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Archive for February, 2012

NCS high school basketball brackets released

In the Divsion 3 NCS bracket for boys basketball, three Lamorinda teams find themselves in the top 5 seeds. Campolindo, the second seed, and Miramonte, the third seed, both earned byes into the quarterfinals. Acalanes is the fifth seed and will host Piner on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the first round.

The same story is true in the Divsion 3 NCS bracket for girls basketball with the three local schools earning top 5 seeds. All three teams have earned byes into the quarterfinals. Campolindo, the fourth seed, will host rival Acalanes, the fifth seed, in a quarterfinal on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Miramonte, the second seed, will host the winner of Eureka/Hercules on Friday at 8:00 p.m.

The Bentley School’s boys basketball team is the fourth seed in Division 5 and will host Athenian School on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

Posted on Sunday, February 19th, 2012
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Campo girls soccer advances; Campo boys out

The Campolindo girls soccer team continued their winning ways with a 2-0 win over Las Lomas in the NCS quarterfinals Saturday. The Cougars controlled the majority of the game by shutting down the Las Lomas offense. The Cougars move on to the semifinals where they will face the number one seed, Bishop O’Dowd, on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Bishop O’Dowd.

The Campolindo boys soccer team lost a heartbreaker in penalty kicks to Concord in their NCS quarterfinal Saturday. The Cougars controlled the majority of the game, but a late goal by Concord tied the score at 2-2 and sent the game into overtime. Concord beat the Cougars, 3-2, in penalty kicks to advance.

Posted on Saturday, February 18th, 2012
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New Orinda Eagle Scouts

Five members of Orinda’s Boy Scout Troop 237 have successfully earned the honor of becoming an Eagle Scout. The five new Eagle Scouts will officially be honored at a Boy Scout Court of Honor at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church on Feb. 26.

The new Eagle Scouts are Tanner Cullen, Drew Holland, Tyler Kirchberg, Jason Lammert, and Charlie Wiser.

In order to become an Eagle Scout, each boy earned at least 21 merit badges and completed a service project for the community where they spent at least 100 community service hours. The boys’ projects were to fix things up at schools and churches in the community, as well as help local charities.

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2012
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NCS soccer first round results

Two of the three Lamorinda high school soccer teams in the NCS playoffs advanced through the first round Wednesday night.

The Campolindo girls defeated El Cerrito, 4-0. They will host Las Lomas on Saturday at noon in the quarterfinals.

The Campolindo boys continued the celebration for the Cougars by beating El Cerrito, 3-1. They will host Concord on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

Despite winning the DFAL and being the number one seed in the playoffs, the Acalanes boys were shocked in the first round by 16th-seeded St. Mary’s High School. St. Mary’s beat the Dons, 1-0.

Posted on Thursday, February 16th, 2012
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Nominate Lafayette and Orinda Citizens of the Year

If you know someone worthy of being nominated for Citizen of the Year in either Lafayette or Orinda, make sure to get the nomination application in by this Friday, Feb. 17.

The City of Orinda is asking for nominees to be citizens of Orinda who have contributed to the Orinda community. Nominations should be sent to Sam Richards, editor of the Lamorinda Sun, at

The City of Lafayette is looking for citizens who have helped bring Lafayette together and/or someone who has helped create a healthier living environment in the community. Nominations for Lafayette can be sent to Sam Richards at, or to Jay Lifson at

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
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Obamacare or Romneycare?

Shannon Brownlee will be giving a talk at Saint Mary’s tonight called “Obamacare or Romneycare? Why Debate Over Healthcare Reform is Missing the Point.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7:00 p.m. inside the Soda Activity Center on the SMC campus.

Brownlee is the director of the New America Foundation’s Health Policy Program, as well as a seasoned author and Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Her talk is part of her week-long visit to the Saint Mary’s campus where she will meet with student groups and classes to discuss health care reform.

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
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Film festival going on now in Lamorinda

Initial feedback on the 14th Annual California Independent Film Festival taking place at the Rheem Theatre in Moraga and the Orinda Theatre has been a lot of praise.

If you haven’t had a chance to catch a film or participate in a lecture or discussion, there are still a few days left of the festival, which runs through Thursday.

The schedule for Thursday consists of screenings of the award winning films from the festival and a closing night reception featuring a screening of the film “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

Complete schedule for the film festival:

To buy tickets for any of the screenings, visit the box office or visit:

Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2012
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NCS soccer bracket posted

The Acalanes boys soccer team earned the number one seed in the NCS Division II playoffs. The Dons will face off against St. Mary’s High School in the first round on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Acalanes.

The defending champion Campolindo boys soccer team earned the fourth seed and will host El Cerrito on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Oddly enough, the Campolindo girls soccer team also earned the fourth seed and will host El Cerrito on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

The Miramonte boys, Miramonte girls and Acalanes girls teams did not qualify for the playoffs this season.

Boys Bracket

Girls Bracket

Posted on Sunday, February 12th, 2012
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High school basketball update

The Miramonte girls basketball team clinched at least a share of the DFAL title with their 75-25 win over Las Lomas on Friday. One win out of their two remaining league games would give them the title outright. The Matadors are 10-0 in league and 24-0 overall. The Campolindo girls (6-4 DFAL, 11-12 overall) and the Acalanes girls (4-6 DFAL, 14-10 overall) are fourth and fifth in the DFAL. Both teams should make NCS, but wins next week will be crucial to their seeds.

The Campolindo boys look likely to win the DFAL title, but a season finale against Miramonte, who is currently in second place, could shift the final standings. Campolindo (18-4 overall), Miramonte (17-7 overall), and Acalanes (15-9 overall) all will qualify for the NCS playoffs.

Posted on Saturday, February 11th, 2012
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Saint Mary’s soccer star has Leukemia

Emmanuel Sarabia, known as “Morro” by friends and fans, is currently undergoing treatment for Leukemia.

Sarabia was a key contributor to the Saint Mary’s men’s soccer team’s success this season, including assisting on the game-winning goal that clinched the first ever WCC title for the men’s soccer program. The Gaels eventually advanced all the way to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Donations are being accepted to help pay for his medical treatments. Donations are being collected at Saint Mary’s athletic events, or can be mailed to: Saint Mary’s College, Athletic Business Office, P.O. Box 4380, Moraga, CA 94575. Cash and checks made out to “Saint Mary’s College Men’s Soccer” are acceptable.

Donations are also being collected by the Campolindo boys soccer team at their home game tonight vs. Miramonte at 6:15 p.m.

Posted on Friday, February 10th, 2012
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