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October 21, 2021

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...

Gavilan College women’s volleyball team filled with local talent

After longtime women’s volleyball coach Kevin Kramer left Gavilan College to become the athletic director at Chabot College in 2018, Tyson Norton assumed the responsibilities for the 2019 season.  But Norton was gone after just one season, taking a job as an assistant coach at...

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...

A good run: San Benito cross country teams look to sustain excellence

For as long as she can remember, Kendra Melching has liked running. But once she entered her freshman year at San Benito High in fall 2020, Melching started to love running.  “When I got to high school everything changed,” she said. “Practices became more focused...

Balers’ defense shines in 38-0 win over Alisal

Through the first four games of the season, San Benito High’s defense has stood tall. The Haybalers pitched their second shutout with a 38-0 win over visiting Alisal on Friday night.  “The defense is playing stellar,” Balers coach Bryan Smith said. “They’ve allowed three points...

San Benito girls golf team a program on the rise

Now in her sixth season as the coach of the San Benito High girls golf team, Molly Orsetti is more excited than ever. The reasons are plenty, starting with the makeup of the current crop of Haybalers. “This is a really good group of girls,...

Balers top Christopher in titanic defensive battle

If the San Benito High football team came to Don Christopher Stadium on Sept. 10 expecting to roll to victory, Christopher High had other ideas. Though ranked 17 spots below the Haybalers in the Central Coast Section, the Cougars held their opponent down for most...

‘Come on! What they talking about?’ Balers make statement in victory

San Benito High senior quarterback Tyler Pacheco isn’t used to running long distances during a game. That doesn’t mean he’s not capable of taking off when he has to. And what he did Friday night against Wilcox was nothing short of spectacular, especially late in...

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero looks ahead for potential title shot

At a time when most professional boxers are either retired or washed up, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (37-6-1) still has plenty left in the tank. That much was evident after the 38-year-old Gilroy native won a unanimous decision over Victor Ortiz in a welterweight...

Balers settle for 3-3 draw; promising season ahead

Now over five years old as a program, the San Benito High field hockey team is ready to make its mark.  “Our goal is to get into CCS (for the first time),” Haybalers midfielder Ryen Ortiz said. “With the amount of athleticism we have on...