High school baseball updates

I’ve had baseball news piling up over the past few weeks, so I figured I’d throw it out there in one fell swoop.

On the coaching front, we’ve had several changes. For starters, College Park has hired former Acalanes head man and DVC assistant Andy Tarpley to replace Matt Lisle. Lisle is now an assistant for the University of Oregon softball team. Tarp attended several College Park playoff games, and his hiring came as no surprise.

At Clayton Valley, Casey Coakley is returning to lead the Eagles on the diamond. Herc Pardi will remain with the program in his former role of pitching coach. Coakley returns from Los Medanos, where he’s coached the past couple seasons.

Deer Valley has filled its vacancy at the top, picking Dan Peters to take over for Dennis Luquet. Luquet was hired as the head coach at Diablo Valley College. Peters, a College Park grad, has an impressive resume of his own with stints as pitching coach at DVC and LMC as well as a brief run as head coach at Clayton Valley.

On the recruiting front, most people know by now that Cal has snagged top-shelf local pitchers in De La Salle’s Andrew Buckley and Campolindo’s Matt Ladrech (Ladrech is only a junior). NorCalPreps.com’s Cameron Schott reported today that Ladrech’s teammate, infielder Denis Karas, is now also headed to Cal. Karas is also a junior, so that means that over the next two years the pipeline from Campo to Cal will be plenty busy. Current senior Robbie Tenerowicz is Cal-bound after this season.


East Bay Football Poll – 9/10

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (6) 2-0 90 1
2. James Logan 3-0 84 2
3. Concord 3-0 76 3
4. Campolindo 3-0 70 4
5. California 3-0 66 5
6. Monte Vista 3-0 64 9
7. Amador Valley 2-1 48 11
8. Bishop O’Dowd 2-1 43 7
9. Foothill 2-1 40 12
10. El Cerrito 3-0 38 13
11. Freedom 1-2 35 8
12. Pittsburg 1-2 25 6
13. Granada 3-0 14 NR
14. Deer Valley 2-0 13 NR
15. McClymonds 1-1 8 NR

Also receiving votes: Antioch (3-0, 5 points), Salesian (3-0, 1). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


Salesian’s Jabari Bird will announce college decision Wednesday

Salesian High basketball star Jabari Bird will announce his college choice Wednesday, Pride boys basketball coach Bill Mellis confirmed.
The 6-foot-6 Bird, a five-star wing, had narrowed down his choices to Cal, Washington, Oregon and Colorado, Mellis said. Bird took an official visit to Cal this past weekend and it was the first official visit that he took, Mellis said.
According to online reports, Bird has canceled his remaining official visits to Colorado, Oregon and Washington.
Bird, one of the most sought-after recruits in the country, led Salesian to the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV state championship last season. He was the Pride’s leading scorer (18.7 points per game) and rebounder (4.8 per game).


East Bay football poll — 9/4

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (6) 1-0 90 1
2. James Logan 2-0 84 2
3. Concord 2-0 73 6
4. Campolindo 2-0 71 4
5. California 2-0 64 12
6. Pittsburg 1-1 59 3
7. Bishop O’Dowd 2-0 57 7
8. Freedom 1-1 45 10
9. Monte Vista 2-0 42 11
10. San Ramon Valley 0-2 35 5
11. Amador Valley 1-1 34 9
12. Foothill 1-1 24 8
13. El Cerrito 2-0 19 t14
14. Encinal 1-0 17 13
t15. Livermore 2-0 2 NR
t15. Salesian 2-0 2 NR

Also receiving votes: McClymonds (0-1, 1 point), Granada (2-0, 1). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


De La Salle-Mullen ticket info

Mullen-Denver (Colo.) invades Owen Owens Field this week to take on De La Salle in what will surely be a hot ticket in the Concord area

So, how can you get tickets?

For starters, they’ll be available all week at the De La Salle student bookstore (located right in front of the school). Normal bookstore (open 7:30-3:45 except Wednesday, when it opens at 8:30) hours apply. $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors and kids under 12.

Some tickets should be available at the gate, but probably not many. Also, note the different start time than past seasons. The first two DLS home games will kick off at 7:15 p.m.