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April 23, 2021

Alysa Gutierrez earns scholarship to play at Colorado Mesa

It was probably one of Alysa Gutierrez’s most nerve-wracking moments in her life. In late October, the Gilroy High senior was in the Colorado Mesa University softball facility throwing a bullpen session as her potential future coaches and teammates looked on.  “All eyes were on...

Commemorative bench honors Rich Perez

Rich Perez won’t soon be forgotten. Perez, a lifelong Gilroyan and former San Jose Sharks employee, was 64 years old when he died on April 28 due to complications from encephalitis. A commemorative bench was made in his honor and is stationed at the...

Gavilan is ready to spring athletes back into action

Once Gavilan College receives the go-ahead from the state of California and Santa Clara County to resume in-person classes and athletics competition, athletic trainers Rebecca Northon and Erik Hilliker will be ready to spring student-athletes back into action in the safest way possible.  The two...

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...

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...

CDPH gives CCS sports a blueprint going forward

Calling it the “document we’ve been waiting for,” Central Coast Section Commissioner Dave Grissom said the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) recent release in regards to youth sports gives him and the other 10 section commissioners in the state a guideline for high...

Christopher High a rising soccer power

Jenna Urrabazo spent last year being mentored by Aurea Martin, who is now playing at Northwestern University. Urrabazo, a Christopher High sophomore striker, was like a sponge, taking in everything that Martin said and did, whether it was in practice or in a match....

Gilroy wrestling dynasty stronger than ever

Just call him The Comeback Kid. After winning the 170-pound title in the Central Coast Section Championships last Saturday at Independence High, Chad Sakamoto was greeted by a flood of teammates, coaches, family members and friends as he came off the mat. The comeback...

Gilroy cruises in league; CCS next

For the Gilroy High wrestling team, last Saturday's Pacific Coast League Gabilan Division Championships was all about one thing: get in, get out. And that's exactly what the Mustangs did. They totaled 274 points to cruise to another league championship victory in what they...

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...