Author Archives: Harold Abend

Preseason All-CCS Football Team

This is the final stop in our tour of California through various preseason all-section, all-county or all-area football teams. We planned for the CIF Central Coast Section to go last since its teams don’t start playing for one week later than the rest of the state. Serra of San Mateo is the leader with five...

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Preseason All-NCS Redwood Empire

This region of the NCS captured four section titles and two CIF state titles last season. One of the players on this team transferred from one school (San Marin of Novato) that won a CIF state title to another one (Marin Catholic). Rancho Cotate of Rohnert Park and Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa also have...

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Preseason All-Northern Sec FB Team

For this sixth stop in our tour of the state through the selection of preseason football honor squads, we go from the southern part of the great Central Valley to the far north. The CIF Northern Section is still a place where small schools can play their own special brand of football. Bigger schools from...

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Ms. Softball 2022: Jessica Oakland

Hitting a state-best 21 homers for the No. 1 team in the state helps St. Francis of Mountain View standout to get over the top in this year’s Ms. Softball State Player of the Year honors. The daughter of head coach Mike Oakland also had 40 homers in the last two seasons and gained several […]

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SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week

With everyone playing on Tuesday this week, the final player of the week feature for this season has been done earlier. We also would have concluded the Player of the Week feature last week, but with the advent of the CIF Regional playoffs for the second year in the Southern Region and the first year […]

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NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week

As the funnel narrows with the CIF Southern Section playoffs complete and the rest of the state concluding their playoffs before the start of the CIF Southern and Northern Regional playoffs, the players and their performances aren’t as earth-shattering as when a lot more action was taking place, but even with several dozen teams still […]

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SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week

As we near the end of the baseball and softball Players of the Week features for the 2022 season, we waited until after Tuesday games this week to complete the selections. That’s not the only reason we are visiting Kentfield and Saratoga for the Northern California stops and in Southern California we head to La […]

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NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week

This week’s stops for softball are both in The Valley. In Northern California it’s in the Central Section town of Coalinga, and in Southern California we head to the San Fernando Valley and Lake Balboa. For the baseball honorees, we hit Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County of Northern California and El Cajon in Southern […]

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All-State Girls BB: Best of the Best 2022

Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year Juju Watkins plus State Senior of the Year Londynn Jones, State Sophomore of the Year Kennedy Smith and NorCal Player of the Year Talana Lepolo headline the 42nd annual Cal-Hi Sports all-state girls basketball teams. Go inside to see why these 10 have finished their careers as First […]

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

Here’s where to go to see all of the writeups for those who are second team overall and third team overall on the 42nd annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Girls Basketball Teams. Many of these honorees represented the second and sometimes third top player from teams that were in the top 10 of the final state...

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