Cal-Hi Sports Insider Blog

Quick-hitting, behind-the-scenes news and notes from the staff, including previews of upcoming content and events.

Similarities Between Sports Betting & Online Casino Games

Both sports betting and online casino games have become pillars of the modern gambling industry, drawing millions of enthusiasts globally. While seemingly different at first glance, with one focusing on real-world sports events, and the other on digital recreations of traditional casino games, both share a surprising number of similarities.
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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 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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All-State Boys BB Patch List

Our all-state hoops patch for this year (2024) will be available to order soon at 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 boys 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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West Coast Jamboree Names 2023 Scholarship Winners

The 23rd Annual West Coast Jamboree (a 501C-3), the largest education-based girls’ basketball tournament in the nation, is pleased to announce the applicants chosen as winners for its 2023 West Coast Jamboree Scholarship Program, the only one of its kind for any high school tournament in any sport in the nation, girls or boys.
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Mini-Stampede Hits Livermore

State No. 1 St. Francis of Mountain View and its state-ranked rivals from Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) both won twice on Saturday in a hastily-arranged doubleheader with Livermore schools.

When the Livermore Recreation and Parks Department deemed the field at Robertson Park unplayable on both Thursday and Friday, it spelled doom for the 30th Annual Livermore Stampede.

However, after the announcement was made at 6:30 am on Friday morning, everyone was scrambling since losing the Stampede’s five games in Northern California, where most teams have played less than half the games of teams so far in Southern California. That’s hard to replace, but the schools involved are doing their best.

Not only were the head coaches of the three traveling teams, Cal-Hi Sports No. 25 Whitney (Rocklin), Sacramento Sheldon, and Petaluma Casa Grande, on their laptops in the host hotel on Friday morning busily at work to try and find replacement games for the five they lost with the cancellation of the Stampede, tournament director and Livermore assistant coach Toff Garcia and head coach Andy Paulazzo were busy behind the scenes trying to salvage something out of what was expected to be a great event in the 30th anniversary of the first Stampede.

The three travelling teams went home but not before all had secured some games. Local Stampede teams also were scurrying to find games as well.

Around 9 am on Friday, Paulazzo texted to say his Cowboys’ girls were going to play Stampede participant Carondelet of Concord on Friday afternoon on its artificial turf field, and that four Showcase games were being arranged for Saturday at Junction Middle School in Livermore, a four field complex that also serves as the home field for Livermore.

Two fields were made more than adequately playable and the plan was to play two games at a time in a miniature style format just like the Stampede.

Livermore (13-3) got a 15-0 run rule victory on Friday over Carondelet and for Saturday the Cowboys’ girls would host state No. 1 original Stampede participants St. Francis (Mountain View) and No. 7 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) at 11 am and 1 pm, respectively.

Mitty was scheduled to face Amador Valley (Pleasanton) at 11 am and St. Francis was to play Granada (Livermore) at 1 pm, but when that team decided not to play Amador Valley took a second game and faced off with St. Francis.

Despite the short notice several hundred fans came out and got to see some great softball, and the chuck wagon with tri-tip and BBQ chicken was rolled out to feed the hungry throng.

St. Francis (13-0) picked up right where it left off after winning a Co-Championship at the Michelle Carew Classic two weeks ago in Anaheim.

Head coach Mike Oakland went with Texas A&M-committed and early Ms. Softball State Player of the Year hot candidate Kate Munnerlyn in the circle against Livermore, and the left-handed ace tossed a 5-0 shutout on a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and two bases on balls. Only a leadoff single in the top of the seventh by Minnesota-bound Livermore senior Jae Cosgrove separated Munnerlyn from a no-hitter.

While Munnerlyn and Boise State-bound senior pitcher Shannon Keighran get most of the props, Munnerlyn was obviously on but the big bat came from Peyton Tsao. The Lancers’ second-sacker went 3-for-3 with a home run, double, two RBI and a run scored. The other two runs for St. Francis came in the top of the seventh when a single by Keighran drove in sophomore and coaches’ daughter Jamie Oakland and Idaho State-bound senior shortstop Rebecca Quinn.

“I look up to the older girls on this team,” Tsao remarked. “They’re so supportive of me and always have my back.”

