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All-State Baseball Patch List 1

All-State baseball patches for any player named to any of our annual all-state teams can order a souvenir patch with certificate of recognition through our partners at BillyTees.com. The 2024 baseball patch link is now available.


For those just wanting to check to see about a particular player on this year’s All-State Underclass Teams (juniors & sophomores separately) for baseball without being a subscriber, here is a simple alphabetical list. If you want the full presentation and are not Gold Club, please check out getting a membership today.
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All-State Softball Patch List 2

All-State softball patches for any player named to any of our annual all-state teams can order a souvenir patch with certificate of recognition through our partners at BillyTees.com. The link to order All-State softball patches for 2024 is now available.


For those just wanting to check to see about a particular player on this year’s All-State Second or Third Teams (juniors & sophomores separately) for softball without being a subscriber, here is a simple alphabetical list. If you want the full presentation and are not Gold Club, please check out getting a membership today.
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All-State Softball Patch List 1

All-State softball patches for any player named to any of our annual all-state teams can order a souvenir patch with certificate of recognition through our partners at BillyTees.com. The link to order All-State softball patches for 2024 is now available.


For those just wanting to check to see about a particular player on this year’s All-State Underclass Teams (juniors & sophomores separately) for softball without being a subscriber, here is a simple alphabetical list. If you want the full presentation and are not Gold Club, please check out getting a membership today.
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More State Baseball Coaches of Year

State Medium Schools Coach of the Year Paul Martinez from Oakmont of Roseville talks to one of the other coaches during a game this season. Photo: Allene Salerno / Sacramento Bee.


In addition to overall State Coach of the Year Corrigan Willis from Granada of Livermore, we have additional state coaching honors for the 2024 season going to Paul Martinez from Oakmont of Roseville (medium schools) and Scott Neal from Chavez of Delano (small schools).
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More State Softball Coaches of the Year

Larry Loger (left) is shown coaching with Jaelyn Lee at an early season game for Oakdale. We believe he is close to or has achieved 500 career wins. Photo: Jeff Kettering / Oakdale Leader.


In addition to overall State Coach of the Year Jason Ramirez from California of Whittier, we have additional state coaching honors for the 2024 season going to Larry Loger of Oakdale (medium schools) and Jodi Russell of Bakersfield Christian (small schools).
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Salute to Larry Allen & Taylor Dockins

Larry Allen is shown during his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. Taylor Dockins is shown during a game in 2017 season. Photos: NFL YouTube.com & Patrick Takkinen / SoCalSidelines.


Two of the most inspirational athletes we’ve ever written about in the 45 plus years of Cal-Hi Sports both passed away earlier this week on the same day.

If the all-time great NFL lineman Larry Allen ever met 2017 Ms. Softball State Player of the Year Taylor Dockins, he could probably lift two Taylors on one arm and two Taylors on the other. Allen was that big and strong and Taylor stood barely 5-foot-5 in height.

Both Larry and Taylor died on the same day, Sunday June 2, in entirely different circumstances. Allen was vacationing with his family in Mexico and died suddenly. Dockins had been battling liver cancer since her junior year of high school and died several months after the latest attempts for her to beat the disease had failed. He was 52 years old. She was 25.

Allen became an inspirational figure for the almost miraculous path he took to become one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history. He did not play varsity high school football due to moving around so much in his youth, attending Centennial of Compton, Edison of Stockton, Tokay of Lodi and finally Vintage of Napa. When he was 12, Larry was stabbed 12 times in an incident with another youngster in Compton.

Allen eventually wound up at Butte College where he began to really see what football could do for him. That led him to Sonoma State and it was there where he really blossomed and as a senior began to gain attention of NFL scouts. After the senior bowl that season, Allen was a second-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys. He would end his career being named All-Pro 11 times and finished up with the San Francisco 49ers.

Dockins had the opposite high school career. She was a standout as a freshman at Norco High, where under head coach Rick Robinson the Cougars have become a state & national powerhouse. In the summer between her junior and senior years, Taylor and her family were shocked by the initial cancer diagnosis. She was back to full strength after that first run-through with treatments for the 2017 season and led Norco to an unbeaten record entering the CIF Southern Section D1 championship game. Although Norco fell in that game to Los Alamitos, as one of the top hitters and the leading pitcher for a 33-1 team, Dockins was an easy choice to be the Ms. Softball State Player of the Year. She sent a heartfelt text of appreciation to us afterward.

After that last game, our reporter on scene, Harold Abend, approached Taylor in the Norco dugout after a decent amount of time and asked her that the loss must be tough after all she’d been through. Her response, “It was tougher in the hospital.”

Many around California and the nation will never forget these two inspriational athletes. We offer our peace and love to all of their families, friends and supporters.


Salute to Bill Walton

On Memorial Day, it was announced former NBA and UCLA great Bill Walton passed away at the age of 71 after a long bout with cancer. He was known as a colorful basketball analyst in his later years, but was also a NBA and NCAA champion.

