Baseball anyone?

Let’s get some baseball talk going. Who’s good this year. I know Irvington has a couple of quality wins over Amador Valley, Liberty and a 2-0 win over Alameda. The Vikings are 5-1 with the lone loss to Foothill. Let’s hear some baseball chatter!


CIF State Hoops Video

If you’re a fan of high school basketball and you’re not at Arco Arena today, you should be over at Prep Corner with Steve R. Waterhouse, Michael Bower and Jimmy Durkin as they provide play by play (and chicken finger by chicken finger) coverage of today’s festivities.

But, if you want a slightly different spin, check out the video our multimedia staff produced from this morning’s Division I girls game between Berkeley and Kennedy-Sacramento. The Yellow Jackets picked up the win and will play next weekend for the CIF state title. Check out today’s action here. Also, check out the audio slideshow that goes with it here.

And, while you’re at it, check out the DLS/McClymonds slide show. It’s a cornucopia of multimedia!



Live from Arco Arena: CIF NorCal finals

Here’s our schedule of games today at Sacramento’s Arco Arena

D-I Girls: No. 1 Berkeley 72, No. 2 Kennedy-Sacramento 52

Division I NorCal Girls Champions: Berkeley

More good stuff

D-III Boys: Sacramento 66, Sacred Heart Cathedral 49

D-V girls: Branson 64 No. 3 Eastside Prep-East Palo Alto 24.

D-II Girls: Archbishop Mitty 51, No. 1 St. Francis-Sacramento 41

D-V boys: Branson 45, Lick-Wilmerding-S.F 28

D-I Boys: McClymonds 50, De La Salle 37


D-IV girls: St. Patrick-St. Vincent 65, Justin-Siena 60 (OT)

D-III Girls: No. 1 Sacred Heart Cathedral 46, No. 2 St. Mary’s-Stockton 45

D-IV boys: St. Mary’s 82, Modesto Christian 70, Final

D-II Boys: No. 1 Archbishop Mitty 76, Fairfield 56

Division II boys: Mitty 76, Fairfield 56

9:29: This one is now over. 76-56 Mitty. Chiverton led all with 26, Gordon with 20. Lake had 23 for Fairfield . That’s all she wrote for me. I’m going to head back home. Hope everyone enjoyed this.

9:26: Word from down south is Long Beach Poly took care of Narbonne 60-47 and will oppose Berkeley in the girls Division I title game Saturday at 6 p.m. St. Pat’s will face La Jolla Country Day in the girls D-IV finals Friday at 3:30 p.m. Mater Dei beat Eidson so that’s who the Mitty boys will face next week after they finish off this win. In the D-IV boys, St. Mary’s will take on Campbell Hall. Still waiting for a final on the D-I boys SoCal game between Dominguez and King. Those are the local interest games, but I guess I can post the other matchups we know of. Boys D-III: Sacramento vs. Santa Margarita. Boys D-V: Branson vs. Renaissance Academy. Girls D-II: Mitty vs. Mira Costa, Girls D-III: Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. Magnolia, Girls D-V: Branson vs. Mission Prep.

9:22: Chiverton pours in a trey. Caloiaro scores now. 72-51 and this one is officially in garbage time. I’ll hook you up with the final score shortly.

9:20: Hurd bucket and foul, misses the FT but Lake tips in. 67-51.

9:18: Gordon with a nice spin move inside to score, 65-47. Gordon with a putback. Lead is back to 20 at 67-47. There’s a timeout with 4:57 left.

9:16: Lake goes 1 of 2 at the line. 58-44. Chiverton drains a 3 and that may be the dagger, it’s 61-44. But wait, Lake hits a trey for Fairfield, 61-47. Still not quite over. But Gordon with a putback makes it 63-47.

9:13: A free throw for Mitty’s Scott, his second make wiped out due to lane violation and the third quarter ends with Mitty in front 58-43.

9:10: Lake hits two FTs, 53-40. Adams with a tip in for Mitty, but a 3 by Lake makes it 55-43 now. Lake has 17 for Fairfield. Adams at the line for Mitty, makes both. 57-43.

9:07: A free throw for Fairfield’s Hurd and it’s 50-38. Gordon finally answers the Fairfield charge by throwing in a hook shot and getting fouled. The free throw is good and it’s 53-38 Mitty.

9:05: Well, Fairfield is starting to make a charge. They’ve cut it to 50-35. A steal and dunk by Fairfield’s Lake makes it 50-37 now. Hmmm, this could become a game.

9:03: OK, I think I’m officially the only one here on Prep Corner. I’m gonna start packing. I’ll still get a final on here, but unless it gets interesting here, there won’t be many updates. Right now Mitty leads 50-32 with 4:02 left in the third.

9:00: Is anybody following along here? Haven’t seen many comments. Let me know if you’re here. I need some company.

8:57: The second half of this laugher has started. I’m ready to go home but I’ll stick it out here to get you a final. I’m closing in on 12 hours here courtside. I first sat down at 9:27 a.m. By the way, 45-25 is our score here.

8:51: Should be getting a final or an update soon from the St. Mary’s-Modesto game. Wow! I’m a psychic. Here’s our finals, St. Mary’s wins 82-70 to advance to the state title game on Friday. My grandpa will be a very happy man. He’s a St. Mary’s grad, class of 1942.

8:47: Nothing to talk about in this Mitty-Fairfield game. Mitty is rolling. I want to talk about the East Bay though. If St. Mary’s holds on, that’s a perfect sweep for East Bay teams with Mack, Berkeley and St. Mary’s winning. Throw in the almost-East Bay St. Patrick-St. Vincent team and that’s one heckuva performance by the locals. I guess I’ll be busy next weekend.

8:45: Halftime here. 45-23. St. Mary’s still up 10 with 2:17 left. It’s 76-66.

8:42: Not much new to report. No scoring. No excitement. This game was considered the main event by the CIF? Don’t know about that. Oh boy, we’ve got an update from Folsom. St. Mary’s has taken charge, leading 72-62 with 3:53 left. It’s 43-25 here with 14.3 left till halftime.

8:39: Lake drives for two for Fairfield and is fouled. Misses the free-throw. 39-17. After a Mitty TO, Lake scores again, 39-19. Mitty goes back down and feeds Gordon, who powers over Lake for a dunk. Brandon Scott then adds a layup for Mitty. Timeout Fairfield with 2:02 left in the second and its 43-19. I’m guessing this one is just about over.

8:37: Lasley at the line for 1 and 1. Makes both, 35-15 Mitty. Chiverton FT line jumper, 37-15. Chiverton has a game-high 12 on the night. Baseline jumper now for Chiv, he’s got 14 and its’ 39-15.

8:35: Back here we have Chiverton following his miss with a hoop, 35-13 with 4:06 left.

8:33: Another update from Folsom from Chace Bryson, St. Mary’s and Modesto are tied at 59 after 3.

8:32: Another Mitty hoop makes it 33-13. I don’t see a 20-point comeback in the works.

8:30: Way at the line for Mitty and he hits both. 29-13. Not that Fairfield had much hope coming in of winning, but their hopes are quickly fading. Andoh now at the line for two. He hits both and it’s 31-13 with 5:53 left.

8:28: Easy bucket inside for Gordon, 25-13. Gordon again with a turnaround to make it 27-13.

8:25: End of the first quarter here and it’s 23-13 still with Mitty on top.

8:23: Hurd makes 1 of 2 for Fairfield. 20-13. 3-pointer for Mitty’s Way, it’s 23-13.

8:21: Wow, after missing a shot on the offensive end, Gordon gets back on D big time with a swat from behind. He looks pretty healthy to me. Two free throws by Dickson make it 20-12. Look up for latest St. Mary’s-Modesto score.

8:19: Gordon putbacks a miss inside by slamming it home, then gets a block on the other end and the feed goes to Chiverton for a slam. Mitty up 20-10 with 2:30 left in the first.

8:17: A trey for Chiverton answered by a jumper by Dixon and it’s 16-10 Mitty with 3:02 left.

8:15: Hurd scores inside, now Gordon gets his name in the scoring book with a bucket inside. Got an update from over at Folsom High, Modesto now leads 39-35. Seely with 12 for Modesto, Chis Brew has 14 for St. Mary’s. In this game, we have a dunk by Dickson for Fairfield and a bucket inside for Adams. 13-8 Mitty.

8:13: Fairfield on the board. Lake scored on a putback. 5-2. Now Adams scores inside for Mitty. Chiverton gets a steal, but called for a charging foul. Hurd drives the lane for Fairfield. 7-4. Steal by Lake, but gets too fancy with the ball handling and the Falcons turn it over. Endoch now scores inside, 9-4. With 5:06 left in the first, we have our first Drew Gordon appearance.

8:11: Tip won by Fairfield, but Mitty takes the first lead as Chiverton hits a trey. 3-0 Monarchs. Chiverton feeds Andoch inside. 5-0.

8:09: Since I’m alone here, I might not be able to do much in the way of replying to comments, but I’ll try. At halftime, I’ll definitely try to answer any questions.

8:07: Starting lineups — Fairfield — James Lake (6-2, F), Keith Welch (5-11, G), Josh Lasley (6-0, G), John Dickson (6-5, F), Tevin hurd (6-5, F). Mitty — John Adams (6-6, F), Angelo Caloiara (6-7, G), Jay Way (6-0, G), Enoch Andoh (6-8, C), Collin Chiverton (6-6, G). Drwe Gordan isn’t starting for Mitty, but he will see action. How much, we don’t know? It’ll probably depend on how much they need him.

