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October 17, 2021

Former Gilroy High and Cal standout Katrina Carter excels as player and coach

In the summer of 2020, Katrina Carter pretty much had her bags packed and was prepared to get on a flight to England to start a new chapter of her life. The Gilroy High and Cal-Berkeley graduate had accepted an offer to play field...

Cody Ahola commits to play football at the Air Force Academy

When Cody Ahola suffered a devastating injury a week before the season-opener in March, he was understandably melancholic. After all, the junior season for many high school athletes are key in the recruiting process.  “When I got injured, I thought it would put a halt...

Gilroy Little League to host 10U NorCal State Championship

The wait was worth it. For the first time in Gilroy Little League history, it will host a NorCal State Baseball Championship. The 10-and-under, double elimination tournament starts on Saturday at the Sports Park complex and features seven section champions ranging from the California-Oregon...

Andrew Dela Cruz has the numbers at XIOS Strength and Conditioning

It’s no secret Covid-19 hit local businesses hard, and XIOS Strength and Conditioning was no exception. However, the gym’s owners—the husband-wife duo of Andrew and Crystal Dela Cruz—made things work.  “I won’t sugarcoat it—it was really hard,” Andrew said. “But we adjusted and that is...

Sarah Starks elevates her game at UC Davis

When Sarah Starks was starring for the Christopher High softball team, she was known as a prolific hitter, but not when it came to hitting home runs. Now at UC Davis, Starks has developed into a potent hitter who can leave the yard on...

Gilroy, Christopher football teams prepare for season

Don’t look now but the start of the high school football season is just seven weeks away. Gilroy and Christopher have already competed in two 7 on 7 passing league scrimmages, giving Mustangs coach Tim Pierleoni and Cougars coach Darren Yafai a small glimpse...

Former MVC standout Brendan Doyle hopes a change in position will lead to greater things

Gilroy native and recent Monte Vista Christian graduate Brendan Doyle wasn’t receiving offers from any four-year programs that piqued his interest, so he did the next best thing—he decided to enroll at the College of San Mateo (CSM).  The Bulldogs annually rank as one of...

Zoey Zeller competes in U.S. Olympic Swim Trials

On a recent sun-drenched day, Zoey Zeller swam laps with the South Valley Makos club team at Live Oak High School. Save for some good-natured ribbing she received from her fellow swimmers after talking to a reporter, Zeller blended in with the rest of...

Darren Yafai excited to man the Christopher sideline

Make no mistake: Darren Yafai is excited to be the new Christopher High football coach—it just wasn’t on his radar.  “By no means at all (was I thinking of doing this),” said Yafai, who spent the last five years as an assistant coach helping the...

Ryan Duross is always on the attack

Ryan Duross went up for an attack from the far left side and viciously spiked a ball crosscourt that hit an opposing player’s face, delivering a thud. Even when the Christopher High boys volleyball team was outgunned against Mitty in a Central Coast Section...