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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
Deep Punt | CIF Sports Sidelined Until Mid-December
In Light Of State’s Recent COVID Resurgence, CIF And Majority Of Its 10 Sections Shift To Two-Season Format Running From Mid-December To Late June • In the end, it’s a road map. A set goal. Really, that’s the best way to view Monday’s news that CIF sports will be... Read more
Bryson’s First Pitch: Resorting To Imagination
Bryson’s First Pitch July 2020: The sports dimmer switch is dialed all the way up. Just when we thought we were out, it pulled us back in. As coronavirus cases rise throughout the state, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom scales back that sports “dimmer switch”, the July 20 target... Read more
SportStars’ Softball Big 10 | NorCal’s Best Players (’11-’20)
For The Magazine’s 10th Anniversary, SportStars Continues Its Big 10 Series With Its Softball Big 10 —NorCal’s Best Players Of The Past Decade • The Softball Big 10 is an installation of the SportStars Big 10 Project: A 10-months-long series celebrating the magazine’s 10-year anniversary in June 2020. We’ll... Read more
MLB Draft 2020: Seven NorCal Natives Selected, Two Stay In Bay
Detroit Tigers Take Former Casa Grande High Slugger Spencer Torkelson No. 1 Overall As Seven Former NorCal Standouts Are Chosen In Five-Round MLB Draft • The two-day 2020 MLB Draft started with a bang for local fans as Case Grande-Petaluma’s Spencer Torkelson was drafted first overall by the Detroit... Read more
SportStars’ Boys Wrestling Big 10 | NorCal’s Best Wrestlers (’11-’20)
SportStars’ 10 Year Anniversary Project Continues With Its Boys Wrestling Big 10 — The Magazine’s Top 10 NorCal Boys Wrestlers Of The Past 10 Seasons • Welcome to the SportStars’ Boys Wrestling BIG 10.  This is an installation of our Big 10 Project: A 10-months-long anniversary project to celebrate... Read more
#NeverStop Project | Calling On Sports Passion In A Time Without Sports
As COVID-19 Keeps Athletes & Coaches Stuck At Home, SportStars Is Asking Them To Share Their Passion For Sports Through Stories, Essays And More — A Call To #NeverStop • So here we are. Stuck at home. With no sports to play. No sports to watch. No definitive end to... Read more
All-NorCal Wrestling Honors | Ike’s Ironmen & Ironwomen 2020
Chase Saldate, Lilly Freitas and 22 NorCal teams represented in SportStars’ Third Annual All-NorCal Wrestling Honors • Though it again spanned three grueling days, the combined Boys-Girls CIF Wrestling Championships at Mechanics Bank (formerly Rabobank) Arena in Bakersfield was a resounding triumph for NorCal’s best wrestlers. And for the... Read more
SportStars NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings | Top 20, March 3
March 3: With Just Five Teams In CIF Open Field, The Div. I Bracket Is Full Of Showdowns Featuring Teams From NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings Records through 2/29; Previous rank in parenthesis 1. (1)  —  Archbishop Mitty-San Jose   24-3 2. (6)   ↑   St. Joseph... Read more
CIF Wrestling Preview: A Weight-By-Weight Boys & Girls Breakdown
SportStars’ Wrestling Guru, Ike Dodson, Runs Down Each Division Listing Favorites As Well As NorCal’s Top Contenders, Dark Horses • 2020 CIF Wrestling Preview The walls of Mechanics Banks (formerly Rabobank) Arena will soon be singing the sweet melody of state championship wrestling. Thursday’s pigtail rounds open 28 brackets... Read more