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All-State Softball: First Team

The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the final state and national rankings combine for five first team picks to headline this year’s 35th annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball Team. We’ll make you go inside to read whether it’s Los Alamitos or Norco, however, that had three. This group of 30 players is the […]


NEW Softball State Top 20

Amador Valley moves up to No. 2 and may get a game against No. 1 Norco at upcoming Michelle Carew Classic. Also heading back up toward the top are Mission Viejo and Orange Lutheran. This week’s newcomers, meanwhile, are Rio Mesa of Oxnard, Great Oak of Temecula, Poly of Riverside and St. Mary’s of Stockton....

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Preseason Softball State Top 20

Defending State Team of the Year Mission Viejo is a no-brainer pick to start the 2017 season in a familiar position at No. 1 in the state. With the new competitive-equity Division I playoff format in the CIF Southern Section, however, it’s going to be tougher than ever for the Diablos to run the table […]

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More Softball Players of the Year

In addition to Nicole Bates, statewide honors also are going out to Camryn Ybarra of Mission Viejo (juniors), Vanessa Strong from Freedom of Oakley (sophs), Kinzie Hansen of Norco (frosh), Madilyn Nickles of Merced (large schools) and Kailia Searcy from Paraclete of Lancaster (small schools).


Ms. Softball State POY Finalists

You might think that with a California girl being named this week as the Gatorade National Player of the Year that the annual Cal-Hi Sports Ms. Softball State Player of the Year choice is a slam dunk. Not quite. Merced’s Madilyn Nickles actually has legitimate competition in her own backyard, based on the criteria we […]

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Mission Viejo State Softball TOY

One year after the Diablos were upset in their final game and could not finish No. 1 in the state and nation, the results fall in their favor. They edge Mater Dei of Santa Ana and Grand Terrace in a three-way battle for this year’s final No. 1 ranking. Mission Viejo also has now been […]

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State Stat Stars Of The Week

One of our greatest stat stars from the last football season, Ryan Robards of Elk Grove, has been on a tear for the Thundering Herd during the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section baseball playoffs. A pitcher who shut down nationally ranked La Costa Canyon and another who pitched his fourth career no-hitter also are on this week’s […]

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