Tyler Schimpf lost his hat.

It was some weekend for Jake Browning, and he didn’t even handle a football. Folsom High School’s record-breaking quarterback displayed unusual modesty by passing up meat-market combine-like evaluations in the Bay Area to appear at two events close to home.

Go to any local sporting event these days and prepare to experience all manner of boorish behavior.

There was no exhaling in the glare of TV floodlights inside the Radio City Music Hall green room or chaos in New York for Eric Pinkins and Terrance Mitchell during the NFL draft. Instead, they were at home in Sacramento

Mitch Hart doesn’t just throw a baseball. The Granite Bay High School power pitcher offers screaming lasers that draw a crowd.

It was the fall of 1996. Well before his tour in the NBA led him to starting at small forward for the Los Angeles Clippers, Barnes was all arms, legs and curiosity as a junior at Del Campo High School. At 6-foot-8, Barnes was a college basketball recruit, but his slight frame made it easy to shove him around. To counter that, Barnes joined the football team as a wide receiver.

Months after the Elk Grove Unified School District celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009, bad news crashed the party in the form of a guillotine-size budget cut. Freshman sports were eliminated, severing athletic opportunities in what can be a critical development year.

Diondre Batson is on the fast track to his home turf. The Alabama sprinter targets the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in June at Sacramento State in his native city as a finish line of sorts, capping a stretch of performances that include some of the nation’s best times this spring.

Rob Willson doesn’t have to endure this. He could be working in his garden, working on his tan or working his way through the meat section of the grocery store before grilling and chilling. Instead, the veteran Sierra College baseball coach is back in the grind in the pressure cooker known as the Big 8 Conference.

Eric Berger was looking forward to playing with the River Cats, a chance to pitch in front of family and friends. The Bee’s 2004 Player of the Year from Woodcreek High School, Berger was released by the A’s last Thursday, the eve of the Triple-A River Cats’ homeopener at Raley Field. The 27-year-old left-hander had allowed one run and three hits in 1 1/3 innings for Sacramento.

They couldn’t find their husbands, and that realization left the ladies to look at each other, then the heavens. Then they laughed.

Though just 5-foot-7 and 156 pounds, Guy Anderson keeps growing in stature. The 81-year-old Cordova High School coach is second in California career wins, and he's become synonymous with baseball.

This is the time of year when fatigue battles desire. But desire can prevail in this race.

Stephen Vogt doesn’t want to be here, but he is. And the 29-year-old catcher will make the best of his return to the River Cats after getting squeezed out in a numbers game with the A’s because attitude and class define his character.

The root of the California state basketball championship tournament took hold with Bill Cartwright, the 7-foot teenager with a feathery shooting touch who harvested his strong work ethic on a Walnut Grove farm.

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.

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