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GOLD RUSH: NorCal Talent Helping USA Softball Chase Fleeting Olympic Glory
Five NorCal Products Make Up One-Third Of The USA Softball Women’s National Team, Which Faces A Now-Or-Never Shot At Redemption In Tokyo • TOP PHOTO: Pitcher/Infielder Ally Carda, Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove ’11 UPDATED: July 26, 2021, 1pm The USA Softball team’s quest to reclaim Olympic glory has more California... Read more
SportStories, Ep. 10 | Olympians Pt. 1: Diamond Desperados
Coaches From Foothill-Pleasanton And Merced High Tell Tales Of Valerie Arioto And Bubba Nickles — Part Of Five NorCal Natives Powering USA Softball’s Quest For Gold • TOP IMAGE: Valerie Arito (USA Softball photo) Of all the U.S. National Teams competing in the Tokyo Summer Olympics, perhaps none feel... 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
Who’s Got Next? | Readers Get Final 2020 SportStars Cover Choice
Vote On The Final 2020 SportStars Cover — What Image Should Represent An Issue Containing Our Favorite Work From A Frustrating Year Paired With A Hopeful Look Forward? So yeah, NorCal high school athletic programs are unlikely to remember 2020 with much fondness. We get it. However, SportStars worked... Read more
NorCal High School Softball Preseason Top 20
We See No Reason To Doubt The Dynasty That Is Huskies Softball, But A Few Other Defending Section Champions Look Just As Daunting • 1. Sheldon-Sacramento (30-2 in 2017) Sticking the Huskies dynasty right back where we last left it seemed an easy call. Though Sheldon graduated the 2017... 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