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June 29, 2022

Local Roundup, 8/17: Hiltz podiums in Guardian Mile — first pro race

Aptos High alumna Nikki Hiltz took third place in the elite female division of the Guardian Mile race in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday.

Hiltz, a former All-American at the University of Arkansas, completed the mile-long race over the Hope Memorial Bridge in 4 minutes, 38.82 seconds.

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PRO BASEBALL

Rivera helps Cards win – Watsonville High alumnus Chris Rivera earned his second hold of his pro career by tossing two solid innings in the GCL Cardinals’ 4-1 win over the GCL Astros on Monday.

Rivera, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 33rd round of the MLB Draft earlier this year, allowed three hits and an earned run over two frames.

On Thursday, Rivera tossed an inning in the Cardinals 5-2 win over the GCL Mets. He allowed three hits and two earned runs.

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SOCCER

Local Aztecas make it to the top – The Aztecas of Watsonville won the 2018 Watsonville Soccer League Championship Sunday.

Aztecas is the youngest team in the league and is coached by the first and only female coach in the Watsonville Adult Men’s League, Gina Castaneda.

“We could have not have done it without all our support from the County of Santa Cruz, Freedom Lions Club, the youth, their families and the community,” Castaneda said. “There are so many people that support Aztecas, it would be hard to name them all. Thank you for giving our youth the opportunity to succeed on and off the field.”

Aztecas edged their way up over the years in three divisions of 10 teams each and worked their way up to first place at Pinto Lake County Park.

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