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Sac-Joaquin Top 5: Defensive Line

We are happy to say that for the seventh straight year the CalHiSports.com web site and Cal-Hi Sports is part of the weekly Final Quarter high school football show on Friday nights on the FOX 40 station in Sacramento.

On last week’s eighth show for the 2019 season, we revealed our list of the top five defensive linemen in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section for this season. Here is what that countdown revealed:

1. DeShawn Lynch (Folsom) 6-4, 280
He’s an all-area basketball player as well and is one of the top defensive line recruits in California with many D1 offers. Just before this list was revealed on the air, Lynch was shown returning a fumble for a touchdown during win vs. Whitney of Rocklin.

2. Omar Norman-Lott (Grant, Sacramento) 6-3, 295
It’s been tough for Grant this season getting wins, but Omar and teammate offensive lineman Isaiah Tupou have been great. Omar has committed to Arizona State.

3. Ilaisa Gonebure (Capital Christian) 6-4, 320
He’s just a junior, and already getting some offers. He also had eight tackles for loss in first few games.

4. Grady Manley (Lincoln) 6-4, 265
He led the Zebras and was among the section leaders in tackles last year playing linebacker but this season he has switched to D-Line. Seems to be paying off.

5. Micah Yokum (Placer, Auburn) 6-3, 230
He’s gotten bigger, stronger and faster since last season and recently had 10 tackles and two sacks against Nevada Union.

This 30-minute show is twice as long as any other Friday night high school football show in the Sacramento market and is returning to the Friday at 11 p.m. time slot.

Watch this week’s show Friday at 11 p.m. for all the local highlights, plus the next Top 5 from CalHiSports.com, which will be a look at the top five defensive backs in the section. The show will include highlights from all of the biggest games in the region, including the Fan Favorite Game of the Week. Thanks to host Jim Crandell and the FOX 40 team for once again letting Cal-Hi Sports be part of this year’s show.


Sac-Joaquin Top 5: Linebackers

We are happy to say that for the seventh straight year the CalHiSports.com web site and Cal-Hi Sports is part of the weekly Final Quarter high school football show on Friday nights on the FOX 40 station in Sacramento.

On last week’s seventh show for the 2019 season, we revealed our list of the top five linebackers in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section for this season. Here is what that countdown revealed:

1. Marcus Jones (Monterey Trail, Elk Grove)
He was the top defender on last year’s team that went 13-1 and reached the Division I section finals. Marcus also is in the midst of another great season.

2. Jabarii Pharms (Stagg, Stockton)
He is currently the leading tackler in the section and last year was one of the leading tacklers in the state.

3. Dylan Richard (Folsom)
He recently came up with 13 tackles vs. De La Salle and he had 11 tackles with two sacks against Oak Ridge.

4. Ryan Enney (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills)
Another junior to watch for the Trojans, Ryan has had 10 tackles or more in games against teams like Folsom, Rocklin and Vacaville.

5. Zach Brooks (Davis)
A junior at 6-foot and 235 pounds, Zach already has been player of the week for the Blue Devils several times.

This 30-minute show is twice as long as any other Friday night high school football show in the Sacramento market and is returning to the Friday at 11 p.m. time slot.

Watch this week’s show Friday at 11 p.m. for all the local highlights, plus the next Top 5 from CalHiSports.com, which will be a look at the top five defensive linemen in the section. The show will include highlights from all of the biggest games in the region, including the Fan Favorite Game of the Week. Thanks to host Jim Crandell and the FOX 40 team for once again letting Cal-Hi Sports be part of this year’s show.


State Stat Stars of Week

As we collected info for the six SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week in football, here’s a few others from last week’s games (Oct. 4-5) that put up totals that caught our attention. Note: No Prep Notes With a Twist column this week with All-State, All-Decade Teams and honors coming out in softball. Send any player of week nominations or possible state record totals after each week to markjtennis@gmail.com.

Trey Baker (Kennedy, Richmond)
In his first game playing for the small school state-ranked Eagles after transferring from El Cerrito, Baker ran back two punts for scores and he reached the end zone on a 31-yard interception return in a 48-0 win over Hercules. In the same game, Baker also rushed for 143 yards on six carries.

Mac Dalena had career bests in several categorie when San Joaquin Memorial topped Bullard. Photo: Hudl.com.


