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Basketball Jones

Suffering from March Madness withdrawals? … Me too. But there is still basketball (besides the NBA…Go Warriors) being played.

Today five local boys high school players will play in the 1 Dream All-Star Classic at 3:30 p.m. at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The game pits 12 Southern California seniors against 12 Northern California seniors.

St. Mary’s Will Brew, Newark Memorial’s Chris Jones, McClymond’s Frank Otis, Antioch’s Tim Williams and Salesian’s Justin Brown were all scheduled to compete for the 12-player NorCal squad coached by St. Mary’s Manny Nodar.

Check out the web site http://www.1dreamfoundation.com/home.html or stay tuned here for updates.

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Spring hoops update

So the Oakland Soldiers won their first game by 10 points over a team from New Jersey. From what I hear, the game started slow as Team NJ sat in a zone and tried to slow the game down in the first half. The second half was better as the Soldiers were able to spread the court and get to the basket. Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Jerry Brown sparked his team in the first half when the Soldiers jump shots were not falling.

St. Mary’s Chris Brew took over in the second half and led the team with 18 points and four steals. McClymonds’ Will Cherry had eight points, Quincy Hill nine and Damon Powell got into foul trouble but finished with eight points. Westchester’s Dwayne Polee (committed to USC 2010) had 11 points.

Game two day two

The Soldiers came away with a 72-59 win over the Georgia all stars. McClymonds’ Will Cherry led the team with 20 points and St. Mary’s Chris Brew added 13 points and seven assists. Both Brew and McClymond’s Damon Powell got into early foul trouble and played about half the game. Also heard that Miramonte’s Eric Obeysekere played well against the bigger Georgia team.

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Wow! What a match!

“The thrill of victory…and the agony of defeat. The human drama of athletic competition.”

“Wide World of Sports” was a favorite television program while growing up. And the above famous words of the program’s intro, as spoken by host Jim McKay, played over and over in the mind while watching the April 10 nonleague high school boys volleyball match between St. Joseph Notre Dame and host Encinal. For sure, this derby between Alameda schools, which saw St. Joseph rally for a thrilling 21-25, 27-29, 25-22, 26-24, 15-11 win, would have made a great “Wide World” installment.

Yes, the thrill of victory was present. As was the agony of defeat. And in terms of the human drama of athletic competition – - well, this match was sporting theater at its finest. Fact is, the match offered everything a fan would want to see: Intensity. Emotion. Excitement. Effort. Athleticism. Skill. Long rallies. Strong serves. Daring play. Diving for balls. Momentum swings. Lead changes. Energy to spare. And plenty of controversial calls to add to the spectacle. In sum, both teams went all out, playing the game the way it was meant to be played.

The thrill of victory. The agony of defeat. The human drama of athletic competition. The Pilots and Jets provided all of that.

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Spring basketball action

 The Oakland Soldiers tip-off tonight at 7:30 p.m. (PDT) at the Boo Williams Tournament in Hampton, Va. against the Charlotte Royals.

Notables on this year’s Soldiers’ team include St. Mary’s Chris Brew, McClymonds’ Will Cherry, Quincy Hill and Damon Powell, Miramonte’s Eric Obeysekere and Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Jerry Brown and Kevin Green.

Stay tuned for updates.

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Triggas qualifies for Olympic trials

Offseason wrestling news alert! Lisa Triggas, proud mama of former Campolindo wrestler Nikko Triggas, wrote me today to say that Nikko qualified today for the U.S. Olympic Trials in Greco-Roman wrestling by winning his weight class at the University Greco-Roman Championships.

Triggas is a two-time Junior National champ in Greco-Roman and I don’t think it should surprise anyone that he’s picked up right where he left off in high school. He’s currently attending Ohio State, where he started all year at 125 pounds for the Buckeyes.

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Thursday full of softball

We’ve got some early results, so I figured I’d update the masses on the big games of the day.

In Oakley, Freedom beat Deer Valley 1-0 in less than an hour to remain undefeated in the BVAL. Hannah Williams and Emily Allard locked up in a pitchers duel and Williams came out ahead. The only run of the game came when Kortnee Wiley tripled in Kim Westlund in the third inning. Wiley went 3-for-3 and was just generally impressive in the batter’s box. I had to double-check my watch when I left because it seemed like I had just gotten there.

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No. 1 vs No. 2

Well I guess it’s about time to get back into the blogging frame of mind ….

Was out at Monte Vista today to see the No. 2 team in the East Bay take on the No. 1 ranked Livermore Cowboys. I still have trouble typing those words because when I was playing in the EBAL, Livermore was the lone gimme. It couldn’t be any further from that now.

This team can flat out hit. 1-9 I haven’t seen a team hit like that since maybe the 2002 SRV team, with Nate Shierholtz, Preston Young, Keith Garratt etc …

The Cowboys beat Monte Vista for the second time this year, this time 6-2, and it was a day where the bats were a little off, facing MV lefty Christian Jones. Only six hits, but something like 6 walks and some good base running got the job done.

David Singleton, the ace of the Livermore staff, has now gone 13 inning in the two EBAL wins, so it will be interesting to see how David Hart does on Friday against a reeling Cal team.

Our correspondent, Jeff Bennett, was out at Foothill/Granada and he saw quite the ending. It was tied at 5 going into the bottom of the seventh. The Falcons got a lead off double, then it got weird. The Granada pitcher tried to pick him off second, but the throw went to center field. The throw from Helenihi in center to third base had the runner beat, but it skipped off the glove of the third baseman and out of play. Game over, Foothill wins.

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Softball recap

Well, you probably opened the paper today and saw that I was in Martinez for softball edition of the backyard brawl between College Park and Alhambra. It wasn’t the cleanest game ever but I will say that it was a very fun game to watch. You have to love the frenetic pace of Alhambra coach Dave Carter’s offense. Those girls are bunting, stealing and doing everything they can to score runs. It’s just fun to watch. On the flip side, College Park is oh-so-steady. Olivia Kennealy might be one of the best hitters I’ve seen all year. In the two CP games I’ve seen I think she has six or seven hits.

That game aside, what the heck is going on the EBAL?

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