Pittsburg High RB Harris Ross out with injury

EDIT: Pittsburg High running back Harris Ross will miss tonight’s game against Deer Valley and possibly the rest of the season after re-injuring his right leg at practice this week. Last week, Ross became Pittsburg’s all-time rushing leader, but posted on Twitter Friday  that he fractured his right fibula, confirming an earlier report of his injury.

“God give me the strength and ability to get through this injury so I can return this season in playoffs,” Ross posted to Twitter on Friday afternoon.

Pittsburg is playing undefeated Deer Valley for first place in the Bay Valley Athletic League.

— Stephanie Hammon

Original post: Pittsburg High star running back Harris Ross suffered a leg injury at practice and is questionable for Friday’s game against Deer Valley, according to CBS/MaxPreps’ Mitch Stephens on Twitter today. Stephens wrote in a following tweet that he got the news from Pittsburg coach Victor Galli.
Ross broke three school records (career rushing yards, career touchdowns, single season rushing yards) in a 272-yard, three-touchdown performance last Friday against Freedom (a 34-13 Pittsburg victory). The Oregon State-bound Ross, who earlier this season rushed for a North Coast Section-record 464 yards in a 49-29 win over Monte Vista, has 1,827 yards rushing this season.
Galli was unable to be reached for comment by the Bay Area News Group about the reported injury.

— Phil Jensen


CIF considers limit for practices and coach contact time

The California Interscholastic Federation Federated Council have forwarded a proposal to limit practice time for high school sports and have a contact time allowance for coaches, CIF Executive Director Roger Blake said in a media conference call this afternoon.
“The time and commitment for kids to be involved in high school sports can be out of control,” Blake said.
“We are looking at the total contact time (being) 18 hours a week. … I don’t think this proposal that goes forward will impact 90-percent of the coaches. Maybe I’m being naive.”
As far as contact by high school coaches, Blake said, “The academic side that coaches help kids with, that is not included.” He said that watching film and lifting weights would both count toward the proposed 18-hours-a-week limit.
Blake said that the Federated Council will be looking at a complete first draft of the proposal at their Jan. 31 meeting, and that he doesn’t see the proposal being voted on until May.
It was also mentioned that at the January 31 meeting, there will be a vote about starting a state swimming and diving championship in the spring of 2015.


East Bay football poll — 10/29

Here’s our latest East Bay football poll. College Park and Encinal crack the rankings.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 8-0 75 1
2. Pittsburg 6-2 70 2
3. California 7-1 65 3
4. Deer Valley 8-0 60 4
5. Clayton Valley 7-1 53 5
6. Campolindo 8-0 52 6
7. James Logan 6-2 45 7
8. Foothill 7-1 39 8
9. El Cerrito 6-2 36 9
10. San Ramon Valley 4-4 29 10
11. Miramonte 6-2 26 11
t12. College Park 5-2-1 13 NR
t12. Encinal 7-1 13 NR
14. Amador Valley 5-3 10 12
15. McClymonds 5-2 7 15

Also receiving votes:  Concord (6-2, 4 votes), Northgate (7-1, 2), Hercules (7-1, 1).  The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.


David Shaw among inductees into James Logan High Hall of Fame

Stanford football coach David Shaw is one of seven individuals and one team that will be inducted into the James Logan Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 2 at the Crowne Plaza in Union City. Shaw is a 1990 graduate of James Logan and was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball, track and field) at Logan.
The other inductees are Cheri Craddock (track and field, basketball), Carla Estes (track and field), Giliat Ghebray (track and field, cross country), Yosef Ghebray (track and field, cross country), Paul Kanazeh (wrestling), Arthur Ting (longtime James Logan medical consultant) and the 1996 wrestling team.
Check-in for the banquet starts at 5:45 p.m. For ticket information, contact Sarah Muse at smuse@nhusd.k12.ca.us.


Salesian’s Galloway chooses Irvine

Salesian High boys basketball player Jonathan Galloway has orally committed to UC Irvine. The 6-foot-10 center narrowed down his college choices to Irvine, University of the Pacific and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before choosing the Anteaters.
“I really liked the visit when I went there,” Galloway said. “I felt like it was a good fit.”
Galloway averaged 5.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and more than one block a game last season for 30-4 Salesian.