One Month Out: Book On Sale Aug 7

From the best players to the best coaches and some of the most legendary schools and teams in U.S. history, California high school football has it all. High School Football in California takes an inside look at the state’s greatness in the sport, from the best players when they were in high school to those who’ve gone on to be stars as collegiate players or pros.

It’s about record-setters, trend-setters, and some of the most inspirational families and people you’ll ever meet.

Extending from the first published report of a game in 1873 to the present, this book presents high school football in a manner never done before. One of the many stories featured recounts how the late Charlie Wedemeyer, former coach at Los Gatos High who suffered from ALS, called plays by having his wife, Lucy, read his lips and then give the plays to assistant coach and later longtime Los Gatos head coach Butch Cattolico.

Cal-Hi Sports editor Mark Tennis mixes amazing anecdotes and interviews with many who’ve experienced California high school football from every imaginable angle.

The book has been sent to be previewed and read early by several prominent people connected to California prep football (both north and south).

Roger Blake, executive director of the California Interscholastic Federation, commented:

“Mark Tennis is without a doubt the “go to” authority on high school football in California. This book brings to life the storied history of CIF football with some of the greatest athletes the sport has ever seen. An enjoyable read which includes not just the history of the game, but most importantly the people who made the game what it is today.”

Other than the Wedemeyers and Cattolico, some of the people featured in the book either through first person interviews or segments on their high school football careers in the state include:

Willie McGinest (Long Beach Poly)
Frank Gifford (Bakersfield)
Pete Saco (CIF state football)
J.T. Daniels (Santa Ana Mater Dei)
Bruce Rollinson (Santa Ana Mater Dei)
Dick Bass (Vallejo)
Maurice Jones-Drew (Concord De La Salle)
Jason Negro (Bellflower St. John Bosco)
Jack Ferrill (Stockton High & longtime Brentwood coach)
Pat Tillman (San Jose Leland)*
Bruce McIntosh (South Pasadena)*
Emma Baker (Temecula Rancho Christian)
Jake Browning (Folsom)
Kazmeir Allen (Tulare)
Matt Logan (Corona Centennial)
Santiago Alvarez (Los Angeles Franklin)
Frank Greene (Coronado)*
Trent Dilfer (Aptos)
Tom Brady (San Mateo Serra)
Aaron Rodgers (Chico Pleasant Valley)
John Elway (Granada Hills)
Aldrick Rosas (Orland)
Bob Ladouceur (Concord De La Salle)
Tom Flores (Sanger)
Junior Seau (Oceanside)*
Tyler Lewellen (Riverside Arlington)*
Kevin Copeland (Los Angeles Dorsey)*
Pete Morelli (Stockton St. Mary’s)
Armie Briones (Pico Rivera El Rancho)
Andy Bark (PV Estates Palos Verdes)
Bob Johnson (Mission Viejo)
Bret Johnson (Lake Forest El Toro)
Rob Johnson (Lake Forest El Toro)
Carson Palmer (Rancho SM Santa Margarita)
Dick Bruich (Fontana)
Kurt Bruich (Redlands East Valley)
Matthews Family (Arcadia & other schools)
Brandon Huffman (Ventura)

*Person featured deceased.

High School Football in California
Amazing Stories on the Gridiron from San Diego
To the Golden Gate and Everywhere in Between

By Mark Tennis
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available as an ebook
On Sale: August 7, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-68358-183-3 Price: $19.99
To request an excerpt, author interview, or additional copies:
Please contact Julie Ganz / (212) 643-6816 x 276 /

Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. 307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor New York, NY 10018 (212) 643-6816

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  1. chasmansfo
    Posted July 8, 2018 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Hi Mark,

    Cannot wait to read the book. I’m going to purchase several copies for my colleagues.

    One question and one comment:

    — Unfortunately, there needs to be an asterisk next to Pat Tillman’s name as he is deceased.

    — Do you ever plan to release another Statewide Record Book in the future? I think the last one was published in 2008?

    All the best
    Chuck Nan
    Freelance Journalist

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted July 9, 2018 at 11:28 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Chuck.
      Last printed record book was through 2007-08 school year and published in 2009.
      We were with ESPN in those days so we didn’t have to pay for printing it.
      It would take about 20K to do and I wouldn’t be able to do that without several major sponsors and selling ads is unfortunately not a strength.
      Someday, maybe something could be worked out to print another one, but it also likely it would be separate books for separate sports.
      That’s kind of the way the internet has carved out audiences.

  2. Ron Siegel
    Posted July 15, 2018 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to get this book.
    Ron Siegel

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