Tyler Buchner (Bishop’s, La Jolla)
With a winning score of 73-32 by Tyler’s team over Orange Glen of Escondido, we honestly thought Buchner might have done something even more insane than he did. The frequent stat star went 19 of 31 passing for 414 yards and five TDs and he had 11 carries for 102 yards rushing and four more scores.

A.J. Cleveland (Highland, Bakersfield)
Junior QB set a new school record by passing for six touchdowns & 356 yards on 17 of 22 for the game in a 52-28 win over North Bakersfield. Wide receiver Shabazz Muhammad also had 188 yards & a school record of four touchdown catches.

Mac Dalena (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno)
San Joaquin Memorial team-mates Mac Dalena & Jalen McMillan, Finn Collins team-up to edge Bullard 33-31 in a County/Metro League Game. Fresno State commit had three career highs with 11 receptions, 189 yards & three touchdowns & a game ending interception in 33-31 win vs. Bullard of Fresno. Teammate Jalen McMillan had 8 receptions in that game and now has 210 for his career, second most in Central Section history, also had 128 yards receiving & set a new section career record of 4,299 yards (all section records from historian Bob Barnett). McMillan also tied another section record by getting one touchdown catch, now has 47 touchdowns in his career. Quarterback Finn Collins deserves mention as well as he passed for 360 yards on 23-35-0 & 4 touchdowns.

Oryan Hamlin (Chadwick, Palos Verdes)
In a game from two weeks ago, Hamlin ran wild in an 8-man game with 27 carries for 540 yards rushing and seven TDs to lead the Dolphins past Rolling Hills Prep of San Pedro 89-54. It might be an 8-man state record but we’ll have to some checking on that and will list Hamlin again when that is done.

Nick Hernandez (Monrovia)
It was a season high for passing yards for Hernandez in Monrovia’s 35-0 blanking of San Marino. He completed 19 of 30 passes for 395 yards and three TDs for the Wildcats, who improved to 6-1. He also now has nearly 1,900 yards for the season.

Jariah McBath (Marysville)
Sacramento Bee Prep of the Week made the Lindhurst of Olivehurst defense all wet in a 61-38 win by the Indians last week. McBath soaked in the praise after getting 338 yards rushing and three TDs.

Isaiah Newell (Las Lomas, Walnut Creek)
In just the first half of his team’s 49-7 win against Miramonte of Orinda, Newell (an Oregon State commit) racked up five touchdowns and had 297 yards rushing on just 16 carries.

Cael Patterson (Orange Glen, Escondido)
In the same game in which QB Tyler Buchner of Bishop’s accounted for 516 yards and nine TDs that the Patriots lost 73-32, Patterson still had a pretty great night, too. He rushed for 347 yards on 39 carries, scored three times and went past 1,300 yards for the season.

Trabron Russell (Manteca)
Scoring seven touchdowns in one thing, but doing it against Oakdale and on the road at Oakdale’s Corral is something else. That’s what Russell did in leading the Buffaloes past the Mustangs 55-37 last week. The senior running back also rushed for 240 yards. Oakdale still has to play Central Catholic of Modesto so we still have to see if the win gives Manteca a share of the Valley Oak League title or whether it meant second place.

Nathan Temple (Santana, Santee)
In a 56-21 win against Mt. Miguel of Spring Valley, Temple accounted for seven touchdowns. He hit on 14 of 22 passing for 310 yards and three TDs while as a runner he scored four times and had 10 carries for 55 yards. In a game last season, Nathan accounted for eight TDs.

Kenny Teter (Heritage, Menifee)
It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Heritage wound up giving state-ranked Rancho Verde a tough go of it in the Ivy League. The Patriots have a couple of losses, but won last week 41-18 over Elsinore of Lake Elsinore. Teter was one of the top players in the league as a junior and rushed for 274 yards and three TDs on 25 carries vs. Elsinore. He also now has nearly 900 yards for the season.

Carson Yates (Leland, San Jose)
Versatile athlete led the Chargers past Lincoln of San Jose 42-35. As a passer, Yates completed 15 of 20 throws for 225 yards and three TDs. As a rusher, he kept the ball for 115 yards and had another score.


Sac-Joaquin Top 5: Offensive Line

We are happy to say that for the seventh straight year the CalHiSports.com web site and Cal-Hi Sports is part of the weekly Final Quarter high school football show on Friday nights on the FOX 40 station in Sacramento.

