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GOLD RUSH: NorCal Talent Helping USA Softball Chase Fleeting Olympic Glory
Five NorCal Products Make Up One-Third Of The USA Softball Women’s National Team, Which Faces A Now-Or-Never Shot At Redemption In Tokyo • TOP PHOTO: Pitcher/Infielder Ally Carda, Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove ’11 UPDATED: July 26, 2021, 1pm The USA Softball team’s quest to reclaim Olympic glory has more California... Read more
SportStories, Ep. 10 | Olympians Pt. 1: Diamond Desperados
Coaches From Foothill-Pleasanton And Merced High Tell Tales Of Valerie Arioto And Bubba Nickles — Part Of Five NorCal Natives Powering USA Softball’s Quest For Gold • TOP IMAGE: Valerie Arito (USA Softball photo) Of all the U.S. National Teams competing in the Tokyo Summer Olympics, perhaps none feel... Read more
Way Of The Warriors | Valley Christian Baseball’s Path To Title No. 10
Through A Pandemic, Odd Schedules And Unknowns, Valley Christian Baseball Stuck To What It Does Best — Winning Games When They Matter Most • The symmetry seems so perfect — San Jose’s Valley Christian High winning its 10th Central Coast Section baseball championship, matching the number and the nickname... Read more
Final NorCal Baseball Rankings | 2021
WCAL Reigns Supreme As Valley Christian Plays Its Way To A CCS Title And Another No. 1 Finish In Our Final NorCal Baseball Rankings • Final NorCal Baseball Rankings For 2021. Previous rank in parenthesis. (TOP PHOTO: Valley Christian celebrates its CCS Open title on June 19; photo by... Read more
Final NorCal Softball Rankings | 2021
St. Francis Left Zero Doubt Over Its Credentials To Be The Top Team In Our Final NorCal Softball Rankings Of 2021 • Final NorCal Softball Rankings For 2021. Previous rank in parenthesis. (TOP PHOTO: Tayler Biehl of No. 15 Vista del Lago-Folsom; James K. Leash photo) 1. (1) St.... Read more
SportStories, Ep. 8 | Thundering Heights
Five Guests Revisit Coach Jeff Carlson’s Elk Grove High Baseball Dynasty That Produced Eight Section Titles And Eight Major Leaguers In Just A 16-Year Span • Dynasties are not particularly rare in high school sports. Even though rosters are always changing as classes graduate and others come in, if... Read more
Pittsburg Baseball | Ready Crew
Willed By Its Senior Class, Pittsburg Baseball Completed Its Rebirth As The Pirates Rolled To Their First League Title In More Than Three Decades Pittsburg High senior Michael Weber saw the sharp ground ball come right off the bat. It looked the same as the countless number of grounders... Read more
SportStars NorCal Softball Rankings | TOP 20, May 27
Not Much Drama At The Top Spot Of The NorCal Softball Rankings, But Plenty Of Teams Trade Spots Below No. 1 St. Francis • NorCal Softball Rankings Previous rankings in parenthesis. All records are through Thursday, May 26. PICTURED ABOVE: Lauren Mirtoni of No. 16 Roseville. (David Gershon photo)... Read more
SportStars NorCal Baseball Rankings | TOP 20, May 27
Mitty Keeps Hold Of No. 1; NorCal Baseball Rankings Will Likely Swing With The Outcome Of Central Coast Section Playoffs • NorCal Baseball Rankings All records are through Thursday, May 26. Previous rank is in parenthesis. PICTURED ABOVE: Members of No. 18 Pittsburg. (Pittsburg High Baseball photo/Twitter) 1. (1) ... Read more
Golden Silva | Sophomore Ace Fuels Elk Grove Softball
Aissa Silva Has Some Of The Best Pitching Stats In The State For A Talented Elk Grove Softball Team Chasing A Delta League Crown UPDATED May 10, 2021 A road trip is only as good as its playlist. Elk Grove softball parents Erin and Manuel Silva prefer 2000s R&B.... Read more
South Bay Sports Training | “If You Build It…”
San Jose’s South Bay Sports Training Gets Help From Its Landlord To Build Temporary Outdoor Diamond That Got Its Baseball, Softball Athletes Through The Shutdowns • For more than 14 years, the South Bay Sports Training center in San Jose has been a vibrant hub for baseball and softball... Read more
Oakmont Baseball | Meet The Upset Squad
Nearly Two Years Removed From A 30-Win Section Title Season, Oakmont Baseball Returned From The Pandemic Led By A Young Wave Of Talent Ready To Face Anyone • Kurt Marton saved his best fastball for last on March 30. The right-handed sophomore pitcher on the Oakmont High baseball team... Read more