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Gaels spread the Moraga name

By Jonathan Morales
Monday, March 22nd, 2010 at 10:02 am in Moraga, Sports.

So where’s Moraga? If you’re the rest of the country, by now you probably have a vague idea of it being somewhere near San Francisco (the Associated Press for a while had it placed north of Oakland). If you’re paying closer attention, you know that it’s in a (insert chosen synonym for “pretty” here) East Bay hills and is a small, small town.

But at least you’ve heard the name. And Mayor Ken Chew says that’s a good thing. He told KCBS’s Bob Butler that Saint Mary’s unlikely journey to the second weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament will good for the town and help further integrate the college into the town’s identity. The latter part was a major goal of the town’s Revenue Enhancement Committee.

Those posting comments over at EastBayDaze are a little more skeptical, with one saying “I don’t want to be on anyone’s map.”

A Google News search timeline shows that the number of stories mentioning Moraga jumped from practically zero last Thursday to more than 600 by this weekend.

Meanwhile, after the victory Chew confessed his divided loyalties to the Times, saying his son plays soccer for the University of Richmond, the Gaels’ vanquished first round opponent.

“I said I’d toss a coin. Whoever wins gets me rooting for them in the first half, and then I’ll root for the other team in the second half,” he told Matthias Gafni. “Now, I am fully behind Saint Mary’s.”

Meanwhile, here’s a great video recap by Saint Mary’s student Bryan Navarro.

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