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May 27, 2022

Mariners sneak past Santa Cruz in D-III semifinals | CCS boys basketball

SANTA CRUZ—The Aptos and Santa Cruz boys’ basketball teams finished as Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League co-champions, splitting the regular season series at one game apiece. On Thursday, they had one final chance to settle the score once and for all in the Central Coast...

‘Catz return to CCS finals after a narrow win over Saint Francis | Boys soccer

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville High junior Abraham Fuentes has not played much for the Wildcatz boys’ soccer team this season.   But whenever his number has been called this winter, he has been a difference-maker in various critical situations. Tuesday night’s Central Coast Section Open Division semifinals were no different. Fuentes,...

Local athletes qualify for CIF State Wrestling Championships | Sports Roundup

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville High junior Danisha Nunez was laser focused going into her 106-pound division title match at last week’s CCS Wrestling Championships at Watsonville High.  But an attempt to overthrow Evergreen Valley junior Sabrina Tran backfired on her. In a blink of an eye, Nunez was...

Mariners survive in a thriller to Half Moon Bay in D-III quarterfinals | CCS boys basketball

APTOS—Aptos High senior guard Cameron Saldana was getting pressured hard by Half Moon Bay High’s defense throughout Tuesday night’s Central Coast Section Division III quarterfinals.  Yet, he continued to find ways to score and managed to get some of his teammates involved in the action.  Saldana...

Mustangs girls’ team gets past Soledad in penalty shoot-out | CCS soccer roundup 

SOLEDAD—The Monte Vista Christian girls’ soccer team won the coin toss to see who would shoot first in a penalty shoot-out during Monday’s Central Coast Section Division IV quarterfinals match against Soledad High.  Senior midfielder Jana Komposch was already set on going first even though...

Mariners’ season comes to an end after a stunning loss to Sacred Heart Prep | CCS girls soccer

ATHERTON—When a high school soccer team scores the go-ahead goal in the 70th minute, it usually goes on to win. Sometimes, it will end in a tie and rarely does it ever end in defeat. But the latter situation is exactly what unfolded for...

Mariners confident they can make a run at a CCS D-II title | Girls soccer

APTOS—The divisions and seedings for the Central Coast Section soccer playoffs were all set in place on Thursday evening.  And when it was all said and done, Aptos High coach Gina Castañeda was hoping they’d end up in the Division I field. Especially because they...

‘Catz aim to make a deep run in CCS Open Division playoffs | Boys soccer

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville High coach Roland Hedgpeth is a member on the Central Coast Section boys’ soccer committee board.   On Thursday, the board got together—like they do each year—to discuss division placements, seedings and first round opponents for the upcoming postseason. The Wildcatz earned the No. 2 seed...

Mariners join two other league rivals in CCS D-III bracket | Girls basketball 

APTOS—The Aptos High girls’ basketball team is on its way to compete in the Central Coast Section playoffs after securing an at-large bid in Wednesday’s seeding meeting. It’s been a week since the Mariners last played and it’ll be an extra five days before the...

Mariners set to make a run in the CCS D-III playoffs | Boys basketball

APTOS—The Aptos High boys’ basketball team might actually get its chance to play a rubber match against league rival Santa Cruz High in the upcoming Central Coast Section postseason.   The Mariners and Cardinals, co-champions of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League, split their regular-season meetings...
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No mercy: St. Francis pounds Soledad to reach CCS title game...

SANTA CLARA—After the St. Francis High baseball team split a two-game set with Soledad High during the Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission Division season,...