Prep Corner Live! Friday Night

My knee surgery last Friday was a success and I am back and ready for the return of Prep Corner Live! Friday night at 11 right here on the Prep Corner blog. We will have some fun things to talk about with all the North Coast Section championships going on … we might even mix in some wrestling talk since Waterhouse will be covering the grapplers Friday and Saturday. Our main concentration will be the NCS basketball playoffs. As always, we will welcome viewers to phone into our live streaming video show to ask questions or just shoot the bull with us. We will also have interviews with players and coaches. Make sure to tune in. There is nothing better than playoff talk.


Pick’Em Challenge standings — round 1

Interesting first round with High School Sports Junkine, using his multi generational knowledge to tie for the early lead correctly selecting 27 of the 31 first round games

Our three writers who chose to participate all held their own (Me, Durkin and Bower) are also tied for first with Newyearstartsnow and DonFan (who didn’t participate after the first round last year).

Defending champion PrepFan has a little work to do, but with many games still remaining, there is plenty of time to position himself in a place for a repeat.

EBAL Fan’s selection of Sonoma Valley over Livermore killed his karma and picking SRV over Logan didn’t help either.

ECULB struggled without Mack to bank on finishing just ahead of Jammin JR, who turned his picks in late and still  managed just 18 of 31 correct picks.

Feel free to update me if you I got your number wrong.


Here are the standings:

Name Total
High School Sports Junkie 27
DonFan 27
Jimmy Durkin 27
Kyle Bonagura 27
Michael Bower 27
Newyearstartsnow 27
PrepFan 25
Trojan Den 25
BigGreen 25
Bay Area Watcher 23
BigMig 23
Trojan 56 23
Bikerider 23
Benicia Dave 21
Coach Brown 21
EBAL Fan 21
Panther Pride 20
ECulb 20
Jammin JR 18



Copy the list of games below, paste it in a new comment to this post. Erase the team you think is going to lose. If you don’t pick a game you will automatically lose that game. Each correct pick is worth 1 point (other rounds will be scored the same). If you want to tell us why you picked your games, feel free. If you win, you will automatically be granted eternal glory.


BOYS: De La Salle/Logan; Newark/Berkeley; San Leandro/Pitt; Monte Vista/Castro Valley. Girls: Monte Vista/Logan; Newark/Granada; Deer Valley/San Ramon Valley; Berkeley/American.


BOYS: Hayward/Clayton Valley; Heritage/Pinole Valley; Las Lomas/Maria Carillo; Northgate/Ukiah. Girls: Carondelet/Livermore; Petaluma/Alameda; Pinole Valley/Heritage; Northgate/Montgomery.


BOYS: O’Dowd/Dublin; Drake/Analy; Miramonte/Acalanes; Piner/Terra Linda. Girls: O’Dowd/Drake; Campolindo/Miramonte; Dublin/Dougherty Valley; Encinal/Tamalpais.


BOYS: Salesian/Healdsburg; Arcata/SPSV; St Marys/Fortuna; Cardinal Newman/McKinelyville. Girls: St Mary’s/Justin Siena; McKineleyville/Piedmont; Marin Catholic/SPSV; Mereau Catholic/Fortuna.


Piedmont files petition regarding A-11

I’ll have MUCH more posted on this later today, as I’ve been spending the past couple of days looking into all of this and talking to people at the state and national level. But today, Piedmont filed a dual petition seeking a) a three-year test period where the A-11 could be used and examined to determine if it should remain legal OR b) for the CIF to decide to not follow NFHS rules regarding the numbering exception, thus reverting back to the rules as they were before that kept the A-11 legal and giving up the state’s seat on football advisory committee. (Precedent for that comes in the form of Texas and Massachusetts not following NFHS football rules and California not following the national rule of not using a shot clock in basketball).

Again, I’ll post much more on this when I’ve completed my story for tomorrrow’s paper. But I know we’ve got a lot of folks who love to talk A-11 so have at it.

UPDATED: Here is my story for tomorrow’s paper.

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Soccer updates

Boys 3A

De La Salle 2, Newark Memorial 1 (OT)

San Ramon Valley 3, Richmond 1

Girls 3A

Foothill 1, Castro Valley 0

San Ramon Valley 1, Clayton Valley 0

SRV will try to become the first NCS soccer team to ever win four straight section titles. Although this should be the toughest, going up against the best team in the nation. Ashley Edwards scored in the 32nd minute for SRV, who held off CV in the second half. SRV was playing without its leading scorer, junior Grace Leer.

Clayton was the better team in the second half, but couldn’t put one away.

Boys 2A

Bishop O’Dowd 3, Las Lomas 0

Acalanes 1, Piedmont 1 (Acalanes wins 5-3 on PKs)

Girls 2A

Bishop O’Dowd 0, Campolindo 0 (O’Dowd wins 4-1 on PKs)

Miramonte 1, Northgate 0


OAL hoops playoff field is set

The Oakland Athletic League wrapped up its regular season today and the playoff field is now set. On the boys side, McClymonds beat Castlemont 51-35 to finish 10-0. It had already claimed the No. 1 seed. Skyline beat Tech 76-64, meaning Skyline is the No. 2 seed and Castlemont takes the No. 3 seed. The girls field had already been set prior to today, although Castlemont upset Mack to hand the Warriors their first OAL loss and snap their 16-game winning streak. Here is the OAL playoff schedule.

First round

March 3 at Laney College

Girls: No. 3 Castlemont vs. No. 2 Oakland Tech, 4:30 p.m.

Boys: No. 3 Castlemont vs. No. 2 Skyline, 6 p.m.

Championship game

March 5 at Laney College

Girls: Castlemont/Oakland Tech winner vs. No. 1 McClymonds, 4:30 p.m.

Boys: Castlemont/Skyline winner vs. No. 1 McClymonds, 6 p.m.

If either of the top seeds lose, there will be a championship game rematch on March 6 at Laney College.