7:55: Durkin here. Pounded out my McClymonds-De La Salle gamer and am ready to bring you the action from Mitty vs. Fairfield.

7:48 p.m.: Alright, I will be handing the blog over to Jimmy Durkin now. He is going to finish up his gamer and then pickup the action from this game. We just got an update. St. Mary’s is leading Modesto Christian 22-13 after the first quarter. That is the D-IV boys game.

Division III girls: Sacred Heart Cathedral 46, St. Mary’s-Stockton 45

7:36 p.m.: Well, that was a classic game. Great job by both teams. Congrats to Sacred Heart Cathedral.

7:35 p.m.: The crowd is on its feet. Inbounds deep and it is complete to St. Mary’s Afure Jemerigbe. She drives to the hoop and is contested for a layup and it misses!! The clock runs out and the Irish storm the court. Scared Heart holds on and wins the NorCal title!! WOW…Final is 46-45 Sacred Heart Cathedral…What a game!

7:33 p.m.: Wow!!! A nice pass by the Irish’s Moore down low to Tierra Rogers for a layup with 6 seconds left and the Irish take the lead!! It is 46-45 with 3.8 seconds to go. Wow! Amazing! The Rams have the ball down by one with 3.8 second to go and the full length of the court to go!!

7:31 p.m.: Moreno misses the free throw and the Irish’s Moore grabs the rebound and races the other way. She drives in and loses the ball. It goes back to St. Mary’s. Now a mad scramble and it goes out off the Rams. Wow, Irish ball down by 1 with 17.3 to go!! Time out.

7:30 p.m.: St. Mary’s inbounds the ball and a steal by the Irish’s Moore and she goes the other way for a layup, but Alle Moreno takes the charge!!! St. Mary’s ball! Wow!! A quick foul by the Irish on Moreno with 28.6 to go. Rams lead 45-44.

7:28 p.m.: The Rams go to inbound the ball but everyone is covered by the Irish and the Rams use a timeout. Rams ball and up 1 with 38.1 to go.

7:27 p.m.: A near steal by the Irish’s Ki-shawna Moore, but she tried to save the ball before it rolled out and it goes right to a Rams player. Time out Irish. The Rams are up 45-44 with 38.1 to go. The Irish are in the double-bonus and the Rams are in the bonus.

7:26 p.m.: Wow! Nice drive by the Rams’ Chelsea Gray to give the Rams the lead. 45-44 Rams now with 1:07 to go. Steal by the Rams. They slow it up. Under a minute to go!!

7:25 p.m.: And we have a timeout called by St. Mary’s. The Rams are trailing by one after being up for most of this game. It is 44-43 Irish with just 1:36 to go. This is some good stuff. Smart move by CIF to make this the 7 p.m. game.

7:24 p.m.: Wow, Irish runs the shot clock down to one and fires up a shot and then the ball clangs off the rim and out of bounds, but was last touched by the Rams. Irish can drain some more clock now. 1:59 to go, Irish up by 1.

7:24 p.m.: Steal by the Irish’s Ki-shawna Moore and she goes coast-to-coast for the layup and the lead! Irish up 44-43 now with 2:48 to go. And an airball by the Rams. Irish ball.

7:21 p.m.: Nice move by the Rams’ Afure Jemerigbe again! She drives by her defender and gets the layup. It is 43-40 Rams. The other way, the Irish miss a 3-pointer but there is Jazmine Jackson again on the boards. She gets fouled on the putback and buries her first free throw. She makes the second and the Rams’ lead is only 1 _ 43-42 with 3:50 to go.

7:16 p.m.: Wow! A little razzle dazzle by the Rams’ Chelsea Gray and she beats her defender to the rim and gets the layup. But back the other way it is Jazmine Jackson again to the rack, getting a layup and fouled. She misses the free throw but gets a loose ball under the rim and is fouled again on the putback. She will go to the line again _ this time for two shots. She makes the first. And the second is good. It is 41-37 Rams now. This one is close. Irish steal and WOW!! A huge 3-pointer by the Irish’s Ashley Boggs!! That erupts the crowd and a time out Rams. Rams up just one now, 41-40, with 4:57 to go.

7:14 p.m.: Moreno puts back her own miss for the Rams and it is 39-31 St. Mary’s now. Moreno is only a sophomore. That was an incredible effort. The Rams only have two seniors. They are loaded up for next year as well. Meanwhile, the Irish’s Jazmine Jackson is at the line. She makes the first free throw and the second. It is now 39-33 Rams with 5:50 to go.

7:15 p.m.: The Irish’s Tierra Rogers keeps it close. Getting a putback of her own miss. It is 37-31 Rams now with 6:20 to go.

7:11 p.m.: Wow! A nice alley-oop from the Rams Chelsea Gray to Afure Jemerigbe, who lays it in. But quickly the other way it is the Irish’s Ki-shawna Moore completing a three-point play. It is 37-29 St. Mary’s with 7:30 to go.

7:10 p.m.: The Rams’ Alle Moreno takes it to the hoop now and gets a floater. And another missed 3-pointer by the Irish, but Tierra Rogers is there for the putback. The third quarter is over. It is 35-26 Rams.

7:08 p.m.: The Rams’ Afure Jemerigbe is having an easy time getting to the rim. This time she is fouled and goes to the line. She makes the first. She makes the second and it is 33-24 Rams. The biggest lead of the game. As the Irish go down and miss a couple more shots.

7:05 p.m.: Just got the info. Congrats to St. Pat for avenging its NCS D-IV loss to Justin Siena with a 65-60 overtime victory. Back here it is 31-24 Rams right now. Sorry, missed some action while I was getting the updates. But we will pick it back up now. 1:26 left in the third quarter.

7:02 p.m.: The Rams’ Alle Moreno got fouled and is at the line. She gets the first one to go. And swishes the second. It is 29-24 Rams with 2:44 left in the third quarter.

7 p.m.: There goes a 3-ball for the Rams. It was Afure Jemerigbe to give the Rams a 27-24 lead. The Irish try to answer but clang a 3-pointer. The Rams get the ball back and there is a trap by the Irish and a steal. Irish the other way and missed another 3-pointer. Tough shooting night for the Irish thus far.

6:59 p.m.: The teams just exchanged missed shot and it is 24-22 still with 4:20 to go. …But there is a jumper by the Irish’s Tierra Rogers to make it all tied up at 24 with 4 minutes in the third quarter.

6:58 p.m.: The Irish’s Jazmine Jackson drives the lane and is fouled. She will shoot two free throws. She makes the first and the second to make it a two-point game. It is 24-22 Rams.

655 p.m.: The Rams’ Afure Jemerigbe drives to the lane and converts the layup. Rams up 22-14 with 7:15 left in the third. But there is a basket for the Irish and then a steal by Ki-shawna Moore and a bucket. Another steal and a bucket..wow! Rams answer with a layup. My fingers can’t keep up! It is 24-20 Rams now with 5:38 to go in the third.

6:53 p.m.: I just was handed the miserable shooting numbers. St. Mary’s is shooting 31 percent from the field and Sacred Heart Cathedral is at a 20 percent clip. Ouch. Second half is about to begin.

6:44 p.m.: The first half comes to a close with St. Mary’s leading 20-14. It has been a pretty ugly shooting half, but the Rams have found success driving to the rim.

6:42 p.m.: Another missed 3-pointer by the Irish and St. Mary’s gets a quick layup the other way. It is now 20-12 Rams. Here comes the Irish. Tierra Rogers is fouled and will shoot one-on-one. She misses and St. Mary’s gets the rebound. A steal by Rogers cuts the deficit to 20-14 with 30 seconds to go before the half.

6:40 p.m.: St. Mary’s is on a little run. Annissa Garcia got a putback to make it 16-12 Rams. And now she is at the free throw line. She buries the first one. And knocks down the second, it is 18-12 Rams with 1:35 to go before the half.

6:38 p.m.: And there goes a 3-ball, finally. It is the Rams’ Emily Gonsalves from the corner to make it 14-11 Rams with 2:21 to go in the first half. But the Irish’s Ki-Shawna Moore is at the line. She misses the first and makes the second. It is 14-12 Rams now. The Rams’ Afure Jemerigbe picked up her third foul on that series.

6:36 p.m.: We got an update from Bryson out at the D-IV girls game between St. Pats and Justin Siena. It is all tied up at 52 and going to OT!

6:34 p.m.: This time it is the Rams Cortney French driving and getting fouled. She will go to the line. She makes both and the tempo of the game is starting to pick up. It is 11-9 Rams. Gray just launched a 3-pointer and missed. Back the other way is the Irish, who get a layup and tie it at 11 with 4:30 to go in the half.

6:31 p.m.: The Rams’ Afure Jemerigbe drives to the lane and is fouled. She will go to the line with 6:08 to go in the first half. She makes the first one, as the Rams are now in the bonus with the next foul. She misses the second and it is 9-8 Irish…A Runner in the lane is missed by the Irish and the Rams’ Chelsea Gray drives the lane again to give the Rams a 10-9 lead with 5:36 to go in the first half.

6:29 p.m.: Alle Moreno gets a layup for the Rams to close the gap to 9-7 with 6:27 to go. And we have a timeout by the Irish.

