Author Archives: Chuck Nan
Preseason All-Long Beach/South Bay
In the carving up of the massive CIF Southern Section into different sections for this tour of the state through various preseason all-county, all-area and all-section football teams, this is the one that combines the Long Beach area and the South Bay. In other words, national powerhouse St. John Bosco’s region. Serra of Gardena and...
Preseason All-Orange County FB Team
For the second stop in a tour of the state through the selection of preseason football honor squads, we hit Orange County of the CIF Southern Section. Defending CIF Open Division state champ Mater Dei is the dominant program in the county, but there are a bunch of great players ready to roll from schools...
Preseason All-Orange County FB Team
Our third stop in our tour of the state with these preseason all-area honors is for the Orange County region of the CIF Southern Section. It is being presented on purpose right after the Long Beach-South Bay-San Gabriel Valley region since this is the one dominated by mythical national title contender Mater Dei of Santa...
Salute to Colt Brennan
Colt Brennan, the former Mater Dei (Santa Ana) quarterback who went on to a stellar career at the University of Hawaii, died at the age of 37 early on the morning of Tuesday, May 11. His father, Terry, made the announcement. Additional media reports indicated that Brennan died at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. He […]
Senior Salutes Special: Max Rajcic
Graduating Class of 2020 standout Max Rajcic from Lutheran of Orange has the makings for a special career. It will start soon at UCLA, but here’s one last look his high school years, which was on track for him to be a leading candidate for the highest state and national individual honors. He was pitching […]
Senior Salutes No. 5 (Baseball/Softball)
As a consequence of the 2020 high school baseball and softball seasons being canceled after not even one-third of scheduled games were played in the state, we cannot produce all-state teams in those sports for 2020. We do not want to forget about those seniors from the Class of 2020, however, who were going to […]
Bill Cartwright’s Last Dance (in H.S.)
The two-time Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year from Elk Grove is in the background quite often in the hugely popular ESPN 10-part mini-series “The Last Dance,” which is entering its final weeks. He was the starting center on the first three of the Chicago Bulls’ NBA championship teams led by Michael Jordan and […]
Top 20 State MLB Draft Prospects
Once again, there is an abundance of California high school players getting ready for this year’s Major League Baseball Draft. There likely isn’t going to be a No. 1 choice like there was for 2014, 2015 and 2017, but there could once again be three or four gone in the first round. We go over...
Preseason Orange County FB Team
We are kicking off our preseason football coverage for the 2019 season with the first of our annual preseason all-county, all-section or all-region teams that will eventually touch every corner of California. We start with talent-laden Orange County, home to the two-time defending CIF Open Division champion Mater Dei Monarchs. They obviously dominate these selections,...
A Place Packed Full Of Memories
It’s been Oracle Arena in Oakland since 2006, but the Oakland Coliseum Arena has been home to the four-time world champion Golden State Warriors since 1971. It’s also been the site of some historically significant high school basketball games (both boys and girls). With the Warriors moving to San Francisco after this season and the […]