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Five Will C. Wood High School girls soccer players earn first team all-MEL honors

Will C. Wood High School’s girls soccer team dominated the Monticello Empire League season.

It seems only right that the Wildcats dominated the all-MEL team.

Wood landed five players on the first unit, including most valuable offensive player Mackenzie Magaoay, and Vacaville added a pair of first-team selections during voting by league coaches Tuesday night.

Both Wood and Vacaville will open the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs Tuesday. Pairings will be announced later this week.

Wood is guaranteed a home game after winning the MEL with a 9-0-1 record, including nine straight wins to end the season.

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Wood High students to stage ‘Sound of Music’

The Vaca hills will be alive with “The Sound of Music,” when Will C. Wood High students stage the Rodgers and Hammerstein chestnut this month in Vacaville.

Performances begin at 7 p.m. March 9 to 12, with a 2 p.m. March 12 matinee. All shows are at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Drive.

Director Madilyn Hawkins noted that this musical is a first for the school.

Her staging will introduce audiences to new songs original to the 1959 stage production while featuring beloved favorites from the classic 1965 film, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

Tickets, ranging from $5 to $15, are on sale at the VPAT box office, or by calling 469-4013, or online at A group discount — $1 off each ticket when purchasing 10 or more — is also available for the Wednesday and Thursday night performances.

“ ‘The Sound of Music’ is a fantastic show that checks all the boxes,” Hawkins said in a press release. “Classic songs, a compelling story, and some of the most charming choreography in musical theater.”

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Seven Will C. Wood High School football players on East squad for next week’s all-star game in Napa

Seven Will C. Wood High School seniors will compete on the East team in the annual East-West all-star football game at Napa’s Memorial Stadium on Dec. 19.

The Wildcat players, who helped lead Wood to its best season ever at 10-2, will be joined by lineman Max Varela of Vacaville, along with two players each from Vanden, Vacaville Christian and Dixon.

Leading the way for Wood is quarterback Marcus Howard, who set school records with 3,389 passing yards and 41 touchdown passes. Howard was the co-Monticello Empire League player of the year.

Also on the team from Wood are running back Damon Lewis, wide receivers Tayvian Cunningham, Kristian Arias and Keith Chester, linebacker Jordan Boyd and defensive end Tharon Cornist.

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Ten Will C. Wood High School football players earn first-team honors on all-MEL squad

To the runner-up goes the spoils.

Monticello Empire League football coaches had a hard time ignoring Will C. Wood High School’s success this season. That became evident when they voted for the all-MEL teams on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats landed a league-high 10 players on the first team, one more than MEL champion Napa’s nine.

Included in the haul were two of the league’s top honors. Wood quarterback Marcus Howard shared the MEL’s player of the year award with Napa QB-defensive back Cal Bard. Wildcat running back Damon Lewis was named the league’s back of the year.

“We had a really good season. Obviously, we’re very happy that the other coaches ended up recognizing that,” Wood head coach Carlos Meraz said. “Marcus did a great job, and Damon is absolutely the heart of the team. We’re a passing team, but for him to still get back of the year says quite a bit.”

Third-place Vacaville had four first-team picks, and seven second-team choices. All four first-teamers are juniors … running back Daniel Wright, defensive lineman Zach Myers, linebacker Jacob Abramowicz, and defensive back Tyler Cordell.

“You always hope you can get a couple more, but the future looks very bright,” Vacaville head coach Mike Papadopoulos said. “A lot of kids got some very significant playing time, and that should pay off in the future.”

The future is now for the Wildcats.

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