6:27 p.m.: Jazmine Jackson drives to the lane for the Irish and is fouled. She will take two free throws. She makes the first one. And she gets the second one. It is 9-5 Irish with 7:10 to go in the first half.

6:27 p.m.: Start of the second quarter has some more cold shooting. Still 7-5 Irish with 7:28 to go in the half.

6:25 p.m.: Gray to the lane again for the Rams and she gets tied up while going up for the shot. A jump ball is called with 3.7 to go and the Rams keep the ball. A 3-pointer by Gray at the buzzer is no good. It is 7-5 Irish at the end of the first quarter.

6:22 p.m.: Chelsea Gray, a 5-11 guard for the Rams, just drove the lane and got fouled. She will shoot two. The first one goes in and out. She rattles the second one in and it is now 7-5 Irish with 33 seconds left.

6:21 p.m.: Both teams have gone cold from the field. It remains 7-4 Irish with 1:16 left in the first quarter. Remember, Sacred Heart is ranked No. 1 in the country and St. Mary’s is No. 3.

6:20 p.m.: We got another update on the girls division IV norcal title game. It is 50-45 Justin Siena with 4:40 to go. Back here it is still 7-3 Irish with 2:15 to go.

6:18 p.m.: The Irish are playing some solid defense right now. The Rams have used the whole shot clock twice down the floor now and have turned it over both times. The Irish miss a 3-pointer and the Rams have the ball. Irish is in a man-defense and there is a five-second call. Nice pressure defense on the Rams’ guards.

6:15 p.m. The Rams are still having a tough go of it out of the time out. A charging foul called on the Rams and the Irish are back the other way. Wow! Monster block by the Rams’ Afure Jemerigbe. Gray the other way for the Rams and is fouled. She goes to the line. She makes the first. And she misses the second. It is 7-4 Irish with 4:22 left in the first.

6:11 p.m.: Jazmine Jackson again on a jumper from a free throw line this time. And St. Mary’s is off to a slow start, calling a time out and trailing 7-2 with 5:32 left in the first quarter.

6:10 p.m.: An offensive board for the Irish leads to a 3-pointer by Jazmine Jackson and it is 5-0, Sacred Heart. But a bucket the other way makes it 5-2 now.

6:09 p.m.: And we are off here and a quick two points for Sacred Heart Cathedral (the Fightin’ Irish) on a layup.

6:01 p.m.: Moments before tipoff for this one but we just got an update from Bryson out at Folsom High. Justin Siena girls lead St. Patrick-St.Vincent 32-26 at the half of the Division IV NorCal title game. Alex Cowling sat with three fouls for most of the second quarter, but has 9 points for St. Pats. Vicky Deely has 16 to lead Justin Siena.

Division I boys: McClymonds 50, De La Salle 37

That wraps up the Hoose’s coverage of Mack-DLS. Hope you all enjoyed it. Bower will be back shortly with the monster of a game …. Sacred Heart Cathedral (ranked No. 1 in the country) vs. St. Mary’s of Stockton (ranked No. 3 in the country).

5:30: bench players’ time to shine in the final 30 seconds

5:29: Cherry goes to the line (double bonus for Mack) and he makes both. Mack up 50-29 with 1 minute left.

5:26: Cherry with the layup and Mack goes up 46-29 with 1:33 left and Powell makes both. Up 48-29 with 1:24 left.

5:25: Smith with a layup and the fould, misses the FT and Mack leads 44-29. Foul on DLS, Powell to the FT line and he misses front end of 1 and 1. (Hack a Mack is right on xtower)

5:24: Otis to the line, makes 1 of 2. Mack leads 44-27 with 2:13.

5:23: Cherry to the line with 2:36 left. He makes 1 of 2 and Mack leads 43-27.

5:20: Allocco calls his players to foul with 2:55 left. DLS is going to foul from here on out, it looks like. Smart move by DLS. Mack hasn’t proven a thing at the FT line (as usual)

5:18: Powell from Otis with the alley-oop dunk, 42-27.

517: Rivera with a 3 and Powel with a layup to counter. 40-27 mack with 3:33 left.

5:15: Otis fast-break layup. Mack up 36-24. Otis has 11 points. DLS missing shots left and right. Another block by Otis. Smis on the break with the layup. Mack up 38-24 with 5:00 left.

5:13: Powers with the dunk (otis assist) on a fast break. brings down the house at ARCO!!! Mack House on their feet!!! Mak up 34-24 with 6:20 left. Turnover DLS.

5:12: Cherry (13 points) hits a 3 from the left corner. Mack up 32-24

5:07: Otis to the FT line for two shots (17.7 left in the third) and he makes, err, misses both and Mack still has a 29-24 lead at the end of the third quarter.

5:06: Otis inside again. Mack opens up a 29-24 lead. Time out Allocco (up to at least 12 foot stomps)

5:05: Sims with an NBA 3-pointer (Mak up 27-24). We’re wondering if Sims realizes that he’s shooting his 3s from the NBA range?

5:03: Cherry with a jumper, Mack up 22-19. Smith with a floater in the lane and Mack’s lead is 22-21. Otis inside with the layup, Mak up 24-21. We’ve got a flury of points scored. 3-pointer by Rivera and DLS ties the game at 24-24.

5:01: Sims with the layup and Mack goes up 20-17. McArthur makes a base-line jumper and cuts Mack’s lead to 20-19 (4:06 left in the third).

5:01: Hill with the leaner and Mack goes up 18-17, 4:49 left.

5:00: Cherry with a 3-pointer (eight points) and Mack goes up 16-14. Then a 3 by Powers and DLS goes back up 17-16

Halftime analysis: Uh …. hmm. Let me think. Hard to break down a 14-13 game. It’s just ugly, ugly, ugly. DLS style for sure.

4:48: Halftime. DLS up 14-13. Mack’s previous first-half low is 23 against DLS in the MLK on Jan. 21.

4:43: Otis fouled on a rebound and misses the front end of a 1-and-1. He’s fouled again and goes to the line and misses the front end of a 1-and-1. DLS has 9 team fouls and Mack has 3. Otis is 1 of 5 from the stripe. Mack keeps pounding the boards to get second and third chances. But turnovers are starting to mount up.

4:40: Otis makes 1 of 2 FT. DLS up 14-10 with 2:35. DLS misses shot. Mack’s next posession, Powell misses a jumper. DLS comes down and … works for a good shot, miss. Mack comes back and Cherry with a 3-pointer. DLS up 14-13 with 1:27 left.

4:37: Mack getting frustrated, can’t get that inside game going. Offensive foul on Otis. … Next posession, Cherry with the layup after an offensive rebound and then DLS with a 3-pointer. DLS up 14-9 with 2:55 left in the second.

4:36: Mack is trying to work the ball inside, but DLS is doing a good job of denying. DLS on the break and Levesque with the layup to put DLS up 11-7.

4:35: Martellaro layup puts DLS up 9-7

4:34: Otis with the a layup and is fouled. He misses the FT and it’s tied at 7-7. Time out Allocco. … he needs to rest the foot for more stomping later.

4:34: Powell to the FT line and goes 0-for-2. Typical Mack, can’t shoot FTs.

4:33: Mack has six blocks and four turnovers. DLS 7-5 with 6:28 left.

4:30: Smith with a leaner, DLS up 7-5.

4:27: End of the first quarter tied at 5-5. This is DLS style for sure. Allocco has more foot stops than his team’s points … 7.

4:25: Otis inside, 5-5 1:10 left.

4:23: Mack with the ball, looking to work it in. Powell inside and the foul 3:09 is first Mack field goal 5-3 after completes the three-point play.

4:21 McArthur with a base-line jumper, 5-0 DLS. Otis with an offensive rebound and takes the length of the floor and misses layup. Powell called for goal tending on the putback. Still 5-0 DLS .. 3:48 left in the first. Mack looks sluggish, out of synch.

4:20: Otis with a block. Mack comes down and feeds Otis, traveling on Otis. Two turnovers early for Mack. 3-0 DLS 5:10.

4:18: Mack wins the opening tip. Quick cheapy fould call on DLS “let them play” the crowd says. Smis misses an NBA-range 3. DLS rebound. DLS Powers with a trio 3-0 DLS.

4:11: Mack’s record was announced at 30-0 and DLS coach Frank Allocco says “that one is coming soon”

4:10: Mack starters — Damario Sims (5-10), Quincy Hill (5-9), Will Cherry (6-0), Damon Powell (6-5), Frank Otis (6-6). DLS — Brandon Smith (6-0), Jose Rivera (6-2), Brandon Thomas (6-2), Jefferson Powers (7-6), John McArthur (6-8).

3:50: Hoose is back! I’ll be doing the Mack-De La Salle game. Mack is coming off a 20-point win over Newark Memorial and it took De La Salle overtime to beat a surprising Oakland team. This should be a good one.

Division II girls: Archbishop Mitty 51, St. Francis-Sacramento 41

3:43 p.m.: Stephens to the line now for Mitty and makes one of two. 15 seconds to go. And that’s it. Mitty wins the D-II girls NorCal title and advances to the state title game. The final here is 51-41.

3:42 p.m.: And that pretty much will do it. St. Francis misses a shot and Mitty gets the ball and is fouled. Watson to the line again and makes both. It is 50-41 Mitty with 22 seconds left.

