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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Raiders fire GM Reggie McKenzie

A person familiar with the move says McKenzie was let go from the position he had held for almost seven seasons a day after Oakland beat Pittsburgh 24-21 for its third win of the season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made an announcement. The NFL Network first reported the firing.

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George Kittle's 85-yard touchdown reception helps lift 49ers

Kittle still had a brilliant Sunday afternoon, making an 85-yard touchdown reception on the way to 210 yards receiving and becoming the 49ers' first tight end to reach the 1,000-yard milestone to lead San Francisco past the sluggish, injury-plagued Denver Broncos 20-14.

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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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Boys basketball preview, 2018-19: New leagues give local teams fresh look, confidence

All but one local boys basketball team will get to unwrap a whole new set of challenges this winter, as six squads were placed into five tiered divisions of the Pacific Coast Athletic League — a 31-school super league made up of the previous members of the Monterey Bay League and Mission Trail Athletic League.

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Tony's Thoughts: Aptos looking to make name for itself vs. McClymonds

Aptos has made a name for itself in Santa Cruz County and the CCS over the last eight seasons — winning six league titles and four section crowns in that time — and the Mariners will have another chance to bring a little more recognition to the juggernaut program from a pint-sized collection of towns with a population of just over 24,000.

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Weekly Roundup, 12/7: Sharks cruise to season-opening victory

E.J. Kelly hit four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points, and Jake Taylor recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in St. Francis’ 66-31 season-opening win over Pacific Point Christian on Wednesday in Watsonville.

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JC Roundup, 12/7: Cabrillo women's, men's hoops roll to wins

The Cabrillo College Seahawks women’s basketball team halted its two-game losing skid Wednesday defeating the Reedley College Tiger 67-53 in the Adobe palace.

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HS Athletes of the Week, 12/7: Marcos Reyes & Jayleen Solorzano

The Register-Pajaronian High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2.

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PCAL Football: ‘The beast’ named Gabilan M.V.P.

“The beast” beat out a handful of other worthy candidates for the league’s top honor after rushing for 806 yards and 16 touchdowns over seven PCAL-G games. Reyes also starred at inside linebacker for a defense that allowed just 16 points per league game.

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PCAL moves Carmel football into powerhouse Gabilan division; Watsonville, St. Francis move down

Carmel, a Central Coast Section Division V finalist this season, will join Aptos, Christopher, Alvarez, Gilroy, San Benito and reigning co-champions Palma and Salinas in the PCAL-G next fall, the league announced on Tuesday.

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Watsonville 'sisters' Rodriguez, Wilson sign letters of intent to D1 softball programs

Best friends since preschool and softball teammates since they were 8, Watsonville’s star batterymates shared another special moment on Friday, signing their respective letters of intent to play NCAA Division I softball in front of more than a hundred friends, family, teammates and coaches.

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CCS Football: Aptos exorcises 4th quarter demons, stuns SHP for Open D3 title

Undersized, overlooked and struggling heading into the playoffs on a two-game losing streak that robbed them of a league championship, the Mariners (11-2) completed their impressive run to the program’s fourth CCS title of the decade with a wild 35-34 comeback win over the Gators (11-2) at Westmont High.

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Tony's Thoughts: Mariners focusing on CCS title, not history heading into Saturday

Aptos will have a shot to win its fourth section title of the decade, a feat only two public school programs have managed to accomplish.

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Aptos celebrates trio of athletes signing letters of intent

Hocom signed with New York University for women’s hoops, Meier followed through on her commitment with Binghamton University’s soccer program and Rodriguez penned her allegiance to Long Beach State’s beach volleyball team.

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HS Athletes of the Week, 11/30: Marcos Reyes & Jayleen Solorzano

The Register-Pajaronian High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Nov. 19-25.

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Women's JC Volleyball: Cabrillo shocked by West Valley in NorCal playoffs

With their backs against the wall versus the top team in Northern California, the No. 8-seeded Vikings (17-9) hit harder, moved faster and played with an uninhibited confidence resembling that of the two-time state champion Seahawks (26-3).

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CIF Cross Country Championships, 2018: Sharks' Kelly leads local quartet at state

Making his fourth and final appearance at the state meet, Kelly completed the 5-kilometer course in 16 minutes, and 51.3 seconds. He passed up 15 runners over the last mile to notch his best finish in Fresno — he was 29th last fall.

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CCS Football: Aptos stuns Palma, advances to 5th title game of decade

Marcos Reyes rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns, Hunter Matys ran for a pair of scores and tossed another and the No. 5-seeded Aptos Mariners trounced the top-seeded Palma Chieftains, 49-6, to advance to the Central Coast Section Open Division III championship game.

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PCAL Water Polo: Malone, Wagner named to First Team

Aptos seniors Kristen Malone and Jordan Wagner were named to the Pacific Coast Athletic League Gabilan division First Team after leading the Mariners to second place in the league’s top division.

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HS Athletes of the Week, 11/21: Marcos Reyes & Layla Ruiz

The Register-Pajaronian High School Athletes of the Week for the week of Nov. 12-18.

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CCS Football: Aptos rolls Terra Nova, earns rematch with Palma

Marcos Reyes, Hunter Matys and Josh Powell all rushed for more than 100 yards, the defense recorded four takeaways and No. 5 Aptos rolled into the Central Coast Section Open Division III semifinals with a 62-37 win over No. 4 Terra Nova on Saturday night.

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CCS Cross Country Championships, 2018: Ruiz reaches new heights for 'Catz, leads local quartet to state

Ruiz, battling through nagging leg injuries over the course of the season, hung with Carlmont junior Kaimei Gescuk as long as she could, but could not close the gap down the final stretch of the Division I race.

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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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