Heritage baseball is excited to get back on the diamond

The Heritage High School baseball team is back, as the Patriots are getting ready for a 20-game season that has players and coaches ready for the opportunity that was taken from them after only four games a year ago.  “Extremely excited,” said Heritage head coach Kevin Brannan. “It is a different excitement, though. Typically, at…

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Heritage baseball is excited to get back on the diamond

The Heritage High School baseball team is back, as the Patriots are getting ready for a 20-game season that has players and coaches ready for the opportunity that was taken from them after only four games a year ago.  “Extremely excited,” said Heritage head coach Kevin Brannan. “It is a different excitement, though. Typically, at…

Devin Martin competes at the National Preps Collegiate Showcase on Nov. 21, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Martin strives to represent Fairfield, Vanden at highest level

Vanden sophomore linebacker/defensive end Devin Martin watched one former star at his school succeed on the biggest stage last month. Deone Buchanan, a graduate of Vanden and former first round pick out of Washington State in the 2014 NFL Draft, showed the way out. He showed the way to make it to the National Football…

Adam Garwood has offers from Rocky Mountain College and San Diego. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Football Player of the Year Preview: Part 1

With sports returning, West Coast Preps is excited to unveil its Athlete of the Year awards in the coming months. Here is a preview of five student-athletes expected to be in the running for the Athlete of the Year in football when the season concludes:  Stay tuned for more athletes to be featured in the…

Jonah Coleman committed to Arizona on March 1, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Coleman commits to Arizona

Coaches, family members, trainers, teammates and everyone who could be in attendance cherished in the moment that unfolded Monday evening in Stockton. As Lincoln-Stockton junior running back Jonah Coleman listened to those around him speak about his journey while five hats sat at the table where he was going to commit, the memories came pouring…

Josh Lillie trains at Mountain View High School on Dec. 14, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Lillie focused on Mountain View’s team success

It’s all about the team for Mountain View senior kicker and receiver Josh Lillie. It’s bigger than his statistics. It’s bigger than his results on the field. It’s bigger than him. For Lillie, his focus lies on bettering Mountain View in any way he possible can. “Really just following through for the team is really…

Jackson Brown competes at The Opening on Nov. 14, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Father’s legacy drives Jackson Brown

The legacy of Jackson Brown’s father is everything to him. Brown, currently a junior offensive tackle at San Ramon Valley, comes from a tradition-rich football family. His father, Tony Brown, was an All-American at the University of Pittsburgh and played in multiple Super Bowls.  In 2010, Jackson Brown’s father passed away from colon cancer, and…

Valley Christian athlete Jurrion Dickey works out in Menlo Park on Nov. 24, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Valley Christian football ready and eager to play

Just like all high school football teams, Valley Christian has been itching to get out and play. With the recent announcement that California high school football is now allowed to hold games, it seems the Warriors will be able to show what they got. After going 11-2 last season and appearing in the Central Coast…

Izaya Sabedra helped Oak Grove to a league title in 2019. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Bay Area Recruiting Notebook

Montgomery specialist picks UC Davis Montgomery senior punter/kicker Reese Martin announced he will play college football at UC Davis. Martin, a North Bay League Specialist of the Year honoree, will grey shirt and then join the UC Davis program in 2022. De La Salle pitcher off to Chicago De La Salle pitcher Kason Pelz made…

Cassie Taylor (left) and Dylan Seeley (right). Photo courtesy of Cassie Taylor

Taylor is ‘game changer’ for student-athletes

One talk with his nephew was all Skyline head football coach Joe Bates needed. Bates saw the reviews. He had heard about her on social media. From Vacaville Christian head football coach Manny Tarango. EVerything he heard was glowing. Then, he talked to his nephew, Antoine Custer, a former star running back at De La…

Cal senior Josh Gerlach competes at the Best Coast Showcase on Sept. 13, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Calcagno hopes to bring success in his first year at California High School

Head coach Danny Calcagno has a long and strong coaching history here in the Bay Area for 27 years, both at the high school and junior college level, most recently at Chabot Community college.  Leading his alma mater, San Leandro High School, to four league championships and four NCS championships in a row. Calcagno was…

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Liberty vs. Deer Valley Girls Tennis Photo Gallery

Jurrion Dickey was named the Offensive MVP of the first-ever RVC Showcase. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo

RVC 2 planned for March 7

The Routes vs. Coverage Showcase is excited to officially announce a date for its second event next month. The RVC 2 Showcase will take place from 1:30-6:30 p.m on Sunday, March 7 at Willow Glen High School in San Jose. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and will conclude at 1:15 p.m. RVC 2 will feature…