In the second game for the Lancers it was Tsao once again taking center stage. In an 8-2 victory over Amador Valley, she blasted two home runs and had four RBI and two runs scored. Tsao now has five home runs this season. The Lancers other runs came on a three-run home run by Munnerlyn that provided some additional support for Keighran who was in the circle.

Keighran ended up pitching an eight-hitter and gave up one earned run with five strikeouts and no walks.

Archbishop Mitty (11-1) won both of its games on Saturday, 7-2 over Amador Valley and 9-5 versus Livermore.

Against Amador Valley, it was Kentucky-bound senior Lindsey Miller staking the Monarchs to a 2-0 on a second-inning two-run home run. Mitty sophomore ace Kayleigh Mace only gave up four hits and two walks but Amador Valley touched her up for two runs in the top of the sixth and the game ended up going to extra innings.

Mitty finished it off in the eighth on a game-winning RBI single by sophomore basketball superstar and Monarchs shortstop McKenna Woliczko, followed by an RBI single by UCLA-bound senior Corri Hicks, and then Miller closed things out with a long three-run home run that plated Woliczko and Hicks.

In the second game against Livermore, the Monarchs broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the top of the fifth when they sent 11 batters to the plate. Livermore junior starter Savanna Froke gave up three runs on an RBI single by senior Keira Brady, followed by a single by Miller that drove in Brady and Woliczko, who had doubled. Hicks was walked intentionally and advanced on the hit by Miller. A two-run single ended the inning.

Along with Tsao of St. Francis, Miller ended up as the overall hitting stars for the mini Stampede. In the two games combined, she was 4-for-8 with two home runs, a double, seven RBI and five runs scored, six if you count the courtesy runner for the Monarchs catcher. She was also perfect behind the plate in 22 total chances and 21 put outs. She also threw out a runner trying to steal.

“I was feeling it today. I was seeing the ball really well,” Miller said with a huge grin. “We’ve been doing a lot of just focusing on getting your pitch, and today they were throwing me my pitch.”

Lions All-Star FB Game Updates

Joey Stout from Pitman of Turlock and Roland Brown of Modesto Central Catholic were MVP and Defensive MVP for the 2023 Lions All-Star Game played on June 24 in Tracy. Photo: Mark Tennis.

We will again be assisting the high school football all-star game in the Stockton-Modesto area as a way of giving back to the high school sports in the community we live in. We do this through media relations and providing input to the game’s committee. Rosters for both the north and south teams are out and in two weeks there will be a banquet at the Italian Athletic Club in Stockton honoring the players and teams. Info on the game, banquet, rosters and coaches is below.
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Boys BB State Team of the Year 2024

Trent Perry, head coach Dave Rebibo and Robert Hinton are shown at the conclusion of their CIF Open Division state title press conference. Photo: Mark Tennis / Cal-Hi Sports.

Harvard-Westlake officially added to the all-time list of State Teams of the Year that goes back more than 120 years. It’s the second straight selection, but doing that is not unusual at all in historical terms. Doing it without any transfers, however, we think has only been done two other times since first official CIF state finals in 1980.

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(Managing editor Ronnie Flores contributed to this article)

It is incredibly difficult for any team to win the title in the highest division of the CIF state basketball championships, but in historical terms in the last 25 years it’s actually more unique for a team to win the state’s top crown that is not part of a repeat or a three-peat and in one case a four-peat.

Harvard-Westlake of Studio City won its second straight CIF Open Division state title last Saturday night in Sacramento with a 50-45 win over Salesian of Richmond and now the Wolverines also have become the latest team to repeat as State Team of the Year. The all-time list of No. 1 teams goes back more than 120 years based on Cal-Hi Sports research.

There were no CIF state championships in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID, but the State Team of the Year honor earned in 2020 by Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth and the one from 2021 by Centennial of Corona were part of a three-peat and a repeat, respectively. The Trailblazers were selected in 2020 after they won the SoCal Open Division title with no state championship game as the pandemic broke out in a huge way during that March week of 2020. They had won CIF Open titles also in 2018 and 2019. The Huskies won the CIF Southern Section Open Division title in the 2021 spring season, but didn’t go to the SoCal regional playoffs that year. With the normal schedule back in March of 2022, they went all the way to the CIF Open state title.

