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State School of the Year: Mater Dei

A massive fall season with three CIF state titles had Mater Dei of Santa Ana firmly in the lead to be California’s No. 1 school for the 2023-24 school year for outstanding overall athletic excellence. The Monarchs now collect that honor, which is their third in 11 years and seventh time they’ve been on top […]

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More State Schools of the Year

For boys sports only, St. John Bosco’s finishes in football, boys hoops, baseball and wrestling gain it a second top spot in five years. For the girls, Mater Dei edges Archbishop Mitty. Other schools earning overall state sports excellence honors for 2023-24 are Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (D2), Acalanes of Lafayette (D3), University of San […]

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Game-Winning All-Star Game TD At 0:04

The 48th annual Lions All-Star Football Game played Saturday night in Tracy was what everyone who is part of any all-star high school event craves the most and that’s a close game decided in the closing seconds. The South won with four seconds left over the North and has now won five of the last […]

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Class of 25 FB: NEW Hot 100

There’s a new No. 1 at the top of the state’s recruiting rankings for this group as Mission Viejo’s Dijon Lee has gained a No. 1 or No. 2 ranking among California players in the three major national recruiting rankings. Defending CIF Open Division state champ Mater Dei may have another new coach, but has...

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Class of 24 FB: FINAL Hot 100

As the Class of 2024 football players report to their colleges this month, we will not forget to offer one final look at where the state’s top-ranked 100 are headed to play this fall. We have each of these classes ranked with a final Hot 100 going back to the first years of this web...

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Spring Football: Track stars abound

We begin ramping up our coverage of California high school football for the 2024 season with a look at a great crop of spring athletes in track and field putting up some sizzling marks, including some from Saturday. We also go over an early look at potential top 10 teams to start for the fall […]

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Daniels leads four from CA in NFL Draft

Jayden Daniels from Cajon of San Bernardino rises up to the No. 2 place overall in the NFL Draft one year after California had the first and second picks. Three others also heard their names called during Thursday’s first round in Detroit. The state had five in the first round just two years ago and […]

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All-Time NFL 1st Round Draft Picks

After the four were chosen in the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit, led by No. 2 overall Jayden Daniels of San Bernardino Cajon, we have added that group to our all-time list of first-rounders that goes all the way back to the first draft in 1936. We also continue to track the schools with the...

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All Indian Nicknames May Be Prohibited

As Hart High of Newhall voted this week to change next year to Hawks, other schools in the state still using Indians’ nicknames may have to change by 2026 due to a new assembly bill published this week and under review. Apaches, Braves, Chiefs and Comanches are also specifically mentioned in the new version of […]

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All-State FB: Frosh Watch List 2023

One week after the Super Bowl and two weeks after the last of our annual all-state teams went out, we look to the future. Here is a watch list of leading freshmen football players in the state from the 2023 season who are on track to be all-state sophomores next season. Zach Benitez from Granite...

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