Boys Hoops: HAAL Breakdown, Week 1

I will be doing a weekly breakdown of the Hayward Area Athletic League. We had a few games start before the Christmas break so this will be my currently ranked order of the league along with a couple sentences or so about the squads. I am on vacation until Jan. 5, but thought I would start anyway. Here we go…. (Records are through Dec.19) Continue Reading


Geeks’ CIF Bowl Predictions

So, we figured that we’d put up our predictions for this weekend’s games. I picked the most NCS winners by a score of 3-2 (St. Vincent made the difference), so I’m looking to defend my title.

Chace’s predictions:
SMALL SCHOOL: St. Margarets 31, Hamilton-Union 14
DIVISION III: St. Bonaventure 27, Cardinal Newman 17
DIVISION II: St. Mary’s-Stockton 21, Cathedral Catholic-San Diego 20
DIVISION I: De La Salle 28, Centennial 24
OPEN DIVISION: Long Beach Poly 30, Grant-Sacramento 10 

Ben’s predictions:
SMALL SCHOOL: St. Margaret’s 28, Hamilton Union 10
DIVISION III: St. Bonaventure 31, Cardinal Newman 28
DIVISION II: Cathedral Catholic 27, St. Mary’s Stockton 17
DIVISION I: De La Salle 34, Centennial 31
OPEN: Long Beach Poly 17, Grant 14


State football update

Hello to everyone from Southern California. After about an 8-hour trip yesterday that included more snow on the grapevine than we’ve ever seen and a nice, long stay in rush hour traffic on the 405, we made it to our hotel about 10 minutes from the Home Depot Center and we’re ready for tonight’s game.

Here’s what we’ve got planned. I’ll be on the blog around 7 p.m. to give you some insight from the Small School game between  Hamilton Union and St. Margaret’s. We’ll have a live photo slideshow updating throughout the game and Chace and I will have the play by play from press row. Tonight’s game is being shown in the Bay Area on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, so most of you will be able to see it but hey, don’t ditch us now!

For now, check out the photos from all three of last week’s NCS games. And, check back throughout the day for updates.


Mack snowed out of Gorman Classic

Snow in Las Vegas prevented the McClymonds boys basketball team from being able to travel to the Bishop Gorman Holiday Classic and Warriors were forced to drop out of the tournament. The highlight of the tournament — and of Mack’s preseason schedule — was a likely semifinal matchup against Dominguez-Compton, the team the Warriors beat for last year’s CIF Division I state championship. Unfortunately, that matchup won’t happen as Mack is stuck in Oakland.


State Football playoff idea

This is my solution to get playoffs in California.

Get rid of the section playoffs for football. Less teams will make the post season, but it also makes getting to the postseason an honor rather than the way it is no where a 2-8 Alhambra team would have made it if their coach just showed up to the meeting. I went to quite a few playoff games this year where there was little fan turnout anyways.

The plan is to create SIX divisions:

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