Four years before Sierra Canyon’s three-year run, Mater Dei of Santa Ana finished on top of the state for four straight seasons from 2011 to 2014 under legendary head coach Gary McKnight. There also were repeats from Westchester of Los Angeles twice in the 2000s, for 2009-2010 and 2004-05, along with a repeat from Artesia of Lakewood for 2006-2007 when future Hall of Famer James Harden was starring for the Pioneers.

Wolverines’ head coach David Rebibo made it a point during the team’s post-game press conference at the Golden 1 Center that his group of seniors did something very special to win two straight Open Division titles with no transfers.

We decided on Monday while adding Harvard-Westlake 2024 to the all-time list to check out other schools that have repeated with no transfers. It’s a small list of only two others since the first CIF state championships held in 1980 — Westchester of Los Angeles for 2009-10 and we think Crenshaw of Los Angeles for 1985-86.

Both of those previously mentioned teams from Centennial and Sierra Canyon had transfers. So did Mater Dei in its run of four in a row. Artesia’s teams with Harden had transfer center Renardo Sidney and that Westchester group of 2004-05 had at least one transfer we found as well.

Going back further than that, at least one transfer was found at Dominguez of Compton (1999-2000), Crenshaw of Los Angeles (1993-94) and St. Joseph of Alameda (1991-92). We don’t think Crenshaw of 1985-86 had a transfer, although sophomore Stevie Thompson played JayVees in 1983-84 after playing one game of varsity ball at St. Anthony of Long Beach as a freshman. Last year’s Harvard-Westlake group did include Hart of Newhall transfer Brady Dunlap, but the senior group this year didn’t. Even so, it’s very rare and that was coach Rebibo’s point.

Harvard-Westlake also has now been State Team of the Year three times. It’s previous No. 1 finish was in 1997 under previous head coach Greg Hilliard. That team, led by twin towers Jason and Jarron Collins, won the CIF D3 state title and was selected over D1 state champion Crenshaw and D2 state champion Dominguez.

