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cupertino high school football team falls in ccs playoffs


it was not the way chris oswald had hoped his team’s season would end.but not even the sting of the 51-7 loss to the christopher cougars on nov. 17 in the opening round of the central coast section division iv playoffs could put a damper on how cupertino’s longtime head coach felt about his team and the season they put together this year.“i couldn’t be happier with our season,” said oswald, who guided the pioneers to a 7-4 record, a share of the santa clara valley athletic league’s el camino division  championship and their first trip to the section playoffs in 15 years. “we were two plays away from being 9-1 and two plays away from being 5-5. that’s the stress and excitement that we lived with, and our kids put us in that position. i am so proud of them. they didn’t waiver in any situatio






cupertino high school football team defeats monta vista


cupertino high school football coach chris oswald has grown accustomed to seeing his pioneers run over, around and through opposing defenses this year.but even he was impressed by his team’s dominating performance against the monta vista matadors on nov. 3.“thirty-six carries for 370 yards!  amazing,” said the pioneers’ coach after his club combined its devastating ground game with an opportunistic defense to defeat the mats 39-14. the victory clinched no worse than a share of the santa clara valley athletic league’s el camino division championship and guaranteed the pioneers a berth in the central coast section playoffs for the first time since 2002.the pioneers (7-2, 5-0 el camino), who will play second-place santa clara (6-3, 4-1) on nov. 9 in their regular-season finale, will find out






cupertino football team puts itself in great position


the playoff drought, which has reached 15 years, may finally be nearing an end for the cupertino high football program.a hard-earned 29-20 triumph over the gunn titans on oct. 27 drew the pioneers one step closer to their first appearance in the central coast section playoffs since 2002.“this win puts us in a great position,” cupertino coach chris oswald said. “the worst we could finish is tied for second (in the santa clara valley athletic league el camino division).”with earlier wins over fremont and mountain view — which would serve as tiebreakers in the event cupertino finished tied with either team — the pioneers can clinch their long-awaited return to post-season play on nov. 3 with a win over arch rival monta vista.the pioneers will take an el camino division-best 4-0 record into th






lack of players force school to end football season early


chicago (ap) — a chicago high school has decided to end its football season with three games left because it cannot field enough players.whitney young, a top academic high school, had a 22-man roster at the beginning of the season, the minimum. principal joyce kenner says the roster has dropped to 19 due to injuries and players being academically ineligible.whitney young, in the playoffs two seasons ago, was winless this season. it recently lost to simeon high school, 72-0, and forfeited its game to taft high school because of its roster woes.the school previously scaled back its football program to a single varsity team, absorbing younger players. coach timothy franken says waning interest in football nationwide, and a declining school population is in part to blame.most read storiesunlim






predictable milpitas high football season finale: victory!


milpitas high school’s varsity football team (10-0, 6-0) completed a perfect regular season with a 45-7 rout of the homestead high mustangs on friday.kelly king, milpitas high’s football coach, said the team tried to stay focused on the task on game night.“we have also developed standards of play which we continually try to elevate,” king told the post via email on monday.he added the team has a bye this week and will find out this sunday the playoff brackets for ccs open division i playoffs. in the meantime, king said the team would largely do one thing.“we will be focusing on our fundamentals,” he added.






cupertino high, homestead high win football openers


the 2017 high school football season officially kicked off on aug. 25, but for four local teams, not much was different from the start of the 2016 season.cupertino, homestead, fremont and monte vista all faced the same opponents that they did a year ago and repeated the results, as well.in fact, cupertino’s season-opening 27-14 defeat of del mar on aug. 25 marked the third straight year the pioneers have begun their season with a decisive win at the expense of the dons, having drubbed them 40-6 in 2015 and 35-9 last year.a dominating running game propelled cupertino to its sixth straight season-opening victory overall. the last time the pioneers lost their first game of the season was in 2011 when they were trounced 62-28 by soquel.“our offensive line dominated and they led us to the win,”






