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The 209′s Rebound Teams for this football season? Stagg-Stockton & Beyer-Modesto top the list of teams ready to shed bad memories

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The 209′s Rebound Teams for this football season? Stagg-Stockton & Beyer-Modesto top the list of teams ready to shed bad memories

   You see them every year, a handful of teams who bounce back from disappointment to put together an impressive season. You never know who they’re going to be, but here’s a stab at a handful of teams from The 209 that we think will rebound. We’ll roll them out over the next few days: […]

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Denair High stays within pack, as Coyotes select former player Anthony Armas to lead the program

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Denair High stays within pack, as Coyotes select former player Anthony Armas to lead the program

Denair High stayed within the Coyote to hire its new varsity football coach, selecting Anthony Armas as the program tries to rebound from last  year’s 1-6 Southern League campaign. Here’s a nice look at Armas, and a tip of The Hat to Denair High for such a sweet story on Armas: A familiar face will be […]

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Black Hat Football’s 2014-15 Grid-Hoops Team: Sierra-Manteca’s Hunter Johnson was best of The 209′s two-sport stars

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Black Hat Football’s 2014-15 Grid-Hoops Team: Sierra-Manteca’s Hunter Johnson was best of The 209′s two-sport stars

It’s time for the Black Hat Football Grid-Hoop Team, a collection of kids who were big-time players last fall and followed it up with great success this winter.     We announced our Grid-Wrestling Team last week, and check out the baseball season this spring for our Black Hat Football Grid-Diamond Team.     The 2014-15 Black […]

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42nd Lions All-Star Football Game: Check out the rosters right now, then see the players this June at Tracy High

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42nd Lions All-Star Football Game: Check out the rosters right now, then see the players this June at Tracy High

Annual banquet honoring all players coming up on Saturday, April 11 at Italian Athletic Club in Stockton with Lincoln High graduate Brandin Cooks of the New Orleans Saints as the featured speaker. (Here’s the rundown on the game from Mark Tennis, the face of CalHiSports and the state’s high school sports guru). He’s only a […]

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Black Hat Football’s Grid-Wrestling Team: Oakdale’s Frankie Trent & Enochs-Modesto’s McCoy Kent repeaters from a year ago

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Black Hat Football’s Grid-Wrestling Team: Oakdale’s Frankie Trent & Enochs-Modesto’s McCoy Kent repeaters from a year ago

It’s time for the Black Hat Football Grid-Wrestling Team, a collection of kids who were big-time players last fall and followed it up with great success this winter. We’ll announce Grid-Hoops Team in the coming week, and check out the baseball season this spring for our Black Hat Football Grid-Diamond Team. The 2014-15 Black Hat […]

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Valley Oak League juggles schedule: Defending co-champs Sierra & Oakdale open at The Corral

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Valley Oak League juggles schedule: Defending co-champs Sierra & Oakdale open at The Corral

The Valley Oak League is shaking up its schedule this fall, and the first change you’ll see is Sierra facing Oakdale at The Corral in Week 4 to open league play. They were VOL co-champs last fall, with Oakdale winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 title and going to a NorCal Bowl. Oakdale had been […]

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The first step to selecting Black Hat’s All-Grid/Wrestling Team: Let’s look at The 209 results from State Meet

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The first step to selecting Black Hat’s All-Grid/Wrestling Team: Let’s look at The 209 results from State Meet

As the Black Hat Football staff prepares to pick its 2014-15 Grid/Wrestling Team, it seems like a good time to spotlight The 209′s best – those that played football, as well as those who focus on wrestling as their primary sport. If you want to check out the 2013-2014 Black Hat Football Grid/Wrestling Team, just […]

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Riverbank High unveils independent football schedule for 2015: Bruins open at Waterford and will finish with Johansen-Modesto

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Riverbank High unveils independent football schedule for 2015: Bruins open at Waterford and will finish with Johansen-Modesto

 Riverbank High faced a difficult decision in 2013: Stop playing football for safety reasons, or create an independent schedule and give the program a chance to survive. (For the original story, click on this Blue Line Special for the 2013 piece) The Bruins’ have long struggled in the Trans-Valley League, yet were denied the opportunity […]

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So you’re starting a HS football program? If The 209 were a free agent’s market, these would be your 50 best signings

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So you’re starting a HS football program? If The 209 were a free agent’s market, these would be your 50 best signings

So you ‘re starting a high school football program and looking for free agents? The Black Hat Football staff looks at a Top 50 list from The 209 who would serve well as starter kits. We’ll start our list from #50 and work our way down to the top spots: We’ll apologize ahead of time […]

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TVL Offensive Lineman of the Year Caleb Blakeley didn’t want Modesto Christian High to be his final stop

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TVL Offensive Lineman of the Year Caleb Blakeley didn’t want Modesto Christian High to be his final stop

Caleb Blakeley is one of those kids who didn’t want his final game high school football game to be his final football game. But recruiting season quietly came and went, and Modesto Christian High’s 6-foot-2, 265-pound offensive lineman began focusing on a productive career killing bad bugs. More about those bad bugs later. The better […]

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