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Hannah Malek, No. 20 | A #NeverStop Basketball Love Story
Nothing Was Going To Keep Hannah Malek Away From The Game Of Basketball — And The St. Francis-Sacramento Program Was Made Richer Because Of It • This is part of the SportStars #NeverStop Project If you’d told me I was going to be a varsity athlete when I was... Read more
Legendary Footprint | Tom Gonsalves Exits St. Mary’s Girls Hoops
After Making The Stockton School A Girls Basketball National Force, Coach Tom Gonsalves Has Stepped Down After Illustrious Two-Decade Run • Good coaches build a program. Only the elite raise a region. When Tom Gonsalves took over at St. Mary’s of Stockton in 2002, the Sac-Joaquin Section was far... Read more
Richard Fernando: Salesian Team Manager To The NBA | A #NeverStop Journey
Richard Fernando Scored One Point In His Salesian High School Career, And Now Makes A Living In The NBA — Coach Bill Mellis Tells A #NeverStop Tale Of That One-Point Effort • Early on in my time as head coach at Salesian, I decided that we needed to have... Read more
Role With It | A #NeverStop Tale Of Pain, Perseverance & Payoff
Campolindo Junior Emmanuel Callas Adds To The #NeverStop Project By Sharing About 16 Months Of Basketball Ups And Downs — And Embracing One’s Role • My name is Emmanuel Callas. I play basketball for the Campolindo Cougars in Moraga. This is a story about disappointment, hard work, perseverance and... Read more
Thanks, Coach Walker | St. Pat’s Tameiya Sadler’s #NeverStop Letter
St. Patrick-St. Vincent All-NorCal Guard, Tameiya Sadler, Writes An Open Letter Of Thanks To Basketball Coach Nadine Walker For The #NeverStop Project • I’ve had a number of amazing coaches throughout my years of playing basketball, but there will never be one as special as Coach Walker.  Since I... Read more
Ionescu Makes Most Of Time To Shine | SportStars Vault: April 2016
BRYSON: Sabrina Ionescu Closed Out Her Miramonte Career Like Other Former Bay Area Hoop Standouts — By Shining Brightest On The Biggest Stages • SportStars Vault: SportStars editor Chace Bryson wrote this column on Sabrina Ionescu for SportStars Magazine’s April 2016 issue. Four years later, it’s been dug out... Read more
Bryce Monroe Riordan Basketball SportStar of the Week
When SportStars Magazine launched a NorCal boys basketball Player of the Year fan vote on March 31, Bryce Monroe was not among the nine voting options. But after a relentless write-in campaign got him added, the Sam Houston State-bound guard landed more than 23,000 of the 73,000-plus total votes received over... Read more
Ashley Hiraki | Fan Choice NorCal Girls Hoops Player Of The Year
After Garnering More Than 10,000 Votes Over Nine Days, Archbishop Mitty Veteran Leader Ashley Hiraki Was The Fans’ Choice For NorCal Player Of The Year • On its way to compiling a 26-3 record and going wire-to-wire as Northern California’s No. 1 team, the Archbishop Mitty High girls basketball... Read more
SportStars’ All-NorCal Girls Basketball 2019-20
No State Champs Were Crowned In 2020, But Our All-NorCal Girls Basketball Teams Still Highlight Plenty Of Championship-Level Talent • Meet the SportStars’ All-NorCal Girls Basketball teams from the 2019-20 season. Only five players can play on the floor at a time. And we stick to that rule. So... Read more
Don Lippi, Coach & Mentor | Mark DeLuca On His #NeverStop Inspiration
Valley Christian Basketball Coach Mark DeLuca Adds To Our #NeverStop Project With A Nod To His Own High School Hoops Coach — Bay Area Legend, Don Lippi As a kid growing up in Indiana, I was like every other Hoosier in the state. I loved basketball. Well — let... Read more
Bryce Monroe | Fan Choice NorCal Boys Hoops Player Of The Year
After Storming The SportStars Fan Poll Through The Write-In Process, Riordan Senior Bryce Monroe Gained Over 23,000 Votes • Bryce Monroe has proven himself a player of many skills over the past two seasons at Archbishop Riordan in San Francisco. The lightning-quick, 5-11 guard can play at a breakneck... Read more
SportStars’ All-NorCal Boys Basketball 2019-20
No State Champs Were Crowned In 2020, But Our All-NorCal Boys Basketball Teams Still Highlight Plenty Of Championship-Level Talent • Meet the SportStars’ All-NorCal Boys Basketball teams from the 2019-20 season. Only five players can play on the floor at a time. And we stick to that rule. So... Read more