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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
Roseville Softball | Talented Tigers Wondering If It’s 5-And-Over
After An Impressive Start To 2020, The Roseville Softball Team Copes With A Season Stuck In Limbo • One day after beating cross-town Woodcreek High, 9-2, to improve to 5-0 in the early stages of the 2020 season, the Roseville softball team got word that it likely just played... Read more
Chase Saldate | Gilroy Wrestling Star’s Countdown To Liftoff
National No. 1 And CIF State Wrestling Champion, Chase “Satellite” Saldate Is An Other-Worldly Sensation — And Our NorCal Wrestler Of The Year • 10. For Chase Saldate, the countdown for his liftoff into orbit begins now. After he graduates from Gilroy High, the 152-pound InterMat National No. 1... Read more
Kelly Sopak | Clear Vision: Miramonte Hoops Coach Nears Milestone
As Miramonte Girls Basketball Coach Kelly Sopak Nears 400 Career Wins, He’s Taking A Calmer Approach • Kelly Sopak had a question: “What are those progressive lenses like?” Sopak, in his 11th year coaching at Orinda’s Miramonte High, turns 51 this month, and is considering his vision-improving options. Though... Read more
Susac Family Fun Time: All Aboard Jesuit Baseball’s Hype Train
Major League Hype Follows Jesuit Baseball’s Susac Cousins As They Seek Return Trip To SJS Title Game • Sitting in the bleachers at Sacramento City College, seven-year-old Anthony Susac wanted to be a part of the fun, so he asked his dad for a few bucks, hustled to the... Read more
Lucas Cook, Lincoln Wrestling | THE TRANSFORMER
Lincoln Heavyweight And SJS Masters Hopeful Lucas Cook Finds Strength In Faith, Recovery And Transformation • A wrestling mom never gets the credit she deserves. Part dietician, manager, agent, publicist, taxi driver and bankroller, she also has to prep her vocal cords for that shrieking “Pin him!!” you can... Read more
Tameiya Sadler | St. Patrick-St. Vincent Star Mourns Kobe, Pushes Bruins
CLOSE TO HOME: Jolted By Kobe Bryant’s Tragic Death, St. Patrick-St. Vincent’s Tameiya Sadler Is Ready To Lead The Vallejo Program Into The Postseason • It was just two days later. It seemed too soon for Tameiya Sadler. Shock still reverberated in the aftermath of the helicopter crash of... Read more
Bella Vista Boys Soccer | Three For 16: Broncos On Emotional Quest
Bella Vista Boys Soccer Dedicates Its Quest For A Third Straight Sac-Joaquin Section Title To Fallen Former Teammate • Look around at any Bella Vista boys soccer game and you’ll notice one number is missing on the field. Number 16 used to be included in the team’s mesh bag... Read more
Riordan Basketball: Pick Your Poison
An Explosive Senior Backcourt, Height For Days, And Plenty Of Experience Helped Riordan Basketball Attain NorCal’s No. 1 Ranking Heading Into February • It was the final minute of the first half. Archbishop Riordan High guard Je’Lani Clark buried a 3-pointer, setting the home crowd off in the packed... Read more
Saladhin Farukh: Sacramento’s Wrestler Of Fortune
Valley High’s Salahdin Farukh Left War-Stricken Afghanistan To Chase Sac-Joaquin Section, CIF Wrestling Glory From California Capital • Perhaps the only wrestler in CIF history to go 0-3 at the state championship tournament, Valley-Sacramento junior and Afghanistan native Salahdin Farukh is determined to take advantage of the fortuitous opportunities... Read more
Peter Ming And Elk Grove Wrestling’s Swiss Dynasty
Stanford-Bound Wrestler Peter Ming Is The Latest In A Long Line Of A Swiss Family That’s Part Of The Bedrock To The Elk Grove High Program • Elk Grove senior Peter Ming has come a long way from sawdust. It’s the sacred floor of Swiss wrestling, a sport known... Read more
Paradise Girls Basketball: Resilient Bobcats Finding Footing
One Year After A Wildfire Destroyed Its Town, A Still-Healing Paradise Girls Basketball Team Makes Gratifying Visit To West Coast Jamboree On a quiet November night in 2018, David Jackson sat down to watch the Golden State Warriors telecast. It wasn’t just any regular night on Warriors Ground though.... Read more