Softball: Final national/state rankings

A great year for softball in the East Bay ends with James Logan and Amador Valley both ranked in the top five of the ESPN Powerade Fab 50 poll. Logan is ranked No. 4 nationally, just ahead of No. 5 Amador Valley. Logan beat Amador Valley 1-0 on June 1 for the North Coast Section Division I championship.

The Colts and Dons were also highly ranked in the final Cal-Hi Sports state rankings, coming in at No. 2 and 3 respectively.

Cal High and Concord cracked the final state rankings, as well. Cal is No. 27 after making the NCS Division I semifinals while NCS Division II champion Concord finished at No. 28.



NCAA wrestling champ to instruct at Amador Valley camp

 Former NCAA wrestling champion Adam Tirapelle, coach of the 2012 CIF champion Clovis High squad, will be the featured instructor at the Pinnacle Wrestling Camp at Amador Valley (June 18-21). Camp times are noon to 6 p.m. all four days.

A two-time California state champion, Tirapelle won the 149-pound NCAA wrestling title in 2001 with Illinois, where he was a three-time All-American. The Tirapelle family is legendary in California wrestling — brothers Adam, Alex and Troy have a combined eight CIF titles and nine finals appearances. Alex Tirapelle, the Stanford coach and a three-time CIF champion, will head the Pinnacle Camp at Freedom in Oakley, July 11-14.

For information about the camps, visit http://www.pinnaclewrestlingcamps.com.


High School Headliners Awards Night slideshow

Ben Enos and I would like to thank the invited athletes who made it out to the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on Wednesday for the Bay Area News Group’s High School Headliners East Bay Awards Night. It was a great turnout as we honored the top 125 athletes in the East Bay. Holy Names’ Sasha Wallace was named the Female Athlete of the Year and College Park’s Brian Sergi was named the Male Athlete of the Year.

For some photos from the night by staff photographers Karl Mondon and Dan Rosenstrauch, as well as action photos of the athletes invited, please check out this slideshow.

High School Headliners Awards Night slideshow


Heritage’s Paul Blackburn selected No. 56 by Cubs

Heritage High’s Paul Blackburn was selected No. 56 overall by the Chicago Cubs in Monday’s Major League Baseball draft. The selection was in the compensatory round, a pick awarded to Chicago for the free-agent departure of Carlos Pena.
Blackburn was at his home in Oakley watching the draft with his family, some friends and neighbors and was surprised to hear his name called.
“I wasn’t really expecting it,” Blackburn said. “I knew the Cubs were in the mix, but I didn’t think it’d be until later in the second round.”
Blackburn was 10-3 with a 0.93 ERA for the Patriots this season and is signed with Arizona State. He said it’s too early to estimate the possibility of signing vs. attending college, but is excited about a future in the big league.
“All my hard work has paid off now,” Blackburn said. “I hope to fulfill my dream. I hope to make it through and make it to the big leagues.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-hander would like to help bring some success to the Cubs organization.
“I know the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in a long time,” Blackburn said. “Hopefully I can bring that to Chicago.”


San Leandro track star headed to Washington State

San Leandro High star sprinter Andre McBride has signed a letter-of-intent with Washington State.
McBride placed in two events in last weekend’s California Interscholastic Federation state championships. He was second in the 100 meters with a time of 10.60 (wind-aided) and placed sixth in the 200 (21.62 wind-aided). His fastest wind-legal times in those events this season were 10.52 and 21.21.
McBride said that he signed with Washington State on May 24.
“I went up there and I met some of the athletes and I also did some research,” McBride said. “I was looking at the times of the athletes, what they were running.”
In early May, McBride made a verbal commitment to Cal. But a visit to Washington State on May 13 helped change his mind, along with a better scholarship offer.
“I won’t have that many distractions, and I wanted to go out of state, so it seemed like a good fit,” McBride said.
He also considered Sacramento State before finally choosing the Cougars. McBride also played football at San Leandro, but he said that he will just be competing in track in Pullman.


Final 2012 East Bay softball poll

Here’s our final East Bay softball poll of the 2012 season.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. James Logan (6) 24-1 90 2
2. Amador Valley 26-1 84 1
3. Concord 24-4 78 t5
4. Newark Memorial 21-5 66 4
5. Heritage 22-3 64 3
6. Alhambra 22-5 60 t5
7. California 16-10 59 8
8. Freedom 13-8-1 48 13
t9. Castro Valley 16-9-1 40 11
t9. Monte Vista 16-9 40 7
t11. Arroyo 20-6 25 10
t11. Alameda 19-5 25 9
13. Bishop O’Dowd 19-7 23 NR
14. Pinole Valley 15-8 10 12
15. Livermore 14-12 5 14

Also receiving votes: Salesian (18-5, 3 votes). The East Bay Prep Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are final.


Final East Bay Baseball Poll

Here is the final baseball poll. I thought there were a few surprises in the final vote, so have at it.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Campolindo (5) 23-4-1 89 1
2. De La Salle (1) 20-7 85 4
3. Dougherty Valley 21-7 78 2
4. College Park 20-7 68 5
5. California 15-13 66 15
6. Acalanes 21-7 61 9
7. Monte Vista 16-11 56 10
8. Deer Valley 21-4 49 3
9. Newark Memorial 21-6 40 8
10. Granada 17-10 30 12
11. San Ramon Valley 16-9 27 6
12. Clayton Valley 20-6 26 13
t13. Foothill 16-9 15 NR
t13. St. Mary’s 23-6 15 NR
15. Northgate 20-5 11 7

Also receiving votes: Head-Royce (19-7, 2 points), James Logan (15-10, 2). The East Bay High School Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.