Author Archives: Harold Abend

NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week

It’s already a big week for Santa Teresa (San Jose) softball with a likely first-ever State Top 25 ranking so we’ll keep the party going by saying it’s also the right week to honor standout Saints’ senior Cayla Williams as one of our players of the week. The other three honorees this week are from […]

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SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week

We’ve got some heavy hitters this week who just have to steal the limelight for the totals they piled up. Our NorCal baseball player went 7-for-7 in one game at the plate with six of those hits for extra bases. We’ve also got a softball player who had three homers and 11 RBI in a […]

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NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week

One of those getting the nod this week does so for pitching probably one of the most impressive baseball no-hitters from a large school in the history of Kern County. It’s also a good week to highlight the pitching and slugging prowess of one of the top players from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. This week’s […]

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Ms. Basketball 2019: Hooray for Haley

It’s almost with a sense of relief we are able to announce this year’s Ms. Basketball for California is Haley Jones from Archbishop Mitty of San Jose. She’s without question one of the best players in Northern California history so if for various reasons — including an official’s controversial call or two — she hadn’t […]

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State Coach of Year: Jonas Honick

With a 700th win this season, with a team from a true small school (320 students) playing up in Division I and reaching the CIF NorCal championship, the time is ripe for the overall State Coach of the Year honor to go to Jonas Honick from Branson of Ross. He’s been chosen before for Division […]

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NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week

Raging hot batting averages for the early part of the 2019 season have helped this week’s two NorCal players of the week to gain the spotlight. For the SoCal honorees, meanwhile, it’s been more about stingy pitching. The foursome we’re honoring is from Pleasanton, East Nicolaus, Carlsbad and Westlake Village. We hope you enjoy this […]

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FINAL Girls BB State Top 40

There were no real huge surprises in the final rankings, and a lot of that has to do with our nearly 40 years of rankings always using our form of competitive equity, only over the years we’ve referred to it as “a body of work.” So coming into the final rankings, the top teams were...

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SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week

One of our four honorees for this week is the younger sister of 2018 State Baseball Junior Player of the Year Dawson Netz of Pasadena Maranatha. And little sis is putting up some monster pitching-hitting totals for the early going of this season. Our three other writeups recognize the skills of baseball players from San […]

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NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week

For this second week in which baseball and softball players have taken over this feature from basketball, we have a player from San Luis Obispo County being chosen for the first time for Northern California. That’s because San Luis Obispo is now part of the CIF Central Section and all Central Section schools are NorCal […]

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Girls BB: Saturday State Finals

The battle to be California’s Open Division state champion was decisive at the Golden 1 Center as state No. 1 Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth earns its first title in the top division with a win against Pinewood of Los Altos Hills. Ashley Chevalier, the daughter of Sierra Canyon boys head coach Andre Chevalier, led the […]

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