NCS 2A East Bay Championship: Las Lomas vs. Campolindo

Well, thanks for hanging with me everyone. You shoulda been here but if I helped you follow it a little, I did my job. I’ll post final comments later tonight but for now I’ll slide out of the way and let Chace Bryson write his story. Ben Enos, signing off.

FINAL: Las Lomas 21, Campolindo 17. Las Lomas is the NCS 2A East Bay Champion. 

FOURTH QUARTER: Kickoff is a touchback. Campo gets the ball on its own 20 with 42 seconds left and four points to make up. Diante Jackson is now the hero of the night for sure. Stephens overthrew his man on a  deep ball and Jackson picked it off. Lomas can take a knee and this one should be over. 35 seconds left and Lomas has the ball on its own 35 yard line. Chants over overrated from the Campo faithful have dissipated. Diante Jackson was the man in the fourth quarter, plain and simple. It’s all over at Las Lomas.

FOURTH QUARTER: Las Lomas gets the ball on its own 20 yard line with 1:56 remaining. One timeout in the Knights’ pocket. Can Las Lomas go 80 yards? Yago to Jackson first down. Ball on the Lomas 39. Pass dropped by Paclebar. Second down. Pass nearly intercepted but falls harmlessly to the ground. Austin Rittenour could have put the game away right there. 3rd down and 10 from the 39. Yago scrambles and finds Jackson for a 1st down. Ball on Campo 45 with 1:18 left. Pass incomplete intended for Paclebar. Broken up by Rittenour. False start on Lomas. Yago to Diante Jackson. Down to the Campo 14. Yago stepped up in the pocket and gunned it. Complete confidence. Yago to Paclebar on an out pattern. Out of bounds on the 7 yard line. 47 seconds left. Jackson sat down in the middle of the Campo zone in the end zone and was wide open. TOUCHDOWN LAS LOMAS. 42 seconds left. Shapiro adds the PAT. 21-17 Knights. Pandemonium in Walnut Creek.

FOURTH QUARTER: Campo gets the ball on its own 28. Kazzaz sweep to the 31. Antono run ahead for a first down. Nine-yard pickup on the play. Antono run to the 44. 2nd and 6. Antono run to the Campo 49 yard line. 3rd and 1. Richter up the middle for a first down. Campo rolls on. 3:59 remaining. Antono up the middle stuffed and it’ll bring up another 3rd down. Lomas takes a timeout and this  is going to be the play for all the marbles. 3rd and 3 from the Lomas 39. 2:48 remaining in the ballgame. Kazzaz run off left tackle. Going to depend on the spot. Missed it by two links of the chain. 4th and 1. Campo takes a delay. Gotta question that call. Campo’s owned the line of scrimmage all game long and to not go for it is interesting. Guess that’s why I’m in the box and not on the sideline. Campo takes a timeout, presumably to set up a punt. Punt..

FOURTH QUARTER: Jackson with a good return and LL will get the ball in Campo territory yet again. 1st and 10 on the Campo 49. Ward rush for 2 yards. Ward rushes again down to the 40. Brings up 3rd and 1. Ward picks up the first down to the 37. 8:45 left and counting. Ward run to the 33. Ward again down to the 31. Brings up a 3rd and 4. Ward run to the 28 and it’s 4th and 1. HUGE PLAY. Ward toss sweep right is stuffed and Campo gets the ball. 6:23 remaining.

FOURTH QUARTER:  The stands are still shaking. Paclebar is simply electric tonight. Campo will get the ball back with 11:27 left. Touchback by Shapiro. Richter run for five yards to the 25. Kazzaz tripped by Welch at the line. 3rd and 5. Kevin Reed chases Stephens out of the pocket and he has to throw it away. 4th down and the Cougs will punt.  

FOURTH QUARTER: Well, what is Las Lomas made of I guess is the question everyone’s asking. 11:43 left in the quarter as they get the ball back.  Corey Paclebar has just IGNITED the home crowd. A 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and the Knights are right back in this thing. Shapiro with the PAT. SCORE: Campolindo 17, Las Lomas 14.

FOURTH QUARTER: Lomas is staring at a 3rd and 17 from its own 44. Yago’s pass is tipped and intercepted by Luke Crossley and run all the way back. Huge turning point right here. Runback was in the neighborhood of 65 yards and Campo is in the driver’s seat now. PAT by Tavecchio. SCORE: Campolindo 17, LL 7.


