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April 12, 2024

San Benito girls volleyball team putting together another solid season

Before the season started, San Benito High girls volleyball coach Emily Burley didn’t know how the year would unfold. After all, the Haybalers didn’t have a Covid spring season and as such only had one returning player in Mia Villegas.  Turns out, all is still...

New sports complex ready for the Balers

Community groups and organizations are invited to be a part of the grand opening of the San Benito High School stadium, aquatics center and softball field. The high school will celebrate 13 months of work and the completion of the the athletic facilities on...

Former Balers standout Kaiya Dickens doubles up at MPC

When Kaiya Dickens has two team practices a day, that’s considered an “easier” workload.  Such is the life of Dickens, a Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) freshman who doubles up as a basketball and softball player. In a recent stretch, the 2021 San Benito High graduate...

Hollister High girls volleyball team looks to use adversity to its advantage

After a rough start to the season, the Hollister High girls volleyball team hopes the adversity it went through will serve it well going forward.  Coach Lisa Becerra said a combination of illnesses and injuries in the opening weeks meant she had to juggle personnel...

Despite loss to Gilroy, San Benito field hockey team still on the right path

Sometimes, what looks like a major disappointment turns into something much greater than one can imagine. So it is for San Benito High junior McKenzie Heckman, who turned to field hockey only after failing to make the final cut for the girls volleyball team...

Balers shoot for the top

Hollister girls basketball is on a roll and they want it to continue. The Balers had hit a bit of a dry spell since the league championship team of 2007-08, but that has changed. “The last two years, we split for the league title with...

San Benito softball wins program’s 11th CCS championship

Before the season started, San Benito High softball coach Andrew Barragan couldn’t stop raving about the talent of this year’s team. Now everyone knows why. The Haybalers won the program’s 11th Central Coast Section championship after dominating Presentation 6-0 on Thursday in the Division...

Ryen Ortiz to play D-1 soccer; Balers aim to finish season strong

Ryen Ortiz and Laine Lowi are cherishing the last couple of games they have together playing on the San Benito High girls soccer team. Best friends since preschool, the two will go their separate ways after they graduate, Ortiz to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro...

San Benito baseball team wins the war of words and the game with Palma

It wouldn’t be a San Benito-Palma baseball game without some staredowns and smack talking. Their pivotal Pacific Coast League Gabilan Division game on May 3 had all of that, but it was the Haybalers who prevailed in a white-knuckle affair, 5-4, to gain the...

Bailey Cotter finds her own path to basketball success

It might surprise many to know that Bailey Cotter rarely has much to say on the basketball court.  “Off the court, I’m very talkative,” the San Benito High sophomore said. “It’s just on the court I’m quieter and don’t talk as much.” Cotter lets her actions...

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