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By Geoffrey Dunn

Its inviting weather, attractive rugged mountains, and alluring seashores have continually made Santa Cruz County a haven for athletic actions. a large choice of carrying endeavors, a few past the norm, have known as Santa Cruz domestic over the many years. within the nineteenth century, Santa Cruz served as a springboard for contemporary browsing. It used to be an early bastion for geared up baseball, too, starting within the 1860s, and it was once domestic to a chain groups as early because the 1870s. different colourful athletic actions came about right here (including fireplace hose groups, long-distance strolling, and bicycling), in addition to extra conventional American activities like basketball, soccer, boxing, and tennis. The area boasts of a powerful culture of ladies athletes in addition, particularly Marion Hollins, probably the best all-around lady athlete of the early twentieth century.

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Jerry Hoffman. ) eighty five If there has been a dominant all-around lady athlete in Santa Cruz County within the Nineties, Jennifer Poli stuffed the invoice. She used to be a celebrity basketball participant and song celebrity at Soquel excessive, the place she was once an all-county choice in hoops and earned her approach to the highschool kingdom championships within the lengthy leap. Poli set institution files within the 100-meter low hurdles, the a hundred- and 200-meter dashes, the lengthy bounce, and the excessive leap. She later went directly to superstar in basketball, music, and volleyball at Cabrillo university, the place she earned all-conference decisions. (Photograph through Dan Coyro. ) 86 Regional Pop Warner soccer, initially for boys elderly 10 to fourteen, shaped in the neighborhood in 1967 with a six-team league that integrated the Santa Cruz Stingrays and Mid-County Mustangs. Former Santa Cruz excessive stars John Kirby and Fred Wagner coached the Stingrays and Mustangs, respectively. Joe Pappas served as an assistant trainer of the Stingrays. of their commencing season in 1976, the Santa Cruz Sharks (shown right here) comprise John Wilson, Chip Bogaard, Gino Panelli, Anthony Ruffo, invoice Domhoff, Dave Loustalot, Jim Nicolaisen, Gary and Gavin Harvey, Gary younger, Shawn Miller, Ken Kiff, Chris Busenhart, and Kip Mihara. (Wilson kin. ) Watsonville excessive junior Raymond Silver broke a 45-year Wildcat list (held formerly by means of Steve Johnson of the 1968 music workforce) by means of high-jumping six ft, six inches on the DeAnza Invitation music Meet within the spring of 2013. The five-foot, nine-inch Silver, a standout protect at the Watsonville basketball workforce, crowned his personal checklist the next week by way of leaping six ft, six and three-fourths inches on the Stanford Invitational, the 1st Wildcat to ever win a private occasion on the prestigious meet. 87 The 2004–2005 Santa Cruz excessive Cardinal varsity basketball staff claimed the nation of California department III Championship with a come-from-behind win, 67-56, on the Arco enviornment in Sacramento. This photo, taken instantly after the presentation of the trophy, comprises trainer Pete Newell (far correct) and assistant trainer Eric Manabe (far left), besides gamers Sean Lynch, Kevin Konopelski, Julius Freeman, Jake Pino, Austin fast, Billy Pedersen, Jesse Lobue, Chris Sharp, Steve Hill, Cliff Sammet, Travis Haussler, Taylor Vaughn, Eric Van Vliet, Kevin Grellman, Gary Smith, Junior Russell, and Michael Norteye. The ball boy is Thatcher Sammet. Russell led all scorers within the name online game with 27 issues and sank an important three-point shot on the buzzer finishing the 3rd area. The championship capped a outstanding 30-year occupation for Newell at Santa Cruz excessive. 88 The Soquel excessive women’ 2004–2005 Santa Cruz County Athletic League champions and trainer are, from left to correct, (standing) Angel Garlepp, Kelly Gleitsman (captain), trainer John Wilson, Lauren Passafuime, and Samantha Hart (captain); (kneeling) Alexis Bertlesen, Hannah Passafuime, Emily Murtha and Jordan Rocha; (front) Kanai Thomas. Hart used to be named MVP of the SCCAL that season. Hannah Passafuime went directly to a super four-year profession at Brown college, the place she used to be named to the educational All-Ivy as a junior and earned All-Ivy honors as a senior.

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