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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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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 33-38

We’re getting into batches of the serious difference-makers. They may be unheralded, but they can play some pigskin. My Top 50 Football Returners Countdown returns, with picks from Stagg, Escalon, Ripon, Manteca, McNair and Tracy. Dig in. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San Joaquin County [...]

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The verdict is in

Some of the true movers and shakers in the wine industry and other well-intended folks converged Monday morning at Viaggio Winery in Lodi. They tasted and evaluated dozens of wines, talked about them, learned about each other and went home with writer’s cramp after judging the Bottle Shock Open, a competition for amateur home winemakers [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 39-44

My top football returner rankings continue, with six guys who are set to improve immensely in 2016. Whether it be more experienced rosters, or a better schematic circumstance to succeed, the names on this list may not be familiar now, but they should be by November. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best [...]

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Trio of former Tigers raking in minors

Brett Sullivan, Gio Brusa and Tyler Sullivan had excellent collegiate baseball careers at Pacific. Especially offensively. Of course, baseball requires production across the lineup and roster, so the Sullivan brothers and Brusa playing well never was enough to push Pacific to its first NCAA playoff appearance. But the three are doing their thing in Minor [...]

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Top Five Nonleague Football Games to Watch

  The joy of high school football season arriving is quickly replaced by a need for the league season to begin. After all, the vast majority of preseason matchups either end up lopsided (an easy ‘W’ for an established program and a point of growth for a losing program), or even if they’re close, the [...]

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Way Too Early: The Record’s Pre-Pre-Season All-Area Football First Team

Folks, this is just for fun. But hey, were I to predict The Record’s All-Area football first team in July (a month before official camp even opens) this is my rough draft. I’ll do a more official Preseason All-Area team in late August, and of course, the real deal in December. Enjoy this, and again, [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 45-50

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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The Formidable Five: Linebackers

Many of the top pass-rushing and gap-plugging defensive linemen, and best defensive backs graduated this spring. However, the linebackers from The Record’s coverage area, from San Joaquin County up into the Mother Lode, may have a Renaissance this autumn. My “Formidable Five” series continues, after breaking down the defensive backs on Tuesday, to take a [...]

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The Formidable Five: Defensive Backs

Welcome to “The Formidable Five.” In this high school football blog series, we’ll lay out five area players at each position group, who are proven talents and ones to watch for the upcoming 2016 season. Sometimes, they might have an even higher impact at another position, but they’re on this list for a reason. Again, [...]

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