Geeks chat at 4 p.m.


Be sure to join us at 4 p.m. here on the blog for our weekly high school football chat. We’ll cover everything you’d like to know about this week’s playoff games, and Chace will share tales from the Lost Coast after taking in a doubleheader last weekend.

We’ll embed the chat here on the blog, so this is the only page you need to visit.


Hillcrest High

I hope most of you got a chance to see our football notebook today. The lead story was about Hillcrest High in Idaho, the school that former Northgate coach Darin Owens is now coaching at. Hillcrest won the Idaho 4A State Title last weekend. Hillcrest had a 23-game losing streak before picking up its first win this season in week two.

I wanted to write about Owens and his new team because of the impact he had in just one year at Northgate. Last season I drove over to Tamalpais in Mill Valley to watch Northgate’s first game under Owens and I came away extremely impressed with the Broncos’ new coaching staff. Owens, Justin Lowell, and their entire staff commanded the kids’ respect and they picked up their first win in over a year. Owens told me that he still keeps in contact with the Northgate staff at least once a week, and that he’s confident that good times will return again soon for the Broncos.


Injunction filed in Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs

Ladies and gentlemen, this is one I’ve never seen before. An Alameda County judge issued a restraining order on Friday to stop the Colfax-Oakdale football game in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs because Placer was forced to forfeit two games (and its playoff spot was awarded to Colfax) because of an ineligible player who transferred from Jesse Bethel-Vallejo to the Auburn school. Today, SJS commish Pete Saco goes to court to settle all of this. Read all about it on the Sacramento Bee’s web site: Injunction filed. Also, the Bee’s Ailene Voisin has a good column on the situation.