NOW UP-TO-DATE AND ON LINE
As part of the new CalHiSports.com premium subscription, California football fans can now track state high school records as they are being threatened and as they are broken.
This week, all of the state football record listings from the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book and Almanac have been posted on the CalHiSports.com site. They are up to date not only through the 2001 season but will continually be updated throughout the 2002 season.
"One of the major problems with record books is that as soon as you print them somebody runs for 500 yards or passes for nine touchdowns and the lists are already obsolete," explained CalHiSports.com editor Mark Tennis. "With the internet, we can now keep the records completely up to date all the time and they'll be available for anyone."
The new on-line records section should be a major benefit for sportswriters and other media outlets.
"Just last Friday night in Ventura County we had that wild football game in which the two teams combined for nearly 1,000 yards passing," Tennis added. "Reporters down there couldn't completely verify where any of the totals stood in the state record book because I was at a game myself and often I'm not available on Friday nights after 10 p.m. Now, with all of our records on line and updated every week, reporters and other fans can check those things out immediately."
The football records section of the CalHiSports.com site will be de-emphasized once the winter season gets fully underway. Then, the emphasis will be on winter sport state records sections, primarily boys and girls basketball. Spring sports state records will be posted later in the school year as well.
All of the Cal Hi Sports state records have been compiled by Cal Hi Sports founder Nelson Tennis. He began collecting California prep records as a hobby in the early 1970s and joined forces with his nephew, Mark, to start Cal-Hi Sports as a publication in 1979. Mark Tennis also is now the executive editor of Student Sports Inc.