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Top 5 NFL, NBA, MLB Calif. Coach Wins

With head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs moving into the top five on the NFL all-time wins list (playoffs included), we were inspired to look up the top five from California high schools in the major sports of football, basketball and baseball.

Reid, who is a graduate from Marshall High of Los Angeles and will soon be inducted into the CIF L.A. City Section Hall of Fame, earned his 230th win in an NFL career that began in 1992 with the Philadelphia Eagles when his current squad beat the Carolina Panthers last Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs, of course, won the first Super Bowl in Reid’s career last January with a come-from-behind victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

In looking over the NFL all-time coaching wins list, none of the four coaches still ahead of Reid are from California high schools. He would therefore be first among those head coaches who are from the state.

Top 5 NFL Coaching Wins Leaders
From California High Schools

230 – Andy Reid (Los Angeles Marshall)
Record: 230-143-1
Years: 1992 to 2012 Philadelphia Eagles; 2013-current Kansas City Chiefs.

178 – Jeff Fisher (Woodland Hills Taft)
Record: 178-171-1
Years: Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 1994-2010; St. Louis/L.A. Rams 2012-2016).

174 – Mike Holmgren (San Francisco Lincoln)
Record: 174-122
Years: Green Bay Packers 1992-1998; Seattle Seahawks 1999-2008.

150 – Pete Carroll (Larkspur Redwood)
Record: 150-101-1
Years: New York Jets 1994; New England Patriots 1997-1999; Seattle Seahawks 2010-current.

141 – John Fox (Chula Vista Castle Park)
Record: 141-130
Years: Carolina Panthers 2002-2010; Denver Broncos 2011-2014; Chicago Bears 2015-2017.

Top 5 NBA Coaching Wins Leaders
From California High Schools

1,042 – Rick Adelman (Downey Pius X)
Record: 1,042-749
Years: Portland Trail Blazers 1989-1994; Golden State Warriors 1996-97; Sacramento Kings 1998-2006; Houston Rockets 2007-2011; Minnesota Timberwolves 2011-2014.

522 – K.C. Jones (San Francisco Commerce)
Record: 522-252
Years: Washington Bullets 1973-1976; Boston Celtics 1983-1988; Seattle Supersonics 1990-1992.

487 – Scott Brooks (Manteca East Union)
Record: 487-376
Years: Oklahoma City Thunder 2008-2015; Washington Wizards 2016-current.

471 – Alex Hannum (Los Angeles Hamilton)
Record: 471-412
Years: St. Louis Hawks 1957-58; Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers 1960-1963, 1966-1968; San Francisco Warriors 1963-1966; San Diego Rockets 1969-1971.

454 – Byron Scott (Inglewood Morningside)
Record: 454-647
Years: New Jersey Nets 2000-2004; New Orleans Jazz 2004-2009; Cleveland Cavaliers 2010-2013; Los Angeles Lakers 2014-2016.

Top 5 MLB Coaching Wins Leaders
From California High Schools

2,504 – Bobby Cox (Selma)
Record: 2,504-2,001
Years: Atlanta Braves 1978-1981; Toronto Blue Jays 1982-1985; Atlanta Braves 1990-2010.

2,194 – Sparky Anderson (Los Angeles Dorsey)
Record: 2,194-1,834
Years: Cincinnati Reds 1970-1978; Detroit Tigers 1979-1995.

1,902 – Gene Mauch (Los Angeles Fremont)
Record: 1,902-2,037
Years: Philadelphia Phillies 1960-1968; Montreal Expos 1969-1975; Minnesota Twins 1976-1980, California Angels 1981-82 & 1985-87.

1,892 – Dusty Baker (Fair Oaks Del Campo)
Record: 1,892-1,667
Years: San Francisco Giants 1993-2002; Chicago Cubs 2003-2006; Cincinnati Reds 2008-2013; Washington Nationals 2016-17; Houston Astros 2020-current.

1,571 – Dick Williams (Pasadena)
Record: 1,571-1,451
Years: Boston Red Sox 1967-1969; Oakland Athletics 1971-1973; California Angels 1974-1976; Montreal Expos 1977-1981; San Diego Padres 1982-1985; Seattle Mariners 1986-1988.

Pac 12 starts after COVID rules changed

Due to the widespread nature of the Covid-19 pandemic this year, we’ve seen many major sports temporarily suspended for a time before returning. However, their return meant temporary strict rules had to be passed down to adapt to the pandemic and, after that happened, it became possible for many college football teams to restart their seasons. Read more…

FB Coaches: Get Questionnaire Here

Our annual questionnaire for many of the state’s head football coaches also can be accessed through a link on our web site. We’re looking not just for information about top teams for all divisions and every section, but also about how coaches and schools are handling reopenings and upcoming football practices.

