Category Archives: High School Sports

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

Injury-plagued St. Mary’s girls still No. 9 in state

The St. Mary’s girls basketball team is down to No. 9 in Cal-Hi Sports’ latest state rankings. But it’s no wonder, given the rash of injuries that’s hit key players. Junior forward Aquira DeCosta, a dominating, 6-foot-2 player with the fleetness of a guard, has a torn meniscus. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic [...]

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Girls Basketball: All-Area Player of the Year Watchlist

Girls basketball is perhaps the most impressive high school sport in Stockton and San Joaquin County, and this year is proving it yet again. Not only is St. Mary’s ranked No. 6 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, but Lincoln and Brookside Christian join the Rams in NorCalPreps’ Top 20 rankings. Here is my All-Area [...]

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Boys Basketball: All-Area Player of the Year Watchlist

There’s a month left of regular-season high school basketball in the Sac-Joaquin Section. Though The Record does use postseason performance in our end-of-year honors, it’s time for my first watchlist for both boys and girls basketball All-Area Players of the Year. Remember: This is just for fun, and this list can change dramatically before season’s [...]

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St. Mary’s girls ranked No. 6 in state

Cal-Hi Sports’ latest top 20 state girls basketball rankings are out, and St. Mary’s (13-4) has jumped from No. 7 to No. 6. Cal-Hi is most impressed, it says, with a three-point loss to powerful Las-Vegas Centennial. Even more than beating Mission Hills-Alemany by 20 two days later. Click here to read the full rankings. [...]

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Manteca football schedules Bay Area power

The Manteca football team’s upcoming season will be downright scary for its opposition. Manteca, with a team full of juniors, split the Valley Oak League title with Oakdale and Modesto-Central Catholic, won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship and competed in the CIF NorCal Division 3-AA bowl game (a loss to Menlo-Atherton). The team is [...]

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St. Mary’s football ranked No. 6 in state

The final high school football state rankings from Cal-Hi Sports are here. St. Mary’s has jumped to No. 6, from No. 7, after beating Oakley-Freedom 49-40 in the CIF NorCal Division 1-AA bowl on Friday in Stockton. The Rams’ state finals opponent, San Diego-Cathedral Catholic (14-0), has jumped to No. 5 from No. 6. St. [...]

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Know Thine Enemy: Rancho Christian Eagles

The Amador football team’s unreal journey has one final step: a state championship game. Amador (14-1) faces Temecula-Rancho Christian in the CIF Division 6-AA final at 6 p.m. Saturday at Murrieta Mesa High in Murrieta. That’s about a 460-mile drive via car from Sutter Creek. Rancho Christian has a strong coach, and a team that’s [...]

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Know Thine Enemy: Cathedral Catholic Dons

Eight years have come and gone since San Diego-Cathedral Catholic ended the St. Mary’s football team’s season in heartbreak. The Dons edged the Rams 37-34 in the CIF State Division II championship game in December 2008 in Carson. Leading that team was Tyler Gaffney, a future Stanford star and current New England Patriots practice squad [...]

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St. Mary’s football ranked seventh in state

  This St. Mary’s football team might just be the best edition of the Rams in their 88 years of existence. St. Mary’s hammered Folsom 56-25 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game. Not only was it the second-most points scored in a Division I final, but Folsom was a four-time defending section champion. [...]

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Know Thine Enemy: St. Patrick-St. Vincent Bruins

The Brookside Christian football team is one victory away from its second state finals appearance, and first since 2010. Brookside Christian (9-4), which is on an eight-game winning streak, faces St. Patrick-St. Vincent at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road in Vallejo in the CIF NorCal Division 6-A bowl game. My “Know Thine Enemy” blog [...]

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