Cal-Hi Sports Boys Basketball
State Teams of the Year All-Time List

2024 – Studio City Harvard-Westlake (33-3)
2023 – Studio City Harvard-Westlake (33-2)
2022 – Corona Centennial (33-1)
2021 – Corona Centennial (21-2)
2020 – Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (30-4)
2019 – Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (32-3)
2018 – Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (27-4)
2017 – Torrance Bishop Montgomery (31-2)
2016 – Chino Hills (35-0)
2015 – Oakland Bishop O’Dowd (28-4)
2014 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (35-0)
2013 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (34-2)
2012 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (34-2)
2011 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (32-3)
2010 – Los Angeles Westchester (32-3)
2009 – Los Angeles Westchester (35-2)
2008 – Oakland McClymonds (32-0)
2007 – Lakewood Artesia (33-2)
2006 – Lakewood Artesia (32-1)
2005 – Los Angeles Westchester (25-3)
2004 – Los Angeles Westchester (23-2)
2003 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (34-2)
2002 – Los Angeles Westchester (32-2)
2001 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (33-2)
2000 – Compton Dominguez (35-2)
1999 – Compton Dominguez (32-3)
1998 – Los Angeles Westchester (29-3)
1997 – Studio City Harvard-Westlake (35-1)
1996 – Compton Dominguez (34-2)
1995 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (36-1)
1994 – Los Angeles Crenshaw (29-2)
1993 – Los Angeles Crenshaw (26-2)
1992 – Alameda St. Joseph (32-3)
1991 – Alameda St. Joseph (31-3)
1990 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (34-1)
1989 – Los Angeles Crenshaw (25-2)
1988 – Los Angeles Manual Arts (27-3)
1987 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (31-1)
1986 – Los Angeles Crenshaw (25-2)
1985 – Los Angeles Crenshaw (24-0)
1984 – Long Beach Poly (31-2)
1983 – Los Angeles Crenshaw (27-2)
1982 – Carson (26-2)
1981 – Long Beach Poly (26-2)
1980 – Inglewood (29-0)
1979 – Los Angeles Verbum Dei (28-1)
1978 – Pasadena (26-2)
1977 – Oakland Fremont (25-1)
1976 – Long Beach Poly (30-1)
1975 – Elk Grove (27-5)
1974 – Los Angeles Verbum Dei (30-2)
1973 – Los Angeles Verbum Dei (29-2)
1972 – Los Angeles Verbum Dei (30-1)
1971 – Los Angeles Verbum Dei (29-2)
1970 – Berkeley (32-0)
1969 – Compton (30-0)
1968 – Compton (32-0)
1967 – Los Angeles Fremont (16-2)
1966 – Los Angeles Jordan (18-0)
1965 – Long Beach Poly (29-3)
1964 – Long Beach Poly (32-1)
1963 – Oakland McClymonds (19-3)
1962 – Oakland McClymonds (23-0)
1961 – Compton (28-3)
1960 – Oakland McClymonds (22-0)
1959 – Oakland McClymonds (22-0)
1958 – Oakland McClymonds (21-0)
1957 – San Francisco Poly (28-1)
1956 – El Cerrito (31-1)
1955 – Alhambra (27-2)
1954 – San Francisco St. Ignatius (26-2)
1953 – Los Angeles Loyola (34-2)
1952 – Compton (32-0)
1951 – Los Angeles Jefferson (27-0)
1950 – Chico (15-3)
1949 – Los Angeles Washington (21-0)
1948 – San Francisco Lincoln (29-2)
1947 – Los Angeles Mt. Carmel (34-2)
1946 – Stockton (20-2)
1945 – San Diego Hoover (16-1)
1944 – Alameda (15-1)
1943 – San Francisco St. Ignatius (14-0)
1942 – Palo Alto (18-0)
1941 – Glendale Hoover (21-1)
1940 – Long Beach Poly (22-2)
1939 – San Francisco Lowell (17-3)
1938 – Whittier (24-3)
1937 – San Francisco Lowell (17-3)
1936 – San Diego (14-1)
1935 – Santa Barbara (14-1)
1934 – Santa Barbara (16-1)
1933 – Stockton (16-2)
1932 – San Francisco Lowell (18-3)
1931 – Whittier (25-1)
1930 – Palo Alto (13-0)
1929 – Palo Alto (15-0)

Note: List continues back to 1903 in Cal-Hi Sports Record Book & Almanac. All selections prior to 1975 made retroactively based on research by our founder, the late Nelson Tennis.

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

Girls BB State Team of Year 2024

Four of Etiwanda’s five starters — Grace Knox, Aliyahna “Puff” Morris, Kennedy Smith and Mykelle Richards — scored all of the team’s points except six during the team’s win against Mitty. Arynn Finley was the fifth starter. Photo: Willie Eashman.

Going back-to-back as a State Team of the Year in California girls basketball history isn’t that unusual, so the biggest question in the aftermath of Etiwanda’s CIF Open Division state title game victory over Archbishop Mitty is whether the Eagles will join Mater Dei of Santa Ana next year as the only schools in state history to ever do three in a row. Etiwanda does become the first program in the Open Division era of CIF state basketball history to go back-to-back also as State Team of the Year.

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(Associate editor Harold Abend contributed to this article)

Since the CIF Open Division state playoff format began in 2013, it’s been just a formality to also add the winning team onto the all-time state list of California No. 1 teams. Before that, there was always some suspense about which team might get chosen and there had been non-Division 1 teams that were State Teams of the Year.

Still, there’s always history to explore with any CIF Open Division state champion and it has become customary for us to do that when officially adding that team — in this case Etiwanda — to the all-time state list.

Head coach Stan Delus’s squad is being added for the second straight season after capturing its second straight CIF Open Division state title last Saturday with a 60-48 triumph over Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, which came into the game unbeaten and was No. 1 in the state and national rankings.

While Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth can claim back-to-back CIF Open state titles for 2019 and 2022 since there were no CIF state championships in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID, it’s not the same for State Team of the Year. One was still picked in 2020 with no state title games held (it was La Jolla Country Day) and in 2021 (Corona Centennial) when there was that late spring season with no state finals in March.

