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October 15, 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...

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,...

Expectations rise for Sobrato football team

The Sobrato High football team took every opportunity it got this summer to condition, lift weights and compete in 7 on 7 passing league contests. Coach Jubenal Rodriguez is banking on the team’s hard work and diligence to pay off as it plays its...

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero set for another fight in Las Vegas

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero didn’t come out of retirement three years ago simply to be competitive. The 38-year-old southpaw returned to the fight game to compete for a championship belt.  A win against Victor Ortiz in a 10-round welterweight boxing match on Saturday at T-Mobile...

Sobrato’s Evan Stapleton ready for breakout season

When Evan Stapleton was named a co-captain for the Sobrato High boys water polo team last season, he was floored. After all, it was Stapleton’s first year at the school as he spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Valley Christian in San Jose.  “I...

Zach Souza, Hunter Stocksick to play lacrosse at Westcliff University

Hunter Stocksick and Zach Souza only got to play one season of lacrosse while they were at Live Oak High, but that didn’t prevent them from earning an opportunity to play at the four-year level.  The recent graduates signed their letter of intent to play...

Gavilan College football team looks to buck history

From a numbers standpoint, Covid was not kind to the Gavilan College football team. Rams coach John Lango said the team lost several players from March 2020 to now, putting Gavilan’s roster number at 44 through the end of July. However, Lango expects the...

Morgan Hill Toros a local success story

A community based club baseball all star team. In the travel ball era, that sounds like a misnomer because travel teams draw players from a wide area. But the 9U Toros of Morgan Hill are unique because their roster is filled entirely of local...

Strength in a specialist: Sobrato hires Humberto Medina

Jubenal Rodriguez knows the importance of having a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) on campus. The latter are mainstays at most or all of the private schools with strong athletic programs like those in the West Catholic League.  To be without one is a...

Miguel Gutierrez pulls triple soccer duty

When Miguel Gutierrez was recently hired as the new assistant coach for the Hartnell College women’s soccer team, it was assumed that he would step down from his position as the Sobrato girls coach. Not so fast.  The 26-year-old Gilroy resident is going to do...