Castlemont hires new football coach

Clyde Byrd has been hired as the new football coach at Castlemont High.
Byrd was the head coach at Kennedy-Richmond in 2010, and also at Oakland High in 2003 and 2004.
“I used to work in the area. I worked at Elmhurst (Community Prep) for years. I used to coach at Oakland High, I used to coach at Mack. I thought it was time for me to come back home and coach,” Byrd said.
Among his goals for the team is “to change the culture of the football program of the school.
“I feel this group can win right away,” he said.
Last season, Castlemont was 0-8 overall and 0-5 in the Oakland Athletic League.


DLS’ Justin Pagila ties course record with 9-under par round

De La Salle golfer Justin Pagila tied a Diablo Country Club course record when he fired a 9-under par 62 on Monday during the De La Salle golf invitational. Pagila’s impressive round helped the Spartans win the team title at the event over second place Christian Brothers-Sacramento and third place Jesuit. Pagila finished nine strokes ahead of second place Shintaro Ban of Archbishop Mitty.

According to Aaron Wells, the head pro at Diablo Country Club, only two others have carded a 62 at Diablo Country Club — Bud Shank in 1962 and Geoff Gonzalez in 2011.


Memorial Service set for Rich Swift

A memorial service for longtime Newark Memorial High School educator and coach Rich Swift will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at Newark Memorial High School’s Event Center. The service is open to the public.
Swift died on Feb. 13 of an inoperable brain tumor. He was 60 years old.


Baseball: EBAL/DFAL Challenge on Saturday

Most of us are caught up in the high school basketball season, but a pretty cool baseball event is slated for Saturday. It’s the First annual EBAL/DFAL Challenge. Dougherty Valley coach Brian Freitas is serving as the event director for the challenge, which will take place at three different venues.

At Granada High, Amador Valley will face Alhambra at noon, followed by Granada vs. Dublin at 3 p.m.

At San Ramon Valley, California meets Las Lomas at noon and San Ramon Valley plays Acalanes at 3 p.m.

At Dougherty Valley, there are two excellent games with Monte Vista facing Dougherty Valley at noon, followed by a showdown between De La Salle and Campolindo at 3 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for childer 12 and under, and under 5 is free.