East Bay girls basketball poll — 1/24

Voters had some tough decisions to make after St. Mary’s beat Berkeley on Saturday. Many voters still valued Berkeley’s body of work and kept the ‘Jackets ranked ahead of the Panthers. So Berkeley drops just one spot and Carondelet, which owns a 40-point win over St. Mary’s, moves up to No. 2. The rest of the top 10 stays pretty much the same. Castro Valley cracked the poll at No. 12 after beating Heritage in overtime on Saturday for its 10th straight win.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Bishop O’Dowd (6) 15-2 90 1
2. Carondelet 14-3 84 3
3. Berkeley 15-2 74 2
4. Miramonte 19-0 73 4
5. St. Mary’s 12-6 69 5
6. Dougherty Valley 12-7 60 6
7. Salesian 17-2 53 7
8. Mission San Jose 18-1 49 8
9. Deer Valley 11-6 42 9
10. Monte Vista 15-3 36 11
11. Heritage 15-3 26 10
t12. Castro Valley 13-4 22 NR
t12. Alameda 12-5 22 t15
14. Granada 13-5 14 14
15. Dublin 11-6 3 12

Also receiving votes: Amador Valley (13-5, 2 points), Washington (13-6, 1). The East Bay Prep Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are as of Monday.

Note: Records include Monday’s games, though votes were compiled before those games took place. Every ranked team that played won, so I don’t think it would have changed anything.


East Bay Boys Basketball poll — 1/23

Here’s our latest poll. Almost no movement, other than McClymonds moving back up to No. 5 and that sliding Deer Valley and Campolindo down a spot. Mack moves back up mainly because I think voters realized that they have a 30-point win over Deer Valley and none of their losses are horrible, even if they do have quite a few. Owning wins over No. 3 Newark, No. 6 Deer Valley and No. 9 Monte Vista has to count for something. Also, a note, while I updated Salesian, Campolindo and Dublin’s records based on tonight’s games, those results were not factored into the voting (although I don’t think much would’ve changed anyway).

Team Record Points Last week
1. Salesian (6) 18-2 90 1
2. De La Salle 16-2 84 2
3. Newark Memorial 15-4 78 3
4. Bishop O’Dowd 13-5 72 4
5. McClymonds 10-9 62 7
6. Deer Valley 12-6 58 5
t7. Campolindo 16-2 52 6
t7. San Leandro 14-4 52 8
9. Monte Vista 13-5 38 9
10. Castro Valley 13-4 36 10
11. Freedom 14-4 31 11
12. St. Joseph Notre Dame 15-4 30 12
13. Liberty 15-3 19 13
14. Dublin 13-6 11 14
15. Skyline 12-6 5 15

Also receiving votes: Amador Valley (12-6, 1 point), De Anza (16-4, 1). The East Bay Prep Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are as of Monday.


Deer Valley goalkeeper suffers concussion

 Deer Valley senior goalkeeper Kara Leffle, who was hit in the head during Thursday’s game at Freedom, was diagnosed with a severe concussion and released from a local hospital Friday, according to her father, Ken Leffle.

After she was hit, Kara Leffle had no feeling in her arms and legs. She regained feeling in her arms and legs as she was airlifted to the hospital.


Tennyson’s Paxton headed to Brown

Tennyson High wide receiver Alson Paxton Jr. has accepted an offer and committed to playing football at Brown University. Brown, like all Ivy League schools, does not offer athletic scholarships. The 6-foot, 190-pound Paxton caught 46 passes for 793 yards and 12 touchdowns this season for the Lancers, who matched a school record with eight wins and made the North Coast Section playoffs for the second straight year — the only two playoff appearances in school history.

“He’s a great kid that helped turn the program around and is getting it done in the classroom,” Tennyson coach Terry Smith said of Paxton, who carries a 3.88 grade point average.



East Bay Girls Soccer rankings (Jan. 19)

I spent some time trying to update the East Bay girls soccer rankings on Wednesday night, and by the time I stopped yanking my hair out I began praying to the soccer gods for strength and guidance.

No clue. The competition is that close.

The EBAL is crazy balanced and exciting. Four teams entered action Thursday night each within a point of first place: San Ramon Valley and Carondelet were tied at 4-1-2 with 14 points, one point ahead of Monte Vista (3-0-4) and California (4-2-1). Granada looms in fifth.

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Logan football granted “competitive anomaly” status

The James Logan High football team has been approved as a competitive anomaly and will play an independent football schedule for at least the next two seasons.
James Logan sought independent status to strengthen its schedule. With Moreau Catholic set to join the Mission Valley Athletic League next season, the Colts would’ve been limited to three nonleague games.
“Everyone knows that our league schedule is not that great,” Logan coach George Zuber said. “We found out that Moreau is joining our league and taking away one of our nonleague games. That’s taking away 25 percent of our good opponents.”
Other East Bay programs have competed as independents for periods of time over the years, including De La Salle football before the school joined the East Bay Athletic League, and the Berkeley girls basketball program. In Logan’s situation, the Colts agreed to allowed the MVAL to keep its automatic NCS playoff berth in order to expedite the approval process.
The move was approved by a 6-2 vote by the MVAL, according to North Coast Section Commissioner Gil Lemmon. It was sent out for ratification by the section’s Bay Shore Conference and by Wednesday had received enough approvals to make the move official, Lemmon said.
The criteria Logan met for being considered a competitive anomaly is based on its performance over the past five years, during which Logan has reached the NCS playoffs each season, achieved a dominant league record and won its league games by excessive margins.
The Colts are 28-1 in MVAL play over the past five seasons and in four of those seasons outscored their league opponents by more than 200 points. This past year, Logan outscored MVAL foes 311-32.
Logan will play the final four games of its MVAL schedule, which this fall will be against Washington, Newark Memorial, Irvington and Mission San Jose. The Colts will not be eligible for the league championship and also will forfeit some all-league nominations.
The Colts agreed to let the MVAL keep its automatic playoff berth, meaning Logan will need to qualify for the postseason as an at-large participant. That also means the Colts will not have home-field advantage if they were to play against a league champion in the playoffs.
“That’s what we were willing to do that to get this,” Zuber said. “We had to place our team goals in front of our individual goals.”
Logan has games scheduled next season against San Leandro, San Ramon Valley, Heritage and Berkeley and still is looking for two more games.


East Bay Girls Basketball Poll – 1/17

There has been some movement in the poll, including a switch in the second and third spots.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Bishop O’Dowd (6) 13-2 90 1
2. Berkeley 13-1 84 3
3. Carondelet 12-3 78 2
4. Miramonte 16-0 72 4
5. St. Mary’s 9-6 64 t5
6. Dougherty Valley 9-7 62 t5
7. Salesian 15-2 53 9
8. Mission San Jose 15-1 45 10
9. Deer Valley 10-6 40 7
10. Heritage 14-2 39 8
11. Monte Vista 13-3 33 12
12. Dublin 9-5 18 15
13. Liberty 13-3 16 14
14. Granada 12-4 14 11
t15. Alameda 10-5 4 NR
t15. Amador Valley 11-5 4 13
t15. Skyline 14-4 4 NR

The East Bay Prep Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are through Monday.