The much-anticipated All-East Bay football team will be published in the paper on Sunday. It will also hit the blog Sunday. As a special treat, I’ve already got the post cued up and it will be automatically posted at midnight, so for those who can’t wait for their Sunday paper you can come check out the blog after your Christmas Day feast.
The West Coast Jamboree, commonly referred to as the biggest girls basketball tournament in the universe, will tip off Monday at 11 different East Bay gyms. Here are a couple notes about the event that I wasn’t able to work into a preview story running Sunday.
A few additions to the East Bay roster for the Holiday Classic All Star game, slated for Sunday, Dec. 26 at 1 p.m. at Grant High in Sacramento. Keep your eye out for a preview of the game to run in Saturday’s paper along with rosters for both teams.
QB Ikaika Woolsey, Salesian, 6-0, 190
DL Nick Mazza, Clayton Valley, 6-2, 230
DL Mustafa Whitehead, Encinal, 6-2, 230
DL Connor Peters, De La Salle, 6-3, 215
OL Josh Cabral, De La Salle, 5-10, 209
This one was a foregone conclusion, but De La Salle was named the California state team of the year by Cal-Hi Sports today. Cal-Hi has been giving this award out for years and years, and they list the winners all the way back to 1891. For those wondering, this is the 14th time the Spartans have earned the honor, and the third time in the last four years.
If you want to check out the whole list, click here.
Former James Logan High standout Damian Mackey has been named the new football coach for John F. Kennedy-Fremont, athletic director John Webb confirmed Monday.
Mackey replaces longtime coach Pete Michaletos, who retired after 46 years as the Titans’ only coach since the school opened.
“It’s quite an honor and privilege to take over for Coach Michaletos,” Mackey said. “I played against him in high school, and he had some real good teams back then.”
Mackey, who is currently an algebra teacher and athletic director at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Hayward, has quite a resume.
After graduating from Logan in 1998, Mackey played for Oklahoma as a wide receiver with ex-Logan teammate and current Cincinnati Bengals safety Roy Williams. Mackey was part of the 2000 Sooners squad that went 13-0 and won the national championship, catching 26 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown. He was also an Academic All-American in 2000.
Mackey stayed on with Oklahoma as a graduate assistant for two years. He had been teaching at a middle school in Dallas before moving back to the East Bay.
Upon his return, Mackey threw his name in the hat of potential candidates for the Kennedy position.
“I’ve been offered in Oklahoma and in Dallas to coach there, but the timing wasn’t right,” Mackey said. “I felt now was a time for me to take on a task like this, and I’m very excited to teach the players both on and off the field.”
Here’s the final East Bay football poll of the season. Enjoy.
|1. De La Salle (5)||14-0||75||1||Spartans finish with flourish, beat Servite 48-8 in CIF Open bowl|
|2. California||12-2||70||2||Only two losses come at the hands of eventual state champions|
|3. Concord||13-1||65||3||NCS Division II champ finishes with wild win over Rancho Cotate|
|4. McClymonds||12-0||58||t5||Warriors set school record for victories in first perfect season|
|5. Encinal||12-2||57||t5||Cardinal Newman grounds BSAL champ in Div. III title game|
|6. Pinole Valley||11-1-1||49||8||Spartans win ACCAL, make it to NCS Division II semifinals|
|7. San Ramon Valley||7-6||46||9||Wolves exact revenge on rival MV, make it to Division I semifinals|
|8. Monte Vista||8-4||38||4||Mustangs win five of last six before loss to SRV ends season|
|9. Granada||8-5||34||11||Matadors notch two wins in Div. I playoffs before loss to DLS|
|10. Miramonte||11-2||30||t13||DFAL champs can’t top Cardinal Newman in Div. III semifinals|
|11. Heritage||9-3||20||t13||Patriots avenge loss to Pittsburg, make it to Div. I quarterfinals|
|12. Berkeley||8-4||19||NR||ACCAL runner-up beats James Logan, bow out with loss to Cal|
|13. Salesian||11-2||17||NR||Pride beats Middletown 28-21 in OT to win second NCS title|
|t14. Bishop O’Dowd||10-2||9||12||Dragons beat YV, lose to Cardinal Newman in Div. III playoffs|
|t15. Foothill||6-5||9||7||College Park deals Foothill early exit from Div. 1 playoffs|
Also receiving votes: James Logan (8-3, 4 points. Records are through Saturday. The East Bay poll is voted upon by the prep sports staff of the Bay Area News Group-East Bay.
Get in-game news and analysis from the CIF Open Division football championship on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. as De La Salle High meets Servite at the Home Depot Center in Carson. This game is televised live on Comcast SportsNet California. In the Bay Area, that’s Channel 41 on Comcast (721 in HD), Channel 698 on DirecTV and 767 on AT&T U-verse. It’s currently unavailable on Dish Network (http://www.iwantcsn.com/). Live audio is online at http://kbcsports.com/live/details.asp?GameID=3172. There is no online video feed.
Here is a roundup of the weekend at the De La Salle Showcase.
EDIT: Las Lomas’ Danielle Johnson is the girls Division II MVP. That info was omitted on the original list I received.
Here are the boys and girls All-NCS (East Bay/North Bay) water polo teams, as selected by the local coaches. Next Tuesday we will begin publishing our own All-East Bay teams for water polo, football, volleyball, cross country and girls tennis and golf. Those teams are selected by the Bay Area News Group prep sports staff.
How will De La Salle High fare against Servite of Anaheim in the CIF State football championship game on Saturday night? Find out what our Ben Enos and Jimmy Durkin think during a live chat on Wednesday at 4 p.m.