Bay Area Top 45 Athletes: Nos. 30-26

West Coast Preps ranked the Bay Area’s top 45 athletes in all sports following the 2020-21 school year, this time with Nos. 30-26. Nos. 25-21 will be announced on Saturday, July 3310.  Only players located in cities on the Bay Area Census are eligible for the rankings. Check out who made the list at Nos.…

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Teddy Purcell competes against Menlo-Atherton on April 3, 2021. Photo by Jeff Nisihura

Bay Area Top 45 Athletes: Nos. 30-26

West Coast Preps ranked the Bay Area’s top 45 athletes in all sports following the 2020-21 school year, this time with Nos. 30-26. Nos. 25-21 will be announced on Saturday, July 3310.  Only players located in cities on the Bay Area Census are eligible for the rankings. Check out who made the list at Nos.……

Nick Struempf warms up for a Monte Vista game against Cal. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Dedicating, playing through whistle pay dividends for Monte Vista’s Struempf

Monte Vista senior offensive lineman Nick Struempf can look back at the film and see great plays being made, but that doesn’t really matter to him. Even if he helped the Mustangs put up a lot of yards and a lot of points, he knows the reality of the situation. He won’t give himself credit…

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Blake Burke stands at the plate during a De La Salle win at Cal. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Bay Area Baseball Player of the Year

Opposing pitchers were routinely out of luck against him. De La Salle senior infielder Blake Burke was a hitting machine. But that might be putting it mildly, as the University of Tennessee signee put up a season for the ages for the Bay Area’s No. 1 baseball team. Burke registered a .554 average, six doubles,…

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Elijah Jackson runs with the football for Fremont in Castlemont’s 7-on-7 Tournament on July 22, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Family inspiration brings Oakland athlete closer to college dreams

Fremont-Oakland senior running back and linebacker Elijah Jackson looks right at his family, inspired by them to someday bring them into a better situation. His mother works two jobs and is up bright and early every morning, dedicated to providing for the family. She pushes Jackson to be not only a better football player, but…

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Sydney Stewart makes a home run swing in a St. Francis win over Mitty. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Bay Area Softball Offensive Player of the Year

St. Francis junior catcher Sydney Stewart is the Bay Area Softball Offensive Player of the Year. The University of Washington commit recorded a .559 batting average with eight doubles, four triples, 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in 26 games, part of an uber-talented Lancers squad that captured a perfect 26-0 run and won a…

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Gabriel Plascencia boots the opening kickoff in a Bishop O’Dowd win at San Leandro. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Bay Area Top 45 Athletes: Nos. 35-31

West Coast Preps ranked the Bay Area’s top 45 athletes in all sports following the 2020-21 school year, this time with Nos. 35-31. Nos. 30-26 will be announced on Friday, July 30.  Only players located in cities on the Bay Area Census are eligible for the rankings. Check out who made the list at Nos….

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Bay Area Softball Pitcher of the Year

Heritage junior pitcher Kasey Aguinaga is the Bay Area Softball Pitcher of the Year. Aguinaga was an integral piece of Heritage’s ride to a 23-0 record, as she was 17-0 alone on the mound with a 0.71 ERA, 154 strikeouts and 18 walks in 88 ⅓ innings. She also had one no-hitter versus Freedom and…

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Natalie Pasco looks to pass the ball in a San Ramon Valley win over Carondelet. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Bay Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year

There was very little left the San Ramon Valley coaching staff could say throughout the season to describe Natalie Pasco. Incredible. A superstar. Humble. Dedicated. Everything. “Work ethic. That girl is committed to working hard,” said San Ramon Valley head coach John Cristiano after a win over Monte Vista. “She is a silent leader. She…

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Cody Ahola catches a pass during a Deliberate Training practice. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Ahola hungrier than ever after Air Force commitment

Right before Cody Ahola’s junior season began at Christopher High School, it was all stripped away from him. After working immensely hard during the extended offseason, Ahola was ready to come back even greater than the 1,000-plus yards he tallied the year prior. But, in a scrimmage leading up to the abbreviated spring campaign, he…

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Bay Area Baseball Pitcher of the Year

Tamalpais senior pitcher Tucker Bougie is the Bay Area Baseball Pitcher of the Year. Bougie produced one of the most spectacular seasons one could put forth, going 6-0 with a 0.43 ERA, 54 strikeouts and just 14 walks for a 19-1 Tamalpais squad that was No. 8 in the Bay Area Baseball Rankings.  Six of…

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Bay Area Baseball Offensive Player of the Year

Menlo-Atherton senior infielder Tommy Eisenstat is the Bay Area Baseball Offensive Player of the Year. Eisenstat recorded a hit in more than half of his plate appearances, boasting a .506 batting average with 15 doubles, eight home runs and 42 RBIs. The Bears went 20-7 overall and 13-1 in league play to capture a Peninsula-Ocean…

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Charlie Kinne competes in the long jump at the CCS Track & Field Championships. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Bay Area Top 45 Athletes: Nos. 40-36

West Coast Preps ranked the Bay Area’s top 45 athletes in all sports following the 2020-21 school year, this time with Nos. 40-36. Nos. 35-31 will be announced on Thursday, July 29.  Only players located in cities on the Bay Area Census are eligible for the rankings. Check out who made the list at Nos….

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