Steen notches win No. 500

Some happy news for the East Bay baseball coaching community today. De La Salle coach Rick Steen, the longtime San Ramon Valley coach that returned to the game this season after one year of retirement, got his 500th career win today in a 7-0 victory at Livermore. Already one of the legends in East Bay high school baseball circles, Steen reflected a little on the accomplishment.

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Logan coordinator Eric Billeci named Cal High football coach

The search if finally over.

California High principal Mark Corti announced today that James Logan defensive coordinator Eric Billeci has been tabbed as the next football coach.

Billeci played at De La Salle and later at Saint Mary’s College before getting into teaching and coaching immediately following that.

He has served as the defensive coordinator at Freedom under Kevin Hartwig and most recently under George Zuber at Logan for the past three years.

Billeci is a PE teacher at James Logan — Cal does not have any teaching jobs open for next year at this time.

He is expected to bring a power-type running game as the base offense, something that rising-senior offensive lineman Max Schultz said the team is happy about.

“That’s pretty much what we were last year, we’re definitely happy to be a running team,” Shultz said.

Billechi replaces former coach Tony Sanchez, who compiled a 35-21 record over the past five seasons. During Sanchez’ tenure Cal won its first North Coast Section playoff game and advanced to the NCS 4A championship game in 2007.

Sanchez left after accepting the head coaching position at Nevada state power Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas in early March.

Strength and conditioning coach Sean Manuel, who was a finalist for the head coaching job, will remain with the program.


Foothill WR Hinke commits to Azusa Pacific

Nathan Hinke, who was a first-team all-EBAL selection at receiver and a second-team All-East Bay has accepted a football scholarship to play football at Azusa Pacific.
Hinke burst onto the scene with with an 8-catch 225-yard performance against Novato in which he caught 4 TDs and made some big plays in the Falcons’ win against Freedom in the NCS D-I quarterfinals.

Here is a video clip from that game…


Powell heading to College of Southern Idaho

McClymonds High’s 6-foot-6 ultra-athletic forward Damon Powell will play junior college basketball next season at the College of Southern Idaho, he said Tuesday.
Powell, who said he has passed the SAT and California High School Exit Examination, is still receiving interest from four-year colleges, but said he wants to work on his game to better prepare himself for Division I collegiate ball.
“I want to go there and develop,” Powell said. “And be stronger and bigger by the time I go D-I.”
Powell played three years at Mack and one year (his sophomore season) at San Lorenzo. He was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder during a junior season in which the Warriors won the California Interscholastic Federation Division I state title. He was second on the team in scoring and led the team in rebounding his senior season, when Mack lost in the state title game. The Warriors’ record over his final two years was 59-2.
Southern Idaho is one of the country’s most successful junior college basketball programs, with an .844 winning percentage during the program’s 42-year history. The school is also where UConn’s Nate Miles is playing after being expelled from UConn.