Mater Dei of Santa Ana had a run of three straight State Team of the Year honors from 2010 to 2012 under retiring head coach Kevin Kiernan, but the CIF Open Division format began in 2013. Etiwanda therefore has become the first back-to-back State Team of the Year in the CIF Open Division era.

Mater Dei’s run of three straight State Team of the Year selections also is historical because its the only time that has happened since the first honor was determined in the early 1970s by Cal-Hi Sports founder Nelson Tennis.

Can Etiwanda make in three in a row next season and join the Monarchs? Transfers can always complicate the landscape, but despite the graduation loss of McDonald’s All-American Kennedy Smith no one would be wise to count out the Eagles.

Stellar point guard Aliyahna “Puff” Morris will be back for her senior year as will forward Grace Knox, who became a dominant player especially at the end of this season. The expected addition of perhaps the top incoming ninth grader in the nation, 6-foot-4 Sydney Douglas, who is from the Inland Empire, would also be a perfect replacement for Smith. Nothing seems official on that yet, however, other than Sydney’s father, former NFL lineman Rome Douglas, offering the correct pronunciation of Stan Delus’ name last week on X/Twitter.

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State Teams of the Year All-Time List

2024 – Etiwanda (32-3)
2023 – Etiwanda (32-3)
2022 – Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (30-2)
2021 – Corona Centennial (25-1)
2020 – La Jolla Country Day (32-1)
2019 – Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (33-1)
2018 – Los Angeles Windward (27-3)
2017 – Fresno Clovis West (34-2)
2016 – West Hills Chaminade (31-4)
2015 – Stockton St. Mary’s (34-1)
2014 – Long Beach Poly (27-3)
2013 – Oakland Bishop O’Dowd (30-3)
2012 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (34-3)
2011 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (34-1)
2010 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (32-1)
2009 – Brea Olinda Brea (33-2)
2008 – S.F. Sacred Heart Cathedral (33-0)
2007 – Long Beach Poly (36-1)
2006 – Fullerton Troy (33-1)
2005 – Piedmont (32-2)
2004 – Piedmont (33-2)
2003 – Lynwood (32-1)
2002 – Lynwood (32-0)
2001 – Harbor City Narbonne (28-3)
2000 – Harbor City Narbonne (34-0)
1999 – San Jose Archbishop Mitty (31-0)
1998 – Harbor City Narbonne (32-1)*
1997 – Berkeley (29-3)
1996 – Irvine Woodbridge (32-2)
1995 – Irvine Woodbridge (33-1)
1994 – Brea Olinda Brea (33-0)
1993 – Lynwood (31-0)
1992 – RH Estates Peninsula (33-0)
1991 – Berkeley (30-2)
1990 – Inglewood Morningside (32-3)
1989 – Inglewood Morningside (33-1)
1988 – Fremont Oakland (28-0)**
1987 – San Diego Point Loma (34-0)
1986 – San Diego Point Loma (31-1)
1985 – Compton (26-0)
1984 – Ventura Buena (31-0)
1983 – Ventura Buena (28-4)
1982 – Riverside Poly (34-0)
1981 – Riverside Poly (29-0)
1980 – Berkeley (29-0)
1979 – Woodland Hills El Camino Real (19-0)
1978 – Huntington Beach (25-2)
1977 – Los Angeles (16-0)
1976 – Ventura (23-0)
1975 – Chula Vista Hilltop (18-0)
1974 – Berkeley (19-1)
1973 – Fresno San Joaquin Memorial (12-0)
1972 – Ventura Buena (8-0)

*Forfeit losses not included. CIF Division I state title vacated due to residency issues.
**Eleven wins forfeited due to use of ineligible player.

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

Preseason TOP 5: Baseball, Softball

The earliest ever start to the baseball & softball season in the CIF Southern Section, three weeks before some top teams in other CIF sections in the state are playing their first games, makes it impossible for us to do a true preseason state ranking this year for either baseball or softball.

With games beginning this weekend in the state’s largest section by far, however, we do want to proclaim a preseason No. 1 for the state in both sports and a preseason state top five. We’ll do a more thorough breakdown later as more teams get games in. Instead of a preseason state ranking, however, it will simply be the first rankings of the 2024 regular season.

