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Coverage of High School Sports in the Stockton, California area.

NorCal Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 12

Another massive win for the Rams, another move up in regional rankings. St. Mary’s football advanced from 10th to ninth in the most recent MaxPreps NorCal Football Top 25 rankings, put together by The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson. St. Mary’s smoked Yuba City-River Valley 55-12 Friday to open the Division II playoffs, as senior quarterback [...]

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Players to Watch: Rocklin at St. Mary’s

The Sac-Joaquin Section football Division II playoff bracket is not for the faint of heart. Grant. Elk Grove. St. Mary’s. Del Oro. Vacaville. Rocklin. You go down the line like that in the top six and every name makes you wince because of its championship potential. St. Mary’s is the 3 seed and hosts No. [...]

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Sierra, St. Mary’s in new NorCal football bowl rankings

Let’s be realistic. St. Mary’s and Sierra football would have to win out to earn a bid in a CIF State NorCal bowl game. And for St. Mary’s, it could win out and still get denied. Maybe even Sierra. But they’re in the mix. The new MaxPreps and Cal-Hi Sports NorCal bowl rankings are out, [...]

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Know Thine Enemy: Sac-Joaquin Section Football Quarterfinals – Div. I-III

  In medium- and large-sized schools, locally, four teams are alive and well in the Sac-Joaquin Section football quarterfinals for Divisions I-III. My “Know Thine Enemy” blog returns this week to break down their opponents. Yesterday, I did the semifinal opponents for local teams in Div. IV-VII. No. 7 TRACY BULLDOGS (Div. I) Opponent: No. [...]

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Know Thine Enemy: Sac-Joaquin Section football semifinals – Div. IV-VII

“Know Thine Enemy” is back. Last week, I began this high school football blog series, focusing on local teams’ Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff opponents. And in continues in another two-part rollout this week, beginning with Divisions IV-VII. All games, unless otherwise noted, are 7 p.m. kickoffs Friday. Enjoy: No. 4 ESCALON COUGARS (Div. IV) Opponent: [...]

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Tracy moves up in latest Sac-Joaquin Section football Top 25

Just because the playoffs start doesn’t mean the Sac-Joaquin Section football rankings, brought to us by The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson and MaxPreps.com, stops. St. Mary’s, Sierra and Manteca all stood strong in this week’s edition, while Tracy moved up after beating Turlock 21-19 in the Division I playoffs. Here are the Top 25, with [...]

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Helmet Stickers: Sac-Joaquin Section Football First Round

San Joaquin County high school football stood up strong Friday. St. Mary’s, Tracy, Manteca, Sierra, Escalon, Ripon Christian and Brookside Christian all won, and St. Mary’s, Manteca, Sierra and Escalon did so handily. Now, the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs are into the quarterfinals for Divisions I-III, and the semis for Div. IV-VII. Friday, I’ll be at [...]

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Stats and Breakdown: Tracy football escapes with playoff win over Turlock

Any win in the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs earns some exhilaration. And for No. 7 Tracy football, which nipped No. 10 Turlock 21-19 in the first round of the Div. I bracket Friday at Wayne Schneider Stadium, a little sigh of relief is in order too. Because it wasn’t a cakewalk. Here’s my quarter-by-quarter look [...]

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Turlock-Tracy Players of the Game: Nate Jones and Jake Alvarado

Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all-time, was clutch. And he wore the number 23. Considering Tracy football’s Nate Jones is No. 2, and Jake Alvarado is No. 3 (2 plus 3, get it?) it’s only appropriate. Jones ran for a game-high 112 yards Friday, with two touchdowns on 24 carries, and Alvarado got [...]

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Sac-Joaquin Section Football Playoff Local Scoreboard; Next Week’s Matchups

Here it is, folks, your local scoreboard from the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff Friday, with next week’s matchups with quarterfinals for Div. I-III and semifinals for Div. IV-VII. No. 16 Stagg plays at No. 1 Folsom in a Div. I game Saturday. DIVISION I N0. 3 Granite Bay 63, No. 4 Chavez 14 No. 4 [...]

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