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June 27, 2022

Jesse James Guerrero, nephew of Robert The Ghost Guerrero, improves to 3-0 in pro career

It took nine hours for Jesse James Guerrero to drive from Gilroy to Tijuana, the site of his third professional boxing match on March 5.  His ring time was all of one minute. Guerrero, a senior at Mount Madonna High, won via knockout just 1...

San Benito back on track – and field

For the first time since they’ve been involved with the program, Ryan Shorey and co-coach Rob Macias had to make cuts with the San Benito High track and field program. From a practical and administrational standpoint, it probably made a ton of sense since a...

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...

Playoff loss can’t dampen San Benito’s tremendous season

Even after the San Benito High girls basketball team lost 46-28 to Los Gatos High in the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs on Feb. 22, it didn’t dampen coach Mitch Burley’s spirits.  “I was totally satisfied with the season,” said Burley,...

With firm foundation, San Benito boys basketball team looks to the future

Despite a 50-36 loss in the opening round of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs on Feb. 18, San Benito High boys basketball coach Bo Buller wasn’t too downtrodden afterward.  After all, the Haybalers had their best season in eight years and the future...

Balers’ roundup: Boys soccer team, 3 wrestlers win league titles; CCS tournament starts

In the context of a high school sports season, rarely is a league championship and Central Coast Section playoff berth decided on the final day of the regular-season between the very two teams that are in contention for them. But that’s exactly the situation the...

Gabilan champion Balers surge toward CCS playoffs

For the first time in 13 years, the San Benito High girls basketball team has won a league championship. The Haybalers finished this season with a share of the title with North Salinas after both went through the 10-game league slate with 8-2 records.  San...

Gavilan basketball coach makes history

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Melissa “Moe” Llanes knew something was up when Gavilan College men’s basketball coach Derek Jensen called her during the team’s Feb. 9 game-day shootaround.  Moments later, Gavilan Athletic Director Ron Hannon and trainer Erik Hilliker walked into the gym and Llanes, the team’s assistant coach,...

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...

Gavilan men’s hoops look to finish season strong and springboard to Coast title contention next year

As long as Derek Jensen is the coach of the Gavilan College men’s basketball program, the Rams should be in good shape.  Like his predecessor and brother, Dallas, who went on to become the coach at College of the Sequoias, Derek has shown to be...

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