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(with last year’s win-loss record)

1. Corona 22-11
The Panthers are viewed by all of the national groups that do rankings (we did them before as well for many years with ESPN and Student Sports) as one of the very best in either the No. 1 or No. 2 positions. It’s easy to see why. There are loads of returning players, including UCLA-bound No. 1 pitcher Ethan Shiefelbein, plus the 2023 Cal-Hi Sports State Freshman of the Year, Anthony Murphy, along with key transfers junior Brady Ebel (the freshman of the year from 2022) and his younger brother Trey (who were at Etiwanda and are the sons of Dodgers’ third base coach Dino Ebel). Head coach Andy Wise’s squad also is coming off of a CIFSS D1 semifinal finish from last year. Similar to JSerra two years ago, though, Corona has never won a title in the top division of the CIFSS.

Harvard-Westlake’s Duncan Marsten is regarded as one of the state’s top prospects from the Class of 2024. Photo:

2. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City) 21-9
Bryce Rainer has been the state player of the year among freshmen, sophomores and juniors the past three seasons and starts the spring as the leading candidate to be Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year. Rainer (Texas) didn’t even pitch last season, but still did enough as a hitter to stay on top of the other juniors. Tommy Bridges (TCU) will be another four-year standout as a pitcher for the Wolverines. Duncan Marsten (Wake Forest) is another elite pitcher. Harvard-Westlake also had several other elite younger players last season, including freshman James Tronstein (Stanford).

3. Lutheran (Orange) 20-12-1
The preseason No. 1 team by the Orange County Register has a lineup that 15-year head coach Eric Borba told them is “deeper than its ever been.” The Lancers have one of the state’s top MLB Draft prospects in senior outfielder Derek Curiel (who has signed with LSU), who has been ranked among the best of the 2024 class since he was a freshman. Junior OF Josh Hartshorn also is back after leading the team in RBI with 24. Twelve players on the roster in all have signed letters in intent for D1 colleges or have committed to D1 colleges.

4. De La Salle (Concord) 27-5
Pitching strength has to keep the Spartans near the top of the state rankings. They also are taking a 30-game playoff win streak into this season including two straight CIF NorCal Open Division titles and six straight CIF North Coast Section D1 titles. That’s the second longest playoff win streak in state history. R.J. Meyn went 10-0 on the mound with a 2.20 ERA while junior Jack Hershey went 6-3 with a 2.21 ERA. Hank Tripaldi, who hit perhaps the most dramatic home run in NorCal history (a two-out grand slam in the top of the seventh inning of the NorCal title game vs Valley Christian), is also among those back.

5. JSerra (SJ Capistrano) 24-9
We will always start out a team like the Lions with two straight CIFSS D1 titles and a No. 1 statewide finish from the year before higher than perhaps others do (who look at player rankings more than anything else). Results on the field will quickly take care of preseason prognosis anyway. The Lions lose a lot of position players, especially Mr. Baseball POY Trent Caraway, but they have a lot of pitching coming back. The best of that group is senior Matt Champion (signed with LSU).

Eastlake (Chula Vista) 28-6, Huntington Beach 21-9, Franklin (Elk Grove) 30-5, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 28-4, Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 28-6, Valley Christian (San Jose) 31-4.

(with last year’s win-loss record)

1. Pacifica (Garden Grove) 24-8
Last season’s final No. 2 team is looking to win a second straight CIFSS D1 title and has just about everyone back to do it. The Mariners also will play in all of other top tournaments for a schedule that makes them a national No. 1 contender. It’s a group with several four-year varsity standouts, including ace pitcher Brynne Nally, a Long Beach State recruit. The others are shortstop Kaniya Bragg (UCLA), catcher Delaina Ma’ae (UC Santa Barbara), outfielder Kayli Counts (Cal) and first base Annika Sogsti (Cal State Fullerton).

St. Francis senior Shannon Keighran will play next at Boise State. Photo: Mark Tennis.

2. St. Francis (Mountain View) 28-4
It was considered to start the Lancers on top to start the season since they did get a win last season over Pacifica at the Michelle Carew Classic. They later had a loss to Los Alamitos and were not able to end No. 1 in the state for a second straight year due to two losses to Hollister (which was the team that finished as State Team of the Year). St. Francis has one of the top one-two pitching punches in NorCal history and it should keep the team highly ranked again. Kate Munnerlyn (Texas A&M) and Shannon Keighran (Boise State) are those two pitchers plus they can contribute at the plate.

