Senior libero Alexis Pena is the lone returning starter from a squad that went 6-6 in Monterey Bay League Pacific division play and narrowly missed the Central Coast Section playoffs for the sixth straight season. Senior outside Anissa Diaz, who sparingly saw the court last season, is also a returning senior.
Greg Ryan is the new head coach at St. Francis, replacing former coach Diana Inman, who was let go after three seasons at the helm.
Pajaro Valley High won two years ago. St. Francis High exacted revenge last season. Friday’s rubber match at Emmett M. Geiser Field in Watsonville will determine which team truly owns the bragging rights, at least for the rest of the year.
Powerhouse Mariners start season atop the rankings after a long streak of success this decade.
St. Francis High incoming senior Chase Watkins gave his verbal commitment to the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo baseball program for the 2018-19 season, he confirmed with the Register-Pajaronian on Monday.
After more than two decades of coaching at Watsonville High, James Gomez has decided to step down from both of his lead positions, he confirmed to the Register-Pajaronian on Saturday.
The annual Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Jamboree was Friday night at Carl Conelly Stadium on the campus of Cabrillo College in Aptos and we learned plenty about the 10 teams from the county.
Watsonville and the five other local teams will all partake in league jamborees today at various sites. North Monterey County High and Pajaro Valley High will join the Wildcatz at North Salinas High for the Monterey Bay League Pacific division jamboree and Monte Vista Christian travels to Salinas High for the MBL-Gabilan division jamboree, while Aptos High, St. Francis High and Mt. Madonna will compete in the brand-new Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Jamboree at Santa Cruz High. All three jamborees are set for a 9 a.m. start.
M.V.C. this year is using the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) program as another protective device against concussions.
The North Monterey County High Condors will debut their brand new all-weather football field and track for homecoming on Oct. 6 against the Pajaro Valley High Grizzlies.