The wrath of the O-lineman

Whoa, looks like I struck a nerve last week when I mentioned that Kurt Kloeblen was the center for the College Park football team offensive line in 1993. That was my mistake. He was not the center. Although with his friendly, outgoing personality, I find it hard to believe that he was not "the glue." Anyway, down to this week’s picks.

(6) Pittsburg over San Leandro: The Pirates have played so well the last couple weeks, it’s hard to believe that they lost so badly to Deer Valley. They’ll have revenge on their minds tonight. You might remember that Pittsburg lost in overtime to San Leandro in the first round of the NCS 4A playoffs (on a somewhat controversial call).

(5) Deer Valley over Freedom: Start making some space in the Deer Valley gym for that BVAL championship banner.

(4) Castlemont over McClymonds: This one could be 45-38, or 7-6. Doesn’t matter. It’ll be worth the price of admission.

(3) Foothill over San Ramon Valley: Foothill’s defense vs. SRV’s offense. And defense wins championships.

(2) Livermore over Granada: I know the Cowboys offense has struggled for most of the season, but that defense has improved every week. Livermore scores a touchdown, and converts the extra point to win 7-6.

(1) St. Patrick-St. Vincent over Piedmont: The Highlanders had a huge game against John Swett last week. Letdown, anyone?



Rain update – Tennis Friday

When I was in high school, I remember hating the fact that I didn’t know if we would play or not due to rain. Well, I will try to assuage some of your fears with my rain update this morning:

The EBAL began play at 8:00 this morning after having their tournament delayed due to rain yesterday. Plans are to play throughout the day and to hold the finals tomorrow at ClubSport Plerasanton.

The DFAL should be getting underway at 1 p.m. at ClubSport Valley Vista with semifinal action. Finals are slated for around 3 p.m. As I’m in West Contra Costa right now, I can’t honestly say what the weather is doing in Walnut Creek (darn microclimates) but right now the sun is peeking through the clouds here, so who knows what might happen this afternoon.

I’ll be back later today with a DFAL recap and a Friday Forecast for the night’s football action.


Rain, rain go away

In the middle of my week of tennis, the heavens open and rain permeates the East Bay. Just my luck. As a result, the DFAL tournament has been postponed until tomorrow. Semifinals and finals in both singles and doubles are left to be played, with a few familiar names still in the hunt. Lauren Curry (Northgate), Alex Iova (Acalanes), Shawdee Rouhafza (Miramonte), and Ellie Faulkner (Campolindo) are the remaining singles players and tomorrow should feature plenty of competition.

As an aside, the tournament has been moved from St. Mary’s College to Club Sport Valley Vista in Walnut Creek. Tomorrow’s slate of tennis also includes the EBAL tournament coming to a close at Club Sport San Ramon. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying some of the best league tournament tennis has yet to be played.

Also, for those interested, the NCS Team Tournament starts Tuesday at sites to be determined. Foothill is the defending NCS champion but in watching the leagues wrap up this week, I wouldn’t put it past Carondelet or Miramonte to give the Falcons a tussle. Here’s an incentive to go watch some tennis Tuesday: Whoever can find me at whatever match I end up at (and I won’t tell you where I’m going) will get a blog mention that night. How’s that for a prize?


BSAL Tennis

Today’s tennis endeavor found me traveling to Alameda to watch the Bay Shore Athletic League tournament. When I arrived at the Harbor Bay Athletic Club (by the way, what a nice place to watch tennis) the semifinals were still going. Elena Pan of Albany and Kristie Biascan of St. Patrick-St. Vincent moved on to the final and gave fans a nice show with Pan winning the title. The Piedmont team of Gabby Yao-Cohen and Lynn Zukerman beat teammates Lizzy Roland and Allison Shuster to win the doubles title.

My thoughts:
1. Elena Pan is getting better and better as time goes on. This may not be her year at NCS, but watch out over the next two years.
2. The makeshift team of Yao-Cohen and Zukerman won despite the fact that Yao-Cohen was largely a singles player throughout the year. They played at No. 3 doubles last year and re-lived some memories on Wednesday in winning the title.
3. Most people probably expected the Highlanders to be there at the end, but don’t forget a nice showing by St. Mary’s. Christyn Richardson reached the singles semifinals and the doubles team of Laura Knowles and Mani Dreyfuss also got to the semis. After their matches, the team got together for a picture with coach Mike Sommers and they all seemed to be having a great time. Kudos to them on a nice season.

I also don’t want to forget Biascan’s performance, because she has been near the top of the BSAL for a few years now. According to Pan, they played with each other in the summer and are friends off the court. It’s that kind of camaraderie that makes the sport fun.

Tomorrow, we journey to Moraga for the DFAL tournament. Lets all pray that the rain holds off.