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February 22, 2024

Soquel High football team honored for earning county’s first state championship

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The Soquel High School football team paraded onto their home field Wednesday, sandwiched between the school’s band percussion team and the varsity cheerleaders in a special proclamation ceremony after becoming the first football team in Santa Cruz County to win a California Interscholastic Federation...

Mariners feel confident to repeat as SCCAL champion | Boys basketball

A lot could be said about last season’s remarkable run for the Aptos High boys’ basketball team which not only turned several heads, but became the dark horse of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League.  They finished co-champion with Santa Cruz High and they reached...

Local teams advance to CIF State Championships | High school football

A trio of Central Coast Section champions are just one win away from adding a state title to the trophy case.  Soquel, Palma and Los Gatos high schools are on their way to the CIF State Football Championships following last week’s victories in their respective...

MVC’s Dominic Pierini earns first-team honors following record-breaking season | All-PCAL football 

After going through a year full of growing pains, Monte Vista Christian junior Dominic Pierini was feeling vigorous and ready to take charge of the Mustangs football team in his first full season under center.    “I put in a lot of work, so I knew...

Locals set to compete at CIF State finals | High school cross country

A group of local runners will compete in the upcoming CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno this weekend.  Watsonville High junior Katelynn Ruiz punched her ticket to the state finals after she placed seventh in 19 minutes, 13.3 seconds in the...

End of an era: Randy Blankenship retires after 50-year football coaching career

Several words come to mind when describing longtime Aptos High football coach Randy Blankenship. Most will say he’s stern when it comes to his coaching methods, while others might call him caring, enthusiastic and motivational.   Yet, it might take just one word when talking about his...

Aptos’ Fiona Carey earns first team honors | All-SCCAL girls water polo

There were several key elements this season that helped the Aptos High girls’ water polo team reach last week’s Central Coast Section Division II championship game.   But none was more impactful than having senior Fiona Carey take charge of the Mariners, who fell in a...

Aptos’ Suarez-Abraham twins earn first, second team honors | All-SCCAL boys water polo

Aptos High twin brothers Gabriel and Rafael Suarez-Abraham both made an immediate impact as freshmen on the Mariners boys’ water polo team in 2023. Gabriel, a utility player, led the team with 21 goals, while goalie Rafael recorded 57 saves and three wins, according to...

Aptos’ Ella Dueck named league’s top freshman | All-SCCAL girls volleyball

Aptos High freshman Ella Dueck was a stalwart on the court in her first year with the Mariners girls’ volleyball team.   The standout outside hitter finished with a team-best 262 kills to go along with 220 digs, 43 serving aces and 12 blocks in 82...

‘Catz claw their way into the CCS Championships | High school cross country

Watsonville High cross country coach David Knight said qualifying for the Central Coast Section Cross Country Championships will and always be the end goal for them.  Mission accomplished. The Wildcatz boys’ and girls’ teams both advanced to the section finals following another strong performance at the...
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Former supervisor, tribal leader face off against incumbent congresswoman

Longtime Silicon Valley congresswoman Zoe Lofgren is locked in a contentious battle with Muwekma Ohlone tribal leader Charlene Nijmeh and former San Benito County...