Category Archives: High School Sports

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

Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: No. 9

My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode, is in its second edition. The inspiration and much of the wording describing these rankings is thanks to my good friend and former colleague T.J. Holmes of the Redding Record Searchlight. These rankings are based [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 11-14

A slender-but-fearless bruiser, who’s also a quarterback. A precocious, friendly and fiery wide receiver wearing a new uniform. A flying missile of a defender, entering his third year of varsity play. A tall, menacing defensive lineman who’s bound to play for Nevada. That quartet makes up Nos. 11-14 on my latest prep football returner rankings. [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 15-20

So, there’s this: Nos. 15-20 on my Top 50 Football Returner Rankings Countdown have some clout. There are two potential All-Area first-team defensive linemen, one of whom has verbally committed to Nevada. There’s a potential breakout wide receiver who was visited by Hawaii this offseason. There’s a linebacker and tackles machine who is the heart [...]

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Football Camp Tour: Lincoln, Brookside, Manteca, East Union, Franklin and Chavez

Sorry to get behind, folks. I’m bringing back my camp visit thoughts from our high school football preview season. The past three days, I’ve visited Lincoln, Brookside Christian, Franklin, Chavez, Manteca and East Union, in that order. Given each of those stops was pretty brief, here’s one prevailing thought for each team: LINCOLN TROJANS We’re [...]

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Football Camp Tour, Day 1: Sierra, Edison and St. Mary’s

For a comprehensive story from my visits to Sierra, Edison and St. Mary’s football, as practices opened across the Sac-Joaquin Section on Monday, click here. However, here are some random thoughts from each camp from Day 1. My following practice visits, I’ll do more extensive blogs since I won’t have the same accompanying stories. SIERRA [...]

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2016: The Year of the QB

Playing quarterback is hard. Like, really hard. I mean, I think I need italics here. It is hard. And while high school football offenses may not be as complex as college and the pros, trying to wolf down a playbook, command a team, read coverages and perform all of the other duties of a quarterback [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 21-26

We are less than one week from high school football practice beginning. Let that marinate for a minute. With that in mind, enjoy these top returner ranking representatives from Lincoln, Manteca, Sierra, Stagg and Lathrop. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San Joaquin County and the [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 27-32

This is serious territory. As we enter the middle of my Top 50 Football Returners Countdown, we reach players who more and more likely will be on The Record’s All-Area lists as the season ends in December. So enjoy, with these representatives from St. Mary’s, Tokay, Calaveras and Lincoln. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, [...]

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Lions All-Star Football: North Offense

Pick your poison. That’s what the South team’s defense is facing this week, as it prepares for an unpredictable and potentially dynamic North offense, in the 43rd annual District 4-A1 Lions All-Star Football Game. Gates open at 5 p.m., pregame festivities begin at 6 p.m. and kickoff is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tracy High’s [...]

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Prep Baseball Power Rankings: Vol. VI

The St. Mary’s baseball team has a long road ahead in chasing its eighth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South championship. But the Rams, who began at No. 2, have reached the final Prep Baseball Power Rankings of the regular season in the top spot. St. Mary’s can pitch, led by senior ace Isaiah Bettencourt, [...]

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