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Next Weeks Crucial for #LetThemPlay

Thousands of people gathered at more than 130 different sites located just outside of school campuses throughout the state on Friday to advocate for a safe return to high school sports. It wasn’t promoted or presented as rallies specifically for football, but there was a decided prevalence of football players in jerseys at most of […]

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Key Dates To Watch As 2021 Begins

As the new year starts and the old one thankfully has passed into the history books, here’s a look at what and when to watch for the return of high school sports in California. It figures to be a difficult first two months with surging cases of COVID-19, but at some point there will be […]

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AP Athletes of Year From California

Lakers’ fans had to be happy on Saturday with the announcement that LeBron James has been named the Associated Press World Male Athlete of the Year. That got us going on compiling a list of the all-time male and female athletes of the year who are from California high schools. It has only been one […]

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Good/Bad News In COVID-19 Surge

On the same day that health care workers began to get the first shots of a new, game-changing vaccine, the California Department of Public Health announced long-awaited guidelines for youth sports (including all high schools). There’s good news and bad news in there for those involved in football, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball. […]

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State Schools of the Century (So Far)

We came up with a points system for all of the schools that have been mentioned and honored in our annual State School of the Year selections since the 1999-2000 school year and have put together a top 10 for overall sports excellence so far for the 21st century. It is close at the top […]

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Top Takeaways From Latest CIF Moves

This post is more of an opinion about what could come next regarding the latest delay in California high school sports, and what to look for as it impacts state rankings, all-state teams and this web site in the coming weeks. We also reveal the results of a recent football coaches survey we did which […]

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Salute to Rafer Johnson (1935-2020)

In the 40-plus years of following and covering California high school sports, we’ve met a lot of great people. The greatest athlete we’ve ever met so far (including late Uncle Nelson in that statement) would be Olympic legend Rafer Johnson, who died this week at age 86. There’s a good reason why the only two […]

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Combined State Coaching Records

Here’s a salute to the greatest high school coaches in California history. We’re doing it by compiling updated state records in numerous combined coaching categories, such as most CIF state team titles, most CIF section team titles, most all-time varsity coaching wins and most varsity head coaching seasons. All-time leaders in those categories are Don […]


All About Unique School Nicknames

As El Camino Real of Woodland Hills has decided within the last week to abandon its “Conquistadores” nickname and is considering alternatives, the nicknames we’ve always liked best in all of our years of covering the state are the ones that are unique and not used by any other schools. We have plenty of Eagles,...

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January Football Restart In Jeopardy

All you have to do is take a look at the state’s new COVID map that reflects the latest case numbers and positivity rates to see how the latest surge with the Coronavirus pandemic is going to impact the scheduled restart of high school sports in the state in January. We’ve been down this road […]

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