49ers STEM Leadership Institute

  • By The Santa Clara Weekly
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On April 5, 49ers EDU hosted the entire 49ers STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Leadership Institute (SLI) cohort of students for career day, where 240 Cabrillo Middle School and Santa Clara High School SLI students learned about the importance of STEM disciplines in careers in sports. Students chose the...

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Opposing Hitters Can’t Keep up With Kathryn Caravalho

  • By Andrew Bensch
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For over a decade, reality television viewers have been Keeping up with the Kardashians, but over the past four years, Central Coast Section hitters have been unable to keep up with the fastball from ace pitcher Kathryn Caravalho. The four-year varsity pitcher for the Santa Clara Bruins pitches almost every single inning her team plays and it appears she has taken her game to a new level as a...

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Wild Finish Sees Bruins Win in Walkoff Fashion, 4-3

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On Friday night at Washington Park, Santa Clara Bruins star senior Tyler Kennedy struck out with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh (the final inning in high school baseball) with his team trailing the Fremont Firebirds by two runs. Yet, Santa Clara would go on to win the game. The third strike to Kennedy got through the catcher’s legs and all the way to the backstop....

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Padilla Twirls Gem; Tolbert Thrives on Opposite-Field Drives

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Juniors Robert Padilla and Alex Tolbert led the charge for Wilcox on Monday afternoon. Padilla twirled another six shutout innings and Tolbert drove in two of the first three Chargers’ runs in an eventual 4-0 shutout win over Cupertino. The six shutout innings from Padilla were his second start of league season allowing zero runs. Back on March 16 the junior finished off a complete-game shutout...

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Are the Wilcox Chargers the Ultimate Volleyball Team?

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When a novice volleyball spectator sees a high school boys team with a 24-1 record, they might assume that the squad has at least one or two players over six-feet tall. However, for the now 26-1 Wilcox Chargers, that isn’t the case. Not a single student on the 11-player roster is over six-feet. Nonetheless, this Wilcox team, which features five seniors—all captains—has managed to dominate...

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Bruins Snap Losing Skid, Take Down Firebirds

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The Santa Clara Bruins exploded out of their early season funk on Tuesday as they knocked off the Fremont Firebirds in Sunnyvale. It was an impressive victory for the Bruins behind ace pitcher Tyler Kennedy, as they cruised to a 7-2 win. The victory snaps Santa Clara’s 0-5 losing streak to start their league season. “Whenever Kennedy is on the mound I always feel like there is a good...

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Softball Rivalry: Bruins Survive Wilcox’s Late Charge, Win 3-2

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Fans in the stands could not have asked for a better softball game on Monday afternoon between rivals Santa Clara and Wilcox. While both starting pitchers—Kathryn Caravalho for the Bruins and Alyssa Guerrero for the Chargers—were terrific, there were multiple rallies for each side. Through six innings, though, the only side to scratch across any runs were the Santa Clara Bruins. Santa...

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Santa Clara Coaches on the Proposed Bill to Ban Youth Tackle Football

  • By Andrew Bensch
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It’s one of a parent’s worst nightmares. Seeing your child lay motionless on the turf, ice or gym floor. For most Bay Area residents, perhaps the most infamous occurrence of such a frightening sports injury is when San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young saw his football career come to an end. In just the third game of the 1999 NFL season, Young’s 49ers were in Arizona....

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Bruins Baseball: Progress Over Perfection

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For the Santa Clara Bruins’ baseball squad, the 2018 season has been a struggle coming out of the winter hibernation period. While the March rains haven’t helped the young squad with multiple rainouts, a 1-9 overall record and 0-3 start in league play is not the wake up call they thought they would need. “We’re trying to keep a positive attitude with them,” confirmed Bruins’...

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Padilla’s Pristine Pitching Performance Powers Wilcox

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Thankfully the rain decided to stay away on Friday afternoon as the Wilcox Chargers were able to defeat the Milpitas Trojans by a final of 3-0. Wilcox was buoyed by a complete-game shutout and a solo home run. While it wasn’t the famed Madison Bumgarner-style complete-game shutout and home run by the pitcher, Chargers’ starting pitcher Robert Padilla did crush a double that nearly went over...

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