3:40 p.m.: Quick foul on St. Francis and now both teams are in the bonus on the next foul. 1:13 to go Mitty up 5. St. Francis ball…..Marissa Mar misses a 3-pointer and the ball goes to Stephens of Mitty on the rebound. And St. Francis is forced to foul. Ashley Watson will go to the line for Mitty. A one-on-one. She bounces in the first one. There is 44.5 seconds left. She makes the second one and it is 48-41 Mitty with 40 seconds left.

3:37 p.m.: Mitty’s Ashley Watson banks home a short jumper with 1:45 to go and Mitty has a 46-41 lead now. St. Francis the other way misses a shot and a scramble for the rebound goes to Mitty. Full-court press by St. Francis and a timeout Mitty. It is 46-41 Mitty with 1:13 left.

3:35 p.m.: James misses the second free throw. It is 44-41 Mitty. St. Francis gets the ball and Melia Duncan’s layup attempt gets swatted but St. Francis keeps the ball. A missed shot by St. Francis now Mitty is coming the other way with a 3 point lead and under 2 minutes to go.

3:32 p.m.: Marissa Mar gets fouled and goes to the line for a one-on-one with 2:59 to go. She misses the front-end but St. Francis gets the rebound. And Stephens with a steal for Mitty, but she misses the contested layup, but Classye James gets fouled going for the rebound for Mitty. She will shoot one-on-one. She buries the first one and has one more coming. Time out St. Francis. It is 44-41 Mitty with 2:50 left.

3:30 p.m.: A missed 3-pointer by St. Francis and Mitty has a chance to pull even or take the lead with a 3-pointer. And it is a tie game! Courtney Wilson gets a putback with 3:55 to go! And Mitty gets a steal. Mitty has a chance to take the lead. Stephens inside to Iman Scott and a layup. Mitty is up 43-41 with 3 minutes to go.

3:27 p.m.: 5:24 to go in the game and it remains 41-37 St. Francis. Mitty’s Stephens drives to the rim and gets a layup! It is 41-39 now St. Francis. Look for Stephens to come up big for Mitty.

3:26 p.m.: Sorry about the delay but I am back for the remainder of this game. It is 41-37 St. Francis with 6:30 to go. St. Francis has all the momentum right now.

3:23 p.m.: The third quarter closes with st. Francis up 39-34.

3:18 p.m.: A steal and layup for St. Francis and it is 37-32. Another steal by St. Francis but it misses a 3-pointer. Here comes Mitty and Iman Scott buries a short jumper. It is 37-34 St. Francis with 47.7 to go in the third quarter. Time out St. Francis.

3:16 p.m.: Camille Anderson drives to the rim and gets fouled as the Mitty coach (Sue Phillips) is yelling for a travel. Anderson misses the first free throw. She makes the second and St. Francis is up 35-32 with 1:39 left in the third quarter.

3:15 p.m.: St. Francis is quick about getting down the court. Marissa Mar got a layup, but Mitty’s Stephens just answered with a 3-pointer. It is now 34-32 St. Francis with 2:14 left in the third quarter.

3:13 p.m.: A bucket for Mitty makes it 32-29 and a Mitty steal, but a nice block by Marissa Mar denies a layup. Mitty ball out of bounds. Mitty misses a 3-pointer but chases down the rebound. Stephens to the rack and gets rejected and St. Francis goes the other way and is fouled. Dominique Blanchette goes to the line with 3:33 to go and St. Francis leading 32-29. She misses the first and misses the second.

3:10 p.m.: Wow! A huge 3-pointer for St. Francis and the Troubadours are on a 5-0 run and have a 32-27 lead with 4:43 left in the third quarter. Timeout Mitty.

3:08 p.m.: Mitty’s Ashley Watson gets fouled and goes to the line. She misses both and St. Francis has the ball. Jane Peterson hits a jumper for St. Francis and it takes the lead 29-27.

3:06 p.m.: Right out of the gate, Brittney Wong gets a steal and a layup for St. Francis. It is 25-24 Mitty with 7:41 to go in the third quarter. I got some leading halftime scorers: For Mitty, Hannah Stephens has 7 points. For St. Francis, Melia Duncan has 6. It is now tied up at 27 with 6:40 to go.

2:54 p.m.: Leo with a monster block to get the ball back for Mitty. Wow! A nice drive to the lane by Ariel Castillo. She was fouled and got the layup but they called it before the shot. She will shoot a free throw. She makes both and it is 25-21 Mitty with 10 seconds. St. Francis’ Dominique Blanchette gets fouled with 6.6 seconds left. She makes the front end of a one-on-one. And she misses the second and time expires shortly after. It is 25-22 Mitty at the half.

2:52 p.m.: The shot clock runs down but Mitty gets an offensive board and Lindsay Leo gets a layup and is fouled to put Mitty ahead 22-21. And she will go to the line with 47.6 seconds left. Leo makes the free throw and it is 23-21.

2:50 p.m.: Mitty runs the shot clock all the way down then a nice cut by Stephens for a layup. But St. Francis answers with a jumper. It is 21-20 St. Francis with 1:30 to go.

2:49 p.m.: Mitty just got into the bonus. Stephens was fouled with 2:50 left in the first half. She buries the front end of the one-on-one. Misses the second and it is 19-18 St. Francis.

2:46 p.m.: Mitty way off on a 3-pointer and the ball goes out of bounce to St. Francis. St. Francis holds a 17-14 lead. St. Francis gives it back to Mitty and Ashley Watson drills a 3-pointer to tie the game at 17 with 3:09 to go. And a foul on Mitty now. Camille Anderson to the line for St. Francis. She makes the first. And the second to put St. Francis up 19-17.

2:45 p.m.: Another good take to the rim for St. Francis. This time it was Marissa Mar getting the layup and Mitty calls a timeout. It is 17-14 St. Francis with 4:19 left in the half.

2:43 p.m.: Wong to the rack! She gets the layup. Nice drive. And the St. Francis fans are going nuts. It is 15-14 St. Francis now. Mitty misses a long 3-pointer and the ball goes back to St. Francis.

2:41 p.m.: This game could come down to who tires out first. This has been at a rapid pace from the start. Mitty’s Stephens drives and gets an open look for her teammate but she misses and St. Francis’ Brittney Wong goes the other way and pops a 3-pointer. It is 14-13 Mitty with 5:09 to go in the half.

2:39 p.m.: A couple of missed shots on both ends as the score remains 12-10 Mitty. St. Francis shows a little full-court pressure and Stephens burns them then dishes to Lindsay Leo for an easy layup. 14-10 Mitty with 6:20 to go.

2:37 p.m.: St. Francis gets the ball to start the second quarter. And Elizabeth Gordon for Mitty blocks a shot. She is having a nice game in the middle. Gordon is a 6-foot-1 sophomore center. She plays beyond her year, that’s for sure. Timeout Mitty. 12-10 Mitty with 7:34 left in the first half.

2:35 p.m.: St. Francis is forced to shoot a 3-pointer against the zone of Mitty. The shot clangs off the rim and Mitty gets the board but misses a shot and here comes St. Francis on the break…an easy layup for Melia Duncan right before the buzzer makes it 12-10. Mitty is leading after one quarter.

2:32 p.m.: St. Francis gets the ball to Dominique Blanchette who gets fouled. She just threw up an airball on her first attempt from the line. She clangs the second one and it is still 8-8 with under 2 minutes to go. Mitty is having a tough time getting the ball inside right now. Another short shot missed by Mitty’s Elizabeth Gordon is there for the putback. 10-8 Mitty and it just got a steal. Ashley Watson takes it coast-to-coast and is fouled. She will shoot two with 1:12 left in the first quarter. She makes the first one and the second, 12-8 Mitty.

2:31 p.m.: This game is going at a blazing pace. Can’t really tell who is getting the best of it right now. But maybe that is why it is 8-8.

2:29 p.m.: A full-length inbounds pass catches St. Francis napping and Mitty’s Hannah Stephens (probably will be reading that name a lot) gets the layup to put Mitty up 8-7, but St. Francis’ Marissa Mar is at the line. She misses the first. She makes the second and it is 8-8 with 2:33 left in the first quarter.

2:27 p.m.: A monster block by St. Francis’ Melia Duncan erupts the crowd. A missed 3-pointer by Mitty and here comes St. Francis again. The Troubadours don’t waste any time getting the ball down low. A runner in the lane misses and then a 3-point shot misses. Mitty gets the rebound down by 3 with 3:20 left in the first quarter. …. scratch that, a layup by Stephanie Ricketts cuts the deficit to 1 with 3 minutes to go.

2:25 p.m.: A couple of missed layups by Mitty and here comes St. Francis. The Mitty coach is asking for a foul as Mitty misses another short shot. It is 7-4 with 4:19 to go in the first quarter and Mitty has the ball.

2:24 p.m.: Mitty’s Lindsay Leo goes to the line. She misses the first and the second and here come St. Francis. The Troubadours are keeping this game at an up-and-down pace. Right away Camille Anderson drives the length of the floor and gets fouled. She will go to the line now. She misses the first. Makes the second to give St. Francis a 7-4 lead with 5:20 to go in the first quarter.

2:23 p.m.: Steal by St. Francis’ Ariel Gregersen. She drives the length of the court and dishes to Brittney Wong for a layup and it is 4-4. Another steal by St. Francis and Melia Duncan gets hammered going for a layup. She will go to the line. Buries the first one. And makes the second to pull St. Francis ahead 6-4 with 5:37 left in the first quarter.

