High-SchoolCalifornia: San Marin (Novato)

Cal-Hi Sports Softball Coach of the Year

June, 20, 2012
California high school softballGarland Cooper/ESPNHSNorco's Rick Robinson has won nearly 400 games as a prep softball coach.
Guiding program to No. 1 national ranking is too much to ignore as Norco’s Rick Robinson collects statewide honor. His career, which spans 18 seasons and began at nearby rival school, is not too shabby, either. Randy Willis, Jim Pingree also earn accolades.

Contributing: Mark Tennis, Paul Muyskens

What seems amazing is there have only been two 30-win seasons in the history of softball in the Inland Empire portion of the CIF Southern Section. The thing that’s not surprising is both have come from teams coached by Rick Robinson of Norco.

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Wilkins emerges as big-time talent

June, 4, 2012
California high school football,Elite 11 quarterbacksTom Hauck/ESPNHSManny Wilkins zips another impressive pass during 2012 Northern California Elite 11 event.
The Northern California quarterback prospect, who will be a junior this season, has grown up quickly in the aftermath of a parent’s death plus a move from Texas.

There was no question that Manny Wilkins of San Marin (Novato, Calif.) turned heads with his performances three weekends ago at two elite football camps in the San Francisco Bay Area, but what the 16-year-old didn’t immediately realize was one of the heads he turned was his own.

On a blustery Friday afternoon on May 18 at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, the 6-foot-2, 172-pound Wilkins entered the final drill at the Elite 11 regional quarterback camp already having impressed lead coach Trent Dilfer, other evaluators, and the assembled media analysts.

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