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SportStars NorCal Softball Rankings | May 24
The Top 20 Of Our NorCal Softball Rankings Stay Intact — Going Unbeaten Last Week Heading Into Section Championship Weekend • NorCal Softball Rankings Previous rankings in parenthesis. All records are through Monday, May 23. PICTURED ABOVE: Senior outfielder Dominique Price of No. 11 Elk Grove. (Ike Dodson photo)... Read more
Hope, Grace & Ws | Meet The Jenkins Sisters Powering Sac’s St. Francis Softball
Powered By Twins With Motivational Philosophies And Winning Attitudes, Saint Francis Softball Seeks First Sac-Joaquin Section Title Since 1986 • Hope & Grace. It sounds like a motivational memoir that fits nicely into your staged background for virtual meetings, somewhere between How to Win Friends and Influence People and... Read more
SportStars NorCal Baseball Rankings | May 17
Former No. 1 Woodcreek Falls In Shocking SJS First Round Upset And A New Set Of NorCal Baseball Rankings Has Changes Everywhere • NorCal Baseball Rankings All records are through Monday, May 16. Previous rank is in parenthesis. PICTURED ABOVE: Senior infielder Brett Ott of No. 17 Granite Bay.... Read more
All Together Now | De La Salle Baseball Ready For Playoffs
De La Salle Baseball Charges Into The Postseason With A Deep Camaraderie — And A Senior-Heavy Roster Loaded With Pitching Depth • PICTURED ABOVE: From L to R, De La Salle leaders Cal Randall, Cade Cushing and Anthony Martinez. (photo c/o De La Salle Baseball) With the postseason looming,... Read more
Flood Zone | Woodcreek Baseball Opens Playoffs As NorCal No. 1
We’re Past The Rising ‘Creek Stage — Extremely Talented Woodcreek Baseball Enters SJS Division II Postseason As NorCal’s Team To Beat • PICTURED ABOVE: Senior Zack Malone raises a fist from second base during a win over Oakmont-Roseville at Sutter Health Park on April 30. (David Gershon photos) As... Read more
Panthers Primed | Benicia Softball Builds Momentum
In The Midst Of A Strong Second Half — And On The Verge Of A League Title — A Young, Talented Benicia Softball Team Is Ripening Just In Time For An NCS Title Run • PICTURED ABOVE: Freshman Emma French Smiles Following A High-Five With Senior Robynn Balmediano After Scoring A... Read more
‘Sky High’ | Granada Softball Storms Stampede
With High Confidence And Loud Bats, Granada Softball Won A Stacked Livermore Stampede Tournament To Take Over NorCal’s No. 1 Ranking • PICTURED ABOVE: Livermore Stampede tournament MVP, Makayla Winchell. (Chace Bryson photos) As Granada High softball pitcher Alex Mello continued to retire hitter after hitter in the Livermore... Read more
Know & GO Podcast | Ep. 1: Armed & Ready
In The Debut Episode Of Our New Ask-The-Expert Podcast, We Talk Arm Safety And Injury Prevention With Dr. Charles Preston • For the show’s first episode, one of the East Bay’s most renowned sports medicine practitioners as Dr. Charles Preston joins the show.  Dr. Preston is the head team... Read more
NorCal Baseball 2022 | Players To Watch
We’ve Listed More Than 100 Names Of Guys We Expect To Be Impact Players Throughout The 2022 Season Of NorCal Baseball • PICTURED ABOVE: Valley Christian-San Jose pitcher, Jacob Hudson (Chace Bryson photo) As we prepared for our NorCal Baseball and Softball preview coverage to be included in our... Read more
California Love | Bronzini, Cal High Baseball Step Into Spotlight
With LSU-Bound Ace Nic Bronzini Leading The Way, NorCal-Ranked Cal High Baseball Is Ready To Finally Get A Postseason Shot • PICTURED ABOVE: California Ace Hurler, Nic Bonzini. (Chace Bryson photos) California High senior pitcher Nic Bronzini is a massive presence. The hard-throwing southpaw stands 6-foot-3. He struck out... Read more
SportStars’ Season-Opening NorCal Baseball Top 20
De La Salle And Its Arsenal Of Pitching Talent Opens Atop Our First NorCal Baseball Top 20 Rankings Of The 2022 Season • PICTURED ABOVE: No. 1 De La Salle (Jean-Paul Toshiro photo) 1. DE LA SALLE-CONCORD (20-4 in 2021) Good pitching beats good hitting and the Spartans have... Read more
Proving Perfection | Heritage Softball Opens ’22 Ready To Roll
A Team Shouldn’t Need To Prove Itself After Any Undefeated Season, But Heritage Softball Is Ready To Take NorCal’s Best Shot PICTURED ABOVE: Seniors Tianna Bell, Right, And Kasey Aguinaga Heritage Softball made it look easy in 2021.  In a 25-0 season, the Patriots played just two one-run games.... Read more