2:22 p.m.: A 3-pointer missed by the Troubadours’ Brittney Wong and Mitty rebounds, but is called for travling. Ball back to the Troubadours.

2:20 p.m.: And we are off. St. Francis wins the jump ball and misses a runner in the lane. Here comes Mitty the other way. Mitty pulls it out and then gets it in to Hannah Stephens, who gets the layup and a 2-0 lead for the Monarchs with 7:15 to go. … And there is a bucket for St. Francis, but immediately the other way Classye James gets a layup for Mitty and it is 4-2 Monarchs with 6:44 to go in the first quarter.

2:15 p.m.: We are moments away from tipoff. The players are just finishing up being announced. St. Francis has a nice little cheering section going behind the basket. Probably the biggest crowd for one team that we have seen today.

1:56: We just had an appearance from Kevin Johnson, who recently announced he will be running for mayor in the city of Sacramento. Meanwhile, we have about 10 minutes before the sart of the next game. The people are starting to pour into the arena now as our Division I boys game between McClymonds and De La Salle is creeping up. That game will follow this one. Be back in 10 minutes. We are a little behind schedule here at Arco.

Division III boys: Sacramento 66, Sacred Heart Cathedral 49

And that will do it for Hoose. I’ll turn over reigns to Michael Bower as he prepares to blog the next game, Division II girls Archbishop Mitty vs. St. Francis (Sacramento).

1:45: It’s over, 66-49 Sac wins! Congrats and good luck in the State Division III Championship game next week.

1:41: Tapley with a two-hand slam to put Sac up 65-49 with 11:3 left.

1:35: It’s all but over now. Sac has a 62-47 lead with 1:13 left.

1:30: Richard Lai (SHC) hits a 3-pointer and Sac’s lead is down to 57-42 with 3:08 left.

1:22: “Run the clock, run the clock. Let’s run some clock,” Sac coach Derek Swafford. 55-37, 501 left

1:18: Sac’s Henderson with two FTs Sa cup 49-32 with 6:17.

1:16: Sac is slowing the pace (for some stupid reason). The coach wants to run clock, play for a good shot. That’s dumb. Sac should continue to run the floor, SHC can’t hang. 45-30, 7;04 left.

1:11: End of 3rd. Sac up 43-30.

1:01: The calls are getting frequent. cheap fouls on Sac. And now an and-one foul. Five straight fouls on Sac. SHC cuts lead to 37-29. (Garrett for Sac. fouled out)

12:58: Tapley with a fast break layup and SHC’s Hubbard with a 3-pointer. Sac’s Robert Garrett makes two FTs and Sac leads 35-26. SHC’s Greene (lefty) makes 1 of 2 FT and cuts lead to 35-27

12:55 Denzel Pruitt (Sac with a layup plus the foul, but missed the FT) 31-26.

12:55: Sac playing sloppy and a couple of calls going against it. SHC’s Brown with a layin and lead is down to 29-23

Halftime stats: Sac: Tapley 8 pts, 3 assists, 4 rebounds. Kyle Allen 9 pts, 6 rebounds. SHC: Brown 9 points. Sac is shooting 41.7 percent from the field (10-for-24). SHC is shooting 24.1 percent (7-for-29).

12:43: Sac losing some steam, probably getting bored. Up 29-20 at the half.

12:40: Sac coach Derek Swaffors is mad at PG Mike Henderson for not running a fast break right “trying to be a hero,” he said. Sac up 29-18 (1:05 left in the second quarter).

12:35: 2:59 left, Sac up 28-16

12:33: Sac is just on a whole different level than SHC. Sac hit a funk and only scored two points over the last couple of minutes. 26-11. Meanwhile, the only player doing anything for SHC is Jerry Brown, who hits another 3 and Sac leads 26-14.

12:30: Jerry Brown is the only players for SHC doing any scoring. A layup cuts the lead to 19-8. … Then an dunk by Bobby Evans (6-8) for a 21-8 lead. Sac on the run again, Kyle Allen with a fast-break layup adn the foul. Sac up 24-8 with 6:33 left.

Derek Swafford “gotta close this thing out” — Sac coach

12:25: Jerry Brown hits a 3 for SHC and cuts lead to 19-6. And that’s the end of the first quarter. This Sac team is big, fast, athletic … impressive. Doubt SHC can hang with this for three more quarters.

12:20: SHC is having trouble with Sac’s defense. Turnovers leading to bucket after bucket. Another fast break layup off a turnover and Sac has a 19-3 lead.

12:19: Tapley is a 6-3 guard, with speed, quickness and is very athletic

12:18: Tapley with a fast-break dunk. 11-2 Sac

12:17: Sac coach Derek Swafford is fired up as his team goes up 9-2.

12:15: Hubbard with the fast break layup. 2-0 SHC. Travon Abraham with one of two free throws, 2-1 SHC. Sac Tapley with a steal and drive and layup, 3-2 Sac leads. Sac’s Tapley with another steal, drive and was fouled. Goes 2-2 from the line and leads 5-2.

Sac has a stingy defense, cutting off passing lanes and knocking balls loose.

12:10: Sac with man defense. SHC pressure defense. Still scoreless

11:50: Hoose is in the house. This is a battle of Cinderella teams as SHC advanced to the NorCal finals as the No. 6 seed and upset No. 1 El Camino 72-67 in the semifinals. Sac defeated No. 7 seed and beat No. 2 Archbishop Riordan in the semis 59-49.

Division I Girls: Berkeley 72, Kennedy-Sacramento 53

11:46: OK, that’s all she wrote for this game. We’ll turn it over to Hoose for our next contest. My next duties will be covering the Mack-De La Salle game and I’ll probably be bloggig the final game of the night — Mitty vs. Fairfield.

11:44: I’ve got some final totals, not the full totals yet though. Perkins with 28 and 12 rebounds, Rosen with 18 points, Warren with 16 points, Culberson had 6 points and I think I overheard she had 8 rebounds. Shamizu led Kennedy with 14, Khlok had 13 and Kinsey had 11.

11:40: Awards are being handed out now. Perkins was given the sportsmanship award for Berkeley. She deserves and MVP award after this game. Wow! I’m still waiting on final stats to wrap this thing up, then I’ll be handing over blog duties to Steve “Hoose” Waterhouse for the next game, the Division III finals between Sacramento and Sacred Heart Cathedral — who do you think will get the crowd support here at Arco?

11:36: Well, this one is in the books. Perkins wrapped up a stellar game by draining a 3-pointer at the buzzer and our final is 72-53. Perkins finishes with a game-high 28. We’ll have full stats later. We’re now getting prepared for the awards ceremony.

11:34: Hamasaki gets the inbound and she is fouled. She’ll go to the line looking for her first points of the game. The first FT is good, so is the second one. It’s 68-53. A steal by Warren at the other end and Kennedy is done. Coach Yung is telling his team not to foul, yet Perkins gets fouled with 18 seconds left. Khlok has fouled out for Kennedy. Perkins makes the first and in come the reserves for Berkeley. Ariel Brosha, Pickett, Morgan and Peach Nipitnorasate. Perkins misses the second and it’s 69-53.

11:32: A Shimizu miss goes out of bounds to Berkeley. Kennedy calls time, trailing 66-53 with 39.9 left. I think we can officially say that Berkeley is heading back to the state championship game.

11:31: Going to take a miracle now for Kennedy. Leong miss, Culberson rebound. Under a minute to go and Perkins is fouled. Heading to the line to shoot 1-and-1. The first goes in, the second misses. But a rebound by Warren and she’s fouled. She’s at the line with Berkeley up 65-53 with 51.5 left. Warren makes the first, misses the second. 66-53.

11:29: Berkeley gets the ball back with a block and Rosen drives for two. 54-53. Khlok misses on a drive, Culberson rebound. Berkeley trying to slow it down now. Charging foul on Warren with 1:17 left.

11:27: A 3 pointer rattles in for Leong. It’s single digits now at 62-53 and the crowd is starting to feel it for the hometown Cougars. A traveling call on Berkeley gives it back to Kennedy and Berkeley calls time with 2:16 left.

11:24: Shimizu now at the line for Kennedy. By the way, Perkins has 24, Warren has 15, Rosen with 14. Shimizu makes both and now has 11. Rosen drives for two, give her 16 now as Berkeley leads 62-47 with under 3 minutes to go. A Shimizu 3 makes it 62-50. She has 14 now. Timeout Kennedy with 2:53 left.

11:22: Culberson, the fab freshman for Berkeley, with a strong putback off a Perkins miss. 56-43. Now some nifty passing and Warren scores inside off a Rosen dish. Shamizu responds with a jumper in the key. 58-45. Now Perkins is at the line with 3:34 left. She’s shooting 1-and-1, makes the first, makes the second. It’s 60-45.

11:20: Khlok drives and scores. 54-41. A reboun d by Leong on the other end for Kennedy and then she’s fouled by Perkins, heading to the line for 1-and-1. Nine team fouls for Berkeley. Leong makes both and it’s 54-43 with under 5 to play.

11:17: Shimizu at the line and makes a pair to bring it to 50-37 with under 7 minutes to go. A miss by Perkins, but Kennedy turns it over on the other end. That hurts for the Cougars. Ball back to Berkeley and Warren scores inside to make it 52-37. A Shimizu miss is rebounded by Culberson and after the outlet, Perkins scores inside. Transition back to the other end and Khlok scores. It’s 54-39 Berkeley. Time out Kennedy 5:41 left.

