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Live blog: State basketball finals from Sacramento, all day Saturday

Join us for live, in-game coverage from all of the CIF State boys and girls basketball championships from Sacramento on Saturday, March 26, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

We’ll have reporters courtside from the games to bring you the the scores and insights from the games. Here’s a schedule of the championship games we’ll report from on Saturday:

BOYS

Div. I

De La Salle vs. Mater Dei-Santa Ana, 8 p.m.

Div. III

Bishop O’Dowd vs. Lutheran-La Verne, 2:45 p.m.

Div. IV

Salesian vs. Windward-Los Angeles, 11:15 a.m.

GIRLS

Div. I

Berkeley vs. Mater Dei-Santa Ana, 6 p.m.

Div. III

Bishop O’Dowd vs. St. Joseph-Santa Maria, 1 p.m.

Div. IV

St. Mary’s-Berkeley vs. Windward-Los Angeles, 9:30 a.m.

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Live blog: St. Joseph-Notre Dame in Div. V boys state title game, Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Follow the live action as St. Joseph/Notre Dame High of Alameda takes on Playa del Rey’s St. Bernard for the CIF State Division V boys basketball championship on Friday at 1:30 p.m. from Sacramento.

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Fundraiser notices for MDUSD schools

Got a couple of fundraisers coming up that will benefit athletic programs in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

The United Mt. Diablo Athletic Foundation is hosting a “Vegas Night” at the Concord Hilton on April 30. It will be a full house casino event run by professional gaming providers. There’ll be a Texas Hold’em tournament, and the winner will get a one-year lease for a 2011 Toyota Camry, sponsored by Toyota of Walnut Creek. The $50 per person cost takes care of dinner and chips. Entering the hold’em tournament is an additional $100. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.unitedmtdiabloathletics.org.

OK, the second event coming up is specific to Mt. Diablo High. The Red Devils are hosting their first annual Car, Bike and Truck Show on April 9 at MDHS. To register an automobile in the show is $25, and proceeds benefit Mt. Diablo High athletics. Registration goes from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., judging from 10 to 2 p.m. and the trophy ceremony is at 3 p.m. Admission is free for spectators.

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How to follow the CIF state hoops championships? UPDATED

Can’t make it to Sacramento for this weekend’s California Interscholastic Federation state basketball championships? Here’s what you need to know to catch the game you are most interested in.

The only games that will be televised are the Division I and Division II games. Let me repeat that: The only games that will be televised are the Division I and Division II games.

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Salesian moves up, DLS moves in to ESPN Fab 50

Salesian is on the rise again in the Powerade FAB 50 ESPN Rise boys basketball rankings, moving up seven spots to No. 33.  The Pride are now the third-highest ranked team from California in the national poll. Mater Dei, which plays De La Salle in Saturday’s CIF Division I state title game, is No. 2. Long Beach Poly is No. 17. Centennial-Corona, which lost to Mater Dei in the SoCal finals, is No. 37.

Archbishop Mitty moved into the rankings this week at No. 47 and De La Salle is also a new member of the rankings at No. 48. Castro Valley, which was No. 50 in last week’s rankings, dropped out. Lincoln-San Diego, which was No. 10 in last week’s rankings, also dropped out after it was upset by Summit-Fontana in the SoCal Division II finals.

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Ticket info for Saturday’s Division I final

Got a little ticket information for Saturday’s CIF boys Division I championship between De La Salle and Mater Dei-Santa Ana.

Of course, if you’d like to buy your tickets at the box office at Power Balance Pavilion, I’m sure there’ll be enough to go around. But, if you want to get a jump on it and don’t want to wait to get in, there are a limited number of pre-sale tickets available in the De La Salle student bookstore from Tuesday through Friday. Here are the prices.

Kings Row I $45.00; Kings Row II $40.00; Courtside – Rows AA-EE $20.00; Adult General Admission $16.00; Seniors (65+ with ID), High School Students (with ID), Children, $10.00

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Softball previews coming next week

A few people have asked me when softball previews are coming out and the answer is early next week, either March 28 or 29. Look for breakdowns on each league as well as our first poll. I’ve been so preoccupied covering state playoff basketball that I haven’t been able to get out to a softball game yet. So I’m turning to you, softball fans, to get the discussion going. Will James Logan repeat as Division I champions? Can Concord get back to the Division II title game despite losing three quality pitchers? Will this be the year someone dethrones Freedom in the BVAL? Who are the other teams to watch out for?

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Live blog: NorCal prep basketball finals all day on Saturday

Catch all the CIF Northern regional basketball finals on Saturday, beginning with Bishop O’Dowd vs. Sacramento in the Div. I girls championship at 10 a.m. and ending with the Castro Valley vs. De La Salle Div. I boys finale at 8 p.m.

Plus, we’ll have reporters courtside to bring you in-game updates from the action in the title games in between those ones on Saturday.