Enow Akem practices at Bellarmine on Nov. 4, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Conversations with late cousin guide Akem to Bellarmine football program

Football was always a sport Bellarmine senior receiver and defensive back Enow Akem looked at. Akem is a point guard on the varsity boys basketball team and was part of a Bells squad that last season won a West Catholic Athletic League title and was the runner-up to Mitty in the Central Coast Section Open…

Dublin cross country off to great start this season

The amount of teams that are actually able to compete during the COVID-19 pandemic is very limited, but the Dublin cross country program is one of the few that can. It is safe to say that they are taking full advantage of the season that they are able to have. The team has posted some…

Cole Boscia catches a pass in Cal Strength's season finale. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Monte Vista’s Boscia ready for stellar junior season

Every time Monte Vista junior receiver Cole Boscia watches a college football game, he wants to be just like one of the players suiting up on those fall Saturdays. Boscia has worked with Malini Ti’a, a cornerback from Granada who now plays at Dixie State after being a first team all-league player in the East…

Niyi Olabode (left) and Ryan Schwarz (right) lead a ball handling drill. Photo Courtesy of Miramonte Basketball

Ryan Schwarz and Niyi Olabode elevated their games during extended offseason

Many people found themselves with a lot of extra free time on their hands at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Miramonte basketball captains Ryan Schwarz and Niyi Olabode would say that this time can be thought of as a blessing in disguise. Both players believe that they have improved more during this last offseason…

Photo courtesy of Kennedy Football

McDaniel overcomes adversity, signs letter of intent

For Kennedy-Richmond senior defensive tackle, offensive guard and punter Jaylen McDaniel, his motivation lies right in his household. McDaniel points to his younger brother, who he’s been through it all with. They went through days of living from motel to hotel. He said they were fortunate to have their family bring the two of them…

Elijah Klock was an all-league selection as a sophomore. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Klock never skipped a beat during extended offseason

Despite the unusual times and the long delay of the football season, Campolindo junior offensive/defensive lineman Elijah Klock never skipped a beat. Early during the pandemic, Klock set up weights in his backyard, where he’s been lifting nearly every day. He’s been working a lot on his pass blocking and technique. There’s been his progress…

Mateo Poso practices at Branham on Feb. 18, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Mateo Poso strives to better himself through the pandemic

Branham football has had many great players come through its program in recent years. The Bruins this year have a diamond in the rough with sophomore Mateo Poso, who has head coach Stephen Johnson and his staff excited for the future.  Poso was a freshman playing on varsity last season for the Bruins and made…

Photo courtesy of St. Joseph Notre Dame Basketball

Through competitive spirit, Coverson earns way to college hoops

In elementary school, Kalia Coverson’s father saw something in her future. Coverson, now a senior forward/center for St. Joseph Notre Dame in Alameda, played soccer for awhile. But then she started growing, and her father encouraged her to chase the hardwood. “My dad was like, ‘Oh, basketball is for you.’ And so I just joined…

Julian Jackson runs the 40-yard dash at the Routes vs. Coverage Showcase on Nov. 7, 2020. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo

Bay Area Recruiting Notebook

Bellarmine baseball commitment Bellarmine senior left-handed pitcher William Gnibus committed to the University of Portland. Gnibus appeared in three games for Bellarmine as a junior and allowed two hits. Another Fresno State 2022 commit Local Bay Area football players continue to choose Fresno State. Benicia junior defensive end Miles Bailey committed to Fresno State on…

Dante Antonini runs the 40-yard dash at St. Vincent de Paul on Oct. 28, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Just like brother, Dante Antonini produces big at St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul junior defensive back/receiver Dante Antonini always competed with his older brother to see who was best. Dante Antonini and his brother, Giovanni Antonini, a recent graduate of St. Vincent de Paul and currently playing at Western Oregon, pushed each other throughout their childhood days. Both needed to win. Both needed to…

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EAJ 11v11 College Prep Team Practice Gallery

Branham football players go through a practice on Feb. 18. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Bay Area coaches, players react to new youth sports guidelines

At the end of Thursday’s practice, Branham head football coach Stephen Johnson told his team that he expected positive news was on the horizon. That’s exactly the news he and many others across California received Friday morning. California’s updated guidelines allowed for the return of outdoor high-contact sports beginning on Feb. 26, as long as…

Branham football players go through a socially distanced practice on Feb. 18, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

BREAKING: California allows return of outdoor high-contact sports

California announced the return of outdoor high-contact sports under its updated guidelines. Outdoor high-contact sports can be played beginning on Feb. 26 if those counties are in the Purple or Red tier. Athletes in football, rugby and water polo are required to get weekly testing. Sports like baseball, cheerleading and softball can compete without the…

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