MTAL-Coastal All-League Boys Basketball

The Mission Trail Athletic League’s Coastal Division released its all-league selections for boys basketball, and a handful of Santa Cruz County players were on it, including Pacific Collegiate School senior guard Alex Beleutz and Kirby senior center Caleb Bassi.

Not surprisingly, Oakwood sophomore guard Youssef Eshra won the MVP award for a second year in a row, while Anzar’s Tracy Carpenter was named Coach of the Year. The Sportsmanship Award was given to York senior Kevin Ng.

The MTAL-C doesn’t exactly differentiate between a first- and second-team. Instead, there are 10 players listed on the All-League Team, including Eshra, and another 12 players given honorable mention.

PCS juniors Chris Kaspar and David Rice, and Kirby’s David Kutner and Nathan Allen, received honorable mention.

The full list is below:

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Central Coast All-Star Game on Sunday

Reggie Stephens is putting on the Central Coast All-Star Game on Sunday at St. Francis CCC in Watsonville.

The event is being called a “showcase” that will pit some of the top seventh- and eighth-grade basketball players from Santa Cruz and Monterey counties against one another.

They did this event a couple years ago, although organizers are trying to make it an annual thing.

The full press release is below.

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All-SCCAL Football

Here’s the list …

SCCAL All-League Football 2013


Alex Joh, Aptos, QB, 5’11” 180, Senior

Jake Rehnberg, Scotts Valley, RB/LB, 6’2” 205, Senior

Offensive Player-of-the-Year: 

Willie Johnston, Scotts Valley, RB/WR, 5’10” 165, Senior

Defensive Player-of-the-Year:

Dalton Weitzel, Aptos, DB, 6’0” 161, Junior


Alex Marquez, Aptos, Center, 5’10” 270, Senior

Junior of the Year:

Dante Gomez, Aptos, LB, 6’1” 230, Junior

Coach of the Year:

