High-SchoolCalifornia: Cal-Hi Sports state records

State Football TD Catch Leaders

July, 23, 2012
California high school footballMark Tennis/ESPNHSLe Grand's Zach Moreno hauled in 21 touchdown catches during 2011 season.
Here’s one updated list from the exclusive Cal-Hi Sports state record book with a new all-time leader from last season. This one also still includes a current NBA player in the top 10, but the Earvin Johnson listed is no relation to Magic.

For 31 years, the state record for most touchdown catches in one season was held at least in part by John McKay Jr. from Bishop Amat of La Puente, who caught passes from current USC athletic director and former NFL QB Pat Haden. McKay’s record was tied in 1999, but it was surpassed last year by Deontay Greenberry from Washington Union of Fresno. Greenberry finished with 33 touchdowns and helped the Panthers win the CIF Division III state championship.

Here are the updated all-time leaders from the Cal-Hi Sports state record book heading into the 2012 season now with more than 100 listings:

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State Football TD Passing Leaders

July, 8, 2012
California high school baseball, California high school footballMark Tennis/ESPNHSMarin Catholic's Jared Goff is the son of a former MLB pitcher.
Here’s another new, updated list of all-time bests for a single season from the exclusive Cal-Hi Sports state record book. NFL QBs Kyle Boller and Jimmy Clausen still both in the top 10.

Prolific performers Dano Graves and Tanner Trosin of Folsom have put a charge into the state touchdown pass record listings, but the record total of 63 is still the one put up in 1999 over 13 games from Robert De La Cruz of Los Angeles Cathedral. De La Cruz also tossed 61 TD passes as a junior in 1998.

Here are the updated all-time leaders from the state record book heading into the 2012 season now with more than 150 listings:

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State Football Rushing Yards Leaders

June, 26, 2012
California high school footballMark Tennis/ESPNHSConcord's Olito Thompson set NorCal record for rushing yards in 2011.
New, updated list of all-time best for single season from the exclusive Cal-Hi Sports state record book has expanded to more than 150 players. Earliest listing is from 1966. NFL players Ryan Mathews, Toby Gerhart and Jahvid Best all among top 11.

Ventura High’s Tyler Ebell obliterated the single-season state rushing record in the 2000 season and still ranks more than 900 yards ahead of the No. 2 total on the all-time state list. Concord High’s Olito Thompson enters the 2012 season after rushing for 3,488 yards as a junior, which is No. 4 on the state list and is No. 1 for Northern California.

Here are the updated all-time leaders from the state record book headed into the 2012 season (thanks to Paul Muyskens for contribution):

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Updated Girls BB Career Scoring Leaders

March, 2, 2012
Poly, Pasadena Poly, Michelle MillerPasadena Poly High SchoolMichelle Miller of Pasadena Poly has been among the state scoring leaders for four straight years.
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According to the Cal-Hi Sports state record book, which has been published seven times, Michelle Miller of Pasadena Poly puts herself in the No. 5 position.

As a salute to the outstanding career of senior Michelle Miller of Pasadena Poly, who will play next at Princeton (yes, her grades are that good, too), we decided to spend some time compiling an updated list of the all-time career scoring leaders in California girls basketball.

It’s a great list because it contains some of the greatest players in the history of women’s basketball – led by Cheryl Miller, Diana Taurasi and Lisa Leslie -- not just California high schools.

Here is the new, updated list:

3,837 - Charde Houston, San Diego, 2001-2004
3,446 - Cheryl Miller, Riverside Poly, 1979-1982
3,374 - Danielle Orsillo, Oroville Las Plumas, 2002-2005
3,346 - Courtney Paris, Modesto Christian 2002 & Piedmont 2003-2005

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Le Grand already in state record book

December, 14, 2011
Win or lose on Friday in the CIF Division IV state bowl game against Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth, the 12-0 Le Grand football team already can go down as one of the highest scoring in state history.

The Bulldogs enter Friday’s game averaging 58.5 points per game, which would be fifth-best on the all-time state list, produced by ESPNHS and Cal-Hi Sports. That average, however, is likely to go down after a state bowl game.

Ironically, Le Grand is part of the state-record total of 64.7 points scored per game by Central Catholic of Modesto in 2005. During that season, the Bulldogs lost to the Raiders 61-13.

For total points scored, Le Grand still needs 30 points to move in front of Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove as the highest scoring team of the season in the state. The state record of 880 points by Bloomington, set in 1994, is safe for another year.

