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Miramonte girls fall in NorCal final

The Miramonte girls basketball team’s incredible season came to a disappointing end Saturday, as the Matadors lost to Bishop O’Dowd in the NorCal Regional Final of the state basketball playoffs, 70-51.

The Matadors finish their season with an impressive 31-2 record. Unfortunately for the Matadors, both of their losses came in finals at the hands of Bishop O’Dowd.

Bishop O’Dowd beat the Matadors, 73-49, two weeks ago in the NCS Division 3 championship game.

The Matadors were the most dominant basketball team in the Lamorinda area this winter, going 12-0 in DFAL play. The Matadors outscored their opponents by an average of nearly 30 points a game this season.

Posted on Sunday, March 18th, 2012
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Miramonte girls advance to NorCal Final

The Miramonte girls basketball team kept their season alive with a 71-64 victory over Sacramento High School in Sacramento tonight. The win sends the Matadors to the Northern California Regional Final and a rematch with Bishop O’Dowd.

The Matadors will face the Dragons for the second time in two weeks when they play this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Power Balance Pavillion, home of the Sacramento Kings. The Dragons handed the Matadors their only loss of the season in the NCS championship game.

After a convincing win against Miramonte in the NCS final, the Dragons have won their state playoff games easily by scores of 68-39 and 76-46. The Matadors will look to play the role of the spoiler as underdogs on Saturday. The winner of the game will move on to the state championship game.

Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
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Miramonte girls keep state title hopes alive

The Miramonte High School girls basketball team kept alive their dream of a state title Saturday night, as the Matadors beat Sacred Heart Cathedral, 76-61, in San Francisco. With the win, the Matadors move on to the Regional Semifinals (the State Quarterfinals) to play Sacramento High School. That game will be played at Sacramento High School on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

The Miramonte boys were unable to keep the same dream alive, as their season came to an end on Saturday night. The boys also played Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco and trailed the whole game, losing 90-57.

Posted on Sunday, March 11th, 2012
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Student Visual Arts Competition Exhibit

The entries to the Ninth Annual Student Visual Arts Competition are currently on display at the Orinda Library Art Gallery, 24 Orinda Way. The exhibit featuring all of the entries will be up until March 28.

An artist reception will take place at the Gallery on Wednesday, March 7, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Award winners in all categories will be announced at the reception. The winners will receive a variety of prizes, including cash prizes.

The competition is open to all high school students living in or attending school in the Lamorinda area. It is sponsored by the Orinda Arts Council.

Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 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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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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Orinda’s newest Eagle Scouts

Three of Orinda’s Boy Scouts became Eagle Scouts this month as part of a ceremony, known as the Court of Honor, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Mikk Eerik Otsmaa’s Eagle Scout project was to build an arbor for the garden at the Orinda Senior Village. Otsmaa is a senior at Miramonte.

Brandt Martin Sheets, also a senior at Miramonte, remodeled the playground area at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. He also fixed several doors at the church.

Sukhraj Bains, a freshman at USC, built informational signs and kiosks for display in the Wagner Ranch Nature Area.

The boys are all a part of Troop 303.

Posted on Saturday, February 4th, 2012
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Caldecott update

The construction on the Caldecott Tunnel’s fourth bore is expected to be finished in mid-2013 with the fourth bore opening up to traffic in late-2013. The fourth bore will allow for two bores to be open in each direction at all times, helping to counteract reverse commute traffic.

The two crews boring from each side of the hill have met, connecting the tunnel from Orinda to Oakland.

Crews are currently working on digging out the lower part of the tunnel. That section, known as the bench, is where the pavers will come in and lay down road.

The Caldecott Tunnel’s fourth bore construction is being done at a cost of $391 million.

Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2012
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Orinda mural on the move

The giant mural at the Orinda BART station is likely leaving the BART station and heading to a different location in Orinda.

The Orinda Historical Society, owners of the mural, have asked the city for permission to move the mural.

A new location for the mural has not yet been finalized; however, its likely new destination will be somewhere near Orinda’s Community Park.

The empty space at BART will be filled with new public art, as well as some new BART-related signs.

Posted on Saturday, January 14th, 2012
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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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