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SportStars Magazine is a high school sports media company based in Northern California. And for its first podcast, it's turning the storytelling over to its sources. Each episode we'll take aim at finding the best anecdotes involving a specific athlete, coach, team or classic game. What was really said in the huddle with 15 seconds left? What's a coach's favorite memory about a player? What's the best prank played on a rival? Listen as we find the story BEHIND the story.

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SportStars Magazine is a high school sports media company based in Northern California. And for its first podcast, it's turning the storytelling over to its sources. Each episode we'll take aim at finding the best anecdotes involving a specific athlete, coach, team or classic game. What was really said in the huddle with 15 seconds left? What's a coach's favorite memory about a player? What's the best prank played on a rival? Listen as we find the story BEHIND the story.

    Introducing: 7 Friday Night

    Introducing: 7 Friday Night

    Just in time for the first true California high school football season in two years, SportStars Magazine is excited to announce its newest podcast: 7 Friday Night. 

    SportStars editor Chace Bryson will be joined by longtime friend — and one-time video series collaborator (if you know, you know) — Ben Enos for a weekly discussion on NorCal high school football. Through wit, whimsy and maybe some wisdom, the pair will deliver wrap-ups, predictions, topical discussions and interviews with players and coaches from throughout NorCal.

    Just to double down on the wisdom part, Ben and Chace will also be joined by recently-retired longtime De La Salle-Concord assistant coach Terry Eidson as a regular guest star.

    It's a bonanza! Join us weekly for your high school football fix, as we all countdown to 7 Friday Night.  

    • 2 min
    Episode 11: Olympians Pt. 2—Goal Oriented

    Episode 11: Olympians Pt. 2—Goal Oriented

    Abby Dahlkemper and Maggie Steffens both graduated high school in the same year, as part of the Class of 2011. And for the past decade, they've been among the very best players in their sport. Both are competing in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. One has gone with a focus on stopping goals, while the other will be trying to score as many as possible.

    Dahlkemper is a starting defender on the US Women’s National Soccer Team. And while she’s already a World Cup champion, this is Dahlkemper's first Olympics. Steffens — who graduated from Monte Vista High in Danville the same year Dahlkemper graduated from Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton — is now at her third Summer Games as a member of the U.S. Women’s Water Polo Team.

    In the second of our two Olympian-themed episode, we revisited the rise of the two 2011 graduates through memories and tales of high school coaches who still remain in contact with their former players to this day.

    Join us as we highlight two of the Bay Area’s most successful female athletes of the past decade. This is SportStories.

    STORYTELLERS
    Jake Moffat — Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton Girls Soccer Coach (2005-2011)
    Scott Getty — Monte Vista-Danville Girls Water Polo Coach (2007-2010)

    • 37 min
    Episode 10: Olympians Pt. 1 — Diamond Desperados

    Episode 10: Olympians Pt. 1 — Diamond Desperados

    Of all the U.S. National Teams competing in the Tokyo Summer Olympics, perhaps none feel more urgency than the Women’s Softball team.

    After losing the gold medal game to Japan in the 2008 Games, its sport was removed from the next two Olympiads in London and Rio. When the first game in Tokyo takes place on July 21, it will mark 4,717 days between Olympic softball games. Softball is back — but not to stay. The sport will not be part of the Paris games in 2024. It will likely be included as part of the Los Angeles games in 2028, but how many of these players can afford to wait seven more years?

    Most won’t, especially the few veterans in their 30s who have stuck it out to make it to these games. This is their shot at gold.

    And of all the U.S. National Teams competing in Tokyo, none provide a bigger rooting interest for Northern California fans. One third of the team’s 15-player roster features graduates from Northern California high schools. That includes two members of the team’s veteran core we mentioned earlier: Monica Abbott, a 2003 grad of North Salinas High, and Valerie Arioto a 2007 grad of Foothill High in Pleasanton.

    There’s also 2011 Pleasant Grove High grad Ally Carda of Elk Grove, 2013 Casa Roble High grad Ali Aguilar of Orangevale and 2016 Merced High grad Bubba Nickles.

    We caught up with former coaches of both Arioto and Nickles and asked them to share memories and stories of the two softball stars. Which player would hold her own personal practice for more than an hour after the team’s ended? Which one snapped at her coach after being pinch run for?

    Time to find out.

