By Lora Schraft San Benito's Jakob Rice spikes the ball as Gilroy's Gavin Menges works for the block Tuesday.

Roundup: SB swim team already posting plenty of CCS times
The San Benito Haybalers boys volleyball team has a new coach
and an entirely new starting rotation.
The defending Tri-County Athletic League champs are now headed
by Erica Richardson, and led on the court by three returning
members from last season’s team.
Roundup: SB swim team already posting plenty of CCS times

The San Benito Haybalers boys volleyball team has a new coach and an entirely new starting rotation.

The defending Tri-County Athletic League champs are now headed by Erica Richardson, and led on the court by three returning members from last season’s team.

The learning curve has been expanded, but that doesn’t mean Richardson is going to stand for subpar production.

“I have a fresh team with three returning non-starters. We are starting from scratch with big shoes to fill,” Richardson said. “I’m actually glad that most of those players are gone because we can start over and people won’t say, ‘Oh, well she stepped into a winning team.’ No, I stepped into a new team and we are going to win.”

However, the Balers have had a sluggish start to 2010, dropping their first two matches of the season, including a 25-19, 25-17, 25-11 defeat to Gilroy on Tuesday night — their first league loss in over a year.

“I’m not upset,” Richardson said. “I can see what we have to work with. It’s attitude and mechanics. They have the heart to play and they want to play but their skills and aggressiveness aren’t there. Once we get them meaner, basically, and more under control, I definitely think we will do much better.”

San Benito opens up the Aptos Spring Fling tournament on Saturday.

SBHS Boys Golf

The San Benito boys golf team posted a 212 on Monday in its first Tri-County Athletic League Tournament at Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas, finishing second in the league meet to Palma.

San Benito’s Will Cross and Dalton Destefanis each led the Balers with a 39 — Destefanis carding the low-score on his birthday, no less. Jacob DeLeon recorded a 42, Taylor Weatherly shot a 43, and Darren Hopkins rounded out the scoring with a 49.

SBHS Swimming

The San Benito High swim team split matches with Valley Christian and Seaside in non-conference action last week, but scored several Central Coast Section qualifying times in the process.

Valley Christian defeated both the Baler boys and Lady Balers on Thursday by margins of 107-69 and 100-69, respectively. However, freshman Czarina Isleta posted CCS times in two races when she recorded a 2:14.69 in the 200 IM and a 1:00.66 in the 100 fly.

Sophomore transfer Quinn Six also recorded a pair of CCS-qualifying times when he compiled a 2:06.73 in the 200 IM and a 56.85 in the 100 back.

Meanwhile, the boys 200 medley relay, which didn’t qualify to the CCS last year, qualified on Thursday when it clocked a 1:46.77.

“I was so excited,” San Benito head coach Christine Schafer said of the foursome, which includes Nick Angulo, Josh Schafer, Graham Spurzem and Quinn Six.

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