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New Skyline High coach aware of team’s tradition

By Damin Esper
Correspondent

OAKLAND — Edward Smith was pressured into taking the head coaching job at Skyline High School.

Not by administrators at Skyline. Not by the players he would be coaching. No, he was pressured by about seven barbers in a barbershop in Union City.

“I’ve been going to this barber for seven or eight years,” Smith said. “I went to the Skyline interview. Every barber there went to Skyline. As soon as I told the barber, seven barbers all looked up and said, ‘I went there,’ or, ‘My cousin went there. You’ve got to take that job.’”

To read the rest of this story, visit http://www.insidebayarea.com/my-town/ci_23966042/new-football-coach-embraces-skyline-tradition

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Tech football aims to continue success under new head coach

By Damin Esper
Correspondent

OAKLAND — Ashley Sherman is 67 years old, so calling him a rookie head coach as he enters his first season heading up the Oakland Tech High football program is a little misleading. He has been at the school since 1972, heading the wrestling program and assisting with the football program.

So call him a “veteran-rookie.”

“I’ve been coaching for a long time but I didn’t realize — when you switch over from wrestling to football, there’s some things you have to bring with you,” Sherman said. “There’s a different mentality out there. In a football game, you beat each other over the head. Then you shake hands and go home. In wrestling, you wrestle them and then you have to see him for the next three hours.”

Sherman said it definitely creates a different kind of camaraderie among athletes.

To read the rest of this story, visit http://www.insidebayarea.com/my-town/ci_23966043/new-head-coach-leads-oakland-tech

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East Bay football poll — 2013 preseason

Here it is, our first East Bay football poll of the 2013 season. Enjoy!

Team 2012 record Points Last year
1. De La Salle (4) 15-0 60 1
2. California 10-3 55 4
t3. Pittsburg 8-4 49 7
t3. El Cerrito 13-1 49 5
5. San Ramon Valley 6-6 47 9
6. James Logan 12-2 36 2
t7. Clayton Valley 12-2 32 3
t7. Deer Valley 6-5 32 NR
9. Freedom 9-3 29 6
10. Monte Vista 6-5 28 13
11. Foothill 6-6 23 15
12. Berkeley 5-5 15 NR
13. Campolindo 10-2 12 10
14. McClymonds 9-4 7 12
t15. Granada 4-6 2 NR
t15. Newark Memorial 9-3 2 NR

Also receiving votes:  Miramonte (7-5, 1 vote), Castro Valley (5-6, 1). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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Mixon announces his top five schools

Freedom High running back Joe Mixon, one of the most recruited East Bay high school football players ever, announced his top five schools on Twitter this afternoon.
On his Twitter account, Mixon said the list was in no particular order, then he said Florida, Cal, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Oregon.
The schools from his top 10 list that missed the cut were Tennessee, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Oregon State and Washington.
On Aug. 21, Mixon announced on Twitter that he had canceled a scheduled official visit to Texas A & M and will be taking an official visit to Cal for the Bears’ home game against No. 2 Ohio State.
Mixon narrowed his choices from 50 to 10 on Aug. 2. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has a five-star (out of a possible five) ranking by Rivals.com. He is ranked as the No. 3 running back in the nation and the top running back in the state in the Rivals100.
In the 2012 season, Mixon had 201 carries for 1,443 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also caught 18 passes for 383 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Wallace places fourth at Pan Am’s

Former Castro Valley High star Sasha Wallace placed fourth in the women’s 100-meter hurdles final at the Pan Am Junior Track and Field Championships in Medellin, Colombia today. Wallace, who will compete collegiately for Oregon, finished the wind-legal race in 13.72 seconds. USA teammate Alexis Perry won the race in 13.56.
Earlier in the day, Wallace was second in her trials heat in 13.66 (wind-legal).

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Acalanes High football teams has something to build on

Some major changes to its offense and defense helped the Acalanes High football team complete last season with seven victories — its best win total in years.

The Dons finished in a three-way tie for third place in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League standings and reached the North Coast Section Division III playoffs before losing a heartbreaker to Bishop O’Dowd in the first round.

Their four losses came by a combined total of 14 points.

“We left it all out on the field, we just fell a little short,” coach Mike Ivankovich said. “We want to build on that, we want to take one more step forward but at the same time these aren’t the same guys. These guys have to make their own statement. You build on it, but it’s also a fresh start.”

To read the rest of this story, visit http://www.contracostatimes.com/high-school-sports/ci_23918898/acalanes-high-football-team-has-something-build

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Miramonte High football team features strong passing game

The Miramonte High football team’s offense is in good hands this year.

With quarterback Drew Anderson and a host of experienced receivers back in the fold, the Matadors have the potential to put up some big numbers in the passing game.

And though it does have some holes to fill, Miramonte — which has two runner up finishes and a league championship in the past three years — again figures to be a major player in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League title race.

To read the rest of this story, visit http://www.contracostatimes.com/high-school-sports/ci_23918907/miramonte-high-football-team-features-strong-passing-game

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DeMers named to national team

College Park High’s Joe DeMers was one of 20 players named to the 2013 18U National Team, USA Baseball announced today.
The team will compete in the 2013 International Baseball Federation Junior ‘AAA/18U World Cup in Taichung,Taiwan. The competition begins on Aug. 30.
DeMers was selected as a pitcher. The right-hander was 10-0 with a 1.00 ERA for the Falcons as a sophomore last season.

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Alameda football squad has returning talent

ALAMEDA — The Alameda High football team has been hit hard by graduation, but coach Kemp Moyer points out that this season’s Hornets squad does not have a lack of talent.

“We have some talented skill players coming back that have been on college radar. I’m confident that we can compete, but I know that we will have some growth along the way,” he said.

One of those talented skill players is defensive back/wide receiver Sulaiman Hameed, who has offers from colleges such as Arizona State and Washington State, Moyer said. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and had not been cleared for full contact at press time. “He is still questionable for Week 1,” Moyer said. “We’re not rushing him. We’re listening to the doctors.”

To read the rest of this article, visit http://www.insidebayarea.com/high-school-sports/ci_23911499/young-hornets-football-team-has-talent?source=rss