Sportstars
Chris Toler: Heat Check | Hoops Coach, Fire Captain’s Long Summer
Perspective Has A Way Of Changing With The Season For St. Mary’s-Berkeley Girls Basketball Coach Chris Toler, A Contra Costa County Fire Captain • Sometimes basketball takes a back seat — and now is one of those times for Chris Toler. The disappointment for Toler and his St. Mary’s... Read more
SportStars’ Overall Girls Athlete Big 10 | NorCal’s Best Female Athletes (’11-’20)
For The Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Issue, SportStars Continued Its Big 10 Series With The Overall Girls Big 10 —NorCal’s Best Female Athletes Of The Past Decade • The Overall Girls Athlete Big 10 is an installation of the SportStars Big 10 Project: A 10-months-long anniversary project celebrating the magazine’s... Read more
Hannah Malek, No. 20 | A #NeverStop Basketball Love Story
Nothing Was Going To Keep Hannah Malek Away From The Game Of Basketball — And The St. Francis-Sacramento Program Was Made Richer Because Of It • This is part of the SportStars #NeverStop Project If you’d told me I was going to be a varsity athlete when I was... Read more
Legendary Footprint | Tom Gonsalves Exits St. Mary’s Girls Hoops
After Making The Stockton School A Girls Basketball National Force, Coach Tom Gonsalves Has Stepped Down After Illustrious Two-Decade Run • Good coaches build a program. Only the elite raise a region. When Tom Gonsalves took over at St. Mary’s of Stockton in 2002, the Sac-Joaquin Section was far... Read more
Ashley Hiraki | Fan Choice NorCal Girls Hoops Player Of The Year
After Garnering More Than 10,000 Votes Over Nine Days, Archbishop Mitty Veteran Leader Ashley Hiraki Was The Fans’ Choice For NorCal Player Of The Year • On its way to compiling a 26-3 record and going wire-to-wire as Northern California’s No. 1 team, the Archbishop Mitty High girls basketball... Read more
SportStars’ FINAL NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings
Unlike The Ambiguity Of Our Boys Final Rankings, Mitty Is A Clear No. 1 In Our Final NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings • 2019-20 Final NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings. Previous rank in parenthesis 1. (1)  —  Archbishop Mitty-San Jose   26-3 There’s no doubt the Monarchs were the best team... Read more
SportStar Ashley Hiraki Mitty Girls Basketball
Ashley Hiraki, Archbishop Mitty-San Jose — Basketball – Senior named SportStar of the Week Amidst the concern and confusion of the COVID-19 outbreak, stellar student-athletes continue find ways of standing out. And wowing us! At the time this piece was written, girls (and all) high school basketball has been... Read more
Gabby Rones, West Campus Hot Shot Grabs SportStar of the Week
Gabby Rones, the Warriors’ three-year starter, is firing on all cylinders for her senior season, earning her SportStar of the Week honors. Through Feb. 1, Gabby Rones helped lead West Campus – Sacramento to a 16-5 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the Greater Sacramento League. The Warrior’s... Read more
MVP Alexsandra Alvarado Takes SportStar Honors
Alexsandra Alvarado, Salesian-Richmond, Basketball, Junior, SportStar of the Week Alexsandra Alvarado continues to show up big! She closed out 2019 by earning the MVP Award for the West Coast Jamboree Diamond Division.  this was in the Pride’s biggest games- when it really counts! Alvarado scored 22 points in a... Read more
Monte Vista’s Sarah Brans – SportStar of the Week
Sarah Brans, Monte Vista-Danville’s Basketball Soph. Posts Double-Double earning here SportStar of the Week accolades One of the youngest varsity teams in the East Bay got off to a stellar 7-2 start thanks in large part to the efforts of Sarah Brans. Brans posted a double-double of 18 points... Read more
Paradise Girls Basketball: Resilient Bobcats Finding Footing
One Year After A Wildfire Destroyed Its Town, A Still-Healing Paradise Girls Basketball Team Makes Gratifying Visit To West Coast Jamboree On a quiet November night in 2018, David Jackson sat down to watch the Golden State Warriors telecast. It wasn’t just any regular night on Warriors Ground though.... Read more
Jzaniya Harriel: Sac Region’s Top Recruit Leads Feisty Antelope
FLASH OF THE TITANS: Do-Everything Recruit Jzaniya Harriel Leads An Antelope Team Full Of Guards Bent On Out-Running, Out-Shooting And Outlasting Anyone • Squeaking sneakers scramble to midcourt during Antelope’s girls basketball practice in early November, Jzaniya Harriel and her teammates then dart toward one of six baskets that... Read more