Tagaloa narrows his choices

I just got off the phone with Salesian High’s Freddie Tagaloa, and he confirmed that he has narrowed his college choices down to four. It looks like he will be staying on the West Coast to play football. His final four are Stanford, Cal, Oregon and USC
Tagaloa is a 6-foot-8 left tackle for the Pride.


Ross, Stephenson taken in first round of MLB draft

Bishop O’Dowd’s Joe Ross and Alhambra’s Robert Stephenson were both first-round selections in Monday’s First Year Player MLB draft. Ross was taken by the San Diego Padres with the 25th overall pick and Stephenson had his name called shortly after, going to the Cincinnati Reds with the 27th pick. Ross and Stephenson are the first East Bay high school players to be taken in the first round since 2002 when Chris Gruler of Liberty was taken by the Reds with the No. 3 pick.

UPDATE: James Harris of Oakland Tech was the final compensation round pick, going No. 60 overall to the Tampa Bay Rays.


East Bay High School Athletes of the Year Ticket Information

A total of 125 athletes have been named as honorees for the East Bay Prep Athletes of the Year awards show Wednesday, June 8, at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.

Tickets are complimentary for honored athletes and their invited guests. Athletes wishing to RSVP for the event should call the theater box office at 925-943-7469 to place reservations. The box office is open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Athletes and their guests who have RSVP’d for the event are welcome to pick up tickets in person at the theater box office in Walnut Creek.

Limit is four tickets per athlete for lower section seating. For information about the event, call 408-920-5314 or email ebrown@mercurynews.com.


Updates from Day 2 of the CIF state track championships

Right now, the only worthy update is a weather one. It’s wet. It’s raining. It doesn’t look good. There are areas of the track that appear to have standing waters, including in the running lanes and the field runways have some standing water. Here’s the most recent update from the CIF, via its Twitter account.

CIF State At this time there is no change of schedule for Day 2 of the CIF State Track & Field Championships presented by Farmers

Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter at Twitter.com/JimmyDurkinTrib. I’ll be able to post some more regular updates there.

With the boys high jump scheduled to begin right now, they are still trying to clear water in the area with a leaf blower.

Cal’s Noel Frazier takes second in the high jump at 6-9. St. Mary’s Trinity Wilson just beat state leader Melia Cox of Long Beach Poly to win the 100 girls hurdles in 13.41.


NCS baseball finals postponed

This probably doesn’t come as a shock to anyone, but the North Coast Section baseball championships have been postponed until Monday due to rain.

And, they’ll now take place at home sites. That means James Logan will host De La Salle at 7 p.m. on Monday for the Division I crown, and Clayton Valley will host Campolindo at 5 p.m. in the Division II final.

Division III fans, you have the biggest adjustment. San Marin will now host Acalanes, and that game won’t take place until Tuesday at 5 p.m. Marin Catholic hosts McKinleyville Monday at 5 for the D-IV title.

The Division V championship between Redwood Christian and Head-Royce is still scheduled for today, for now. That game has been moved to Fremont Christian, and first pitch has been moved to 2 p.m.


Updates from Day 1 of the CIF state track championships

Phil Jensen and I have arrived at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High in Clovis. We’ll try to provide some updates here as we can. Feel free to add in your own updates in the comments. Hit refresh throughout the day for updates.

Heritage’s Alex Horncliff finished 17th in the boys discus and was the East Bay’s top finisher in the event.

De La Salle’s Michael Barton took third in a very fast 110 hurdle heat in 14.30 and ends up with the fourth best time of the day. Kennedy-Richmond’s Kenneth Walker III also qualified with the seventh-fastest time of 14.35.

None of the East Bay boys qualified for the finals in the long jump. The NCS’s top qualifier, El Cerrito’s Trevell Wallace, did not compete. Reached by phone, he said he found out at 5 a.m. that he would have to skip the trip due to an illness to his mom. He entered with the state’s fifth best mark of 23-11. The Bishop O’Dowd freshman Nate Moore is the East Bay’s top finisher in the long jump at 21-5 3/4. He took 19th.

Clayton Valley’s Michael Stupka qualified ninth in the boys 400, edging the 10th place finisher by .01 seconds. His mark of 48.31 was a PR and school record.

Las Lomas’ Kenny Grimble became the lone boy to win his heat with his 300 hurdles time of 37.63, a PR that’s the second fastest time run today.

In the boys triple jump, three East Bay athletes qualified. Dublin’s Keremiah Crockett has the second best mark at 48-1 1/2. Bishop O’Dowd’s Trent Trammel is eight at 46-3 3/4 and Hayward’s Jonte Grant is ninth at 46-3 1/4.


Voltattorni steps down as De La Salle soccer coach

De La Salle High boys soccer coach, Brian Voltattorni, who has been with the Spartans program since 1994, is stepping down as head coach to spend more time with his family.
Voltattorni, who was a two-time recipient of the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay Coach of the Year Award, decided now was the the time to make the change and spend more time with his loved ones, which includes a 13-month old son.
Under Voltattorni, the head varsity coach since the 2002-2003 season, the Spartans won five North Coast Section titles and seven Bay Valley Athletic League and East Bay Athletic League titles.
“Words cannot describe what the school embodies nor can words describe the impact that De La Salle has had on my life and the man I am today,” Voltattorni said. “I will forever be indebted to De La Salle for everything it has given me. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to experience the Brotherhood here at De La Salle as a student, faculty member, and most importantly as a coach.”
Voltattorni also stood out as a player for De La Salle from 1994 to 1998 as he was the East Bay Player of the Year in 1998. As the head coach, he finishes with a record of 172-28-33, including a 23-1-0 season in 2008-2009 where the Spartans were ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 2 nationally. In his time the Spartans outscored opponents 468-120 and the team posted 126 shutouts.
De La Salle assistant athletic director and assistant varsity coach, Derricke Brown, will take the helm as the head coach for the Spartans.
Voltattorni goes out on top, having won three consecutive NCS Division I titiles, with the 2010-2011 title being the least likely. The Spartans were the No. 8 seed and were considered the underdog on several occasions, but the team found a way to win close games in the playoffs.
“I will miss having the opportunity to work with some amazing young men,” Voltattorni said. “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach such motivated and driven student-athetes. The greatest joy was watching how tirelessly these boys would work for the player next to them and the grind of trainings. I always found the training ground to be more rewarding than the games.”


Campolindo’s Kallam leaving for Bentley

After four years at Campolindo High, girls basketball coach Clay Kallam is returning to Bentley.
Kallam had previously coached at the Lafayette private school for five years before taking the Campolindo job in 2007.
He said the reasons for the move were strictly financial.
“It was pretty much an offer I couldn’t refuse and I enjoyed my time there. I like Division V,” Kallam said, adding that he’ll have other administrative duties with the school.
“I’m not motivated so much by coaching at a higher level. One thing I like about coaching is teaching and seeing the girls improve.”
Kallam was 77-39 at Campolindo, including a 25-7 record this past season as the Cougars advanced to the North Coast Section Division III title game and the Northern California regional semifinals.


DLS picked No. 3 in preseason poll

With the calendar turning to June, we’re starting to see some preseason projections for the next football season.

Maxpreps.com leads the way, and they’ve picked De La Salle as the No. 3 team in the country at this point. The Spartans obviously return a lot, and I’m sure we’ll spend an entire offseason looking forward to the big game against St. Thomas Aquinas.

Interestingly enough, Maxpreps picks former Spartans foe Don Bosco Prep as the No. 1 team in the nation. The Ironmen play Mission Viejo this season in another foray into California.