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Big wrestling dual meet this weekend

Wrestling fans are normally used to big Invitationals on Saturdays, but this week you’ve got a little different event to head out to. De La Salle, ranked No. 19 in the state as a team by thecaliforniawrestler.com, is hosting Vacaville, No. 9 in the state, at 7 p.m. in a big-time dual meet over at De La Salle.

The bona fides for these two teams are pretty clear, but in case you don’t know, De La Salle is the defending North Coast Section team and dual meet champion. Vacaville is Sac-Joaquin Section team and dual meet champion. And, you’re highly likely to see several guys who wrestle Saturday at the state meet later this year.

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East Bay Girls Basketball Poll- 12/28

Team Record Points Last year
1. Carondelet (9) 5-1 135 1
2. Bishop O’Dowd 4-2 125 2
3. Berkeley 8-0 115 8
4. St. Mary’s 6-0 111 6
5. Campolindo 8-1 98 11
6. Northgate 8-1 91 4
7. Miramonte 7-2 79 14
8. Dublin 7-2 66 7
9. James Logan 10-1 49 NR
10. Piedmont 9-3 45 NR
11. Dougherty Valley 7-1 44 NR
12. Deer Valley 5-1 42 5
13. Monte Vista 5-3 31 3
14. Liberty 4-1 17 NR
15. St. Joseph Notre Dame 8-0 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Mission San Jose (9-2, 10 points), Oakland Tech (5-2, 4), Alameda (7-4, 3), Albany (6-2, 2), Granada (6-2, 1). Records are through Dec. 26. The East Bay Prep Girls Basketball Poll is compiled from the votes of the Bay Area News Group-East Bay prep sports staff.

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Thoughts from the Holiday Classic

I was up in Sacramento today for the Holiday Classic All-Star Football Game at Grant and watched a pretty good contest featuring a ton of stud athletes. In the end, the East Bay and Sacramento settled for a 13-13 tie after a pair of overtimes. Despite cries from the fans to keep the game going, the decision was made to end it in a tie. Really, it wasn’t worth the risk to keep the game going and risk further injuries. It was a good display from both teams — especially on defense where both sides dominated — and despite the tie, both teams should feel pretty satisfied. The highlight of the game clearly was the 57-yard field goal kicked by Foothill’s James Langford with 56 seconds remaining to tie the game at 6-6 and force overtime. That was easily one of the most amazing things I’ve seen on a high school football field. It topped Langford’s previous career-high in a game of 48 yards (his best in practice is 63). Anyways, here’s the story I wrote for the paper.

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Watch online broadcasts of MaxPreps Holiday Classic

The MaxPreps Holiday Classic in San Diego is one of the state’s best basketball tournaments of the year. Three local powerhouses (Bishop O’Dowd, McClymonds and Newark Memorial) are participating this year and you can catch the action live on KBCsports.com. Action opens Saturday at 1 p.m. when O’Dowd faces Leuzinger. That’s followed by Fairfax vs. Newark Memorial at 2:45 p.m. and McClymonds vs. Price at 4:20 p.m. Those games are all part of the National Division and each of the local teams is on the same side of the bracket. If both Mack and Newark win, they would meet in the quarterfinals on Monday.

http://www.kbcsports.com/schedule.asp