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Prep Notes With A Twist

Here’s a quick look at teams to watch in the most important upcoming Easter-related softball and baseball tournaments, what a California team might have looked like in the World Baseball Classic and a check at whether there’s ever been a No. 1 and No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft from California high schools. We […]

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Salute to Pete Saco

The longtime commissioner of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section (from 1996 to 2014) died last weekend after a long battle with cancer. His impact on high school athletics will be felt for decades not just in his section but throughout the state. For the more than 40 years in which we’ve come to know many of […]


State Stat Stars of the Week

This feature serves as our statewide collection of milestone achievements in California high school sports. We begin with Long Beach Poly as a school becoming just the second in state history to reach 800 all-time wins. Individual single-game standouts include a junior QB who went 27 of 28 for 442 yards and five TDs, a...

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Colin Sahlman: State Athlete of Year

Add another big honor for the phenom runner from Newbury Park. It’s not just that he already was crowned Gatorade National Male Athlete of the Year. This one also adds something extra for him since he’s done it just two years after his former teammate at Newbury Park, Nico Young, was honored in the same […]

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More Boys State Athletes of the Year

To go with overall honoree Colin Sahlman, we have more special athletes selected among boys for juniors, sophomores, freshmen and those from divisions (D1, D3, D4 and D5) for the 2021-22 school year. One of our divisional winners played four sports while two of them stood out in three. We have a sophomore who did […]

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Dalia Frias: State Girls Athlete of Year

She didn’t win a CIF state track title, but everything else from an all-time record-breaking standpoint for runner Dalia Frias from Mira Costa High of Manhattan Beach was so great that it has carried her to the selection of State Girls Athlete of the Year for 2021-22 school year. The last State Girls Athlete of […]

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More Girls State Athletes of Year

To go with overall honoree Dalia Frias, we have others selected tops among girls athletes for juniors, sophomores, freshmen and those from divisions (D1, D3, D4 and D5) for the 2021-22 school year. One of those was nearly chosen as the overall winner, while another was recently named as our 2022 Ms. Softball State Player […]

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Bill Russell & the Greatest of All-Time in every CIF sport

With the death on Sunday at age 88 of NBA icon Bill Russell, the tributes to him include being called perhaps the greatest team sports champion of all-time since he was part of 11 NBA titles for the Boston Celtics. Russell played as a high schooler at McClymonds of Oakland (where one of his teammates […]

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State School of Year: St. Francis (MV)

What began with a historic win on the football field is ending with St. Francis of Mountain View collecting the 2021-22 State School of the Year selection. This is just the Lancers’ second time getting onto the all-time state list, but it’s been 29 years. They finished strong in softball, baseball and boys volleyball to […]

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100-Meter Dash Sprint History

Thanks to junior Rodrick Pleasant of Gardena Serra clocking his sensational state record time of 10.14 seconds (legal wind reading) from last week’s CIF Southern Section Masters Meet, which broke a reported state record of 10.25 set in 1985 by Henry Thomas of Hawthorne, we were inspired to look up some our own historical files […]

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