Four East Bay community college football teams will play in bowl games on Nov. 17. Laney (5-5) will face host Diablo Valley College (6-4) at 1 p.m. in the East Bay Bowl.
Contra Costa College (7-3), the Bay Valley Conference champ, will play at Monterey Peninsula (5-5), the co-Coast Conference champ, in the Living Breath Foundation Bowl at 1 p.m.
Chabot (6-4), which earned a second consecutive Golden Gate Conference championship, will play at College of the Siskiyous (8-1), the Mid-Empire Conference champion, in the NCFA Central Division Bowl at noon.
Also on Nov. 17, College of San Mateo (6-4) will host Sierra (5-5) in the Bothman Bulldog Bowl at 1 p.m.
I just talked with Oakland Section commissioner Russell White, who told me the Silver Bowl will not be held at Laney College this year. He said cost was a factor, but so was the promotion of the section’s facilities. “Our facilities are very capable of hosting the game,” White said.
He said the Silver Bowl will be held at a neutral site, which will not be decided until after Friday’s Oakland Section football playoff games.
The semifinals begin on Wednesday and so far there have been almost no surprises. Let’s see what the final week before the State playoffs has in store.
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There were a number of lopsided games in the first round of the North Coast Section football playoffs, including big wins by San Ramon Valley, James Logan, Pittsburg and Concord. Bishop O’Dowd survived in Division III play with a 16-13 win over Acalanes.
Follow all of the prep football playoff action from Friday night’s NCS games here beginning at 7 p.m.
The seventh season of Las Positas College men’s basketball begins when the Hawks host Gavilan at 2 p.m. on Thursday in the first round of the Tip-Off Classic in Livermore.
The Hawks, coming off their most successful season with a 22-8 record an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the state tournament, are the defending Tip-Off Classic champions. They have won the tournament three out of six times.
With a strong recruiting class and a new interim head coach in Ward Farris, LPC returns two players from last year — guards Julian Redmon and Jovante Evans — to go along with 11 freshmen.
Other first-round games pit Butte against Columbia at 4 p.m., Chabot against Siskiyous at 6 p.m., and Contra Costa against DeAnza at 8 p.m.
The tournament runs through Saturday, Nov. 10, culminating in the 5 p.m. championship game.
Participants in the new Northern California regional football playoffs will be selected on Dec. 2, the Sunday after the North Coast Section playoffs are complete, the California Interscholastic Federation announced Tuesday.
Join Stephanie Hammon at 3 p.m. Sunday to discuss the North Coast Section prep football playoff seedings.
No. 8 Upper Lake (5-5) at No. 1 Ferndale (9-1), 1 p.m.
No. 5 Berean Christian (3-7) at No. 4 St. Bernard Catholic (6-4), 1 p.m.
No. 7 Tomales (6-4) at No. 2 California School for the Deaf (9-1), 1 p.m.
No. 6 Calistoga (6-4) at No. 3 St. Vincent (8-2), 1 p.m.