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February 26, 2024

Sometimes the games don’t go on

For the local high school spring sports teams, the season has been put on hold—for now. The Gilroy Unified School District, Morgan Hill Unified School District and San Benito High School District last week made the decision to suspend all athletic events until at...

Gilroy High wrestling juggernaut aims for coveted state title

When it was time to move the rolled-up wrestling mats, Cody Merrill decided he could do a solo job.  So he hoisted one up—picture someone in the Scottish Highland Games doing the caber toss—and carried it a few yards before the mat was eventually stored...

Gilroy grad to play for Division 1 team

For the longest time, Ellie Pickford thought she would be competing in gymnastics in college. It was Pickford's sport of choice growing up, and she did it for 15 years. "But in the ninth grade, I had to give myself a reality check," the recent...

Jesse James Guerrero, nephew of Robert The Ghost Guerrero, improves to 3-0 in pro career

It took nine hours for Jesse James Guerrero to drive from Gilroy to Tijuana, the site of his third professional boxing match on March 5.  His ring time was all of one minute. Guerrero, a senior at Mount Madonna High, won via knockout just 1...

Gilroy’s Jesse Guerrero ready for first pro fight stateside

Jesse James Guerrero is ready for his big moment.  The Gilroy native—after racking up five wins and a draw, all in Mexico—will compete for the first time as a pro stateside on March 25 at Save Mart Center in Fresno. The 19-year-old boxes Eduardo Alvarez...

Seven Christopher High student-athletes to play at the next level

The seven Christopher High student-athletes who are set to play a sport at the four-year level expressed a common theme during a May 18 letter of intent signing ceremony on the school’s football field. Whether it was family, a friend, a coach—or all three—they...

The dynasty continues: Gilroy High wins 19th consecutive CCS title

There was little to no doubt that the Gilroy High boys wrestling team was walking away with its 19th consecutive Central Coast Section title at last week’s wrestling championships.  The Mustangs put on another exquisite show Feb. 18-19 that had fans inside the gymnasium at...

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...

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...

Gavilan College football team stays resilient amid Covid game cancelations

No team has been affected by Covid more than the Gavilan College football program. The Rams (1-4 overall, 1-2 conference) have had three games cancelled this season due to Covid protocols. They also had their season-opener at Feather River in Quincy canceled due to...

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