Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Ben Hosler, Northgate High

Name: Ben Hosler
School: Northgate High School
Grade: Senior
Sports: Football and Baseball

Veteran Northgate football coach Ben Ballard says, “Ben is one of the team captains this year who leads by example on the field. Ben is a guy that plays this game with a high intensity, and it shows on every play.”

The running back and outside linebacker in his third varsity season for the Broncos scored a pair of touchdowns and rushed 26 times for 165 yards in a recent wild 44-42 loss in Mill Valley to Tamalpais High. The Red Tailed Hawks stopped Northgate inches short of tying the game after scoring 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

Winless Northgate started off slow this year after reaching the North Coast Section Division III semi-finals last fall. They begin Diablo Athletic League play Sept. 29 at crosstown rival Las Lomas facing a difficult six-game slate of games that will determine their post-season fate.


Hosler grew up in Clayton playing youth sports. When it came time to select a high school he opted to attend Northgate, not following in his parent’s footsteps as they both attended and played sports at Clayton Valley. He’s maintained a 3.9 GPA while playing football and baseball in school.

Hosler enjoys mountain biking and weightlifting and hikes with his family. He plans to attend a four-year college to study business or engineering while continuing to play football.

The Pioneer congratulates Ben and thanks Athlete Spotlight sponsors Dr. Laura Lacey & Dr. Christopher Ruzicka who have been serving the Clayton and Concord area for over three decades at Family Vision Care Optometry.

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Jay Bedecarré
Jay Bedecarré
Sports and Schools Editor at The Concord Clayton Pioneer | | Website

Jay Bedecarré is a long-time resident and writer in Concord and Clayton. He began his newspaper writing career while still a senior at Mt. Diablo High School and he has been part of The Pioneer since its inception in 2003. Jay also operates Bay Area Festivals, presenting events around the San Francisco Bay Area including Bay Area KidFest annually in Downtown Concord.