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’19-’20 Bay Area 75 Rankings, Part 1 | Nos. 75-51
SportStars Magazine Counts Down The Bay Area’s Top 75 Athletes From 2019-20 In Its Eighth Annual Bay Area 75 Rankings • Welcome to our eighth annual Bay Area 75 rankings — SportStars’ countdown of the top 75 Bay Area athletes from the 2019-20 school year. Obviously, the 2019-20 season... Read more
Anson Aroz: The Constant | Meet Placer Baseball’s Problem Solver
Baseball Is A Game Of Equations For Relentlessly Driven Oregon-Bound Catcher Anson Aroz Of Placer-Auburn There’s baseball IQ and then there’s whatever-in-the-Isaac-Newton Anson Aroz is. The Oregon-committed, switch-hitting catcher from Placer High-Auburn seems to see the diamond in code — or at least in distances and times. “Say a... Read more
SportStars’ Softball Big 10 | NorCal’s Best Players (’11-’20)
For The Magazine’s 10th Anniversary, SportStars Continues Its Big 10 Series With Its Softball Big 10 —NorCal’s Best Players Of The Past Decade • The Softball Big 10 is an installation of the SportStars Big 10 Project: A 10-months-long series celebrating the magazine’s 10-year anniversary in June 2020. We’ll... Read more
MLB Draft 2020: Seven NorCal Natives Selected, Two Stay In Bay
Detroit Tigers Take Former Casa Grande High Slugger Spencer Torkelson No. 1 Overall As Seven Former NorCal Standouts Are Chosen In Five-Round MLB Draft • The two-day 2020 MLB Draft started with a bang for local fans as Case Grande-Petaluma’s Spencer Torkelson was drafted first overall by the Detroit... Read more
Nick Yorke, Boston Red Sox 1st Round Pick | SportStar Of The Week
NICK YORKE Archbishop Mitty-San Jose – Baseball – Senior Despite having his senior season all but wiped out because of the Coronavirus, something tells us that the recently-graduated Yorke is a lot less bummed after June 11. That’s when the Boston Red Sox made him their first-round selection (17th... Read more
Madi Mays Minutemen Softball SportStar of the Week
Madi Mays’ Minutemen career began as a freshman in 2017 when she helped Concord High School softball claim a North Coast Section Division II title. Mays went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI in the final against Granada. Fast forward to her last varsity game, Mays spun a no-hitter against Monte... Read more
From Callero To Zuardo | One Coach’s #NeverStop Thanks To His Mentors
Heritage High Baseball Coach Kevin Brannan Offers A #NeverStop Salute To Mike Callero And Lou Zuardo, The Coaches Who Shaped His Career • As several players have thanked their coaches as part of this project, sometimes coaches need to do the same. There are two people — Mike Callero... Read more
Charles McAdoo, #MyBestTeammate | A #NeverStop Tribute
De La Salle Multi-Sport Standout Vince Bianchina Continues Our #NeverStop Project With An Ode To Teammate And Friend, Charles McAdoo • Throughout my four years at De La Salle, I have built many relationships with coaches, teammates and friends that will last forever. There have been plenty of ups... Read more
#NeverStop Project | Calling On Sports Passion In A Time Without Sports
As COVID-19 Keeps Athletes & Coaches Stuck At Home, SportStars Is Asking Them To Share Their Passion For Sports Through Stories, Essays And More — A Call To #NeverStop • So here we are. Stuck at home. With no sports to play. No sports to watch. No definitive end to... Read more
Anthony Susac, Jesuit- SportStar of the Week
Anthony Susac-SportStar of the Week! In what might possibly have been the last big NorCal baseball matchup of the 2020 season, SportStars’ No. 2-ranked Jesuit hosted No. 1 De La Salle-Concord on March 12. Susac spun six sterling innings and struck out nine as the Marauders defeated the Spartans,... Read more
Acalanes Softball | Here Come The Dons – Fences Beware
A Dynamic Incoming Freshman Adds To An Already Fierce Lineup That Has Acalanes Softball Aiming For Its First NCS Title • Freshman prospect Hailey Stripling made a big impression in her first live action as a high school player. Literally. Just look at the fence on the Acalanes High... Read more
Vista del Lago Softball | Viva Vista! Eagles Ready For Takeoff
A Deep, Young Roster Led By Sophomore Tayler Biehl Has Vista Del Lago Softball Thinking Big Things For 2020 And Beyond • They say that youth is wasted on the young. The Vista del Lago softball team hopes to prove that adage false in 2020. To do that, the... Read more