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Why Los Gatos High finds itself in wrestling conundrum

LOS GATOS — Does Ricardo Garcia still deserve to be the wrestling coach at Los Gatos High?<p>That is a question that has circulated through the …

High School

CCS baseball: Los Gatos ousts league rival Palo Alto

SANTA CLARA — Luke Short had one thought when the final out was recorded Saturday that sent Los Gatos to the section semifinals with a 3-2 victory …

Silicon Valley

CCS baseball: Valley Christian scary with chip on shoulder

ATHERTON — Let the chips fall where they may.<p>On Saturday in the quarterfinals of the CCS Open Division, third-seeded Valley Christian left no bones …

San Mateo County

CCS softball: St. Francis advances to Open semifinals

SAN JOSE — One year after making a deep run in the Central Coast Section Open Division softball playoffs, St. Francis is determined to do so again — …

Silicon Valley

CCS softball: Watsonville beats Los Gatos in Open Division game

LOS GATOS – The Watsonville High School softball team used a big fifth inning to pull away from Los Gatos and win its Central Coast Section Open …

Softball

CCS baseball: Saturday’s scores, semifinals schedule

CENTRAL COAST SECTION<p>Open Division<br>Saturday’s quarterfinals<br>No. 3 Valley Christian 8, No. 6 Sacred Heart Prep 0<br>No. 2 San Benito 3, No. 7 Santa Cruz …

Extreme Sports

CCS softball: Saturday’s scores, semifinals schedule

CENTRAL COAST SECTION<p>Open Division<br>Saturday’s quarterfinals<br>No. 3 Watsonville 5, No. 6 Los Gatos 1<br>No. 2 St. Francis 6, No. 7 Valley Christian 1<br>No. 5 …

Extreme Sports

CIF state swimming: Two Bay Area girls perfect on big stage

Texas and Georgia can’t wait to reap the benefits from respective women’s swimming commits who took the CIF state championships by storm on Saturday …

Individual Medley

CIF state swimming: Bay Area boys break three meet records

The psyche sheets foretold that the state swimming and diving championships this weekend in Clovis could be special for the Bay Area’s best.<p>Well, …

College Prep

CCS baseball: Serra moves into Open semifinals

SARATOGA – When a No. 8 seed beats a No. 1 seed, a loud celebration by the winning team usually follows.<p>That wasn’t the case Saturday in a Central …

San Jose

Iconic Peninsula high school baseball coach dies at 89

SAN MATEO — Ken Houle, a founding father of the West Catholic Athletic League and original member of the Athletics Hall of Fame at Serra High in San …

High School

Baseball: De La Salle rolls to EBAL championship

CONCORD — On the eve of the East Bay Athletic League championship game, De La Salle junior Chris Santiago put in a little extra work with coach David …

LaSalle

NCS volleyball: Irvington celebrates its first section championship

PLEASANTON — When Edgar Colocho started the boys volleyball program at Irvington High five years ago, there really was only one place to go. The …

Silicon Valley

Notebook: Foothill blasts Amador Valley in EBAL softball final

PLEASANTON — Lauren Hermes could be excused for being fired up when she stepped into the batter’s box in the fifth inning.<p>For the second consecutive …

Silicon Valley

CCS softball: Wednesday’s scores, quarterfinal schedule

CENTRAL COAST SECTION SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS<p>Open Division<br>Saturday’s quarterfinals<br>No. 3 Watsonville (22-3) at No. 6 Los Gatos (19-7-1), 10 a.m.<br>No. 7 Valley …

Extreme Sports

CCS baseball: St. Francis, Bellarmine win; Mitty survives

Relegated to enrollment divisions because of a playoff format change, West Catholic Athletic League baseball powers St. Francis, Bellarmine College …

College Prep

CCS baseball: Wednesday’s scores, quarterfinal schedule

CENTRAL COAST SECTION BASEBALL PLAYOFFS<p>Open Division<br>Saturday’s quarterfinals<br>No. 3 Valley Christian (26-3-1) at No. 6 Sacred Heart Prep (21-6), 2 …

Extreme Sports

Movin’ On Up: Keeping track of former prep athletes

<b>Mitch Haniger and Trevor Hildenberger, Major League Baseball:</b> The 2009 Archbishop Mitty High graduates squared off in the eighth inning of a big …

Oakland Athletics

Athletes of the week: Top Bay Area performers

<b>South Bay/Peninsula</b><p><b>Chris Anderson, Monta Vista</b><p>Sport: Baseball<p>Position: Pitcher<p>Class: Senior<p>Had an extra special senior day as he threw a no-hitter to …

Swimming

Highlight reel: Week’s high school standouts

<b>Tommy Barnds, Sacred Heart Prep lacrosse:</b> A team captain, the junior scored five goals and assisted on two others as Sacred Heart Prep won the West …

Swimming

Why CCS has a baseball problem and how it can be fixed

SAN JOSE — Long before the meeting to seed the Central Coast Section baseball playoffs, it was obvious that a home-plate collision was inevitable.<p>The …

Silicon Valley

NCS swim championships: Record-smashing weekend for boys

LIVERMORE — Four meet records were broken and a fifth was matched — all among the boys — this weekend at the North Coast Section swimming …

Swimming

Baseball: Willow Glen wins BVAL Mt. Hamilton title

SAN JOSE – After scoring 13 runs on Wednesday, the Willow Glen baseball team showed Friday that it can win with station-to-station baseball also.<p>The …

NFL

Palo Alto storms back to beat Los Gatos, claim outright title

PALO ALTO — There were many twists and turns in this championship baseball game Friday, but the final one gave Palo Alto what it aimed to achieve all …

Silicon Valley

Softball: Valley Christian crowned WCAL outright champ

SAN JOSE — Cal commit Kacey Zobac employs a left-handed swing tailor-made for her softball field at Valley Christian.<p>Thursday afternoon in the West …

Silicon Valley

Baseball: Valley Christian beats Serra in WCAL tournament final

SANTA CLARA — Valley Christian spent nearly a month atop MaxPreps’ national computer rankings but entered the West Catholic Athletic League …

Silicon Valley

Basketball: Rodney Tention takes over as Palo Alto High's coach

PALO ALTO — Rodney Tention, a former assistant at Stanford and San Jose State and standout at USF, is the new boys basketball coach at Palo Alto, …

Silicon Valley

Red, white and football: Bay Area games to honor military veterans

The man behind the Honor Bowl is on the phone, passionate, driven and ready to make his point clear. Mark Soto insists he is not a promoter. But if …

Veterans

Baseball roundup: Amador Valley ends De La Salle’s winning streak

Amador Valley’s baseball team has heated up at the right time.<p>Wednesday, the Dons traveled to Concord and cooled off sizzling De La Salle 3-2 as …

Silicon Valley