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Monica Abbott to appear at Monte Vista softball clinic

I wanted to pass along the word to all the softball fans out there that one of the nation’s top pitchers, Monica Abbott, will be making an appearance at Monte Vista High’s softball clinic on Feb. 12.

Abbott, a NorCal native who won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2008 Olympics, will speak about softball around 11:30 a.m. then sign autographs. The clinic is for girls ages 8-12, but coaches and others can observe the clinic and see Abbott for a small fee.

For more on the clinic or to sign up, go to Monte Vista’s softball website at montevistasoftball.com.

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Chabot Hall of Fame

Zack Papachristos, the founder, builder, fundraiser and chair person of the Chabot College Hall of Fame, will be inducted himself into the Chabot Hall on Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Union City.

Others being inducted in are Sylvester Johnson (track and field, Coach); William A. Tenney (Meritorious Service); Palmer Lee (Meritorious Service); Giants World Series champion outfielder Nate Schierholtz, Luke Cherry, Rusty Kawachi, Derrick Landavazo, Mark Riddle, JJ Varney (Baseball); Brian Keith, E.J. Costello, Matt Muniz, Kevin Sweetwyne, Anthony Shavies (Men’s Basketball); Tashiba N. Long, Teresa Patino, Tiffany Haywood (Women’s Basketball); Brett Haagenson, John Willits, Lance Butler, Tim Davis, Tony Ventimiglio, Buffalo Bills wideout Steve “Stevie” Johnson, ex-Oakland Raider Darryl Byrd, George Sponsel, Karl Logan, Steve McCoy (Football); Garrett Larson, Dustin Wayne, Carlos Corona, Josh Williams (Golf); Arthur Portocarrero, Curt Cox (Men’s Soccer); Jessica Bender (Women’s Swimming and Diving); Dmitry Dzyuba; Justine Liberato, Kristin Kummer (Women’s Tennis); Gary Kerr (Men’s Track and Field); Michelle Beebee, Denniece Cuthbert (Women’s Track and Field); Victoria Cayetano (Volleyball); Saul Nava, Samuel Sotelo, Clark Conover (Wrestling).

This marks Chabot’s sixth induction class, and the first since 2006. The class is large because the college only started the Hall of Fame in 2000 and has a lot of catching up to do.

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New AD at Dougherty Valley

Evan Powell is the new athletic director at Dougherty Valley High in San Ramon. Powell, 26, has replaced Brian Freitas, who decided to step down but will remain as the Wildcats varsity baseball coach and a physical education teacher. Powell also teaches P.E. at Dougherty Valley and is the girls golf coach. Freitas said he’d thought about stepping down for a while, wanting to spend more time with his two young sons, ages 4 and 7. He’s seen the program progress rapidly during his four years as athletic director, beginning six months before the school officially opened. Powell, who has a masters degree in education and a background in organizing adult and youth recreation sports, said he’s “excited” about the new opportunity and has a lot to learn. Powell, a 2002 California High graduate, played sports his freshman and sophomore years before an injury ended his playing career.

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No. 1 stunner: St. Joe’s upsets Salesian

The big news of the night in East Bay basketball was No. 1 Salesian falling to No. 11 St. Joseph Notre Dame 57-54 in a Bay Shore Athletic League showdown. The Pilots’ 6-foot-10 Northern Colorado-bound senior center delivered 10 of his game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter and St. Joe’s went on a key 10-0 run in the third quarter to help spur the upset.

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O’Dowd-Castro Valley ticket info

Next Wednesday’s Hayward Area Athletic League boys and girls double-header between Bishop O’Dowd and Castro Valley is expected to be a sellout, so the schools are conducting a presale for the game scheduled for Chabot College in Hayward.
Tickets went on sale Tuesday at each school and can be purchased at the Castro Valley student union and finance office or through the O’Dowd website (www.bishopodowd.org). Tickets will not be sold at the door and league or section passes will not be honored.
Ticket prices are $6 for general admission and $4 for students, childrens and seniors. Attendees must also purchase a $2 parking pass from the kiosks in the parking lot. The girls game is at 5:30 p.m., the boys play at 7 p.m.

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East Bay Girls Basketball Poll – 1/18

Team Record Points Last week
1. Berkeley (7) 15-1 105 2
2. Carondelet 13-3 98 1
3. St. Mary’s 13-4 91 3
4. Dougherty Valley 14-2 84 4
5. Bishop O’Dowd 9-6 77 5
6. Campolindo 14-3 70 7
7. Miramonte 13-3 62 6
8. Mission San Jose 16-1 52 8
9. Deer Valley 8-5 51 9
10. Salesian 15-0 44 10
11. Moreau Catholic 10-6 30 13
12. St. Joseph Notre Dame 11-2 28 12
13. Heritage 12-5 19 14
14. James Logan 13-4 15 11
15. Monte Vista 11-4 8 NR

Others receiving votes: Alameda (9-7, 4 points), Acalanes (12-5, 2). 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 Monday.

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East Bay Boys Basketball poll — 1/18

Team Record Points Last week
1. Salesian (7) 16-0 105 2
2. Bishop O’Dowd 13-3 98 1
3. Castro Valley 14-2 91 3
4. De La Salle 13-2 83 4
5. San Ramon Valley 15-1 76 5
6. Oakland 11-5 72 6
7. Newark Memorial 12-5 62 7
8. Deer Valley 13-4 55 8
9. El Cerrito 12-5 49 9
10. Berkeley 12-3 42 10
11. St. Joseph Notre Dame 12-5 32 12
12. Oakland Tech 13-4 31 14
13. Las Lomas 15-2 17 NR
14. Castlemont 10-5 14 11
15. Kennedy-Fremont 16-2 7 NR

Others receiving votes: Northgate (13-5, 4 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.