11:15: Shimizu rattles in a 3 and it’s 46-35. Commendable job by Kennedy to make this a ball game again. Berkeley is still in control, but it’s not over yet. Warren follows her own miss inside and its 48-35. Berkeley gets a steal and Rosen scores to make it 50-35. Good response there by Berkeley to regain the momentum.

11:13: Shimizu drives and scores and Perkins misses a desperation 3. End of the third quarter and its a 46-32 contest.

11:11: Kinsey heads to the line as Perkins gets called for her second foul. Kinsey makes 1 of 2. It’s 44-30. Rosen returns for Pickett after a brief rest and now Rosen is at the line. Bower and Waterhouse just got some food and it smells good. After this game, I think I’ll go eat. Bower has nachos, Hoose has chicken strips and fries. Rosen makes them both. 46-30.

11:09: Khlok at the line for the Cougars with 1:02 left. Makes the first and the second. It’s 44-29. We have Christina Pickett checking in for her first minutes for Berkeley.

11:07: After a timeout, we have Hamasaki feeding Rosen for a layup. Perkins heads to the center table to check back in. Now a drive and score by Shimizu to make it 44-27. Perkins waits for a stoppage to return. We now have that stoppage and Perkins is back.

11:04: Perkins was just nearby my courtside seat to inbound and seemed to be holding her hamstring, trying to flex it and seems to be in some minor pain. She’s doing the same as Rosen stands at the FT line. We’ll see if she’s OK. She just told Draper she’ll play on her tippy toes. Now she hobbles off as Hamasaki comes in. Rosen makes both as Perkins is getting stretched out by a trainer. It’s 42-25.

11:02: Some good hustle by Matsuoka for Kennedy gets her to the line. She chased down a ball that was going to be a backcourt violation and was fouled while going up. She makes the first FT, then makes the second. It’s 40-25 wtih about 3 minutes left.

11:00: Wallace in for Hamasaki. Kinsey off the inbound scores inside and is fouled by Rosen. The free throw rims out, Culberson rebound. It’s 38-21. Off a Kennedy TO, Warren feeds Culberson for a layup to make it 40-21. Khlok adds a baseline jumper and it’s 40-23.

10:58: Perkins with a jumper off a miss, 36-19. Now a Perkins rebound on the defensive end but a Berkeley miss goes out of bounds to Kennedy. Perkins is definitely the MVP of this game so far. She may already have a double-double. On cue, she hits a jumper. It’s 38-19 with 4:30 left in the third.

10:56: Perkins then answers with a trey, Kinsey replies with a jumper. 34-17 Berkeley. A nice feed from Kinsey leads to a Khlok bucket inside. It’s 34-19 and Berkeley coach Cheryl Draper calls time with 6:02 left in the third.

10:54: Second half has started. Kinsey is fouled and at the line. She misses the first, makes the second. 31-13. Khlok now hits a baseline jumper and it’s 31-15. The gap is narrowing … kinda.

10:50: Just got handed halftime stats. Let’s run them down. Perkins leads all with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Warren has 9 points and five rebounds, Rosen has 6 points and 6 rebounds. Culberson and Wallace each have 2. Warren also has 3 blocks and Culberson has 2. For Kennedy, Kinsey leads with 5, Leong and Ishii have 3 and Khlok has 1.

10:46: We’ve got people out on the court trying to make half-court shots. All but one person embarrassed themselves on the first try. But we had two rim out on the second try. Now they’ve moved it up to the NBA 3-point line and we’ve got a guy that swished it through. He wins a FedEx prize! Woo-hoo! Does he get some free shipping, or just a lame hat? I’m guessing a lame hat. Check that, it looks like he got a shirt.

10:43: Khlok drives the lane and is fouled, shooting two. Misses the first and the second. Still 31-12. Hamasaki returns for Berkeley. A loose ball foul on Kennedy with :28 left. Berkeley to inbound. They miss about four shots on that possession and we’ll go into halftime with the top-seeded Yellowjackets leading 31-12. Wow. I guess I didn’t give Berkeley enough credit by picking them to win by 5. Actually, it was more me trying to give Kennedy some due for making in this far. But not a good first half for them. We’ll see if they can pick it up in the second half.

10:40: In the final minute of the first half here. Rosen misses inside, but gets her own board. A Warren miss, but Wallace gets the ball and is fouled. She’ll shoot two with 39.1 left. Makes the first, and the second. 31-12.

10:38: Ishii hits a jumper for Kennedy. 29-12 now. A little lull here for Berkeley, but still a wide margin.

10:36: Taylor Wallace enters for Berkeley, Sharonda Morgan also in the game for the ‘Jackets. A Berkeley steal and Perkins drive for a layup but MISSES. Wow! I believe that’s her first miss. I don’t think it’ll cost them though.

10:34: Warren at the line, hits 1 of 2. Berkeley up 27-7. Perkins gets the rebound off the FT miss, feeds Warren for a bucket. 29-7. Kennedy’s Leong drains a 3, Kennedy has hit double digits, it’s 29-10.

10:33: Another interesting first quarter stat. Berkeley shot 10 of 15, Kennedy shot 0 of 14. Wowsers!

10:31: Warren blocks Kinsey inside. Kinsey is showing some frustration, the ref had to go give her a brief pep talk. Kimi Nakamura replaces her. Kennedy coach Brandon Yung tells her she has to keep her head.

10:30: Jumper for Kinsey. Kennedy starting to get its legs back underneath itself, but still a 24-7 game. Now Warren scores inside off a Rosen feed. Berkeley up 26-7.

10:28: Kennedy has its first field goal. Kinsey with a bucket and a foul. At the line, she converts the three-point play. It’s 22-5. But Perkins answers with a jumper. 24-5. 12 for Perkins on 6-for-6 shooting.

10:27: Kennedy may finally score again. A loose ball picked up by Ishii. She misses the layup, but is fouled. Makes the first, misses the second. It’s 22-2. First quarter stats: Perkins with 10 points, 4 rebounds. Wow! Rosen 6 points, 4 rebounds. Warren has 4 and 4.

10:24: First quarter comes to an end and this is already ugly. Berkeley holds a 22-1 lead. The looks on the Cougars faces says it all. This is not what they were expecting on this stage.

10:22: Another Kennedy TO, another Perkins hoops. Then another TO, Perkins feeds Rosen. It’s 20-1. Perkins with a long rebound. Now after a Rosen miss, Perkins drains a jumper. 22-1. Can we say: This one’s over?

10:21: Chairese making her big brother Eric proud. After her score, she gets a block at the other end and it leads to a Perkins layup. Timeout Kennedy with Berkeley leading 16-1 with 1:57 left in the first quarter.

10:20: Steal by Rosen, goes in for an easy layup. 10-1 Berkeley. This could get ugly in Kennedy doesn’t pick it up quick. Off a TO, Perkins pops a jumper. It’s 12-1 Berkeley. Wow, they are off to a good start. Culberson drops in a bucket inside off a Rosen feed. 14-1.

10:17: Kirsten Shimizu enters for Kennedy, replacing Ishii. Rosen with a putback off a Warren miss. 8-1 Berkeley. Turnover Kennedy, Berkeley pushing the ball up. A miss goes out of bounds, Kennedy ball. 30 second time out for Berkeley.

10:15: Wow, these rims must be rock hard because shots keep rolling out. Warren works inside and gets fouled. She’s at the line shooting two. Makes the first, makes the second. It’s 6-1.

10:13: Both teams are struggling with their shots to start. This is a much bigger stage than most are used to. Throw in the 10 a.m. start and it’s to be expected. Berkeley gets the first hoop of the day. A 10-foot jumper by Warren. Khlok at the line for Kennedy, make 1 of 2. It’s 2-1 Berkeley. Now Rosen drives the court and lays in it. 4-1.

10:11: And we have tip off, it’s won by Kennedy, but a quick steal by Berkeley. A TO by Berkeley now, Kennedy ball.

10:09: We have our starting lineups. For Kennedy, it’s Cyndi Matsuoka, Leslie Leong, Krystal Ishii, Deja Kinsey and Melody Khlok. For Berkeley, its Camila Rosen, Chairese Culberson, Jazmine Perkins, Airika Warren and Tiffany Hamasaki.

10:05: We just had the anthem sung. Well done by the young lady. The lineups are being announced. We’ll be underway in just a couple of minutes.

9:57: Our first game of the day is top-seeded Berkeley vs. the hometown team Kennedy. Berkeley brings a 29-3 record into the game, Kennedy is 27-6. Berkeley beat Skyline 68-32 and San Benito 50-38 to reach this game. Kennedy beat Carlmont 76-54 and Castlemont 52-49 to get here. I like Berkeley to win this one by 5, but the hometown advantage could definitely help Kennedy. Captain are wrapping up their meeting now. The anthem and lineups should be coming soon.


Welcome to Sacramento

9:54: About 8 minutes until game-time. We’ll switch to another new post to get started with the live blogging from our first game — Berkeley vs. Kennedy-Sacramento.

9:52: Kennedy just took the court to the roar of the crowd. Definitely going to be a lot of support for the hometown team.

9:51: We have a Berkeley High sighting … finally. To be honest, they look a little sleepy. That’s what happens when you play at 10 a.m. They’re doing some calisthenic work right now.

9:48: Now at 13:00 and not moving. I don’t know what’s up.

