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November 30, 2022

Watsonville native Marv Marinovich lived for the ‘challenge’

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WATSONVILLE—Watsonville High School alumnus and former Oakland Raiders lineman Marv Marinovich—who captained the University of Southern California’s 1962 national championship team—once wrestled a champion bull that his dad brought home to their cattle ranch on Carlton Road. He and his brother, Gary, were both in...

Soccer community giant, Aptos alumna comes ‘home’ to coach Mariners | Girls soccer 

APTOS—It was only a matter of time for Gina Castañeda to become the new head coach of the Aptos High girls soccer program.    But there was always that burning question of when she would take the helm. The wait is over.      The school recently announced that Castañeda...

HS football: Ron Myers retires from coaching

Ron Myers has spent nearly half a century on the football field sidelines, calling the shots and transforming countless student athletes into young adults off the field. But after 47 years, the godfather of the Black Death defense at Watsonville High, is stepping down after...

Aptos High student athletes verbally commit to play college ball

The list of Aptos High student athletes who will continue their athletic and academic careers continues to grow. Aptos seniors Luke Keaschall and Jack Bollinger joined a group of students who have verbally committed to colleges to play sports at the next level.  Keaschall recently announced...

GS Warriors: Lee, Bowman sign two-way contracts for upcoming season

The Golden State Warriors announced on Wednesday it signed free agent guards Ky Bowman and Damion Lee to two-way contracts for the upcoming season.

Dream becomes a reality: PV High unveils new sports complex

WATSONVILLE—Just after a small cadre of school district officials cut a ceremonial ribbon at Pajaro Valley High School’s gleaming new sports field on Friday afternoon, a group of student-athletes took to the track, running a lap while onlookers cheered. This simple athletic act was both...

Local coaches react to school district’s rules for summer conditioning

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WATSONVILLE—Pajaro Valley Unified School District announced last week that student-athletes will be allowed to participate in athletic conditioning and workouts starting Monday. Pajaro Valley High School athletic director Joe Manfre said the decision will give coaches a chance to see their students once again and...

MLB Baseball: Watsonville's Chris Rivera drafted by Cardinals

According to former Watsonville baseball coach James Gomez, Rivera is the first player from the program to be drafted since Rene Rascon was selected by the Florida Marlins in the fifth round of the 1995 draft.

Boys soccer: Lazo named top player in the PCAL-Gabilan

Alex Lazo spent his first three years playing soccer at Watsonville High but the team colors he sported weren’t exactly black and gold. However, the 5-foot, 10-inch, 160-pound defender decided to put on a Wildcatz’s jersey for his senior year, hoping that he’d make the...

High school: Mariners’ athletes sign with NCAA D-I schools

APTOS—The time is finally here for the beginning of the National Letter of Intent signing period. Aptos High hosted a special event on Wednesday to celebrate with seven senior student-athletes who signed their letters of intent to compete in collegiate athletics.  The Aptos girls volleyball team...