East Bay girls basketball poll – 1/31

Team Record Points Last year
1. Berkeley (7) 20-1 105 1
2. Carondelet 17-3 98 2
3. St. Mary’s 19-4 91 3
4. Dougherty Valley 19-2 84 4
5. Bishop O’Dowd 13-7 77 5
6. Campolindo 16-5 68 6
7. Miramonte 17-3 63 7
8. Deer Valley 11-6 53 9
9. Mission San Jose 20-1 52 8
10. St. Joseph Notre Dame 15-2 42 10
11. Moreau Catholic 14-6 36 11
12. Clayton Valley 19-2 20 15
13. Salesian 18-2 19 12
14. James Logan 16-5 18 14
15. Heritage 14-6 14 13

Also receiving votes: None. The East Bay Prep Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are through Saturday.


DLS-SRV hoops sold out

The De La Salle-San Ramon Valley boys basketball game tomorrow night at De La Salle has sold out.

For those who want to follow the game but don’t have a ticket, there’ll be a live radio broadcast of the game at dlshs.org. The link should be on the basketball team page.


East Bay boys basketball poll — 1/31

We have a new No. 1 for the fourth straight week as Castro Valley surges on the strength of its win over O’Dowd. The Trojans now have beaten two of the current top four teams (O’Dowd, Oakland), which was enough to bump them up. Tough to see De La Salle drop to No. 2 after having a great week, but it’s more about Castro Valley moving up than the Spartans deserving to move down.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Castro Valley (4) 19-1 102 3
2. De La Salle (3) 17-2 101 2
3. Bishop O’Dowd 16-4 91 2
4. Oakland 12-5 82 4
5. St. Joseph Notre Dame 17-5 75 5
6. Salesian 4-17 67 10
7. El Cerrito 15-5 65 7
8. Berkeley 16-3 58 8
9. Kennedy-Fremont 19-2 47 12
10. San Ramon Valley 18-2 44 9
11. Newark Memorial 15-6 36 6
12. Deer Valley 15-5 29 11
13. McClymonds 10-11 17 t13
14. Northgate 16-5 15 t13
15. Castlemont 11-5 6 15

Others receiving votes: Oakland Tech (13-5, 5 points). The East Bay Prep Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are through Monday.


BREAKING NEWS: Jabari Bird’s eligibility restored

Some quick pregame news from St. Mary’s College where Salesian is moments away from its Bay Shore Athletic League showdown with St. Mary’s. Jabari Bird, who was ruled ineligible Jan. 21 in a move that forced Salesian to forfeit 16 victories, has been re-instated and is set to play tonight. There’s been no ruling on the 16 forfeits, but Salesian coach Bill Mellis said Bird’s been ruled eligible for the remainder of the season.


Star-studded track and field clinic

Three current world record holders lead a stellar list of special guests and clinicians that are scheduled to attend the Willie Davenport Olympian Track and Field Clinic on Feb. 12 at James Logan High School.
The world record holders are Maurice Greene (indoor 60-meters), Kevin Young (400-meter hurdles) and Mike Powell (long jump). Other Olympians are also scheduled to attend the event.
Registration for the clinic will occur at James Logan on Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Feb. 12. The clinic starts at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $20 for individuals, $10 for junior high-aged athletes and younger, and $350 for a team of 30. For a team of more than 50, the entry fee is $500.


Feeney switches to Washington

Pinole Valley’s Travis Feeney switched his oral commitment from Arizona to Washington on Thursday.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Feeney committed to the Wildcats in August, but visited Washington on Jan. 21 and felt it was the better fit. He’ll be looked at for both safety positions as well as outside linebacker for the Huskies after Arizona was recruiting him to play cornerback.
“I just got the feeling (Washington) was the place for me,” Feeney said. “The coaches were awesome. They’re always going to look out for you.”
Feeney also liked the academic programs at Washington better, but said it was tough calling Arizona to let them know he changed his mind.
“It was hard, I’ve been thinking it over,” Feeney said. “I really decided Wednesday and on Thursday I said, ‘I’ve just got to make the call.’ It’s just the right thing to do.”


Ex-SRV star Carter signs with Seahawks

Former San Ramon Valley High star wideout Chris Carter, the 2004 North Coast Section Offensive Player of the Year, has signed a  future contract with the Seattle Seahawks. The 2009 Great West Conference Offensive Player of the Year at UC Davis, Carter had 85 receptions for 889 yards and four scores as an Aggies senior.

In the 2004 season at San Ramon Valley, Carter had 63 catches for 1,515 yards (24.0 avg.) and 19 touchdowns. He helped the Wolves to an 11-2 record and the NCS 3A East Bay championship. He was voted MVP of the section title game after scoring three touchdowns  in a 46-20 win over Las Lomas.


MV’s McGovern heading to Cal as preferred walk-on

A little football news today…

Monte Vista wide receiver/defensive back Bryce McGovern said Wednesday that he’s accepted a preferred walk-on spot at Cal.
“I loved how close it was (to home), that it’s really great football and that it’s great academically,” McGovern said. “Everything just seemed like a family. All the guys took me under their wing and it just felt right.”
McGovern was also considering Ivy League schools Princeton and Cornell before taking an official visit to Berkeley last weekend and giving Cal coach Jeff Tedford his commitment on Sunday morning.
In two seasons at Monte Vista, McGovern finished with 177 career catches for 3,263 yards. He set a Northern California record his junior season when he caught 106 passes.