9:46: The countdown at the clock is at 10 minutes right now. No one out on the court yet. I’m kind of surprised. I thought they’d be out here for a shootaround to get used to the court. They should be here soon. Oh wait, clock just went up to 15:00 and is counting down now. Each team is allowed 15 minutes warm-up time. Dang, clock reset again. Now at a resting 15:00. Geesh! I think they’re trying to mess with me.

9:40: Why am I surprised that Kennedy seems to be filling the stands at a quicker pace than Berkeley? The school’s in Sac, so I guess that makes sense. That adds a dimension that Berkeley will have to battle because this will definitely be a pro-Cougar crowd. We’ll see how the ‘Jackets handle it.

9:34: It looks like the doors to the arena have been opened because people are starting to file. in. Not much action in the media lounge yet. I don’t think they’re quite ready for us. I spotted a fridge with some bottled water in it and went to seize, but it was locked. Oh well.

9:27: It’s early, too early if you ask me. But I am sitting here courtside at Sacramento’s Arco Arena as we prepare for the CIF Division I NorCal girls basketball game between Kennedy-Sacramento and Berkeley. I’m wired up, Bower and Hoose are on the way and we’re ready to bring you today’s action.

I’ve yet to have a Berkeley High sighting. Right now the Kennedy cheerleaders are taking pictures and practicing out on the court. The arena is empty except for the cheerleaders and CIF and Arco Arena personnel. I’m going to go check out the media lounge and give you the lowdown and what we’ve got in there. Be right back.


Live Blog from NorCal Hoops Championship Games at Arco Arena

We got you covered again here at Prep Corner. I will put some more miles on my car and make the trip to Sacramento for the boys and girls Division I – III games Saturday at Arco Arena.  We will blog all of the below games live! (Look for the Live blog at the top of the blog page). Make sure to spread the word. I will see ya back here at roughly 9:57 a.m. Saturday morning for our first game.

Games and Times at Sacramento’s Arco Arena

D-I Girls: No. 1 Berkeley vs. No. 2 Kennedy-Sacramento, 10 a.m. 

D-III Boys:  Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. Sacramento, noon

D-II Girls: No. 1 St. Francis-Sacramento vs. Archbishop Mitty, 2 p.m.

D-I Boys: No. 1 McClymonds vs. No. 2 De La Salle, 4 p.m.

D-III Girls: No. 1 Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. No. 2 St. Mary’s-Stockton, 6 p.m.

D-II Boys: No. 1 Archbishop Mitty vs. Fairfield, 8 p.m.


NorCal Hoops Live Blog: Hayward at No. 1 Mitty


For those that don’t know, Drew Gordon is back for this one. The 6-foot-9 power forward isn’t starting tonight, but played 8 minutes and scored 12 points in a quarterfinal win for Mitty. Expect him to see some limited action if Mitty is up big and maybe a lot of action if Mitty struggles. Mitty is a top-ranked team in the state and probably are favored by around 20 points in this one.

9:20 p.m.: Final 85-68 Mitty.

8:55 p.m.: 60-40 Mitty with 41.7 left in the third quarter.

8:47 p.m.: Updates will be coming slower now. It is 52-31 mitty. 2:45 left in the third.

8:30 p.m.: It is 38-17 Mitty at the half.

8:27 p.m.: Gordon just missed his second dunk of the game, but that’s about the only thing going wrong for Mitty. Chiverton and Gordon on the court at the same time is unbelievable. Mitty is winning on the boards and just running Hayward. The Farmers have resorted to 3-point land already. It is 36-17 with 26 seconds left before the half.

8:22 p.m.: Wow! This game has quickly turned into the Mitty Show! Dunks all over the place. Chiverton just had a one-handed flying jam on the break. Mtty up huge now 32-15 with 2:21 left in the half. Mitty is on a 9-0 run right now.

8:19 p.m.: Gordon just missed a dunk, but he gets a putback and fouled. Mitty up 10 with four minutes to go. Make that 12 now and Gordon to the line.

8:17 p.m.: The rust is showing on Gordon. He has missed a couple turn around jumpers. But Mitty is in control here. It is 23-15 Mitty with 4:56 to go.

8:15 p.m.: Wow! Berry goes right down the lane and over Gordon and is fouled by John Adams. He banks home the layup. Unreal. 19-12 with Berry at the line. 6:41 left in the half.

8:14 p.m.: Gordon gets his first two-handed jam of the night. Mitty 19-10 with 6:50 in the first half to go.

8:12 p.m.: The refs sure have a quick whistle tonight. Ron Taylor blocked a Chiverton dunk attempt, but a foul was called. That is my bias opinion. But Mitty has been to the line 10 times already. Anyway, it is 17-10 Mitty at the end of the first quarter. Nine of  those points coming on free throws.

8:07 p.m.: Gordon just buried a couple of free throws and it is 13-9 Mitty with 1:10 to go in the first quarter.

8:04 p.m.: A good amount of Hayward fans are here being really loud. It is still 9-7 Hayward, as Gordon gets his first block of the game. Hayward big man Keith Martin picks up his second foul trying to guard Gordon down low. 2:33 left in the first. 

8:02 p.m. Drew Gordon just enetered the game and gets a rebound and misses the putback. It is 9-7 Hayward with 3:31 left in the first quarter. Mitty is cold from the field right now and Hayward is being a scrappy team, getting every loose ball.

8 p.m.: Berry hits a long 3-pointer to tie the game at 7-7 for Hayward. Hayward is in man defense and Mitty is trying to get the ball inside to take advantage of its height. 7-7 with 4:45 to go.

7:56 p.m.: And we have just begun. Martin gets a layup for Hayward 2-0, but Mitty’s Andoh is at the line and makes both 2-2. just under 7 to go in the first quarter.

7:52 p.m.: I got to tell ya. My first though while they are introducing the teams is: Wow, Mitty is huge! The height difference between these two teams is monumental. Hayward will probably try to run Mitty up and down the court, but we already know Mitty can run. This is really a tough matchup for Hayward. 

7:50 p.m.: We are seconds away from tipoff. Here are the starting lineups: For Mitty: John Adams, 6-6 forward; Angelo Caloiaro, 6-7 guard/forward; Jay Wey, 6-0 guard; Enoch Andoh, 6-8 power forward and Collin Chiverton 6-6 guard. For Hayward: Davion Berry, 6-2 guard, Jabreel Nasir, 6-0 guard, Stevonte Young, 5-6 guard, Keith Martin 6-4 center, and Clement Ani 6-1 forward. 

7:37 p.m.: Well, the boys are warming up. Here comes the Monarchs to an eruption from the crowd. And here comes Hayward to its band. Good to see the Farmers’ band made the trip and will be heard tonight. They have been great this year. We are about 10 minutes away from tipoff. 

7:35 p.m.: Mitty girls win, 52-42 over Oak Ridge and advance to the NorCal title game at Arco Arena in Sacramento Saturday. Congrats.  

7:30 p.m.: Mitty has gained control of this game after a huge 3-pointer and then a three-point play. It is 47-40 Mitty with 42.6 to go.  

7:27 p.m.: 41-40 now Mitty with 1:48 to go. I am dreading all of these timeouts right now. But this is a great game. 

7:25 p.m.: Mitty is up 38-37 and has one free throw coming after a timeout. This place is already packed with plenty of more waiting in line to get in after the girls game. We have 2:52 to go. 

7:20 p.m.:  Wow! A huge jumper from the sideline for Oak Ridge and it now leads 37-34 with 4:25 to go. I really hope this game doesn’t go to overtime for my sake.

7:14 p.m.: I am very entertained with this D-II girls game right now. Oak Ridge has stormed back behind some clutch shooting and defense. It is 32-31 Mitty with 7 minutes to go! 

6:53 p.m.: Oh, I am soooo lucky and so are you fans out there. I connected to a wireless signal here in the gym, didn’t have trouble getting in the door and even got a table to work on. This is great. We are at halftime of the girls game and I will be back around 7:30 p.m. to give you live updates from tonight’s Hayward-Archbishop Mitty boys Division II NorCal playoff game. In case you’re curious, the Mitty girls are winning 22-11 over Oak Ridge at the intermission.  YOU CAN FIND UPDATES FROM OTHER GAMES BY GOING TO THE PREVIOUS POST.


NorCal semifinal score updates

The right to play at Arco Arena is on the line tonight for a number of area teams. We’ve got guys all over the place and they will be calling and texting me throughout the night with updates.

All so you don’t have to miss American Idol.

I’ll keep the most updated scores here, then a running blog of some details below.

Boys games


De La Salle 49, Oakland 45 (OT); McClymonds 62, Newark Memorial 42.


Mitty 85, Hayward 68; Fairfield 62, Rocklin 59


Sacramento 59, Riordan 49; Sacred Heart 72, El Camino 67 (2OT)


St. Mary’s 70, Colfax 50; Modesto Christian 87, Kennedy 72.


Branson 37, Woodside Priory 30; Lick Wilmerding 46, Liberty Christian 34

Girls games


Berkeley 50, San Benito 38; Kennedy 52, Castlemont 49.


Mitty 52, Oak Ridge 42; St. Francis 47, Wilcox 37


St. Mary’s 70, Miramonte 51; Sacred Heart Cathedral 67, Sacramento 46

Justin-Siena vs Modesto Christian; St. Patrick-St. Vincent vs Valley Christian


Branson 51, St. Francis CCC 24; Eastside Prep 72, Liberty Christian 60

Running Updates

9:41: Alright, we’ll I’m going to check out now. I have a 6 a.m. flight to spring training to catch.

