Author Archives: Harold Abend

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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State Coach of Year: Vanessa Nygaard

Hopefully there will never be another high school basketball season like the one the Coronavirus ended prematurely, but nonetheless the awards go on, and despite falling just short of qualifying for the CIF Open Division state championship, this year’s State Coach of the Year is unquestionably one of the top coaches in the state and […]

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FINAL Girls BB State Top 40 Ranks

We didn’t expect to be starting the final rankings on Sunday, March 16 but thought instead we would be driving home from Sacramento after laying over from the previous night’s CIF state championship games. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus began rearing its ugly head and now all we can do is hope for the best. Had we...

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Ms. Basketball State POY Finalists

These five players can be considered finalists to be considered for the Ms. Basketball honoree for California for 2020. Look for the winner to be announced several days after we have honored the annual State Coach of the Year. We like to write up finalists before doing the actual Ms. Basketball feature since it can […]

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NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week

No sooner did we get started with baseball and softball Players of the Week than due to circumstances way beyond our control this will be the last one for at least a few weeks and until we find out if spring sports will resume. Hopefully, we will be able to re-start this feature this season. […]

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Girls BB State Team of Year 2020

With no final state championship as a crowning moment, we revert back to the entirety of the season to name the 2020 State Team of the Year for girls basketball and for only the fourth time ever it goes to a school from the CIF San Diego Section. We have State Teams of the Year […]

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SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week

By this time next week, a lot of spring games may be cancelled by the likely spread of the coronavirus, but for now we’ve had plenty of games to go through to find this week’s four honorees — two each for baseball and softball. They represent the communities of Porterville, San Juan Capistrano, San Francisco […]

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