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Aptos High used the funds it received from the Wharf to Wharf to resurface its track. (Contributed photo)

The Wharf to Wharf nonprofit corporation, which annually puts on the race by the same name in Santa Cruz in July, announced the recipients of $388,394 this week, with Soquel High and Aptos High garnering the largest chunks of money. They received $110,000 and $60,000, respectively, for track resurfacing.

The Wharf to Wharf is a 6-mile footrace from near the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf to the Capitola Wharf. This year marked it’s 40th anniversary.

“The Wharf to Wharf is far more than a yearly running event. In fact we are one of the largest charitable organizations in the county,” Race Director Scott McConville said. “Our main goal annually is to promote the health and fitness of the youth of Santa Cruz County.”

The other Santa Cruz County-area schools and programs receiving money are as follows:

Aptos High School track / football / cheer /Softball $11,800
Harbor High School track / football/ water polo/cheer $8,300
Monte Vista Christian track & field $7,000
Pajaro Valley High School track & field $7,000
Santa Cruz High School track & field / girls basketball $12,540
Scotts Valley High School track & field / girls basketball $9,300
SLV High School track / girl’s softball / football $9,600
Soquel High School track /football/baseball/cheer/water polo $15,100
Watsonville High School track & field $13,000
Saint Francis High School track & field $7,000
Salesian Sisters School $600
Twin Lakes Christian School $450
Pacific Collegiate School $1,000
New Brighton Middle School $2,084
Branciforte Middle School $12,500
Pajaro Valley Middle School $1,600
Delaveaga Elementary School $800
Linscott Charter School $1,000
Soquel Elementary Schools $4,000
YES School $800
Aptos Junior High School $1,200
E.A. Hall Middle School $3,800
Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League $1,300
Mission Hill Middle School $1,350
Scotts Valley Middle School $1,470
Soquel Stadium Track Resurfacing Fund $13,000
Soquel Stadium Equipment Fund $3,000
International Games $1,400
Student/Athlete Scholarship Fund $30,000
Capitola Junior Guards $7,000
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Reserve $9,600
Capitola Explorers $400
Aptos High School Track Resurfacing $60,000
Soquel High School Track Resurfacing $110,000
Coast County Athletic League $1,800
Santa Cruz Track Club $17,600
   
TOTAL 2012 DONATIONS: $388,394

Marin Catholic’s Taylor Smith captures the win

Santa Cruz High student and Santa Cruz Composite rider Jacob Albrecht followed up his first NorCal High School Mountain Bike League win of the season with a second-place finish in the Boggs Mountain Classic on Sunday.

Marin Catholic’s Taylor Smith won the 24.8-mile boys varsity race in 1 hour, 46 minutes, 14 seconds, according to results on the NorCal website. Albrecht followed a mere three seconds later. Salinas’ Bryan Duke, the overall standings leader, placed third in 1:46:41.

Duke now has 2,162 points in the standings, Albrecht has 2,144, and independent rider Brandon Dillard is in third with 1,938.

The sole other Santa Cruz County rider at the varsity level, Tobin Ortenblad — the defending state champ — placed eighth after getting held up by a crash near the start and suffering a penalty. He finished in 1:56:58.

In the standings, Ortenblad is ranked 18th with 1,553 points.

The 18.6-mile girls varsity race was won by the Branson Bulls’ Kate Courtney, who crossed the finish line in 1:34:50.

Santa Cruz County did have two winners Sunday, though. They were Aptos High’s Steffen Andersen, who dominated the boys frosh race in 1:04:06, and the SCC’s Tom Foxx, who won the soph boys race in 1:33:02 with almost a full-minute lead over the next closest competitor. The distance in the frosh race was 12.4 miles and the distance in the soph race was 18.6 miles.

The next NorCal High School Mountain Bike League event is the NorCal Championships, which are scheduled for May 6.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets

Santa Cruz High student and Santa Cruz Composite rider Jacob Albrecht pulled away from the boys varsity pack on the final climb of the Laguna Seca Grand Prix, dubbed “Hurl Hill,” and held on for the win on Sunday.

The race, at the Laguna Seca Recreational Area in Monterey, was the third NorCal High School Mountain Biking League event and the one with the toughest hills this season.

Albrecht finished the approximately 25-mile trek in 1 hour, 32 minutes, 57 seconds. He was followed by Marin Catholic’s Tyler Smith [1:33:04, second] and Salinas’ Bryan Duke [1:33:14, third].

Independent rider and Pacific Collegiate School student Tobin Ortenblad, the defending state high school mountain biking champion, placed fourth [1:33:23], and the Branson Bulls’ Eliel Anttila rounded out the top five [1:36:02].

Albrecht’s victory boosted his points in the standings; although, he’s still in second behind Duke, who won the first two races of the season. The margin between them narrowed, with Albrecht having 1,604 points to Duke’s 1,631.

Albrecht wasn’t the only mountain biker from Santa Cruz County to bring home a win. Tom Fox [SCC] won the sophomore boys’ 15-mile Division 2 race and Aptos High’s Steffen Andersen won the frosh boys’ 10-mile Division 2 race.

Fox’s win came with a decent lead over runner-up and teammate Chance Tiner. He crossed the finish line in 1:02:15 to Tiner’s 1:03:10. Andersen, though, eked his out, edging Santa Cruz Mountains Composite rider Joe Van Pykeren by two seconds, 41:04-41:06.

