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No, it’s not the Flint Tropics & Jackie Moon – but ABA team will be coming to Modesto this fall

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No, it’s not the Flint Tropics & Jackie Moon – but ABA team will be coming to Modesto this fall

The Flint Tropics are relocating to Modesto? Is Jackie Moon going to wrestle a bear? If so, count on The Hat being in the stands watching that one! Alas, the American Basketball Association’s most famous fictional team is not coming to Modesto – but the ABA is! The Yuba City Goldminers are moving to Modesto […]

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Turlock Quarterback Club Hosting Central Valley Combine on Saturday, June 3

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Turlock Quarterback Club Hosting Central Valley Combine on Saturday, June 3

The Turlock Quarterback Club is hosting the inaugural Central Valley Combine on Saturday, June 3, at Joe Debely Stadium in Turlock. The QB Club hopes to make it an annual event, providing a local opportunity for football players to perform a variety of physical tests while staying close to home. The Combine runs from 8 […]

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4 Decades of Section Champs From The 209: Los Banos a perfect 2-for-2, while Stockton Unified still struggling

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4 Decades of Section Champs From The 209: Los Banos a perfect 2-for-2, while Stockton Unified still struggling

With the 2017 season approaching, folks are already talking about Sac-Joaquin Section title contenders and the impact of the anticipated promotion of Del Oro (from Division 2 to D1) and Oakdale (from Division 3 to D2). With that in mind, let’s take a look back at all of The 209’s Section champions – and those […]

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4 Decades of Section Champs From The 209: Merced is best of the D1 public schools & city of Modesto stuck in 33-year drought

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4 Decades of Section Champs From The 209: Merced is best of the D1 public schools & city of Modesto stuck in 33-year drought

With the 2017 season approaching, folks are already talking about Sac-Joaquin Section title contenders and the impact of the anticipated promotion of Del Oro (from Division 2 to D1) and Oakdale (from Division 3 to D2). With that in mind, let’s take a look back at all of The 209’s Section champions – and those […]

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4 Decades of Section Champs from The 209: Lincoln’s memorable 2000 run & Le Grand’s short-lived dynasty

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4 Decades of Section Champs from The 209: Lincoln’s memorable 2000 run & Le Grand’s short-lived dynasty

With the 2017 season approaching, folks are already talking about Sac-Joaquin Section title contenders and the impact of the anticipated promotion of Del Oro (from Division 2 to D1) and Oakdale (from Division 3 to D2). With that in mind, let’s take a look back at all of The 209’s Section champions – and those […]

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4 Decades of Section Champs from The 209: Who Won, Why It Matters & A Great Isaiah Burse Tale

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4 Decades of Section Champs from The 209: Who Won, Why It Matters & A Great Isaiah Burse Tale

With the 2017 season approaching, folks are already talking about Sac-Joaquin Section title contenders and the impact of the anticipated promotion of Del Oro (from Division 2 to D1) and Oakdale (from Division 3 to D2). With that in mind, let’s take a look back at all of The 209’s Section champions – and those […]

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2017 Bombshell: ‘Competitive Equity’ mandate will send Del Oro & Oakdale to higher playoff divisions

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2017 Bombshell: ‘Competitive Equity’ mandate will send Del Oro & Oakdale to higher playoff divisions

The Sac-Joaquin Section is serious about ‘Competitive Equity,’ and it’s going to enforce that mandate this fall when it promotes two elite programs into higher divisions. Division 2 power Del Oro will go D1 & D3 kingpin Oakdale will go D2. Each must stay for at least two years. The Section began this push years ago, moving Modesto Christian’s […]

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All-Starbucks/Black Hat Football Defense: Celebrating 6 years of providing timely & entertaining coverage of The 209

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All-Starbucks/Black Hat Football Defense: Celebrating 6 years of providing timely & entertaining coverage of The 209

It’s been 6 seasons since leaving the Modesto Bee — after 3 decades covering football in The 209 – and launching Black Hat Football. While papers take a step back – less coverage and not publishing results until Sunday! Black Hat’s been bringing the action and results immediately! As we prepare for the 2017 season, let’s take a look at our All-Time […]

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Video/The 209 features 13 returners from the 2016 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team

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Video/The 209 features 13 returners from the 2016 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team

Who’s returning from The 2016 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team? Lotsa seniors on last year’s squad, but here are the Baker’s Dozen of 13 kids who return for the 2017 season:  SMALL SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE YEAR DB/SLOT KANE RODGERS, SONORA (MLL): The 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior was the 2015 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Underclassmen of the Year […]

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Video/The All-Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team: Celebrating 6 years of providing timely & entertaining coverage of The 209

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Video/The All-Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team: Celebrating 6 years of providing timely & entertaining coverage of The 209

It’s been 6 seasons since leaving the Modesto Bee — after 3 decades covering football in The 209 – and launching Black Hat Football. While papers take a step back – less coverage and not publishing results until Sunday! Black Hat’s been bringing the action and results immediately! As we prepare for the 2017 season, let’s take a look at our All-Time […]

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