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SportStars’ NorCal Baseball Rankings | TOP 20, April 14
De La Salle Is Back Atop The NorCal Baseball Rankings, Trading Places With Valley Christian-San Jose For Second Straight Week • NorCal Baseball Rankings All records are through Tuesday, April 13. Previous rank is in parenthesis. PICTURED ABOVE: Blake Burke of No. 1 De La Salle-Concord. (Jean-Paul Toshiro photo)... Read more
NorCal Top 20 Football Rankings | WEEK 6
Three Of Last Week’s NorCal Top 20 Football Matchups Live Up To Billing, But Majority Of Rankings Stay The Same • Testing delays and other issues denied last week’s two Sac-Joaquin Section showdowns that would’ve really helped solidify that region’s NorCal Top 20 Football Rankings pecking order. Instead, No.... Read more
SportStories, Ep. 4 | Ripple Effect: Remembering Mark Halvorson
The Pod Welcomes Its First Olympian As Robby Smith Joined Multiple Wrestlers To Help Us Remember The Late Youth And De La Salle Coach, Mark Halvorson • As the wrestling program director at Concord’s Community Youth Center, Mark Halvorson opened the door of wrestling to countless youth from all... 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
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
NorCal Early Football Predictions | Staff Stabs: Jim McCue
As We All Nervously Await December, SportStars Is Using Each Thursday Of October To Reveal The Early Football Predictions Of Different Staff Writers • We’ve officially entered our 2021 Season Preview mode. Because it’s not like anything else is happening. So it’s time for some early  football predictions. Before... Read more
Early NorCal Football Predictions | Staff Stabs: Steven Wilson
As We All Nervously Await December, SportStars Is Using Each Thursday Of October To Reveal The Early NorCal Football Predictions Of Different Staff Writers • We’ve officially entered our 2021 Season Preview mode. Because it’s not like anything else is happening. So it’s time for some early NorCal football... Read more
Early 2021 Football Predictions | Staff Stabs: Chace Bryson
As We All Nervously Await December, SportStars Is Using Each Thursday Of October To Reveal The Early 2021 Football Predictions Of Different Staff Writers • We’ve officially entered our NorCal football 2021 Season Preview mode. Because it’s not like anything else is happening. So it’s time for some early... Read more
2021 Early Football Predictions | Staff Stabs: Ike Dodson
With First Practices Two Months Away, And Little Better To Do, SportStars Writers Have Some Fun With Some 2021 Early Football Predictions • We’ve officially entered our NorCal football 2021 Season Preview mode. Because it’s not like anything else is happening. So it’s time for some early football predictions.... 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
Unbelievable Effort: 2010 De La Salle Football | A #NeverStop Memory
De La Salle Football Coach Justin Alumbaugh Contributes To The SportStars #NeverStop Project With A Spartans Moment That Even Caught Him By Surprise • It is always difficult for me to describe moments where I’ve been truly surprised during my coaching career.  Teenagers are capable of some incredible things,... Read more