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Lu-Magia Hearns | SportStars’ NorCal Football Player Of The Year
A Unanimous Team Captain And A Playmaker In Every Phase Of The Game, De La Salle’s Hearns Was A Cut Above This Spring • Though De La Salle-Concord’s football season was less than half as lengthy as usual, Lu-Magia Hearns still pulled off an amazing share of highlight reel... Read more
Jzaniya Harriel | SportStars’ NorCal Girls Basketball Player Of The Year
A Dominant Scorer With Relentless Drive, Antelope’s Jzaniya Harriel Closed Her Career As Our First Non-Bay Area Player Of The Year • After a cover feature, multiple All-NorCal Team honors and a 2021 Preseason Player of the Year story, we’ve found we may be running out of ways to... Read more
Emmanuel Callas | SportStars’ NorCal Boys Basketball Player Of The Year
A Model Of Perseverance, Campolindo’s Emmanuel Callas Raised His Game To Help Lead The Cougars To An Undefeated Season And NorCal’s Top Ranking • Emmanuel Callas and his Campolindo-Moraga teammates approached this basketball season as if a championship were at stake. Though there were no playoffs in the abbreviated season,... Read more
Bryce Monroe | Fan Choice NorCal Boys Hoops Player Of The Year
After Storming The SportStars Fan Poll Through The Write-In Process, Riordan Senior Bryce Monroe Gained Over 23,000 Votes • Bryce Monroe has proven himself a player of many skills over the past two seasons at Archbishop Riordan in San Francisco. The lightning-quick, 5-11 guard can play at a breakneck... Read more
Anya Choice | SportStars’ 2019-20 NorCal Girls Player Of The Year
Cardinal Newman’s Anya Choice Was A Near-Unstoppable Force For The North Coast Section Open Finalists • We had a hand in her face,” recalls Salesian-Richmond coach Steve Pezzola. “We had a hand above her face. Her release just got quicker and higher. “She became unstoppable.” “I was definitely in... Read more
Anthony Roy | SportStars’ 2019-20 NorCal Boys Player Of The Year
Anthony Roy Became The Leader The Dublin Basketball Team Needed, Then Helped Push The Gaels To Within One Point Of The NorCal Open Final • Player of the Year honors are never decided by one performance. High school basketball seasons stretch four months from conditioning week to the state... Read more
Boys Basketball Fan Vote | SportStars’ NorCal Player Of The Year
While We Prepare Our NorCal Postseason Honors Release, We’re Asking Readers To Take Part In Our Boys Basketball Fan Vote For The Region’s Top Player • SportStars will be releasing its NorCal Player of the Year and All-NorCal teams in our upcoming April 10 issue. While we’ll be producing... Read more
Jackson Pavitt | SportStars 2019 NorCal Offensive Player Of The Year
Accounting For 41 Touchdowns, Cardinal Newman’s Jackson Pavitt Was A Prolific Dual-Threat QB — And Just The Right Leader For 3-AA State Bowl Champions • A great quarterback once said, “You can’t have success if you don’t visualize it first.” That great quarterback is the SportStars NorCal Offensive Player of... Read more
Shamar Garrett | 2019 SportStars NorCal Football Player Of The Year
After A Remarkable Senior Year, Shamar Garrett Closed His Three-Year Varsity Career With A Place Among De La Salle’s Best Two-Way Skill Players • For as much talent that takes the field for De La Salle year-in and year-out, Northern California’s best football program of the last four decades... Read more
Henry To’oto’o: 2018 NorCal Defensive Player Of The Year
De La Salle’s Wrecking Ball Linebacker Embodied The Physical Nature And Served As The Emotional Center To NorCal’s Best Team, Defense • Henry To’oto’o spent 12 games of 2018 cementing his stature as Northern California’s best linebacker — for the second year in a row. His standing as one... Read more
Kaiden Bennett: 2018 NorCal Offensive Player Of The Year
Folsom’s Offense Was A High-Octane, Well-Oiled Machine — And The Boise State-Bound Dual-Threat QB Was The Rocket Fuel Making It All Go • No player was more potent in 2018 than Folsom High’s Kaiden Bennett.  In his second year as the varsity starter, Bennett accounted for 75 touchdowns —... Read more
Sione Vaki: 2018 NorCal Football Player Of The Year
No Two-Way NorCal Player Did More For A State Bowl Winner Than The Liberty-Brentwood Receiver And Safety • Sione Vaki simply wasn’t going to be denied his chance to make a difference for his teammates.  After a regular season in which he was one of the East Bay’s most... Read more