First day of Standley Cup complete

The opening day of the 10th annual Standley Cup softball tournament came to a close at Oliver Park in Hayward.
Castro Valley and Bishop O’Dowd both were pushed to the limit before pulling out extra inning victories.
The Trojans needed 10 innings to defeat Irvington 12-8 while the Dragons scored a run in the top of the sixth inning to outlast Clayton Valley 8-7. Castro Valley also defeated Berkeley 9-1 to win the Blue division and a berth to Saturday’s semifinals.
Other scores were: Newark Memorial 10, Tennyson 0; Pinole Valley 6, Petaluma 0; Moreau Catholic 15, Las Lomas 4; Washington 15, Las Lomas 1; Alameda 6, American 3.


Mack’s Johnson gets academic scholarship to Cal

McClymonds High football player Denzale Johnson earned a four-year academic scholarship to Cal, where he will try to walk on to the football team.
Johnson was a 5-foot-9, 205-pound running back/linebacker for the Warriors, who went 12-0 and won the Oakland Section’s Silver Bowl. He carries a 4.0 GPA at McClymonds, according to Warriors coach Curtis McCauley.
Johnson was a second-team All-City selection at running back. He carried 95 times for 587 yards and eight touchdowns, despite battling an early season hamstring injury that forced him to miss one game. He was also among the team’s leading tacklers on defense.
“It’s just a huge accomplishment for a player to come out of West Oakland and get a scholarship,” McClymonds coach Curtis McCauley said.
McCauley said Johnson could play strong safety or special teams if he earns a spot on the Golden Bears roster.


Berkeley girls finish season in national top 10

Berkeley High’s girls basketball team finished the season highly ranked in several national polls after falling to No. 1 Mater Dei-Santa Ana 59-47 in Saturday’s Division I state title game. The Yellowjackets are No. 6 in the MaxPreps.com Freeman computer rankings and No. 8 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25. Berkeley is No. 34 in the ESPN Rise Powerade Fab 50 poll. Berkeley’s ranking in the XCellent 25 and Fab 50 rankings are the exact same as they were last week before the state title game, so they weren’t punished or rewarded for playing Mater Dei closely. The Monarchs earned the mythical national title for the second straight year with the win over Berkeley.

Carondelet is No. 19 in the Freeman rankings, but didn’t crack either human poll.

Look for our All-East Bay girls basketball selections this Saturday in the paper and here on the blog. The boys team will run on Sunday.


Danielson heading to Ohio-Wesleyan

California High senior defender Ben Danielson, who was selected to the Bay Area News Group’s All-East Bay first team, and was also a first team All-League selection in the East Bay Athletic League, has decided to take his services east after committing to play soccer at Ohio-Wesleyan.
After talking to (head coach) Jay Martin, I was very enthusiastic,” Danielson said. “Walking through the campus just felt like it really fit me.”
Despite liking it a lot, he wasn’t sure after his visit and continued to weigh his options, which included staying home and playing locally at San Francisco State. But after seeing many campuses, he knew what felt right.
“After more visits to other colleges, I found myself comparing them to Wesleyan subconsciously,” Danielson said. “And in the end, I had a “aha!” moment for sure. I truly feel like I made the right decision, and knowing that I had my parents support meant a lot to me. I’m really excited to play as a Fighting Bishop next year. It’ll take a lot of work, but my years of playing has prepared me for it.”
Martin and the Fighting Bishop are getting a very versatile player, and on top of that, he’s very unselfish. After playing mostly in the midfield during his high school career at Cal, Danielson made the switch to left back to help the team, and wound up standing out at that position as well.
“I’ll play anything he wants me to, on either side. Whatever he decides is best for the team, I will adjust to it,” Danielson said. “Because as a player, I have played every position, so I am ready for the adjustment process, and excited for it.”


Hoops4Girls All-Star game

The high school basketball season is officially over, but if you’re going through withdrawls already, head over to Las Positas College in Livermore this Friday, April 1, at 6 p.m. for the Hoops4Girls All-Star game. There are some pretty impressive names set to compete on both teams. Dougherty Valley’s Doug Vanderhorst will coach the White team and Carondelet’s Margaret Gartner is in charge of the Red team. Here are the rosters:
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Final 2011 East Bay girls basketball poll

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Berkeley (7) 31-2 105 1
2. Carondelet 28-5 98 2
3. St. Mary’s 30-5 91 3
4. Bishop O’Dowd 25-8 81 5
5. Dougherty Valley 28-3 80 4
6. Campolindo 25-7 70 6
7. Deer Valley 19-8 63 7
8. Miramonte 23-7 53 9
9. St. Joseph Notre Dame 25-5 51 12
10. Clayton Valley 26-4 40 11
11. Piedmont 20-13 28 NR
12. James Logan 23-7 26 13
13. Acalanes 18-10 18 NR
14. Monte Vista 19-8 17 14
15. Mission San Jose 25-3 8 8

Also receiving votes: Moreau Catholic (19-8, 6 points), Salesian (24-6, 4), Oakland Tech (17-9, 1).

The East Bay Prep Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


Final 2011 East Bay boys basketball poll

Well, basketball season has come to an end. Here’s our final East Bay boys basketball poll. Only thing left after this is our All-East Bay basketball team, which is scheduled to run on Sunday.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Salesian (7) 25-12 105 4
2. De La Salle 27-5 97 3
3. Castro Valley 30-2 92 1
4. Bishop O’Dowd 25-7 81 2
5. St. Joseph Notre Dame 27-9 80 11
6. El Cerrito 25-8 68 5
7. San Ramon Valley 26-3 62 6
8. Oakland 19-9 58 10
9. Newark Memorial 22-7 48 9
10. Las Lomas 27-6 42 t15
11. St. Mary’s 23-12 33 13
12. Berkeley 21-5 31 7
13. Northgate 23-7 18 12
14. McClymonds 16-15 15 8
15. Deer Valley 21-7 7 NR

Also receiving votes: Oakland Tech (18-9, 2 points). The East Bay Prep Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.