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Ed Tunstall: State Coach of the Year

For coming up with the perfect blend of seniors and younger talented players that won the coveted CIF Southern Section Division I title, Esperanza of Anaheim head coach gains the 2021 State Coach of the Year selection for California softball. This also was his 21st season and there were some difficult moments to overcome.

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Softball Schools of Century (So Far)

Going by a points system based on final state top 20 rankings since the 1999-2000 school year and matching previous posts for schools of the century (so far) plus girls basketball and baseball, here’s the list for softball. The No. 1 slot belonging to Norco isn’t a surprise, but it also ended up that the...

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Softball: All-Time 30 Greatest Teams (1)

Here’s an updated and expanded version of our ranking of the all-time greatest teams in California high school softball history. This one includes two teams from last season placed fairly high — one in the top five and the other in the top 15. We also have added three more teams from the first 25...

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NEW State Top 25 Softball Rankings

Norco remains No. 1 but will be joined at this weekend’s Dave Kops Tournament of Champions in Bullhead City, Ariz., by No. 2 Chino Hills and No. 4 Los Alamitos. The Griffins won a big game on Tuesday over Santiago of Corona. There were several other Tuesday games that impacted the rankings, but not involving...

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Matt Sweeney: State Coach of Year

He’s a guy we’ve considered for the highest coaching accolades in football, but for various reasons it didn’t work out. But now that Pleasanton Foothill’s Matt Sweeney is coaching softball and had one of the top teams in the nation this season, the timing is perfect to tell his story. It ended up not being […]

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NCS Softball: Perfection achieved

Foothill of Pleasanton wins in matchup of state top 10 teams to earn CIF North Coast Section Division I crown. Junior Ms. Softball State Player of the Year candidate Nicole May launches a two-run homer and tosses a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts as Falcons end season with 28-0 final record, one of the best in […]

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NEW Softball State Top 20

With section playoffs underway everywhere except in the CIF North Coast Section, of course last week’s biggest rankings shuffling result came from the NCS when Foothill of Pleasanton beat previous No. 5 Amador Valley of Pleasanton 2-0 to win a league title. We also are moving up Mission Viejo and Mater Dei in this week’s...

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S.F. Bay Area FB Rankings (Week 14)

Two more teams find out why it’s a game of inches, but it’s also a game of ouches and the team putting the biggest ouch on a ranked team last week was Oak Grove of San Jose. Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa also moves up several positions this week heading into its CIF North Coast […]

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NCS Drama: Foothill wins 55-54

Antioch standout junior Najee Harris rushes for 390 yards and six touchdowns, but comes up inches short on what would have been a probable game-winning two-point conversion in heart-wrenching loss to Foothill of Pleasanton. The Falcons (12-0) now get to play De La Salle.

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NEW S.F. Bay Area FB Ranks (Week 9)

If you were wondering why an unbeaten Antioch team with one of the nation’s top running backs is not ranked higher, we have the answer. In this week’s rankings, Bellarmine also bumps back up to No. 4 while Oak Grove and Moreau Catholic jump in as newcomers.

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