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Made Of Honor | How The Honor Bowl Became A Showcase For More Than Football
After 10-Plus Years, Honor Bowl Creators Reflect On The Origins And Evolution Of Event That Brings High School Football And Military Appreciation Together • Sometimes, out of great suffering and loss can come great hope and reward. The War in Afghanistan that began in 2001 as Operation Enduring Freedom... Read more
SportStars NorCal Girls Wrestling Rankings | Jan. 28
Our Final Regular Season NorCal Girls Wrestling Rankings Features Several New Names — Including A Very Notable One • PICTURED ABOVE: Del Oro-Loomis junior Elena Ivaldi (No. 1 in 121s). (Ike Dodson photo) She’s baaaaack. Both on the mat and atop the 235-pound Division of our newest NorCal Girls... Read more
7 Friday Night Podcast | Ep. 21: State Champs & Holiday Hijinks
We Stuff Your Football Stocking With A CIF Bowls Review, A Chat With Sacred Heart Cathedral OC Mike Hill & Christmas Movie Mayhem PICTURED ABOVE: Players from Vanden-Fairfield celebrate their CIF 3-AA State Bowl Championship win over Aquinas-San Bernardino on Dec. 11, 2021. (Chace Bryson photo) NorCal football teams... Read more
7 Friday Night Podcast | Ep. 13: A Mighty Windsor
Coaching Great Paul Cronin Visits Us This Week To Talk Windsor Football, Passing Mentors And The Emotional Weight Of Facing His Old Program • This week’s show points its focus toward the North Bay as hosts Chace Bryson and Ben Enos welcome Windsor High coach Paul Cronin. Coach Cronin... Read more
How to Maximize Your Golf Training
Want to know how to maximize your golf training? Putting these tips into practice can improve your game from its very foundations. Give them a try!  Photo by Daniel Stenholm on Unsplash  Golf may seem like an easy, relaxed sport. But if you want to take it a step... 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
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
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
USTA NorCal’s Cici Bellis is Back on the Court
2020 has been a fresh start for Northern California native CiCi Bellis. After a long recovery from multiple surgeries that kept her from tennis for more than a year, CiCi Bellis is back on the court and feeling good! And, she wasted no time getting back into the swing... Read more