Here is a look at where Le Grand stands in the Cal-Hi Sports state book:

Highest Team Scoring Averages (Season)
64.7 - Modesto Central Catholic, 2005 (777/12-0)
62.9 - Bloomington, 1994 (880/14-0)
59.3 - San Rafael Hitchcock Military Academy, 1921 (415/7-0)
59.2 - Modesto Central Catholic, 2003 (711/13-0) (12 games played)
58.5 - Le Grand, 2011 (702/12-0) (one game still to go)
57.9 - Modesto Central Catholic, 2004 (753/13-0)
56.4 - Elk Grove, 1998 (789/14-0)
55.7 - Vacaville Christian, 2005 (557/9-2)*
55.4 - Folsom, 2010 (776/14-1)
55.3 - Bloomington, 1997 (774/12-2)
54.8 - San Diego Marian Catholic, 2003 (712/13)
54.7 - Long Beach Poly, 1920 (438/7-1)
54.2 - Vallejo, 1954 (488/9-0)

Most Points Scored By Team (Season)
880 - Bloomington, 1994 (14-0)
797 - Westlake Village Oaks Christian, 2006 (15-0)
789 - Elk Grove, 1998 (14-0)
777 - Modesto Central Catholic, 2005 (12-0)
776 - Folsom, 2010 (14-1)
774 - Bloomington, 1997 (12-2)
771 - Corona Centennial, 2010 (14-1)
753 - Modesto Central Catholic, 2004 (13-0)
742 - San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret's, 2008 (15-0)
740 - Westlake Village Oaks Christian, 2004 (14-0)
735 - Modesto Christian, 2009 (15-0)
731 - Elk Grove Pleasant Grove, 2011 (12-2)
722 - Bloomington, 1996 (13-1)
713 - Ventura St. Bonaventure, 2001 (14-0)
712 - San Diego Marian Catholic, 2003 (13-0)
711 - Modesto Central Catholic, 2003 (13-0)*
708 - Concord, 2010 (14)
702 - Le Grand, 2011 (12) plus one game to go

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Thompson rushes for NorCal records

December, 14, 2011
The house was packed on last Friday night at Santa Rosa High, and despite his team falling 28-20 to Windsor (Calif.) in the CIF North Coast Section Division II title game, Concord (Concord, Calif.) running back Olito Thompson didn’t disappoint with three Northern California rushing records.

His performance gets him where no other San Francisco Bay Area running back has gone in terms of numbers.

Thompson’s carry at 6:08 of the first quarter got him past Jahvid Best from Salesian (Richmond, Calif.) as the all-time leading rusher in the Metro Bay Area. In 2006, Best ran for 3,225 yards at Salesian.

When the 5-foot-10, 200-pound junior gained seven yards off right tackle late in the third quarter, he passed John Bordenkircher (3,416 yards in 1997 at Dixon) as the single-season leading rusher in Northern California history according to the ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book.

In the end, Thompson carried a whopping 54 times for 285 yards and one touchdown. The 54 carries is also a Northern California record according to the record book and ties him with several others high up on the list as well.

Thompson finished the season with 3,488 yards and 35 touchdowns. Besides the No. 1 spot in Northern California, the yardage gets Thompson the state’s No. 4 spot all-time in the record book’s most yards for a season list. His 408 carries is also a NorCal record.

“Whoa, really, all those records, that’s amazing,” Thompson told Cal-Hi Sports.

“During the season, he’s gone from a power runner to a single-cut downhill runner with improvement every game," said Concord coach Brian Hamilton.

It will be hard to duplicate what he did this year, but Thompson can break the Best’s NorCal career record of 6,379 yards with 2,648 next season. And with as many times as Thompson is willing to carry the ball, anything seems possible.

Here are updated Cal-Hi Sports state record totals where Thompson is now included:

Most Rushing Yards (Season)

4,495 - Tyler Ebell, Ventura, 2000 (14)

3,586 - Jermaine Marshall, Malibu Camp Kilpatrick, 1999 (14)

3,523 - David Dotson, Moreno Valley Valley View, 1991 (11)

3,488 - Olito Thompson, Concord, 2011 (14) Jr.

3,437 - Chad Kackert, Simi Valley Grace Brethren, 2004 (12)

3,416 - John Bordenkircher, Dixon, 1997 (12)

3,398 - DeShaun Foster, Tustin, 1997 (14)

3,396 - Ryan Matthews, Bakersfield West, 2006 (12)

3,263 - Chris Hanks, Los Angeles Cathedral, 1997 (12)

3,233 - Toby Gerhart, Norco, 2005 (14)

3,225 - Jahvid Best, Richmond Salesian, 2006 (13)

3,219 - Oscar Arzu, Baldwin Park Sierra Vista, 1996 (13)

Most Rushing Carries (Game)

71 – Luis Soto, Santa Ana Saddleback (39) vs. Laguna Beach (49), 2010 (484 yds.)

57 - Chris Huerta, Riverside Notre Dame (66) vs. Yucca Valley (65), 2005 (3 OTs) (437 yds, 7 TDs)

55 - Larry Ned, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde (45) vs. Perris (38), 1996 (440 yds, 5 TDs)

54 - Scott Zander, Newbury Park (27) vs. Pasadena Muir (20), 1983 (240 yds, 4 TDs)

54 - Curtis Scott, Sepulveda Monroe (26) vs. Los Angeles Roosevelt (18), 1988 (273 yds, 3 TDs)

54 - David Dotson, Mission Viejo Valley View (23) vs. Phelan Serrano (27), 1989 (315 yds, 3 TDs) Soph.

54 - John Harris, Corona Centennial (12) vs. Pomona Garey (14), 1990 (279 yds, 2 TDs)

54 - Marquise Starks, Fontana (31) vs. Fontana A.B. Miller (29), 1997 (302 yds, 2 TDs) Jr.

54 - Olito Thompson, Concord (20) vs. Windsor (28), 2011 (285 yds, 1 TD) Jr.

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