The girls varsity race was won by Josie Nordrum of Redwood High [1:24:15]. She leads the girls standings with 1,621 points.

In the team standings, Redwood High is leading in Division 1 with 11,533 points. The Georgiana Bruce Kirby team is the sole Santa Cruz County squad in Division 1 and is currently in 12th place out of 14 teams with 8,744 points. In Division 2, the Spartans High School Mountain Bike Composite leads with 6,071 points and the top Santa Cruz County squad is the SCC, in eighth of 32 teams with 4,532 points.

The next NCHSMBL event is scheduled for April 15 at the Boggs Mountain Demonstration Forest in Cobb.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

Aptos High freshman snowboarder Marissa Hushaw defended her spot atop the Boarder Cross and Giant Slalom standings  in the final Central California Ski and Snowboard Series event at China Peak Mountain Resort on Saturday — and she was named Outstanding Female Athlete of the Season by the CCSSS — according to a press release.

The CCSSS champ, who rides for Grind Out Hunger, went undefeated on the season in Giant Slalom, and she entered the BoarderX competition with two victories and one second-place finish from earlier in the year. She maintained her position in the overall standings by adding yet another win Saturday.

“Next season, Marissa has stated she will continue to pursue BoarderX and will change things up a bit focusing on Slope Style Park competitions, the Grind Out Hunger press release said.

Also in the 2013 season, Hushaw plans to compete in USASA South Lake Tahoe events. But first, she will for the first time ever host an event, the Marissa Hushaw Grind Out Hunger Jam, on Saturday.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

Handful of SC County riders capture wins in non-varsity races

Santa Cruz’s Tobin Ortenblad, the defending state high school mountain biking champion, placed second in his return to the NorCal High School Mountain Biking League after sitting out the first race to rest up from the cyclocross season, in which he represented the United States at worlds in Belgium.

The independent rider who attends Pacific Collegiate School finished the Central Coast Classic boys varsity race in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 5 seconds in what was a race to the finish line in Monterey on Sunday.

Bryan Duke, who won the NorCal opener last month, crossed the finish line in 1:35:02 to secure another victory for Salinas.

Third-place finisher Taylor Smith of Marin Catholic finished in 1:35:06, Tamalpais High’s Skyler Taylor was fourth in 1:35:32, and Santa Cruz Cycling Composite’s Jacob Albrecht rounded out the top five in 1:36:57.

In non-varsity races, a handful of Santa Cruz County riders, including Maddie Ortenblad — Tobin Ortenblad’s younger sister — Chance Tiner and Steffen Andersen also found success.

Tiner [Santa Cruz Cycling Composite] won the Division 2 sophomore boys race in 1:03:33 with a two-second lead over teammate Tom Foxx.

Andersen, of Aptos High, won the Division 2 frosh boys race in 43:59 for a seven-second lead over the next closest competitor.

Maddie Ortenblad, who rides as an independent, won the girls frosh race in 50:28 with a 25-second lead over the next closest competitor.

The next NorCal HSMBL race is the Laguna Seca Grand Prix in Monterey, scheduled for April 1 (no joke).

Results included in this report came from the NorCal HSMBL website. Early results are always preliminary. If you see what you think is a mistake, the league encourages you to contact pgoes-at-speakeasy-dot-net.

Neither team results nor standings were available as of the morning of March 21 but will likely be posted in the NorCal HSMBL results area in the coming days.

– Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets

Salinas High’s Bryan Duke and Santa Cruz’s Jacob Albrecht [Santa Cruz Composite] dominated the boys varsity race in the NorCal High School Mountain Biking League’s opening event of the season — the Granite Bay Challenge — on Feb. 26. The duo finished within 18 seconds of each other, but more than a solid minute over the next fastest competitor, according to results posted on the NCHSMBL website on Friday.

Duke won in four laps, crossing the finish line in 1 hour, 32 minutes, 31 seconds, and Albrecht followed in 1:32:49. Tamalpais High’s Skyler Taylor followed in third [1:34:07], the Drake Pirates’ Lucas Newcomb followed in fourth [1:36:04], and San Marin High’s Matthew Erbentraut rounded out the top five [1:36:18].

Albrecht’s finish, which came with 540 points, helped pace his team — the SCC — which is now 11th in the standings with 1,488 points. The Spartans High School Mountain Bike Composite is in first place with 2,024 points.

Independent rider Shayna Powless won the girls race [three laps, 1:20:01] and was followed by Redwood High’s Josie Nordrum [1:20:30] in second, the Branson Bulls’ Kate Courtney [1:20:35] in third, the Drake Pirates’ Mackinzie Stanley in fourth [1:26:26], and independent rider Julie Barton in fifth [1:26:33]. No Santa Cruz County girls compete at the varsity level.

Other Santa Cruz County teams in the standings are the Santa Cruz Mountains Composite at 14th after its debut race with 1,395 points and the Aptos High team, which is at 15th with 1,306 points.

Pacific Collegiate School student and defending state high school mountain biking champion Tobin Ortenblad said via Twitter that he was absent from the opener because he was still resting up from the cyclocross season, where he represented the United States at worlds. He does expect to compete in the NorCal league this season.

The next NCHSMBL event, the Monterey Bay Classic, is scheduled for March 18 in Monterey.

–Christina Gullickson, CGullTweets on Twitter.

Editor’s Note: This post was updated at 11:36 a.m. March 4, 2012.

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