Chargers Gearing Up for Year 3 Under Coach Rosa

Chargers Gearing Up for Year 3 Under Coach Rosa

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The Wilcox Chargers football squad enters the 2017 season coming off back-to-back seasons with a 4-2 league record. Entering his third season as Head Coach, Paul Rosa now has the task of piecing together a significantly younger roster. But despite losing a number of key seniors from last season including Richard Herrera, Isaiah Chavez and Hesekaia Tali Finefeuiaki, hopes remain high for another...

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Santa Clara Bruins Look to Bounce Back in 2017

Santa Clara Bruins Look to Bounce Back in 2017

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Santa Clara High School Head Football Coach Hank Roberts believes his young squad will be able to build upon last season’s 2-8 season. It won’t be easy though with last season’s team leader Pako Vehikite moving onto college. “Losing Pako is like losing 11 players because of his personality,” chuckled the head coach. “This year is a younger team because numbers force it to be a...

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Santa Clara Aquamaids at World Aquatics Championships

Santa Clara Aquamaids at World Aquatics Championships

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Borrowing a line from the popular superhero series Transformers, there is certainly “more than meets the eye” when it comes to synchronized swimming. After all, this is a sport that takes place below the water’s surface just as much as it does above it. For novice viewers of synchronized swimming, current Santa Clara Aquamaid (SCA) and USA Senior National Team member Nicole Dzurko describes...

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Santa Clara Red Sox Walk-off Victorious in World Series Opener

Santa Clara Red Sox Walk-off Victorious in World Series Opener

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The Santa Clara Red Sox opened the Palomino League World Series Thursday with a thriller that Michael Jackson would have appreciated. With runners at second and third and just one out in the bottom of the ninth, Wilcox senior Jarrett Chapman blooped a single into shallow right center, igniting ringing cheers from the Santa Clara supporters. Red Sox players poured onto the field to jump on Chapman...

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Sparks Fly to Top-Third Finish in Roseville

Sparks Fly to Top-Third Finish in Roseville

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While the Sparks didn’t quite reach new heights, the Santa Clara softball squad still finished their season on a high note. Out of 38 teams from throughout California, the Sparks finished in the top-12 at the U-14 Class B Western National Championship tournament in Roseville this past week. First year Head Coach Vanessa Montez was pleased with how her squad performed in the summer’s final...

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Buzz Back at Levi’s Stadium As 49ers Hold Open Practice

Buzz Back at Levi’s Stadium As 49ers Hold Open Practice

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There seemed to be a renewed spirit in the air at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday as the San Francisco 49ers hosted an open practice. Kids six and under got in free while all other attendees paid $5 general admission, which went to the 49er Foundation. According to 49ers officials, just over 25,000 fans attended the Training Camp practice, which is more than one third of the 68,500 capacity....

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Sword Fighting Competition a Striking Success

Sword Fighting Competition a Striking Success

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Here in Santa Clara, one school is practicing martial arts that date all the way back to the 15th century. The Davenriche European Martial Artes School (DEMAS), is currently located in the northern part of Santa Clara (off De La Cruz Boulevard), and teaches various forms of ancient weaponry. According to their website (swordfightingschool.com), DEMAS helps students, “age six to seventy-six...

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Santa Clara Sparks Looking to Go Off in Roseville

Santa Clara Sparks Looking to Go Off in Roseville

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A large contingent of local softball fans are hoping to see sparks fly up in Roseville this week. Santa Clara PAL’s U-14 tournament softball team (the Santa Clara Sparks) is currently playing in their final tournament of the summer. The Class B Western National Championship tournament is being held just past Sacramento. Temperatures are reaching well over triple digits in Roseville, where over...

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Santa Clara Native Named to USA Baseball Regional Team

Santa Clara Native Named to USA Baseball Regional Team

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Spend just a few minutes with Santa Clara native James Odle and you will sense the presence of a teenager who eats, sleeps and breathes baseball. And while the 14-year-old steered clear of any overused cliches, it’s his competitive nature that jumps off the page. “I tried to stand out from everyone on my team. I always try to out-do everyone else,” remarked Odle on his USA regional...

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Luck Runs Out for Westside

Luck Runs Out for Westside

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After opening the Section-5 tournament with three-straight offensively dominant victories–10-9, 10-4, 7-0–Santa Clara Westside fell twice to Willow Glen this past week, scoring just a combined five runs. Westside only needed to win one of the two games against Willow Glen–an opponent that they had shutout the previous week–to advance to the Northern California State Championships....

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