THIRD QUARTER: Punt downed at the Campo 49. The Knights get fantastic field position again.  Intentional grounding call on Yago backs the Knights up to their own 35 yard line. Illegal motion voids a big completion to Jackson. Las Lomas is imploding right now on offense and I haven’t seen the Knights play this badly all year long. End of the quarter and its 10-7 Campolindo.

THIRD QUARTER: Campo gets the ball at its own 11 yard line after Crossley recovered his own muff. 1:59 left. Lomas’ D will have to come up big again. Incomplete pass brings up 3rd and 9 from the Campo 12. Pass broken up by Andrew Mulherron and the Cougars will have to punt again.

THIRD QUARTER: Jackson runs out of bounds at the Campo 37. Excellent field position again for Las Lomas with 2:28 left in the quarter. False start to begin the drive. Another illegal motion backs the Knights up five more yards. Incomplete pass by Yago. Looking for Paclebar down the middle of the field. Jackson drops a potential first-down and the Knights will have to punt. Wouldn’t have mattered as Lomas had an illegal formation anyway. Punt upcoming.

THIRD QUARTER: Campo gets the ball with 4:32 left in the quarter on its own 1. Richter gets out to the 2 yard line with a run off left tackle. Richter again down to the 7. Inside handoff to Antono gets stuffed and the Knights defense answers the call. If Las Lomas wins this game, the defense should get all the credit. Punt to Jackson upcoming.

THIRD QUARTER: Knights get the ball with 10:06 remaining on the Campo 40. Jackson’s first catch is a first down to the 28. Draw to Paclebar brings up 2nd and long. Yago finds Darin Thompson for a moderate gain. Brings up 3rd and 3 from the 21. Ward into the line is stuffed and Shapiro is going to stay on the sideline. Knights go for it on 4th and 4. Yago finds Jackson in the slot for a first down. Gutsy call of the night right there. Drive continues at Campo 13. Ward off right tackle for a couple yards down to the 8. Ward ahead for a first down on the Campo 3. Ward stuffed on first and goal. Second and goal from the 3. Ward burrows ahead for a gain of two yards. Third and goal from the 1. Ward gets stacked up at the goal line and it’ll be fourth and goal from the 1. Longero calls timeout to figure out what to do. This will be an interesting play call since Ward has gotten stacked up out of the power-I formation for three straight plays. FEEL THE TENSION BABY! The Knights run right up the middle and Ward gets stopped by Mike Constable. Big time play by the Campo defense.

THIRD QUARTER:  Campolindo gets the ball first in the second half.  Shapiro clears the end zone on his touchback. Campo gets the ball on the 20 yard line. Three and out for the Cougs and they have to punt. Jackson returns the punt 12 yards to the Campo 40.

MORE HALFTIME: Chace Bryson looks like an eskimo huddled on the sideline crunching his numbers. But, his numbers are handy. Las Lomas has 153 total yards to Campolindo’s 112. Paclebar has four catches for 103 yards. Ward has 11 rushes for 65 yards. Campolindo has 112 total yards and Stephens line is 6-12-2 59. Almost ready for second-half kickoff. 

HALFTIME SCORE: Campolindo 10, Las Lomas 7. Time for some thoughts. That INT return by Jackson would have been in the neighborhood of 90 yards and would have been HUGE. As it was, the Knights ended up with no points instead of seven. This game is in a lot of respects similar to last week’s Lomas/Ygnacio Valley game. Campolindo could have put LL away with a late touchdown there and Lomas found a way to stay in it. Jackson has no catches so far on offense so that’s obviously an issue for Las Lomas. For Campo, Stephens has been shaky on his deep balls but has been solid on underneath routes. I’d expect Lomas to air it out in the second half after giving Danny Ward the ball plenty in the first half. 

SECOND QUARTER: Alright one untimed down for Shapiro to try a 45-yard FG. Kick is up, and Shapiro chunked it. Kick falls short and Campo takes a 10-7 lead into halftime. Halftime stats and thoughts to follow. 

SECOND QUARTER: Catch downfield by Mascheroni and the Cougs are rolling. 52 seconds left in quarter with ball on LL 26. False start backs the Cougs up. 1st and 15 from 31 with 46 sec. remaining. Screen to Richter got stuffed by Las Lomas. Campo timeout with 28 sec remaining and second down from the 33 yard line. Keep in mind Tavecchio has a heckuva leg but 50 yards would be a lot to ask. Stephens overthrows receiver. Third down with 22 sec. remaining. Unbelivable catch by Mascheroni downfield is going to be negated by a holding penalty. Ball back to the LL 44 with 15 sec. left. Diante Jackson picks a jump ball and rolls all the way back for a TD. Holding penalty brings it back though and Las Lomas just got crushed. Ouch. In the meantime, Jackson made an awesome catch. Lomas will get the ball here with one untimed down.

