East Bay Boys Basketball poll — 1/17

Here’s our latest poll. Deer Valley climbs to No. 5, which seems a bit odd given their loss yesterday. But with Mack losing twice, they dropped a couple spots and that allowed the Wolverines and Campolindo to move up. Skyline deservedly breaks into the poll after earning two top-10 wins last week.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Salesian (6) 15-2 90 1
2. De La Salle 13-2 84 2
3. Newark Memorial 11-4 78 3
4. Bishop O’Dowd 11-4 72 4
5. Deer Valley 11-6 59 6
6. Campolindo 14-2 56 9
7. McClymonds 9-9 54 5
8. San Leandro 13-3 50 10
9. Monte Vista 11-5 40 8
10. Castro Valley 11-4 37 7
11. Freedom 12-4 36 11
12. St. Joseph Notre Dame 13-3 26 12
13. Liberty 14-3 20 13
14. Dublin 12-5 13 15
15. Skyline 11-6 4 NR

Also receiving votes: College Park (10-6, 2 points), Amador Valley (10-6, 1), Heritage (12-5, 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.


Contra Costa star suffers broken leg

Contra Costa College women’s basketball star Jamie Capoot suffered a broken leg in the Comets’ 50-45 win over host Napa Valley in the Bay Valley Conference on Wednesday. Capoot had been playing brilliantly all season in the memory her father and mentor, Jim, who was killed in the line of duty as a Vallejo police officer in November. 

Jamie, a 5-foot-10 sophomore forward, has been averaging 25 points and 14 rebounds a game on Comets squad now reduced to just five players.

In the days after Jim Capoot’s widely attended funeral in Vallejo, Jamie had 57 points and 34 rebounds combined in the Comets’ two games in the Comet Classic. Contra Costa coach Paul DeBolt described her play as “courageous and inspiring”.

“My dad would have wanted me to play,” Jamie said at the time, “because that’s what he taught us to do our whole lives: To do what we don’t think is possible.”

Against Napa Valley, Jamie landed awkwardly on someone’s foot four minutes into the game after piling up six points. She suffered a hairline fracture on her left fibula. While the injury is season-ending, Capoot won’t require surgery and could be back in 4 to 8 weeks. She is being recruited by numerous four-year schools, DeBolt said. Contra Costa will have a team meeting on Thursday night to determine whether to forfeit its game against visiting Yuba on Friday because of its player shortage.

 “We want to keep it going,” DeBolt said. “We’ve never forfeited a game in the history of the program.”


MLK Classic ticket info

Had a couple people ask me for ticket information for Monday’s MLK Classic at Haas Pavilion, so here it is.

If you want to get a jump on buying a ticket and save some money, the De La Salle bookstore is selling tickets at $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

If you want to buy them at the gate, it’ll be $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. There is also another option this year, an all-day chairback seat for $15.

You’re on your own for parking in Berkeley, but if memory serves, Monday is considered a holiday and meters are not running. Check the City of Berkeley website before you go though.


East Bay Girls soccer rankings

Campolindo High senior defender Devon Bruzzone is 1-for-1.

Her first goal of the season came on her first shot of the season and produced a 1-0 Cougars’ win over host Dublin on Friday.

The big victory moved Campolindo past Dublin into first place in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League, pending Wednesday night’s results.

Maybe Bull’s-eye Bruzzone should shoot more. Campolindo coach Ernesto Silva probably wouldn’t complain.

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Ex-Foothill kicker pursues Cal dream

Former Foothill High kicker James Langford will bypass his scholarship at Cal Poly to try and walk on as a transfer at Cal.
As a Mustangs sophomore this past season, Langford was 15 for 20 in field goals in the Great West Conference, with one blocked, and was 41 of 42 in PATs.
Langford was known for his last-minute 57-yard field goal in the high school Holiday Classic All-Star game in Sacramento to send the game to overtime, and was highly recruited by a number of Pac-12 schools coming out of Foothill.
Langford will have to sit out a year, but will be able to participate in spring ball for the Bears. He will then have two years to play.


East Bay girls basketball poll — 1/10

Team Record Points Last week
1. Bishop O’Dowd (6) 10-2 90 1
2. Carondelet 10-2 84 2
3. Berkeley 11-1 78 3
4. Miramonte 14-0 72 4
t5. Dougherty Valley 8-6 63 5
t5. St. Mary’s 7-5 63 6
7. Deer Valley 9-5 54 7
8. Heritage 13-1 46 8
9. Salesian 11-2 40 9
10. Mission San Jose 14-1 39 10
11. Granada 12-2 30 15
12. Monte Vista 11-3 20 12
13. Amador Valley 9-4 18 11
14. Liberty 11-3 9 NR
15. Dublin 8-5 7 14

Also receiving votes: McClymonds (14-1, 4 points), Moreau Catholic (8-5, 3). 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.


East Bay Boys Basketball poll — 1/9

Here’s our latest poll. We have a new No. 1 after De La Salle fell to Monte Vista. The Spartans’ otherwise strong resume (wins over Fairfax-Los Angeles and Lincoln-San Diego) kept De La Salle at No. 2. Newark Memorial moves up a spot after avenging an earlier loss to Jesuit, a team Bishop O’Dowd and McClymonds lost to. Monte Vista had to shoot up after its win over DLS and lands at No. 8. Dublin is the lone new team at No. 15.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Salesian (6) 11-2 90 2
2. De La Salle 10-2 81 1
3. Newark Memorial 10-4 80 4
4. Bishop O’Dowd 8-4 73 3
5. McClymonds 8-7 66 5
6. Deer Valley 10-5 54 t6
7. Castro Valley 9-3 51 8
8. Monte Vista 9-4 50 12
9. Campolindo 11-2 47 9
10. San Leandro 11-2 35 t6
11. Freedom 11-4 30 10
12. St. Joseph Notre Dame 11-3 23 14
13. Liberty 13-3 21 13
14. Heritage 12-3 13 15
15. Dublin 10-5 3 NR

Also receiving votes: College Park (10-6, 2 points), Granada (10-3, 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 Sunday.