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NorCal Baseball: Tempers Flare as Granada Completes Hat Trick Over De La Salle
Even without a walk-off, the third installment between the Matadors and Spartans was must-see theater. There was no need for extra innings, no walk-off, no marathon affair split across two days at two different sites. But Granada’s 5-0 win over De La Salle in the Northern California Division I... Read more
NorCal Baseball Quarterfinals: SI Wins With Chip on Shoulder
Unhappy with their seed, the Wildcats took it out on San Marin. The St. Ignatius Wildcats entered Tuesday’s Northern California Division II Quarterfinal with a chip on their shoulders. Having reached the CCS Division I Championship Game and having already won the Northern California Division II Championship last year,... Read more
Sequoia and Carlmont to Meet for Third Time in Playoffs

With Capuchino’s loss to Burlingame later that night on May 10, the Ravens secured one of the PAL Bay’s five automatic CCS playoff berths. Carlmont (14-13, 5-9 PAL Bay) was later selected as an at-large.

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Golden State Gridiron: NEW “High School Football In California” Book
Writing Book On State’s Football History A Labor Of Love It wasn’t exactly a blank canvass, but writing the book “High School Football In California” was a task that quickly became pleasurable. Especially when talking to some of the subjects who were targeted to be centerpieces of most chapters.... Read more
De La Salle High School Baseball: League Of Their Own
Sorting Out NorCal Best Baseball League De La Salle high school baseball team charges the mound to celebrate its 2016 North Coast Section Div. I title. The East Bay Athletic League has won five of the seven Div. I title since 2010. The EBAL also claimed the 2016 Div... Read more
Streak Smarts
A 50-plus Game Win Streak Has Chino Hills Boys Hoops In Rare Territory    Win streak records are especially fun to keep track of because when challenging teams come along over the years — and there aren’t many — it’s natural to relive those moments and bring back those... Read more
Musings On The CIF State Bowls As Football’s Final Weekend Approaches
   If anyone out there remembers some of our ancient Cal-Hi Sports newsletters from the 1980s or 1990s, they’ll recall that founder and record book compiler Nelson Tennis (my uncle, who died in 2004) did a short series of comments he called “Random Remarks.”    With that in mind,... Read more
 Folsom Graduate Jake Browning Has A Chance To Join A Very Short List of NorCal Heisman Trophy Winners
   Folsom Graduate Jake Browning Has A Chance To Join A Very Short List of NorCal Heisman Trophy Winners    Northern California didn’t have much of a connection to the Heisman Trophy for the first 30 years in which college football‘s most prestigious award was handed out, but then... Read more
Timing & Impact: The Science Of Covers
   It can be quite a thrill to be featured on the cover of a magazine, whether it’s a regional/statewide high school sports publication like SportStars, or Time Magazine.    Former Pitman-Turlock three-sport standout Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers was on the cover of Time in late... Read more
A Spike In VB Rankings
   Girls volleyball is back. Well, not really, but as a sport in which Cal-Hi Sports will be offering a state ranking it is.    One of the main reasons we’re re-firing a State Top 20 each week, beginning Sept. 21, is that it’s part of a further evolution... Read more
Decade Dash: Racing To Be Teams Of The ’10s
   One of my favorite state record files to update each summer is the one in which it’s determined which schools around the state have the best records in football during the current decade.    When the decade is young, it’s not that difficult to piece together two or... Read more
Sweeney Shining
By MARK TENNIS | Special To SportStars This year’s family vacation had a definite San Francisco Giants’ theme with four games seen in a two-week span, but it was watching a different Giants’ game on the tube that brought the biggest smile to my face. Sure, the Giants struggled... Read more