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Juju Watkins: Girls State Athlete of Year

Recent Sierra Canyon grad (now at USC) gains one last big honor for high school as she’s selected as the 2022-23 State Athlete of the Year. Juju has been compared to many of the state’s all-time greats for basketball and now the national player of the year joins them on another all-time list. She’s also […]

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NorCal Stars Raise Women’s Hoops

Haley Jones and Aari McDonald put on a show in the Final Four games last weekend with both players hailing from Northern California high schools. And they did it just one year removed when another Northern Californian was the NCAA Player of the Year. We talked to both of the high school head coaches for […]

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Schools With Most All-State Players

Just like the boys, we also have 40 years of honoring the most outstanding California high school girls basketball players with all-state selections. In fact, we just added the first one for 1980 with sophomore Cheryl Miller of Riverside Poly on first team. Here’s a look at which schools have had the most named to […]


State Athlete of Year: Sarah Willis

Even though her senior season in softball was cut way short by the Coronavirus pandemic, Norco’s Sarah Willis did more than enough in her two sports of softball and basketball to earn overall girls state athlete of the year honors. She’s the first from the Inland Empire to be named in nearly 30 years and […]

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Ms. Basketball 2020: Paopao Steps Up

Being Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year is one thing, but for La Jolla Country Day’s Te-hina Paopao the announcement of her getting the honor for this season carries additional meaning since she’s stepping up onto a prestigious platform in which two previous winners from the same school have already reached. Her journey to […]

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State Athlete of Year: Haley Jones

Turns out that the recent Archbishop Mitty of San Jose graduate isn’t quite done with high school honors as she’s getting ready for her freshman basketball season at Stanford. She now joins a list of State Girls Athletes of the Year that includes two previous honorees from Mitty and others from women’s hoops such as […]

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Girls BB: All-State Best of Best 2019

The six finalists for Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year are joined by 24 others on the 40th annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State teams regardless of CIF division or class. This year’s first team has six seniors, three juniors and a lone sophomore. Two are from the same team. For the all-time archive of every […]

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Ms. Basketball 2019: Hooray for Haley

It’s almost with a sense of relief we are able to announce this year’s Ms. Basketball for California is Haley Jones from Archbishop Mitty of San Jose. She’s without question one of the best players in Northern California history so if for various reasons — including an official’s controversial call or two — she hadn’t […]

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Mr. Basketball, Ms. Basketball Finalists

As is our custom, we like to release at least four and often more finalists among those who are being considered the most strongly for the annual Mr. Basketball and Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year selection. In some years it’s more obvious who’s going to get the final nods, but in other years […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

Now is when the rubber really meets the road as the drive to the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento for the March 8-9 state championships begins this week. There were not a lot of surprises in the Open Division selections for Northern California since we knew with a lack of Open Division level teams in...

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