safety concerns highlighted as football participation drops


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — last year, as high school football coaching staffs in sioux falls assembled their teams for the start of another season, there was something missing.players.after years of stable numbers in the ninth through 12th grades, 2016 brought a sudden decrease in personnel. in one year between 2015 and 2016, 40 fewer players went out for football in the city’s three public high schools, nearly enough to field a varsity team.there were also similar drops in the seventh- and eighth-grade programs.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the decreases can’t be blamed on lower school enrollments. those were up over the previous year.it’s too early to tell if 2016 was an anomaly, or if it marks the beginning of a decline for what has been the most popular sport






the times' high school baseball rankings


a look at the top 25 high school baseball teams in the southland:rk. school (w-l) next (last week’s ranking) 1. huntington beach (26-4) ss division 1 playoffs, thursday (1) 2. st. john bosco (23-7) ss division 2 playoffs, friday (2) 3. harvard-westlake (22-4-2) ss division 1 playoffs, thursday (3) 4. el toro (22-7-1) ss division 1 playoffs, thursday (6) 5. moorpark (24-3) ss division 2 playoffs, friday (4) 6. etiwanda (22-3) ss division 2 playoffs, friday (5) 7. south hills (21-7) ss division 1 playoffs, thursday (7) 8. sherman oaks notre dame (21-8) ss division 1 playoffs, thursday (8) 9. glendora (24-6) ss division 2 playoffs, friday (19) 10. corona (21-9) ss division 1 playoffs, thursday (10) 11. chatsworth (26-5) city di playoffs vs. narbonne, tuesday (12) 12. jserra (17-12) ss divisio






whitney young cancels rest of football season, saying it can't field enough play


whitney young, one of chicago’s top academic high schools, is done fielding a football team this fall, canceling the season with three games left to play because it cannot field enough eligible players.chicago public schools requires a 22-member roster for a varsity football team. while the whitney young dolphins were at that level the beginning of the season, the roster has since dropped to 19, according to the school's principal, joyce kenner.“we’ve decided to suspend the entire football program,” kenner said tuesday. “this is based on the low numbers due to injuries and some of our players being academically ineligible. this is just about student safety, honestly.”submitted photowhitney young principal joyce kennerwhitney young principal joyce kenner (submitted photo)among the cancelled






gophers football's friday night game next year conflicts with high school playof


the big ten has been experimenting with playing conference games on friday nights this season, and next year that strategy will hit minnesota.the conference on friday announced that the gophers’ 2018 home game against indiana will be played on friday, oct. 26, instead of saturday, oct. 27.the change is not sitting well with the minnesota state high school league, which as of now has its first round of the class 6a playoffs scheduled for that friday.“the university and we have been good partners,” said dave stead, executive director of the high school league. “we got a call and [university officials] expressed their disappointment that the big ten had scheduled on friday night. they want to protect friday nights for high school football as much as they possibly can. they’ve told the big ten






whitney young cancels rest of football season, saying it can't field enough play


whitney young, one of chicago’s top academic high schools, has canceled its football season with three games left to play because it cannot field enough players.chicago public schools requires a 22-member roster for a varsity football team. while the whitney young dolphins were at that level the beginning of the season, the roster has dropped to 19, according to the school's principal, joyce kenner.“we’ve decided to suspend the entire football program,” kenner said tuesday. “this is based on the low numbers due to injuries and some of our players being academically ineligible. this is just about student safety, honestly.”submitted photowhitney young principal joyce kennerwhitney young principal joyce kenner (submitted photo)among the canceled games was this thursday's homecoming match agai






district gets pumped up for bike repair stations


new bicycle repair stations are set to be installed at cupertino high school, fremont high school, homestead high school and lynbrook high school by june.the campuses will join monta vista high school and de anza college, both of which already have repair stations.the effort is the result of a partnership between the fremont union high school district, advocacy group walk bike cupertino, and the cupertino and sunnyvale sunrise rotary clubs.larry dean, founder and board member of walk bike cupertino, says the repair stations can help “further provide an environment where it’s safe and easy to cycle.”“there are two main reasons why students don’t ride their bikes: safety and flat tires,” he said. “the city is working hard at making it safer with the implementation of the bike pedestrian plan






