Acalanes hires girls basketball coach

Chris Russell has been hired as the new Acalanes High girls basketball coach. He led Contra Costa Christian’s girls squad to an 18-10 record last season and was the boys coach at John Swett in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
Mike Wilson, who guided the Acalanes girls team to a 19-10 record last season and the California Interscholastic Federation Division III Northern regionals, was hired this summer to coach at Alhambra.


East Bay Football Poll — 10/3

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (7) 3-1 105 1
2. California 4-0 97 2
3. James Logan 5-0 92 3
4. San Ramon Valley 3-1 80 t5
5. Encinal 3-1 79 t5
6. Freedom 5-0 67 7
7. Pittsburg 3-2 66 4
8. Las Lomas 5-0 52 8
9. Miramonte 5-0 49  9
10. Monte Vista 2-2 45 10
11. Salesian 5-0 38 11
t12. Campolindo 5-0 21 14
t12. Granada 2-2 21 12
14. Concord 3-2 9 NR
15. Tennyson 4-0 8 NR

Also receiving votes: Antioch (4-0, 5 points), Deer Valley (2-3, 3), Valley Christian (5-0, 3), Berkeley (2-3, 1). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


Daniel Jr. commits to Oregon

Bishop O’Dowd defensive lineman/tight end T.J. Daniel Jr. has made an oral commitment to Oregon. He committed Sunday morning to Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Daniel Jr. said that Oregon is planning to play him at defensive end. He also considered Oregon State, Washington and Cal Poly before choosing the Ducks. He has not taken any official visits, but is planning on taking one to Oregon.
“Oregon was one of my favorite schools and I always wanted to be there,” said Daniel Jr., who also punts this season for the Dragons. “They were in the national championships last year and their legacy was winning, and I wanted to be part of competing for national championships.”
Daniel Jr. also said that he is still planning to play basketball for O’Dowd this upcoming season. He was a solid contributor off the bench for last season’s California Interscholastic Federation Division III state runners-up.