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Soccer Team Cheered with Mayor's Proclamation

The CCS Champion Wildcatz got praise, cake at the Watsonville City Council meeting.

The Central Coast Section champion Watsonville High boys' soccer team was lauded at the Watsonville City Council meeting Tuesday evening for their monumental win earlier this month.

“This is a great honor to be to giving this to some champions of our community," Mayor Eduardo Montesino said as he presented the 20 teenage boys with a framed proclamation. 

The Wildcatz played No. 1 Menlo-Atherton in the CCS D-I final on March 3. The team broke through in the ninth minute, when senior Jose Flores scored first goal of the game. Flores went on to score another goal and tally an assist in Watsonville High's 3-1 defeat of Menlo-Atherton at Gilroy High.

“We’ve got to celebrate this because we don’t have too many in our community," Montesino siad. "You guys are an example of how youth can lead the way."

The Wildcatz, ranked No. 16 in the country, have seen success on and off the field this year.

Eight of the nine seniors on the team are going on to state universities after graduation, said Head Coach Roland Hedgpeth. Hedgpeth himself has been with the team for 42 seasons.

Also at the city council meeting Tuesday, there was a report on . There is movement to eliminate single-use plastic bags in the city, ban Styrofoam food containers and to add a green waste pickup program to city trash service. Expect to hear more about that in the late spring or early summer, city leaders said.

Randy C. March 14, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Nice job boys and coach Hedgpeth, the WHS soccer program has always consistently shed a positive light on the school and our town. Continued success for all of you.
Patricia March 14, 2012 at 06:48 PM
The Soccer Team is to be lauded for playing some great games and winning the championship. Regretably, mayor montesino spoke without good thought when he said, 'We’ve got to celebrate this because we don’t have too many in our community," Montesino siad. "You guys are an example of how youth can lead the way." He should look around the community in total before making such embarrassing remarks. In this community we have many young people who make many valuable contributions that make many of us very proud. You just have to look around instead of keeping your eye solely on your own little backyard. Give respect and honor to those who deserve it, all of the youth! After all, you are supposed to represent the community in total!

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