gunn robotics team advances to championship


the gunn high school robotics team will advance to the national and world first robotics competition championship in april in houston.the gunn robotics team qualified for the championships after ranking first at the arizona north regional on march 11, the first time the team has won a regional since 2013.the team also won the excellence in engineering award at the regional event in flagstaff, which they also won at the hub city regional in lubbock, texas.team captain mihir juvvadi said that judges were impressed with the team’s use of alternative construction techniques, such as laser cutting and 3d printing, as well as the team’s design and prototyping process.“everything we could have possibly hoped for out of this regional happened,” juvvadi said in summarizing the event.the team’s firs






football great randall cunningham cut from vegas school gig


las vegas — retired football star randall cunningham has been sacked from his latest gig.the one-time unlv and nfl quarterback told the las vegas review-journal (http://bit.ly/2onhvdj ) friday that he was cut from the silverado high school football team.cunningham was head coach of the las vegas high school's football program for two seasons.the school principal couldn't immediately be reached for comment.cunningham says he was told that the administration wanted a coach who was on campus during the day.the former football star says there's no hurt feelings and that he'll miss his players and the skyhawks team.spring workouts were due to start on monday.cunningham didn't rule out a return to the sidelines in the future but doesn't expect another team to pick him up for this fall.






westmont high school football team shuts out prospect


led by outside linebacker troy rootlet, the westmont high school warriors defense seemed to be virtually impossible to get through for the prospect panthers last friday night at prospect.the warriors limited the home team to less than 100 yards of total offense, forced six turnovers, registered a whopping 14 tackles for losses, and allowed the host’s offensive unit to penetrate midfield only once en route to an impressive 20-0 victory.“our defense played outstanding,” westmont head coach mark kaanapu said. “we pressured the quarterback and stuffed the run all night long.”the shutout — the westmont football team’s first since blanking leland 14-0 last october— gives the warriors their first 2-0 start since the 2014 season, a year in which they began 6-0 and ultimately claimed a share of the






high school reinstated after hazing investigation completed


skokie, ill. (ap) — a suburban chicago school district has reinstated a high school football team after determining alleged hazing by team members wasn’t criminal in nature.the skokie school district suspended the niles north high school varsity football team on sept. 25, after police were notified of the possible hazing incident and launched an investigation.school authorities said monday police determined no criminal conduct took place. however, the officials said the school district would be taking “appropriate action” to address the conduct that took place.in a statement, niles west principal james edwards said the past week has been difficult for the school community. however, he said he is “proud of the way we have come together.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 we






reusse: make prep football teams earn spots in playoffs


the requirements to be competitive are greater in football than in any sport sponsored by the minnesota state high school league. that’s why there are seven classes, three more than found in any other state tournament.numbers are crucial in football. numerous large athletes are crucial in football. if one team has those qualities and the other does not, the matchup comes with extra physical danger.that’s why the “every team gets a chance’’ philosophy of playoff competition that permeates the mshsl’s tournament schedule should be dropped for football.there were 365 football teams in minnesota this fall: 63 in nine-man, 61 in 1a, 58 in 2a, 58 in 3a, 47 in 4a, 47 in 5a and 31 in 6a.there are supposed to be 32 in 6a, but coon rapids successfully begged out for 2017 after a long losing streak.






ellegood wins spot on all-league first team


three inches may not seem like a lot, but it made a very big difference in the fortunes of the cupertino high school boys basketball team this past season.the junior shooting guard george ellegood took advantage of the three inches in height he added from his sophomore season and nearly doubled all of his important basketball statistics in the process.after averaging 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game last year, ellegood improved those marks to 15.6, 4.4 and 1.5, respectively, to play a key role in leading the pioneers to a solid 15-11 campaign and a third consecutive trip to the central coast section playoffs.ellegood was rewarded for his outstanding season recently when he was named to the santa clara valley athletic league’s all-de anza division first team.“i have seen ge






cupertino student heads to international chemistry olympiad


steven liu of monta vista high in cupertino is one of four students chosen to represent the united states at the 49th international chemistry olympiad that opens thursday in nakhon pathom, thailand.the four students are members of u.s. team alpha kappa, chosen from 20 finalists attending a chemistry olympiad training camp at the university of mary washington in fredericksburg, virginia. the finalists placed at the top of 16,000 high school students who took multiple-choice exam at the beginning of the competition.the u.s. team is sponsored by the american chemical society.






