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More State Girls Athletes of Year

To go with overall honoree Juju Watkins, we have others selected as the best among girls athletes for juniors, sophomores, freshmen and those from divisions (D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5) for the 2022-23 school year. We have seen the father of one of them win a CIF state title in basketball. We also had […]

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Rodrick Pleasant: State Athlete of Year

This one is a no-brainer on many levels. Rodrick not only is moving up from being the State Sophomore and State Junior Athlete of the Year, but he was arguably even better than expected in football and track as a senior. He also joins an impressive list of State Athletes of the Year from the […]

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More Boys State Athletes of the Year

For the 2022-23 school year, in addition to overall honoree Rodrick Pleasant, we have more special athletes selected among boys for juniors, sophomores, freshmen and those from divisions (D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5). The junior winner is one we could see competing in the Olympics next summer in Paris. The sophomore winner had the […]

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State School of Year: Santa Margarita

For the second time in its history, Santa Margarita Catholic of Rancho Santa Margarita is named as California’s No. 1 school for outstanding overall athletic excellence. Winning CIF state titles in girls swimming, boys swimming and girls golf wasn’t all that the Eagles did in gaining the nod. For State Schools of the Year by […]

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More State Schools of the Year

For boys sports only, De La Salle of Concord is considered tops for the state for 2022-23 with big finishes over the final days of the school year in golf, swimming and track & field. For the girls, Santa Margarita has to be listed alongside its overall State School of the Year selection. Other schools […]


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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