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Prep Roundup: Oct. 28

The Christopher girls tennis team was feeling the pressure before Thursday's match against Notre Dame, but was able to quickly settle down and get down to business. 

FIELD HOCKEY: Mustangs advance to semifinals with 3-1 win

Seeded No. 2 in the the Central Coast Section playoffs,  the Gilroy High field hockey team, moved past No. 10 Live Oak 3-1 in the quarterfinals on Saturday at Del Mar High School in San Jose.

FOOTBALL: Locals help lead South to victory at Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star game

Jourdan Soares said statistics could have been tossed out the window. That coming from a guy who shredded defenses in amassing more than 1,400 receiving yards last fall. But as candid as ever, the Gilroy High speedster astutely stated that the only thing on the minds of the 45 players suited up for the South prior to the 38th annual Charlie Wedemeyer Silicon Valley Youth Classic All-Star football game was finding a way to carve out a win.

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...

Prep Roundup: Feb. 14

Gilroy further secured its place in the postseason, topping Pajaro Valley 1-0 at home Thursday. 

TRACK: Low turnout but high effort at 42nd Avis Kelley

On March 31, Gilroy High sprinter Jourdan Soares won his 100-meter dash preliminary heat and was slotted into the finals as the No. 1-qualifier out of 39 participants in the field. Later that saturated Saturday morning, heavy rains and blustery winds interrupted the 42nd annual Avis Kelley Invitational – GHS's home meet that routinely attracts dozens of teams. And for the first time in its illustrious history, the meet had to be postponed.

Avila victorious at CCS Cross-Country Championships

Before the season started, Anzar High senior Diego Avila believed he could become the second runner in as many years from the San Juan Bautista school to win an individual Central Coast Section title.

Positives abound despite CHS’ loss to Balers

The Christopher and San Benito boys basketball teams entered Wednesday’s Monterey Bay League game winless in the Gabilan Division with 0-5 records. Safe to say, the Cougars and Haybalers knew this was their best shot to finally earn a victory.In the end, it was the Balers who pulled away for a 55-46 win.“There was a lot of relief (in the locker room afterward), but a lot of smiles, too,” Balers coach Mike Baumgartner said. “These kids have been working hard, and they deserve something like that.”Davonte Butler scored a game-high 22 points, including 16 in the second half. San Benito’s senior point guard answered every time Christopher threatened to take the lead in the fourth quarter. The Balers led 39-38 when Butler hit a jumper from the left wing.Minutes later, when Christopher was within two points, 41-39, Butler hit a teardrop runner in the lane. After the Cougars scored on the ensuing possession, Butler ran down the center of the court on the inbound and scored on a layup after receiving a terrific length-of-the-floor pass from Ryan Quinby.One of the critical junctures of the game came with San Benito leading 49-44 with 1 minute, 21 seconds remaining. That’s when the Cougars were whistled for a foul and then a technical foul after one of their players jumped high from the bench and landed in the court of play, drawing an automatic tech.San Benito was in the double bonus, so Butler was awarded four free throws (he converted three).“That was a big momentum killer because we were doing a great job on defense and making things happen,” Christopher coach Derek Jensen said. “I felt like we might be able to push the tide back in our direction and swing it back our way. But really, I think turning point was the second quarter.“Indeed, the Cougars led 16-10 after the opening quarter only to see the Balers outscore them 15-6 in the second period. The Balers went to a zone defense, which Christopher had a difficult time deciphering initially.“We really struggled to adjust to their zone in the second quarter,” Jensen said. “Once we made our adjustments from then on we were fine against the zone. But our struggle to adapt and figure out the zone in the second was really the changing point.”Chris Burnette and Dean Tognetti led Christopher with 17 and 13 points, respectively. Noah Alvarez finished with eight points. Burnette managed to muscle his way inside the lane, especially in the second half. Tognetti started for the first time in several games and was a force both offensively and defensively.“Dean is a big difference maker for us on both ends of the floor,” Jensen said.Christopher’s coach added that he’s confident the team will respond in the second half of the league season, which starts Friday against North Monterey County.“With all of the adjustments being made, the kids are confident they can have a better second half of league play,” Jensen said. “And as a coach I’m very confident with some of growth we’ve made that we’ll have a solid second half of the season.”

Prep Volleyball: Tabron named First Team All-League

GILROY—Last year, Christopher’s Olivia Tabron was snubbed of a First Team honor and made it her goal not to let it happen again.

Tabron times two

Before the season started, Christopher High junior Hanna Tabron and sister, freshman Olivia Tabron, had played maybe three or four basketball games together.

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