Contra Costa College football player chooses Utah State

Another Contra Costa College football player has made an oral commitment, as wide receiver Ronald Butler is headed to Utah State.
“I just talked it over with my mother. I was wasting time sitting on it (the decision), so I just went ahead and did it,” said the 6-foot, 182-pound sophomore.
Butler, an all-California Region III selection, caught 55 passes for 870 yards and 13 touchdowns for Contra Costa College last season. He was also an all-Bay Valley Conference selection and was named the Living Breath Foundation Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player after catching six passes, including two touchdown grabs.
On his official visit to Logan this month, the weather didn’t faze him.
“It’s cold over there, but I’m from New Jersey so I’m used to the weather,” said Butler, who played at Lincoln High in Jersey City.
Butler said he was impressed by the academics and the team when he met them on his visit.


East Bay Girls Basketball Poll – 1/29

There isn’t much movement in this week’s East Bay high school girls basketball poll:

Team Record Points Last week
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 16-3 75 1
2. Miramonte 19-1 69 2
3. Carondelet 16-3 66 3
4. Salesian 19-4 58 4
5. St. Mary’s 17-4 56 5
6. Heritage 16-4 50 6
7. Monte Vista 17-3 46 7
8. Deer Valley 11-7 40 8
9. Berkeley 11-9 33 9
10. Campolindo 16-3 30 11
11. Clayton Valley 14-6 27 10
t12. Dublin 14-5 15 12
t12. Piedmont 14-5 15 13
14. Oakland Tech 15-3 14 t14
15. Alameda 15-5 6 t14

Also receiving votes: None. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are through Saturday.


Hutchings, Hooper, Long receive all-state honors

Three East Bay football players were selected to Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state first-team. De La Salle’s Michael Hutchings and Austin Hooper were selected to the first-team defense while James Logan’s Warren Miles Long was a multi-purpose selection. De La Salle and Narbonne-Harbor City were the only schools to have multiple first-team selections. Hutchings, a USC-bound linebacker, was already named California’s Mr. Football by Cal-Hi Sports. Hooper is a defensive end headed to Stanford. Long, who thrived at running back and linebacker this year, will play at Northwestern.

Check here for the full first-team list.

Additionally, Clayton Valley’s Joe Protheroe was selected to the second team as a running back. Third team picks include Freedom WR Darrell Daniels, Pittsburg OL Antonia Huey, De La Salle RB Tiapepe Vitale, San Ramon Valley kicker Matt Anderson, De La Salle DL Victor Egu, De La Salle LB D.J. Moffitt and Foothill FB/LB Griffith Gates.

The full second and third team lists can be found here.


East Bay boys basketball poll — 1/28

Team Record Points Last week
1. Salesian (5) 18-3 75 1
2. Bishop O’Dowd 16-3 70 2
3. Deer Valley 16-4 65 3
4. De La Salle 16-3 56 4
5. El Cerrito 16-7 55 t5
6. Newark Memorial 12-7 49 t5
7. Dublin 15-4 46 t7
8. Monte Vista 16-4 44 t7
9. San Leandro 16-4 35 9
10. McClymonds 12-7 29 10
11. Campolindo 14-5 26 11
12. Freedom 14-6 20 15
13. Heritage 15-5 13 14
14. College Park 17-4 7 NR
15. St. Joseph Notre Dame 13-9 6 12

Also receiving votes: Mt. Eden (16-4, 4 points).  Records are through Sunday. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.


De La Salle’s 2013 football schedule

There will be no national powerhouses for the De La Salle football team in Justin Alumbaugh’s first season as head coach. But since the Spartans are no longer playing a full East Bay Athletic League schedule, there are a few more opportunities for them to take on some out-of-section squads in 2013. A road game at Servite, which lost to De La Salle in the 2010 Open Division state bowl game, is the furthest the Spartans will travel this season. Here’s the full schedule.

Week 0: At Livermore

Week 1: At Serra

Week 2: At St. Mary’s-Stockton

Week 3: Del Oro

Week 4: San Ramon Valley

Week 5: At Servite

Week 6: Bye

Week 7: James Logan

Week 8: Amador Valley

Week 9: At Monte Vista

Week 10: California


DLS’ Victor Egu switches up commitment

After originally committing to Cal, De La Salle High’s Victor Egu now plans to play football at Yale.

Egu, expecting to play linebacker at Cal, had given his verbal commitment to Jeff Tedford in early November. After Tedford was fired, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior didn’t see himself fitting in the Bears’ system anymore.

“The new coaching staff informed me that they wanted me to play defensive end, which I was fine with,” Egu said. “But they were full at that position. They didn’t need me really. I thought, I’m not going to stay where I’m not really needed.”

Egu, who held offers from several Pac-12 schools as well as Notre Dame and Nebraska, switched his commitment to the Ivy League school this week.

“They were a school that was after me really early in the process,” Egu said of Yale. “Education was also a factor. I know football isn’t everything and with a degree from Yale I’ll have a wide range of opportunities.”

Egu played defensive end for the Spartans in their 15-0 season, but expects to play linebacker at Yale.


Olympian Track and Field clinic on February 2

A large number of notable track and field athletes and coaches, including long jump world record holder Mike Powell and Olympic gold medalists Stephanie Brown-Trafton (discus) and Andre Phillips (400-meter hurdles), will be special guests and clinicians at the Willie Davenport Olympian Track and Field Clinic at James Logan High on Feb. 2.
It is a learn-by-doing clinic for all ages. Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and the clinic will take place from 9 to 4 p.m. The fee for individuals is $20, $10 for youth 10-years-old and younger, and $500 for teams of 50-plus.

For more information, contact Lee Webb (510-304-7172, lee_webb@nhusd.k12.ca.us, logantrackandfield.com)