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Baseball previews coming soon

Alright everyone, the moment you’ve been asking for is coming up soon. Our baseball previews are being worked on as we speak, and should roll out in your local papers the weekend of the 27th (or thereabouts).

Here’s my question for everyone: In the early season, who’s stood out for you? I know the teams I think should be good, but I haven’t been to a game yet so I want to hear what you think as well.

So, drop a comment and let me know. I’ll keep an eye on em and I’ll keep you posted as to when the previews are coming out.

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Alameda baseball looking for games

Got some baseball news for you this morning. Alameda High was scheduled to take a trip to Japan this week, and they were set to play in a series of games in Fukuoka, Japan. For obvious reasons, that trip has been cancelled.

What that does though is leave the Hornets three games short of their intended full schedule. So, they’re looking for opponents. They’ll play anyone, so if you know of a school that needs a game too, contact Alameda assistant coach Rich Krinks at 510-381-3434.

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No television coverage for Saturday’s NorCal finals

Before this question starts rolling in, I wanted to let everybody know that there will NOT be any television coverage for Saturday’s CIF NorCal championship games at Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena) or Folsom High. Nothing on tape delay, nothing on the internet. No TV coverage. Audio coverage should be available at www.kbcsports.com.

But we will have blog coverage for all the games involving East Bay teams in Sacramento. I will be up there all day and get the blogging started at 10 a.m. with the girls Division III game between Bishop O’Dowd and Sacramento. I will then turn the blog over to correspondent and former BANG-EB staffer Steve R. Waterhouse, who will blog the boys Division III game between Bishop O’Dowd and El Cerrito. We’ll break for the Division II games and then Steve will bring you the action from the Division I girls game between Berkeley and Carondelet and the Division I boys game between Castro Valley and De La Salle. I may chime in here and there during those other games, but I’ll be covering O’Dowd-El Cerrito and Castro Valley-De La Salle for print so I’ll be a bit tied up.

We’ll get the Twitter feeds going so we can get any updates we can from the games over at Folsom. Judging from year’s past, internet is not provided at Folsom High so we won’t have anyone logged into a computer so we’ll be fully reliant on Twitter for those games from Folsom.

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Berkeley girls climbing in national rankings

I figured I’d piggyback on Jimmy’s post about the East Bay’s top boys teams earning national rankings and give an update on the girls. The Berkeley High girls first jumped into the ESPN Rise Fab 50 poll a few weeks ago and have been climbing steadily since then. This week they are No. 43.

What I’ve thought was interesting, and a bit strange, all year is how the ESPN Rise Fab 50 poll and the Cal-Hi Sports top 20 poll (also owned by ESPN Rise) don’t seem to match up at all, except at the very top. For example, Berkeley is ranked No. 2 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports behind just Mater Dei-Santa Ana, which is also the national No. 1 team in the national Fab 50 poll. But there are three other California teams – No. 5 Brea Olinda, No. 8 St. Mary’s-Stockton and No. 13 Long Beach Poly – ranked way ahead of Berkeley in the national poll, but behind the Yellowjackets in the state poll. As Jimmy pointed out, the rankings do match up on the boys side.

Here are the state rankings for East Bay teams: No. 2 Berkeley, No. 7 Carondelet, No. 8 St. Mary’s-Berkeley, No. 15 Dougherty Valley.

So my question is, if Berkeley or Carondelet beats Mater Dei for the Division I state title next weekend (or if MD loses in the SoCal regional final this weekend), how far can Berkeley or Carondelet rise in the national poll and how far would Mater Dei drop. Side note: Mater Dei’s standout junior point guard, Jordan Adams, injured her shoulder last week and may be out for the remainder of the season, according to the OC Register.

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Salesian, CV boys earn national rankings

Castro Valley has cracked the POWERADE FAB 50 ESPN RISE boys basketball poll that was released today, checking in at No. 50. Salesian, which is 34-1 on the court, including a 63-61 win over the Trojans on Jan. 17, was already in the poll and moved up eight spots to No. 40. The two local teams are among six California schools in the national poll, preceeded by No. 10 Lincoln-San Diego, No. 12 Mater Dei-Santa Ana, No. 17 Long Beach Poly and No. 27 Centennial-Corona.

Mater Dei and Centennial are playing Saturday in the CIF Division I Southern regional finals and the winner will play the winner of the Northern regional final between Castro Valley and De La Salle. Poly lost to Mater Dei in the semifinals of the very powerful SoCal Division I playoffs. Lincoln is the defending Division II state champion and plays Summit-Fontana in the SoCal Division II finals Saturday. Lincoln could end up facing Mitty in the Division II state finals.

Not surprisingly, the state rankings by Cal-Hi Sports, which are put together by the crew that helps out with the national rankings, follows the same pattern of No. 1 Lincoln, No. 2 Mater Dei, No. 3 Long Beach Poly, No. 4 Centennial, No. 5 Salesian and No. 6 Castro Valley. De La Salle checks in at No. 11 and Bishop O’Dowd is No. 14.

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NorCal semifinal sites

It’s official, the Oakland vs. Castro Valley CIF NorCal Division I semifinal game will be at Washington High in Fremont at 7 p.m. Saturday, according to Castro Valley athletic director Andy Popper. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Also, Sheldon and De La Salle will play at Saint Mary’s College at 7:30 p.m. The girls game between St. Francis and Carondelet will precede that game at 6 p.m. at SMC.

Scanning the other divisions, Bishop O’Dowd’s rematch with San Marin in Division III will be played at Redwood High at 7 p.m. Salesian will face Santa Cruz, the alma mater of Pride coach Bill Mellis, at Contra Costa College at 7 p.m. The Dougherty Valley girls game in Div. II against defending state champion St. Mary’s-Stockton will be played at Lincoln High in Stockton at 7 p.m. In Division IV, St. Mary’s is hosting a double header with the girls playing Notre Dame at 6 p.m. and the boys playing St. Patrick-St. Vincent at 7:30 p.m.

All other games involving locals should be 7 p.m. game at the host school’s site.