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April 12, 2024

Balers take it to Palma

It took seven games, but the San Benito High baseball team finally earned its first win of the season. The Haybalers did it in impressive fashion, beating Palma 11-4 on Wednesday.  “It’s nice to get the first win under our belts,” said Billy Aviles, who...

Hollister’s Elyssa Hernandez competes for El Salvador national football team  

There it was on the Fox Sports 2 international broadcast of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 soccer tournament.  A player from El Salvador charged up and stole the ball from a Costa Rican opponent. The Costa Rican hooked her arm, held her and threw her. A...

San Benito High fall sports put on hold

Student-athletes at San Benito High and all those around the state will have to wait even longer to get back into competition as the state announced another setback for the start of prep sports.    Public information officer Adam Breen announced in an email on Dec....

Balers have unfinished business

Jared Esparza didn't pitch a single inning last year, but he figures to play a prominent role on the mound this season for San Benito High, which opened the 2020 season with back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday. "We'll look for him to be in...

Barragan confident Haybalers softball will thrive

San Benito High softball coach Andrew Barragan has never been more excited to start a season. That’s saying something considering he’s coached no less than a half-dozen players at the school who have gone on to play for Division I programs.  The Haybalers, who play...

Balers senior Nicole Miller driven to succeed

Nicole Miller wasn’t about to let the coronavirus pandemic deter her from playing volleyball at the four-year level. The San Benito High senior recently signed a letter of intent to play beach volleyball at Concordia University, a Division II program in Irvine. That the...

San Benito High announces fall sports schedule

San Benito High School moved one step forward to getting student-athletes back to the playing field as the state lifted the region’s stay-at-home order, allowing at least one of the programs to compete this year.  Athletic Director Tod Thatcher announced that the Fall Season 1—which...

San Benito boys basketball team on the right track

It’s been seven long years since the San Benito High boys basketball team finished with a winning record. In that time, the Haybalers were demoted to the B division of the Pacific Coast League, a blow to a once proud program. But with a...

Balers plan on going the distance

At least once every couple of weeks, someone on campus asks Andrew Barragan why the San Benito High softball team hasn't won a Central Coast Section playoff championship since 2016. When you're the coach of a tradition-rich program that has won 10 section titles—including...

New look Balers impress in defeat

When the Hollister offense came out in a multiple-personnel, spread offensive set, St. Francis must have felt like it was in the twilight zone. After all, the Haybalers traditionally have run power offensive sets, often featuring three tailbacks in the backfield with the quarterback....

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