Star-studded track and field clinic at James Logan

The Willie Davenport Olympian Track and Field Clinic will be held at James Logan High School on Feb. 8. Special guests and clinicians include Mike Powell (the world record holder in the long jump) and Kenny Harrison (the American record holder in the triple jump and 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the event), as well as other Olympic medalists, Olympians and Olympic Trials performers.
Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the clinic starts at 9 a.m.. The entry fee is $20 for individuals, $10 for youth 8th-grade or younger, and $350.00 for a team of 30 or more, and $500 for a team of 50 or more. For more information, contact Lee Webb at 510-304-7172.


De La Salle’s Blair Hurlock picks Stanford

De La Salle High distance running star Blair Hurlock orally committed to Stanford tonight, he confirmed.
“It was a really tough decision. Ultimately, I felt that Stanford all-around was the right fit for me, and the official visit solidified that,” Hurlock said. “I knew Stanford was the school for me.”
Hurlock took an official visit to Stanford last week, one of five official visits he took. The senior narrowed his choices to Colorado, Wisconsin and Stanford before choosing the Cardinal. He said that he will run both cross country and track for Stanford.
Hurlock produced a superlative cross country season in 2013 for the Spartans. He broke a 12-year-old course record on the much-used 3.0 mile Hayward High course (14 minutes, 30 seconds) to win the North Coast Section Division I championship race. After placing fourth in the California Interscholastic Federation Division I boys state championship race (the highest finish by an East Bay high school athlete in the Division I boys state championship race since 2004), Hurlock was eighth at the Foot Locker West Regional at Mt. San Antonio College, then placed eighth in the Foot Locker National Finals with a time of 15:24 for the 3.1 Balboa Park-San Diego course.
He also set an East Bay Athletic League boys championship course record for the 2.95 mile Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area-Pleasanton course (14:46.99) and earlier in the season set a course record on the 3-mile Newhall Park-Concord course (14:59) in the EBAL center meet.
Hurlock also placed 12th in the 3,200 meters in the CIF state championship track and field meet last year with a time of 9:11.47.


East Bay boys basketball poll – 1/29

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school boys basketball poll. There was some movement in the final six spots.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 12-4 75 1
2. Monte Vista 18-0 70 2
3. El Cerrito 20-1 64 3
4. De La Salle 12-5 61 4
5. Campolindo 13-5 55 5
6. Freedom 14-4 50 6
7. San Ramon Valley 15-3 44 7
8. St. Joseph Notre Dame 16-5 39 8
9. Newark Memorial 12-7 37 9
10. Castro Valley 12-6 29 t12
t11. Berkeley 14-2 22 10
t11. Salesian 11-9 22 11
13. College Park 13-4 17 t12
14. St. Mary’s 17-5 8 14
15. Moreau Catholic 14-4 6 NR

Also receiving votes: Dougherty Valley (14-5, 1 point). Records are through Jan. 25. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.
* indicates number of first-place votes


Deer Valley’s Nzuzi Webster chooses Eastern Washington

Deer Valley High football player Nzuzi Webster made an oral commitment to Eastern Washington on Tuesday night.
The 5-foot-11, 173-pound Webster took an official visit to the Eastern Washington campus in Cheney earlier this month.
“I went on my visit and I loved it up there. I thought it was a great fit for me,” said Webster, who was recruited by Eastern Washington as a defensive back. He had 72 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries last season.
Oakland Raider Taiwan Jones played at Eastern Washington and is a Deer Valley graduate,
“He told me about the school, how it is up there, basically what to expect,” Webster said. “I like it up there a lot.”
Webster also seriously considered Portland State and Sacramento State before choosing Eastern Washington.
Deer Valley’s Nsimba Webster, who was named last season’s Bay Area News Group East Bay Offensive Player of the Year, has not announced his college plans yet. Nzuzi and Nsimba are twins.


Moore, Green, Cowling named McDonald’s All-Americans

One of the best classes in East Bay girls basketball history was recognized on a national level Wednesday when Salesian High’s Mariya Moore and St. Mary’s teammates Gabby Green and Mikayla Cowling were named McDonald’s All-Americans.

After countless matchups over the past four years in league play, the North Coast Section playoffs and Northern California regional championships, the three seniors will compete on the same court one last time before starting their college careers.

Green and Cowling, who are both Cal signees, are part of the West team while the Louisville-bound Moore is on the East squad for the April 2 all-star game at the United Center in Chicago.

