State’s Best Prep Sports Archives Expand Once Again

This is the cover illustration from the seventh edition of the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book.

As the Coronavirus pandemic has worsened exponentially in the state with high school sports on hold likely until March at the earliest (with some teams practicing in mid-February), we’re continuing our focus on the website to add as much historical context, state records, all-state teams and more into our archives section.

As it relates to the five sports we cover closely on this site (football, boys basketball, girls basketball, baseball and softball), here’s where things stand:

*All football, boys hoops, girls hoops and baseball state records are updated through the 2019-20 school year. Softball is still being worked on and should be completed for all categories in January 2021. All of those records can be quickly accessed through menus at the top of the site’s home page.

*The latest historical features we’re doing are for State Schools of the Century (So Far) and all-time, all-section, all-county teams. We have completed the overall State Schools of the Century rankings (based on a scoring system) for overall school excellence, girls basketball and baseball. Boys basketball, softball and football are still to come. For the all-time teams, we’re done with football, baseball was updated last summer from a previous list compiled for an e-book we did in 2014 and boys basketball will be next.

*Thanks to managing editor Ronnie Flores, the baseball and softball state rankings archives are now complete. The 2012 overall for baseball took some extra time, but was finished earlier this week. All of those rankings archives also can be accessed easily through menus at the top of the home page.

*Every final baseball and softball ranking is now up along with FB, BB, and Girls BB. We’re missing a couple of years in football for 1978 and 1979 that were done prior to weekly newsletters, but will continue to search through everything.

*Every all-state team for boys basketball that had a blurb written for every player is also now on the site. That’s significant because some of those players — like Oakland’s Damian Lillard and Lawndale Leuzinger’s Russell Westbrook — are now on Hall of Fame projectable careers in the NBA.

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