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Archive for November, 2011

Miramonte football advances too

The Miramonte football team had a dominating performance in their first round NCS Divison 3 playoff game Saturday night. The fifth-seeded Matadors beat the 12th seed, Tennyson, 42-7.

The Matadors dominated the game from the start, as they cruised to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and a 35-0 halftime lead. A third quarter touchdown was all Tennyson could muster, but it was not nearly enough.

With the win, the Matadors advance to the quarterfinals where they will play the fourth seed, Encinal, on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Encinal. The Matadors overall record improved to 10-1 with their first round win, with their only loss coming at the hands of undefeated Campolindo.

Posted on Sunday, November 20th, 2011
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Campolindo football advances

The Campolindo football team continued their perfect season on Friday night in the first round of the NCS Division 3 playoffs. The Cougars, the third seed, beat Hercules, the 14th seed, 58-21, at the Cougars’ home stadium. With the win, the Cougars improved to 11-0 on the season.

The Cougars will host the sixth seed, Bishop O’Dowd, in the quarterfinals next Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7:00 p.m. Bishop O’Dowd is 9-2 overall this season.

Fifth-seeded Miramonte hosts the 12th seed, Tennyson, tonight at 7:00 p.m. in their first round game. If the Matadors win, they will face off against the fourth seed, Encinal, next Friday night in the quarterfinals.

Posted on Saturday, November 19th, 2011
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Education Finance Challenges in California

The group Lafayette for Education is presenting “A Town Hall Meeting: Education Finance Challenges in California” on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Stanley Middle School.

Speakers scheduled for the event include California Senator Mark DeSaulnier, California State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla,
Founder of Educate our State Crystal Brown, Lafayette School District Superintendent Dr. Fred Brill, Acalanes Union High School District Superintendent Dr. John Nickerson, and Founder of Close the Loophole Phil Ting.

There will also be open discussion throughout the event where those in attendance can ask the speakers questions and share their own ideas and opinions.

Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2011
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Campolindo volleyball out of NCS

The Campolindo girls volleyball team had high hopes of repeating as the champions of the NCS Division 3 playoffs after last year’s team went on to win the state title, but those dreams came to an end Wednesday night.

The second-seeded Cougars won the first set, 25-21, against the visiting third seed, Albany High School, but Albany bounced back with a dominating performance in the second set, winning it, 25-14.

Albany finished the match up by winning the third and fourth sets, 25-19 and 25-17, respectively.

The loss knocked the Cougars to 20-11 overall on the season, which included the DFAL title.

Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2011
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Lamorinda art update

The Lafayette Town Hall Theater is currently home to a variety of colorful abstract canvases painted by Tesia Blackburn, artist and teacher at Lafayette Studio and Walnut Creek Civic Arts, and some of her top students. The Town Hall Theater will be hosting a celebration of the art with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 17.

The Moraga Art Gallery is displaying the work of artist Susan Heller now through Dec. 24. Heller’s specialty is forming quilts meant to hang as works of art, using a variety of techniques including beading and hand-embroidery. The Moraga Art Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
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Supervisor Gayle Uilkema to retire in 2013

Gayle Uilkema, a former Lafayette mayor and current Contra Costa County supervisor, announced this morning she will step down at the end of her term in January 2013.

Times political editor Lisa Vorderbrueggen has the story.

Uilkema was elected to the Lafayette City Council in 1978 and served for 19 years, including four times as mayor.

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
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Recycle those cycles

The Preston family, of Moraga, is running their annual Cycle Recycle again this year. The family collects donated cycles (bicycles and tricycles) and has them repaired and refurbished by Trips for Kids, the Bicycle Hut and/or inmates at the Marsh Canyon Detention Facility.

The repaired cycles are then donated to children in need during the holiday season. More than 1,500 cycles have been donated to children in need over the first 14 years of the Cycle Recycle program.

To donate a new or used cycle, drop it off at the side driveway of the Preston’s home at 1307 Larch Ave., Moraga. Donations must be made by the end of November.

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
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Campolindo, Miramonte set for NCS football playoffs

Despite an undefeated regular season and DFAL title, the Campolindo football team was only given the third seed in the NCS Division 3 playoffs, as the NCS seeding committee determined that the other two undefeated Divison 3 teams, Marin Catholic and Cardinal Newman, deserved the top two seeds. The Cougars will host the number 14 seed, Hercules, on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the first round.

The Miramonte football team, which finished second in the DFAL with a 9-1 overall record, is the fifth seed in the playoffs. The Matadors are hosting the number 12 seed, Tennyson, on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in their first round game.

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2011
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Girls volleyball playoff update

Campolindo is the last Lamorinda team alive in the NCS Division 3 Girls Volleyball playoffs after Saturday’s quarterfinals.

The Cougars, the number two seed in the playoffs, easily won their quarterfinal against number seven seed Petaluma, 25-14, 25-14, 25,22. They will host number three seed, Albany, in the semifinals Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Miramonte, the number five seed, lost their quarterfinal match against number four seed, Sonoma Valley, 22-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23. The Matadors finished their season with an overall record of 15-6.

Acalanes was knocked out in the first round on Wednesday by Sir Francis Drake, 25-23, 25-15, 26-24. The Dons finished the season with an overall record of 14-16.

Posted on Sunday, November 13th, 2011
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Miramonte boys water polo wins NCS

Despite the Miramonte boys water polo team being the number two seed in the NCS Divison 1 Boys Water Polo playoffs, many saw them as a major underdog in the final against top-seeded San Ramon Valley. The Matadors fought hard throughout the game, earning an 8-7 win in overtime. The Matadors finished the season with a 21-6 overall record.

The Campolindo girls water polo team could not repeat as champions in the NCS Division 2 Girls Water Polo playoffs. The Cougars ran into the top seed, Las Lomas, in the final Saturday. Las Lomas controlled the game throughout, winning 10-5. The Cougars finished the season with a 20-6 record.

Posted on Saturday, November 12th, 2011
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