High-SchoolCalifornia: Granite Bay

NorCal Bowl Games: Preseason Rankings

August, 20, 2012
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California high school footballMark Tennis/ESPNHSFans at Granite Bay had much to be pumped about last season.
It figures to be no more than a seeding meeting when the first teams are named for the NorCal Open Division and Division I regional bowl games in December. The rest of the lineup of games, however, will be much harder to forecast as the 2012 season unfolds.

This is the third season in which the CIF state bowl games will be conducted with an open division and with no enrollment-based criteria for each division. It’s the first one, however, in which there will be Northern California and Southern California regional bowl games to determine state finalists.

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More Cal-Hi Sports State Schools of Year

July, 11, 2012
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California high school footballMark Tennis/ESPNHSGranite Bay football coach Ernie Cooper (holding flag) poses with staff after 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section title game.
Mitty is best for girls sports for the ninth time while other honorees include La Costa Canyon (D2), Campolindo (D3), Serra of Gardena (D4) and St. Margaret’s (D5). Eight more schools who deserve special mention for overall athletic excellence also have been singled out.

Congratulations to the following schools for collecting a statewide all-sports honor for the 2011-12 school year:

Girls Sports Only:
Archbishop Mitty (San Jose)

It might seem like the Monarchs have won this honor every year, but they actually didn’t the last two years. Regarded as perhaps the best school for girls sports in the nation, Mitty lived up to that claim by winning the CIF Division II state title in basketball and by going 29-2 and finishing top 10 in the nation in softball. Mitty’s other girls sports highlights included a CIF Central Coast Section co-title in soccer, the best finish in school history (2nd) in CCS golf, a second-place finish in the loaded CCS swim meet plus semifinal appearances in the CCS field hockey and tennis playoffs. This is the ninth time Mitty has been tops in the state for girls sports since the 1994-95 school year.

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Sac-Joaquin football gains strength

May, 27, 2012
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California high school footballMark Tennis/ESPNHSGranite Bay's Johnny Cooley (with dad, Robert) had one of top SPARQ ratings at 2012 Nike combine in Oakland.
From the Nike events of last weekend, it’s obvious that rebuilding seasons are becoming extinct for top programs in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. Lincoln of Stockton may have early edge in 2012 for the Cal-Hi Sports preseason state rankings with its running back-quarterback combo, but defending champs in Division I, II and III have impressive players, too.

After watching the Division I and Division II championship games last December in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and noticing all of the seniors leading squads at Granite Bay, Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove, Vacaville and Folsom, you’d think that those teams are going to drastically fall off in 2012.

You’d be thinking incorrectly. The section has emerged as a genuine hot spot in the state in the last five to six years and at last weekend’s Nike-based football events in the Bay Area all of the top teams from the section showcased players who look like they’ll be able to step up this fall.

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