30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 10): Bridge toll

Today, we hit the one-third mark in 30 Questions to Kickoff. So, it seems like an appropriate time to take the Benicia Bridge, Carquinez Bridge or Richmond-San Rafael bridge to head into the North Bay.

With the combined playoff brackets now firmly entrenched, the North Bay factors into the season every year for East Bay schools. What teams will factor strongly from the Redwood Empire?

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Is “Pay to play” the new way?

I wanted to pass along a blog post from Oakland Tribune education reporter Katy Murphy, who mused about some recent discoveries of schools utilizing a “pay to play” structure, which is illegal in the state of California. Check out Katy’s post here and she’s asked that if anyone might have information about schools looking to charge athletes for sports or other extracurricular activities to shoot her an e-mail at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com. She may be following up with a story.