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Campolindo named best in the state

If it feels like Campolindo sports have been mentioned a lot this year, it’s because there were titles won by the Cougars across the board. As a result, Campolindo was named the top Division III sports school in California by Cal-Hi Sports.

Campolindo was the only school in the state (in any division) to win two girls state titles this year, winning the state title in cross country and volleyball. Junior Carrie Verdon also won the individual state cross country title.

In the winter, the boys soccer team won the Winter Soccer Classic, DFAL and NCS titles.

During the spring, the baseball and boys volleyball teams added to the trophy case, each winning their respective NCS title.

Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
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Acalanes Sports Bash

The Acalanes Boosters Club is hosting their 2011 Sports Bash on Saturday, May 7, in order to raise money for the school’s athletic programs. The event will take place at Temple Isaiah, located at 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. The night will be filled with dinner, dancing, auctions and a raffle.

A reservation form for tickets to the event is available through the Acalanes Boosters website. Tickets are $65 and must be purchased before April 16. There is also a form to make donations for those not attending. For more information, visit the Acalanes Boosters website at or call 925-899-8527.

Posted on Friday, April 8th, 2011
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DFAL to remain as is

In what has been a major hot topic in high school sports in the East Bay recently, the high school league/conference realignment turned out the way most Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte supporters wanted it to, as none of the schools will be affected.

The realignment ideas were mainly fueled by Castro Valley High School and Livermore High School, as both schools wanted to leave their current leagues. Despite seven different realignment proposals being submitted, only one received any real support, which was the proposal submitted by Acalanes.

In their proposal, they essentially left all leagues alone (including the DFAL where Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte play) and just had Castro Valley join the EBAL. This was the decision the NCS made, which leaves the local schools happy, as some frustration arose when proposals suggested that Livermore High or other schools in the Livermore area would join the DFAL, creating more distant away games.

Posted on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
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“An Evening of Champions”

The Campolindo High School Sports Boosters’ annual “An Evening of Champions” event will take place on Saturday, April 24, at Holy Trinity Church, located at 1700 School St. in Moraga. The event will start at 6:00 p.m.

The event will honor all of those involved with Campolindo’s sports programs, including coaches and players. The event will raise money for the programs through ticket sales. Tickets are $65 each and can be purchased using the form that is available through the Campolindo Sports Boosters website.

The guest speaker for this year’s event is announcer Dick Callahan, who has announced for the Oakland A’s, Golden State Warriors, Cal and Saint Mary’s.

Raffle tickets are also available for sale and are $20 each. The winner of the raffle will receive a Vespa S150.

Posted on Sunday, April 11th, 2010
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Fall sports NCS update

The NCS Water Polo Championships are already on to the semifinals, which will take place on Thursday. On the girls side, Campolindo has advanced to the semifinals, which they will host Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Miramonte was knocked out in the second round, while Acalanes fell in the quarterfinals. On the boys side, Acalanes will play in one semifinal Thursday at 5:45 p.m. at Campolindo against San Ramon Valley. Miramonte will host the other semifinal against De La Salle also at 5:45 p.m. The Campolindo boys lost to De La Salle in the quarterfinals.

The NCS Girls Volleyball Division III Championships start tonight. Campolindo earned the fourth seed and will be hosting El Cerrito tonight at 7:00 p.m. Acalanes earned the tenth seed and will be playing at Moreau Catholic at 7:00 p.m. Miramonte earned the overall top seed and a first-round bye. Their first game will be Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at Miramonte.

The NCS Girls Tennis Championships will take place Nov. 17 and 18 in Santa Rosa. Anastasia Kaiser, of Miramonte, will be the lone Lamorinda representative in the singles bracket. The only local doubles team will be Sarah Holden and Natalie Korich from Campolindo.

Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
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Moraga discussing new turf fields

A town meeting to discuss the potential for new turf sports fields will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hacienda de las Flores.

The lack of usable field space has become a major concern for youth sports programs in the area as new programs continue to be created and longstanding programs continue to grow. Some local sports organizations have already been forced to downsize by cutting teams or players.

Turf fields save money over time as the maintenance costs are far less compared to real grass fields, but the initial costs to have the turf installed is a significant amount of money the town would have to spend.

Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2009
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Former Miramonte coach Hirashima dies

Former Miramonte High School girls basketball coach Darrell Hirashima died at the age of 56 on Friday. He had spent nearly two weeks on life support following a heart attack he suffered on Dec. 7.

Hirashima is survived by his wife, Theresa, his daughter, Trisha, and his two sons, Darrell Jr. and Dustin. Darrell Jr. is currently in his first season as a coach with the Acalanes boys basketball program.

During Hirashima’s 11 years with the Matadors, he compiled a 238-85 record. His team made the playoffs the past ten seasons and won four North Coast Section Division III titles.

While Hirashima will be remembered for the success his teams had on the court, his biggest impact was on the players who played for him. Hirashima is remembered as a kind, understanding coach who motivated his players to always do their best on and off the court.

Posted on Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
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Campolindo and Miramonte battle in DFAL soccer openers

The Campolindo and Miramonte varsity boys soccer teams each entered their DFAL opener Wednesday night at Campolindo with thoughts of defending a title. Miramonte was DFAL champion a year ago, while Campolindo won last year’s NCS 2A playoffs.

Despite a fast moving game that featured four goals, both teams went home disappointed as the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Campolindo fell behind early as they lost senior captain Alika Okamitsu when he received a red card. Miramonte made it worse for the Cougars a minute later when Joe Clark opened the scoring.

Justin Chew of Campolindo tied the game on a free kick and then gave the Cougars the lead less than 10 minutes later with a high chip over Miramonte’s goalie. It looked like the Cougars would pull it off until a last minute goalie mistake by Campolindo turned into an open net shot for Miramonte’s Jordan Myers who tied the game at two with little time left on the clock.

The Campolindo and Miramonte girls varsity teams squared off at Miramonte Wednesday night where the Matadors fielded a senior-heavy roster who took home the DFAL and NCS titles last season.

The Matadors made a statement early as Kendall Pegan gave Miramonte the lead only nine minutes in, which would be all Miramonte would need. McKenna DeBack extended the lead 25 minutes in, and the Matadors held on from there, beating Campolindo 2-0.

Both Campolindo junior varsity teams won their games against Miramonte. The boys won 3-1, while the girls won 2-1.

Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2008
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Miramonte coach Hirashima suffers major heart attack

Former Miramonte girls basketball coach, Darrell Hirashima, is on life support at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek after suffering a major heart attack on Sunday. The former coach had a lesser heart attack just two months ago.

The heart attack comes during Hirashima’s first year not coaching Miramonte basketball in over a decade. Despite public support, he was not retained by Miramonte to coach the 2008-2009 season.

In his 11 years coaching the Miramonte girls basketball team, Hirashima compiled a record of 238-85 to go along with four North Coast Section Division III championships. Hirashima’s teams won 20 or more games in each of the past nine seasons and made the playoffs each of the last 10 seasons.

Hirashima’s son, Darrell Jr., is continuing the family tradition of coaching basketball at a local high school. He is in his first year with the Acalanes boys basketball team.

The work of Darrell Hirashima must be applauded. High school coaches aren’t in it for the money. They coach high school because they love the sport and want to see kids improve. For a coach to dedicate 11 seasons to one school the way Hirashima did is something that has to be respected.

As I am in the midst of my first season as a high school soccer coach, I only hope that I can have the same kind of impact on my program that Hirashima had on his.

My thoughts are with the entire Hirashima family.

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
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