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Archive for March, 2011

Bad news for Lamorinda basketball fans

The fans in McKeon Pavillion this afternoon were shocked and disappointed as the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee decided that the Gaels’ resume just wasn’t good enough to earn an at-large bid into the tournament. Many college basketball experts had the Gaels projected to make the tournament, but that wasn’t the case. The Gaels are expected to be a top seed in the NIT (the top tournament for teams who don’t qualify for the NCAA Tournament).

The Campolindo girls basketball team suffered a season-ending loss Saturday night, falling by a score of 58-54 to Sacramento High School in the quarterfinals of the CIF Division III State Championships. With a win, the Cougars would have earned a rematch with Bishop O’Dowd who beat them in overtime of the NCS final.

Posted on Sunday, March 13th, 2011
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Enjoy Selection Sunday with the Gaels

Why watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday show from home? On Sunday, the Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team will be watching the show live with fans inside McKeon Pavillion.

The show starts at 3:00 p.m. and will be shown on the screens. The doors will open at 2:15 p.m. The event is free to the public.

Although the Gaels did not earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, they are expected to receive one of the tournament’s at-large bids.

In the event that the Gaels do receive a spot in the tournament, fans will be able to purchase tickets on-site following the event.

Posted on Saturday, March 12th, 2011
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Campolindo girls move one step closer to another state title

Another Campolindo sports team is experiencing success beyond just the league level, as the girls basketball team advanced to the state quarterfinals with a win Thursday night.

The Cougars knocked off the third seed, Sacred Heart Cathedral, 63-57, in a highly competitive contest. They will be the underdogs in the state quarterfinals when they face off against the second seed, Sacramento, at Sacramento High School at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Miramonte girls basketball team’s season ended Thursday night at the hands of the same Sacramento team Campolindo will face. The Matadors lost, 50-43, in their game at Sacramento High.

Posted on Friday, March 11th, 2011
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Outdoor workshop for students

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center will be hosting a workshop on the topic of nature and the outdoors on Wednesday, March 16. There will be two workshop times, as elementary school students will start at 2:30 p.m. and the workshop for middle and high school students will start at 3:30 p.m. The workshops are free to the public.

The event is being sponsored by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and Roughing It Day Camp.

For more information about the Leave No Trace Center and Roughing It Day Camp, visit their websites at: and

Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2011
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Lamorinda girls basketball update

All three Lamorinda DFAL girls basketball teams qualified for the CIF State Division III Basketball Championships, but only two made it through the first round.

The Campolindo girls won their first round game, 79-64, over Christian Brothers. They will play at the number three seed, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Thursday night at 6:00 p.m.

The Miramonte girls won their first round game, 63-26, over Enterprise. They will travel to Saramento High, the second seed, for their second-round game Thursday night at 6:00 p.m.

The Acalanes girls were eliminated in the first round by Vanden, 56-49.

Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
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Alleged Orinda robber arrested

Taylor Hughes, 19, of Clayton, was arrested by Clayton Police during a traffic stop on Thursday. Hughes is one of two men believed to be responsible for a series of pharmacy robberies in the East Bay, including one in Orinda.

In the robberies, including the Orinda robbery, the two men worked together to distract pharmacy employees and then steal prescription drugs.

Evidence linking Hughes to the robberies was found in his home during a search, according to Concord police.

Hughes was taken to the County Jail in Martinez following his arrest. Police are still searching for his accomplice in the crimes.

Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
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St. Mary’s falls in championship of WCC Tournament

It was an all too familiar sight in Las Vegas Monday night, as the Gonzaga Bulldogs beat the St. Mary’s Gaels in the West Coast Conference Tournament championship game to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

On Jan. 27, when the Gaels beat Gonzaga on the road, it looked like the Gaels would run away with the WCC title. An overtime loss to the same Gonzaga team on Feb. 24 capped a three-game losing streak that saw the Gaels forced to share the regular season title. Both teams cruised into the championship game,  but Gonzaga controlled most of the game, earning the 75-63 win.

Based on their outstanding regular season resume, the Gaels should still get an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.

Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2011
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NightinGaels performances coming up

The very popular student chorus, the Saint Mary’s NightinGaels, has two performances coming up next week. The NightinGaels will perform on Wednesday, March 16, at 1:00 p.m., and Thursday, March 17, at 8:00 p.m. Both performances will be in the Hagerty Lounge on the Saint Mary’s campus.

At the two performances, the NightinGaels will sing a variety of music from a wide range of genres including jazz, classical, pop and folk. They will also perform some songs a capella, in addition to their standard performances with accompaniment.

Both performances are free and open to the public.

Posted on Sunday, March 6th, 2011
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Campo girls fall short in overtime of NCS final

On Saturday night, the Campolindo girls basketball team nearly continued a string of NCS titles for Campolindo during this 2010-11 school year.

Trailing by 13 points entering the fourth quarter, it looked like the Cougars’ hopes of winning the championship were slim. The Cougars outscored number one seed, Bishop O’Dowd, 21-8, in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

The game remained tied for the beginning of overtime until the Cougars jumped out to a lead. A key 3-pointer from Bishop O’Dowd with a minute remaining gave the Dragons a lead they wouldn’t let go of.

The Cougars’ season will continue in the Nor-Cal Championships next week.

Posted on Saturday, March 5th, 2011
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Man admits on stand to being involved in stabbing of Moraga man

During the trial of two men accused of stabbing Moraga resident Hamed Mirabdal, one of the men, Nicholas Flatbush, of Oakland, admitted to being involved in a botched robbery. While Flatbush denied being involved in the stabbing portion of the crime, he admitted to his involvement in a planned robbery of Mirabdal with Blake Mastro in the Berkeley Hills three years ago.

Flatbush claimed Mastro began stabbing Mirabdal at the scene of the robbery without him being aware of the plan to inflict any violence.

Mirabdal was stabbed more than two dozen times in the attack, requiring open heart surgery before falling into a coma. After awaking from a coma, Mirabdal admitted to meeting up with the two men to purchase a handgun when he was attacked by Mastro.

Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2011
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