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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
Sac-Joaquin Section Football | Top Programs Navigate Spring Frenzy
Several Sac-Joaquin Section Stalwart Programs Find Themselves In Different Places As Schools Race To Play Abbreviated Seasons • There will be Sac-Joaquin Section football. The state’s relaxation of its youth sports guidelines on Feb. 19 opened the door for many Sac-Joaquin Section football programs to hold a spring season... Read more
Anson Aroz: The Constant | Meet Placer Baseball’s Problem Solver
Baseball Is A Game Of Equations For Relentlessly Driven Oregon-Bound Catcher Anson Aroz Of Placer-Auburn There’s baseball IQ and then there’s whatever-in-the-Isaac-Newton Anson Aroz is. The Oregon-committed, switch-hitting catcher from Placer High-Auburn seems to see the diamond in code — or at least in distances and times. “Say a... Read more
Placer Football: Size & Smarts Guide Hillmen’s Leading Duo
Placer Football Plows Toward League Title Run Behind Punishing Fullback Hans Grassmann And Scholarly Lineman Kyle Christensen • Before the monster under your bed goes to sleep at night, he first checks to see if Placer Football fullback Hans Grassmann is hiding in the closet. The Auburn school’s hulking... Read more
Placer BloodLINE: Capra Brothers Power Hillmen
Joey Capra Is The Last Of A Trio Of Linemen Brothers Who Have Brought A Pac-12 Sparkle — And More Than A Few Banners — To Placer Football • Legends linger a little longer in Auburn, home to the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race, California’s longest-lasting prep basketball tournament... Read more
NCS SJS Football: Small Schools, Big Goals
Storied Northern, Sac-Joaquin Section Small School Football Programs Prepare To Chase Hometown Glory Once Again • Story By IKE DODSON From the Oregon border to Merced, small-school football teams in the east half of California have become a utopia of civic pride. And hometown lore. An epic catch, a... Read more