SportStars Magazine

The SportStars Team

Honor, Encourage. Inspire.

We’re always interested in doing good work with good people, so it's exciting getting to collaborate with the sports industry to bring meaningful products and service solutions together for those in our communities. Plus we get to honor, encourage and inspire our athletes. Pretty cool!

Mike Calamusa publisher and president of Caliente! Communications and SportStars Media

Mike Calamusa

Fun factoids about MC: Went 168 MPH at Sears Point Raceway. Swam with sharks in Lake Nicaragua. Inducted into the Rte. 66 Hall of Fame. Has an Albatross (497 yard par 5 at Running Y Ranch Golf Links hole #8 – in the hole in two!)

I’ve played baseball, basketball, football, tennis and rugby since I was a kid. Now I’m a golfer and a runner. Oh, and a car guy! It’s kind of natural for me to want to play in the sports industry, so I have fun at SportStars. Professionally, I have more than 30 years of media company experience including roles as CEO, president, publisher, sales manager and executive board member.


Chace Bryson

Cubbies Fan

A devoted NorCal-native fan of the WORLD SERIES-CHAMPION Chicago Cubs after growing up with WGN …A huge music fan, I’ve seen my favorite band (Dave Matthews Band) more than 20 times. Traded high school hoops sneakers for slo-pitch softball cleats. I have two young boys who almost certainly have broken or spilled something while you’ve read this paragraph. … Ordered the Code Red.


Mike DeCicco

Art Director

Mike has been described as a champion for mankind. Runner-up on Season Two of Last Comic Standing. Splits time between Grass Valley, CA and his villa in Avignon where he grows olives. Mike is a native of Colorado who loves the Denver Broncos, Everton FC, the US Men’s National Soccer Team, banana slurpees and finding a remote trail with his dog, Logan. Was once confused for a Secret Service agent.


Mark Tennis

You may call me ``Mr. Stats``

Cal-Hi Sports Co-Founder and Publisher. Fun fact: Charter inductee into CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame, compiler of state record book and state rankings. Forever indebted to late Uncle Nelson and lookalike contest winner with fellow writer Mitch Stephens.


Mike Wood

SportStars Assistant Editor

Mike covered prep sports for more than 20 years as a member of the Contra Costa Times and Bay Area News Group. He is now an assistant editor for SportStars.


Jim McCue

Sacramento Associate Editor

Our SJS Sr. Writer boasts one career HR in beer league softball; cursed out by Barry Bonds; hopeless football junkie. When not crunching stats around choosing 500+ All-City Team athletes, Jim focuses on having fun with his family.


James K. Leash

Sports Photographer

Photographer Extraordinaire.  Once shot a pro baseball game from the stands with no film in the camera. Chases after waterfowl in free time. Believes black licorice is the only “real” licorice.


Berry Evans III

Sports Photographer


Berry is the consummate artist. His photography, digital editing and design are unparalleled.


Hugo Haro

Video Guru

I love working on anything that makes life interesting and fun- You only live once. Enjoy life while you can…. And make music (and sports) videos!


David Kiefer

Sports Writer

Once got his foot stepped on by Vin Scully in the Candlestick Park press elevator … sat next to Teri Hatcher in eighth grade algebra class … Once went to a school called ‘Mango’.


Phillip Walton

Staff Photographer

17-year hobby turned passion. Outdoor scenes – and then sports. Or sports first. Depends on my mood. Dad to worlds two greatest kids.