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NCS: Epic Pitching, Sad Situation

The CIF North Coast Section D1 baseball final between Granada of Livermore and De La Salle of Concord came within one hit of both starting pitchers throwing seven-inning no-hitters, but after 10 innings on Friday of 0-0 action it couldn’t be completed as darkness set in at Monte Vista High in Danville. The historical final had to be completed on Saturday at Granada where the host Matadors won their first NCS title with a 1-0 win in 14 innings. De La Salle’s 33-game playoff win streak also came to an end.

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History had to wait in the CIF North Coast Section D1 baseball championship since the game between state No. 3 Granada of Livermore and No. 12 De La Salle of Concord that began on Friday in Danville couldn’t be finished with the score at 0-0 after 10 innings.

The outstanding pitching that started on Friday continued with different pitchers on Saturday. The contest eventually was decided in the 14th inning when De La Salle couldn’t take advantage of a great situation in the top half (runners on second and third with one out) but then Granada finally struck. A.J. Martinez delivered the game-winning hit that scored Parker Warner to give the Matadors a 1-0 win.

Jake Sekany (shown from game earlier this season) only allowed two hits in eight shutout innings of the CIF North Coast Section D1 final. Photo: @matadorbaseball / Twitter.com.


Warner also pitched the four shutout innings on Saturday. Patrick Curran pitched for De La Salle and had three shutout innings before finally surrendering the game-winning hit by Martinez, which came just over the glove of high-leaping DLS shortstop Tyler Spangler.

The victory not only improved Granada’s season record to 29-1 but should lock up the top seed for the CIF Northern California D1 playoffs. Pairings and complete seedings will be announced by the CIF on Sunday with the first round coming on Tuesday. The Matadors also celebrated their first NCS crown.

De La Salle was not only looking to win a seventh straight section title, but also had a 33-game playoff win streak snapped. It is the second-longest playoff win streak in state history, trailing only the 40-game streak by Central Catholic of Modesto set between 2000 and 2009 when the Raiders won 10 straight section titles. De La Salle needed a seventh section title in a row to break a tie with several schools also with six for second-place on that all-time state list.

Both head coaches — Corrigan Willis of Granada and David Jeans of De La Salle — said after Friday that they were going to approach Saturday as if it was a seven-inning game. Neither probably envisioned 10 innings weren’t going to be enough on Friday and they got four more on Saturday.

There wasn’t a hit by either side until two outs in the top of the sixth inning when De La Salle’s Joe McGee laid down a bunt that the Granada catcher couldn’t make a clean throw on to first base. After a walk put runners on first and second, Alec Blair popped up for the third out.

R.J. Meyn of De La Salle had eight no-hit innings vs Granada but got a no decision in what ended up a 1-0 loss in 14 innings. Photo: Mark Tennis.


Through seven innings, that bunt was the only hit given up by Granada’s Jake Sekany. De La Salle’s R.J. Meyn did even better with a no-hitter. Sekany (ended with six strikeouts) then gave up a solid single to Sean Stafford to start the eighth inning, but a strikeout, fly out and force out ended the threat. Meyn (also had six strikeouts) walked the first batter in the bottom of the eighth and the Matadors then had runners on first and second with one out when the next batter bunted and the DLS catcher tried to get the out at second base (unsuccessful). The next batter, though, hit into what one might call a tailor-made double play.

With Meyn out of the game in the bottom of the ninth, Granada came within a whisker of winning the title. A single by Mikey Boyd, a walk to Riley Winchell and a single by A.J. Martinez (which was hit too hard to enable Boyd to score) loaded the bases. Peyton Richards then hit a grounder to Hank Tripaldi of the Spartans, who elected to try for a double play to second base instead of throwing home to get the lead runner. Shortstop Tyler Spangler got the out at second, then threw to first where a bang-bang play occurred. If it weren’t for the stretch by first baseman Stafford, Richards would have been safe. Instead, the umpire ruled him out and the game continued.

In the 10th, De La Salle didn’t score with runners on first and second with two outs while Granada went 1-2-3.

The coaches and NCS officials then met to decide to continue playing. One side could have batted, but it may have been much darker for the other team. As the top seed and designated home team, Granada had the choice of playing the continuation of the game at home on Saturday and that’s what happened.

One day earlier, we went to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 baseball final at Sacramento City College (it has lights). In fact, we’ve gone to CIF section baseball finals in every major section (except SF, Oakland & Northern) and they are all held in places where continuation of a championship due to darkness would never happen.

Even before the darkness, the field at Monte Vista was unable to seat the 1,000 or so people who came to the Granada-De La Salle game. Many fans had to peak through outside fences to see what was going on. People there should know how much worse their kids have it for their baseball championships compared to every other major section in the state. NCS officials should be pressured to make changes.

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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All-State Girls BB Patch List

Our all-state hoops patch for this year (2024) is now available to order at BillyTees.com. Patches also come with a certificate to further recognize the achievement.


For those just wanting to check to see about a particular player on this year’s All-State Underclass Team for girls basketball without being a subscriber, here is a simple alphabetical list. If you want the full presentation and are not Gold Club, please check out getting a membership today.
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