To access the 2020-21 Cal-Hi Sports Football Coaches Questionnaire,


Salute to Jim Bonds

Michael Bonds (No. 7) is the nephew of the late Jim Bonds and got to be coached by his uncle in the 2016 season at St. Francis of La Canada. Photo:

Former Hart High of Newhall all-state football player & current St. Francis of La Canada head coach Jim Bonds lost his battle to cancer on Wednesday morning (Oct. 28). He was only 51 years old.

According to media reports and Twitter, Bonds died in the early morning at UCLA Medical Center only hours after the Los Angeles Dodgers had won the World Series. When MLB and the World Series did its “Stand Up To Cancer” salutes during Game 3, Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts held up his card with Bonds’ name on it. The two were teammates at UCLA (where Bonds played both football and baseball).

Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts showed his support for his college teammate at the World Series. Photo: @SFGoldenKnights /

Bonds has been the head football coach at St. Francis for 20 years and previously was a head coach for three years at Alemany of Mission Hills. His win-loss record at St. Francis will go into the books at 133-67. His teams were in the CIF Southern Section playoffs for 16 of those years at St. Francis, including a run in 2017 when the Golden Knights made it to the CIFSS D3 championship game where they fell 44-42 to Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley on a last second field goal.

Both of Bonds’ children — one in college and the other a recent college grad — along with his wife, Tricia, were by his side when he passed.

Not long after that 2017 team had ended its season, in early 2018, Bonds was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that forms in white blood cells.

With treatment and a more promising prognosis, Bonds coached the Golden Knights for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The cancer returned more aggressively several months ago.

“It is a devastating loss for the St. Francis community,” St. Francis athletic director Matt Luderer told the Los Angeles Daily News. “He meant so much to so many people and is ingrained in the culture and fabric of St. Francis. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tricia, Katie, James and the entire Bonds family.”

There were other top quarterbacks at Hart before Bonds led the Indians in 1986, including his older brother, Tom, but he was the first of a long line of quarterbacks from the school who gained first-team all-state honors (those postseason teams from Cal-Hi Sports began in 1980).

Bonds gained that first team all-state nod as one of those in the multi-purpose category. Others on that same 1986 all-state first team included the late Junior Seau (Oceanside), the late Scott Ross (El Toro), sophomore RB Russell White (Encino Crespi), RB Eric Bieniemy (Bishop Amat), QB Scott Barrick (Fallbrook) and the Long Beach Poly duo of Leonard Russell and Eugene Burkhalter.

Others from Hart that followed as first team all-state selections at quarterback or multi-purpose included Mr. Football State Players of the Year Kyle Boller (1998) and Sean Norton (2003).

In the 1986 CIFSS Northwestern Conference championship (Hart had not yet bumped up to the higher division with Canyon of Canyon Country & Antelope Valley), Bonds completed 17 of 27 passes for 270 yards and two TDs in a 40-27 victory over Temple City. The Indians finished 13-1 and were No. 2 in the final Class 3A state rankings behind 14-0 El Toro (which also was State Team of the Year).

Bonds’ season totals of 3,195 yards passing and 39 TD passes would barely scratch the surface compared to the astronomical totals put up by leading QBs of today, but at the time he was seventh in state history for season yards and fifth in state history for season TD passes.

All of us involved with the Cal-Hi Sports website would like to pass along our deepest condolences to Coach Bonds’ family and friends.

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

Schools With 100 Years Of Football

Some of these schools may already have had a 100-year celebration, but here are the ones that we have with first football scores in our files that are from 1920 season.

The Greyhounds were at their best when Larry Welsh was coaching them between 1979 and 1996, including 14-0 seasons in 1982 and 1995.

Atascadero cheerleaders and players celebrate after a game in 2014. Photo: Cody Locker/

Canoga Park
There was a fun tweet just this week celebrating the Hunters’ 100 years. We have them at 10-1-1 in 1968 and 11-0-1 in 1981. They won the CIF L.A. City Section D2 title last season, then lost to South (Torrance) in SoCal D6AA regionals.

The school was known as the Redskins until just a few years ago. Their first winning season we have was 7-1-1 in 1926.

The Cardinals were State Team of the Year for their division in 1988. They also were unbeaten three years earlier.

