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Insider Report: Windward (LA)

We are continuing with a series of girls basketball preseason-style features on some of the state’s most prominent programs and players for the 2020-21 school year. It’s almost been one year since any of them have played and it may end up being until December of 2021 for some. We hope that isn’t the case, […]

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Insider Report: Mater Dei (Santa Ana)

We are continuing with a series of girls basketball preseason-style features on some of the state’s most prominent programs and players for the 2020-21 school year. It’s almost been one year since any of them have played and it may end up being until December of 2021 for some. We hope that isn’t the case, […]

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Insider Report: Archbishop Mitty

After our profile last week of the winningest head coach in California girls basketball history, we’ll continue with a series of preseason-style features on some of the state’s most prominent programs and players for the 2020-21 school year. It’s almost been one year since any of them have played and it may end up being […]

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Up Close with No. 1 Coaching Leader

It’s been two seasons since Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Kevin Kiernan became the winningest coach in California girls basketball history. Up next will be 900 wins and perhaps 1,000 — counting wins he had in boys basketball earlier in his career. Go inside to see what career Kiernan began doing, what prominent prep sportswriter used […]

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Girls BB: State 30 Greatest Teams (1-15)

Teams connected to one of the greatest players in women’s basketball history and the winningest head coach in state history were considered for the No. 1 position, but the team that has landed that ranking just clicked too many boxes to be denied that honor. We also have other teams in the top group from...

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Girls: State 30 Greatest Teams (16-30)

One of the two teams at Inglewood Morningside led by the great Lisa Leslie headlines this group of teams. We also have unbeaten No. 1 teams from Peninsula 1992, Lynwood 1993 and Buena of Ventura 1984 included in this post along with the 2020 mythical national champs from La Jolla Country Day. Go inside as...

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Torkelson Breaks New Ground

Casa Grande of Petaluma grad Spencer Torkelson is still basking in the glow of being California’s 17th No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He talked in a one-on-one interview with Cal-Hi Sports associate editor Harold Abend (also a Petaluma resident) about what motivated him the most while he was getting […]

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All-State Girls BB: Best of Best

Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year Te-hina Paopao of state No. 1 La Jolla Country Day and freshman teammate Breya Cunningham both get onto the top 10 slots for the 40th annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State girls basketball teams. Cunningham is not the only freshman to snag one of these elite positions, either. Go inside […]

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All-State Girls BB: 2nd & 3rd Team

Here’s where to go to check out 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 team features two players from NorCal Open Division champion Archbishop Mitty, various area & region players of the year and we...

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Ms. Basketball 2020: Paopao Steps Up

Being Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year is one thing, but for La Jolla Country Day’s Te-hina Paopao the announcement of her getting the honor for this season carries additional meaning since she’s stepping up onto a prestigious platform in which two previous winners from the same school have already reached. Her journey to […]

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