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December 8, 2023

Photos: Mariners edge the ‘Catz in regular season finale | Girls flag football 

Aptos to host SCCAL tourney Saturday

The Aptos High girls flag football team wrapped up the regular season with success following a 7-0 win over Watsonville High in non-league action Thursday night.  

The lone score of the game came on an 8-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Gaby Dow to receiver Natasha Newcombe, helping the Mariners’ “Team 1” edge the Wildcatz’s “Team Gold” for the victory. Senior Angelique Nuñez recorded the extra point attempt.  

The ‘Catz moved the ball quite well and converted multiple 4th down plays, yet they struggled to punch it into the end zone on four opportunities within the red zone.

Watsonville’s offense was held from scoring with combined efforts of Ellie Marta, Mia Sanchez, Sofia Aguilera, Siena Black, Emi Gansaeuer Pilcher and Mia Parello, who recorded a quarterback sack for Aptos.

Iliana Garcia, a senior, recorded an interception for the ‘Catz. 

Junior quarterback Fernando Lazo connected with freshman receiver Jocelyn Avalos for a 7-yard touchdown pass to help lift Watsonville’s “Team Black” to a 6-0 win over the Mariners’ “Team 2”.  

Sophomore defensive back Aliah Anaya had an interception for the ‘Catz, who avenged an earlier 36-0 loss to the Mariners.

Watsonville (Team Gold: 9-5; Team Black: 2-5) improved to 11-10 overall. Next up, they will host Alvarez on Nov. 1 at 7pm. 

Aptos, which finished with a 4-0 record in league play, will host the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League tournament Saturday. They earned the top seed and a bye into the semifinals.

The Mariners will play the winner of No. 5 San Lorenzo Valley and No. 4 Soquel, which is slated to begin at 9am. 

Scotts Valley earned the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 2 Harbor in the first semifinals match at 10am. Championship game is scheduled for 12:30pm.

Juan Reyes
Juan Reyes
A Watsonville native who has a passion for local sports and loves his community. A Watsonville High, Cabrillo College, San Jose State University and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alumnus, he primarily covers high school athletics, Cabrillo College athletics, various youth sports in the Pajaro Valley and the Santa Cruz Warriors. Juan is also a video game enthusiast, part-time chef (at home), explorer and a sports junkie. Coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to report scores HERE.


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