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Sac-Joaquin Section officials must believe their 2015 realignment plan was perfect – fail to move on any of their “Watch List” teams

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Sac-Joaquin Section officials must believe their 2015 realignment plan was perfect – fail to move on any of their “Watch List” teams

When the Sac-Joaquin Section realigned its league two years ago, there were a number of moves that could/should have been made, but the section’s committee didn’t have the backbone to get them done. The section bundled all of those missed calls into one set in 2013, calling them the “Watch List” and promising to come […]

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Best of The 209 at Nike Combine: Buhach QB Brandon Sanchez, St. Mary’s soph Dusty Frampton & Golden Valley RB Isaiah Montanez

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Best of The 209 at Nike Combine: Buhach QB Brandon Sanchez, St. Mary’s soph Dusty Frampton & Golden Valley RB Isaiah Montanez

High school football’s version of the NFL Combine rolled into San Leandro last weekend, with kids from around Northern California taking part in the 40-yard dash (electronic timing), the shuttle (20-yard agility), kneeling power ball toss (measured by feet) and the vertical jump (measured in inches). When they’re done, everyone gets a Nike football rating […]

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3-time defending State champion Central Catholic-Modesto could run into a Division 3 wall in section playoffs this fall

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3-time defending State champion Central Catholic-Modesto could run into a Division 3 wall in section playoffs this fall

Central Catholic High-Modesto has been the big winner in the California Bowl Series the last few years, sharpening their teeth against tough competition in the regular season and then chewing up smaller schools in the postseason.  Last year, for example, the Raiders opened with 3 large-school foes, finished third in the rugged medium-school Valley Oak […]

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Nate Costa’s Football Camp returns to Hilmar High in June: One for the young kids and another for the HS QBs in The 209

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Nate Costa’s Football Camp returns to Hilmar High in June: One for the young kids and another for the HS QBs in The 209

Nate Costa was a generational quarterback, combining his strong arm, quick feet and football savvy to become a 3-year varsity star at Hilmar High and fetch a scholarship at the University of Oregon. He remains one of The 209 QBs we use as a gauge to judge the quality of every year’s class. A few […]

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The Numbers Racket: Newly constructed SJAA giving Stockton high school football programs a chance to rebuild

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The Numbers Racket: Newly constructed SJAA giving Stockton high school football programs a chance to rebuild

If there was any question about why the Sac-Joaquin Section needed to split up the San Joaquin Athletic Association and Tri-City Athletic League, the numbers say it all. All six of the Stockton schools – Bear Creek, Chavez, Edison, Franklin, McNair and Stagg – have struggled since 2000. Edison (45.1 percent) has the highest winning […]

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The 2015 starts at Turlock High: Bulldogs, Pacheco-Los Banos, Downey & Modesto throwing the ball around

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The 2015 starts at Turlock High: Bulldogs, Pacheco-Los Banos, Downey & Modesto throwing the ball around

The high school baseball playoffs have another two weeks to run, but it’s never too early to get started with the 2015 football season! Black Hat Football’s been blasting away at the 2015 season since the day after Central Catholic High-Modesto was celebrating its 2014 state championship. High school football in The 209 is a […]

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Let’s talk about some early 2015 Player of the Year possibilities: Central Catholic RB Justin Rice was Black Hat’s Offensive MVP last fall

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Let’s talk about some early 2015 Player of the Year possibilities: Central Catholic RB Justin Rice was Black Hat’s Offensive MVP last fall

We chatted up the Top 50 Free Agents in The 209 a while back, so let’s take a look at some quarterbacks you need to get out and see this fall. What makes these QBs fun to see, but also what to expect this fall and what work remains to be done: RB Justin Rice, […]

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The Numbers Racket: Escalon’s king of the TVL, the league that gave us a couple of historic QBs in Isaiah Burse & Nate Costa

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The Numbers Racket: Escalon’s king of the TVL, the league that gave us a couple of historic QBs in Isaiah Burse &  Nate Costa

We all know Escalon High wins every year, but how much winning? A whole lot! The Cougars have won 82.5% of their games going back to 2000, and they’re 31-10 in the playoffs with a bundle of section titles. Escalon has lost just 23 regular-season games in the last 15 years, while averaging 10.3 wins […]

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The Numbers Racket: Los Banos has been the hottest team in the WAC – in the regular season & the playoffs

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The Numbers Racket: Los Banos has been the hottest team in the WAC – in the regular season & the playoffs

Patterson High ran its streak of winning seasons to 10 in a row with a 7-4 record in 2014. The Tigers began their turnaround by going 7-3 in 2005, even winning a playoff game, after having gone 16-34 the five years of this century. The Tigers were 5-24 (17 percent) in league play those first […]

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The Numbers Racket: If not for the newcomer, Amador would have celebrated 1st title since 2001 – and other fun figures

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The Numbers Racket: If not for the newcomer, Amador would have celebrated 1st title since 2001 – and other fun figures

      It didn’t take long for Sonora High, which more than held its own playing in the Sac-Joaquin’s Section’s top middle-school leagues, to establish its dominance after being dropped to the small-school Mother Lode League.    The Wildcats won the MLL in their first year, and it was their first league title since 2005. […]

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