Playing the hole-set position in water polo is not for the faint of heart. Just ask San Benito High senior Ben Reed, who is starting at the position for the first time in his varsity career.
If there is ever a given in high school athletics, it’s the San Benito High cross country program will either be winning league or be in contention for league championships. This year is no different, as the...
What Nick Nickerson did from his sophomore year to his junior year at Anzar High has been nothing short of mind-boggling. The 5-foot-6, 185-pounder said he dropped 50 pounds in that time period, driven by his desire...
If there ever was a must-win situation for Hollister High, it was last Friday’s game against Los Gatos High. The Haybalers entered the contest at 0-2, having been outscored 86-20 in the process. The Balers just didn’t...
Now in its fourth year as a program, the San Benito High field hockey team hits a milestone today when a ribbon cutting ceremony precedes its Pacific Coast League Gabilan Division match against Gilroy. The event celebrates...
The San Benito High girls volleyball team has won three consecutive league championships, including the last two in outright fashion. This season, the Haybalers’ quest for a four-peat will be as tough as ever. For one, the...
Before Don Smith started receiving photo assignments from some of the premier publications in the world, he cut his teeth shooting local sports events for the Hollister Free Lance. “I shot every high school or Little League game, and I...
Just call them the comeback teens. The San Benito Babe Ruth 15-and-under All Star team trailed in all four of its games only to win every one of them in capturing the Central State Tournament with a 10-6 victory...
The Hollister American and National 11/12-year-old All Star teams proved to be the best in the District 9 Tournament. Ultimately, American won the winner-take-all game, 4-2, and advanced to the Section 5 Tournament, where it lost an elimination game...
Chace Miguel had done such a great job of convincing herself that she was done with soccer upon graduating from San Benito High in 2015 that even her mom, Gae, thought her daughter would never play again. Apparently, Gae...

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Hollister Police Chief David Westrick anticipates certain aspects of his life won’t change much after he retires from a 30-year law enforcement career before the end of this month.