High-SchoolCalifornia: Nic Ardave

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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