Author Archives: Harold Abend

Lincoln’s Ferrigno Reaches New Heights

There have been some great coaches in over 120 years of high school football in San Francisco, and a lot of the old-timers that grace the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book get a mention is this special feature. After what he accomplished last season and in 17 years at the helm of the Lincoln program, native […]

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Matt Sweeney: State Coach of Year

He’s a guy we’ve considered for the highest coaching accolades in football, but for various reasons it didn’t work out. But now that Pleasanton Foothill’s Matt Sweeney is coaching softball and had one of the top teams in the nation this season, the timing is perfect to tell his story. It ended up not being […]

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Girls BB: All-State Best of Best 2019

The six finalists for Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year are joined by 24 others on the 40th annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State teams regardless of CIF division or class. This year’s first team has six seniors, three juniors and a lone sophomore. Two are from the same team. For the all-time archive of every […]

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Girls BB: All-State 2nd, 3rd 2019

Here’s where to go to see all of the writeups for those who are second team overall and third team overall on the 40th annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Girls Basketball Teams. The second and third teams feature the second player from a few of the state’s very best teams plus some who were players of […]

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SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week

Two of the strongest nominations for this week in SoCal baseball were from the same school. We considered Co-Players of the Week, but as many may know ties for anything just isn’t in our DNA. We also honor a daughter of a former MLB player and current third base coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks. This […]

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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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