I am in the process of putting together qualifying teams and predictions for each North Coast Section boys and girls basketball division. I am hopeful by the end of tonight I will have all the divisions completed. Just keep checking back. Remember, we will have a live blog from the NCS seeding meeting on Sunday at 9 a.m. Most of the records below are through Thursday. A few have been updated through Friday.
Hey hoops fans,
I just wanted to let you know that I will be on location at the North Coast Section headquarters Sunday during the closed-session basketball seeding meetings (not in the meetings, but in the building) to bring you the latest information. I just spoke with NCS commissioner Gil Lemmon and he said that as soon as each bracket is completed with matchups, I’ll be provided with a copy and I’ll get those matchups posted as soon as I can. I won’t immediately have game times and locations, because those are worked out based on which teams can host and what schools will have double-headers, but Gil said he’ll get me the matchups as soon as they are set so we can get the information to you guys as soon as possible. So please join me Sunday and I’ll do my best to answer questions and guide you through the nervous time as you await to see if your team is postseason-bound.
There is going to be a showcase event next year at Sacramento State that will feature a pair of East Bay teams called: The Battle at the Capital.
The final score tonight is all the indication you need — McClymonds 82, Fremont 42. I’ll post more later after I write my story, but it was pretty clear that coach Brandon Brooks got the response he wanted. This quote from Damon Powell pretty much says it all: “It was a lesson we needed to learn.”
Castro Valley had just one shot in the second half, but was able to make its one goal from the first half stand up. The Trojans win 1-0 over Berkeley and will play San Ramon Valley on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Pinole Valley High School girls basketball star DeNesha Stallworth has been selected to compete in the McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Game, it was announced Wednesday.
Stallworth, a 6-foot-3 forward, will represent the 12-member West squad in the girls game, which will be played in Miami on Feb. 1. She is one of six Californians on the squad and one of two Bay Area players. The other player is Tierra Rogers of Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco.
“It’s a big privilege,” Stallworth said. “I’m just happy to be invited to it. I feel that I’ve worked very hard, and I’m happy that all my work paid off.”
By popular request, let’s get the talk going about the rule change enacted last week by the NFHS that makes the A-11 Offense that was created at Piedmont High illegal. Essentially, the exception (some have called in a loophole) that Piedmont had been using by having all of its lineman wear eligible numbers in a scrimmage kick formation, was closed. The coaching staff at Piedmont is feverishly working to try to set something up to allow the offense to still be used, and I’ll update more as I get information on that. For now, here’s the excerpt from the View from the Tower column that I wrote on the subject that appeared in Tuesday’s paper. Sorry for not getting this on the blog earlier.
This story started gaining some momentum yesterday and today it became official that the Deer Valley boys soccer team was disqualified from the NCS playoffs. Here’s the story that will be in tomorrow’s paper.
The Oakland Athletic League loses another good football coach as Eugene Denard steps down. Here’s what I’ve written for tomorrow’s paper.