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Joe Davidson, right, and Mike Finnerty team up for The Bee Preps Show that airs weekly through June.

The Bee Prep Show debuts this week on ComcastSportsNet California, including today at 4 p.m. (check local listings).

The show re-airs throughout the week on Comcast and can be found each Friday on

Mike Finnerty and I co-host the 30-minute program that airs 42 weeks, the entire academic year. We will have game highlights, game previews, rankings, segments on unsung athletes and the stars, and we'll discuss big-issue topics such as realignment, transfers, undue influence and sportsmanship.

The Bee Preps Show covers Northern California with a heavy emphasis on the Sac-Joaquin Section and the Sacramento region. And check the high school sports page daily for for stories, columns, notes, rankings and photo galleries.

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Grant High School, ranked No. 5 by The Sacramento Bee, opens the 2014 season at rival and No. 13 Burbank on Friday. Bee file phot, 2013.

The 2014 high school football season starts Friday, Aug. 29 with Zero Week action.

We encourage fans and followers to keep us updated with what you see and hear by sending us photos and/or comments to my Twitter @SacBee_JoeD

Join our live chat Friday starting at 7 p.m. on to check on scores, highlights and discussion.

Zero Week

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The Folsom Bulldogs coach Troy Taylor calls the offensive plays in Monday afternoons practice, August 18, 2014 at Folsom High School.

See what Joe Davidson, co-host of The Bee's new high school sports program, had to say about the 2014 high school football season, which begins Friday.

Access the live chat from mobile devices here.

Live chat: Tee it up for prep football, noon, Aug. 26

With big contributions from its ace, top hitters and defense, Bee No. 1 Elk Grove High School kept its season alive and kicking.

The Thundering Herd beat Delta Valley Conference rival No. 5 Franklin 6-1 on Monday night at blustery Sacramento City College in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I-North elimination game in maintaing their championship repeat hopes.

Two days after falling to Rocklin 4-3 to halt an 18-game winning streak, the state-ranked No. 3 Thundering Herd (24-5) resembled their old selves. Junior left-handed ace Chris Martin tossed a complete-game four hitter with five strikeouts to move to 7-2 and the defense was strong.

Elk Grove plays the loser of Tuesday's Rocklin-Davis winner's bracket game on Thursday at Sac City. Rocklin will go with ace Logan Webb against Davis ace Matt Trask in what shapes up to be a terrific showdown.

Follow the action from the NorCal high school basketball semifinals tonight with The Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson and a host of other reporters at the games. Joe is reporting from Grant at Cosumnes Oaks. Games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Replay the action in the Northern California regional high school basketball playoffs as The Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson and other reporters provided updates and highlights on our live blog.

Click here to follow the live blog from all mobile devices.

With barely enough time to wipe away the sweat and grins from winning Sac-Joaquin Section basketball championships over the weekend, area teams now gear up for the next exhaustive round.

The Northern California Regional tournament starts Wednesday, adding the element of the unknown with matchups against teams from other sections. In other words, it gets really fun now.

Folsom, winner of 19 consecutive games, earned the No. 1 seed in the NorCal Division II field after emerging as the champion in the ultra-competitive D-II section field. The Bulldogs (29-2) have an opening-night bye. Cosumnes Oaks (14-17) is the No. 3 seed and has an opening bye and a favorable draw considering it lost to Folsom 79-62 in the D-II final Saturday, snapping a 28-game on-court winning streak.

Jesuit, the runaway winner in the section D-I section tournament, is the No. 2 seed in the NorCal D-I bracket behind once-beaten Monte Vista of Danville. The Marauders (28-3) have an opening bye and like their chances of a return trip to Sleep Train Arena, site of the section, NorCal and CIF State Championships.

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Capital Christian defensive lineman signs his National Letter of Intent to Vanderbilt as members of his family watch.

Capital Christian defensive lineman Nifae Lealao, the top high school football recruit in the Sacramento area, signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Vanderbilt on scholarship during a ceremony this morning at the school.

Lealao had offers from every Pacific-12 school. He earlier verbally committed to Stanford, but changed his mind to explore other options. He recently visited Cal and visited Vanderbilt over the weekend.

Lealao has a rapport with Vanderbilt defensive line coach Vavae Tata, who was at Stanford last season.

Get the latest updates on today’s signings at and read a full report in Thursday’s print edition.

Today is National Letter of Intent day for football and select other sports, and dozens of high school athletes from across the Sacramento region will make commitments to four-year colleges. Follow this live blog beginning at 7 a.m. for updates throughout the day. Share your signing photos so we can include them in a gallery: email to and include the athlete's name, sport, high school and college and the photographer's name.


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These area non-football high school athletes will participate in NCAA letters of intent signing ceremonies on Wednesday at various sites.

For corrections or additions, please email Bill Paterson at and

Name, School, Sport, College

Dali Alarian, Vista del Lago, soccer, RPI, Troy, N.Y.

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Parents, email your photos to so we can include them in our online gallery. Please include the athlete's name, sport, high school and college and the photographer's name.

Wednesday is National Signing Day. Here is a list of area schools with signing ceremonies, open to students, families, fans. Area schools are encouraged to update The Bee with signees by emailing to

7 a.m. - Granite Bay, Del Oro, Elk Grove Unified School District

7:15 a.m. - Rocklin

7:45 a.m. - Christian Brothers

During Wednesday’s National Letter of Intent day for football and select other sports, dozens of athletes across the region will make commitments to four-year colleges.

If you take photographs at your high school’s signing event, please share them with us.

E-mail your photos to so we can include them in our online gallery. Please include the athlete’s name, sport, high school and college and the photographer’s name.

– Bee sports staff

About the Prep blog

Joe Davidson
Bill Paterson

Bee staff writers Joe Davidson and Bill Paterson provide news, analysis and insight on the area high school sports scene in their Prep Blog.

Contact them:
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