Santa Clara Bruins Basketball Closing in on Historic Season
By: Andrew Bensch
The Santa Clara Bruins girls basketball team plays host to the Monta Vista Matadors on Friday night in the league season finale. A victory would complete a perfect 24-0 season heading into CCS. While the Bruins finished last season with the best record in Head Coach Deedee Kiyota’s 18 years as coach, (21-5, 10-2), both Kiyota and assistant coach John Smith cautioned the team before this season not to expect a repeat performance. As it turns out they didn’t repeat that performance, instead, they one upped it.
Santa Clara is “led” by four-year varsity starters Devyn Snyder, Taylor Snyder and Katherine Knowles. “Led” in quotation marks because there is no superstar on this team. The three seniors demonstrate plenty of leadership, but they don’t dominate the scoring. All five starters own points-per game averages between 7.4 and 10.5. Any of the five can take the shot with the game on the line. While they haven’t had too many close games, coach Kiyota believes they are well prepared for when those situations arise.
“When we get into those specific [late game] situations, I think they are relaxed, they realize ‘hey we do this in practice, pretty much two or three times a week.’ They know what they have to do, anybody can take the last shot. I don’t think they get nervous, it’s just second nature to them.”
That second nature and team chemistry is a big reason for the Bruins’ success. Naturally two sets of twin sisters helps the cause, but the entire team seems to read each other’s minds.
“Devyn, Katie and I, we’re always together,” chuckled Taylor Snyder. “We have the same classes together, we hang out outside of school, we’re like triplets, everyone calls us triplets.”
Crossing Guards Risk All for Love
Story and photos by Diane Andrews
Being an elementary school crossing guard is not a fair weather or risk-free job. Even on cold mornings and rainy days, Barbara Wolff stands at the corner of Forbes Ave. and Cornell Dr. at Sutter Elementary School, Santa Clara. Holding up a red stop sign, she blows her whistle and walks out into the street, halting traffic so that families can cross safely.
"We put our lives on the line to keep the children safe," said Wolff, a crossing guard for seven-and-a-half years. "Sometimes, once kids reach the other side of the road, I'm turning around to go back to my corner, and a car has already begun driving into the crosswalk, almost running into me. People get impatient."
"And early in the morning, people going to work don't watch their speed," continued Wolff, who is on duty Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and returns for an hour and a half when school lets out.
Millikin School crossing guard Cheri Squires tells a similar traffic story.
"I'm putting my life at risk. You're stepping off a curb in the middle of traffic and anything could happen," said Squires. "The traffic is awful. People try and run through the stop sign; they speed by on the phone. I've come close to being run over. Jaywalking is another issue..."
It's Santa Clara's Show Time of Year
By Carolyn Schuk
It's that time again. The time when the villains of Doomstown start concocting their diabolical schemes, Sheriff Sam polishes up his badge, young lovers spruce up to pitch some woo, and some poor ingénue seems headed for an ugly finale.
I mean of course Santa Clara Showtime, which has the distinction now of running six years longer than "Phantom of the Opera." And this year's show, "Wills, Thrills and Spills," celebrates that achievement by tying not just one, but half a dozen, ingénues to the railroad tracks...