    STORYTELLERS:
    Matt Sweeney, Foothill-Pleasanton Softball Coach (2006-Present)
    Scott Kabrich, Foothill-Pleasanton Softball Coach (1990-2005)
    Bart McAfee, Merced Softball Coach (2003-2016)

    • 35 min
    Episode 09: Coaching Through The Chaos

    Episode 09: Coaching Through The Chaos

    If you watch sports enough, you hear it all the time: The best coaches are the ones who can make adjustments. Halftime adjustments. Mid-season adjustments. Roster adjustments following injuries.

    Being a coach requires constant adaptation. And perhaps no academic year required more of it than the one that just ended on June 19. When California’s governor and state health officials finally relaxed guidelines enough for outdoor sports in late February, it triggered a domino effect that eventually led to every high school sport having some sort of abbreviated season squeezed into a 16-week window.

    Many coaches who had resigned themselves to losing a whole year, suddenly faced an accelerated timeline that would include limited practice time, a variety of testing protocols and anxiety, and a long list of other unknowns outside of their control. The pandemic year’s impact on young athletes has been well documented, but coaches were deeply affected as well.

    For this episode, we asked four coaches to share their experiences of being a coach during an unprecedented time, including one that shares a scenario that would’ve been tough to navigate during a normal year.

    Join us as we highlight the men and women who willingly jumped in the foxhole to make sure kids could be kids again.

    GUESTS:
    Tom Costello, Head Boys Basketball Coach, Dublin High
    David Perry, Head Football Coach, Bishop O'Dowd High (Oakland)
    Nick Wisely, Head Softball and Golf Coach, Antioch High
    Kevin Macy, Head Football Coach, Campolindo High (Moraga)

    • 49 min
    Episode 08: Thundering Heights (Elk Grove's Baseball Dynasty)

    Episode 08: Thundering Heights (Elk Grove's Baseball Dynasty)

    Dynasties are not particularly rare in high school sports.

    Even though rosters are always changing as classes graduate and others come in, if there’s a consistent and well-supported coaching staff that can teach the game and effectively motivate payers, it just takes a couple winning seasons for a culture of success to take root.

    However, there are dynasties, and then there’s what the Elk Grove High School baseball program produced from 2002-2017.

    In a 16-year span, the Thundering Herd appeared in 10 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I finals. They won 8 of them. And eight players from that era became Major League Baseball players. The 2013 team alone had five future Big Leaguers on its roster.

    What coach Jeff Carlson accomplished at Elk Grove seems unlikely to be matched in Northern California anytime soon — certainly not by a public school.

    What did it take to fuel such an incredible run of success? What was it like playing for a program with such a mind-bending pool of talent? What was it like viewing it from the other dugout?

    Grab some peanuts or sunflower seeds, kick back and listen for memories and anecdotes of a true baseball juggernaut.

    GUESTS:

    JEFF CARLSON: Head Coach, Elk Grove Baseball 2000-2018
    TANNER CARLSON: Elk Grove Baseball 2015-2018, Long Beach State Baseball 2019-present
    DAN ARIOLA: Head Coach, Davis Baseball 1996-2019
    MARK KREIDLER: Former National MLB Writer, Sacramento Bee + Radio Host; Father Of Detroit Tigers Minor Leaguer, Ryan Kreidler
    JOE DAVIDSON: Sacramento Bee High School Sports Reporter, 1989-present

    • 47 min
    Episode 07: Don Lippi, NorCal's Mr. 900

    Episode 07: Don Lippi, NorCal's Mr. 900

    If there was a Mt. Rushmore of Bay Area high school basketball coaches, there would be little debate over Don Lippi being front and center.

    Lippi is Northern California’s winningest basketball coach of all time, according to the Cal-Hi Sports state record book. And on Saturday, May 15, the St. Joseph Notre Dame boys coach earned his 900th career victory when his small Alameda school — the same one where Basketball Hall of Famer Jason Kidd’s career began — defeated crosstown foe Encinal.

    The 73-year-old Lippi became only the state’s fourth member of the 900-win club. His 42-year career has featured multiple stops at St. Joseph as well as St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo, Skyline of Oakland and St. Ignatius in San Francisco. He’s won four state titles, all with St. Joseph, with the most recent coming in 2017. That win was No. 800.

    For this episode, we gathered a handful of coaches and former players of Lippi (one guest filled both roles!) to share stories of a legendary coach with a one-of-a-kind personality.

    GUESTS:

    • Mark DeLuca  — Valley Christian-San Jose boys varsity basketball coach

    • Bill Mellis — Salesian-Richmond boys varsity basketball coach

    •.Temidayo Yussuf — 4-year varsity player at St. Joseph (2011-14), member of Antibes Sharks of French B League

    • 38 min

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