9:34: Taft High has been upset by MLK-Riverside, 83-82 in overtime! King will now play Dominguez, which also needed overtime to beat Fairfax. The winner will play the winner of DLS-Mack for the D-I state title.

9:32: All of the NorCal boys scores are in. It’s going to look like this at Arco: D1: McClymonds vs De La Salle; D2: Mitty vs Fairfield; D3: Sacread Heart vs Sacramento; D4 St. Mary’s vs Modesto Christian; D5: Branson vs Lick Wilmerding (NCS rematch)

9:25: De La Salle got it done in extra time, winning 49-45.

9:18: From Southern California, Mater Dei has beaten Mission Hills 83-54 and is one win away from a return to the D-II state title game. It will play Edison of Fresno, which beat Hoover.

9:14: Drake Green scores a putpack for Oakland with 2.2 seconds left to send it to overtime with De La Salle. For those of you doing the math, it was a 6 to 6 fourth quarter.

8:54: De La Salle and Oakland are all tied up. It’s 35-35 headed into the final quarter.

8:52: McClymonds is officially back in the NorCal final, it defeated Newark, 62-42, and we will now wait to see if it’s an MLK rematch vs DLS or if Oakland will get another crack at Mack Daddy.

8:49: Word out of Modesto is that D.J. Seeley scored 43 points to lead Modesto to the NorCal final with a 87-72 win. A fantastic season for Kennedy comes to an end. But as the saying goes, there are very few teams who end their season with a win and Kennedy has a lot to be proud about. The St. Mary’s-Berkeley vs. Modesto Christian game is a can’t miss.

8:43: It’s all but over in Hayward. Mack has opened up a 15-point lead, 55-40 as Otis and Powell both have 16 points.

8:40: The St. Mary’s-Miramonte game is in the books. Final score: St. Mary’s 70, Miramonte 50. Congrats to Miramonte on a great season … and for keeping it close for awhile.

8:35: Berkeley has officially won, 50-38.

8:34: De La Salle leads Oakland 24-22 at the half. Jose Rivera (DLS) has 11 points, Damian Lillard (O) has 15. Marcus Alridge has 6 rebounds for Oakland.

8:27: Frank Otis took control in the third, scoring 7 points (14 in game) and Mack now leads 42-33 after three.

8:25: With 3:51 left, St. Mary’s is up 66-44. Courtney French has knocked down five 3s for St. Mary’s and has 20 points.

8:23: The DLS game is underway and the Spartans took a 14-9 lead after the first quarter.

8:19: We tracked down the Berkeley-San Benito score, the ‘Jackets have this one locked up and are going the the NorCal finals. It’s 48-33 with 3 minutes left.

8:12: At the end of three, St. Mary’s leads Miramonte 53-32. It was a 27-13 quarter for St. Mary’s and bad news for Mats fans, Ashlee Burns fouled out with 1:23 left in third quarter …

8:06: It’s now 29-23 McClymons at the half from Hayward, where Chris Jones is struggling. He’s got just 2 points for the Cougars. Down just six without a good showing from Jones could mean a lot of things. When he gets going the team can score at will, looking forward to the second half …

8:02: With 2:39 third quarter, St. Mary’s-Stockton has found its stride. It’s now 47-26 after they’ve connected on four 3s in the quarter. In the finals we’ll see St. Mary’s vs Sacred Heart, which are widely considered the two teams in the state regardless of division and two of the nation’s best. Some are saying the California D-III NorCal girls championship might as well be the national championship.

7:56: After a quarter from the University formerly known as Hayward State, McClymonds leads Newark 18-15. Damon Powell has been on the ooping end of two alley-oops, courtesy of Sims and Hill. Powell has 8 points, Frank Otis 6. Keon Sankey has 10 points for Newark.

7:45: Just did a little research on St. Mary’s-Stockton. The team is averaging 84.8 points per game this year and came in with a 32-0 record and is ranked No. 9 in the nation by USA Today. Its lowest point total of the year came in a 52-44 win against Brea Olinda in the championship game of the West Coast Jamboree on New Year’s Eve. Since then the team hasn’t been held below 72.

7:40: From Stockton, we have St. Mary’s up 26-19 at the half. Miramonte took a 9-8 lead a minute into the second quarter, but then St. Mary’s went on a 9-2 run. Ashlee Burns has seven points and two steals for Miramonte.

7:25: The word from Durkin is that they have postponed the start of the McClymonds/Newark Memorial game due to a long line at the door. We’re looking at a 7:30 start at best now.

7:21: At the end of the first quarter from Stockton, we have St. Mary’s leading Miramonte 8-7. James Leonard is there and said that Miramonte didn’t even attemt a shot until midway through the quarter. Chelsea Gray (St. Mary’s) got into a some foul trouble, and with her on the bench the Mats closed the gap.

6:10 p.m.: Our first blog item of the night comes from Jimmy Durkin, who has a bone to pick with Cal State East Bay, which is hosting tonight’s game between McClymonds and Newark Memorial. Whoever is in charge of figuring out the parking situation didn’t really think it through … They are charging $3 to park, but they’re not doing it at the lot entrances. Parking passes are being sold at the gym door. A little extra exercise never hurt anyone, but come on, that makes no sense … everyone is being forced to park, walk to the gym, buy a parking ticket, walk back to their cars to put the ticket in their cars, then walk back to buy a game ticket before entering. Hopefully the night will improve.


NorCal boys semifinal preview


Just as expected it was a solid showing for the East Bay on Tuesday, as teams from the area swept the four games they played. The only argument I’ve ever agreed with to keep Oakland as its own section is just because of this. In theory its kind of a joke that two teams from a six-team section/league automatically get to play in NorCals, but the Oakland Section/League will always send two, top-tier teams in boys basketball. Same can’t be said for the other sports, but we’ll let it slide for now.

Newark Memorial (26-6) vs McClymonds (28-0) at CSU-EB – A month ago I thought Mack would beat Newark by 20, but this should be a competitive game. At this point, everyone knows about Fresno State-bound Chris Jones (NM) and Southern Methodist-bound Frank Otis (read more about Otis), but this game will come down to who else can step up. Mack’s Damon Powell will be the most athletic player on the court at all times, but 6-foot-6 Ifeany Ezeofor is solid around the basketball and a more physical player than Powell. E.J. Farris could be the best point guard in the East Bay right now and if he gets hot early, instead of waiting until the fourth quarter, Newark has a chance. McClymonds by 4.

Oakland (23-8) vs De La Salle (27-3) at Saint Mary’s College – As soon as the Mack-DLS game was over the first time, Durkin, Bower, Waterhouse and myself were already talking about DLS vs Mack in the NorCal finals. We’re two days from that being a possibility, but I have to admit I had a much stronger feeling it was going to happen then, than I do now. No one in the Spartans camp likely would admit as much, but they’ve got to be a little scared. Oakland took it to Bellarmine (until late in the game) on the road a couple days after the Bells handled Oak Grove by 14. DLS didn’t have the same success against OG in winning by 5. I still like DLS to win, but an upset by Oakland wouldn’t be all the surprising. De La Salle by 1.

Division II 

Hayward (23-7) at Archbishop Mitty (30-1) – It was a good bounce-back win for the Farmers, but an expensive one. Congratulations on a great season, Hayward, but it’s going to end tonight. Mitty was 15 points better before Drew Gordon took miracle bone healer, and now that there is a 6-foot-9 All-American added to the Monarch lineup … goodnight. Mitty by 20.

Rocklin (30-2) over Fairfield (26-5) by 3.


El Camino (26-5) over Sacred Heart Cathedral (20-12) – The winner of this game will lose to whoever wins between ….

Sacramento (28-3) at Archbishop Riordan (21-10) – I believe these are the best two teams in the division (yes, I realize El Cam just beat Sacramento) so they might as well play it at Arco. Riordan by 3.


Colfax (28-3) at St. Mary’s-Berkeley (31-1) – You don’t go 28-3 without a solid team, but the Panthers are coming off a near 50-point win in the first round and a near 40-point win against Kennedy in the NCS final. They are playing too well right now to lose to Colfax and have all but punched their ticket for Arco. St. Mary’s by 20.

Kennedy-Richmond (27-5) at Modesto Christian (27-4)Like Hayward, Kennedy had a good bounce-back win, but its season looks to be over. Reeves Nelson is a top-5 player in NorCal and he’ll go off tonight, again. Modesto by 10.


Branson (29-3) over Woodside Priory (25-5) by 12; Liberty Christian (25-6) over Lick Wilmerding (25-8) by 5.


Newark and the upset?

Can the Cougars pull it off?

 It’s going to be interesting. I will say, when people ask me what’s Newark all about, I don’t have a quick answer for them. But when you see most games this year, you look up at the score and they’re winning … sometimes by 20. The Cougs play fantastic with their backs against the wall.

Chris Jones has stepped up his play to the type of Div. 1-player he is (Fresno State). Farris can hit the monster shots. Bobby McCall has been tremendous off the bench. Rohala Bayanzai with the quickness.

 You simply can’t count out Newark.

On a side note, how about this NorCal Div. 1 semifinal. Two OAL teams and two NCS teams. All about the East Bay (this side of the hill) in boys hoops this year!

And if I counted it right, seven NCS teams (two OAL) in this year’s boys NorCal semifinals (out of 20 teams).