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Trevor Gillilan: Scars & Spikes – A Baseball Story Of Resilience
Six Years After Spending 72 Days In A Burn ICU, Freedom High Grad Trevor Gillilan Is Attempting To Realize A College Baseball Dream • Baseball was the last thing on Trevor Gillilan’s mind as he lay critically injured flying hundreds of feet above ground in a medevac helicopter. He... Read more
Placer Hosts Back-to-Back AllStar Slugfests
10U Little League All-Stars Tournament, July 19-26 Twin Oaks Park in Rocklin will be home base for the 10U NorCal State Little League Tournament, July 19-26. Placer Valley Tourism is teaming up with Rocklin Little League to host this competitive All-Stars event that showcases nearly 100 ball players! Teams... Read more
4 Step Formula: Being Ready To Be A College Athlete
If your kid is a mature teenager or young adult already in college, this will be really relevant to you. Have you ever wanted to know the secret formula to get a confident kid (person)? Are you ready to go way deep into the mind of an up-and-coming competitor? I’ve blogged about several... Read more
Nine Steps For Choosing The Right Camp For Your Kid
With three decades of experience, National Academy of Athletics founder Aaron Locks offers parents nine steps for choosing the right camp for their kid • Summer camps should be an awesome experience for all children. The focus should be on fun, education and being active. This is my 32nd... Read more
SportStar of the Week: Christian Encarnacion-Strand
College Park Falcons Baseball Player, Christian Encarnacion-Strand  COLLEGE PARK-PLEASANT HILL – SENIOR – BASEBALL It’s been an up and down season for the College Park Falcons baseball team, but not for their senior shortstop. The four-year varsity player recently went 1-for-2 with an RBI double to help fuel a 9-5... Read more
Camper Q & A: Matt Ladrech of Campolindo High School
Campolindo High School-Moraga Baseball, Class of 2014, Starting pitcher for Cal Baseball What would you tell your younger self so that you could get more out of a camp? Well, just to remember that you are constantly being evaluated. In addition, even the small things matter a lot. Like... Read more
2018 Baseball Preview: 20 Players To Watch
Prior To The 2018 High School Baseball Season, SportStars Highlights 20 NorCal Players To Keep An Eye On Click here to see our 20 Softball Players To Watch. Enjoy our SportStars High School Baseball Players Preview below. PITCHERS Titus Groenweg (Wood-Vacaville), Sr. — The CSU Fullerton-bound left-hander earned All- State... Read more
NorCal High School Baseball Preseason Top 20
Valley Christian-San Jose And Elk Grove Begin The Year As 1A and 1B With Plenty Of Talented Clubs In Hot Pursuit • 1. Valley Christian-San Jose (22-11-1 in 2017) The defending Central Coast Section Open Division champions were a relatively easy choice to open the year as NorCal’s No.... Read more
Valley Christian High School Baseball: Version 2.0
With A Dugout Full Of Returning Talent, Valley Christian-San Jose Prepares For A Year Of New Challenges As It Chases A CCS Open Division Repeat • At 53, John Diatte is not nearly old enough to have come from the time of Satchel Paige. Maybe because he’s been guiding... Read more
Matt Kavanaugh Returns As Pacifics Manager
East Bay, De La Salle Baseball Alum Is Longest Tenured Manager In Pacifics History The San Rafael Pacifics, who open their 2018 season at Albert Park on June 2nd vs. the newest expansion team, the Napa Silverados, offer a high level of professional, minor league baseball as well as... Read more
Redding Complex Takes A Swing To Ballpark Replicas
Ever wonder what it was like to stare down the Green Monster in left field like Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams? Or call your home run shot like burly Babe Ruth in the 1932 World Series? In Redding, kids and adults get the chance to feel like they’re... Read more
Clemmens on the MLB Hot Stove
RECOGNIZING THE MLB All-BAWS TEAM By Blaine Clemmens; email me at BayAreaWS@yahoo.com or Tweet me @BayAreaWS With National Letter-of-Intent week gone by, the MLB Hot Stove season (though even Luke-Warm-Stove seems like a stretch as of this writing), and Thanksgiving providing us a time for reflection, I started to think... Read more