CIF establishes new bowl selection criteria

The California Interscholastic Federation announced today that it is changing the way it selects teams for the state Bowl series in football, switching from strict enrollment-based guidelines to match section alignments. Here’s the link to the press release.


Here’s what this means in layman’s terms. Remember two years ago when Clayton Valley played Cardinal Newman for the NCS Division II title? If Clayton had won, it would have had to apply for the Division I state bowl game because of its enrollment (Div. II for NCS, Div. I for state) and, they most likely would’ve lost out for the bid to De La Salle. Now, that won’t happen.

I think this simplifies the process a little, and leaves fewer questions when it comes down to the end of the season. Feel free to sound off on the topic.


Contra Costa 31, Alameda 26

Just got home from a pretty good Contra Costa-Alameda All Star Classic football game at Las Lomas High. The Contra Costa team scored 31 in the first half and then held on to beat Alameda County 31-26. Hopefully my story made it into tomorrow’s paper, but for now, I’ll give you the box score because I know that won’t be in there. Hopefully we’ll get that in on Tuesday. Here ya go.

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Contra Costa-Alameda All Star game nearing

The 37th annual Contra Costa-Alameda All Star Classic football game is fast approaching, so I figured I’d give everyone the link to take a look at the rosters. This year, they’re using Las Lomas as the host site after holding the event at Los Medanos last year. Here’s the link to the rosters and event details.

37th annual Contra Costa-Alameda All Star Classic

Last year’s event was a huge success, with a packed house enjoying a narrow win by the Alameda squad. This year, Freedom head coach Kevin Hartwig will coach the Contra Costa team and San Lorenzo’s Jacob Wright will coach the Alameda stars.

Tickets are on sale tonight at the Laney College Forum Room from 6:30-8:30. They’re also on sale next Monday at San Lorenzo High (1:30-3:30) and Las Lomas High (6:30-8:30). General admission is $7 and $3 for students/seniors. If you buy on the day of the game, it costs $10 for general admission and $5 for students/seniors.

Football in June? You know I’m looking forward to it.


Heritage hires Lexy Tamony as girls basketball coach

One of several open East Bay girls basketball coaching positions is now  filled.

Former Carondelet High standout Lexy Tamony has been hired as Heritage’s new girls basketball coach, athletic director Pat Cruickshank confirmed Friday.

Tamony, a 1994 Carondelet graduate, returned to the Cougars’ program as an associate head coach with Margaret Gartner from 1999-2008 after playing three seasons at Cal.

For the last two years Tamony was the athletic director at Notre Dame High in Belmont.

She takes over the Patriots’ program from Orland Caban, who assumed head coaching duties for the second half of last season on an interim basis.

The Patriots went 21-9 and reached the Northern California Division I regional playoffs and the North Coast Section semifinals.

“The more I inquired about program at Heritage it sounded like there was a ton of community support and parent support, and that’s what I’m used to,” said Tamony, who credits Gartner and De La Salle coach Frank Allocco as major coaching influences. “All the kids coming back are dedicated.”

She will also teach math full-time at Heritage.


Wilson named to USA squad

St. Mary’s Trinity Wilson, who finished second in the girls 100-meter high hurdles in Saturday’s California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships, has been named to the Team USA squad that will compete at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in August. Wilson produced the second-fastest time in the nation under all conditions this year for high school girls in her event (a wind-aided 13.35 seconds) according to DyeStat.com.
In addition, Tyler Sorensen of Lafayette has been selected to the boys squad in the 10,000 meter race walk. Wilson and Sorensen are the only California athletes on the team.


Track and field notebook

Reaching the medal stand: Freedom’s Kenneth Walker III, San Ramon Valley’s boys 1,600-meter relay team and Holy Names’ Sasha Wallace all placed at the California Interscholastic Federation state championships on Saturday with sixth-place finishes.
Walker III, a sophomore, capped his impressive season with a wind-aided time of 14.26 seconds in the boys 110-meter high hurdles final at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
“It was all right, but my start was bad and somebody hit me (at the start and over the first hurdle),” said Walker about the race.
Walker III was second in his heat in Friday’s preliminaries (a wind-aided 14.12) and also placed second at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions in the event.
The San Ramon Valley boys 1,600 relay squad of Dan Davis, Kevin Griffith, Ian Padilla Jong and Garrett Storms placed sixth in 3:16.88, the highest state finish for an SRV track relay team in school history. The four athletes all had splits between 48.8 and 49.4, with Padilla Jong leading the way (48.8).
Wallace, a freshman, had her best triple jump of the state finals on her second attempt, a wind-legal 39-3 1/2.
In addition, California sophomore Noel Frazier was fifth in the boys high jump with a leap of 6-7. He also soared 6-7 in the preliminaries to reach the finals.
In team scoring, the James Logan girls were tied for third with 21 points and St. Elizabeth, with all its points generated by Ashton Purvis, was tied for fifth in the girls team scoring (20).


Final Softball Poll

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Concord (7) 24-3 119 2
2. Logan (1) 25-5 112 8
3. Freedom 23-4 101 1
4. Bishop O’Dowd 23-4 100 4
5. Heritage 17-10 76 t12
6. Livermore 16-6 75 3
7. Pinole Valley 21-7 73 10
8. Antioch 18-8 68 5
9. California 16-6 62 6
10. Clayton Valley 19-7 39 9
11. Amador Valley 15-10 33 7
12. Alhambra 14-11 25 11
13. Newark Memorial 15-12 21 NR
14. Berkeley 18-8 16 15
15. Acalanes 14-8-1 14 NR

Others receiving votes: College Prep (22-0, 11 points), Albany (18-5, 7), Monte Vista (14-12, 2). The East Bay Prep Softball poll is compiled from the votes of Bay Area News Group-East Bay staff writers.


Vanegas, Jaffe drafted in MLB draft

Redwood Christian ace right-handed pitcher A.J. Vanegas was selected today in the seventh round by the San Diego Padres. Vanegas, a Stanford commit, pitched the Eagles to the North Coast Section Division V championship and threw a no-hitter in the title game.

View his complete scouting report here.

Bishop O’Dowd right-hander Eric Jaffe, a Cal commit, was selected in the 19th round by the Boston Red Sox. View his scouting video here.