On last week’s sixth show for the 2019 season, we revealed our list of the top five offensive linemen in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section for this season. Here is what that countdown revealed:

1. Everett Johnson (Turlock) 6-7, 295
Preseason all-state with comparisons to Roseville’s Kolton Miller (now with Oakland Raiders). Everett has committed to Cal.

2. Gerad Lichtenhan (Davis) 6-9, 345
One of the tallest committed linemen in the nation. Gerad has committed to Colorado. Along with Johnson, looked good at NorCal Nike showcase held last spring in El Cerrito.

3. Isaiah Tupou (Grant, Sacramento) 6-3, 315
He can play guard at that size. Offers from UCLA, BYU, Utah and more.

4. Kyle Christensen (Placer, Auburn) 6-4, 250
There’s been at least one lineman like this from Placer for the last three or four years. Kyle has major college offers from Oregon State and Nevada.

5. Nicholas Scalise (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills) 6-6, 290
All-League standout last season for the Trojans has some mid-major college offers.

This 30-minute show is twice as long as any other Friday night high school football show in the Sacramento market and is returning to the Friday at 11 p.m. time slot.

Watch this week’s show Friday at 11 p.m. for all the local highlights, plus the next Top 5 from CalHiSports.com, which will be a look at the top five linebackers in the section. The show will include highlights from all of the biggest games in the region, including the Fan Favorite Game of the Week. Thanks to host Jim Crandell and the FOX 40 team for once again letting Cal-Hi Sports be part of this year’s show.


Girls VB: Coaches with 500 wins

It was time to celebrate at Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco last weekend when girls volleyball head coach Margi Beima won her 500th game. Photo: @SHCathletics / Twitter.com.

It’s only taken since the 2003 season for Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco’s Margi Beima to win her 500th match. The school contacted us earlier last week to ask if we knew how many other coaches in California girls volleyball history have done the same. We have a possible answer and have begun to compile an all-time list. It’s not complete, however, and may not ever be unless some of the coaches (or their schools) we think have that many wins or more send us their win-loss totals so we can check them out.
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Sac-Joaquin Top 5: Receivers

We are happy to say that for the seventh straight year the CalHiSports.com web site and Cal-Hi Sports is part of the weekly Final Quarter high school football show on Friday nights on the FOX 40 station in Sacramento.

On last week’s fifth show for the 2019 season, we revealed our list of the top five wide receivers (with one tight end) in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section for this season. Here is what that countdown revealed:

1. Elijhah Badger (Folsom)
Yes, this is an easy one. Elijhah is a three-year standout for the Bulldogs and has 18 D1 offers with Oregon, USC and Arizona State among them. He had what proved to be the game-winning catch last week in win over Oak Ridge.

2. Trevor Pope (Tracy)
He has committed to Oregon State and had five TD catches in his first four games.

3. Kaleo Ballungay (Kimball, Tracy)
He’s actually a tight end, but wanted to include him on this list. Kaleo is the top tight end in the section who has committed to Cal. He had several catches shown on last week’s show in team’s loss to Sierra of Manteca.

4. Jadyn Marshall (St. Mary’s, Stockton)
Just a sophomore, Jadyn had nine catches for 233 yards in his first game against Pittsburg and then scored four TDs against Central Catholic. Also an elite athlete in track-and-field.

5. Lawrence Harris (Downey, Modesto)
In his first game when Downey beat Manteca in overtime, Lawrence caught five TD passes (which is a number that gets him into the state record book). Avant Jacobs (Oak Ridge) also could have been in this spot.

This 30-minute show is twice as long as any other Friday night high school football show in the Sacramento market and is returning to the Friday at 11 p.m. time slot.

Watch this week’s show Friday at 11 p.m. for all the local highlights, plus the next Top 5 from CalHiSports.com, which will be a look at the top five offensive linemen in the section. The show will include highlights from all of the biggest games in the region, including the Fan Favorite Game of the Week. Thanks to host Jim Crandell and the FOX 40 team for once again letting Cal-Hi Sports be part of this year’s show.


State Stat Stars of Week

As we collected info for the six SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week in football, here’s a few others from last week’s games that put up totals that caught our attention. Note: Prep Notes With a Twist column just taking this week off.

Cooper Barkate (St. Margaret’s, SJ Capistrano)
Had one of the best all-around outings of the season that included 10 catches for 119 yards and two TDs in team’s 49-16 win vs. El Toro of Lake Forest. In same game, Cooper threw a 10-yard TD pass, came up with an interception on defense and he scored on a 80-yard kickoff return.

