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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
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
Maddie Gamble Is ALL IN | Carondelet Ace Doubles Down On Golf
With A Renewed Passion For Her Sport, Carondelet’s Maddie Gamble Is Slaying Amateur Competitions And Hoping For A Chance To Lead The Cougars One Last Time • Carondelet High golfer Maddie Gamble understands she won’t get a ton of sympathy.  After all she’s been able to play and compete... Read more
Mark Soto: Honor Bowl Founder Writes Of Family, Service & Football
In His Book “Honor Coach,” Mark Soto Shares How Passion and Patriotism Helped Birth The National High School Football Showcase • Mark Soto has never been short on enthusiasm and passion for what he loves and believes in. And his first-ever foray into the world of book writing shows... Read more
Fall Sports’ Alternate Reality: An Imagined Sports Future
With Football Delayed Indefinitely And Other Sports Forced To Adapt To Virus Concerns, NorCal’s Fall Sports Season Was Like No Other   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a purely fictionalized look into NorCal’s 2020 fall sports future in a state and region still heavily affected by COVID-19. We composed it without... 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
Granite Bay Golf: Diverse, Talented Roster Fuels Girls Powerhouse
NEW WORLD ORDER: A Young Phenom, Tested Veterans And An International Talent Has Granite Bay Golf Aiming For More Than Just A Fifth Straight SJS Girls Crown • On Oct. 14, Anika Varna shot a two-under-par 70 across 18 holes to lead Granite Bay Golf to its fifth straight... Read more
Honor Bowl: Veteran Appreciation Football Event Celebrates 10 Years
Mark Soto And The Honor Group Celebrate A Decade Of Honoring Military And First Responders With Its Hometown Honor Bowl At Del Oro • Granite Bay and Del Oro High faced off in a football rivalry game between former state champions on Sept. 20. But it was more than... Read more
SJS Boys Volleyball: Granite Bay, Elk Grove Lock Up Titles
SJS Boys Volleyball Power Granite Bay Hauled In Its Sixth Section Banner While Elk Grove Claimed Its First NorCal Title • In the 10 years that the Sac-Joaquin Section has held championships for boys volleyball, Granite Bay has stood atop the SJS boys volleyball world. The Grizzlies have won... Read more
Grizzlies 2 Bears
Granite Bay football looks to rebound from 4-7 season behind a pair of Cal commits Story By Steven Wilson | Photos By Dave Lawicka When Granite Bay’s football team started 1-6 last year, all eyes turned to second-year coach Jeff Evans. Outside criticisms and rumblings in the community didn’t... Read more