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January 21, 2021

High school sports pushed to 2021

In a move that came as little surprise but was no less impactful, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced Monday that the start of the high school sports fall season will be pushed back to December or January.  A combination of factors led to the...

Teams, coaches hopeful for fall

As if high school football coaches weren’t busy enough, another layer was added to their duties when the coronavirus pandemic hit. When fall sports teams were allowed to start summer conditioning workout sessions on June 22, it marked the beginning of a new era...

Local goaltender has eyes set on National Hockey League

If Dustin Wolf continues on his upward trajectory, he would become the first South Valley-born player to make the National Hockey League. Talk about heady stuff. Born in Gilroy, Wolf moved to Southern California when he was 9 or 10 to pursue his dream of...

Football coach’s profile rises after receiving prestigious award

Rob Mendez and Brian Lammi first met in March 2019 at Donald Driver's Driven to Achieve Awards event in Milwaukee. A week or two later, the Gilroy-born Mendez reached out to Lammi for advice after a movie producer asked to meet with Mendez, whose...

Spartan athlete inspires others to challenge themselves

"What the hell am I doing? I can't even pick these things up."  That is what Jana Eastus was thinking at one point in the Lake Tahoe Spartan Beast World Championship race last September. Eastus was carrying two heavy sandbags up a mountain in rainy...

Mendez: ‘Who says I can’t go further?’

"When you dedicate yourself to something and open your mind to different possibilities and focus on what you can do instead of what you can't do, you really can go places in this world."

Starks works hard to realize dream

Moments before every softball game, Sarah Starks feels at peace. The Christopher High senior has a very good reason for feeling this way.  “My mindset going into every game is I know it’s not necessarily what you do on the field, but at that moment it’s...

Stick and Move inspires youngsters

On the east side of the railroad tracks in old Gilroy, in an old square brick building that used to be a PG&E substation, kids spend the night punching each other in the face. Usually, that means trouble. But at Stick and Move Boxing, the...

Late field goal lifts Cougars to first win

On Friday night Tyler Davis was what Christopher High coach Tim Pierleoni described as a “rolling razorblade.” The defense was deadly, as it piled up sacks. But it came down to a kick in the end. With 37 seconds to go, senior placekicker Trevor...

Seniors to drive Christopher offense

Football is a 'what have you done for me lately' kind of sport and Christopher High coach Tim Pierleoni knows it. One year after winning the Central Coast Section Division IV playoff championship, the Cougars won't only be asked to repeat their postseason performance...