WELCOME TO THE 2002-03 SCHOOL YEAR

This week's preseason state football rankings mark the start of our statewide coverage for the 2002-03 season. Cal-Hi Sports has been ranking teams on a weekly basis in football, boys basketball, girls basketball, baseball and softball going back to the 1979-80 school year. If you're counting, that's 23 years complete and now entering our 24th. It's a tradition that sets us apart from anyone else who covers California high school teams and athletes.

This year, we're proud to be associated for the second straight year with the weekly TV show "Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area." It will air this year on KRON TV in San Francisco and is hosted by Robert Braunstein, a true pioneer in how a high school-based TV sports show can succeed. The CalHiSports.com web site also will be much more connected to this show on a content basis with more feature stories and more previews of what's going to be on each show each week. There could be more TV expansion down the road, so stay tuned. Each week, look for "Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area" at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on Channel 4, KRON TV in San Francisco. The show also will be re-broadcast twice each week on Fox Sports Net Bay Area.

Speaking of this web site, a major change will be coming early in the 2002 football season and that will be the switch to a premium vs. free content system. The premium content will only be able to be obtained through an on-line subscription. We hope many of you will take advantage of this subscription and we're going to add several new features to our premium package, including an always-up-to-date state football records section and the deepest lists of state stat leaders you've ever seen.

Many content-based web sites have already switched to premium paid subscriptions since it's the only way many of them can survive. We could survive without it, but the CalHiSports.com site would probably only have a handful of new stories posted each week, as opposed to what we're hoping to do which is to change the lead stories about five times per week and improve our coverage so it's better than ever.

Nelson Tennis of Sacramento is the founder of Cal-Hi Sports and is still actively involved in weekly rankings, compilations of weekly state stat standouts and, of course, all-time state record lists. Mark Tennis, Nelson' s nephew, began Cal-Hi Sports as a publication during the 1979-80 school and now also serves as executive editor of Student Sports Magazine and Student Sports Inc.

Andy Bark, a former wide receiver at the University of California, is the president and publisher of Student Sports Inc., which owns the rights to Cal-Hi Sports. Andy and Mark have been working together to build Cal-Hi Sports and Student Sports for 13 years. Last year, Student Sports Inc. became a subsidiary of Silver Star Holdings Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla. (a publicly traded company; SSTR on NASDAQ).


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