Cal-Hi Sports Insider Blog

Quick-hitting, behind-the-scenes news and notes from the staff, including previews of upcoming content and events.

FB: All-Time Preseason No. 1s

We’re continuing our preseason football coverage for the 2017 season with a look back at the Cal-Hi Sports preseason overall No. 1 ranked teams and how they fared dating back to 1985. Mater Dei of Santa Ana is this year’s preseason No. 1 team in the state, the third Orange County program to earn top billing since we began a weekly and final Top 20 format over 30 years ago.

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One Year Of Bagley Will Have To Do

Sierra Canyon basketball star will reclassify to the Class of 2017, will likely play for Duke during the coming season and then enter the NBA Draft next spring. He’ll never be Mr. Basketball for California, but will count as being from California on all-time historical lists.
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Softball: All-Time Top 25 Coming Soon

Another editorial project that we’ve started working on in the last week and plan to have completed before the start of the 2017 football season is actually not from football. That will be the selection of the 25 greatest softball teams in state history.
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A Tale of Heat Stroke All Should Know

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with medical costs for a high school football heat stroke victim from Stockton. The key for all to know is that many of these cases we’ve covered over the years are not necessarily for varsity football players. It’s for the younger ones on the freshman, sophomore and JV levels who may not know their physical limitations quite yet and may be more timid to tell their coaches they’re in trouble.

Jayden Jones, an incoming freshman at Lincoln High in Stockton, remained hospitalized on Sunday at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento after suffering a heat stroke injury at football practice last week. Jones was likely like thousands of incoming freshmen around the state as practices began last week, not knowing what to expect but interested in trying out for football.

As the CIF calendar has moved up one week earlier this year, however, the fears of heat-related football practice injuries are at an all-time high. And this first week of practice in the Central Valley was hot and humid.

The CIF itself has been sending out Twitter updates every day reminding all coaches and parents of heat-related health issues. We’re doing this post at Cal-Hi Sports as another reminder with the addition that a tale of an athlete suffering such an injury has already taken place.

Link HERE to a story on CBS13 out of Sacramento about Jayden’s situation.

Link HERE to a GoFundMe account set up by Jayden’s mother to help with expenses.

Have a great second week of practice everyone, but never lose sight of the health of all players and pay attention to all of the usual warning signs. Parents also need to tell their kids to never, ever be timid in asking for water breaks.

Sac High, Stockton High FB Win Totals

While updating the online portion of our state record book in the football team categories last week, we thought of going through the index cards we had in the office that contained all of the seasons played for Stockton High and Sacramento High.

A great majority of the school cards are in storage with managing editor Ronnie Flores, but we had the Stockton High and Sac High cards available and have always been curious whether Stockton High (which closed in 1954) had an all-time winning percentage good enough for the record book. For Sac High, since the school dates to the early 1890s, it was looking up a reported all-time win total.

Stockton did have some great teams — 10-0 in 1943, for example, with a lot of one loss squads — but a slow start prevented the Tarzans (yes, that was their nickname) from compiling an all-time record that makes the book. The record we came up with dating from the 1890s to 1956 was 246-166-31.

For Sacramento, the Dragons have been strong in recent years, including last year’s team that posted a win over Folsom, but they really struggled in the 1980s and 1990s. They do not yet have 500 all-time wins and still need a lot more 10-win seasons to reach .500. We figured out their all-time record to 458-488-34.

All of the index cards were compiled by our friend Bruce McIntosh. Several years ago, due a move, he couldn’t store them anymore where he was living so they went into storage. We can get to them through Ronnie and have used them as a service for schools interested in finding out about their football histories. It’s also possible to use them to look up win totals and sometimes those hunches turn out to be true (like with Pittsburg in Northern California). For Sac High and Stockton High, those are good totals to know but they don’t make the record book.

State Players on Polynesian POY Watch List

Nineteen players from California, many representing some of the highest-ranked teams for the preseason, have been selected for the first-ever Polynesian High School Football Player of the Year Watch List. The award will be presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian senior high school football player in the nation.
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Baseball: ND’s Dill won 400th in 2017

Thanks to research provided by Cal-Hi Sports intern Thomas Frey at the state library in Sacramento, we have determined that longtime Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks baseball coach Tom Dill has more than 400 wins in his career that began in 1993.
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Pac-12’s “12 Greatest” from Calif.

Later this summer, the Pac-12 Networks will introduce a new series “The 12 Greatest” in which one football player from each of the conference’s 12 schools will be crowned as the greatest player from that school’s history. Here’s a look at each university’s top candidates who are from California high schools and who have been researched extensively for many of our Cal-Hi Sports state record lists:
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Honorable Mention Schools of Year

To go with our annual State Schools of the Year tribute, here are some additional schools that were on our board in the various CIF state divisions and in our own five-division format that we would consider to be honorable mention.
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Softball: Californians & Team USA

It wasn’t the ending that Team USA wanted in the final of the World Cup of softball last weekend as Japan used a two-run inning to hold on for a 2-1 win. Still, it’s always fun going through Team USA rosters in softball and looking at all of the former California high school stars who were on the team.

Two of the young ladies were actually in their hometown of Sacramento this week practicing with the national team and playing an exhibition game. That would be infielder Ali Aguilar from Casa Roble of Orangevale and pitcher/infielder Ally Carda from Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove.

Aguilar is one of our favorites because when she was a freshman at Casa Roble in 2010 we kind of went out on a limb in naming her as State Freshman of the Year. There were some other contenders from Southern California and that pick was met with a lot of flak. The usual strength of competition arguments were made. But Ali has gone on to make that pick look good. She later went to Washington and became an All-American and is now on the national team.

Carda was on Pleasant Grove’s team in 2009 that upset Sheldon of Sacramento to win its first-ever CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title. She was a sophomore on that team and both the Eagles and Huskies that season were two of the best teams in the state and nation. Carda went on to UCLA and was Pac-12 Player of the Year twice.

In addition to those two, there were eight others out of the 20 who were on the Team USA roster that was in the World Cup of Softball. That’s 10 of the 20 in all and it still shows that California remains the leader of all states in the nation in the sport. Here’s the complete list:

Ali Aguilar (Casa Roble, Orangevale) INF
Val Arioto (Foothill, Pleasanton) INF
Ally Carda (Pleasant Grove, Elk Grove) P/INF
Hannah Flippen (Bonita Vista, Chula Vista) INF
Delanie Gourley (El Capitan, Lakeside) P
Paige Halstead (Rancho Cucamonga) C
Jazmyn Jackson (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) INF
Jessica Moore (Sutter) P
Delaney Spaulding (Etiwanda) INF
Janie Takeda (El Dorado, Placentia) OF

The only one of the group who was a State Player of the Year in high school was Moore, who was a State Small Schools POY for Sutter.

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