Stephen Britton (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach)
In a 51-28 win over La Jolla Country Day (which was 4-0 coming in), Britton was great running the ball with 26 carries for 310 yards and five touchdowns. LJCD still looks like the team to beat in the CIF San Diego D4 playoffs (so it would be small schools for our rankings). SFC is in a much higher playoff bracket (so it would be medium schools).

Jesse Carmona (Ganesha, Pomona)
The sophomore quarterback ran and passed the Giants to a 60-36 win against Montclair. He had 261 yards passing with four TDs. As a rusher, Carmona shined with 26 carries for 228 yards and two other scores

Youlas Dickson (Buhach Colony, Atwater)
The senior speedster ripped off a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown during the Thunder’s 37-21 victory over Patterson. His returns have been a big reason why Buhach has started 5-0. Dickson scored on his sixth kick return (punts or kickoffs) this season and is getting close to being in the state record book.

Zevi Eckhaus & Chris Miller (Culver City)
We’re not sure what the official final numbers are because Culver City hasn’t used MaxPreps this season, but one report had Eckaus 36 of 53 for 577 yards passing and seven touchdowns in the Centaurs’ wild-and-wacky 55-52 win in double-overtime last week over Palos Verdes. Another had him with 548. Either total makes the all-time state list. Miller moved into a tie for third on the all-time state list with six TD catches. He had more than 300 yards (makes state record list) but again official final totals are not in yet. The one we saw had him at 19 catches for 325 yards.

Kannon Gibson (Mariposa County, Mariposa)
Not only did he come up with three interceptions for the Grizzlies in their matchup with Orestimba of Newman, but one of them was for a touchdown and that was the only touchdown of the game in Mariposa’s 7-6 triumph.

Ben Gulbranson (Newbury Park)
THe 6-foot-3, 210-pound Oregon State-committed quarterback connected on 25 of 39 passes for 446 yards and six TDs in a 63-56 victory vs. Venice. Facing a D1 college-bound QB on the other team, Gulbranson also dove in for a pair of rushing TDs. Tyson Lundring was Newbury’s top receiver with six grabs for 2-6 yards and three TDs. Luca Diamont led Venice with 185 yards passing (four TDs) plus 149 yards rushing (two TDs).

Jared Haywood (Inglewood)
THe Sentinels have an explosive lineup this year with Haywood at the helm and put everything on display last week during 46-3 romp past Victor Valley of Victorville. Haywood hit on 17 of 21 passes for 417 yards and seven TDs. He now has 19 TD passes on the season.

Michael Knight (Brookside Christian, Stockton)
At this point of the season, Knight may be the state rushing leader. He moved to 1,249 yards this year after going for 318 yards on 19 carries with four TDs as Brookside outlasted Millennium of Tracy 44-32.

J.D. Laverdiere (Mt. Miguel, Spring Valley)
A junior to watch, Laverdiere accounted for seven touchdowns in team’s 46-28 win vs. Valhalla of El Cajon. Laverdiere passed for 355 yards and three TDs and scored four times on the ground.

Shamar Oliver (Mira Monte, Bakersfield) &
Kaden Preston (Kern Valley, Lake Isabella)

Oliver rushed for a career high of 305 yards on 34 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 32-29 win over Kern Valley. Junior quarterback Preston did all he could by passing for a career high of 397 yards on 21-44-1 and two touchdowns, rushed for 154 yards on 8 carries and one score.

Aramel Villa (Liberty, Madera Ranchos)
He kicked three field goals of 42, 50 & 32 yards, plus one extra point for 10 kicking points for the game as Liberty edged visiting Templeton 23-20.


Coming Soon: All-Decade All-State

It’s only going to be one more week until the first posts of the Cal-Hi Sports All-State All-Decade Teams are completed. Read below to see how anyone can input their opinions for this project and get a general schedule of when all of these teams are going to be released.

Football: The first all-decade all-state posts will begin next weekend (Sunday night) and will start a streak of six straight weeks in which we’ll go over all of the historical all-decade all-state teams. First up will be the 1950s followed by separate posts for the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. The final all-decade all-state team (for the 2010s) will be completed not long after the current 2019 season is done in late December.

