Boosted by NY family, Homa among California’s top receivers

Angelo Rodriguez senior receiver Anthony Homa does it for his family back home. Homa, who moved to California from New York state, is on the opposite coast as his family. All they can do is watch live streams of his games right now, and Homa knows that he has to put on a show for…

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Anthony Homa leads the Sac-Joaquin Section in receiving. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Boosted by NY family, Homa among California’s top receivers

Angelo Rodriguez senior receiver Anthony Homa does it for his family back home. Homa, who moved to California from New York state, is on the opposite coast as his family. All they can do is watch live streams of his games right now, and Homa knows that he has to put on a show for…

Jake Calcagno and Cal jumped seven spots this week. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Jake Calcagno unstoppable for Grizzlies

Little did Jake Calcagno know he would be right here. California’s star junior receiver began his football career in the seventh grade as a cornerback, and the results weren’t pretty.  “I was definitely the worst on the field,” Calcagno said. “I played corner and I was scared to go tackle people.” His eighth grade year…

Tanner Hartwig warms up for a game against Pittsburg. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Tanner Hartwig learns work ethic, success from father

For his entire life, Heritage senior receiver Tanner Hartwig saw the work his father put in, and that only translated into his life. Hartwig’s father, Kevin Hartwig, is now an assistant on Heritage’s coaching staff under Dave Fogelstrom and boasts an extensive coaching resume. Kevin Hartwif coached at Freedom from 2002-17, where he won more…

Eli Nuddleman warms up for a game against Amador Valley on March 20, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Livermore’s Nuddleman gears up to serve country

Livermore senior linebacker Eli Nuddleman was always drawn to the military. He loved the country. He loved Freedom of Speech. He loved the idea of serving his country. So, after a storied football career comes to a close with the Cowboys here this spring, he will join the Marines, adding to a family legacy in…

Serra improved to 5-0 with a 10-4 win over Carlmont. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Serra continues unbeaten season on diamond

The Serra Padres have an incredible baseball team and are now ranked No. 2 in the rankings. They were hosting the 2-2 Carlmont squad who is ranked No. 25 in the Bay Area Baseball Rankings. Serra hit the ball hard and often on the day, though, as they sent Carlmont home with its third loss…

Asher Haynes goes through a Heritage practice on April 7, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Haynes finds inner grit for senior year

Asher Haynes found something in himself that has pushed him to some exceptionally green pastures as a senior. The Heritage quarterback endured the long offseason like everyone else in California. The uncertainty if a season would ever happen. The delay to January. Then to the spring.  He mustered through it, and he’s only better because…

Joey Schmidt competes against Acalanes on March 26, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Hard work paves way for Campolindo’s Schmidt

Hard work is just how Campolindo senior receiver Joey Schmidt got here. Whether it’s his teammates, family, coaches or anyone else, they all motivate Schmidt to become the best version of himself on and off the field. “My parents, my team, working for my friends on the team,” Schmidt said. That work has certainly paid…


Serra vs. Carlmont Baseball Gallery

Nathan Shinn is committed to San Francisco State. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Foothill baseball filled with college talent

Foothill baseball’s head coach Angelo Scavone seems like he could go on and on about the players in his program receiving collegiate baseball offers. According to Scavone, there are five different players on the team who have received offers. Headlining this list is 6’ 5” right-handed pitcher Matt Ager. Ager has committed to play at…


Women’s Athlete of the Week: Isabella Epstein

Piedmont junior pitcher and outfielder Isabella Epstein is the West Coast Preps Women’s Athlete of the Week. Epstein tossed a no-hitter on April 9 against Encinal in Piedmont’s 12-0 victory, striking out four batters and walking just one. She also had a triple at the plate in the game. Additionally, Epstein hit a double and…

College Park enters the rankings after wins over Acalanes and Granada. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Bay Area Baseball Rankings

The second-ever West Coast Bay Area Baseball Rankings are out. Only teams located in cities on the Bay Area Census are eligible for the rankings. De La Salle (6-1) Since an extra innings loss to Granada, the Spartans are winners of three straight – most recently an 11-7 win over Northgate. Ethan Dungo had three…

Jaden Price boasts multiple college football offers. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

