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January 17, 2022

Balers win thriller over rival Palma

For the first time since 2014, the Hollister football team has beaten Palma. The Haybalers made it so with a riveting 34-30 win on Friday night.  “It’s gratifying,” said defensive back Jayden Freidt, who had two game-changing interceptions. “None of the guys on our team...

San Benito High wrestling team ready to take opponents to the mat

In Karim Yasin, Khader Yasin, Ethan Salcedo, Arthur Parra, Noah Nelson and Derek Sandoval, the San Benito High boys wrestling team has its highest number of section-ranked preseason wrestlers in several years.  Even so, Haybalers coach Steven Salcedo said it’ll be up to the athletes...

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...

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....

Alvares-Funes, Balers look to attack on the pitch

Ale Alvares-Funes streaked down the left seam, received a perfect pass and utilized his speed to get past his defender. The San Benito High left wing player deftly avoided a hard-charging Valley Christian goalkeeper inside the penalty area.  With no one between him and the...

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...

Bailey Cotter powers San Benito girls basketball team

For many high school sports teams at this time, having fun and enjoying the experience of playing a season supersedes wins and losses—especially given what’s happened in the last year dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.  Christopher and San Benito’s girls basketball teams—while still wanting to...

San Benito High softball team rolling into playoff form

The San Benito and Gilroy softball teams both finished with seven hits apiece in their May 11 contest. The difference was the Haybalers committed just one error, while the Mustangs had five that led to five unearned runs.  Near flawless defense and another strong pitching...

Balers focus on process, growth

The San Benito High girls soccer team had just taken a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Pioneer High last Friday when Haybalers coach Becky Bonner gathered a couple of her players to talk strategy. Near the end of the non-league game, Bonner saw...

Haybalers off to a fast start

Jay Trejo is one of the more underrated players in the Pacific Coast League—and that's just fine by her. The San Benito High senior center has been instrumental in the team's fast start (the Haybalers were 7-2 through Dec. 26). A three-year starter, Trejo...