vote: top plays from first round of high school football playoffs


check out these four highlights from the first round of illinois’ 2017 high school football playoffs, and vote for your favorite.toriano clinton — st. laurencece'zaun edge — simeonconnor etzkorn — minookaben mcdonald — cary grove---take a look at the winners from past weeks:justin hall, week 1de'shon gavin, week 2caden kalinowski and de'shon gavin, week 3justin clark, week 4trent taylor, week 5jake zylman, week 6brendan morrissey, week 7cam stacy, week 8morrissey to shane pedersen, week 9find and watch the best high school sports content live on the cube. follow your favorite schools in the area or around the country to get alerts anytime a sporting event is live as well as view any archived content from the past.






saratoga high school football team falls to milpitas


the saratoga high school football team ran into a powerhouse milpitas squad on sept. 22, and this one statistic stands out about the trojans’ dominance this season.the seven points that the falcons scored is the most that milpitas has allowed in a game this season. the trojans (5-0, 1-0 santa clara valley athletic league de anza division) tallied 42 points in the first quarter on sept. 22 on their way to a 62-7 victory over saratoga (0-5, 0-1).“it was a combination of our mistakes and they were much better than us,” saratoga coach tim lugo said. milpitas is eighth in the bay area news group top 20 high school football rankings.saratoga will have plenty of motivation to win their homecoming game on sept. 29 against homestead (1-4, 0-1). the kickoff will be at 7 p.m.“the record is a little b






team inspired by mitchell high school special needs student


mitchell, s.d. (ap) — at halftime of every kernel football game, “t-man” makes a point to ask his coach if he’s going to play that night.wearing his mitchell football jersey and a smile of anticipation, tayler reichelt approaches head coach kent vanoverschelde, who is always ready for the question, the daily republic reported .the consistency and determination by tayler, more commonly known as “t” or “t-man,” inspires both vanoverschelde and the entire team.tayler, born with down syndrome, is a running back for the mitchell high school football team. he rarely sees playing time, but that doesn’t discourage him from attending practice and games, in hopes he might see just a few minutes on the field.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“instead of us being here for him,






tevlin: staples-motley football team turned its fortunes around, now faces uncer


over the span of five years, the staples-motley cardinals football team lost 39 straight games, one of the longest streaks in the state. when they finally won in august of 2015, the school left the scoreboard lights on all weekend to celebrate, and they were featured on the front page of this newspaper.the team, under its new coach travis vanoverbeke, won six games and lost four that year and made the playoffs. they followed up last year with a 5-5 record, even though their coach said he was under “investigation” during the season for an undisclosed offense.in april the school principal and district superintendent approved vanoverbeke’s contract for next year.but at a subsequent meeting, the board nullified the contract with a 3-3 vote.now the coach who rebuilt the football program is in t






willow glen high school football team falls to leland


the willow glen high school football team’s rematch with leland on nov. 17 couldn’t have been more dissimilar from the first time this season the teams met.the rams defeated leland 33-27 on oct. 27. last friday, the no. 1 seed chargers edged willow glen in a defensive battle 10-7 in the first round of the central coast section division iv playoffs.“we had a pretty good idea about each other’s team,” willow glen coach oscar caballero said. “we didn’t take care of the football like i would have liked to.”the eighth-seeded rams (7-4) turned the ball over four times, including three fumbles, in the loss. still, they were in the game right up until the final seconds at leland, despite losing quarterback lorenzo gayles to a leg injury at the beginning of the fourth quarter.an interception by wil






tevlin: staples-motley football team turned its fortunes around but now faces un


over the span of five years, the staples-motley cardinals football team lost 39 straight games, one of the longest streaks in the state. when they finally won in august 2015, the school left the scoreboard lights on all weekend to celebrate, and they were featured on the front page of this newspaper.the team, under its new coach travis vanoverbeke, won six games and lost four that year and made the playoffs. they followed up last year with a 5-5 record, even though their coach said he was under “investigation” during the season for an undisclosed offense.in april the school principal and district superintendent approved vanoverbeke’s contract for next year.but at a subsequent meeting, the board nullified the contract with a 3-3 vote.now the coach who rebuilt the football program is in the






