Author Archives: Erik Boal

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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Girls BB: So Cal Prep Classic Winners

Both Mater Dei teams — from Santa Ana and Chula Vista — plus McClatchy of Sacramento and Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates earn tourney crowns.

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Girls BB: New No. 1 For Coach K

Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Kevin Kiernan notches the 762nd win of his girls basketball coaching career Wednesday night at tourney opener in San Diego, which sets new state record. By luck, we happened to have someone there who could provide details about the historical milestone. We also have updated our exclusive all-time state coaching record […]

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Girls BB: Nike TOC Nailbiters

Defending CIF Open Division champion Windward of Los Angeles falls in the final minute of the top divisional title game at the nation’s most prestigious girls basketball tournament. In the Joe Smith Division, an all-California final is won by Redondo of Redondo Beach in another heart-stopper by three points against Mater Dei of Santa Ana. […]

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