Michael Benz Former Staff

Michael Benz is an enthusiast of journalism, sports, especially baseball, the outdoors, aquatic transportation, cats, and, most importantly, journalism. He prides himself on his lack of redundancy in his writing. He is most interested in sports writing and composing videos, and may pursue a future in one or both. He is currently a Senior at Redwood.

Contact Michael Benz: mbenz@redwoodbark.org.

Senior Zach Babikian peers over the net during the team's playoff matchup against Branson.

Boys’ tennis team wraps up third consecutive MCAL title

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The boys’ tennis team’s historic dominance of the MCAL realm has come to a peak once again over the last three years. On April 28, the team captured the MCAL playoff championship with a 7-2 win over Tamalpais. Despite winning the playoff title the past two years, this was the first year that the boys’ […]

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The bees and their condition

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Local beekeepers discuss the deteriorating condition of the Marin County bee population. While describing the environmental threats on the bee population such as mites, pesticides and loss of habit, they also share the personal challenges they have faced while keeping their hives. Though beekeeping has become increasingly difficult, the passionate beekeepers are motivated to protect […]

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Local rugby club heads to Ireland

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During this past February break, Redwood students who are part of a local rugby club embarked on a trip to Ireland to play against teams in the area. The Marin Highlanders took ten of Redwood’s rugby players with them: sophomore Alex Aguero, juniors Wiley Geiger and Jackson Holscher and seniors Justin Bae, Jax Farrell-Martin, Kyle Fulton, […]


Girls’ basketball gallops past Mustangs to MCAL final

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The Giants rolled past San Marin with a 13 point win, spurred by a big fourth quarter effort to pull away. The highlight of the game came as senior Nicki Yang hit a halfcourt heave at the end of the first half.

EXCITING BLOW - Sophomore Scott Meyers hits David Sommeville, during boxing night.

Make Redwood Great Again: Redwood’s little known boxing tradition

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Rule number one of Fight Club: don’t talk about Fight Club. Maybe that rule is why one of Redwood’s best-kept secrets hasn’t seen the light of day for decades. Redwood alumnus Chad Kreuter, class of ‘82,  had great success as a three-sport varsity athlete. However, his fondest memory from the gym wasn’t the many basketball […]


Rough Waters: Pittsburg Pirates commandeer a win from Giants’ basketball

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The Redwood Giants suffered their first loss of the preseason at the hands of the Pittsburg Pirates. Pittsburg senior Seu Kuka led all scorers with 19 points, and Redwood senior Chris Kress followed closely behind with 18 points.

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Sports Spotlight: Senior develops from novice to captain

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“Jacqueline is a relentless force in the pool. She is fast and uses her speed to play strong defense, intercepting passes and getting a lot of steals,” said girls’ varsity water polo head coach Kirsten Frazer. “On offense, she uses her speed to counter attack hard and driving to create opportunities.” Jacqueline is one of […]

Players honor their country during the National Anthem.

Calzaretta busts open another big game and upper lip

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After breaking through a pile of Justin-Siena defenders, senior tailback Nick Calzaretta emerged without his helmet and picked up an extra four yards. Calzaretta returned to the sideline, bloodied from what appeared to be a nosebleed. Instead, he had bit through his upper lip after his chin crashed into his shoulder pad, resulting in five […]


Football’s seniors expect to shift MCAL paradigm with championship

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Football’s seniors expect to shift MCAL paradigm with championship In the 1998-1999 school year, two major things happened for Redwood’s football program: this year’s talented senior class was born and the Giants won their most recent MCAL championship,   eighteen years ago.   A drought of this size is uncommon at Redwood, as there were […]

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Redwood opens season with win over Mt. Eden behind Calzaretta’s big day

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If one game can predict a season, Giants football is back. Led by senior running back Nick Calzaretta, Redwood’s offense ran rampant over Mt. Eden, winning 44-29 in Redwood’s home opener on Saturday. Calzaretta exploded for 217 yards on just 27 carries, while finding the end zone five times. One of those runs was a […]