The Walls – Mike, the veteran coach, and Jared, the gritty player never afraid to sprawl on the floor – guided Folsom High School to a CIF Northern California Division II championship on Saturday.

Jordan Ford lost his cool once.

The first thing Kyle Odister did upon landing in Dayton, Ohio, on Monday afternoon on a team charter that felt more like Cloud 9, was call his uncle.

Dave Hoskins already has his new football boss a bit concerned. He vows to rummage through the storage room at Christian Brothers High School, digging beneath shoulder pads and blocking pads, to unearth coaching shorts from the 1970s. He wants a flashback look

Shaq Thompson was a running back to behold at Grant High School, the best big-back sprinter we've seen in 25 years on the local beat. Is the Shaq run attack back?

The low points of decorum and decency played out in three forms: a player, a fan and a coach.

For high school basketball players, playing at Sleep Train Arena in playoffs means emotions will go up, shooting percentages down

Brendan Lane has a 4-inch gash below his right eye, and he’s proud of it

The first thing you notice about Jake Velasco is the beard. The thick clump of curly hair makes the Cosumnes River College sophomore look more like Paul Bunyan than a smooth-shooting, 6-foot-7 forward.

The first time Eli McCullough saw Dusty Baker, he clasped his hands, looked to the heavens and offered gratitude.

When it comes to deciding who makes the high school basketball playoffs in California, emotions tend to play a significant role.

Buck Martinez was back on his old turf Friday, only he didn’t fully recognize it.

New coach is hired by the former coach, Mike Morris, to take the Knights from the playoffs to a championship

The 53-year-old football coach for now will work with doctors as he overcomes lingering effects from being struck by a wayward golf club

National signingday is the first opportunity for football players across the country to sign scholarship or financial aid letters of intent with colleges. For some, Wednesday is a day of celebration. For others, it’s a day of suspense.

Greg Thomas rubs his weary old knee and takes you back a generation for proof. Now the principal at West Campus High School, Thomas embraced his football dreams and desires growing up in the Bay Area and during his collegiate days in Stockton.

Tony Gill was suddenly a man without an identity. The Pacific forward had to replace his No. 33 jersey – which had blood on it – with a clean No. 25 during Saturday’s game against Pepperdine.

Dustin Smith has willed his body into some semblance of football shape one last time.

Ethan Westbrooks spent his youth in Oakland, flourished as a football player at Franklin High School and continued to grow into his shoulder pads as a late bloomer at Sacramento City College.

Pete Saco’s voice halts as he tells the story. A defining moment of his youth and what shapes him today still tugs at his emotions.

Vince Mayle was ready to play basketball for the rest of his life. Then something happened.

Cal defensive tackle Vei Moala, formerly of Grant High School, confirmed Friday he will forgo his senior season to test the NFL draft waters.

Rudy Ortega last saw his close friend two months ago in the chill of Chicago. They caught a Bears game with two other buddies, each bundled up head to toe. They were there to laugh about old times, to be kids again. And to watch Lance Briggs, the star linebacker for the Bears and a former teammate and classmate at Elk Grove High School in the late 1990s.

Two things immediately strike you about Jalen Saunders.

From having an eye that was frozen in place to sleeping in a fetal position just to find any semblance of comfort, tears soaking his pillow, Marcus Rios doesn’t take anything for granted.

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