SECOND QUARTER: Campo ball at the Cougars’ own 24. Timeout Campo on 2nd and 1. Crowd update: The Lomas fans are relatively quiet at the moment and the Cougars’ faithful seem boisterous. Then again, they’re winning so why not. More game action to follow. 

SECOND QUARTER: Las Lomas takes possession at its own 18. Ward busts off a long run to take it to the Knights’ 35. Went right over left guard and found a huge hole and ultimately got stopped by an umpire who didn’t want to move. Ward is rolling now as he rips off another first down run. Ball on LL 46. Holding call sets the Knights back but Ward gets it back immediately. Lomas takes a timeout faced with a 3rd and 9 from its own 47. Yago gets run out of bounds and the Knights have to punt.

 SECOND QUARTER: I’m not convinced Campo has the momentum back. Lomas is shooting itself in the foot and it’s only a matter of time before the Knights’ offense gets going. 

SECOND QUARTER: Andreas Antono rumbles ahead for a first-down. Campo with a first and 10 from the 10. Bo Richter with a 1-yard touchdown plunge and Campo re-takes the lead. PAT by Tavecchio is good and the Cougars are back on top. SCORE: Campolindo 10, Las Lomas 7.

SECOND QUARTER:  Faced with a 3rd and 6 on their own 15, the Knights and coach Doug Longero take their first timeout to get things straight. During the timeout, Chace Bryson has asked me to say “Leggo my Yago.” Corny? Who knows. He’s freezing, he’s entitled. Paclebar caught a pass and hurdled a guy with a tremendous leap for a first down. Yago fumbles the snap on a third-down and Evan Peters falls on it for Campo. Cougars get the ball on the Lomas 25.

SECOND QUARTER: Campo has the ball to begin the quarter and Lomas’ defense stiffens after a few first downs. Punt upcoming with Diante Jackson back to return. Punt is downed on the Las Lomas 11 where the Knights will take over.

SECOND QUARTER: Quick momentum check as we start the quarter. Lomas has the momentum. Campo got a huge break with the messed-up punt and the defense held Campo to a field goal. That could turn out to be absolutely huge as we get ready for the second quarter. 

END OF FIRST QUARTER: Las Lomas 7, Campolindo 3.

MORE FIRST QUARTER: A quick rumination on that touchdown catch as we near the end of the quarter. Las Lomas had been pounding the ball up the middle pretty consistently until then and everything just came together when Yago and Paclebar decided to meet deep. Speed kills and Paclebar is the fastest guy on the field without a doubt. 

MORE FIRST QUARTER:  Tavecchio hits a touchback. Knights ball on own 20. Three and out. Knights punt the ball. Campo ball on the LL 39. Stephens tried to go up top for Mascheroni but overthrew him and found Lomas DB Pat Evans instead. LL ball on own 20. Yago goes up the seam to Paclebar and he runs away from EVERYONE. Touchdown Knights. Paclebar outran everyone and I mean everyone. Yago put up a nice ball and let his guy run under it. Shapiro adds the PAT and LL has taken the lead. 2:14 left in the quarter. Score: LL 7, Campo 3.

FIRST QUARTER: Pat Evans muffed the opening kickoff and the Knights start on their own 9-yard line. Danny Ward rushed for 10 yards on the first play, first down. Knights are moving the ball, now on their own 37. Haven’t thrown yet. First deep ball Yago tries goes out of bounds. Tried to hit Paclebar deep.  On the punt attempt, the snap sailed over Andrew Shapiro’s head and he had to fall on it. Campo will get the ball at the Knights’ 20. On Tommy Stephens’ first pass attempt he got nailed and the Knights’ defense came up with a big stop. Tavecchio hits a 30-yard FG to put Campo up 3-0. SCORE: Campolindo 3, Las Lomas 0.

COIN TOSS: LL coach Doug Longero is sporting the Bill Belicheck look, complete with gray hoodie and everything.  Captains for tonight: LL — Brad Stewart, Jason Welch, Andrew Mulherron, Corey Paclebar. Campo — Mike Constable, Mike Greco, Luke Crossley and Nick Mascheroni. Las Lomas wins the toss and will receive, going from North to South.

