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

Honorable Mention Schools of Year

To go with our annual State Schools of the Year tribute, here are some additional schools that were on our board in the various CIF state divisions and in our own five-division format that we would consider to be honorable mention.
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FB: Early Preseason Top 10 Notes

We’ve changed our ticker at the top the site to reflect an early preseason state top 10 for the 2018 football season. These could change when the preseason State Top 50 package is released early next month based on additional transfers and additional information plus reports of what some of the more local preseason rankers are thinking.

1. Mater Dei
At the end of 2018, Bosco’s returning talent looked a lot better and it may still be, but the early season schedule with MD playing Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas on Aug 24 and then IMG Academy in September makes it obvious to start last year’s No. 1 team in the state and nation in the same spot.

Running back George Holani is one of the top returnees at St. John Bosco. Photo: @SportsRecruits/#D1Football.com.


2. St. John Bosco
The Braves don’t play anyone early on close to Bishop Gorman or IMG, but would move to No. 1 if Mater Dei were to lose either of those games. Then the winner of the first MD-Bosco game would be No. 1 and then the winner of the second game (again likely in the CIFSS D1 final) would be No. 1 and likely No. 1 at the end of the CIF Open Division state final.

3. De La Salle
This program’s long reign atop Northern California will be seriously challenged by Folsom when the two meet in a monster season opener on Aug. 17. This year’s team should be better than the last two, but also again probably not that close to either of the big two down south.

4. Folsom
Many will look at the lineup of those coming back for the Bulldogs and will pick them to beat De La Salle. The offense in some areas (receivers, running back) should be even better than they were in 2014 and while QB Kaden Bennett isn’t quite like Jake Browning he’s very, very effective. Still, for Folsom to be ranked ahead of De La Salle, that will require beating De La Salle.

5. Centennial (Corona)
The Huskies may be closer to the next group of top teams in Southern California than they’ve been to MD and Bosco in recent years, but you never know what head coach Matt Logan may come up with. Early schedule is brutal with games vs. Orange Lutheran, Pitt and Narbonne.

6. Lutheran (Orange)
WR Kyle Ford was one of the best players at last week’s The Opening held at the Dallas Cowboys’ training facility. QB Ryan Hilinski and many others also are back. A big early season win at OCC over Centennial could prove a lot.

7. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
This team won the CIFSS D2 title last year, then lost to Helix in CIF D1AA bowl game. Great returning talent, led by DE Kayvon Thibodeaux and RB Zach Charbonnet, but also moving up to CIFSS D1 with MD and Bosco.

8. Narbonne (Harbor City)
Both the Gauchos and Pittsburg, last year’s two CIF D1A state finalists, look loaded but Narbonne won that game and will start out 2018 higher. There’s a lot of graduated talent to replace, but the line is loaded (led by OL Jonah Tauanu’u) and newcomers may fit it nicely at RB and QB.

9. Pittsburg
The Pirates definitely will challenge DLS in the NCS. QB Trey Turner’s return from knee surgery is the key. If it goes well, last year’s QB (Justin Boyd) can go back to WR. DT Jacob Bandes also one of best in nation at his position.

10. Mission Viejo
Summer 7-on-7 stuff doesn’t count for that much, but MV beating Bosco at the Battle of the Beach last weekend shows that new head coach Chad Johnson (former Bosco offensive coordinator) will keep the Diablos near the top of SoCal. It’ll help he has a returning QB and some other solid skill players back.

Other Teams
Central of Fresno was the best in the Central Section last year and should start out on top there again with QB Trent Tompkins among the returnees. It’s more up in the air in San Diego as Helix has a lot to replace but teams with a lot of returning talent (like Madison & Cathedral Catholic) really didn’t do enough last year to be that high in the preseason. In the CCS, St. Francis of Mountain View has RB Darrell Page, DE Josh Pakola and probably best overall group of returnees. Also can never count out the talent at Gardena Serra. In CIFSS, Upland wasn’t moved to D1 from D2 and therefore looks to be a big favorite in that division and also to win a state title (unless it has to play De La Salle).


Tough Week for UCLA, SoCal Hoops

The SoCal basketball community, and UCLA basketball in particular, is reeling after news broke that former Bruins and L.A. Westchester standout Billy Knight was found dead in Phoenix on Sunday morning from an apparent suicide. The news of Knight’s plight hit social media 24 hours later and came four days after former UCLA and Sylmar High all-stater Tyler Honeycutt passed away from self-inflicted gunshot wounds following a standoff with police.

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All-State Baseball: Patch List

Patches for every player named to every list of the 2018 All-State Baseball Teams will be available to order through our partners at BillyTees.com. A certificate to accompany each all-state patch also is part of the package.

For those just interested in seeing the names of players who are on the Gold Club post for this year’s All-State Underclass Team for baseball 2018, 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

Patches for every player named to every list of the 2018 All-State Softball Teams will be available to order through our partners at BillyTees.com. A certificate to accompany each all-state patch also is part of the package.