NFL player recognizes Price’s talent

Heritage senior defensive back and receiver Jaden Price heard from one of the NFL’s best players – and a local legend – following a recent game. After Heritage’s 35-28 victory over Freedom on April 2, Freedom graduate and Cincinnati Bengals star running back Joe Mixon – a former five-star prospect – went up to Price…

Daytuawn Pearson carries the ball at a Pittsburg practice. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Pearson becomes household name in Pittsburg backfield

Entering the season, Daytuawn Pearson was largely an unknown name on the Bay Area high school football scene. Pearson, a senior running back and defensive back for the No. 3 Pittsburg Pirates, was behind a 1,000-yard rusher in Avant Muldrow who also totaled 13 touchdown runs in Pittsburg’s run to 11 wins, a Bay Valley…

Jake Kern practices at Clayton Valley on March 5, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Clayton Valley’s Kern rises to the top

Clayton Valley Charter senior quarterback Jake Kern didn’t know what it felt like to be at the top. He was at the bottom before. He transferred to Clayton Valley to get his opportunity. He wanted that feeling of leading a team and wanted the opportunity to lead the way to some championships. “Not being the…

Robert Aivazian allowed one hit in College Park’s 7-1 win at Acalanes. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

College Park records second straight ranked win

College Park rattled off another instrumental win on the diamond early on in the season. Following a 5-4 defeat to Amador Valley in 10 innings in the season opener, the College Park Falcons baseball team (2-1) recorded its second consecutive ranked win, this time coming in 7-1 fashion at No. 13 Acalanes (0-2) on Tuesday….


Acalanes vs. College Park Baseball Gallery


Men’s Athlete of the Week: Darian Leon-Guerrero

Vacaville junior Darian Leon-Guerrero provided a performance for the ages in a 63-8 rout of Rodriguez. Leon-Guerrero had 18 carries for 298 yards and five touchdowns, as he averaged 16.6 yards per carry. He also had two catches for 40 yards to put him above 300 total yards for the game. This year, Leon-Guerrero has…

Omari Taylor competes against Monte Vista on April 3, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Clayton Valley proves worth in road to EBAL title

Clayton Valley heard the chatter. Fresh off a state title run in the 2-A division, the Ugly Eagles became the best of the best at their respective level in California. They were a state champion. The No. 1 team left standing at year’s end – the dream everyone covets by the end of the campaign….

Jayden Payne is the No. 4 rusher in the North Coast Section. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo

Like jersey number, Payne is No. 1 player on the field

Peter Montini wore No. 1 at Foothill and left a legacy that senior running back Jayden Payne wanted to fill. Montini was a sensation for the Falcons. He was a two-time first team all-league honoree and finished with 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns his senior year. He ended up earning a scholarship to the University…

Jake Ripp leads the Central Coast Section in tackles. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Ripp in unprecedented territory at new position for Los Gatos

Jake Ripp is in unprecedented territory as a junior linebacker and tight end at Los Gatos. Last season, Ripp was a revelation at defensive end before making the transition as a junior. Ripp had 87 tackles, five sacks and one fumble recovery while Los Gatos captured a Central Coast Section Division II championship. It gave…


Skyline vs. Castlemont Gallery

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Joseph Christensen competes at the KO Bros Showcase. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Strong work ethic becomes lifestyle for Christensen

Laney College class of 2021 lineman Joseph Christensen’s work ethic stems from loved ones. Both of his parents work extremely hard, putting in extra-long hours to benefit the family and look out for everyone. So, Christensen wants to repay them for all of the sacrifices they’ve made and the commitment they’ve made to their children….

Clayton Valley won an EBAL title. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Week 5 Takeaways

Payne, Foothill are the new top dog Foothill started the year off with a 14-13 loss to Livermore – which was deemed a non-league contest – but the Falcons bounced back the rest of the way. And, here they are. League champions. Since that one-point season-opening loss, the Falcons rattled off four straight wins –…


Bishop O’Dowd vs. James Logan Gallery

Jayden Payne rushed for 159 yards in Foothill’s win at Livermore. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo

Bay Area Football Rankings

De La Salle (5-0) De La Salle cruised to its fifth straight win of the year with a 48-10 win over California. Its total score against opponents: 237-77. Last week: No. 1 Serra (4-0) The Padres are doing it all, coming off another beatdown in 26-3 fashion over Riordan. Over the past three weeks, they…

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