O’Dowd-Castro Valley games sold out

I wanted to pass along word that tomorrow’s boys and girls basketball double-header between Bishop O’Dowd and Castro Valley at Chabot College is sold out. Tickets were sold during presales at both schools and were wiped out so no tickets will be available at the door. The game is being broadcast by Comcast Hometown Network and will air tape-delayed Friday at 7 p.m. CHN is available only to Comcast subscribers on Channel 104.


Basketball live chat on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Jimmy Durkin and Stephanie Hammon will be on hand Tuesday at 4 p.m. to answer your prep boys and girls basketball questions in our East Bay Prep Corner live chat.


Leaf changes gears, will head for Hawaii

So, I brought you the news last week that Alhambra RB/LB Jared Leaf had orally committed to San Jose State. Well, since then, Jared has switched gears and now, he’s planning on heading to Hawaii to play with fellow Bulldog Trevor Davis. He tripped there last weekend, and has family ties to Hawaii, so it sounds like a good fit.

I would imagine Leaf will still be in the same boat in terms of what position he’ll play, that being a decision that will be made once he gets into the program with the Rainbow Warriors.

He can sign his letter of intent next Wednesday on the first day of the signing period.


East Bay Boys Basketball poll — 1/24

Sorry for getting this posted later than normal. It was a complicated week for the voters, with a tough decision to make at No. 1 that led to quite a spilt in the vote as De La Salle pulls into the No. 1 spot by a point over O’Dowd. Really, what sets DLS apart is the win over Sheldon that came just days after Sheldon beat a Sacramento team that O’Dowd lost to. Of course, we were sent searching for a new No. 1 after Salesian first lost to St. Joseph Notre Dame and then had to forfeit its first 16 wins. That led to a tough call to decide what to do with Salesian, which ultimately dropped to No. 10 despite its official 2-17 record.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (4) 15-2 100 4
2. Bishop O’Dowd (2) 15-3 99 2
3. Castro Valley (1) 17-1 95 3
4. Oakland 12-5 82 6
5. St. Joseph Notre Dame 15-5 74 11
6. Newark Memorial 14-5 72 7
7. El Cerrito 14-5 59 9
8. Berkeley 14-3 53 10
9. San Ramon Valley 15-2 51 5
10. Salesian 2-17 42 1
11. Deer Valley 13-5 35 8
12. Kennedy-Fremont 17-2 26 15
t13. McClymonds 10-11 16 NR
t13. Northgate 15-5 16 NR
15. Castlemont 11-5 13 14

Others receiving votes: Oakland Tech (13-5, 4 points), Dougherty Valley (13-5, 3). 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.


East Bay girls basketball poll — 1/24

Team Record Points Last week
1. Berkeley (7) 17-1 105 1
2. Carondelet 15-3 98 2
3. St. Mary’s 16-4 91 3
4. Dougherty Valley 16-2 84 4
5. Bishop O’Dowd 11-7 77 5
6. Campolindo 15-4 70 6
7. Miramonte 13-3 63 7
8. Mission San Jose 18-1 52 8
9. Deer Valley 9-6 51 9
10. St. Joseph ND 13-2 40 12
11. Moreau Catholic 12-6 34 11
12. Salesian 16-1 30 10
13. Heritage 13-5 21 13
14. Logan 15-4 13 14
15. Clayton Valley 18-2 11 NR

Others receiving votes: None. The East Bay Prep Girls Basketball poll is compiled from the votes of Bay Area News Group-East Bay staff writers. Records are through Saturday.


Crazy soccer goal

We’re not normally in the business of posting junior varsity stuff, but man, this is pretty cool. This video was submitted to our My Capture page, and we figured we’d share it. The footballer in question is Makay Redd, the goalie for the Monte Vista boys JV. Enjoy!


Mack’s Peters headed to Washington

After keeping quiet over the weekend, McClymonds High’s Marcus Peters made public what he told his future college coaching staff Friday — he’s headed to the University of Washington.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back gave his oral commitment to the Huskies on Friday, then waited until Monday morning to announce the decision.
“I’m real excited to have it all done with,” Peters said. “It’s a rough process. You get so many phone calls, sometimes you just don’t want to pick up your phone.”
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East Bay Boys Soccer Notes: Playoffs, Rankings, Standings, Stats

So I can’t seed all teams one through 16 yet, it would just be too hard. So, instead, I will pick who I think the top four seeds are for both divisions. We will also do locks, should get in and on the bubble for each division. Next week, we’ll break down the league races.
Locks are teams that are definitely in. Should get in are teams who could mathematically not get in, but are more than likely going barring a collapse. Bubble teams are within a game or two of .500 overall or in league.
Oh ya, the fact we haven’t cracked 200 comments on any post yet is killing me. Let’s make that happen.
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Water polo All-Americans announced

The annual California/Hawaii All-America list was released recently and several East Bay boys players were honored. Here are the locals who were selected:

1st team
Joey Fabian (Miramonte)
Bryan Snyder (Las Lomas)

2nd team
Joe Dietrich (Acalanes)

4th team
Jake Kisner (Acalanes)

5th team
Nick Deaver (Miramonte)

7th team
Kyle Surber (Amador Valley)
Thomas Nelson (De La Salle)

9th team
Justin Roberto (San Ramon Valley)
Ryan Sevilla (Las Lomas)