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June 6, 2020

Christopher’s dream season continues

Immediately after the Christopher High boys basketball team lost to Hillsdale last Saturday in the Central Coast Section Division II championship game, CHS principal Jeremy Dirks approached coach Tim Von Urff and said, "Get ready to go to Humboldt." When a team...

Christopher falls short in CIF NorCal quarterfinals

With its season hanging in the balance, the Christopher High boys basketball team got the shot it wanted. Rickey Becker had curled around a screen to the top of the key, and even though there were two defenders in his vicinity, he...

Fresh off CCS appearance, Gilroy poised for repeat

A 3-0 loss to Menlo School in the opening round of the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs couldn't put a damper on what the Gilroy High girls soccer team accomplished this season. The Mustangs, who accumulated the most points to earn...

Aphrodite Ayala makes fast ascent

When Aphrodite Ayala decided to compete in wrestling for the first time in her sophomore year, she had it in the back of her mind that it could lead to something greater. The Gilroy High senior proved prescient, as she signed her...

Barnes hits goal to play NCAA football

When Joe Barnes received a direct message via Twitter from someone claiming to be an assistant football coach from the Redlands University, he did a double take and had an initial thought that was one of his friends might be playing a...

Christopher’s dream season continues

Duncan Ellis lay in his bed, reliving the indelible moments of Christopher's 52-45 win over host Gunn-Palo Alto in a Central Coast Section Division II playoff semifinal. Thursday night had bled into Friday morning, and Ellis couldn't fall asleep, too excited and...

Ashton Pluckhan defies the odds

As Ashton Pluckhan started his ascent up one of the hills on the Gavilan Cross Country Course, his mom, Piper, couldn't help but well up with tears. After all, what Ashton was doing was nothing short of monumental—and that could be considered a vast...

Becker powers Christopher into CCS semifinals

The shortest player on the Christopher High boys basketball team made the biggest impact in the Cougars' 43-37 win over Santa Clara on Tuesday in a Central Coast Section Division II playoff quarterfinal. Sophomore Rickey Becker, a 5-foot-8 shooting guard, went off...

Cody Ahola knows how to get open

Before the season started, Cody Ahola had no idea how his first varsity football season would turn out. With only one game left in the year, it's safe to say the Christopher High wide receiver has been a breakout star. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound sophomore...

Gilroy in driver’s seat to win Mission title

Nate Cazares knows he brings a lot of energy to the pool. His enthusiasm is infectious, and often times it rubs off on his team in a beneficial way. Last Wednesday was one of those times. Cazares, who was switched to the field after...