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No mercy: St. Francis pounds Soledad to reach CCS title game | High school baseball

SANTA CLARA—After the St. Francis High baseball team split a two-game set with Soledad High during the Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission Division season, no one expected the rubber match to be a blowout.  After all, the two league contests were decided by a combined...

Aptos wins SCCAL cross country team championship

WATSONVILLE—When the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League was given the green light to allow the cross country season to proceed, most coaches and students figured they’d get to at least one or two meets, at the most.  Six weeks later and with no reported Covid-19...

Watsonville volleyball coach placed on administrative leave 

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville High School girls’ volleyball coach Tina Pendleton was placed on administrative leave earlier this week pending an investigation into actions that Watsonville High Principal Clara Fernandez says put students in danger. Fernandez said she could not disclose any information about why Pendleton, who has...

Sharks standout Mariah Montalvo signs with Santa Clara softball

WATSONVILLE—There comes a time when high school senior student-athletes have to make the tough decision of what school they want to attend in the fall. St. Francis High softball standout Mariah Montalvo had several choices on her list. In the end, she ultimately went with...

‘Catz return to CCS finals after a narrow win over Saint Francis | Boys soccer

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville High junior Abraham Fuentes has not played much for the Wildcatz boys’ soccer team this season.   But whenever his number has been called this winter, he has been a difference-maker in various critical situations. Tuesday night’s Central Coast Section Open Division semifinals were no different. Fuentes,...

‘Catz blank Modesto to advance to CIF NorCal D-I semifinals | Boys soccer

WATSONVILLE—The unofficial credo for the Watsonville High boys’ soccer team this season has been team unity.   The No. 2 seeded Wildcatz were in perfect harmony, per usual, in their 2-0 shutout win against No. 7 Modesto in Tuesday’s opener of the CIF NorCal Regionals Division...

Jiu Jitsu legend gives seminar at Claudio França BJJ school

WATSONVILLE—The Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school on Main Street hosted a living legend Tuesday night.  About 30 trainees and instructors stopped by the building to catch a glimpse of Grandmaster Francisco Mansor, a Jiu-Jitsu ninth-degree red belt who was awarded his instructor’s degree by the...

‘Catz dominate in PCAL Mission dual meet spectacle | High school track and field 

The Watsonville High track and field program hosted a heap of dual meets for seven teams within the Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission Division on Wednesday evening. The Wildcatz boys’ team was victorious in nine events with wins against Monterey High (86-38), Monte Vista Christian...

Local athletes qualify for league finals | High school track and field

Watsonville High seniors Adan Rivas and Louie Brambila will see once and for all who the fastest runner is within the Pacific Coast Athletic League’s Mission Division. The Wildcatz duo will compete in the division finals at Christopher High on Friday at 4pm. Rivas had the...

Three local teams qualify for CCS playoffs | High school baseball

A trio of local schools qualified for the upcoming Central Coast Section baseball playoffs, giving them one more chance to extend their seasons. Aptos, Monte Vista Christian and St. Francis high schools are all postseason bound after Wednesday's seeding meeting revealed the teams’ quarterfinals matchups. The...