Something is going right for the Acalanes High boys and girls lacrosse programs.
Both teams are tied for the Diablo Foothill Athletic League lead, with the boys checking in at 10-5 overall and 7-1 in DFAL action, while the girls are 8-6 overall and a perfect 6-0 in circuit play.
I just talked to Deer Valley girls basketball coach Lindsay Wisely and she confirmed that she has resigned to take the head coaching job at Las Positas College. Here’s what I’ve written for tomorrow’s paper:
Longtime Redwood Christian High girls basketball coach Joe Hendren has retired after 18 seasons as head coach of the Eagles. He has a lifetime record of 306-173, which includes a California Interscholastic Federation Division V state championship title in 2000, a CIF Division V state championship berth in 2001, and Central Coast Section Division V crowns in 2001 and 2002.
“Well, mostly it was two fold,” said Hendren, 57, about the reason for his decision. “One, I’ve got five grandchildren, and during the whole winter season, I’m not home much. My wife takes care of the kids, and I don’t get to see them too much. … Part of it, to be honest with you, 18 years with the varsity girls, and 28 years coaching basketball, I kind of needed a breather.
“God has blessed me a million times over, being (at Redwood Christian). It’s been great.”
We’ll have more info this afternoon when Chace gets back from the meeting and puts fingers to keyboard. So, check the web site later today for a complete story.
The Division III teams in the North Coast Section might not get the attention of the Divison I and II teams, but this year’s playoffs should be compelling with a deep pool of talented teams.
A pair of those teams are from Oakland and hail from the Bay Counties League East in the form of College Prep and Head-Royce High Schools.
Holy Names High freshman Sasha Wallace won the triple jump today at the James Logan Top 8 Track and Field Invitational with an outstanding mark of 40 feet even. Entering last week, only two high school girls triple jumpers in the state had marks that were longer under any conditions, according to DyeStatCal.com.
James Logan’s Ciarra Brewer, the defending state champion in the girls triple jump, did not compete in the triple jump or long jump due to a lingering hamstring injury, confirmed James Logan coach Lee Webb. St. Elizabeth’s Ashton Purvis, the defending girls 200 state champ and state leader in the 100 and 200 this season, was entered in both events, but competed in the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Cal today.
The only blemish, in an otherwise impressive season for the San Ramon Valley High boys lacrosse team, is a 17-10 loss to De La Salle on March 23.
I wanted to follow up on something that was in today’s paper to make sure everyone got the word. Funeral services will be held for former El Cerrito High standout James “Pops” Mitchell on Saturday at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Richmond. Here’s the info that appeared in today’s paper.
Campolindo High’s boys swimming team will be going for a record-tying sixth straight North Coast Section team title next month, so it might come as a surprise that the Cougars haven’t won an individual or relay event at the meet the last three years.