tevlin: after reversing fortunes, minnesota prep football team faces uncertain f


over the span of five years, the staples-motley cardinals football team lost 39 straight games, one of the longest streaks in the state. when they finally won in august 2015, the school left the scoreboard lights on all weekend to celebrate, and they were featured on the front page of this newspaper.the team, under its new coach travis vanoverbeke, won six games and lost four that year and made the playoffs. they followed up last year with a 5-5 record, even though their coach said he was under “investigation” during the season for an undisclosed offense.in april the school principal and district superintendent approved vanoverbeke’s contract for next year.but at a subsequent meeting, the board nullified the contract with a 3-3 vote.now the coach who rebuilt the football program is in the






tevlin: after reversing fortunes, minn. prep football team faces uncertain futur


over the span of five years, the staples-motley cardinals football team lost 39 straight games, one of the longest streaks in the state. when they finally won in august 2015, the school left the scoreboard lights on all weekend to celebrate, and they were featured on the front page of this newspaper.the team, under its new coach travis vanoverbeke, won six games and lost four that year and made the playoffs. they followed up last year with a 5-5 record, even though their coach said he was under “investigation” during the season for an undisclosed offense.in april the school principal and district superintendent approved vanoverbeke’s contract for next year.but at a subsequent meeting, the board nullified the contract with a 3-3 vote.now the coach who rebuilt the football program is in the






sex education--ask cupertino youths what they need


some parents have taken strong positions on both sides of the debate about sexual health education in the cupertino union school district. while this has played out at school board meetings and in newspapers, one critical voice has been left out: youth themselves.as cupertino alumni, we have a unique perspective on sex ed in cupertino. as young adults, we can look back and say authoritatively that the sex education we received shaped our experience of our own bodies and sexualities. it helped us, but it should have done more.young people in all of our communities — not just cupertino — need inclusive sex education.as seventh graders going through puberty, we received messages about sex from mainstream and internet media, from societal norms and from our often misinformed peers. several you






the 32 greatest illinois high school football teams of all time


ranking the all-time best in anything is a challenging task, but football is tougher than most.the game has changed so dramatically that it makes it extremely difficult to compare teams from different eras. but we did it anyway.here then is our view of the top 32 high school football teams in illinois history.why 32? originally we were aiming for top 25. but there are simply too many great teams.so since the state's playoffs are divided into eight classes, with 32 teams competing in each division, we expanded the list. think of this as the terrific 32 all-time playoff bracket. honorable mentions are below.here are a few things to share about our selection process before you dive in:1. each era is represented as fairly as possible. we have two teams from the 2010s, five from the 2000s, five






fremont high school football team victorious in wild game


it would be hard to find a football game wilder than the fourth quarter of the sept. 22 santa clara valley athletic league el camino division opener between fremont high and mountain view.the firebirds and spartans combined for 54 fourth-quarter points in a game that fremont held on to win 58-41.“it was definitely a high-scoring game, but it really took off in the fourth quarter,” fremont coach nelson gifford said.for fremont, which scored over 40 points for the third consecutive game, the 58 points tallied against mountain view’s defense were the most the firebirds have scored in a game since oct. 26, 2012 when they established a school record by annihilating harker 90-56.the firebirds, who stretched their current winning streak to three in a row and raised their season record to 3-2 over






the willow glen high school football team moves to playoffs


the willow glen high school football team saw its season extended on nov. 12 when it was selected as the no. 8 seed in the central coast section division iv playoffs.“we’re just happy to be in,” willow glen coach oscar caballero said.but the interesting storyline will include which team the rams will be facing in the first round. leland, which is the no. 1 seed in division iv, will host the 7 p.m. game on nov. 17. willow glen handed the 9-1 chargers their only loss of the season, 33-27 on oct. 27.“we obviously played well the last time … but it’s about friday’s execution, friday’s play,” said caballero about his team’s ccs opener.willow glen (7-3, 5-2 blossom valley athletic league santa teresa division) ended its regular season with a dominating 41-14 victory over san jose high on nov. 9.