3. Huntington Beach 23-6
Toward the end of the season, junior Zoe Prystajko of the Oilers was doing so well as a hitter and pitcher that she was looking like a leading Ms. Softball State Player of the Year contender. It didn’t end as hoped, but she was still the Orange County Player of the Year and starts 2024 as one of the best in the state. The Stanford-bound Prystajko also has seven other returning starters coming back with her. It’s never easy for Huntington Beach playing teams like Los Alamitos, however, in its league.

4. Lutheran (Orange) 22-6
The Lancers will feature one of the state’s top returning pitchers in Brianne Weiss plus they still have one of the most exciting juniors in the nation in outfielder Kai Minor. Kai has committed to Oklahoma.

5. Norco 27-4
All of the success in recent years under head coach Rick Robinson made it too tough for us to put the Cougars behind two others from the Inland Empire region that also look strong to start this season: Riverside Poly & Great Oak of Temecula. Two of the best players Norco has ever had — Alyssa Hovermale (Florida) and Mya Perez (Texas A&M) will be be missed. Among those back are outfielder Dakota Potter (South Carolina), junior outfielder Tamryn Shorter (Boise State) and senior infielder Maddy Aguilera (Boise State).

Others: Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 21-5, Great Oak (Temecula) 20-8-1, Hollister 30-3, Los Alamitos 24-4, Poway 30-3, Whitney (Rocklin) 22-8.

All-State FB Patch List For Juniors

All-State Football Patches will again be handled this year by our friends at For more information about Cal-Hi Sports merchandise at, CLICK HERE.

Congratulations to the following players listed in alphabetical order who have been selected to either first team, second team or third team on the 2023 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior Football Teams for the fall season. These players and their families can now order an official all-state football patch plus you’ll get a certificate through our partners at We also wanted to post the names on a list so we’re not collecting a subscription from a parent who is only interested in seeing if their son has been picked and then finds out the son wasn’t picked.

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First & Second Teams

Max Amasio (St. John Bosco)
Hayden Anderson (Windsor)
Alex Asparuhov (San Joaquin Memorial)
Bear Bachmeier (Murrieta Valley)
Wyatt Becker (Sierra Canyon)
Dash Beirly (Chaparral)
Garrison Blank (Rocklin)
Karson Cox (Oak Hills)
Kaleb Edwards (Oak Ridge)
Trestin Castro (Upland)
Adonyss Currie (Quartz Hill)
Daryus Dixson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Dane Dunn (Sierra Canyon)
Toa Faavae (De La Salle)
Madden Faraimo (JSerra)
Jake Flores (JSerra)
Gavin Garretson (Pleasant Valley)
Ishmael Gibbs (Chaminade, West Hills)
Marcus Harris (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Tre Harrison (Serra, Gardena)
Drew Hill (Centennial, Corona)
Jadyn Hudson (Pittsburg)
Madden Iamaleava (Warren)
Mark Iheanachor (Narbonne)
Carter Jackson (Granite Bay)
Marco Jones (San Ramon Valley)
Kingston Keanaaina (St. Francis, Mountain View)
Odhran Kenny (St. Ignatius)
Christian Knoos (Oaks Christian)
Jackson Kollock (Laguna Beach)
Chris Lawson (Archbishop Riordan)
Dijon Lee Jr. (Mission Viejo)
Jackson Lloyd (Carmel)
Husan Longstreet (Centennial, Corona)
McKay Madsen (Clovis North)
Kapono Mao (Los Alamitos)
Chuck McDonald (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Noah Mikhail (Bonita)
John Mills (St. Ignatius)
Ty Olsen (Del Norte, San Diego)
Chinedu Onyeagoro (King/Drew)
Weston Port (San Juan Hills)
Tyler Presuhn (Carlsbad)
Shane Rosenthal (Newbury Park)
Jake Silverman (Torrance)
Akili Smith Jr. (Lincoln, San Diego)
J.J. Solis (Aquinas)
Matai Tagoa’i (San Clemente)
Semi Taulanga (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Champ Taulealea (Valley Christian, SJ)
Jett Thomas (La Jolla)
Jordin Thomas (Lincoln, Stockton)
Sione Tohi (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Losipini Tupou (Archbishop Riordan)
Jeremiah Tuiileila (Grant, Sacramento)
LaMason Waller (Sultana)
Jewelous Walls (Pittsburg)
Jaden Williams (Mission Viejo)
Nasir Wyatt (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Ashton Zamani (Sierra Canyon)