MORE PREGAME: Just got back from the field. Tough to say who looks happier to be here: Crack reporter Chace Bryson, Chronicle correspondent Damin Esper, or the 4-foot-8 lad (or lass, I’m not sure) who is the Knights’ mascot. He has a sword too. Awesome stuff. Las Lomas has retreated to its locker room and Campolindo is doing calistenics in the end zone. Just over eight minutes to game time.  

PREGAME: So, we’re up and running at Las Lomas tonight with the Knights and Cougars on the field going through their warm-ups. I’ve secured a primo spot in the Las Lomas press box, which means we’ll be coming to you live all night long. Controversy No. 1 of the night: Diante Jackson is one of the few Knights without a name on his back. He could double as a JV call-up. One with freakish talent. Sheesh. Now, here’s the drill. I’ll keep updating this post so hit refresh on your browser for the latest info. Earlier posts can be found underneath the new ones. For those wondering, it’s extremely cold here at Lomas, even after my Fudd Burger from Fuddruckers. So, anyone in the area with a blanket, a cup of coffee, or some IcyHot, please stop on by the press box. More to follow…


Prep writer’s football picks!

I know everyone has been waiting for this so here they are. This week we are a little low on people picking games, but we have picks from everyone’s favorite, Dennis Miller (Tri-Valley Herald). He has correctly picked 12 in a row! I don’t think anyone will dare call him dumb again after seeing his picks!

 Anyway, we also have picks from Jimmy Durkin (CCT/Oakland Tribune), Michael Bower (Daily Review), Dave Schoen (Oakland Tribune), Kyle Bonagura (The Argus) and Steve Herendeen (Oakland Tribune).

                                               NCS 3-A Regional Recognition 

                    No. 1 San Ramon Valley vs. No. 3 Pinole Valley            

Bower                                           SRV   

Durkin                                         SRV

Miller                                           SRV

Schoen                                        SRV

Bonagura                                  SRV

Herendeen                               Pinole

                               NCS 2-A Regional Recognition 

                          No. 1 Las Lomas vs. No. 7 Campolindo            

Bower                                        Las Lomas   

Durkin                                      Las Lomas

Miller                                        Campolindo

Schoen                                     Las Lomas

Bonagura                                Las Lomas

Herendeen                             Las Lomas

                             NCS Class-A Championship Game 

            No. 1 St.Patrick/St.Vincent vs. No. 2 Ferndale            

Bower                                       SPSV  

Durkin                                     SPSV

Schoen                                    SPSV

Bonagura                               SPSV

Herendeen                            SPSV

                            NCS Class-B Championship Game 

                No. 1 St. Vincent vs. No. 2 St. Elizabeth            

Bower                                         St. Vincent   

Durkin                                       St. Elizabeth

Schoen                                      St. Elizabeth

Bonagura                                St. Elizabeth

Herendeen                             St. Elizabeth





Campolindo vs. Las Lomas breakdown

I suppose I’m in the unique position of being one of only two reporters who was actually at the first Las Lomas/Campolindo game earlier this year, a game the Knights won 20-13. Since then I’ve seen each team multiple times, so here’s a position-by-position breakdown on tonight’s game.

Quarterback: Las Lomas QB Max Yago came of age last week, throwing for over 300 yards and spreading the ball around. He made fantastic reads and didn’t lock on to one receiver, which he’s had a problem with sometimes this year. Campolindo QB Tommy Stephens is playing unconscious right now, or at least as blissfully as a sophomore in the playoffs can. He diced up Heritage in the first round and then got to enjoy a dominant performance by the running game against Encinal. Stephens ceiling is unlimited but, for tonight, Yago’s senior leadership could make the difference. Edge: Las Lomas.

Running Back: Campolindo relies on a group of backs led by Bo Richter. Kawa Kazzaz, Anthony Rodriguez and Andreas Antono will all get carries. Richter carried the ball 35 times last week against Encinal so one has to wonder how effective he might be this week. Las Lomas RB Danny Ward comes in sporting a nice, big cast on one hand but that didn’t prevent him from rushing for over 220 yards in the Knights’ first-round win over Piedmont. He backed off the gas a little last week against Ygnacio Valley but how much of that was due to YV’s excellent run defense? If he’s right, Ward will be the best runner on the field tonight. Edge: Las Lomas.

