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NorCal Bracket Challenge — regional finals

Here is our latest look at the leaderboard. Everyone on this list will soon receive an e-mail from me instructing you to submit your picks for this weekend’s CIF state championship game. I’ll be asking you to e-mail me your picks, that way they will stay anonymous from the other selectors. I’ll be setting a deadline of 8 p.m. on Thursday, that way I’ll have time to compile on the picks and then post them on the blog so they will be public before the games start. (I’ll be traveling down to Bakersfield all of Friday morning, so that’s why I need the picks on Thursday night). Each state championship game will be worth 10 points.
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Live from Arco Arena: NorCal championships

We start the day with a general chat as we float in some observations from the first game of the day, St. Mary’s of Stockton vs. Sacramento girls. Join us later for live blogs from each of the games involving local teams, beginning with the noon boys Division III game between Bishop O’Dowd and Sacramento.

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Griffith commits to Davis

San Ramon Valley High middle-distance runner Kevin Griffith made an oral commitment Wednesday to run track for UC Davis.

Griffith finished seventh in the 800 meters in the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championship last June, and he placed second at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions in the event both last year and as a sophomore in 2008.

UC Davis was the first official visit that Griffith took, in mid-October.

“I had a really great time. … I loved the campus,” he said.

He also took official visits to UCLA, University of Washington and Stanford before choosing the Aggies.

Griffith has also played soccer for San Ramon Valley and ran cross country last fall for the Wolves, where he placed third in the NCS Division I championship race. He said he would not rule out cross country as a prospective sport after his freshman year.