SportStars Magazine

Bryson’s First Pitch: Best of the Decade

What do Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist water polo player Maggie Steffens and Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon all have in common?

What do Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist water polo player Maggie Steffens and Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon all have in common?

They all played high school sports in Northern California during the SportStars Magazine Era.

That era will reach 10 full years in length this coming June.

Beginning this November we begin a ten-month long celebration of our decade covering Northern California’s best high school athletes and teams.

The SportStars Big 10 Series will name the top 10 athletes of the SportStars Decade in each of the sports that end in CIF regional or state championships. In many of the sports we’ll name the top 10 teams as well.

The Big 10 Project

The Big 10 Project will name the top 10 athletes of the SportStars Decade in each sport that ended in CIF regional or state championships. In many of the sports we’ll name the top 10 teams as well.

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We’ll build these lists through interviews with coaches, conversations with other journalists and our own research. What each athlete accomplished within their high school career will be balanced with his or her success at the higher levels.

Our plan is to involve our readers as well. In certain sports, we’ll be hosting regular voting contests. You get to choose who you believe were the top athlete and team of the decade! They will not be easy decisions. We promise.

Our tentative schedule for the fall season rollout will begin with The Big 10 for girls golfers in mid- to late-November exclusively at SportStarsMag.com. They’ll be quickly followed by our list for boys and girls cross country runners, and then our first big vote will come after the CIF State Girls Volleyball Championships wrap up.

With your help, we’ll produce The Big 10 girls volleyball players and girls volleyball teams. Girls tennis and boys and girls water polo will also be part of the celebration. Football will come after the new year. The Big 10 Series will run all the way into next July and August before we finally finish.

Northern California’s best high school athletes

Our 10th Anniversary issue in June will feature The Big 10 overall male and female athletes. The issue will also have The Big 10 overall boys teams and The Big 10 overall girls teams.

Those should be real easy lists to put together, right? We’re filled with anxiety just thinking about it.

Pretty sure Goff, Steffens and Gordon will have even more in common after those are produced.

Keep an eye on at SportStarsMag.com and our social media channels for more on The Big 10 as we get closer to the start of the series.

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