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February 24, 2024

Mariners’ football team ambitious for league supremacy

APTOS—Aptos High football coach Randy Blankenship joined the state’s 300-win club last year, becoming one of a dozen coaches who have reached that feat. Prior to that he brought home four Central Coast Section championships to the Mariners’ program since he arrived in 2010.  But the...

‘Catz’s Scott Wilson steps down as softball coach

WATSONVILLE—There was a time when winning a Central Coast Section championship was just a fairy tale story for softball programs in Santa Cruz County. Watsonville High softball coach Scott Wilson broke the wicked curse of heartbreaking losses by delivering the county’s first-ever section title in...

Mariners’ dance dazzles at summer camp

APTOS—Aptos High incoming junior Bella Garvey began dancing ballet when she was just 3 years old.  Since then, she’s continued to dance and slowly became part of what she calls her other family. “I really like the performing aspect of it, just getting to perform in...

Aptos’ Churchill named Pajaronian Female Athlete of the Year 

APTOS—Aptos High alumna Elizabeth Churchill has danced everything from ballet to more upbeat jazz and lyrical performances.  It’s taken her years to hone her skills, including how to sauté with such ease that it looks like at times she could be floating in mid-air.   This past...

St. Francis’ Aquino named Pajaronian Male Athlete of the Year

WATSONVILLE—It was a memorable campaign for St. Francis High alumnus Saul Noel Aquino who closed out his senior year as a champion, while also earning a couple of accolades along the way.  The standout student-athlete was named the Most Valuable Player in the Pacific Coast...

Sharks football quartet makes college commitments

WATSONVILLE—St. Francis High football coach John Ausman doesn’t have much to work with when it comes to building a “powerhouse” program.  The school has roughly 220 students enrolled and the football program brings in about 20% of the student body—40 players—for both junior varsity and...

Aptos’ Neu, Fulton earn all-league honors | High school softball 

APTOS—Aptos High softball coach Phil Rojas had high hopes going into the spring season with a group primed to make a run at a league title. The Mariners (11-11, 6-6) found themselves instead sailing to a third-place finish in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League...

Aptos’ Gaeckle, Moring sweep league’s top honors

APTOS—As soon as the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Coast season began, the Aptos High baseball team hit the launch button and never looked back.  The Mariners (23-7, 14-1)—who sailed their way to regular season and tournament titles—were rewarded for a stellar season at this...

NorCal’s finest: Mustangs capture CIF D-V crown | High school baseball

WATSONVILLE—Monte Vista Christian senior Jacob Woods texted baseball head coach Johnny Ramirez on Friday night prior to their big game in the CIF NorCal Regional finals.   Woods, who recently pitched a seven-inning gem in Tuesday’s Division V first round win, told his skipper he was...

Mustangs run wild over Durham in NorCal semifinals | High school baseball

WATSONVILLE—There’s nothing fancy or stylish about the way the Monte Vista Christian baseball team has been playing this season.  Perhaps it’s the tank tops and flip flops or the casual beach road attire but whatever it is, it’s working.  “I just feel like my team needs...
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Mariners eliminated from D-III playoffs following loss to Mills | CCS...

Aptos High School won a bid to host a Central Coast Section Division III girls basketball semifinals game no matter which teams were going...

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