Irvington hires Silvernale as new football coach

Zack Silvernale has been tabbed as the new football coach at Irvington High. Silvernale, 24, is a 2003 graduate of Irvington and served as the team’s quarterback coach the past three seasons.

He replaces Casey Kester, who was not retained because the school wanted to hire an on-campus coach, said Irvington Athletic Director Jeff Fern. Silvernale has been a history teacher at Irvington since graduating from Chico State in 2007.

“I grew up bleeding blue and white and have been teaching here the past three years,” Silvernale said. “The biggest challenge for us is to restore faith in the Irvington football program both at the school and in the community.”

Silvernale is the third coach at Irvington since Bob Spain left after the 2006 season to take over at Dougherty Valley.

The Vikings went 2-8 under Kester this year and were 6-14 in the two prior years under Darrell Lutz, who will join Silvernale’s staff as the defensive coordinator.

They were 18-7 in Spain’s final two years, qualified for the 2005 NCS 3A title game and went to the 3A semifinals in 2006. They also ended James Logan’s 40-game MVAL win streak in 2006 when they won the MVAL title.


Two Geeks Live Chat reminder

Hey everyone. No chat this afternoon, but join us tomorrow at 2 p.m. for a state football preview live from Los Angeles. We’ll talk mostly about the De La Salle-Crenshaw game, but feel free to bring questions about all the games.

Also, on tap for this weekend, we’ll be live from the Home Depot Center all day Saturday. I’ll have a live chat (I can’t do the play by play I normally do because the CIF does it themselves) during the Division III game at noon for our Marin County friends, and then I’ll be back on for the Open Division game between DLS and Crenshaw. And, for updates from the Division I game tomorrow night between Bellarmine and Oceanside, be sure to check out the After School blog on mercurynews.com, as that’ll be updated by Mercury News writer Dennis Knight.

Also, our new Two Geeks video should post later today, with Crenshaw analysis from the people who actually know what they’re talking about. We’ve got you covered for state coverage!


Mack suffers first home loss since 2006

Deer Valley High overcame an early deficit to shock host McClymonds 56-48 in nonleague boys basketball action Wednesday, handing the Warriors their first home loss since Feb. 15, 2006.

“For our kids, this is probably the biggest victory they’ve ever had,” Deer Valley coach Richard Morton said. “I told them before the game that this was the defining moment of their careers and for the Deer Valley program.”

Mack (3-4), which has played in the past three California Interscholastic Federation Division I state championship games, had won 32 straight homes games since that 2006 loss, a 66-55 defeat to Castlemont.

“Everyone is going to know Deer Valley is on the map now,” Morton said.

The Warriors, which have no returning starters from last year’s state runner-up team that went 29-2, started quickly and took a 10-0 lead five minutes into the game. But the Wolverines (6-2) scored the final nine points of the first quarter and stretched that into a 14-0 run.

Deer Valley had a 26-24 halftime advantage that got as large as 10 points in the third quarter. Mack closed to 40-34 in the fourth, but a 9-0 run put the game away.

The Wolverines’ Andre McPhail had nine of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter and Olajuwon Garner hit three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Gary Williams paced the Warriors with 17 and Jamaree Strickland had 10.


Findlay Prep on ESPN on Thursday

Findlay Prep-Henderson (Nev.), where Oakland native and former Salesian star Jabari Brown transfered to after last season, will be on ESPN on Thursday in a showdown game against Northland-Columbus (Ohio) at 4 p.m. Brown is second on the team with 19.1 points per game. Findlay Prep is the No. 1 team in the nation and Northland is currently No. 4 and features Jared Sullinger, a 6-foot-8 power forward who is commited to Ohio State and one of the top-ranked recruits in the nation. I’ll be at Newark Memorial for a pair of games, but I’ll have my DVR set.


High school sports calendar — Week of Dec. 20

Lack of space in the paper is preventing us from getting the sports calendar in as much as we have in the past, but there’s no lack of space online. So here’s a look at the calendar for the rest of this week, with next Monday thrown in as well. I’ll try to get this posted each Monday on the blog, with the next week’s worth of slate included. I can’t guarantee 100 percent accuracy on this, since teams sometimes change or add games without telling us and not every team has sent us a schedule, but this should be fairly comprehensive. This is also a good reminder to tell coaches to e-mail schedules or any schedule changes or additions to prepscores@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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Bruder memorial on Saturday

There will be a memorial for longtime cross country and track and field coach Tim Bruder this Saturday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m. at the Alhambra High gymnasium.

Also, Joey Woolridge told me today that there will be a 5K Tim Bruder Memorial Run on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Martinez Marina.