Mitch Stephens, SBLive Sports

Mitch Stephens, SBLive Sports

Mitch Stephens is a senior editor at SBLive Sports for California, a state he's covered high school sports since 1984. He won multiple CNPA and CPSWA writing awards with the Contra Costa Times, San Francisco Chronicle and MaxPreps.com before joining the SBLive staff in 2022. He's covered the beat nationally since 2007, profiling such athletes as Derrick Henry, Paige Bueckers, Patrick Mahomes, Sabrina Ionescu, Jayson Tatum, Chiney Ogwumike, Jeremy Lin and Najee Harris as preps. You can reach him at mitch@scorebooklive.com.

Top seeds in 2024 NCAA Tournament led by former California high school basketball stars
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Top seeds in 2024 NCAA Tournament led by former California high school basketball stars

Four Duke Blue Devils, including 2022-23 Southern Section prep stars Jared McCain (Corona Centennial) and Caleb Foster (Notre Dame), have the best shots among

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CIF State Championship boys basketball 2024 recap: All six box scores
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CIF State Championship boys basketball 2024 recap: All six box scores

There's much to break down in a box score. Who won the battle of the boards? Who took care of the ball and committed less turnovers?  Who was better at the

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Live score updates: Harvard-Westlake, Trent Perry knocks off Salesian for California boys basketball state championship
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Live score updates: Harvard-Westlake, Trent Perry knocks off Salesian for California boys basketball state championship

SACRAMENTO — The boys basketball that decided the 2023-24 Open Division championship turned into a street fight. Nothing dirty. Just intense. Fearless. Scrappy

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Live score updates: Etiwanda beats national No. 1 Mitty handily for California girls state title
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Live score updates: Etiwanda beats national No. 1 Mitty handily for California girls state title

SACRAMENTO — The rematch was a mismatch. At least for most of Etiwanda's 60-48 CIF Open Division Championship victory over national No. 1 Mitty Saturday at

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Live score updates: Oakland Tech defeats Centennial in California boys basketball championship
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Live score updates: Oakland Tech defeats Centennial in California boys basketball championship

SACRAMENTO — Somewhere Leon Powe is smiling.  The former Oakland Tech, Cal and NBA standout lost in back-to-back CIF Division 1 championships to Westchester in

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Live score updates: Harvard-Westlake beats Colfax for CIF California girls basketball state championship
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Live score updates: Harvard-Westlake beats Colfax for CIF California girls basketball state championship

SACRAMENTO — Harvard-Westlake's girls basketball team spoiled a good homecoming party.  The Wolverines got huge games from Deana Thompson (18 points, Angelina

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Watch: Minute with Madelyn Shanahan after St. Bernard's state-title victory
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Watch: Minute with Madelyn Shanahan after St. Bernard's state-title victory

SACRAMENTO — Madelyn Shanahan, much like her coach and St. Bernard's girls basketball teammates, couldn't be more respectful, aware or appreciative of the

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Monterey holds off record-maker Alijah Arenas, Chatsworth to win first CIF California basketball state title
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Monterey holds off record-maker Alijah Arenas, Chatsworth to win first CIF California basketball state title

SACRAMENTO — Alijah Arenas got the record, but the Monterey Dores claimed the title.  Arenas, one of the nation's top sophomores and son of former NBA player

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St. Bernard’s girls wins first CIF California basketball state championship
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St. Bernard’s girls wins first CIF California basketball state championship

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Brandon McCoy, nation's No. 1 2026 boys basketball recruit, talks about CIF State title win
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Brandon McCoy, nation's No. 1 2026 boys basketball recruit, talks about CIF State title win

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Highlights: Watch Bishop Montgomery strike early, beat Bishop O'Dowd for CIF State title
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Highlights: Watch Bishop Montgomery strike early, beat Bishop O'Dowd for CIF State title

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St. John Bosco wins second California (CIF) boys basketball title, beats San Ramon Valley going away: Live update recap
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St. John Bosco wins second California (CIF) boys basketball title, beats San Ramon Valley going away: Live update recap

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