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.
One of the perks of going 16-0 with a ton of returning talent is you land on the recruiting radar, and the Folsom High School football team has attracted every major program in the land to see Joe and Daniyel Ngata, Kaiden Bennett and more.
Neilson and Shayna Powless grew up in Roseville, competing under the watchful eye of their parents, each an accomplished athlete. When the Tour of California starts May 13, 2018, and rides to Sacramento, it will be homecoming of sorts.
Jack Hinrichsen of McClatchy High School has thrown seven varsity no-hitters, including three in a row this season, for the Lions, a Metropolitan Conference powerhouse. The senior pitcher will play baseball for Cal next season.
How do you summarize a career that spanned four decades into a farewell column? This is an impossible task because there are many people to thank and many more moments to cherish, but here is a slice of what I saw and who I met along along the way.