The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors re-signed guard Quinndary Weatherspoon to a two-way contract Friday.
The Warriors’ two-way players have the ability to spend time with both Golden State and its NBA G League affiliate in Santa Cruz.
Per NBA rules, teams are permitted to have two players on two-way contracts at any given time throughout the season, in addition to the 15-man regular-season roster. Golden State also signed Lester Quinones, a 6-foot-5, 208-pound guard, to a two-way contract on July 6.
Weatherspoon, who is 6-3, 207 pounds, appeared in four games last season with Golden State, averaging 2.7 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per game.
He signed a two-way deal with Golden State on Jan. 3, 2022. He appeared in 29 games (all starts) for Santa Cruz, averaging 25.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals in 30.4 minutes per game.
Originally, selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round (49th overall) of the 2019 NBA Draft, Weatherspoon has appeared in 42 career games with the Spurs and Warriors, averaging 2.1 points in 6.5 minutes per game over three NBA seasons.
Two-way contract players are permitted to be on the NBA team’s active list for no more than 50 games during the regular season, with no limit on practices, workouts or other activities with the NBA team. Only players with three or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign two-way contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.
Phillips 66 National Championships: A trio of Soquel High alums will compete in the 2022 Phillips 66 National Championships, which began Tuesday morning at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine and run through Saturday.
Kailyn Winter, who competes for Alabama, took 53rd in women’s 100 free in 57.08 on Tuesday, and will swim in the 50 free.
Ella Mazurek, who competes for Cal, will swim in the women’s 200 free on Wednesday at 9 am, and 50 free on Saturday at 9:49 am
Mason Carlton, who competes for Indiana, swims in the men’s 1,500 free on Tuesday at 2:15 pm and 800 free on Saturday at 2:07 pm
Atlantic City Open: Santa Cruz’s Jacob Landel and teammate Lev Priima of Hermosa Beach tied for third place at the Atlantic City Open, an AVP Tour Series event held in New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday.
Landel and Priima, the No. 9 seed, went 4-1 on the weekend. Three of their matches went to a decisive third set.
In their fourth match, they rallied to beat Timothy Brewster of Manhattan Beach and Kyle Friend of Newport Beach, the No. 5 seed, 16-21, 21-19, 15-11 and advance to the semifinals. The dropped a 21-15, 17-21, 17-15 heartbreaker to Redondo Beach’s Avery Drost and Chase Frishman, the No. 4 seed, in the semifinals.
The men’s event featured 50 teams, beginning with qualifying Friday. Santa Cruz’s Kacey Losik and teammate Jon Mesko of Hermosa Beach tied for 25th, as did Santa Cruz’s Wyatt Harrison and Bryce Mayer of San Diego. Both teams went 1-1 in qualifying and fell short of reaching the main draw.
The Guardian Mile: Nikki Hiltz, an Aptos native who lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, took third in The Guardian Mile in Cleveland on Saturday.
Hiltz, a non-binary professional runner, finished in 4:20.95, their personal best for a road mile. The event marked anniversary of Hiltz’s pro debut in 2018.
Josette Norris of Tenafly, NJ, won the race across the Hope Memorial Bridge in 4:19.66, and Taryn Rawlings of Johnson City, Tennessee, took second in 4:20.57.
Senior LPGA Championship: Santa Cruz native Juli Inkster tied for fourth place at the Senior LPGA Championship at Salina Country Club in Kansas on Sunday.
Inkster finished with a 4-under-par 212 total and earned $15,440. She fired rounds of 68, 73 and 71.
Karrie Webb won with a 14-under 202 total and earned $60,000. Annika Sorenstam (206) took second and Aura Diaz (209) took third.
Majors’ NorCal State Tournament: Four teams remain in the Majors’ All-Stars NorCal State Tournament at Pajaro Valley Little League.
Two more games take place Tuesday evening. San Mateo American and Los Gatos play in an elimination game Tuesday at 5 pm, and Rincon Valley and Tri-City square off for a spot in the final at 7:45 pm
Three teams have been eliminated: McKinleyville, Visalia and Sunrise/Delta.