Author Archives: Harold Abend

Preseason Redwood Empire FB Team

It has been no secret that Marin Catholic (Kentfield), Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) and Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) have been the class of the Redwood Empire portion of the CIF North Coast Section for recent years. But even after a realignment that sees the NCS going to a seven division format plus an 8-man division,...

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State Athlete of Year: Haley Jones

Turns out that the recent Archbishop Mitty of San Jose graduate isn’t quite done with high school honors as she’s getting ready for her freshman basketball season at Stanford. She now joins a list of State Girls Athletes of the Year that includes two previous honorees from Mitty and others from women’s hoops such as […]

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Girls of Summer: Paopao & Early Standouts

Harold Abend’s Girls of Summer kicks off its 15th year of the Caravan roaming throughout California, and in years past outside the Golden State, in search of the state’s top girls high school basketball talent. Abend profiles Te-hina Paopao of La Jolla Country Day and profiles other early standouts on the summer circuit. Note: We […]

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Keilani Ricketts’ Ms. Softball Writeup (2009)

The San Jose Archbishop Mitty graduate had one of the most memorable seasons for a softball player in California and has been a member of the US National Team for several years. She also led Oklahoma to an NCAA title. Here’s what we wrote about Keilani after her senior year with the Monarchs. (Editor’s note: […]

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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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