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September 27, 2023

Aptos’ Dante Aranda named Boys Athlete of the Year

It wasn’t too difficult to spot Aptos High senior Dante Aranda anytime he made his way onto the football field or a wrestling mat.  So much so, during his junior year he slowly started earning the moniker “The Bus” whenever he took off with the...

Aptos’ dynamic duo win league’s top honors | All-SCCAL baseball

Aptos High baseball team capped off on another historical run in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League this season by winning its third straight league crown with the help of a pair of key contributors.   Junior Matt Hood—along with Santa Cruz High senior Oscar Knapp—was...

Aptos’ Jewels Chavez named SCCAL’s most impactful player

Aptos High senior Jewels “Sparky” Chavez was a huge difference maker this season for the Mariners softball team and she became what head coach Phil Rojas called the best leadoff hitter during his tenure with the program. “I nicknamed her (Sparky) because of how she...

Photos: Padres win Pajaro Valley Little League championship

The Padres of Pajaro Valley Little League celebrated on the field after capturing the Majors Division championship following a 14-1 crushing win against the White Sox on June 3 at Ruso Field in Watsonville. With the win, the Padres will compete in the District 39...

Pajaro Valley promotes Casey Neligh to football head coach

Pajaro Valley High School announced Thursday that football defensive coordinator Casey Neligh was promoted to head coach of the program for the upcoming 2023 season.  The 38-year-old Salinas High alumnus took a big leap in his life after he proposed to his fiancee, Pajaro Valley...

Bodybuilder with roots to Watsonville set to compete in fitness competition 

Jaclyn Ruby Garcia spent most of her childhood growing up at her grandparents’ house in Watsonville and the one thing she remembers the most is they were always in a giving spirit, helping those in need. Last year, both Quirino (Lolo) and Purificacion (Lola) Sulay...

Marcus Northcutt steps down as ‘Catz’s boys basketball coach

The thought of retirement for Watsonville High Athletic Director Marcus Northcutt came creeping into his head last year in the summer when he was having a hard time with his health. After five years of dialysis, he received a kidney transplant at the end of...

Mariners swing their way to 28th league title | Boys golf

The Aptos High boys’ golf team this season qualified as a group to compete at Central Coast Section Regional Golf Tournament, giving golfers a chance to square off against some of the best in the section at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey.  Mariners standout...

Mustangs’ title defense cut short in semifinals | CCS baseball roundup

Monte Vista Christian was eager to get back into the postseason this year with high hopes of defending both its Central Coast Section and NorCal baseball championships.  However, the No. 4 seed Mustangs were corralled back into the stable following a 2-1 loss to No....

Aptos’ Lena Manchester punches ticket to state track and field championships

Aptos High senior Lena Manchester wasn’t too concerned about rankings or what lane she had to run in prior to her 100 meters hurdles race at last week’s Central Coast Section Finals. In fact, she tends to push herself a lot harder knowing there’s always...