Randy Blankenship, Aptos

SCCAL First (1st) Team All-League Offense


Jake Lobo, Scotts Valley, 6’0” 185, Junior

Milo Small, Harbor, 6’1” 185, Senior


Daniel Fisher, Soquel, 5’8 160, Senior

Dale Stoller, Santa Cruz, 5’9” 160, Senior

Ashtyn Davis, Santa Cruz, 6’1” 170, Senior

Kjell Johnson, San Lorenzo Valley, 5’9” 165 Senior


Vince Porporato, Aptos, 6’3” 250, Senior

Joe DeMera, Aptos, 5’11” 305, Senior

Freddie Clock, Soquel, 6’0” 260, Sophomore

Robbie D’Amato, San Lorenzo Valley, 6’0” 255 Senior

Peter Marigonda, Scotts Valley, 6’0” 225, Senior


Mack Hesson, Harbor, 6’0” 165, Junior


Brooks Nicholson, Aptos, 6’0” 167, Senior

SCCAL First (1st) Team All-League Defense


Gregory Bjur, Aptos, 6’0” 150, Junior

Bret Turner, Scotts Valley, 6’1” 210, Senior

Abel Lile, Soquel, 6’1” 185, Senior

John Wenger, Soquel, 6’0” 185, Senior

Miles Keys McKay, Santa Cruz, 6’0” 180, Senior


Austen Verdugo, Aptos, 5’9” 185, Junior

Brady Botkin, Scotts Valley, 6’1” 190, Senior

Tristen Leonetti, Scotts Valley, 5’10” 180, Sophomore

Michael Threet, Soquel, 5’10” 160, Junior

Bryan Battisto, Harbor, 5’10” 175, Senior


Tanner Mihelic, Soquel, 5’8” 155, Senior

Alex Morris, Santa Cruz, 5’10” 160, Senior


Jordan Peabody, San Lorenzo Valley, 6’1” 185, Senior

SCCAL Second (2nd) Team All-League Offense


Eli Ungerecht, Aptos, 5’10” 177, Senior

Ryan Canavan, Soquel, 5’10 155, Sophomore

Brandon Wolfinger, Soquel, 5’9” 160, Junior

Pablo Correa, Harbor, 5’6” 160, Junior


Ethan Clarke, Aptos, 6’2” 177, Senior

Simon Harris, Scotts Valley, 6’2” 200, Senior

Jonathan Martinez, Soquel, 5’9” 190, Senior

Nakai Roberts, Santa Cruz, 6’0” 220, Senior

Ryan Renteria, Santa Cruz, 5’11” 220, Senior

Danny Arenas, Harbor, 5’10, 200, Senior


Alec Turowski, Scotts Valley, 6’1” 160, Senior

Cody Sullivan, Harbor, 5’10 160, Senior


Dalton Locke, Scotts Valley, 6’2” 185, Sophomore


Logan Sorensen, Scotts Valley, Junior

SCCAL Second (2nd) Team All-League Defense


Zach Black, Aptos, 6’0” 191, Senior

Jonathon Velez, Scotts Valley, 5’11” 230, Senior

T.J. Shaw, San Lorenzo Valley, 6’2” 220, Senior


Louie Demicell, Aptos, 6’1” 196, Junior

Bradley McClarnon, Scotts Valley, 5’10” 180, Senior

Hunter Griffith, Soquel, 6’1” 210, Sophomore

Gus Willis, Santa Cruz, 6’2” 200, Senior

Daniel Cuevas, Santa Cruz, 5’10, 175, Senior


Michael Chavez, Aptos, 6’0” 185, Junior

Connan Houser, Aptos, 6’0” 160, Junior

Elliot Doran, San Lorenzo Valley, 5’8” 160, Senior


Beau Kittleson, Aptos, 5’11” 176 Junior

Honorable Mention All-SCCAL (by team)


Brandon Pierce, ST, 6’0” 170, Junior

Charlie Mehl, ST, 5’8” 145, Junior

Dominc Churchill, OL, 5’10” 195, Junior

Hans Plam, OLB/DL, 6’3” 220, Junior

Tanner Riggs, ST, 5’6” 145, Senior

Weston Hinson, DL, 5’11” 191, Junior


Kyle Bryan, OL, 6’1” 240, Senior

Joseph Scaleini, DL, 6’1” 190, Senior

Nash Palafox, DL, 6’0” 215, Senior

Tony Horvat, OL, 6’0” 180, Sophomore

Allan Silva, LB, 5’7” 160, Sophomore

Jaidon Taubman, RB, 5’6” 165, Senior


Aaron Campello, LB, 5’11” 175, Sophomore

Ari Solomon, DB, 5’9” 160, Junior

Jared Trader, TE, 6’3” 215, Junior

Kurt Lambaren, LB, 6’1” 215, Sophomore

Brett Bukowski, OC, 5’11” 200, Junior

Patrick Brooks, DE, 5’11” 180, Senior

Santa Cruz:

Damien Borg, DB, 5’6” 150, Senior

Eddie Moreno, RB, 5’6” 145, Junior

Tyree Sessoms, LB, 5’6” 170, Junior

Travis Schuhe, OL, 6’1” 195, Sophomore

Victor Camarillo, OL, 5’7” 185, Junior

Gabe Mead Newton, OL/DL, 6’1” 185, Senior

Scotts Valley:

Griffin Curtiss, DB, Senior

Brandon VanValer, LB, Junior

Ethan Harris, DL, Junior

David Snider, DB, Junior

Orrlie Herrera, OL, 5’10” 255, Junior

Conner Engler, OL, Junior


Emilio Echelbarger, QB, 5’10” 150 Senior

Isacc Moreno, RB, 5’7” 155, Senior

Carlos Nava, LB, 5’10” 180, Junior

Ty Seeger, LB, 5’8” 185, Junior

Johnny Silva, DB, 5’7” 160, Senior

Miguel Velasquez, OL, 6’0” 200, Sophomore

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Video: D-League Select team making mark at NBA Summer League

Here’s a video on the D-League Select team culled together by

It features Stefhon Hannah, Mickell Gladness and assistant coach Casey Hill, with highlights from the team’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves during NBA Summer League play.

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Video: Santa Cruz’s Dustin Moore defeats San Jose’s Mefi Monterroso

Santa Cruz’s Dustin Moore defeated San Jose’s Mefi Monterroso by first-round knockout on June 22 at Showdown in Surftown 2 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

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Interviews during Warriors’ pre-draft workouts

Here are some interviews of three players who tried out for the Golden State Warriors during a pre-draft workout camp. They were buried on my phone the last month or so, but I figured I’d post them.


Nick Minnerath, Part 1

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Nick Minnerath, Part 2

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D.J. Seeley, Part 1

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D.J. Seeley, Part 2

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Ian Clark, Part 1

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Ian Clark, Part 2

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Ian Clark, Part 3

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D-League: Santa Cruz Warriors well represented in Summer League

Still trying to corral all the Santa Cruz Warriors players who will be competing on a Summer League team this year, but already it looks like the local D-League affiliate will be well represented.

The Las Vegas Summer League kicks off Friday and teams are still slowly releasing their rosters. What we know regarding former Santa Cruz players: Cameron Jones (Golden State), Scott Machado (Golden State), Kent Bazemore (Golden State), Lance Goulbourne (Golden State), Chris Johnson (Minnesota), Travis Leslie (Miami), Jeremy Tyler (New York), Stefhon Hannah (D-League Select) and Mickell Gladness (D-League Select) will each play in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Santa Cruz’s Casey Hill, meanwhile, will be an assistant coach for the D-League Select team.

