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Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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Video/Looking Ahead to 2018 — Black Hat Football’s Fun-Filled Schedule For The 209

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Video/Looking Ahead to 2018 — Black Hat Football’s Fun-Filled Schedule For The 209

As we jump into 2018, let’s take a look at a full-season schedule we’d love to see! We’ll call it Black Hat Football’s 2018 Tour … we’ll carry it through the end of the playoffs. We’re going to emphasize fun and entertainment value, recognize rivalries and make sure they’ll be crowd-pleasing. Here are the first seven weeks […]

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Video/The New-Look 209: 5 Small-School Leagues & A Quick Look at Realignment in 2018

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Video/The New-Look 209: 5 Small-School Leagues &  A Quick Look at Realignment in 2018

As we jump into 2018, let’s preview the realignment changes for the 10 leagues in The 209 and what we have to look forward to the next four school years. Here are the five small-school leagues: WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE/DIVISION 4 This is the one league that was blown up and rebuilt, with the old WAC, […]

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Video/The New-Look 209: 5 Large-School Leagues & A Quick Look at Realignment in 2018

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Video/The New-Look 209: 5 Large-School Leagues &  A Quick Look at Realignment in 2018

As we jump into 2018, let’s preview the realignment changes for the 10 leagues in The 209 and what we have to look forward to the next four school years. Here are the five large-school leagues: TRI-CITY ATHLETIC LEAGUE/THE 209’s ONLY DIVISION 1  Zero impact on football, with St. Mary’s, Lincoln and Tracy maintaining their stranglehold […]

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Video/Looking Ahead to 2018: Black Hat Ranks The 209’s Top Returning RBs + 1

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Video/Looking Ahead to 2018: Black Hat Ranks The 209’s Top Returning RBs + 1

With the 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football All-209 Team selected, let’s take jump ahead to 2018. Who are the top returning RBs for next year?  1, Felipe Figueroa, Franklin Yellowjackets-Stockton, Jr – 1,105 yards rushing and 6.2-yard average, with 16 TDs; 37 catches, with a 14.9-yard average and 6 TDs … He’s as talented as any […]

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Video/Looking Ahead to 2018: Black Hat Football ranks The 209’s Top 15 QBs & A Trio With High Hopes

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Video/Looking Ahead to 2018: Black Hat Football ranks The 209’s Top 15 QBs & A Trio With High Hopes

With the 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football All-209 Team selected, let’s take jump ahead to 2018. Who are the top returning QBs for next year? Since you asked, we’ve ranked them 1A through 14 – with lots of room for movement as we go forward:  1A: Noah May, St. Mary’s Rams-Stockton, Soph – Had the tremendous […]

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Video: The Entire 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football All-209 Team – MVPs, 1st & 2nd Teams in One Place

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Video: The Entire 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football All-209 Team – MVPs, 1st & 2nd Teams in One Place

Welcome to The 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team of the Year – from 70 schools in 10 leagues spread across 8 counties. This is the 6th year for the Starbucks/Black Hat Team – and no one but The Hat and his great partners at Starbucks provide such great rewards for The 209’s best! Each 1st-team […]

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Video: 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football All-209 Team – Players of the Year

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Video: 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football All-209 Team – Players of the Year

Welcome to The 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team of the Year – from 70 schools in 10 leagues spread across 8 counties. It’s is the 6th year for the Starbucks/Black Hat Team: Each 1st-team player and MVP receive a $20 Starbucks gift card and a Team of the Year patch for their jacket, while 2nd-team […]

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Video: 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football 2nd Team Defense – The Best From The 209

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Video: 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football 2nd Team Defense – The Best From The 209

Welcome to The 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team of the Year – from 70 schools in 10 leagues spread across 8 counties. It’s is the 6th year for the Starbucks/Black Hat Team: Each 1st-team player and MVP receive a $20 Starbucks gift card and a Team of the Year patch for their jacket, while 2nd-team […]

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Video: 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football 2nd Team Offense – The Best From The 209

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Video: 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football 2nd Team Offense – The Best From The 209

Welcome to The 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team of the Year – from 70 schools in 10 leagues spread across 8 counties. It’s is the 6th year for the Starbucks/Black Hat Team: Each 1st-team player and MVP receive a $20 Starbucks gift card and a Team of the Year patch for their jacket, while 2nd-team […]

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Oakdale RB Cameron Cherry – 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Offensive Player of the Year

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Oakdale RB Cameron Cherry – 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Offensive Player of the Year

Welcome to The 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team of the Year – from 70 schools in 10 leagues spread across 8 counties. It’s is the 6th year for the Starbucks/Black Hat Team: Each 1st-team player and MVP receive a $20 Starbucks gift card and a Team of the Year patch for their jacket, while 2nd-team […]

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