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Ivan Rabb named California’s Mr. Basketball

Bishop O’Dowd High boys basketball star Ivan Rabb has been named the Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year for 2015, it was announced Thursday on its web site.
The 6-foot-11 Rabb, who has signed with Cal, is CalHiSports’ first Mr. Basketball from the East Bay since St. Joseph’s Jason Kidd in 1992. Rabb averaged more than 20 points a game, along with 15 rebounds and five blocks a game. He scored the winning point and had 19 points and 21 rebounds in Bishop O’Dowd’s CIF Open Division state championship game.

The honor has been awarded 37 times at the end of a season and also has retroactive selections that date back more than 100 years. Archbishop Mitty-San Jose’s Aaron Gordon was named in 2012 and 2013. The only other O’Dowd player to earn the honor was Tony Jackson in 1982.

 

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DeMers leads College Park past Saint Francis

Joe DeMers pitched a complete-game two-hitter with six strikeouts, and also slammed a pair of solo home runs as the Falcons edged a very good St. Francis-Mountain View baseball squad 6-1 Wednesday in a semifinal game of the Elite Eight Tournament at St. Francis. College Park High (9-2) took command with three runs in the top of the third inning. Jeffrey Mitchell was 2 for 3 with a double and two stolen bases for the Falcons, and teammate Noah Burnham also had a double. Nick Oar drove in two runs for College Park against Saint Francis (11-4).
College Park, which is ranked No. 8 in the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25 national rankings, will face California in the championship game Thursday at 7 p.m. California edged Clayton Valley Charter 1-0 in the other semifinal game. Mike Podany threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts for California.

 

 

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Final East Bay Boys Basketball Poll of 2014-2015 season

Besides the No. 1 team, there were a lot of changes in the poll from before the postseason:

FINAL EAST BAY BASKETBALL POLLS
Boys
Rank, School Rec. Pts
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5)* 28-4 75
2. San Ramon Vly. 27-6 69
3. Monte Vista 27-4 64
4. El Cerrito 29-4 59
5. Campolindo 28-5 56
6. De La Salle 27-5 50
7. Moreau Catholic 23-7 46
8. Berkeley 21-11 41
9. Saint Mary’s 20-12 35
10. Freedom 20-11 30
11. McClymonds 21-9 18
12. Las Lomas 20-11 17
13. Albany 28-3 14
14. San Leandro 17-9 12
t15. Dublin 18-12 4
t15. Salesian 19-11 4
Also receiving votes: College Park (22-7, 3 points), St. Joseph Notre Dame (17-16, 2), Castro Valley (17-10, 1).

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Baseball: College Park advances to semifinals of national tournament

The College Park High baseball team has advanced to the semifinals of arguably the most prestigious and competitive tournament in the country, the National High School Baseball Invitational in Cary, N.C.

The Falcons opened the tournament by beating defending state champions on back-to-back days behind strong pitching performances from Joe DeMers and Chris Brown.

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Joe DeMers helped College Park win its first game at the NHSI tournament (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff file photo)

A day after DeMers carried the Falcons to a 3-1 win over Farragut-Tennessee, Brown pitched a complete game in a 5-1 victory over Loyalsock Township of Pennsylvania. College Park plays the winner of Whitewater-Georgia and Mosley-Florida in Friday’s semifinals.

Against Farragut on Wednesday, DeMers was sharp on the mound and a big part of the Falcons’ offense, going 1 for 1 with a run, RBI and stolen base. The Washington commit was even better on the mound, allowing an unearned run while striking out six. He gave up three hits and a walk, throwing 104 pitches.

College Park coach Andy Tarpley told Baseball America that DeMers, who threw a perfect game against Monte Vista two weeks ago, can be even better.

“His stuff was, I’ve seen it better, but it was still good enough to win,” Tarpley told Baseball America. “He knows how to compete.”

MLB.com called DeMers one of the day’s top standouts.

Against Loyalsock earlier today, Brown struck out six in his strong outing. After allowing a run in the top of the first, he settled down and his teammates provided the run support. Willie MacIver’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the bottom of the first, and Nick Oar hit a two-run homer in the third. Brown also helped himself with an RBI triple in the second.

 

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Joe DeMers fires perfect game against Monte Vista

College Park High School baseball star Joe DeMers threw a perfect game against Monte Vista in a nonleague matchup today. The Washington commit struck out seven batters in his seven-inning masterpiece, and also was 2 for 3 at the plate, including a double, with two RBI, as College Park won 9-0. He improved to 2-0 with the victory.
Teammate Trevor Larnach hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, as College Park (2-0) broke the game open with five runs in the frame. Larnach, who had five RBI total, and Ian MacIver also had two hits in the home game.

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James Logan freshman has remarkable NCS wrestling debut

Not only did James Logan’s Aaron Perez win an NCS championship as a freshman, he pulled off the rare feat of winning all five of his matches by pin to take the 106-pound title. Perez comes from a wrestling family, as his father, Jacob, was the first Logan wrestler to place at the state meet. His brother, Eric, also wrestled at Logan. Making it extra special was this year’s NCS tournament, which took place Feb. 27-28, being back at James Logan for the first time in almost two decades.

Thanks to Emily Santos for this contributed photo of Perez at the podium, holding the placard of the 106-pound bracket, surrounded by other 106-pound NCS medalists

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