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Vote On The Final 2020 SportStars Cover — What Image Should Represent An Issue Containing Our Favorite Work From A Frustrating Year Paired With A Hopeful Look Forward?

So yeah, NorCal high school athletic programs are unlikely to remember 2020 with much fondness. We get it. However, SportStars worked throughout the year to find the positive spin on things. So while we’re looking ahead to a better 2021, we’re also compiling some of our favorite content from 2020. And we’re gonna need a final 2020 SportStars cover.

We’ve chosen seven photos from 2020 coverage that didn’t receive the cover treatment at the time. Now, it’s time for our readers to tell us which should get the nod this second time around.

Voting will be open until 9 a.m. on Dec. 31. Readers can vote once an hour, per IP address. We’ll showcase all seven options first, and then you can cast your votes below. Here we go!

Tayler Biehl | Vista del Lago-Folsom Softball

Tayler Biehl, Vista del Lago, Softball

(James K. Leash photo)

Eagles shortstop Tayler Biehl is captured turning a double play during a preseason photo shoot for Vista del Lago’s story in the SportStars Magazine Baseball/Softball Preview.
POTENTIAL HEADLINE: Throwing Out 2020 

Cesar Garza | Oakdale Wrestling

Ceasar Garza, Oakdale, Wrestling

(Ike Dodson photo)

Mustang sophomore (now junior) Ceasar Garza unleashes his emotions after defeating Del Oro-Loomis senior Eli Blake for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters 145-pound title.
POTENTIAL HEADLINE: 2020 Vanquished!

Jacob Hudson | Valley Christian-San Jose Baseball

Final 2020 SportStars Cover, Fan Vote, Jacob Hudson, Valley Christian

(Jean-Paul Toshiro photo))

In the only actual baseball competition we had time to shoot, then-Warriors freshman Jacob Hudson delivers a pitch during an 18-inning scrimmage at De La Salle-Concord.
POTENTIAL HEADLINE: Thrown A Curve

Malaya Johnson | Roseville Softball

Malaya Johnson, Roseville, Softball

(David Gershon photo)

Tigers hurler Malaya Johnson fires a pitch as part of a complete-game, 11-strikeout victory over Woodcreek-Roseville on March 11. It remains the last high school sporting competition we covered.
POTENTIAL HEADLINE: Bring It, 2021

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Hayden Jolley | Foothill-Pleasanton Soccer

Final 2020 SportStars Cover, Fan Vote, Hayden Jolley, Foothill, Soccer

(Berry Evans III photo)

Falcons captain Hayden Jolley is photographed as she pushes the ball up the field during an early-January intrasquad game. We were there to take cover photos of Foothill goalkeeper Maddie Goldberg (now at Oregon).
POTENTIAL HEADLINE: Full Speed Ahead

Jaden Rashada | Pittsburg Football

Jaden Rashada, Final 2020 SportStars Cover, Fan Vote, Pittsburg

(Chace Bryson photo)

This shot of Pittsburg sophomore Jaden Rashada was taken in early October for a SportStars feature about his return to the East Bay. Rashada initially left the state in hopes of playing fall football in Florida, but had a change of heart.
POTENTIAL HEADLINE: Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

Emmanuel Akpan & Donovan Lopez | Rocklin Basketball

Emmanuel Akpan, Donovan Lopez, Rocklin, Basketball

(David Gershon photo)

Thunder teammates Emmanuel Akpan and Donovan Lopez leap in celebration following Rocklin’s SJS Div. I quarterfinal win over Modesto Christian.
POTENTIAL HEADLINE: Winning! (Bye, 2020)

And those are your final 2020 SportStars cover options. Make your selection below, and don’t forget:

Keep voting for your favorite through 9 a.m. on Dec. 31.

 

 

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Chace Bryson

Chace Bryson is the managing editor of SportStars Magazine. Reach him at Chace@SportStarsMag.com

  • Patrick Blake

    December 22, 2020 #1 Author

    Garza great win great pic

    Reply

  • Arnulfo Garza

    December 22, 2020 #2 Author

    Ceasar Garza

    Reply

  • Michael Vasquez

    December 22, 2020 #3 Author

    Jaden works hard on and off the Field. As a young quarterback myself, I can appreciate his leadership skills and the way he carries himself.

    Reply

  • Arnulfo Garza

    December 22, 2020 #4 Author

    Vote ceasar garza

    Reply

  • Arnulfo Garza

    December 22, 2020 #5 Author

    King Ceasar garza

    Reply

  • Arnulfo Garza

    December 22, 2020 #6 Author

    Ceasar king Garza

    Reply

  • Juan garcia

    December 23, 2020 #7 Author

    Cesar garza

    Reply

  • Javier Garcia

    December 24, 2020 #8 Author

    Go to Cesar

    Reply

  • Javier Garcia

    December 24, 2020 #9 Author

    For Cesar

    Reply

  • JavierGarcia

    December 27, 2020 #10 Author

    Go. Oakdale

    Reply

  • JavierGarcia

    December 27, 2020 #11 Author

    Go.

    Reply

  • JavierGarcia

    December 28, 2020 #12 Author

    Go mustangs

    Reply

  • MadFan

    January 1, 2021 #13 Author

    Ceasar Garza has a bot or something there’s no way he can surpass Malaya Johnson by 6k votes in a day! This is a travesty that we have cheating in high school sports!!!

    Reply

    • mm

      Chace Bryson

      January 4, 2021 #14 Author

      We’ve looked into this and don’t believe any cheating occurred. The wrestling community is extremely tight-knit and rallies around its athletes. We’ve seen it before in previous votes that we’ve held. Also, if social media is any indication, Ceasar’s followers were a little more engaged. Both athletes have a similar amount of Instagram followers (2K+) and his photo picked up twice as many like-votes as Malaya’s. … Ms. Johnson should be proud of her near 6,000 votes though, and the good news is that she still has 1.5 more years to potentially land on our cover.

      Reply

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