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OAL Football Preview | Four Oakland Schools Set For Spring Blitz
There Will Be A Silver Bowl On April 24, But The Journey Carries A Lot More Weight Than Any Destination For OAL Football Teams This Spring • TOP PHOTO: From left to right, Skyline’s Darius Fonteno, McClymonds’ DaVeonne Sanders and Castlemont’s Franklin Daniels. 504 days. That’s how long Castlemont... Read more
Pahulu’s POV | Menlo-Atherton Football’s Sharp Spring Opener
George Pahulu Was Impressed With Menlo-Atherton Football In Its Season-Opening Win Over Half Moon Bay • George Pahulu first approached SportStars about covering Tongan and Samoan athletes for the magazine back in 2017. He’s covered several games for us since then under the series name, “Pahulu’s Point Of View.”... Read more
SportStories, Episode 3 | Football Springs To Life
The Podcast Celebrates The Return To Football With A Tribute To Traditional Offseason Anticipation And Memorable NorCal Season Openers • If you’ve been someone paying attention to California high school sports — or lack thereof — over the last several months, then you know this week of March 8th... Read more
SportStars NorCal Football Rankings | Spring 2021 Preseason Top 20
Three Bay Area Teams Sit Atop Our First Set Of NorCal Football Rankings As We Prepare To Embark On A Fascinating Spring Football Experiment • What do we really know about the long-awaited and frantically assembled high school football season that’s about to commence across the state? Not nearly... Read more
High School Sports | A Spring For All Seasons
Athletic Directors And League Commissioners Want Nothing More Than To See Kids Back Competing — But Getting To That Point Has Never Taken More Work. So are the administrators who make high school sports tick breathing a sigh of relief that sports are coming back? Only if by some... Read more
Sac-Joaquin Section Football | Top Programs Navigate Spring Frenzy
Several Sac-Joaquin Section Stalwart Programs Find Themselves In Different Places As Schools Race To Play Abbreviated Seasons • There will be Sac-Joaquin Section football. The state’s relaxation of its youth sports guidelines on Feb. 19 opened the door for many Sac-Joaquin Section football programs to hold a spring season... Read more
SportStories, Episode 01 | The Passion Of Patrick Walsh
For The Debut Episode Of Our SportStories Podcast, We Solicited Stories About Serra-San Mateo Coach Patrick Walsh — A Leader In The Efforts To Restart High School Sports Patrick Walsh has led the Serra High football program in San Mateo since 2002. In 18 seasons he’s won 155 games,... Read more
2020 Taught Me… | Athletes & Coaches Reflect, Share Outlook For New Year
NorCal Athletes And Coaches Sound Off On What They Learned Over A Difficult Year, And Express Hope As We Start Anew • From the pandemic to social unrest, 2020 was a tidal wave that hit us all. Especially the world of high school athletics.  Now that the water may... Read more
Divine Interception | One Final 2010 Concord Football Anecdote
CHACE BRYSON: One Last Tale From Our 2010 NCS Football Oral History Interviews — How One Concord Coach Nearly Lost His House Days Before The Game • We’ve come to December of what can only be referred to as a challenging year in high school sports.  And we decided... Read more
Concord, Rancho Cotate And One 2010 Night At The Coliseum | An Oral History
Revered As One Of The Past Decade’s Best NCS Football Championships, We’ve Used Several Interviews To Recreate The 2010 Classic Between Concord And Rancho Cotate • Not all great championship games are equal.  Over the magazine’s first decade, SportStars has covered its share of championship games across many sports.... Read more
Not Waiting Around | NorCal Football’s Early Graduates Forge Ahead
At Least A Handful Of NorCal Football Players Aren’t Hanging On Every CIF Or State Health Department Announcement These Days — Early Graduates Are Focused On The Future Without Regret • For the Bay Area’s handful of early graduate football stars, their bags are packed for college without the... Read more
SportStars 1-on-1: Ian Book | Star QB Talks Notre Dame, Oak Ridge, Pandemic & More
Seven Years After Appearing On SportStars’ Cover, Oak Ridge Alum Ian Book Spoke With The Magazine Just Days Before His First Chance At Becoming Notre Dame’s Winningest QB • Notre Dame image: Roy K. Miller/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press On Saturday, Dec. 5, Ian Book will start his last... Read more