New commenting system on East Bay Preps

In the next few days we’ll be implementing a new commenting system here at East Bay Preps. It’s a system that will eventually affect all blogs and articles published by the Bay Area News Group.

Here’s a detailed explanation of how the new system works and why we’re making the change. The biggest takeaway from that link is that users will now need to create an account in our new system or log in with a Twitter, Facebook or Google+ account.

Hopefully we’ll be able to keep up the lively discussion here at East Bay Preps without the personal attacks, offensive language, etc. that seem to have increased lately. The bad news is that all of the old comments will vanish once this new system takes effect. I’m sure this new system won’t be popular with some people, but we’re hoping the quality of the comments go up, even if the quantity goes down.


Liberty High forfeiting two football wins

The Liberty High football team is forfeiting its wins over Concord and West-Tracy due to the use of an academically ineligible player.
The Lions, who were off to their best start since 1998, are now 0-2 after self-reporting the problem.
“Our head coach was doing a grade check and realized that one of the kids may have been out of compliance,” Liberty athletic director Curtis Cunningham said. “We started investigating and realized that he was out of compliance. It’s really important to us that we uphold the values of integrity, honesty and good sportsmanship, so we self-reported as soon as we could… It was just a clerical error, it kind of just slipped through.”
After finishing 2-8 last season, Liberty was off to a strong start under new coach Jeff Walters, having outscored Concord and West by a combined 98-37. Instead, Concord and West will each be credited with a victory for those games.
Liberty’s next game is at home against Hayward on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“Everyone’s disappointed, but I think Jeff is doing a good job of turning it into a rallying point,” Cunningham said.


East Bay football poll — 9/10

Here’s our latest poll. The top five get shuffled around a bit while McClymonds re-enters and Acalanes makes it 2013 debut.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 2-0 75 1
2. San Ramon Valley 1-0 67 4
t3. El Cerrito 1-1 63 3
t3. Pittsburg 1-1 63 5
5. California 1-1 57 2
6. Clayton Valley 0-1 49 6
7. Deer Valley 1-0 42 7
8. James Logan 1-1 41 8
9. Foothill 2-0 38 9
10. Campolindo 2-0 28 12
11. Amador Valley 2-0 21 14
12. Monte Vista 1-1 17 13
13. McClymonds 2-0 15 NR
14. Acalanes 2-0 14 NR
15. Castro Valley 1-1 4 11

Also receiving votes:  Berkeley (1-1, 2 votes), Northgate (2-0, 1). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.


Rabb to attend USA Basketball mini-camp

Bishop O’Dowd High basketball star Ivan Rabb will be among 35 players who will attend an October mini-camp of the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team.
The camp will take place on Oct. 5-6 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Among the 35 players, he is one of only four Californians and the only Northern California player.
Rabb, a 6-foot-9 junior power forward, is the No. 1 ranked player in the 2015 national class according to espn.com.


Different site for Ed Sias Cross Country Invitational this year

I was informed by Meet Director Chuck Woolridge that due to the ongoing renovation of Hidden Valley Park, this year’s Ed Sias Cross Country invitational on Sept. 14 will be staged from Hidden Lakes Park in Martinez. The start and finish of the 2.0 mile course will be on the soccer field there, with the remainder of the course on the open space trails. The course will be entirely on grass and dirt, and there will be some gradual inclines and declines. For more information on the race, visit http://www.campotrack.com/edsias/edsiasfrontPAGE.html

Here is a map of the course: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6050601


Nodar leaves St. Mary’s High for administrative position

St. Mary’s High boys basketball coach Manny Nodar has left the school for an administrative position with The Olympic Club in San Francisco, he confirmed today.
In 11 seasons leading the Panthers, Nodar had a 255-100 overall record and a 105-29 league record. His squads won four league titles, three North Coast Section Division IV titles and three California Interscholastic Federation Division IV Northern regional titles. He was also St. Mary’s athletic director for six years and taught Spanish at the school.
Nodar is now the director of youth basketball and women’s league director for The Olympic Club, he said. He also is overseeing the club’s AAU basketball program.
“It was an opportunity for me to professionally grow and do something different,” said Nodar, 43. “I will still be able to be around basketball.
“I felt I had reached about as much as I could do for the St. Mary’s program and it was time for someone else to take it over.”