Grossmont (La Mesa)
We have the team getting to 7-1 in 1925 with an unbeaten season in 1927 (8-0-3). The Foothillers also were 9-0 in back-to-back seasons (1933, 1934).

Huntington Park
We don’t see that Canoga Park and Huntington Park are scheduled to play in upcoming 2021 winter season, but that’s a game that should be played. The Spartans won an L.A. City Section title in 2017, then lost to Vincent Memorial of Calexico in CIF D6-A SoCal regional final.

This school has really grown in the last 10 to 15 years. The school community was rocked just a few weeks ago when two senior girls, Kaya Durazo and Ayana Guardado, were killed in a car accident in Tracy along with former Edison of Stockton standout Trey Breckenridge and former McNair player Donald Edwards.

Alma mater of New England Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi and many others had its 100-year anniversary during 2019-20 school year. We don’t have any scores for the Tigers for 1919, but have them from 1920.

The Wildcats are known for their unique and beautiful Dunlavy Stadium. They have trended toward being a smaller school in recent years due to declining enrollments.

Note: We have just one score well before 1920 for Willows, but that’s the only one and it could be a mistake. The Honkers don’t show up in the files more consistently until 1920 and were 9-0-1 by 1922.

Eight teams for College FB Playoffs?

Pacific-12 commissioner Larry Scott, who had high hopes, had his proposal of expanding this year’s College Football Playoff field from four teams to eight teams turned down recently by the CFP management committee, according to ESPN.

While the CFP format is widely known to be reviewed annually by commissioners, it was revealed, for the first time, that a Power 5 commissioner rose up consideration for an eight-team format. It can also be said that this consideration of his was due to the impact of COVID-19 on the season as Scott felt it was important to ponder over expanding the playoff that will potentially have more teams and some automatic qualifiers. This could also potentially increase the odds on casino online for the college football seasons.

Speaking to ESPN, CFP executive director Bill Hancock said: “They decided that doing that now would be such a significant change, and come with so many challenges, especially given the timing with the season already underway, that they concluded that the best outcome would be to make no changes in the format. They will continue to discuss the future, which is just good, responsible business practice, although I must say that dealing with COVID has become everyone’s focus now.”

In its six years of history, the CFP has always maintained a four-team format. And if the format was to undergo a change, CFP will have to be backed by 10 FBS commissioners, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and also the CFP board of managers, which includes 11 university presidents and chancellors. With this large amount of support needed, there is bound to be a conflict of interest between them.

After rejecting the proposal of expanding the CFP, the commissioners confirmed that the procedure to determine the four teams to be involved in the playoff will stay the same despite the Coronavirus pandemic.

Hancock continued: “They trust the judgment of the 13 experts on the committee to make the best decisions, understanding how much more difficult 2020 will be.”

Stanford head coach David Shaw, on the other hand, believes that it’s only a matter of time before the CFP finally undergo its expansion.

Speaking to the reporters, Shaw said: “Whether it’s six or eight, at some point in time it’s going to happen. We all know it; we all believe it. We’re just going to do it very, very slowly and methodically, but it’s the only thing that makes sense.”

The CFP is currently running in its seventh campaign out of the 12-year contract.

Since the creation of CFP in 2014, the Pac-12 only had Oregon and Washington take part in the tournament, with no national titles but a 1-2 record to show for. The Pac-12 has the lowest number of teams to take part in the CFP of the Power 5 conferences with the SEC in the lead with seven teams. That is immediately followed by ACC, which had six teams to participate. While Big Ten and Big 12 have had four teams each and it is well within the expectations of blackjack en ligne that placed impressive odds on them.

THe ACC, SEC and Big 12 have started their college football campaigns while the Big Ten and Pac-12 will begin in October and November respectively having formerly considered not playing due to the concerns brought about by COVID-19.

Giannis Antetokounmpo MVP

The 25-year-old power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, was named the 2019/20 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player as announced last weekend.

Giannis became the 12th prolific player to win the NBA award in consecutive campaigns; this is also Antetokounmpo’s second straight KIA Most Valuable Player Award in his basketball career.

The 25-year-old, who is famously known as the Greek Freak, also became the first player from Europe to be selected as the NBA MVP for more than one season. On the list for the NBA MVP, the Greek International joins LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to win the NBA MVP awards more than once at the age of 25.

The Nigerian-Greek also earned the award for the 2019/20 KIA NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He thus joins Hakeem Olajuwon – who did it in the 1993-94 campaign – and Michael Jordan (1987/88) as the only players to be named as the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player and Kia NBA Defensive Player of the year award in the same campaign.