Receivers/Tight Ends: This is the strongest unit on the field for Las Lomas. Diante Jackson, Corey Paclebar and Kevin Reed operate on the outside while Darin Thompson is a solid tight end. Don’t sleep on Campo WR Nick Mascheroni though. The kid just makes plays and has given Stephens one heck of a security blanket as he’s gotten acclimated to the varsity games. Zach Zaharoff, Luke Crossley and Miles Macy will also make their share of plays but Jackson and Paclebar will play on Saturdays. Edge: Las Lomas.

Offensive line: These are two relatively unheralded units but groups that just get the job done. Both teams have run the ball effectively all year long but Campo gets added points for going from a spread offense early in the year to an I-Formation, power running attack later in the year. Whichever line plays better tonight could decide a winner. Edge: Draw.

Defensive line: As my colleague Chace Bryson wrote in today’s Times, two-time state champion wrestler Jason Welch and his running mate Reed are a dynamic duo up front for Las Lomas. You might not find a quicker line around than the Knights, which gives them the edge when facing a shifty back like Kazzaz. Campolindo will look to Richter to try and muscle up against Lomas’ line. Edge: Las Lomas.

Linebackers: Tommy Nott and Andrew Mulherron are solid for Las Lomas but Dan Greco and Pat Nealon lead a group for Campo that flies to the ball all game long. Both units love to hit but I’ve seen Greco and Nealon dish out some serious punishment this year. Edge: Campolindo.

Defensive backs: Jackson sees some time at free safety for Las Lomas and Paclebar sees time at cornerback but if they need to be forces on offense, how much time will they get in the defensive backfield tonight? Campo CB Anthony Fadelli turned in the single-best play I’ve seen in the playoffs so far with a 102-yard interception return against Heritage. The Cougars did a great job limiting Jackson and Paclebar in the first meeting and I see no reason they couldn’t do it again tonight. Edge: Campolindo.

Special teams: The two best kickers I’ve seen this year without a doubt play for Las Lomas and Campo. The Knights turn to Andrew Shapiro and Campo relies on Giorgio Tavecchio. Shapiro also does the punting for Las Lomas. Both guys are capable of hitting a big kick at the end of the game. The edge here comes in the return game, where Paclebar is certainly in the upper echelon of kick returners in the East Bay. Edge: Las Lomas.

Coaching: Campo coach Kevin Macy has done an unbelievable job all year long, guiding his team to the 2A East Bay title game after their star QB Scott Scharff went down with a knee injury. Las Lomas coach Doug Longero has been his usual brilliant self in calling plays and Greg Biekert has done a good job with the defense. Macy and Longero are two of the best around and the chess match they engage in tonight will be something to watch. Edge: Draw.

So, there you have it. All that’s left is to play the game I suppose. Check back here prior to game time for injury updates, a taste of the scene at Las Lomas and possibly even a review of the Knights’ barbequed chicken skewers. You never know what you’re going to get here on the East Bay Prep Sports Blog.


Moreau-BOD girls hoops should be thrilling

I can’t wait to cover the Moreau Catholic-Bishop O’Dowd girls basketball games this season. Both squads have the potential to play with the top teams in the state. The Mariners proved that with a 55-50 win over Division IV state runner up from a year ago, St. Patrick-St. Vincent. The Mariners held St. Pat star Alex Cowling to just seven points.

Bishop O’Dowd, playing in the La Jolla tournament, beat Mater Dei 49-41 on Wednesday. Mater Dei was 28-2 last season and returns the bulk of that roster this season. The Dragons then beat the defending state champions of Arizona, Mountain View, 45-38.

Moreau has won the Hayward Area Athletic League title four years in a row now, but the race to this year’s league crown should be the most exciting. Both of these squads have a strong chance at reaching the NorCal tourney and I know O’Dowd wants to beat Moreau very badly. Should be two great games between the two this season, definitely worth watching for prep basketball fans.


NCS 2A and 3A East Bay Live Blogging tomorrow!

Well, I hope you like our new look here on the East Bay Prep Sports Blog. I personally hated our old format, so I’m excited to get started on this new one. We’ll take our maiden voyage tomorrow night when Las Lomas and Campolindo get together in Walnut Creek to decide the North Coast Section 2A East Bay championship. I’ll be in the booth giving as much commentary as I can and Chace Bryson will be down on the field covering the game for our print edition. Check back tomorrow afternoon for a pre-game breakdown and then come back at game time for live updates.


