The Concord High football community is mourning the death of senior Montreal Blakely. The defensive starter with a 3.6 GPA was killed Saturday night in San Francisco.
Coach Brian Hamilton passed on this information for those able to help the family, which is struggling to pay for the for funeral costs.
“First, we would like to thank you all for the outpouring of love and support since we all learned of Montreal’s passing. We are so proud of the family we have built here over our nine years, and so grateful for your support now in this time of great sorrow.
Many of you have asked how you can help in this time of despair. Again I am humbled by the selflessness you all have already demonstrated. While there is never a good time to lose a son, a brother, a teammate, or a friend, losing a loved one so close to Christmas is especially difficult for all.
For those of you who are able to help his family in this time of tremendous need, you can help assist with Montreal’s expenses in a number of ways. You can visit our website chsminutemenfootball.com and click the donate button. Also on the site is information about how to donate by check. If you live near the campus you can leave your donation in the main office during school hours. Also, Friday night at 5:00 p.m. in the gym, the team will be selling Christmas ornaments decorated with the number 9 in honor of Montreal. Finally if you plan on joining us at the vigil being held Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in the gym we will have collection boxes at the door.
Finally, we want to thank you again for your thoughts and prayers and let you know they have been a great comfort to us all. We hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and pray that Montreal’s family finds some solace in this time of peace on Earth and good will to men.”
Here is our final East Bay football poll of the 2012 season.
|1. De La Salle (5)
|2. James Logan
|3. Clayton Valley
|5. El Cerrito
|8. Amador Valley
|9. San Ramon Valley
|13. Monte Vista
Also receiving votes: Miramonte (7-5, 3 points), Newark Memorial (9-3, 2). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.
The San Ramon Valley High boys and girls soccer coaches have been named as North Coast Section Honor Coaches for the 2012/13 Winter Season. Wolves boys coach Don Busboom guided sixth-seeded San Ramon Valley to the NCS Division I championship game last season, in which the Wolves fell 2-0 against De La Salle. Wolves girls coach Mark Jones led his team to the NCS championship game also last season, in which the Wolves fell 1-0 against rival Monte Vista.
A pair of Contra Costa College sophomore linemen have made oral commitments to Division I schools.
Demetrius Cherry, a 6-foot-6, 260 pound defensive end, has committed to Arizona State. He had 3.5 sacks and 29 total tackles in seven games this past season.
“I felt really comfortable with the whole staff,” Cherry said. “I’ve got an opportunity to go there and start.”
Cherry said that Arizona State has him slated as a defensive end/linebacker. He also took official visits to Illinois and Iowa State.
Offensive tackle Damien Parris has committed to Houston. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Parris played left tackle for the Comets and helped them average 362.5 yards per game, including 221.7 rushing yards per game this past season.
“It was a good fit for me, school-wise and playing-wise,” Parris said.
Parris took official visits to Houston, Kentucky, San Jose State and Kansas.
It might not appear to be a league loaded with top flight teams, but if you look very closely at the Mission Valley Athletic League, it is a league that is pretty solid from top to bottom and it is a league that will have several teams make the playoffs.
The Holiday Classic all-star game, pitting the top Contra Costa seniors vs. their Alameda County counterparts, will be held Saturday, Dec. 22 at Pittsburg High. Kickoff is 1 p.m.
The Contra Costa team will be coached by Pittsburg’s Victor Galli and his staff. Washington’s Ken Wittmer will head the Alameda team, along with his staff and the James Logan staff.
Here are the teams:
Greetings, high school girls soccer fans.
The new winter season is in full swing, and I’m back to share some stories and a little insight about the leagues, teams and teenage players in the East Bay.
Paul McCallion, who guided the Castro Valley High girls soccer team to its first North Coast Section title in 2010, is back coaching the Trojans after taking a season off.
The Trojans beat Tennyson 4-0 on Wednesday in a battle of unbeaten teams in the Western Alameda County Conference (WACC) to improve to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the WACC. In 2010, McCallion’s Trojans beat San Ramon Valley 2-1 the NCS Division I championship match to finish the season 25-0-2. The Trojans became only the second non-EBAL school to win a section title at the top level in girls soccer, dating to 1982.
Former Monte Vista High basketball star Brian Barbour reached a significant milestone at Columbia. The senior guard scored 19 points to reach 1,000 for his career in a 54-42 victory over American last week. Barbour became the 25thplayer in program history to reach 1,000 for his career.
Barbour scored four straight points to surpass his milestone and spark a 10-0 run to put Columbia on top, 20-14.
At Monte Vista, Barbour (6-1, 175) of Alamo averaged 19.7 points and 6.0 assists as a senior. A two-time team captain, he was a three-time all-EBAL selection. As a senior, he was an EPSN/Rivals All-State pick and made the all-Northern California squad.
Interesting tidbit: Barbour stood 5 foot 5 as a high school freshman.