The first Bay Area News Group-East Bay basketball polls will debut in the paper this Tuesday (look for them Monday on the blog) and our No. 1 girls team will be no big mystery.
The Bishop O’Dowd boys basketball team continued its terrific run down south at the Holiday Classic at Torrey Pines on Wednesday when it beat St. Edward-Ohio to advance to the championship game of the top-flight National Division. The tournament at Torrey Pines is basically the boys equivalent of the West Coast Jamboree and the National Division is the equivalent of the Platinum Division.
O’Dowd will take on undefeated state power Long Beach Poly in tonight’s 8:15 p.m. championship game. Click here for a link to all the scores from the tournament as well as game casts from each game as it happens, including tonight’s championship game. Also, be sure to check online tonight and in tomorrow’s paper for coverage of the game, which will be brought to us by former BANG-East Bay sports writer and the originator of the Prep Corner blog Michael Bower. He’s in San Diego and will be covering the game for us.
Due to a severe space crunch in the paper, I had to keep my story on Carondelet’s thrilling 64-62 win over Berkeley in the Platinum semifinals of the West Coast Jamboree short and sweet. Here’s a little more on what happened tonight in the semifinal between arguably the two best girls basketball teams in the East Bay, as well as the other semifinal between Long Beach Poly and Georgetown-Texas.
Congratulations to Monte Vista football star Bryce McGovern for receiving the Danville Rotary’s 14th annual Pete Villa award. The award, named after the founder of the San Ramon Valley Thunderbirds youth football program, recognizes the top high school players in the San Ramon Valley area. McGovern was selected as a first-team wide receiver and second-team defensive back on the 2010 Bay Area News Group-East Bay team. He had 71 receptions for 1,200 yards last season, giving him a remarkable 177 receptions for 3,263 yards in two seasonsThe other nominees for the Pete Villa award were Joseph Pearson, Trevor Taft and Rich Garwood from California; Zac Walsh, Lucas Raventos and Michael Spivey from Dougherty Valley; Dane Turner and Mike Sullas from Monte Vista; and Kaulin Blair, Kyle Egan and Ben Teichman from San Ramon Valley.
This comes courtesy of Matt Schwab.
The San Ramon Valley High boys basketball team will christen the school’s new mega-buck, long-awaited gymnasium on Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a set of drills involving the varsity and junior varsity players. People are invited to attend and check out the new digs.
Well, I have to say I was surprised by the 23-8 win by Sacramento in Sunday’s Holiday Classic All Star football game. Not that Sacramento beat the East Bay, but by the mere eight points scored. With the talent the East Bay had on offense, I was figuring they’d get into the 30s easily. But this goes to show how much football is a team game.
Hope everyone is having a great holiday. Here is some stuff to discuss until everyone gets back to action.
All-East Bay Volleyball First, Second and Third teams.
Here it is, the 2010 All-East Bay football team, as selected by the staff of the Bay Area News Group-East Bay.