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Archive for February, 2009

Local teams battle in NCS basketball quarterfinals

After beating Campolindo in the first round of the NCS basketball playoffs, the Acalanes boys had to face Miramonte in the quarterfinals Friday night.

Miramonte went undefeated in DFAL play, including two wins over Acalanes. The third match-up between the two teams looked the same as the first two with the Matadors winning, 66-49.

The Miramonte boys will host Piner High School Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in one of the semifinals.

On the girls side, bitter rivals Campolindo and Miramonte faced each other in a quarterfinal Friday night. The Cougars won on their home floor, 71-63.

The Campolindo girls will face the number one seed, Bishop O’Dowd, Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Bishop O’Dowd will host that semifinal game.

Posted on Saturday, February 28th, 2009
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2009 Lafayette Citizen of the Year selected

As a longtime community leader, Judy Carney has had a positive impact on Lafayette for years. She will be rewarded for her work March 20 when she will be honored as the 2009 Lafayette Citizen of the Year.

Carney has been involved in Lafayette schools since she moved to the area in 1992. In 1993, she served as the chairwoman for the Lafayette Elementary School parcel tax campaign. She has served on local school boards for fifteen years: seven on the Lafayette school board and eight on the Acalanes school board.

Her other community involvement efforts include chairing the Lafayette Reservoir Run and the Lafayette Sesquicentennial Parade. She also is a founding member of the Lafayette Community Foundation.

The Lafayette Citizen of the Year dinner will be held at the Lafayette Park Hotel on Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m.

Posted on Friday, February 27th, 2009
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Two local teams make NCS soccer finals

The second-seeded Acalanes boys soccer team has continued its success during league play into the playoffs. A struggle in regulation and overtime against visiting Piedmont forced the Dons into a shootout in Wednesday night’s NCS semifinal. After being tied 1-1 following regulation and overtime, Acalanes was able to convert all five of their penalty kicks, winning the shootout, 5-3.

On the girls side, Miramonte dominated Northgate in their semifinal, but the second-seeded Matadors struggled to get their chances in the net. A goal off of a corner kick was all they needed though, advancing by a final score of 1-0.

The Campolindo girls held the number one seed, Bishop O’Dowd, scoreless through regulation and overtime but were unable to score themselves. With the game tied, 0-0, the two teams entered a shootout, which Bishop O’Dowd won, 4-1.

The NCS girls soccer final will be Saturday at 12 p.m. between Miramonte and Bishop O’Dowd.

The NCS boys soccer final will be Saturday at 2 p.m. between Acalanes and Bishop O’Dowd.

Bishop O’Dowd is the number one seed in both brackets and will host both finals.

Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2009
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NCS Basketball First Round Results

In the boys basketball NCS Division III Bracket, the three Lamorinda high schools were set to find out who would earn bragging rights early.

Campolindo hosted a first-round game against Acalanes Tuesday night, which the visiting Dons won, 66-57. Acalanes will now play host Miramonte in the quarterfinals Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The Matadors, the number two seed, are 22-4 overall, which includes a perfect 12-0 league record.

On the girls side, number six seed Acalanes was upset at home by the eleven seed Tamalpais, 49-36.

Miramonte crushed Eureka in their first-round game, 80-47, and will now play host Campolindo Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The Cougars and Matadors split their season series with each team winning one game.

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
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Moraga hires new town manager

Moraga’s Town Council will take an official vote Wednesday night to confirm D. Michael Segrest, 62, of Colorado, as the new town manager.

Segrest’s prior experience as a town manager was a very important factor in his selection. Segrest was the town manager of Snowmass Village, Colo., until 2006 when he retired.

As town manager, Segrest will make $180,000 per year, plus benefits and a $500 per month car allowance. Moraga will pay for his relocation expenses during his move from Colorado. He also will be entitled to $3,000 per month for housing in his first year on the job.

Former Moraga Town Manager Phil Vince left his position in June to become the city manager of Martinez.

Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
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Moraga discussing new turf fields

A town meeting to discuss the potential for new turf sports fields will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hacienda de las Flores.

The lack of usable field space has become a major concern for youth sports programs in the area as new programs continue to be created and longstanding programs continue to grow. Some local sports organizations have already been forced to downsize by cutting teams or players.

Turf fields save money over time as the maintenance costs are far less compared to real grass fields, but the initial costs to have the turf installed is a significant amount of money the town would have to spend.

Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2009
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NCS soccer quarterfinal results


Acalanes, the second seed, won their home game against the seventh seed, Hayward High School, 1-0. They will host a semifinal match Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against Piedmont.

Campolindo’s season came to an end as they lost to Las Lomas, 1-0.


The quarterfinal match between Miramonte and Acalanes went into halftime scoreless, but the final score, 3-0, reflected Miramonte’s dominance over the Dons in their previous meetings this season. The Matadors will host a semifinal match Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against Northgate.

A goal scored by the Campolindo girls in the second overtime was the only goal of the game in their quarterfinal match against Berean Christian, as the Cougars won, 1-0. They will travel to play the number one seed, Bishop O’Dowd, Wednesday night at 5 p.m.

Posted on Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
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DFAL basketball season comes to an end

All three local high schools’ basketball teams finished up their DFAL seasons Friday night, leaving the NCS seeding committee with one final impression.

The Miramonte boys finished their perfect (12-0) DFAL season by beating Alhambra 69-45.

The Campolindo and Acalanes boys teams played a back-and-forth game that saw the Dons jump out to a 15-4 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Cougars stormed back and took a 30-27 lead into halftime. The Cougars extended their lead to five points after three quarters, but the Dons took control of the game in the fourth quarter, closing the Cougars out, 68-62.

Campolindo finished third in the DFAL, while Acalanes finished fifth.

The Campolindo and Miramonte girls teams both won Friday night, finishing in a tie for second behind DFAL champion Dublin.

The Mats dominated Alhambra, 61-44, while Campolindo rode strong second and third quarters to a 63-50 victory over Acalanes.

The Acalanes girls finished fourth in the DFAL.

Posted on Saturday, February 21st, 2009
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Mountain lions in Lafayette

There have been several sightings of mountain lions in Lafayette recently.

On Thursday, a runner spotted a mountain lion cub just off of the Lafayette-Moraga Trail near the border of Lafayette and Moraga. Other residents have claimed to see a mother mountain lion with one or two cubs in the area along St. Mary’s Road.

Several months ago, a resident was able to take a picture of one in the Lafayette Community Park where similar sightings have occurred many times in the past few years.

If you come face-to-face with a mountain lion, do not run from it or bother it. The best thing to do is raise your arms in the air and yell loudly.

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2009
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Campo boys, Acalanes girls advance in NCS

The Campolindo boys soccer team won their first round NCS game Wednesday night against Albany High School by a score of 2-1. The Cougars will now meet host Las Lomas Saturday in the quarterfinals. Campolindo won the first meeting between the two teams this season, 1-0, and Las Lomas won the second, 3-2.

The Acalanes girls went into penalty kicks against Piedmont after neither team could break the 0-0 tie in regulation or overtime. The Dons won the shootout, 4-3, and will be the visitors against Miramonte Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Mats won both meetings between the two teams this season by scores of 3-0 and 4-0.

The Acalanes boys will host Hayward at 2 p.m. on Saturday after receiving a first-round bye.

The Campolindo girls, who also received a first-round bye, will host Berean Christian at 7 p.m.

Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2009
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