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Pride & Perseverance | Salesian Girls Basketball Takes Winding Road To Glory
Behind A Strength-In-Numbers Approach, Salesian Girls Basketball Navigated A Frustrating And Demanding Season To Win The Program’s First State Title • PICTURED ABOVE: Salesian senior Kaylie Edge. (David Gershon photos) The morning after winning his first state championship in four tries, Salesian High girls basketball coach Steve Pezzola was... Read more
Fitting Finish | Elk Grove Basketball Makes History
With A Talented And Ambitious Core Of Seniors Leading The Way, Elk Grove Basketball Claimed Its First State Title • There was really no other way for the Elk Grove basketball season to end. The Thundering Herd celebrating the program’s first-ever CIF State Basketball Championship on the Golden1 Center... Read more
Final NorCal Boys Basketball Rankings | 2021-22
Modesto Christian’s 30-Win Season, Regional Open Title Secure Crusaders The Top Spot In Our Final NorCal Boys Basketball Rankings • PICTURED ABOVE: Div. II State Champions, No. 12 Elk Grove . (David Gershon photo) Final NorCal Boys Basketball Rankings. Previous rank in parenthesis 1. (1) Modesto Christian (30-6) Crusaders... Read more
SportStars NorCal Boys Basketball Rankings | March 10
Campolindo’s Impressive Reign Over The NorCal Boys Basketball Rankings Comes To An End As We Enter Season’s Final Weekend • NorCal Boys Basketball Rankings All records are through Tuesday, March 8. Previous rank in parenthesis. Records obtained through MaxPreps.com PICTURED ABOVE: Members of No. 1 Modesto Christian Posing With... Read more
SportStars NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings | March 1
Oak Ridge Is The Biggest Mover As Section Playoffs End, Plus Two New Teams Enter The NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings Prior To Regionals • NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings All records are through Monday, Feb. 26. Previous rank in parenthesis. Records obtained through MaxPreps.com PICTURED ABOVE: Ella Ray of No.... Read more
Grinders In Green | Moreau Catholic Basketball Outlasts Liberty
Hostile Crowd, Lots Of Fouls, And A Very Good Liberty Team Couldn’t Keep Moreau Catholic From Advancing To The NCS Div. I Semis • Moreau Catholic basketball coach Frank Knight stood outside of the visitors locker room on a brisk February evening at Liberty High in Brentwood.  Fifteen minutes... Read more
All Gas, No Brakes | Ponderosa Basketball Revs Up For Act II
As The Playoffs Arrive, The State’s Last Remaining Unbeaten Div. II Team Is Ready To Prove The Last Three Months Were No Fluke • There was always an end game. And the Ponderosa basketball team’s seniors have reached it.  The high school’s 2022 class of hoopers have had high... Read more
Over The Hump | Granada Basketball Opens Playoffs With Big Win
Tough Losses Are In The Rearview As Livermore’s Granada Boys Basketball Team Storms Into EBAL Semifinals • PICTURED ABOVE: Granada senior wing, Kevin Gad (Chace Bryson photos) For the better part of a month, the Granada boys basketball team has been right on the cusp of a breakthrough win. ... Read more
In Teagan They Trust | Senior Leader Powers Oak Ridge
Teagan Brown Is The Consummate Leader For An Oak Ridge Girls Basketball Team That’s NorCal-Ranked And A Legit Section Title Contender • In her four years on the Oak Ridge varsity basketball team, Teagan Brown has attracted recruiters and spectators alike to El Dorado Hills. The 5-foot-11 guard fills... Read more
Miramonte Basketball | Challenge Accepted
Driven By A Confident Quartet Of Senior Captains, Miramonte Basketball Doubled Down On The Idea This Could Be A Special Year — So Far, It’s Aces • PICTURED ABOVE: Miramonte senior co-captain, James Frye. (Berry Evans III photos) When Chris Lavdiotis took over the Miramonte High boys basketball program... Read more
Senior Moment | Experience Drives 9-1 Start For St. Ignatius
A Roster Loaded With Unselfish Seniors Has St. Ignatius Boys Basketball NorCal-Ranked And Ready For WCAL Play • PICTURED ABOVE: St. Ignatius senior Sean Quanico high-fives Zachary Ferdon during the announcement of starting lineups on Dec. 29. (Chace Bryson photo) It’s hard to beat experience. And these days, it’s awfully... Read more
COVER STORY: One Last Run | Senior Quartet Powers Emerging Elk Grove Basketball
Fueled By Four Seniors And Longtime Best Friends, Elk Grove Basketball Will Be Among Sac-Joaquin Section’s Best — And May Just Raise A Banner • From sleepovers to step-backs, crossovers to companions, no one has a deeper bond on and off the court than Elk Grove High’s four standout... Read more