The 38th annual Charlie Wedemeyer Silicon Valley Youth Classic All-Star football game is approaching - July 18 at 7:30 p.m. from Westmont High School, to be exact.
There was an article in the Dispatch sports section on June 5 by Josh Weaver about Ethan Bennett of Morgan Hill, who is running across the US (about 30 miles a day), to raise awareness and money for cancer research with all proceeds going to Lance Armstrong's LiveStrong organization.
A 17-year-old amateur had the week of his life. Former Major champions and PGA Tour winners did all they could to give the U.S. Open title to someone else, unceremoniously humbled by a piece of property. And Tiger Woods fizzled out - like a helium balloon popped with a pin.
Dear Reader, So, I thought, ‘Hey, why don’t I set up an online vote for Senior Athletes of the Year?’ It isn’t unheard of. However, I did not contemplate the energetic response the endeavor received.
The Gilroy High softball team didn’t frown when it received its No. 12 seed into the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs.
I’m looking forward to the next week and a half. It isn’t because the 2011-12 prep sports year is coming to a close, either. Like former Saints and Colts head coach Jim Mora once questioned – playoffs? Yes, coach Mora, playoffs.
In baseball terms, Chris Gimenez is a gamer – no matter the circumstances, expect nothing less than 100 percent on the diamond.
Baseball is back. It’s such a concise statement doubling as a lid holding in a jar’s worth of goodness. When said, it really feels like a breath of fresh air.
When it comes to five-time world champion boxer Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, one aspect of his personality that has never wavered is his willingness to challenge whoever whenever. He sees risk as a one-way road to reward. And that has served him well. Despite what seems like one setback after another, the Gilroy native has managed to revitalize and rejuvenate his career – and then ceremoniously dominate opponents.
Let’s start with a couple of Super Positives … First, the Gilroy High wrestling machine. We ought to have a Decade of Dominance banner downtown noting the 10 straight Central Coast Section Division team championships – and get the team a spot on a flatbed for the upcoming Memorial Day Parade. Think about what an absolutely awesome accomplishment that is. Imagine 10 football or 10 basketball or 10 CCS soccer or field hockey titles in a row. Even though the competition has become fiercer, Gilroy High has remained steadfast at the top, this despite every team gunning to take them down (pun intended). Loved reading Sports Editor Josh Weaver’s stories about the state championships online over the weekend as the drama unfolded in Bakersfield. Two GHS state champions emerged, Willie Fox and Nikko Villareal. Both are great stories – Nikko in his last-chance match beating a “shoe-in” favorite, three-time state champion Alex Cisneros from Selma, in the waning seconds of the final period and Willie, frustrated for two years at the CCS and state levels, erasing both demons and dashing off with the state title in dominating fashion. More important than the winning is the spirit Coach Greg Varela and the supporters of GHS wrestling have developed in the young men. They displayed that collective graciousness and class at a recent school board meeting when they showed up to rally around the cause of creating a respectable wrestling practice facility at GHS. They were focused, yet humble and so appreciative. They deservedly won the hearts and minds of the trustees, performing in life as they do on the mat. At the state meet, GHS Principal Marco Sanchez, a former Olympic wrestler, was overcome with emotion. He knows what it takes – the practice time, the pain, the mental toughness to be one-on-one under the spotlight, the discipline to get it done. From the Gilroy Hawks to the state title, it just continues to be a story of triumph about a program that is the stuff of legends. Now there’s a screenplay idea ...