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June 16, 2024
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Marcus Northcutt steps down as Watsonville’s athletic director

Marcus Northcutt has stepped down as Watsonville High’s athletic director after seven years with the school, he told The Pajaronian on Thursday.     Northcutt, 52, will take on the same duties at North Salinas High starting in July. He will replace longtime athletic director Jean Ashen,...

St. Francis athletes officially sign National Letters of Intent

St. Francis High School last week celebrated and recognized a group of its student-athletes who will venture off into a new journey in college.  Aaliysah Gomez, Markel Parker, Micah Cervantes, Pedro Ibarra and Trey Silva all signed their National Letters of Intent to compete at...

Pajaro Valley 50-70 team completes undefeated season | Youth baseball

For years, the Little League Intermediate 50/70 Baseball Division has served as the bridge between the Majors and high school baseball in Santa Cruz County.  It gives kids the chance to develop even further before stepping onto the bigger field. In 2024, there was a new...

Sharks’ baseball postseason aspirations cut short by TKA | CCS playoffs roundup

The St. Francis High baseball team entered last week’s Central Coast Section playoffs against The King’s Academy riding the high of a 15-game winning streak. It was a win-or-go-home scenario and, while both teams gave it all they had, the Knights concluded the Sharks’ season...

Local qualifiers gear up for CCS quarterfinals | High school softball

The Central Coast Section softball playoffs begin this weekend for four local qualifiers hoping to go on a section title run to cap off their season. Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville will begin their quest for a championship starting on the road, while San Lorenzo...

Local teams awarded home game for CCS quarterfinals | High school baseball 

A trio of local baseball teams have been preparing this week for the upcoming Central Coast Section baseball playoffs. Aptos, St. Francis and Scotts Valley high schools will have the luxury of hosting the quarterfinals after earning a high seed in their respective divisions. Below is...

Watsonville’s Katelynn Ruiz set to compete at CCS finals | High school track and field

Watsonville High junior Katelynn Ruiz and several other local athletes are set to compete in this weekend’s Central Coast Section Track and Field Championships in Gilroy.   The Wildcatz standout distance runner advanced in the 3200-meters finals after she finished in 11 minutes, 30.11 seconds during...

St. Francis’ Trey Silva, MVC’s Kayla Fullalove-Silveira named Preps of the Week | Pajaronian Sports Ticker

This week’s edition of the Pajaronian Sports Ticker highlights local prep athletes for their performances during the week of May 6-12.   Preps of the Week Boys: St. Francis High senior Trey Silva had one double and four RBIs for the Sharks baseball team in an 11-1...

‘Catz pounce on Gonzales to capture Mission Division crown | High school softball

In 2023, the Watsonville High softball team finished with a winless record in the top-tier Gabilan Division by going 0-14 in league play.   It stung at the time for senior co-captain Cameron Llamas who had to endure through what she called a disappointing season.  But in...

Watsonville’s Aiden Rodriguez, Julia Maldonado named Preps of the Week | Pajaronian Sports Ticker

This week’s edition of the Pajaronian Sports Ticker highlights local prep athletes for their performances during the week of April 29-May 5.    Preps of the Week Boys: Watsonville High senior pitcher Aiden Rodriguez had back-to-back solid games, allowing just one run in 14 innings pitched for...