Protective Dog Trials. Photo courtesy of Toni Matthews.

Sports & Recreation

Protective dogs to compete at San Benito County Historical Park

A certification event hosts dogs and owners for two days of trials and tests.

Hylie Thompson competing in the ruck run at the Crossfit Games. Photo provided by Hylie Thompson.


Hylie Thompson competes at Crossfit Games

Crossfit San Benito co-owner places fourth in masters division in Wisconsin.

Academia de Mariachi Infantil Alma De Mexico performing at a July 20 competition in Morgan Hill. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Hollister-based mariachi group plays in its first competition

Despite nerves, Academia de Mariachi Infantil Alma De Mexico enjoys performing for a big crowd in Morgan Hill.

San Benito County students at the California High School Rodeo Association’s Challenge of Champions rodeo. Photo courtesy of Nikki Bell.


Local athletes compete at Challenge of Champions rodeo

SBHS students place in multiple events.

2018 winner Michelle Doty talks about her company, That Garlic Stuff, to a woman attending the ninth annual Startup Challenge Monterey Bay in Salinas last year. Doty won the Main Street division and a prize of $10,000. File photo by Tom Leyde.

Business / Economy

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay seeking applicants

Social Venture Division is a new category for competition and will appeal to nonprofit organizations.

Art & Culture

BenitoLink Junior Journalism Project: High school dance class attends first competition

Passionate San Benito High School students show their art through dance.


San Benito Lifestyle

Local Powerlifters Get Ready to Compete

Four local residents are getting ready to compete in the United States Powerlifting Association Monterey County Open on Jan.13

Huston Harbert, All Round Reserve for 8 and under (left) and Gage Holzum, All Round for 8 and under (right). Photo Courtesy Jennifer Holzum.


Life at the Junior Rodeo

Competition means a long day and stiff competition for an eight year old at the San Benito County Junior Rodeo.

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Children and Youth

The drive to compete

San Benito High School auto shop students placed third in annual automotive skills challenge

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Children and Youth

Sports Medicine students shine

San Benito High School contingent places in top 10 in regional competition, will move on to nationals

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Art & Culture

Young pianists invited to compete in Marion Filice Youth Piano Competition

Gavilan College will host the event for fifth- through 12th-graders in March

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Art & Culture

Come celebrate the holiday season in style

The county library invites teens to show off their creativity during its first-ever Ugly Holiday Sweater Design Competition. The library also seeks volunteers of any age for its annual children’s holiday program

Lilla has been competing in rodeo for four years now, and saw her work come to fruition in the National Junior High Rodeo Finals.

Children and Youth

Local Teens Place Highly at National Rodeo Finals

Lilla Bell and Jake Bourdet competed at the National Junior High Rodeo Finals last weekend; Lilla placed third for Girls' Breakaway, Jake took16th in Saddle Steer Riding

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Local sheriffs medal at weightlifting competition

Kelly Burbank and Cody Diller medal in U.S. Police and Fire Championships

Lilla Bell and Jake Bourdet, both age 14, have been roping together for three years.

Children and Youth

Local Teens Compete Wednesday in National Rodeo Finals

14-year-olds Lilla Bell and Jake Bourdet will compete together in team roping