The NBA Defensive Player of the Year award has been around since its arrival during the 1982/83 seasons and ever since online gambling usa offered odds regarding the potential player to win it.

Antetokounmpo claimed 85 out of 101 first-place votes and earned 962 total points from the global panel of 100 broadcasters and sportswriters and also his fan vote from the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award.

Coming second place to the Greek Freak is Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, who received 16 first-place votes and earned 753 points. While the Houston Rockets’ James Harden finished in third place with 367 points, fourth place was occupied by Dallas Mavericks’ guard Luka Doncic with 200 points, and Los Angeles Clippers’ forward Kawhi Leonard claimed the fifth place spot with 168 points.

This voting was said to have been conducted solely based on the regular season games played through March 11 as the players received 10 points for each first-place vote, 7 points for a second-place vote, five points for each third-place vote, three points for each fourth-place vote, while each fifth-place vote was worth one point.’

Games that were played from July 30 to August 14 were part of the campaign restart, but didn’t count for the voting for Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award or any other of the league’s end-of-season awards, which site de jeu en ligne offered interesting odds on.

Antetokounmpo ranked third in the NBA for the scoring average and rebounding average in games played through March as he was able to average 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.04 steals, and 1.02 blocks in 30.9 minutes in the 57 games he appeared. For shots from the field, he recorded 54.7 percent and also sank 83 three-pointers, which is registered to be 31 more than he scored in any of his past six campaigns.

The Greek Freak won the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for November, December, and January and was also the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week four times.

“Going into the next year I want to be a better jump-shooter. Every year, I want to be a better jump-shooter,” Antetokounmpo said via ESPN. “I want to be able to help my teammates better, know where they are at any time when I’m on the court. I want to be able to get lower, be able to guard, 1 through 5, but even better. There are so many other things that I want to do better, and I’ve done it every single year and I’m going to do it again.”

Golf: California major champions

Congrats to Clovis East of Clovis grad Bryson DeChambeau for winning the 2020 U.S. Open golf championship. Bryson is the first-ever major golf winner from a CIF Central Section school. We have the all-time list of winners for the four major golf championships listed below.

DeChambeau was an NCAA champion at SMU (above) and has been a USGA amateur champion as well. Photo:

US Open Champions
(Event began in 1895)

2008 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
2002 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
2000 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
1995 – Corey Pavin (Oxnard)
1987 – Scott Simpson (Madison, San Diego)
1973 – Johnny Miller (Lincoln, San Francisco)
1966 – Billy Casper (Chula Vista)
1964 – Ken Venturi (Lincoln, San Francisco)
1961 – Gene Littler (La Jolla)
1959 – Billy Casper (Chula Vista)
1940 – Lawson Little (Galileo, San Francisco)

PGA Champions
(Event began in 1916)

2020 – Collin Morikawa (La Canada)
2007 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
2006 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
2005 – Phil Mickelson (University, San Diego)
2000 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
1999 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
1976 – Dave Stockton (Pacific, San Bernardino)
1970 – Dave Stockton (Pacific, San Bernardino)
1966 – Al Geiberger (McClatchy, Sacramento & Santa Barbara)
1959 – Bob Rosburg (Lincoln, San Francisco)

Masters Champions
(Event began in 1934)

2019 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
2010 – Phil Mickelson (University, San Diego)
2006 – Phil Mickelson (University, San Diego)
2005 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
2004 – Phil Mickelson (University, San Diego)
2002 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
2001 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
1998 – Mark O’Meara (Mission Viejo)
1997 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
1982 – Craig Stadler (La Jolla)
1970 – Billy Casper (Chula Vista)
1969 – George Archer (San Mateo)

British Open Champions
(Event began in 1860)

2013 – Phil Mickelson (University, San Diego)
2006 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
2005 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
2000 – Tiger Woods (Western, Anaheim)
1998 – Mark O’Meara (Mission Viejo)
1976 – Johnny Miller (Lincoln, San Francisco)
1964 – Tony Lema (St. Elizabeth, Oakland)

Boys BB: Major Showcase Schedules

The release of our 2020-21 Cal-Hi Sports boys basketball state rankings will be like no other season before because of COVID-19. The official start to the season is March 12, 2021, but fans are trying to figure out what tournaments will actually take place this upcoming season and our state’s coaches are trying to line up games. As a preview to how things could shake out and to help everyone with interest in high school hoops, here is a list of the major 2020-21 tournaments and classics involving California teams that figure to be ranked. Look for our preseason Cal-Hi Sports state rankings sometime in February 2021, as the basketball calendar has moved to the Spring for the 2020-21 school year. The CIF regional/state basketball championships are scheduled to take place June 18-19, 2021. 

