In August 2014, Hyram Miskin was set to attend the University of Utah. The 2014 San Benito High graduate had already registered for his classes attended the orientation for incoming freshmen and even had his living accommodations finalized at one of the college dormitories.
The Gavilan College men’s basketball team continues to show improvement in year two under coach David Kaplansky. The Rams (3-6) recently won back-to-back games, beating Ohlone-Fremont 69-58 on Dec. 4 and Merced 82-71 on Dec. 8. The victories came off the heels of a four-game losing streak.
A year ago, David Kaplansky took over a Gavilan College men’s basketball program that had finished 1-22 the previous season. It’s apparent the former San Benito High coach has steered the Rams in the right direction.
When things didn’t work out for Omar Vasquez at Colorado Mesa University last spring, it looked as if his running career was over. The former San Benito High cross country and track standout competed for Colorado Mesa’s track team in the 2015 season, but for various reasons the college wasn’t the right fit.
With 1,000 meters to go in the Northern California Community College Cross-Country Championships at Toro Park in Salinas on Oct. 6, Hartnell College sophomore Rachel Shimabukuro knew this was her defining moment.
Ryan DiSalvo is his own worst critic. The San Jose State senior long snapper and 2012 San Benito High graduate spends close to an hour everyday watching video of his snaps during practice and in games. Once DiSalvo starts the video, he watches for several things.
Over the summer, Kevin Kramer received an early Christmas gift—two of them actually. In a span of two months, the Gavilan College women’s volleyball coach learned one of his top players from last year—outside hitter Samantha Nydam—would be returning for her sophomore year at Gavilan.
Like most collegiate freshmen, Caitlin Schafer knew going from high school to playing Division I water polo would be a big step up in competition and intensity.
GILROY—The camaraderie in the Gavilan College gym Tuesday was undeniable. After each drill, the Rams volleyball players huddled together to acknowledge each other's accomplishments, always ending with a “Go Rams” chant before breaking. That, head coach Kevin Kramer said, is what an entire summer of bonding does for a team.
Taylor Fabing had no inclination to play softball again. Fabing, a 2013 San Benito High graduate who played two years at Pima Community College in Arizona, didn’t receive any offers after the 2015 season ended in early May. That was OK, though, because Fabing had a terrific season, as she ranked among the team’s leaders in several offensive categories.

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