Third Team

Isaac Adams (Cajon)
Budder Aina (Pacifica, Oxnard)
Marley Alcantara (Pittsburg)
Stevie Amar (Oaks Christian)
LaVar Arrington (Charter Oak)
Sir Autry (Hoover, San Diego)
Jayden Baer (Quartz Hill)
Derrick Blanche (De La Salle)
Elijah Bow (Pittsburg)
Marquis Bradley (Ontario Christian)
Jimmy Butler (Serra, Gardena)
Cory Butler Jr. (Centennial, Corona)
Jeremiah Calvin (Mayfair)
Anthony Campbell (Lutheran, Orange)
Quaid Carr (Servite)
Henry Casani (Loyola)
Jackson Cinfel (Clovis North)
Ricky Cole (Inderkum)
Kavon Collins (Monterey)
Charles Cravings (Santa Monica)
Jordon Davison (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Isaiah Dillon (Pacifica, Oxnard)
Dayquan Dunn (Arcata)
Dominic Duran (Pacifica, Oxnard)
Alonzo Esparza (Los Alamitos)
Eimesse Essis (Tustin)
Kellan Ford (Monte Vista, Danville)
Puka Fuimaono (San Clemente)
Dreyden Garner (Lincoln, San Diego)
Kourdey Glass (Hanford)
Koen Glover (St. Bonaventure)
Zach Giuliano (Corona del Mar)
Daniel Gomez (Hanford)
Theo Greule (Folsom)
Henry Hatada (Rocklin)
Jacob Higgs (Sultana)
Elijah Huddle (Casa Roble)
Kameryn Hurst (Carson)
Devin Hyde (Menlo-Atherton)
Ezequiel Johnson (Redondo)
J.J. Johnson (Enterprise)
Matthew Johnson (De La Salle)
Carter Jones (Crean Lutheran)
C.J. Jones (Sunnyside, Fresno)
Tony Keck (Clayton Valley)
Derek Keeley (Rocklin)
Joe Kessler (Palo Alto)
Andrew Langer (Carlsbad)
T.J. Lateef (Lutheran, Orange)
Ryan Lewis (Escalon)
Hinesward Lilomaiava (Mission Viejo)
Ryan Luce (Trabuco Hills)
Marko Luera (Glendora)
Jacob Maiava (Santa Margarita)
Jared Martin (Central, El Centro)
Cory McEnroe (Thousand Oaks)
Julian McMahon (Monte Vista, Danville)
Gabe Miller (Foothill, Palo Cedro)
Tyus Miller (Clovis East)
Jesse Myers (Cardinal Newman)
Drew Nichols (Murrieta Valley)
Jarret Nielsen (Jordan, Long beach)
Jace Nix (San Marcos)
Kalib Pacheco (Don Lugo)
Mays Pese (Bishop Diego)
Kyler Peters (Apple Valley)
Etene Prichard (Pittsburg)
Aaron Ramirez (Coachella Valley)
Abuduall Sanders (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
John Sanders (St. Francis, LC)
Owen Scott (San Ramon Valley)
Jamar Searcy (Pittsburg)
Seth Shigg (Chaminade)
Myles Singleton (Culver City)
Epi Sitanilei-Usumalil (St. John Bosco)
Shondrick Smallwood (Central, Fresno)
John “Sharky” Tamale (McClymonds)
Scott Taylor (Loyola)
Wes Timmel (San Marin)
Max Turner (Granite Hills, El Cajon)
Sione Vailea (McClymonds)
Jesse Wishon (Millikan)
Venilaite Wolfgramm (Inglewood)
Jonathan Ybarra (Sanger)
LaRue Zamarano (Centennial, Corona)

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