Read more…

Top 5 Lakers of All-Time

When it comes to sports excellence, there are few teams in the NBA that have seen more All Star talent than the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are unlike any other sports franchise, as they have maintained a certain level of excellence and a lineage that seems to pass on from one player to the next. All of these players were incredible in their own way, some because of their impressive work ethic, while others for their approach to the details. This list is highly debatable since it doesn’t have Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West or LeBron James on it.

Wilt Chamberlain

Chamberlain was the single greatest force ever to play basketball. With his incredible 100-point game and 702 total assists, the Philadelphia native shined bright during his 5-year journey with the Lakers. By this time, Chamberlain wanted to win championships, even though his first year with the Lakers would say otherwise.

Still, even though the team landed three more wins than the previous year, it showed how much their defense improved. Then, in 1971, the Lakers won their first championship, set the record for consecutive wins (33), and Chamberlain earned multiple awards himself. He was so incredible in this sport that he became a popular sports betting player (you can bet on sports today at many online casino websites like Casumo).

Chamberlain gave the Lakers something other hall of fame counterparts didn’t – the legacy of the team. Since 1971, the L.A. Lakers have won multiple championships, and it all started with the excellence of Chamberlain’s astounding skills.

Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor is one of the most overlooked L.A. players, but he is one of the best overall in the sport – even today. With over 12 years with the then Minneapolis Lakers, he managed to become the all-time leader in points per game with 27.4, first in total rebounds, second in field goal attempts, third in free throws made and forth in total minutes played.

Thanks to Baylor and his average of 34.8 points per game, he single-handedly pulled the Lakers out of their slump and went from second to last in fan attendance to fourth. Although he would play eight NBA finals, he would lose all eight and be forced into retirement nine games into the season in which they finally took the title home.

His place in NBA history shouldn’t be overlooked, because not only did he break industry records, he also changed the sport for the better. He was also a role model for many black youths at the time for dominating a sport primarily occupied at the time by whites despite the racial tensions in the country.

Shaquille O’Neal

Was O’Neal a great basketball player? Yes. Is this a polarizing statement? Unfortunately, yes, even though he led his team to victory 60 percent of the time, he had a 27-point per game average and was in four NBA Finals (where the Lakers won three). He was M.V.P. for each of those finals, which included the one season with the 65 total wins.

In the 2000 playoffs, he logged 1,000 playoff minutes, which was only accomplished six times. O’Neal was also impressive when it came to rebounds. Besides Chamberlain, no Laker comes close to O’Neal’s numbers (like the 707 total points in the 2000 playoffs), which helped the team get their first playoff win since 1988.

Although his problems with Kobe Bryant led to his eventual departure, his accomplishments and achievements shouldn’t be ignored or forgotten because of a few missed free throws.

Kobe Bryant

You can’t have a Lakers’ list without mentioning Bryant. His surprise passing in early 2020 meant the world lost a loving father, husband, and an impressive athlete. This boy had talent, and like most child prodigies, he danced through the competition to break multiple Lakers’ and NBA records, including the leader in games played, points per game, and points scored in a season.

Numbers aside, the irrefutable mark he left on the game of basketball makes him one of the greatest. He, like many others on this list, changed the course of history for all NBA teams, and many found it difficult to compete with his sheer might and talent.

It was his consistency that separated him from the greats in the sports. Only four players — Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Kobe Bryant — have ever won championships without a dominant center. His grind to become one of the greatest basketball players will never be duplicated.

Magic Johnson

With a name like “Magic” Johnson, you know you’re in for a treat. Ervin made the mundane look majestic, made other great players hall of famers, and smashed records multiple times over. He played in nine NBA Finals and won five, but Johnson’s position on the Lakers was a bit of a fluke. It was all thanks to Gail Goodrich signing in New Orleans and a coin flip.

The 1980s were good for the Lakers as they won multiple games, including the 1980 season that saw Johnson winning 60 games. The 1980s championship was the first of Magic’s career and the first of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Magic Johnson was named Finals M.V.P. three times in eight years. He came out of retirement for one year in 1995 but retired again in 1996. Still, that 1979 – 1991 time span for the Lakers saw some of the most amazing plays in basketball history.

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