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August 4, 2021

Roundup: Schafer highlighted by Sports Illustrated

After scoring a league-high 213 goals for the San Benito girls water polo team this fall, Caitlin Schafer, a senior, was honored in the Faces in the Crowd section of the Dec. 3 edition of Sports Illustrated.

She was highlighted after helping the Balers earn their first ever Central Coast Section playoff victory. She was also named to the All-CCS first team and signed a scholarship with Loyola Marymount University for next year. LMU is the No. 7 ranked team in the country.

Look for more on Schafer in Friday’s Free Lance.

SBHS wrestling

During Saturday’s Fehlman/Baxter wrestling tournament in Hollister, the San Benito wrestling squad didn’t take home the title, but they continued to show improvement from last year’s disappointing season.

The Balers finished in fifth place out of 10 teams. Atascadero took first place. During pool play, San Benito finished 2-2, facing Bellarmine A, Atascadero, Ripon and Andrew Hill.

Overall, San Benito finished 3-2 with victories over Ripon (48-30), Andrew Hill (72-6) and Alisal (39-29). The Balers only losses came to Atascadero (34-30) and Bellarmine (43-30).

San Benito received strong play from Robb Rodriguez (138) and Simon Coelho (160), who both finished 5-0 during the day. Eric Loredo (106), Jose Javier Garcia (145) and Tim Castillo (182) all finished 4-1.

SBHS girls soccer

The San Benito girls soccer team lost its first game Saturday, falling to 3-1 in the young season.

The Balers fell to Harbor 1-0. It was the first time the Balers failed to scored at least two goals in a game this year.

“The girls came out ready to play, but we couldn’t finish our shots,” SBHS head coach Becky Bonner said. “We stepped on the field as a team and played hard.”

San Benito hosts Leland at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

SBHS boys soccer

The Balers lost its second game in a row Saturday, losing 8-0 to Mountain View in the third game of the Oak Grove Gold Cup.

The loss gives San Benito a 3-2 record so far this year. In the loss, the Balers allowed four goals in each half. The Balers have been outscored 14-0 in the last two games.

San Benito hosts North Salinas at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

AHS girls soccer

With a 3-1 loss to North Monterey County on Friday, the Anzar girls soccer team dropped to 0-5 less than two weeks into the season.

In five games, Anzar has scored only two goals.

The Hawks will hope to earn their first win Thursday when they travel to Soledad at 3:30 p.m.

AHS basketball

Despite its small roster, the Anzar girls basketball team continued to improve, beating Stevenson 36-35.

With the victory, the Hawks are now 3-1 after the first two weeks of the season.

The Hawks return to the court on Dec. 18 against Greenfield.

The boys basketball team continued to struggle from the floor, dropping to 0-4 on the season with losses to Monta Vista Christian and Pajaro Valley.

Against Pajaro Valley on Saturday, the Hawks scored a season-high 34 points but lost 66-34. In their home-opener against Monta Vista Christian on Friday, the Hawks lost 65-13.

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