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7 Friday Night Podcast | Ep. 7: You Say Calcagno, I Say Calcanyo
Two Undefeated And Distantly-Related Coaches Join The Show To Talk About Their Big Weeks — One Just A Little More Celebrated Than The Other • 7 Friday Night may have produced an emergency pod surrounding St. Francis-Mountain View’s NorCal streak-busting win over De La Salle-Concord, but there was still... Read more
Are We There Yet? | High School Football In Search Of Normalcy
Fall High School Football Is Back, But “Normal” Is Defined Differently Campus To Campus. Coaches Weigh In On What Is Normal As The Lights Prepare To Come Back On • On a typically hot mid-August afternoon, everything felt normal at College Park High School. About an hour after the... Read more
2021 Preseason NorCal Top 20 Football Rankings
To No One’s Shock, De La Salle-Concord Opens At No. 1 In SportStars’ Preseason NorCal Top 20 Rankings, But Folsom Is 1A • Every coach will tell you that rankings don’t matter in August, only in December. We can’t disagree, but it’s not stopping us from taking our usual... Read more
Leave The Clipboard | New Football Coaches Adjust To Changed Landscape
For New Football Coaches, Old Methods Don’t Apply To Socially-Distanced Sidelines And Team Rooms • So you want to run your own high school football program? Try figuring out how to do it during a global pandemic. The learning curve associated with taking over a program is steep under... Read more
2021 NorCal Football Preview | Return To Fall Series
SportStars’ Return To Fall Series Is A Daily Collection Of NorCal Football Preview Content Highlighting Teams, Players, Rankings And More • From Aug. 6-26, the staff at SportStars Magazine will be celebrating football’s return to fall by working together to produce a daily collection of preview content from throughout... Read more
LIST: NorCal Olympians (Tokyo 2020/21)
Wondering How Many Current Olympians Graduated From NorCal High Schools? This Might Be The List You’re Looking For • TOP PHOTO: Drew Holland, Men’s Water Polo, Miramonte-Orinda ’14 With every Olympics it’s fun to root for Team USA. It’s even more fun when you know the specific athletes are... Read more
Final NorCal Baseball Rankings | 2021
WCAL Reigns Supreme As Valley Christian Plays Its Way To A CCS Title And Another No. 1 Finish In Our Final NorCal Baseball Rankings • Final NorCal Baseball Rankings For 2021. Previous rank in parenthesis. (TOP PHOTO: Valley Christian celebrates its CCS Open title on June 19; photo by... Read more
Final NorCal Softball Rankings | 2021
St. Francis Left Zero Doubt Over Its Credentials To Be The Top Team In Our Final NorCal Softball Rankings Of 2021 • Final NorCal Softball Rankings For 2021. Previous rank in parenthesis. (TOP PHOTO: Tayler Biehl of No. 15 Vista del Lago-Folsom; James K. Leash photo) 1. (1) St.... Read more
SportStars NorCal Softball Rankings | TOP 20, May 27
Not Much Drama At The Top Spot Of The NorCal Softball Rankings, But Plenty Of Teams Trade Spots Below No. 1 St. Francis • NorCal Softball Rankings Previous rankings in parenthesis. All records are through Thursday, May 26. PICTURED ABOVE: Lauren Mirtoni of No. 16 Roseville. (David Gershon photo)... Read more
California Coaches Join West Coast Colleagues In Restart Push
California Coaches Join West Coast Coaching Alliance In Hopes To Inform, Lobby Local & State Officials Regarding Sports Restart • We’ve reached the point where California coaches know they need more than trending hashtags to be heard.  There’s less than four weeks remaining before the CIF’s Dec. 7 start... Read more
California’s Top Wrestler Rankings – September 2020
Feature image: 120 – RICHARD FIGUEROA (Selma, CS, 12) 3x California State Champion/#1 Nation California’s Top Wrestler Rankings by Open Mat are contributed by SportStars INSIDER, Al Fontes of The California Wrestler. Rankings by Weight Class 106 – Aden Valencia (Ann Sobrato, CC, 9) #4 106 – Isaiah Quintero... Read more
Bryson: What If CIF Needs A Plan B For 2020-21?
SportStars Magazine Editor Chace Bryson Shares A Few Ideas For Some CIF Calendar Tweaks If Infection Numbers Don’t Look Much Better Come Halloween • This column first appeared in the August 2020 issue of SportStars Magazine. So it’s time to wait a little longer for fall sports, it seems. ... Read more