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April 11, 2021

Slow start costs Live Oak

On the penultimate play of the third quarter, after watching his defensive back Mason Pena deliver a thundering hit, Christopher High coach Tim Pierleoni said, “The defense is playing like their hair is on fire.” And that pretty much summed up the Cougars’ 17-7...

Gabbani, Faulk win in cross country season-finale

Michael Gabbani has a mantra he repeats to himself when things get tough: pain is temporary. Moments after he crossed the finish line in first place in the cross-country season finale dual meet between Live Oak and Sobrato on Tuesday, the Bulldogs junior was...

After slow start, Live Oak runs to victory

Leading just 7-0 at halftime, the Live Oak High football team knew it wasn’t playing to its potential. The Acorns got right at halftime, as adjustments from the coaching staff and an increased level of intensity from the players resulted in a 35-8 win...

Sobrato water polo cherishes time in the pool

With 16 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, Sobrato High girls water polo coach Scott Jackson summoned his goalie, Kylie Downing, to leave her post and join in on the attack. A new rule implemented in the offseason allows goalies to move past...

Sobrato looks to build upon season-opening loss

When Sobrato High football coach Jubenal Rodriguez was officially hired last August, he immediately talked about building a culture that put an emphasis on winning and losing with class. The latter was tested Thursday night when the Bulldogs were run over by host Leigh,...

Live Oak kicks off season in impressive fashion

High school football in March. No, that’s not a typo. In a season unlike any other, Live Oak High opened its 2021—actually, 2020—season with an impressive 34-3 win over host Silver Creek Wednesday. It marked the first game of the Blossom Valley Athletic League...

Sobrato’s Nick Persing makes his move

When Nick Persing was 6 months old, his dad Jon, could drive for several hours in golden silence. But as soon as the car started slowing down, Nick would start crying. At 8 months, Nick sat in his battery-charged toy car and drove it...

Live Oak’s Karlie Lema signs with Cal

When Karlie Lema signed her letter of intent to play soccer for Cal Berkeley on Wednesday, the only people who were disappointed were Division I track and field coaches. Although she hasn’t ruled it out entirely, the Live Oak High senior has pretty much...

Oakwood senior Lydia Sattler earns Division I scholarship

In April 2019, Lydia Sattler chose to play in a high-profile tournament with her club soccer team instead of going to the junior prom. For Sattler, the decision was a no-brainer.  “I have a strong desire for soccer, so the answer was easy for me,”...

Jubenal Rodriguez comes home to Sobrato

A philosopher once said home is where the heart is, and no one knows that better than Jubenal Rodriguez. The 30-year-old was a part of Sobrato High’s first graduating class in 2007, and started his coaching career as a defensive coordinator under Nick Borello...