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March 7, 2021

‘Sleepy’ is a nightmare for opponents

His nickname may be Sleepy, but don’t mistake Nick Villarreal’s calm, laid-back demeanor for an inability to get excited or pumped up. The Gilroy High junior lets his actions do all the talking, and so far his performances on the mat have been terrific....

Cormier starts new Gilroy wrestling era

The Gilroy High wrestling program—one of the great prep sports dynasties in California—received a jolt of star power when Gilroy resident Daniel Cormier was hired to become the new coach of the Mustangs on April 17. Cormier, of course, is the reigning UFC light...

Baxter finds new role after injury

Bobby Baxter reflects on the play that ended his senior season and high school career and knows what should’ve been done.  “When I look back on it, I should’ve called it right away,” said Baxter, referring to a popup play that ended in a collision...

Vizcarra superb in signing with Cal Poly

When Dan Vizcarra first started wrestling in the seventh grade, he was baffled by the fact that his parents—Elias and Veronica—kept on taking him to club tournaments around the country, only to see him lose and secure an early exit.  “I’d go 0-2 in Oklahoma...

Newman is the new Gilroy football coach

Jacob Newman has been waiting for this opportunity for a while. The 24-year-old Newman is the new Gilroy High football coach, and he can’t wait to get things rolling. “The immediate goal is to get the kids together and establish the team culture and expectations...

Gumins elevate each other’s play

Brothers Drew and Mason Gumin agree on many things, but there’s one thing they disagree on—who wins when they play NBA 2K. “We’ve played hundreds of times, and I think Drew has beaten me two times the entire time,” Mason said. “That’s not true—I kill him...

Yslava signs with St. Louis University

Korynn Yslava knew she had one last chance to make a great impression. On a plane ride to Florida in mid January to play in a national showcase field hockey tournament, the Gilroy High senior knew if she didn’t put her best foot forward—literally...

Christopher swim dynasty extends streak

Christopher High had its prom last Saturday starting at 6 p.m., meaning students attending the event start to get ready several hours before that. For the members of the girls swimming team, that posed a dilemma, as the Pacific Coast League Gabilan Division Championships...

Tony Andrade is one ferocious wrestler

Tony Andrade doesn’t lack for confidence. But the Gilroy High senior knows the difference between being confident and cocky, and he plans on never crossing that line. After all, wrestling is a sport that demands humility, and for good reason. Perhaps no other high...

Vega knows how to kick it

Alex Vega’s college football career was like a roller coaster, marked by euphoria one moment and frustrating lows the next. Vega, a recent Cal Poly graduate and former Gilroy High standout, persevered and ended his collegiate career on a high note as he earned...