Cameron Smith of Granite Bay High School will be a fourth-year starting linebacker for USC, though he could have opted for the riches of the NFL in April. He likes the sound of “Cameron Smith, All-American.”
Nick Madrigal of Elk Grove High School roots has been promoted three times this summer in the minor leagues since he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox fourth overall in June. In 17 games, he has not struck out.
Folsom High School football star Joe Ngata, The Bee’s 2017 Player of the Year, has committed to play at Clemson, becoming the next great Folsom player to move on. He leads a team that went 16-0 last season.
Kolton Miller, the Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick out of UCLA by way of Roseville High School, has impressed coach Jon Gruden, quarterback Derek Carr and the team’s All-Pro left guard as training camp heats up.
Pac-12 Football Media Day on Wednesday in Hollywood included Sacramento-area products Jake Browning of Washington and Folsom High, Cameron Smith of USC and Granite Bay, and Jordan Kunaszyk of Cal and Roseville.
Pac-12 Football Media Day offered all sorts of jovial and serious discussion, be it from Mike Leach of Washington State, David Shaw of Stanford or Chris Petersen of Washington as the coaches size up the season.
Fred Arp coached UC Davis defensive linemen for 41 years, half of the Aggies games ever played. Known for his Hawaiian shirts, shoes, personality and coaching methods, he died Wednesday, July 5, 2018, at 73.
Nick Madrigal of Elk Grove High School and Oregon State baseball fame has been winning championships since he was 10 years old. Now the first-round pick of the Chicago White Sox signed a record deal for area players.
Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick Kolton Miller of Roseville High School and UCLA impressed his coaches at camp, including head coach Jon Gruden and line coach Tom Cable. Miller wants to secure a starting role at tackle.
Dom Johnson and Garren O'Keefe, two Sacramento Bee All-Metro stars for football and basketball, earned Cal-Hi two-sport honors. Also, other notes on local players being recruited and high school football showdowns for the 2018 season.
Yuba City High School graduate Max Stassi has started more games this season for the Houston Astros than in his previous five MLB seasons combined. Stassi has endured highs and lows in his professional baseball life.
Nick Madrigal of Elk Grove High School and Oregon State was the fourth overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday, June 4, 2018. The Chicago White Sox made Madrigal the highest drafted player in Sacramento-area history.
Nick Madrigal, a top-five prospect in the 2018 MLB draft, had a scholarship offer in eighth grade. Now a star infielder for national power Oregon State, the Elk Grove product expects to go high in the baseball draft.
Rhys Hoskins is the starting left fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, who open a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, June 1, 2018 at AT&T Park. Fellow Jesuit High School graduate J.P. Howell hopes to return to the bigs by starting for an independent team.
Willie Tatum and Reggie Walker first made a name for themselves as athletes at Sacramento high schools. Now they're serving as a reminder that it's never too late to graduate: Tatum from Pacific and Walker from Kansas State.