Pirates Snatch Thrilling Victory in Briarwood Championship

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The Briarwood Pirates to set sail, once again, into the seas of TOCs. For the third consecutive season, the Pirates are the Major Division Champions of Briarwood Little League. In fitting Pirates fashion, this year’s squad had to snatch the Championship victory from the jaws of defeat. In Saturday’s decisive Game 3, they would overcome a 3-1 deficit with a three-run fifth, defeating their...

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New Bruins Football Coach Has Deep Roots in Santa Clara

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Burt Codera grew up in Campbell and attended Westmont High, but the new Bruins Head Football Coach has four siblings who graduated from Santa Clara High. His mother’s side dates back four generations in Santa Clara. “All my brothers played through Santa Clara Pop Warner and then at the high school. My mom has been a volunteer in the program for probably 25 years,” remarked Codera on his...

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Wills, Fuller and Garcia Represent Santa Clara at CIF State Meet

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One week after guiding the Bruins to a school best third-place finish at CCS, field athletes Grace Wills, Amaya Fuller and Maia Garcia competed at the CIF State Meet at Buchanan High School in Clovis. Wills and Fuller finished 23rd and 25th respectively in the shot put and discus. Garcia meanwhile tied for 13th in the high jump, one spot shy of qualifying for the final. For the trio of...

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Westside Giants Hold off A’s, Will Face Dodgers in Championship

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It will be the Giants and the Dodgers facing off in the Westside Little League Major Championship starting Thursday, June 7. The winner will earn the right to represent Westside in the Tournament of Champions that begins next week. The Giants advanced to the Championship on Tuesday night by knocking off the A’s, 6-4, in a must-win semifinal. In the double elimination tournament, the Giants...

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Multi-Sport Star Paul Rosa Remains Humble in the Spotlight

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As a two-sport varsity star and head coach’s son, it could have been easy for Paul M. Rosa to act like the “big man” on campus, despite his smaller stature at five-feet, six-inches tall. However, the Wilcox football and baseball star is far from the average coach’s son. Arrogance and overconfidence simply aren’t adjectives anyone would use to describe the rising junior. The football...

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Santa Clara Girls Track Team With Historic Finish at CCS

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With a final score of 31 points, the Santa Clara Bruins girls track team finished in third place out of all of the schools in the Central Coast Section. Unlike other sports like baseball and basketball where teams are separated into CCS divisions, track CCS is all jumbled up into one competition. The Bruins, therefore, finished third out of the 152 schools within CCS. “They did a great job...

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Bruins Lose Heartbreaker in CCS Playoffs

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Nobody saw it coming. The Bruins, taking on San Benito in their CCS playoff opener on May 16, were just three outs away from a 1-0 shutout victory. And then boom. And then boom again. Back-to-back home runs to leadoff the top of the seventh inning put the Haybalers ahead 2-1. Santa Clara’s senior ace pitcher Kathryn Caravalho had been cruising up until that point, but all of a sudden...

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Chargers’ Sparkling Comeback Ends in Gut-Wrenching Loss

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Taking on Piedmont Hills in their CCS quarterfinal matchup, the Wilcox Chargers were the better team for the middle five-and-a-half innings on Saturday. From the top of the second inning until the middle of the seventh, Wilcox outscored the Pirates 5-0, erasing a 4-0 deficit. Chargers starting pitcher Robert Padilla gave up four runs in the first, but then shut the door for the next...

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Wilcox Shortstop Deena Pederson Dominated the De Anza League

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With a lightning-quick bat and track-sprinter’s speed, “setting the table” as a leadoff hitter comes rather naturally for Wilcox shortstop Deena Pederson. As for setting the dinner table at home? Well, perhaps that doesn’t come so naturally. “She could set the table for her parents a little bit more,” chuckled Deena’s mother, Julie Pederson. “But she’s definitely helpful and...

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Chargers’ Storybook Boys Volleyball Season Comes to an End

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Between both non-conference and league games, the Wilcox volleyball squad competed in 32 matches during the regular season—they lost just two of them. Their 30-2 overall record and El Camino league title (13-1) earned the Chargers a No. 4 seed in an eight-team Division 1 CCS playoff tournament. In the quarterfinal against No. 5 Homestead, the Chargers dropped the first two sets 25-21 and...

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