'the leading edge of a much larger iceberg': new jersey high school disbands foo


the nationwide forces that are beginning to uproot football have converged at a place called high school north.demographic shifts, concussions, single-sport specialization and cost - among the same issues that have caused youth football numbers to plummet around the country in recent years - have led west windsor-plainsboro high school north to drop varsity football this season. the knights, with a roster of 37 players, will play a junior varsity schedule.high school south, the other secondary school in the district, might have to do the same next year, along with high schools from four other neighboring jurisdictions, west windsor-plainsboro schools superintendent david aderhold said.the moves reflect a crisis for football all over the country, but one that has accelerated in this new yor






fssw football friday


fox sports southwest football friday is the first and best app for texas high school football - no other app even comes close. app information fox sports southwest football friday is a one of a kind high school football app developed specifically for the texas high school football community. football friday provides a unique environment for viewing and sharing information about high school football including teams, schedules, game scores, chat, and forums. keep an eye on a cross town rival or follow your team when they head out on the road. whether you are a fan, a student, a player, or a coach. football friday has something for you. features fox sports southwest football friday offers many innovative features for the texas high school football community: view and update live scores for






north coast section to leave playoffs as they are for now


san ramon — the north coast section executive committee on friday overwhelmingly shot down a proposal to shorten the football playoffs by cutting the number of participants in each division from 16 to eight teams.in a decision driven by committee members from schools in the fire-ravaged north bay, the ncs opted to keep divisional brackets at 16 teams. it means the regular season will end nov. 4.the proposal to reduce the playoffs came about so the regular season could be extended one week, allowing for games canceled by fires in the north bay and unhealthy air in the east bay to be played nov. 9-11. now that weekend will be the first round of the ncs playoffs, as originally scheduled.“it was not necessary. it was a knee-jerk reaction,” said rancho cotate assistant principal henri sarlatte,






the 32 greatest illinois high school football teams of all time


ranking the all-time best in anything is a challenging task, but football is tougher than most.the game has changed so dramatically that it makes it extremely difficult to compare teams from different eras. but we did it anyway.here then is our view of the top 32 high school football teams in illinois history.why 32? originally we were aiming for top 25. but there are simply too many great teams.so since the state's playoffs are divided into eight classes, with 32 teams competing in each division, we expanded the list. so think of this as the terrific 32 all-time playoff bracket. honorable mentions are below.here are a few things to share about our selection process before you dive in:1. each era is represented as fairly as possible. we have two teams from the 2010s, five from the 2000s, f






the 32 greatest illinois high school football teams of all time


ranking the all-time best in anything is a challenging task, but football is tougher than most.the game has changed so dramatically that it makes it extremely difficult to compare teams from different eras. but we did it anyway.here then is our view of the top 32 high school football teams in illinois history.why 32? originally we were aiming for top 25. but there are simply too many great teams.so since the state's playoffs are divided into eight classes, with 32 teams competing in each division, we expanded the list. so think of this as the terrific 32 all-time playoff bracket. honorable mentions are below.here are a few things to share about our selection process before you dive in:1. each era is represented as fairly as possible. we have two teams from the 2010s, five from the 2000s, f






phillies and pirates prospects, 2017 fantasy baseball podcast


get yourself a cheesesteak, a roast pork sandwich, a primanti bros. sandwich, and a yuengling cause we’re going full pennsylvania in this bee-yatch! we’re bringing you a jam packed double episode with the phillies and pirates. pow! we talk austin meadows, josh bell, j.p. crawford, mickey moniak. debate dylan cozens name pronunciation and potential ceiling. we play everyone’s favorite game hoskins or joseph.  my daughter stops by with her talking pig, and just a whole host of other madness. how much fun can you have on a single episode? who knows, but we push the limits. ralph and halp, this time with 3 times more disagreements! just like facebook only your aunt isn’t calling your younger brother “snowflake”. it’s the latest episode of the razzball prospect podcast!http://www.blogtalkradio.