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November 29, 2021

San Benito field hockey team completes best season in program history

There weren’t too many tears on the faces of the San Benito High players after their season came to an end against host Saratoga High in a Central Coast Section playoff opener on Nov. 1.  That’s because the Haybalers (11-5-1) exceeded expectations by making the...

San Benito High girls cross country team are league champs once again

It was a little closer than expected, but the San Benito High girls cross country team accomplished what it set out to do Oct. 30 at Toro Park in Salinas—win the Pacific Coast League Finals to complete a “perfect” league season.  In edging Alisal High...

For Emily Blaettler, opportunity knocks

Emily Blaettler is cherishing her final season of competitive volleyball. The San Benito High senior will most likely attend a four-year university next fall and as such is ready to call it a career from an athletic standpoint.  “Things will definitely be emotional, especially on...

San Benito-Aptos showdown canceled after Balers report ‘close-contact protocols’

Friday’s much-anticipated game between the San Benito High and Aptos High football teams has been cancelled due to a number of San Benito High varsity football players being unavailable to play due to Covid protocols, a press release from the San Benito High School...

Carmela Clark, Millie Lezama pace San Benito High girls tennis team

San Benito High girls tennis coach Ed Cecena didn’t know what to expect entering the fall 2021 season. After all, some players who would’ve usually participated last year opted out in the Covid spring season.  But Cecena and trusted assistant coach Rick Espino have been...

Hollister Haybalers knock off Palma, keeping league title hopes alive

In a span of two weeks, the Hollister football team has gone from the valley to the mountain top. Two weeks ago, the Haybalers were in the pits after having been bested by Salinas, one of the best teams in Northern California. On Friday night,...

San Benito High girls water polo team on verge of winning league title

Since Rachel Smithee graduated from San Benito High in 2015, the girls water polo team has endured one of its toughest stretches in program history. The Haybalers couldn't even field a team for the 2016 and 2017 seasons because of a lack of numbers,...

Balers fall in battle with Salinas

San Benito High dual-threat quarterback Tyler Pacheco was on the brink of orchestrating a come-from-behind victory against Salinas on Thursday night, scrambling away from defenders and doing everything he could to get them down field.  But, there just wasn’t enough gas left in the tank...

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...

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...