Santa Cruz Sentinel

Aptos swimmer Christopher Staka wins three events at Washington Open

Standout swimmer Christopher Staka, 20, has been weighing options between full-time training under coach Jim Triplett with the Aptos Cabrillo Swim Club and returning to college at the four-year level to train and compete. … more

Name Dropping: A holiday for the dogs

The holidays came early at the Santa Cruz County Fair Grounds, as members of the Monterey Bay Dog Training Club recently gathered at their onsite training center for the annual Gifts from the Heart holiday fundraiser… Murphy attends NCTI’s paramedic training program in Monterey, and graduated from Westmont College. more 

Randy Johnson seeks sixth term on Scotts Valley City Council

Randy Johnson, a 19-year member of Scotts Valley City Council, is seeking another term in November. …

Occupation: Insurance agent, former teacher.

Age: 64

Family: Wife Kathy, children Brett, Ally and Laney.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Westmont College, teaching credential from UC Riverside. more

County Connections: Santa Cruz’s Colombini provides experience behind plate for Cal State Stanislaus

Erik Colombini is one of six seniors on the Cal State Stanislaus baseball team this season, and his experience as a catcher came in handy Sunday when the Warriors beat San Francisco State 5-0. …Sam Thorne, Biola, junior catcher >> MVC alum went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the Eagles fell 6-5 to Westmont College on Saturday more

County Connections: SC alum Claussen reaches another milestone

Nick Heath, Pepperdine, Fr., Distance (Scotts Valley) >> Recorded a time of 8 minutes, 34.79 seconds to place fourth in the men’s 3,000 meters in a tri-meet with Westmont and UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. The time was a little more than a second off the school record, according to the school’s website. more

Name Dropping: Fundraiser brings in $55,000 for ag-related education

A record-breaking 300 women attended the eighth annual Down to Earth Women Luncheon, held May 14 at Driscoll’s Rancho Corralitos in Watsonville. The event also broke records in the amount of money it raised — more than $55,000. …DeNike is the daughter of Emmanuel and Migdalia DeNike. She will attend Westmont College in Santa Barbara in the fall, where she plans to study communications. more

Local Roundup: Mountain View’s Kyle Brocklehurst wins Santa Cruz Half Marathon

Cal Lutheran 5, UCSC 4 >> UC Santa Cruz’s No. 6 singles player George Goetz defeated Fergus Scott 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 despite the Slugs’ loss to Cal Lutheran at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

County Connections: Scotts Valley grad Jack Pasquini growing with De Anza basketball

Liz Munger, Biola University, junior forward (Scotts Valley): Contributed five rebounds along with two points, one block and one steal in a 76-52 loss to Westmont College on Tuesday. Munger is averaging 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game including seven blocks and nine steals this season. more

Masters celebrate 60 years together

Clarke and Betty Masters of Capitola celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a dinner party at Peachwood’s Steakhouse. A special gift, a DVD of wedding and family photos created by a friend was shown at the party. Clarke and Betty were married June 19, 1949 at the First Brethren Church in Oakville, Ind. They first met when Clarke was 14 years old and Betty was 15 years old. Clarke attended Westmont College and Glendale College. Betty graduated from Fort Wayne Bible Institute, Biola School of Missionary Medicine and received her nursing degree from Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz. more