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September 23, 2021

Live Oak’s ‘X’ factor propels Acorns to victory

From the moment Xavier Catano put on a Live Oak High uniform, he’s been a difference-maker. In the season-opener against visiting Gilroy High on Aug. 27, the junior standout had a career-best performance in the Acorns’ 41-26 win.  Catano scored three touchdowns—including a 70-yard TD...

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...

Stump dominates on the bump

Landon Stump has a predicament most people would love to inherit.  “I have trouble gaining weight,” the incoming Live Oak High junior said. “One of my goals this summer is to put on at least five pounds. I try to eat as much as I...

Live Oak girls lacrosse team ready to build upon 2021 season

The Live Oak High girls lacrosse program was ready to make its debut in the 2020 season. But then Covid-19 hit, and the Acorns had to wait until 2021 to play their first official match. Even though the Acorns didn’t win a game—they finished...

Sobrato tops Live Oak to complete wrestling season

Whether there will be an official league champion designation this season or not, coaches of the Live Oak and Sobrato wrestling teams considered their May 20 match the one to decide the Blossom Valley League’s Santa Teresa East Division title.  The Bulldogs came away with...

Live Oak football team ready to defend league title

Excellent talent at the skill positions but question marks on the offensive line. That’s the best way to sum up the state of the Live Oak High football team as it enters the season-opener against Gilroy on Aug. 27.  “Seeing what our offensive line does,...

Acorns fall to Los Gatos in CCS playoffs

As the final out was recorded, several Live Oak players stood motionless against the dugout railing as their Los Gatos counterparts celebrated. The anticipation of playing the best of the best gave way to disappointment and melancholy as the Acorns fell 6-4 in eight...

Live Oak football team’s upcoming Coaches Against Cancer game a special one

When the Live Oak and Los Gatos football teams clash in Morgan Hill on Friday, they’ll be playing for something far greater than trying to notch another ‘W’ in the win column.  They’ll be a part of the first-ever Coaches Against Cancer football game. Coaches...

Acorns beat Cupertino; ready for trilogy game vs. Westmont

The Live Oak softball team entered Tuesday’s Central Coast Section Division I playoff quarterfinal having lost two of its previous three games, including an 11-1 mercy-rule defeat to league rival Westmont. Clearly, the minor skid did nothing to deter the No. 7 seed Acorns...

Live Oak High girls volleyball team rebuilding on the fly

When a high school volleyball team graduates all six of its starters like Live Oak did last season, the next year is often a rebuilding year. Longtime Acorns coach Kathleen Davis described the upcoming season as such, though with a caveat.  “This is a good...