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February 21, 2024

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....

The Balers’ Sepulveda rises to the top

San Benito High senior Savannah Sepulveda was a newcomer to the sport of wrestling two years ago when she faced Monterey High's Lima Sadozai. Safe to say, things did not go well for Sepulveda, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the Central Coast...

Rodeo: Clark still knows how to cowboy up

In 2003, Brendon Clark left his native Australia—along with all of his loved ones—to pursue a dream of becoming a professional bull rider.

Anzar has reasons to be optimistic

Skylar Seyffert had just started responding to a question from a reporter when one of her teammates came up to her to say a couple of poignant words. The two embraced in a hug as tears welled in their eyes. That picture captured the...

Anzar looks to make CCS playoffs

After opening the season with a 15-0 loss to North Monterey County, the Anzar High boys soccer team had nowhere to go but up. And that’s exactly what the Hawks have done. Anzar entered the week with a 6-1-1 record in the Mission Trail...

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...

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...

Haybalers’ aerial attack too much for King City

In past years, the Hollister football team beat opponents by running the ball. But this isn’t just any year. In a season unlike any other, perhaps it’s only appropriate the Haybalers did something they haven’t done in a very long time—absolutely blitz an opponent...

Bailey Cotter finds her own path to basketball success

It might surprise many to know that Bailey Cotter rarely has much to say on the basketball court.  “Off the court, I’m very talkative,” the San Benito High sophomore said. “It’s just on the court I’m quieter and don’t talk as much.” Cotter lets her actions...

Basketball: Anzar overcoming odds

Destiny Hansen didn’t start playing basketball until her freshman year. Born and raised in Prunedale, Hansen never really gave the sport a thought because there simply wasn’t a place to play.