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Nike TOC wrap: LJCD falls in final

State’s No. 3 girls team can’t survive second surge vs New York’s Long Island Lutheran in the top division at nationally prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona. Seven other State TOP 25 squads were in the tourney in different divisions and 34 overall, but the only one to win a title was young, talented […]

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Colin Sahlman: State Athlete of Year

Add another big honor for the phenom runner from Newbury Park. It’s not just that he already was crowned Gatorade National Male Athlete of the Year. This one also adds something extra for him since he’s done it just two years after his former teammate at Newbury Park, Nico Young, was honored in the same […]

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Dalia Frias: State Girls Athlete of Year

She didn’t win a CIF state track title, but everything else from an all-time record-breaking standpoint for runner Dalia Frias from Mira Costa High of Manhattan Beach was so great that it has carried her to the selection of State Girls Athlete of the Year for 2021-22 school year. The last State Girls Athlete of […]

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Nike TOC wrap: Etiwanda on top

State’s No. 1 girls team wins in the top division at nationally prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona with come-from-behind win over first-ever Oklahoma finalist. The Eagles also set up potential No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash vs. Sierra Canyon at end of next week. Cathedral Catholic of San Diego won the title in […]

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Girls State Athletes of the Year

This is the final 2020-21 state honor to be completed and it’s the girls version of the boys that was announced yesterday. By our evaluations, there were three girls that stood above all others with one who was a senior, the other a junior and the other a sophomore. The top honoree is national record-breaking […]

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State Athlete of Year: Nico Young

Newbury Park standout becomes the first distance runner since German Fernandez of Riverbank from 2007-08 to gain overall State Athlete of the Year recognition. There was no CIF state track meet for Young to cap his prep career, but he was a national champion in cross country and shattered a long-standing state record in track-and-field […]

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LB Poly girls starting 2020s like 2010s

After two sub-par seasons in 2018 and 2019, the Long Beach Poly girls basketball team is squarely back among the very best in California. If an earlier overtime win in December over Mater Dei of Santa Ana didn’t show that, the Jackrabbits surely did Monday night with a win over unbeaten No. 1 in the […]

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Girls BB: Nike TOC title for LJCD

It’s a coming out party for freshman center Breya Cunningham plus a feel-good triumph for senior guard Te-Hina Paopao, but it took a layup with six seconds left by Jazzy Anousinh to give state No. 2 La Jolla Country Day a one-point win over state No. 1 Sierra Canyon in the championship game of the […]

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More State Girls Athletes of the Year

When you go through all of the various sports in which girls from California high schools are all among the best in the nation and in some cases best in the world, there really is no place like it. This year’s choices to lead the juniors, sophomores, freshmen and those from each of five competitive […]

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New Frontier For Sierra Canyon Girls

Trailblazers win in No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown of state-ranked teams on Tuesday night (they were No. 2) over Windward of Los Angeles and now assume catbird’s seat in California girls hoops for the first time in school history. This isn’t new for the Sierra Canyon boys, who are defending CIF Open Division state […]

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