As for the Orlando Summer League, which began on Sunday, only Travis Leslie is playing. The Univ. of Georgia product is competing with Philadelphia, although is battling through injuries.

Here’s a write-up for the newspaper:

Santa Cruz Warriors guard Stefhon Hannah and center Mickell Gladness were chosen to play on the D-League Select team at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, it was announced Monday.

Santa Cruz’s Casey Hill was named an assistant coach for the team, which will begin play Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 3:30 p.m. at the Thomas and Mac Center. Former Santa Cruz Warriors center Chris Johnson, who earned an NBA call-up with Minnesota on Jan. 19, will play on the Timberwolves’ Summer League team.

The D-League Select team, which will be head coached by Alex Jensen of the Canton Charge, is also scheduled to play the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and the Dallas Mavericks on July 16 at 7:30 p.m. The team will participate in at least two more contests as it competes for the inaugural NBA Summer League Championship.

Hannah and Gladness were two of 12 D-League prospects selected.

Hannah won the D-League’s Defensive Player of the Year award for a second straight season after averaging nearly two steals per game. The defensive-minded Gladness, meanwhile, averaged more than two blocks per contest.

+ Santa Cruz Warriors guard Travis Leslie, who is competing this week for the Philadelphia 76ers in the Orlando Summer League, is listed day-to-day with a groin injury, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Leslie, who last season averaged 15.4 points per game for the D-League Warriors, started in Sunday’s opener against the Houston Rockets but played only three minutes. He did not start in Monday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.

Leslie is also expected to compete for the Miami Heat at the Las Vegas Summer League, which begins Saturday.

+ Jeremy Tyler, who played on Golden State before joining the Santa Cruz Warriors last season, will compete with the New York Knicks at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Tyler averaged a team-high 20 points in six postseason games with Santa Cruz and 17.4 points in 12 regular-season games.

The Knicks begin play with the New Orleans Pelicans Friday at 10 a.m.

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Trouble Gold 1-1 at Colorado Sparkler

The Trouble Gold, an 18U club softball team out of Scotts Valley, is 1-1 so far at the Colorado Sparkler. The tournament runs through July 7.

The team defeated the Mosquito Squad (Washington) 10-3 and lost to the Las Vegas Rage 9-5.

Highlights vs. Rage:

Mikal Cuellar went 3-for-4, RBI, run scored
Kellie Linkletter went 2-for-3, 2 RBIs, run scored
Georgia Parsons went 1-for-3, 2-run HR
Marissa Bugayong went 2-for-3, run scored

Aimee Beaton took the loss, 3 inn., 17 batters, 6 runs, 5 earned, 5 hits
Adrienne Smith 3 innings, 16 batters, 3 runs, 2 earned, 4 hits, 1 K

Highlights vs. Mosquito Squad:

Alexandra Franklin went 1-for-3, double, run scored, RBI
Sigrid Holtrop went 1-for-3, single, RBI, run scored
Georgia Parsons went 1-for-3, single, RBI, run scored
Mikal Cuellar went 1-for-3, single, three runs scored

Sigrid Holtrop gets the win, 3 inn, 11 batters, 1 unearned run, 1 hit, 2 K’s
Michaela Barnett 2 inn, 10 batters, 2 earned runs, 3 hits, 1 K

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Harbor High alum Quinn Mulhern to fight Ryan Couture at UFC 164

Harbor High alum Quinn Mulhern will drop down a weight class to fight Ryan Couture in a preliminary bout at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, Wisc., on Aug. 31.

The fight was added to the card on Tuesday.

This will be Mulhern’s second fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship promotion. But it will be his first at the lightweight division.

Previously with Strikeforce, the former welterweight lost his UFC debut to Rick Story by technical knockout (punches) on March 16 at UFC 158.

Mulhern (18-3, 0-1 UFC) had won three straight fights prior to the first-round loss to Story.

Couture (6-2, 0-1 UFC) is also a former Strikeforce fighter. He, too, is coming off a loss in his UFC debut.

Couture had won four straight prior to losing to Ross Pearson by TKO (punches) in the second round at UFC on Fuel TV 9 on April 6.

Couture is the son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.

We’ll have more on this fight later.

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Video: Santa Cruz’s Cory McElyea discusses win at Calif. State Amateur

Santa Cruz resident and Harbor High alum Cory McElyea won the 102nd California State Amateur Championship on the Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club earlier this month.

You can read about it here.

Found this video on YouTube produced by Dons Athletics.


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