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Archive for February, 2009

Local DFAL Basketball Scores from 2/17


The Acalanes boys basketball team lost a tough game against Dublin, 70-64. The loss knocked the Dons down to sixth place in DFAL with a 3-7 league record.

Campolindo rode an early first quarter lead to a 47-37 victory at Alhambra. The win saw the Cougars’ DFAL record improve to 7-4. They are currently tied for second in league with Las Lomas.

Acalanes will host Campolindo in the DFAL season finale for both teams on Friday night at 5:30 p.m.

The Miramonte boys had the night off Tuesday. They will try for a perfect 12-0 league record against Alhambra Friday night.


The Acalanes girls lost to Dublin, 49-41. The Dons are currently 6-5 and fourth in the DFAL.

Campolindo won their game at Alhambra, 41-30, moving them into a tie for second place with Miramonte, who had Tuesday night off.

The Cougars will likely need to beat the Dons in their DFAL season finale in order to remain tied for second as the Matadors finish their season Friday night against the one-win Alhambra girls team.

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
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Murderer of Lafayette woman to spend life in prison

The door-to-door salesman that killed 90-year-old Lafayette resident Elizabeth Vuori in her home in 2005 was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Richard Craig McNew, 35, of Missouri, pleaded guilty to the charges against him as part of a deal with prosecutors. The deal ensured that McNew would avoid the death penalty.

During court on Friday, McNew offered an apology to the family of Vuori, claiming that he never had any intention of murdering her.

McNew sexually assaulted Vuori, which helped lead law enforcement to him through a DNA database.

Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
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The rain should stop for a few days…

The weather forecast is saying that the rain may stop during the end of this week. While it is supposed to rain for the rest of the day today and all day Tuesday, the sky should clear up Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The temperature is going to rise from a high of 50 today to around the 60-degree mark during that three-day span.

If you are a rain-hater though, don’t get too excited just yet. The forecast says that starting Saturday, the rain is going to return for at least the five days following that with highs in the mid to low 50s.

The area’s 10-day weather forecast

Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2009
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Lamorinda high schools head into NCS Soccer Championships

After winning the DFAL, the Acalanes boys earned the second overall seed in the 2008/09 NCS Soccer Championships. They will host a quarterfinal match next Saturday, Feb. 21, at 2:00 p.m. against the winner of the Hayward vs. St. Mary’s first round match.

The Campolindo boys earned the twelfth and final spot and will face Albany Wednesday night at 5:00 p.m. in Albany. A win against Albany would put the Cougars in a quarterfinal match Saturday night against DFAL rival Las Lomas.

The Miramonte boys saw their season come to an end as they failed to earn a spot in the NCS playoffs.

Despite an 11-0-1 record, the Miramonte girls were only given the second seed. The Mats will host the winner of the Acalanes vs. Piedmont first round match Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Acalanes will host their first round match with Piedmont Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

The Campolindo girls received a first round bye by earning the fourth seed. They will host a quarterfinal match Saturday night at 7 p.m. against the Berean Christian vs. Redwood Christian winner.

Posted on Sunday, February 15th, 2009
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Lafayette gets tougher on solicitors

The Lafayette City Council recently approved a new solicitor ordinance, which will require solicitors to first obtain a permit from the police department.

Before the solicitors are granted a permit, the police will run background checks to ensure that those who have been previously convicted of crimes will not be allowed to go door-to-door in Lafayette.

The new ordinance comes in response to the 2005 murder of Ann Elizabeth Vuori, a 90-year old Lafayette woman, by a door-to-door magazine salesman.

Canvassers and children under the age of 15 will not be required to obtain a permit.

To avoid being disturbed by solicitors, citizens may place a “No Solicitors” sign near their door or in a window.

Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2009
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High School Sports Update

Boys Basketball from Friday, Februay 6:

Campolindo 71, Dougherty Valley 38

Miramonte 65, Dublin 59

Alhambra 60, Acalanes 59


Girls Basketball from Friday, Februay 6:

Campolindo 59, Dougherty Valley 45

Miramonte 62, Dublin 61

Acalanes 41, Alhambra 27


Boys Soccer from Friday, Februay 6:

Acalanes 6, Dougherty Valley 2

Dublin 2, Campolindo 1

Miramonte 2, Las Lomas 1


Girls Soccer from Friday, Februay 6:

Acalanes 2, Dougherty Valley 1

Miramonte 1, Las Lomas 1

Posted on Saturday, February 7th, 2009
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Miramonte and Campolindo square off in DFAL basketball

The Miramonte boys basketball team remains undefeated in league with a 65-56 victory over rival Campolindo on Monday night. It was the second time in less than a month that the Matadors beat the Cougars in a DFAL game, winning the first meeting 52-48 on January 6.

The Matadors played a complete team game as five different players scored at least nine points. The star of the game was Miramonte’s senior center and captain Eric Obeysekere who finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.

The win improved the Matadors to 7-0 in DFAL play and a record of 17-4 overall. The Cougars fell to 4-3 in league and 12-9 overall.

The Campolindo girls were able to split their season series with the Matadors by winning the second meeting between the rivals 71-61 on Monday night. Miramonte won the first meeting 60-56 on January 6.

The Cougars were led by senior Stephanie Triggas and standout sophomore Annie Ward. Triggas finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and four steals, while Ward recorded 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Miramonte’s junior captain Stephanie Golden was the star of the game in the losing effort, finishing with 27 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks.

The win by the Cougars gave both teams a 5-2 record in DFAL play, leaving them tied for second behind Dublin who is currently 6-0.

Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
Under: Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | 1 Comment »