For those just interested in seeing the names of players who are on the Gold Club post for this year’s All-State Underclass Team for softball 2018, here is a simple alphabetical list. If you want the full presentation and are not Gold Club, please check out getting a membership today. If you just want to know the name of someone listed, it’s never been our intention to force someone to become a subscriber. Users who are not subscribers but just have a question about any of our content are also welcome to email markjtennis@gmail.com at any time. To order a commemorative patch that comes with a certificate, families of those listed below can do so through THIS LINK from our partners at BillyTees.com. A separate link to order the softball patches has been added to the other patches on the link.

Corinne Acosta (Exeter)
Amanda Ajari (Benicia)
Jaedlyn Allchin (Huntington Beach)
Hope Alley (Foothill, Pleasanton)
McKenzie Barbara (St. Joseph, Lakewood)
Aliya Belarde (Los Alamitos)
Tehya Bird (Cloverdale)
Maya Brady (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village)
Ciara Briggs (Lutheran, Orange)
Alyssa Brito (Pacifica, Garden Grove)
Cory Carrillo (Newbury Park)
Emily Cazares (Buchanan, Clovis)
Staci Chambers (Granite Hills, El Cajon)
Megan Delgadillo (Poly, Riverside)
Hannah Edwards (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose)
Alicia Estrada (Rio Mesa, Oxnard)
Mata Faapito (Great Oak, Temecula)
Karina Faasisila (Tracy)
Nicole Hammoud (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland)
Kinzie Hansen (Norco)
Jazmin Hill (Gahr, Cerritos)
Diamond Holland (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose)
Sydney Hornbuckle (Stockdale, Bakersfield)
Sydnee Huff (Yucaipa)
Jordyn Hutchins (Woodland Christian)
Madison Jacobus (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance)
Janessa Jasso (Dos Palos)
Julia Jimenez (Etiwanda)
Brooke Johnson (Chino Hills)
Nyomi Jones (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Ava Justman (Chatsworth)
Sarah Ladd (Los Alamitos)
Tessa Magnanimo (Chaminade, West Hills)
Kendall Mangel (Chino Hills)
Brooke Marquez (Hart, Newhall)
Nicole May (Foothill, Pleasanton)
Madison Mendez (Santana, Santee)
Janelle Meono (Wilson, Hacienda Heights)
Izzy Nieblas (Stockdale, Bakersfield)
Sam Oliver (Sheldon, Sacramento)
Lindsay Poulos (Granite Bay)
Kiannah Pierce (Sheldon, Sacramento)
Presleigh Pilon (Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta)
Keana Pola (Godinez, Santa Ana)
Savannah Pola (Godinez, Santa Ana)
Mariah Rodriguez (Lutheran, Orange)
Cydney Sanders (San Marcos)
Julia Scardina (Marin Catholic, Kentfield)
Jordan Schuring (St. Francis, Mountain View)
Paige Smith (Norco)
Sydney Steele (Poway)
Taylor Stephens (Gahr, Cerritos)
Ashley Trierweiler (Carlmont, Belmont)
Grace Uribe (Huntington Beach)
Reagan Walsh (South, Torrance)
Lexie Webb (Oakdale)
Sarah Willis (Norco)
Juliana Wilson (Watsonville)
Emily Ybarra (Redwood, Visalia)
Kacey Zobac (Valley Christian, San Jose)


Golden Spikes & NCAA MOPs from the Golden State

With a player from a California high school winning the Golden Spikes Award, which for college baseball is similar to winning the Heisman Trophy in football, and with another player from California leading Oregon State to the College World Series title by pitching a shutout in the final game, we were motivated to compile a list of the state’s winners for the Golden Spikes Award since it began in 1978 for those from the state who’ve been Most Outstanding Player at the CWS since 1949.
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Baseball: State Record Update

We have not one but two of our Cal-Hi Sports State Players of the Year in baseball who are among the all-time leaders in the state record category of most consecutive scoreless innings by a pitcher.
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California On Roll In NBA Draft

Marvin Bagley got plenty of attention at Sierra Canyon and Sacramento Kings fans are hoping he can turn the franchise’s fortunes around. Photo: Nick Koza.

Marvin Bagley III is the first player taken in the 2018 NBA Draft who graduated from a California high school, selected No. 2 overall by the Sacramento Kings. There are two other first-rounders from the Golden State and six overall drafted as the state runs its streak of producing first-rounders to 13 consecutive years. We also list every single NBA draftee ever taken in the first two rounds who attended high school in our state.

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More Baseball Coaches of the Year

In addition to overall State Coach of the Year Bob Zamora of Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley, we have additional state coaching honors for the 2018 season going to Ken Arnerich of Alameda and Mack Paciorek of Pasadena Poly.
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More State Softball Coaches of Year

In addition to overall State Coach of the Year Teresa Mayes-Borchard of Pleasanton Amador Valley, we have additional state coaching honors for the 2018 season going to Kristin Grubbs of Benicia and Neil Stinson of East Nicolaus.
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