MLK lineup/tickets

Because a few people have inquired, here’s the full lineup for the MLK Classic showcase at Haas Pavilion on Monday. Tickets are available for presale through 3 p.m. Friday at the De La Salle bookstore ($7 for adults, $5 students/seniors/children), or they will also be available at the door on Monday ($10 for adults, $5 students/seniors/childen).

11:15 a.m. — Pinole Valley vs. Alhambra
12:45 p.m. —  Berkeley vs. Carondelet

2:15 p.m. —  Skyline vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral
4 p.m. —  Salesian vs. Newark Memorial
5:45 p.m. —  Monte Vista vs. St. Mary’s-Berkeley
7:30 p.m. —  McClymonds vs. De La Salle


Mater Dei moves to Div. I for state this year

This isn’t exactly breaking news, but it’s something I had hear some rumblings about and finally got around to looking into and confirming from this LA Times story. You may remember Mater Dei as last year’s Div. II state champions who beat a good Archbishop Mitty team 65-53. Well, now the Monarchs — who are ranked No. 1 in the nation by the USA Today — will be playing in Div. I for the state playoffs this year, meaning a McClymonds potential repeat would go through them. Mater Dei has twin 6-foot-10 post players David and Travis Wear, who are committed to North Carolina, 6-5 guard Tyler Lamb (UCLA commit), 6-2 guard Gary Franklin Jr (USC commit) and 6-8 small forward Andy Brown (Stanford commit). That could be a force to be reckoned with.


Two Geeks Live Chat, 4 p.m.

The turnout was minimal last week, but the Geeks will give the topic of winter sports another go.

Join them at 4 p.m. Thursday (TODAY!) for a live chat that should include some advance analysis on the Martin Luther King Jr. basketball showcase happening Jan. 19, as well as the latest on the wrestling front. Heck, we’ll even try our hand at soccer if we need to.

Come by, bring friends, ask questions.


Evans resigns at Skyline

I just got word that Skyline High football coach Kevin Evans resigned. The school is seeking an immediate replacement.

Evans said he informed the school after its Week 9 loss to Oakland Tech. The Titans finished 1-9 this season and in fifth place at 1-4 in the Oakland Athletic League. It marked the first time since the OAL expanded its playoffs to four teams in 1989 that Skyline had not made the playoffs.

Evans has been the head coach for the past five years and on the coaching staff for the past 18. He also played football at the school the three years prior.

“I’ve been around the school for the last 21 years of my life,” Evans said. “Obviously it’s going to be hard to walk away. I think the kids need a change, somebody to bring new energy.”


Five Counties Invitational gets a little stronger

Already a tournament that many call the toughest Invitational in the state of California, the Five Counties Invitational in Fountain Valley got a little bit tougher this morning when the 125-pound champion at last week’s Doc Buchanan Invitational, Liberty’s David Klingsheim, got a spot in the tournament. After missing some match time earlier this season, Klingsheim had some matches to make up and so he’s heading south to again do battle with the top wrestlers in the state.

Scheduled to attend are the top three wrestlers in the state at 125 pounds (Lemoore’s Brandon Rocha, Sultana-Hesperia’s Ryan Fillingame and Selma’s Nick Pena) as well as Gilroy’s Martin Gonzalez, who is currently ranked No. 1 at 130 pounds. Add Klingsheim to the mix and you’ve got an unbelivable amount of talent in the 125 pound class this weekend.