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February 24, 2024

Aptos student-athletes sign NLIs to compete in college

Aptos High recently celebrated six senior student-athletes who officially committed to compete at the collegiate level after signing their National Letter of Intent on Nov. 28. Athletic director Travis Fox said that last month’s event was not just for the students to celebrate, but it...

‘Catz aim to compete for shot at league title | Girls soccer 

Ever since Gladys Mondragon took over the program in 2005, the Watsonville High girls’ soccer team has been consistently showing up to compete. This season should be no different. “I think that we have the players to defend, we have the players to attack,” she said....

Soquel High football team honored for earning county’s first state championship

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The Soquel High School football team paraded onto their home field Wednesday, sandwiched between the school’s band percussion team and the varsity cheerleaders in a special proclamation ceremony after becoming the first football team in Santa Cruz County to win a California Interscholastic Federation...

Mariners feel confident to repeat as SCCAL champion | Boys basketball

A lot could be said about last season’s remarkable run for the Aptos High boys’ basketball team which not only turned several heads, but became the dark horse of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League.  They finished co-champion with Santa Cruz High and they reached...

Local teams advance to CIF State Championships | High school football

A trio of Central Coast Section champions are just one win away from adding a state title to the trophy case.  Soquel, Palma and Los Gatos high schools are on their way to the CIF State Football Championships following last week’s victories in their respective...

Seahawks 10U football team headed to Florida for Pop Warner Super Bowl

The Santa Cruz Pop Warner 10U team is making the trek to the Sunshine State this weekend. But don’t think for one second this is any type of vacation to Universal Studios.  It’s more of a business trip for the Seahawks, who will battle for a...

MVC’s Dominic Pierini earns first-team honors following record-breaking season | All-PCAL football 

After going through a year full of growing pains, Monte Vista Christian junior Dominic Pierini was feeling vigorous and ready to take charge of the Mustangs football team in his first full season under center.    “I put in a lot of work, so I knew...

Locals set to compete at CIF State finals | High school cross country

A group of local runners will compete in the upcoming CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno this weekend.  Watsonville High junior Katelynn Ruiz punched her ticket to the state finals after she placed seventh in 19 minutes, 13.3 seconds in the...

End of an era: Randy Blankenship retires after 50-year football coaching career

Several words come to mind when describing longtime Aptos High football coach Randy Blankenship. Most will say he’s stern when it comes to his coaching methods, while others might call him caring, enthusiastic and motivational.   Yet, it might take just one word when talking about his...

Aptos’ Fiona Carey earns first team honors | All-SCCAL girls water polo

There were several key elements this season that helped the Aptos High girls’ water polo team reach last week’s Central Coast Section Division II championship game.   But none was more impactful than having senior Fiona Carey take charge of the Mariners, who fell in a...