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April 19, 2021

HS Sports: Spring season put on hold due to COVID-19 concerns

The local sports world came to a sudden halt last week. Prep and college athletics took a seat due to rising concerns of the COVID-19 virus. Travis Fox, athletic director at Aptos High, said all athletic activities including games, practices and anything considered an organized...

Togo’s Athletes of the Week, 03/13: Damian Rivas, Anastacia Alba

Damian Rivas, Watsonville: Wildcatz’s senior won the 1600 and 800 meter races at the Winter Time Trials at Watsonville High on March 6. He helped Watsonville finish third as a team with 91.5 points. Anastacia Alba, Watsonville: Wildcatz’s junior infielder finished with three hits, two...

Weekly Roundup, 03/13: Rivas shines at track and field winter trials

Watsonville High’s Damian Rivas won the 1600 and 800 meter races at the Winter Time Track and Field Trials at Watsonville High on March 6. Rivas finished in 4 minutes, 39.42 seconds in the 1600 and 2:09.96 in the 800 to help the Wildcatz finish...

On the Lowdown: High school sports continue despite coronavirus scare

*NOTE: This story was written prior to Thursday night’s decision to suspend school athletics.  Make no joke about it. The coronavirus is real and it’s slowly making its way into the Pajaro Valley. But the big scare hasn’t affected any of the prep sports in the...

HS football: Watsonville taps alumnus Anthony Valdivia as new head coach

WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville High School athletics department announced this week that Anthony Valdivia was named the new head coach of the varsity football program.  Valdivia, a Watsonville alumnus and former player from 2001-04, returns to the team after a 15-year absence. “It’s my school,” he said “It’s...

Togo’s Athletes of the Week, 3/6: Luke Brothers, Gabby Giuffre

Luke Brothers, Monte Vista Christian: Mustangs’ senior went four innings with eight strikeouts and earned the win against San Lorenzo Valley in non-league play on Feb. 25. Brothers also recorded a double in a win against Santa Cruz to help MVC go 2-0 to...

Weekly Roundup, 3/6: Catz pounce on Mariners in softball season opener

Anastacia Alba helped the Watsonville High softball team kick off the season with a bang with a smashing win Wednesday. The Junior infielder finished with three hits, two home runs–including a grand slam–, seven RBI and four runs scored in an 18-0 road win against...

Boys soccer: Catz stunned by Titans in state playoffs

WATSONVILLE–The Gunn High boys’ soccer team came into the CIF NorCal State playoffs as one of the Cinderella stories.  Senior forward James Hahn helped keep the Titans’ fairytale story going with an upset road win against top-seeded Watsonville High in the Division I Regional quarterfinals...

Girls basketball: Mariners bring home second straight CCS title

REDWOOD CITY–The Aptos High girls’ basketball team has relied on its defense throughout the season.  That approach helped the Mariners bully the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League en route to regular season and tournament titles.  It helped them get the Central Coast Section championship game for...

College baseball: Seahawks stay cool despite longest losing streak of the season

APTOS–The Cabrillo College baseball team got off to a hot start to begin the season, winning nine of its first 10 games. Since then, the Seahawks cooled down and they’ve lost six-straight including a 4-1 loss against West Valley College on Saturday. But Cabrillo coach Bob...