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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
SportStars’ Season-Opening NorCal Softball Top 20
Led By A Pair Of Undefeated Teams From 2021, The Season-Opening NorCal Softball Top 20 Suggests A Riveting Three Months Ahead Of Us • PICTURED ABOVE: No. 1 St. Francis-Mountain View from March 2020. (SFHS Athletics photo) 1. ST. FRANCIS-MOUNTAIN VIEW (26-0 in 2021) It’s Jessica Oakland’s world and... Read more
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
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