East Bay’s Holiday Classic roster

Here is the East Bay roster for the Holiday Classic All Star game, scheduled for Dec. 23 at Monte Vista High at 7 p.m. I did a copy and paste on the rosters, so if you see any spelling errors that I didn’t correct, feel free to chime in. Also, there will be a halftime performance by Tora Woloshin, who appeared on the TV show The X Factor. (See link of her below the roster).

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De La Salle reportedly to play Mullen-Denver next year

Fellow MediaNews Group paper The Denver Post reported earlier today that the De La Salle High football team will host Colorado power Mullen-Denver next season. The report said that the Spartans would host the game, but that has yet to be confirmed by De La Salle. Games against Bellarmine-San Jose and St. Mary’s-Stockton are already confirmed for the Spartans 2012 season.

De La Salle athletic director Leo Lopoz did not comment on Monday, saying the Spartans are focused on this week’s state bowl game against Westlake.

Mullen is one of Colorado’s most successful teams of late, having won Class 5A championships from 2008-10. The Mustangs went 9-3 in 2011.


Additional info on Holiday Classic

I’ve been asked a few times for some information about the Holiday Classic All Star football game, which pits East Bay stars against Sacramento area stars. I just spoke with organizer Matt Williams and confirmed the game is Friday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. at Monte Vista High. It’s been the goal to have the game played in the East Bay to give the area a chance to show it can support the game and make it worthwhile to rotate the game between Sacramento and the East Bay. So take this as an opportunity to pack the stands and make sure that the game returns to the area. I should have full rosters coming later, but I’ve received a few names. The East Bay quarterbacks will be Cal’s Kevin Farley and McClymonds’ Eddie Heard. Running backs will be Berkeley’s Rudolpho James, Livermore’s Damariay Drew and Deer Valley’s Matt Smith. The team will be coached by Monte Vista’s Craig Bergman and his staff, along with Foothill’s Matt Sweeney and former San Ramon Valley coach and current Cal athletic director Dave Kravitz. When I have the full rosters, I’ll get them posted.


CSN California to air state bowl games

Comcast SportsNet California will air each of the five CIF State Championship Bowl Games live on TV this weekend, including Saturday’s Division III game between Campolindo (14-0) and Washington Union-Fresno (13-0) at noon and the Open Division game between De La Salle (12-1) and Westlake-Westlake Village (14-0). The De La Salle game will NOT be live. It will be shown on tape delay at 10 p.m.

The other games on Friday are the Division IV game at 4 p.m. between Le Grand (12-0) and Sierra Canyon-Chatsworth (14-0) and the Division I game between Bellarmine Prep (12-1) and Santa Margarita-Rancho Santa Margarita (12-2). The third game on Saturday is the Division II game between Del Oro-Loomis (13-1) and Helix-La Mesa (12-1) at 4 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s SportsNet Central will also provide comprehensive coverage of the games on its broadcasts at 6 p.m, 10:30 p.m. and midnight.


Live chat on California state prep football championships today at noon

Discuss this weekend’s California state high school football matchups during a live chat with Ben Enos and Jimmy Durkin Monday at noon.

They’ll break down the Open Division championship between De La Salle High and Westlake Village as well as undefeated Campolindo’s Div. III title game against Fresno’s Washington-Union. They’ll also touch on Bellarmine Prep’s Div. I championship appearance against Santa Margarita.

Live chat: State prep football playoffs, Monday at noon


Skyline wins 6 OT thriller

The Skyline High boys basketball team literally outlasted Santa Teresa-San Jose Thursday in the first round of the Granada Holiday Classic. The Titans won 97-94 in six overtimes. I’m in the process of researching to find out if this is a record for an East Bay varsity basketball team regarding the most overtimes played in one game.

“Just unbelievable,” said Skyline coach Max Langaard about that game. “The kids played their hearts out, both teams.”

He said that in the fourth overtime, Santa Teresa’s TJ Bird sank a leaning runner off the glass with one second remaining to force a fifth overtime. In the sixth overtime, Kendrick Payne hit a 3-pointer and Paris Davis scored four points as the Titans outscored the Saints 10-7 to finally end the game.

Paris Davis scored a game-high 35 points for Skyline, and teammate Vincent Golson added 19. Derek King had a team-high 26 points for Santa Teresa.