowan Bower have helped the Mariners get off to an undefeated start. Freshman Najeli Jimenez and sophomore Brianna Guerrero are powering a resurgence at Watsonville. And North Monterey County sophomores Maria Ramirez, Gina Huerta and Melanie Aquino have been goal-scoring machines for the undefeated Condors.

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Boys soccer: Mistakes stop 'Catz in tough loss to rival Bells

Watsonville erased a 2-0, first-half deficit, but Bellarmine stunned the host Wildcatz with a score in the 79th minute to walk off Emmett M. Geiser Field with a bragging rights over its longtime rival.

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HS Athletes of the Week, 12/21: Diego Padilla & Jayleen Solorzano

The Register-Pajaronian High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Dec. 10-16.

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Boys soccer: Watsonville beats Menlo-Atherton, 3-0, in Homestead Christmas Cup final

Sophomore forward Jael Leal got the scoring started in the 62nd minute, junior midfielder Eric Vasquez added the second score five minutes later on a beautiful weaving drive and Angel Luis Hernandez scored the final goal in the 78th.

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Girls basketball preview, 2018: Local programs look to capture titles, place in history

With 10 players back, including four starters, from last year’s regional quarterfinalist team, Aptos knows this could be the year the program does something it has not since the 1982-83 season: play for a California Interscholastic Federation Northern California championship.

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Weekly roundup, 12/14: Watsonville’s Layla Ruiz named to All-CCS Second Team

Ruiz this season won the Pacific Coast Athletic League Cypress division championship, took second in the CCS Division I race and advanced to the California Interscholastic Federation state meet for the second straight season.

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Girls soccer: Watsonville dominates Carmel to secure second PCAL-M win

Junior Elyanna Magdaleno scored two goals and dished an assist, and sophomore Brianna Guerrero and freshman Nayeli Jimenez each scored once and made an assist in Watsonville’s 5-0 win over host Carmel on Thursday.

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Tony's Thoughts: Blankenship rejuvenated after record-setting season

Blankenship, now a nine-time section champion and 285-game winner, will probably be fine-tuning the Mariners’ depth chart for the 2019 season while his family unwraps presents on Christmas morning. And he’ll probably be watching game film of the incoming senior and junior classes as the ball drops in Times Square to ring in the new year.

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HS Athletes of the Week, 12/14: Marcos Reyes & Natalia Ackerman

The Register-Pajaronian High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Dec. 3-Dec. 9.

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NorCal Football: Aptos overwhelmed by sizable McClymonds in 4-A final

The postseason run of dreams came to an end in the California Interscholastic Federation NorCal 4-A championship game.

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