Watching the McDonald’s All-American selection show after school with many of her St. Mary’s classmates, Green said she was relieved when the girls rosters finally aired. She was also thrilled to share the moment with Cowling.

“It’s like we’re just taking all these steps together,” said Green, who is averaging 14.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and five assists for the Panthers this season.

Moore didn’t watch the show, but monitored her phone for the news.

“I was so happy,” said the 5-foot-11 wing, who was named co-MVP of the Tri-County Athletic League with Green last season. “I feel like NorCal is kind of dominating right now. I play with (Green and Cowling) all the time and it’s cool for all of us to have made it.”

St. Mary’s is the only high school this year to produce two McDonald’s All-Americans. With Moore also selected, the area will have its biggest presence in the game since Piedmont’s Courtney and Ashley Paris and Oakland Tech teammates Alexis Gray-Lawson and Devanei Hampton went in 2005.

A 6-foot-1 guard, Green was a favorite to receive the McDonald’s All-American recognition after being one of just three high school players picked for the USA under-19 national team last summer.

But being selected to the prestigious all-star game is an honor she’d been hoping for ever since her dad, Will, planted the idea in her head when she first started playing basketball.

“Making Team USA was huge and was probably one of the biggest opportunities that I have ever gotten,” Green said. “But being a McDonald’s All-American is really special to me because that’s the first thing my dad ever said to me about basketball.”

Cowling, a 6-1 wing, is averaging 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds for St. Mary’s.

Moore’s outstanding senior season at Salesian includes four triple-doubles, a quadruple-double and averages of 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists.

No local boys players were honored this year.


East Bay girls basketball poll — 1/28

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school girls basketball poll. We have a new No. 1 team and quite a bit of movement in the No. 9-15 range.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 15-3 75 2
2. St. Mary’s 16-5 69 1
t3. Carondelet 14-3 63 3
t3. Salesian 16-5 63 4
5. Miramonte 17-1 55 5
6. Monte Vista 16-2 50 7
7. Berkeley 11-6 44 6
8. Deer Valley 13-4 41 9
9. James Logan 11-7 35 NR
10. Moreau Catholic 15-3 30 8
11. Castro Valley 13-5 23 11
12. Alameda 11-7 16 NR
13. Piedmont 10-6 15 10
14. Foothill 12-6 14 NR
15. Campolindo 12-6 5 NR

Also receiving votes: Pittsburg (12-6, 1), Valley Christian (17-3, 1). Records are through Jan. 25. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.


De La Salle announces 2014 football schedule

De La Salle High’s 2014 football schedule could be highlighted by a Sept. 12 home game against South Carolina power Byrnes of Duncan. The Rebels have won 11 state championships and were 12-2 last year, ending their season in the Class AAA I state semifinals. The schools are in discussions about a Sept. 12 game, but a deal has not yet been finalized.

The rest of the Spartans’ schedule was announced Sunday and includes many of Northern California’s top programs. They will have rematches with several of their 2013 opponents, but have also added Jesuit-Carmichael as their season opener, replacing Clayton Valley Charter. The Marauders are coached by Marlon Blanton, a 1991 De La Salle graduate.

Serra-San Mateo, Del Oro-Loomis and Servite-Anaheim will also play De La Salle early on in the season. Serra gave De La Salle its closest regular season game last year, losing 21-14 on a late touchdown run. Del Oro reached the Division I state final in December while Servite is expected to be one of Southern California’s top teams next season.

Here’s the full schedule:

Aug. 29 — JESUIT


Sept. 12 — TBD

Sept. 19 — at Del Oro-Loomis


Oct. 3 — at San Ramon Valley


Oct. 17 — Bye

Oct. 24 — FOOTHILL (senior night)

Nov. 1 — at Amador Valley

Nov. 8 — at California


Heritage boys basketball team forfeits three wins

Heritage has had to forfeit nonleague wins over Armijo-Fairfield and Escalon and its Bay Valley Athletic League win over Liberty this month for use of an ineligible player, school athletic director and Patriots coach Pat Cruickshank said Thursday. Cruickshank said the player’s ineligibility stemmed from paperwork issues and added he hopes to have the problem resolved soon. The losses drop Heritage’s record to 7-10 overall and 0-1 in the BVAL going into Friday’s game at Antioch.