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O’Dowd’s K.C. Waters picks Cal

K.C. Waters, an incoming senior at Bishop O’Dowd High, has given a verbal commitment to the Cal women’s basketball program.
The 6-foot-1 forward said she chose the Bears over Tennessee and UCLA. Waters averaged a double-double as Bishop O’Dowd won the Division III state championship last season and was named the 2012 East Bay Girls Basketball Player. She was also Cal-Hi Sports’ Division III player of the year.

Waters and Mercedes Jefflo, a wing from Centennial-Corona, are the first two players from the class of 2013 to commit to Cal.

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30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 10): Casting call

This might be the most fun I’ve ever had with a 30 Questions topic.

For those who haven’t heard, the book “When the Game Stands Tall” by former Contra Costa Times columnist Neil Hayes is being turned into a movie. The tale of De La Salle’s football team will be directed by Thomas Carter, who directed “Coach Carter”.

So, who ya got acting in the movie???

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Deer Valley’s Marcus Lee named to Under Armour Elite 24

Deer Valley High’s standout incoming senior Marcus Lee was one of the first 12 players selected to compete in the Under Armour Elite 24 competition Aug. 24-25 at the Venice Beach Courts in Los Angeles. Ranked No. 27 in the ESPN 100 national recruiting rankings, the 6-foot-9 power forward is loaded with collegiate offers. His profile on ESPN lists 17 offers, including Cal, Stanford, Saint Mary’s, UCLA, Duke, Connecticut, Florida and Indiana. The two day event features a slam dunk contest, which will air at 4 p.m. PST on Aug. 24 on ESPNU. The game is Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. and also airs on ESPNU.

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30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 9): Talking about the A’s and B’s

It’s not report card time, yet. No this question delves into the topic of the so-called “A” and “B” leagues that are a part of the new Tri-County Athletic League and West Alameda County Conference.

When we put out the call for 30Q questions, the topic of teams playing down in the “B” league, particularly in reference to the WACC, was a hot topic in the comments section. If you ask me, a lot of the chatter there was extremely misguided. Commenters are ripping coaches for asking down into the B league, calling them cowards, or just wanting to know why they would want their teams to play down.

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De La Salle opens season ranked No. 4 in country

USA Today released its Preseason Super 25 football poll today, and De La Salle will begin the season at No. 4 in the national rankings.

The Spartans are the second California team in the rankings, with defending Division I bowl champion Santa Margarita ranked No. 2 in the nation. De La Salle is the three-time defending Open Division champion.

Practice officially starts next Monday for high school teams. The Spartans welcome back a talented nucleus from last year’s bunch, led by four highly-touted defensive recruits in Michael Hutchings, Austin Hooper, D.J. Moffitt and Victor Egu.

The only other California school to make the list is No. 22 Vista Murrieta. The Broncos feature heralded all-purpose player Su’a Cravens.

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30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 8): Hitting the trail

Today I hit one of my annual 30 Questions staples.

How’s recruiting going for the East Bay’s biggest talents?

From the start of the 2011 season, it was easy to toss around the label “year of the quarterback” when we had guys like Zach Kline, Bart Houston and Jeff Lockie ready to wreck shop.

This year, the quarterback pool is a little tougher to identify.

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