Boys Basketball: Look for lead analyst Ronnie Flores and all of our picks for the best of the 2010s to be done in November, not long after the 2019-20 preseason state rankings are released. We’ve already discussed player of the decade, coach of the decade, game of the decade and team of the decade.

Girls Basketball: The very next week after the boys awards and all-decade teams are posted we will switch to the girls and there will be the same numbers and same honors handed out. Longtime lead analyst Harold Abend already has his first team figured out.

Baseball: We are going to have the best of the best in the state for the last 10 years in baseball ready to go during the upcoming World Series. It will run hand-in-hand with our annual World Series Alumni report.

Softball: This is scheduled to be the first of the all-decade all-state teams to be released. If all goes well, that will be as early as the week of Oct. 1-4 but may be the following week of Oct. 8-11.

Look for Twitter polls and robust comments to go with each of the all-state all-decade teams.

For anyone wishing to get in a nomination of a particular player, feel free to email markjtennis@gmail.com.


Sac-Joaquin Top 5: Most Pts Losing Team (Single Game)

We are happy to say that for the seventh straight year the CalHiSports.com web site and Cal-Hi Sports is part of the weekly Final Quarter high school football show on Friday nights on the FOX 40 station in Sacramento.

On last week’s fourth show for the 2019 season, we revealed our list of the top five totals in CIF Sac-Joaquin Section history for most points scored in a game by a losing team. Here is what that countdown revealed:

1. Bear Creek (Stockton) 64
The Bruins dropped one two seasons ago to Chavez of Stockton 74-64. That also is the second highest total on the all-time state list. Bear Creek also has lost a game this season 56-55 to Tokay of Lodi.

2. Pacheco (Los Banos) 63
In a D4 section playoff game just last season, Pacheco lost to Rio Linda 77-63. Rio Linda went on to win D5-AA state title.

3. Bear Creek (Stockton) 62
Talk about a tough one-point loss. How about Tracy beating Bear Creek 63-62 in 2011?

4. Brookside Christian (Stockton) 60
The Knights lost in 2011 to San Andreas Sierra Ridge 62-60.

5. (tie) Chavez (Stockton) & Valley Christian (Roseville) 58
Chavez lost to Sierra of Manteca 61-58 in 2013 while Valley Christian lost to Woodland Christian 68-58 in 2017.

This 30-minute show is twice as long as any other Friday night high school football show in the Sacramento market and is returning to the Friday at 11 p.m. time slot.

Watch this week’s show Friday at 11 p.m. for all the local highlights, plus the next Top 5 from CalHiSports.com, which will be a look at the losing teams that have scored the most points in one game in CIF Sac-Joaquin Section history. The show will include highlights from all of the biggest games in the region, including the Fan Favorite Game of the Week. Thanks to host Jim Crandell and the FOX 40 team for once again letting Cal-Hi Sports be part of this year’s show.


Sac-Joaquin Top 5: Quarterbacks

We are happy to say that for the seventh straight year the CalHiSports.com web site and Cal-Hi Sports is part of the weekly Final Quarter high school football show on Friday nights on the FOX 40 station in Sacramento.

On last week’s third show for the 2019 season, we revealed our list of the top five quarterbacks this season in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. Here is what that countdown revealed:

1. Bryce Gouker (Downey, Modesto)
He had a monster game last week with 464 yards passing and six TDs in a win against a very good Manteca team.

2. Justin Lamson (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills)
Just a junior but maybe the best from Oak Ridge since Ian Book. He had 294 yards and 4 TDs in first game.

3. Logan Fife (Tracy)
Returning standout for Bulldogs had more than 2,000 yards last season and has committed to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

4. Jake Reithmeier (Folsom)
He and junior teammate Ari Patu were both playing QB for Bulldogs in first game. Jake threw for six touchdowns in the second game.

5. Dalton Durossette (Central Catholic)
He had 1,400 yards and 18 TDs last season and is going to play baseball in college at Santa Clara.

This 30-minute show is twice as long as any other Friday night high school football show in the Sacramento market and is returning to the Friday at 11 p.m. time slot.

Watch this week’s show Friday at 11 p.m. for all the local highlights, plus the next Top 5 from CalHiSports.com, which will be a look at the losing teams that have scored the most points in one game in CIF Sac-Joaquin Section history. The show will include highlights from all of the biggest games in the region, including the Fan Favorite Game of the Week. Thanks to host Jim Crandell and the FOX 40 team for once again letting Cal-Hi Sports be part of this year’s show.