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May 23, 2022

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...

With breakthrough at Mid-Cals, Arthur Parra gains added confidence

If Arthur Parra ends up finishing in the top three in the upcoming Central Coast Section Championships—which would earn him a spot in the CIF State Tournament—he’ll point to the Gilroy Mid-Cals in late January as the turning point to his season.  The San Benito...

Resurgent San Benito High boys basketball team aim for strong finish

In a showdown game between two teams regardless of sport, the outcome often comes down to whichever squad has superior poise and execution, especially in the fourth quarter.  The San Benito High boys basketball team knows it was lacking on both those fronts in a...

Anzar High boys basketball team has PCAL Arroyo title in view

Rance Hodge is in his fourth season coaching the Anzar High boys basketball team.  Chew on that for a minute. At a school where coaches often depart after a year or two, Hodge has doubled the average coaching tenure expectancy at the San Juan Bautista...

Alvarez Funes looks to lead San Benito boys soccer team to Mission Division championship

It’s not often when teammates on a high school sports team look to a sophomore to lead the way, both on and off the field. But that’s exactly what San Benito’s soccer team has in precocious forward Hernan Alvarez Funes, whose talent cannot be...

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