106-11? Nope, not a typo!

If you saw the box score from Wednesday night’s St. Elizabeth-Liberty Baptist game from the Redwood Christian Tournament, you might’ve thought you needed to get your eyes checked. Nope, the score was right.  The Mustangs, playing without two starters — including their starting point guard — led 64-5 at halftime before taking the foot slightly off the gas pedal in the season-opening 106-11 win.

Chioke Walker led the way with 22 points and 15 rebounds and Jevon Flowers added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Ed Thomas had 8 points and 13 rebounds. Four other players also scored in double digits for St. Liz — whose football team plays St. Vincent in the North Coast Section Class B title Saturday at 7 p.m. and features starting point guard Dave Douglas at running back and fellow starter Charles Johnson at wide receiver.

For those that think the Mustangs ran up the score, take some solace in the fact that the scoring went down each quarter, from 36 points in the first, 28 in the second, 26 in the third to 16 in the fourth.

St. Liz — which lost in the NCS semifinals last year — is looking to end Branson’s four-year reign as NCS champions and earn its first title since 1996. But it has a little more on its mind.

“It’s state title or bust this year,” coach Torrence Spencer said.

We’ll see, but with the football team’s success and this kind of start for the basketball team, this could be the year of the Mustangs.


Live football updates!

I will pass the live blogging duty over to our sister site, the Contra Costa Times, for this week. Ben Enos and Chace Bryson will be bringing you live updates from the North Coast Section 2-A and 3-A East Bay Regional title games. 

The 2-A game pits top seed Las Lomas against No. 7 seed Campolindo at 7 p.m. Friday at Las Lomas High. The 3-A game will be between top seed San Ramon Valley and No. 3 Pinole Valley on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Dublin High.

Here is the link to the Contra Costa Times blog and live updates: http://www.ibabuzz.com/eastbayprepsports/


In case you missed ’em…

Here’s the links to the video shot by Sean Connelly at the Silver Bowl … http://www.ibabuzz.com/multimedia/mack-wins-third-straight-silver-bowl/

and the audio slideshow done by Jane Tyska at St. Elizabeth’s NCS Class B semifinal win over South Fork … http://www.bayareanewsgroup.com/multimedia/iba/2007/1124sle/

Great job done by both!


Girls hoops in full force this week

Basketball season is upon us! The strange thing about this part of the season is how much weight it carries come seeding time. It can be very deceiving to find out which teams are better than others at this time of the season not only because it is early, but also because football or volleyball players aren’t in basketball mode yet and some are still playing their respective sport. A worse team can actually sneak a win in over an eventually better team and use it for its advantage come seeding time. The key is scheduling those good squads now, especially the ones with a ton of athletes playing other sports.

Anyway, we are talking about girls hoops here. This weekend should be a great one. Irvington High is hosting its annual tournament and includes the following teams: San Ramon Valley, Fremont-Sunnyvale, Santa Cruz, Foothill, Aragon, Irvington, Merced and Milpitas. The tournament begins with a 3:30 p.m. matchup between San Ramon Valley and Aragon on Thursday. The tournament ends on Saturday.

Outside of tournament action, another good game this week is Washington at Arroyo. The two will clash on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Arroyo. The Dons are a very talented squad and the Huskies, led by Morgan Woodrow, are always in the hunt for an NCS title. Should be an interesting early-season game.

Any other big games out there that people want to mention? Go for it! Remember, you can find all the tournaments going on this weekend at www.norcalprepscores.com


Boys hoops in full force this week

I have to say that I am very excited to be going to a boys basketball game tonight.

Newark Memorial at San Leandro at 7.

These two always hook up for some great games and tonight should be no different. I don’t think Pirates’ star junior Jared Cunningham will be playing tonight (ankle) but Chris Jones of Newark should be on the court. It will certainly be a great game to watch. My first taste of hoops action this year!

And there will be plenty of hoops action all week. Make sure you go out and check out some games. Washington is holding its annual tournament this week. The following teams will be in that tourney: Granada, Monte Vista, James Logan, Washington-Fremont, St. Joseph Notre Dame, Arroyo, Castro Valley and Mt. Eden.

James Logan plays Monte Vista at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday to kickoff a quadruple header. The tournament runs through Saturday. For a complete list of tournaments this week, just visit www.norcalprepscores.com

Let’s get the hoop chatter going. Early predictions and sleepers? I am boring and will take De La Salle to win the North Coast Section Division I title.