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.
The Pajaro Valley cheer team landed a first and fourth place finish at Oct. 13’s Cheer and Dance Competition at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Pajaro Valley High sophomore setter Dennar Ocampo led the Grizzlies to a pair of wins over Soledad High and Monte Vista Christian. He had 50 assists, 12 aces and six kills in the victories, which pushed P.V. to 3-0.
It took some extra time and beyond that for the Pajaro Valley United FC to get past division rival Contra Costa FC in the United Premier Soccer League Wild West Division championship on Saturday.
Instead, they were OK with being the worst team in the league this year and the winless start is disappointing but not surprising. They’re trotting out 14 rookies every week and expecting them to learn the game while getting shelled. For some reason, the Niners have been spared the bashing and criticism that the equally bad Cleveland Browns, who are also 0-7, have received.
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.
The junior guard buoyed Aptos through a third-quarter slump with a trio of 3-pointers and the rest of the Mariners snapped out of a shooting funk in the final stanza to hold off Palo Alto High for an impressive 75-65 preseason victory.
St. Francis High alumni Nick Ciandro, right, and Sahid Valenzuela suited up for the Cal State Fullerton baseball team in its season-opening series against Stanford.
Dickman had the match of his life and the rest of the No. 4-seeded Padres weren’t too shabby either on a night in which the No. 5-seeded Mariners were still stuck in an unusual funk. All of that added up to a clean 25-15, 25-14, 25-21 Carmel sweep and the
Cabrillo College picked up a pair of sweeps on Saturday in a three-way tournament against College of the Sequoias and Feather River College in Aptos. The Seahawks beat C.O.S. 25-16, 25-16, 25-13 and edged Feather River 25-23, 27-25, 28-26.