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Thomas signs with Cal Poly

Arroyo High distance runner Danny Thomas has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo on a full athletic scholarship.

“It was between them and UCLA. UCLA was only offering me a half scholarship, and Cal Poly was offering me a full scholarship,” Thomas said.

But that’s not the only reason Thomas chose the Mustangs. Thomas’ brother Derek competes for the Cal Poly cross country and track squads.

“I wanted to go up there and hopefully be successful with my brother on the team,” Danny said. “Also, the area in San Luis Obispo is nice, there are nice people there. They also have a good cross country team and also a good (distance team in track) … The running trails at Cal Poly are amazing. At UCLA, it’s all running on streets. ”

Danny finished 11th in the boys 1,600 meter final in last year’s California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships in June, but has raced sparingly since then. He missed the entire cross country season when he first had the swine flu, then had an IT band injury, he said.

On Saturday, he raced his first mile or 1,600 meter race since the state championships. At the Stanford Invitational, he finished seventh in the boys mile with a time of 4 minutes, 18.66 seconds.

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Final East Bay Girls Basketball Poll

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Berkeley (7) 28-4 132 2
2. Carondelet 27-6 123 3
3. Bishop O’Dowd (2) 27-4 122 1
4. St. Mary’s 31-4 109 4
5. Dougherty Valley 26-4 95 5
6. Deer Valley 24-8 89 10
7. Northgate 27-5 81 7
8. Miramonte 22-8 74 6
9. Piedmont 25-9 61 9
10. Dublin 21-8 58 8
11. Oakland Tech 19-9 38 NR
12. Campolindo 20-10 37 11
13. Castro Valley 17-13 24 NR
14. Head-Royce 29-6 21 NR
15. St. Joseph-Notre Dame 24-7 11 12

Others receiving votes: Heritage (21-9, 4 points), Monte Vista (20-7, 1).

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Final East Bay Boys Basketball Poll

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Newark Memorial (8) 30-5 134 2
2. Bishop O’Dowd (1) 30-4 127 3
3. De La Salle 29-3 112 4
4. St. Mary’s 26-10 110 9
5. Salesian 32-3 98 1
6. San Ramon Valley 28-4 94 5
7. Castro Valley 23-7 81 6
8. Castlemont 17-13 67 NR
9. Oakland 17-13 58 8
10. El Cerrito 27-5 53 10
11. St. Joseph Notre Dame 26-9 41 7
12. Heritage 22-6 40 11
13. Miramonte 18-14 21 NR
14. Washington 19-11 19 NR
15. Antioch 19-9 13 NR

Others receiving votes: Campolindo (23-5, 9 points), Head-Royce (27-5, 3), Pinole Valley (20-11, 2), James Logan (16-14, 1).

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Geeks chat returns tomorrow

Hey everyone. Our weekly chat resumes tomorrow at 4 p.m. Chace has an assignment, so Jimmy Durkin will be filling in along with me. Topics up for debate – last weekend’s state basketball championships and the opening of league play in baseball and softball. See ya here at 4.

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Family of Livermore golf prodigy to appear on ABC’s “Wife Swap”

It’s not exactly the most pressing news item you’ll come across, but I thought I’d pass it along anyways. Livermore High golf star Casie Cathrea’s family will be featured on the ABC show “Wife Swap” on April 16. Cathrea, a 13-year-old freshman, made national headlines in the Fall when she hit a hole-in-one while competing in the CVS/Pharmacy LPGA challenge in Danville.

I can pretty much guarantee this episode will be entertaining.

Here is the official press release:
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Foothill coach Mannion leaving for Oregon

Foothill High co-head football coach and athletic director John Mannion has accepted an offer to to become the coach at Silverton High in Silverton, Oreg.

“It’s a unique opportunity for me at this point in my career,” Mannion said. “It’s bittersweet because it was a tough decision to leave Foothill, but I am looking forward to it.”

Mannion joined the staff at Foothill in 1996 and coached under Matt Sweeney until 2007, when Mannion served as the head coach. For the past two seasons, Sweeney and Mannion have shared the head coaching duties.

“I’ve been blessed to work with Matt and the staff at Foothill for so many years,” Mannion said. “It really prepared me for this opportunity.”

Silverton is about 50 miles from the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, where Mannion’s son, Sean, is set to begin his college football career in the Fall. However, Mannion said the proximity to Corvallis wasn’t a main factor in the decision.

Mannion also has three younger children, including his daughter Katie who is a sophomore on the softball team at Foothill. He said his wife, Inga, is looking at potentially teaching at a middle school in Silverton.

“He is one of the pillars at Foothill so this is a big loss for us,” Sweeney said. “Other than my immediate family, I’ve spent more time with John than anyone over the past 14 years. We did everything together.”

Sweeney originally offered Mannion a job on the varsity football staff after the 1993 season, but didn’t join the staff until 1996 after he took a job a social studies teacher at the school. The previous two years he taught at crosstown rival Amador Valley.

The Foxes went 4-6 last season and compete in the Oregon’s second-largest division — 5A. Silverton’s enrollment is about 1,250 students, while the city’s population is only about 9,600.

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NorCal Bracket Challenge final leaderboard

My apologies for the delay in posting this. Obviously it was a busy night Saturday and I didn’t make it back to the Bay Area until late Sunday. So here is our final NorCal Bracket Challenge leaderboard. Congratulations to Jeff to holding on to his lead for the win. A certificate will come soon, although I’m still trying to decide what’s better than Eternal Glory because the prize should be a little better than the NCS Bracket Challenge.

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