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NCS Baseball/Softball seeding day

Hey everyone. I know you’re probably expecting a live blog from the NCS seeding meeting since that’s normally our custom, but today we’re going to try the more laissez-faire approach. Since it’s a closed-door meeting, we’d just be sitting outside the NCS offices anyway, so when they post the brackets online, I’ll post them on here for everyone to see. Also, check tomorrow’s paper for a recap of the seeds and what they mean. Normally the seeds get posted mid-afternoon, so we can all wait together.

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Salesian’s Simmons commits to U-Dub

Just got off the phone with Salesian High’s Desmond Simmons, the All-East Bay Player of the Year. He confirmed reports that he has indeed given his oral commitment to play basketball at the University of Washington. Here’s what I’ve written up for tomorrow’s paper.

By Jimmy Durkin
Oakland Tribune
Salesian High’s Desmond Simmons made a big splash across the East Bay during a breakout junior season that culminated in a California Interscholastic Federation Division IV state basketball championship.
Now the All-East Bay Player of the Year will look to make a splash in the Pac-10.
Simmons, a 6-foot-7 small forward, gave his oral commitment to play at the University of Washington on Monday night after making an unofficial visit to the campus on Friday.
“After visiting the school and sitting down and talking to the coaches one-on-one, I got a good vibe,” Simmons said. “I felt confident that was the school that best fit me.”
Simmons averaged 18.2 points and 14.2 rebounds for the Pride during a 31-4 season that ended with a scintillating 65-64 win over Bishop Montgomery-Torrence in the state championship game. Simmons lit up Arco Arena with 31 points and 19 rebounds in that victory.
Scout.com lists Simmons as the 18th best small forward prospect in his class. He chose Washington over Oregon State and Saint Mary’s among others.
“It’s very exciting and humbling at the same time,” Simmons said. “Going to a good program like that with a lot of guys as talented as you are, it’s going to be a lot of hard work to make sure you get there and are able to do something.”

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Berkeley boys basketball gets two-year postseason ban

The Berkeley High boys basketball team has been informed of a two-year ban from the North Coast Section playoffs as punishment for an alleged incident of vandalism after its season-ending playoff loss to Newark Memorial on Feb. 28.

“It’s a two-year elimination from our championships for the years 2010 and 2011,” NCS commissioner Gil Lemmon said. “This process is not through yet. This was my initial letter and my initial ruling. … I believe they are going to appeal.”

Berkeley coach Brian Guinn confirmed the postseason ban and said the school would appeal, but could not comment further at the time. Calls to Berkeley athletic director Saeed Olushegun and the Newark Police Department were not immediately returned Monday.

Newark police were called to Newark Memorial on March 1 to investigate vandalism to a locker room at the school. At the time, police confirmed the vandalism but could not say if anyone associated with Berkeley was responsible.

The Yellowjackets have won the past three Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League titles, earning them automatic bids to the NCS playoffs. Berkeley has reached the NCS quarterfinals the past two seasons, losing to Newark Memorial both times, including a 49-45 decision on Feb. 28.