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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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Know Thine Enemy: Mendota Aztecs

The dream continues for the Amador football team. Before this season, the 105-year-old high school had never seen a Sac-Joaquin Section championship on the gridiron. Now, Amador is the host school in the CIF NorCal Division 6-AA bowl game, against Mendota of the Central Section at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Calaveras High in San Andreas. [...]

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Prep Football Predictions: Championship Edition

My worst week of football predictions came right smack dab in the middle of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Talk about the opposite of clutch, I’m becoming the Buffalo Bills of NorCal sports writers. Yet I digress. The No. 2 St. Mary’s football team battles No. 1 Folsom for the section’s Division I crown at 6 [...]

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Know Thine Enemy: Folsom Bulldogs

The stage is set for one of the most fascinating Sac-Joaquin Section football games in recent memory. No. 1 Folsom (12-1) and No. 2 St. Mary’s (12-1) lock horns in the Division I title game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium. Folsom broke green-and-white hearts last November, taking a Division I semifinal [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Boys No. 1, Junior Ballard

San Joaquin County basketball fans learned the name “Junior Ballard” on Jan. 25. Ballard, then a sophomore guard and forward on the Lathrop boys basketball team, dropped a school-record 51 points in a Valley Oak League win over Sierra: then the Sac-Joaquin Section’s defending Division III champion. Ballard wasn’t just a fluke. He was electric [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Girls No. 1, Aquira DeCosta

Aquira DeCosta isn’t just the player to watch in Stockton, San Joaquin County and Northern California. She might just be the signature high school player in the United States of America. Especially for her class. DeCosta, 6-foot-2 forward on the St. Mary’s girls basketball team, is the top-rated prospect for the Class of 2018 via [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Boys No. 2, Michael Hayes

Michael Hayes wasn’t a name on the media’s radar entering the 2015-16 boys basketball season in The Record’s coverage area. Yet the then-sophomore at West was electric, eventually splitting the Tri-City Athletic League MVP award with St. Mary’s guard Evan Madill (now at Cal Maritime Academy). Hayes, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound force, averaged 19 points and [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Girls No. 2, Loretta Kakala

Loretta Kakala, almost quietly, has made herself one of the most-sought after girls basketball recruits on the West Coast. The 6-foot-2 Manteca senior forward has a five-star rating, and is rated 97 out of 100 via ESPN.com. Kakala signed with Louisville women’s basketball earlier in November, and now, has the task of helping Manteca compete [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Boys No. 3, Andre Kelly

It’s hard to believe that Andre Kelly is still a junior in high school. Kelly has already had a fantastic varsity basketball career, without one game as an upperclassman. The 6-foot-8 forward on the Lincoln boys basketball team averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds as a sophomore, shooting 57 percent from the field. Kelly was [...]

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Countdown to Tipoff: Girls No. 3, Naje Murray

Naje Murray won’t be on the court as soon as she’d like, but can still be a deciding factor in just how far this year’s St. Mary’s girls basketball team goes. Murray, a senior guard for the Rams and returning first-team All-Area pick, tore her ACL in the offseason. Her recovery has gone faster than [...]

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