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DLS’ McKenzie heads list of locals on CalHiSports.com’ underclass team

De La Salle lineman Kahlil McKenzie was named to CalHiSports.com’s All-State Underclass Team as a junior for defense. McKenzie, listed at 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, had 12 sacks and 74 tackles in 13 games this season and figures to be one of the area’s most sought-after recruits for the class of 2015.
Four East Bay players were named first team sophomores — De La Salle offensive lineman Boss Tagaloa, defensive linemen Alex Glover of St. Mary’s and David Letuligasamoa of Heritage, and defensive back Shurod Thompson of Pittsburg.

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East Bay Boys Basketball Poll – 1/22

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school boys basketball poll. After the top two spots, there’s been some movement.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 10-4 75 1
2. Monte Vista 16-0 70 2
3. El Cerrito 18-1 62 t6
4. De La Salle 10-5 60 4
5. Campolindo 13-5 55 3
6. Freedom 12-4 53 5
7. San Ramon Valley 14-2 44 8
8. St. Joseph Notre Dame 14-4 39 t6
9. Newark Memorial 10-7 35 15
10. Berkeley 12-1 31 10
11. Salesian 10-8 21 11
t12. Castro Valley 11-5 19 9
t12. College Park 13-3 19 14
14. St. Mary’s 15-4 9 NR
15. Miramonte 12-5 8 NR

Also receiving votes: None. Records are through Jan. 20. 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

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East Bay Girls Basketball Poll – 1/22

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school girls basketball poll. There is some re-shuffling both near the top and the bottom of the poll

Team Record Points Last poll
1. St. Mary’s (5) 14-4 75 1
2. Bishop O’Dowd 13-3 68 t2
3. Carondelet 12-2 67 4
4. Salesian 14-5 60 5
5. Miramonte 15-1 55 t2
6. Berkeley 9-5 49 7
7. Monte Vista 14-2 44 6
8. Moreau Catholic 14-2 41 8
9. Deer Valley 11-4 35 9
10. Piedmont 10-4 31 10
11. Castro Valley 12-3 25 11
12. Clayton Valley Charter 12-4 19 12
13. Skyline 11-6 6 NR
t14. Encinal 11-4 5 NR
t14. Pittsburg 12-5 5 NR

Also receiving votes: Foothill (10-6, 4 votes), Northgate (14-4, 4), Alameda (9-7, 3), James Logan (9-7, 3), Valley Christian (14-3, 1). Records are through Jan. 20. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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Heritage’s Kurtz chooses Stanford

Heritage High senior track star Frank Kurtz has orally committed to Stanford.
“That was my No. 1 choice by far,” said Kurtz, who also said that he also seriously considered Cal before choosing the Cardinal. He took official visits to both universities last fall.
Kurtz placed fourth in the 400 meters in the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships last year with a time of 47.14 seconds. He led the state in the 400 for much of the season and broke a 16-year-old record in the event at the Sacramento Meet of Champions invitational with a time of 47.03.

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James Logan’s Elisaia commits to Cal Poly

James Logan High football player Fino Elisaia has made an oral commitment to Cal Poly.
“I’m majoring in sciences or engineering, and it’s probably one of the best engineering programs in the world,” Elisaia said. “Football is temporary, and I wanted to make sure that where I go, I will have a good degree after that.”
Elisaia was a first-team all-Bay Area News Group East Bay selection at defensive line in 2013. The 6-0, 302-pounder had 68 tackles, three sacks, four batted balls and one forced fumble for the Colts this past season. He also played offensive guard and fullback for James Logan last season.
Elisaia said that he took a official trip to San Luis Obispo this past weekend.
“They made me feel at home, and that’s what I wanted,” Elisaia said.
He said that he also seriously considered San Jose State, Idaho State and Sacramento State before choosing the Mustangs.

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East Bay boys baketball poll — 1/14

 

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 7-4 75 1
2. Monte Vista 14-0 70 3
3. Campolindo 11-4 64 6
4. De La Salle 9-3 61 7
5. Freedom 11-4 50 8
t6. St. Joseph Notre Dame 13-3 49 10
t6. El Cerrito 15-1 49 2
8. San Ramon Valley 12-2 40 4
9. Castro Valley 9-4 37 9
10. Berkeley 11-0 28 11
11. Salesian 9-6 27 5
12. Amador Valley 12-2 19 13
13. Dougherty Valley 11-4 15 12
14. College Park 9-3 11 15
15. Newark Memorial 7-7 5 NR

Also receiving votes: None. Records are through Jan. 11. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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East Bay all-stars to play in Literacy Classic football game

A collection of top East Bay high school seniors will get the chance to show off their football skills while also raising money for a worthy cause at Saturday’s Literacy Classic All-Star game.
The East Bay all-stars, led by quarterbacks Nsimba Webster of Deer Valley and Drew Anderson of Miramonte, will take on their counterparts from the West Bay (San Jose to San Francisco) at 7 p.m. at San Jose City College.
The game was organized by Charles Nash and Competitive Elite Sports to help raise money for a literacy program that works with students in grades 6-9 on improving their reading, writing and public speaking skills.
Liberty’s Jeff Walters will coach the East Bay squad, and he will have an abundance of talent to work with, especially at the skill positions.
Besides Webster, the East Bay Offensive Player of the Year, and Anderson, who passed for 4,074 yards and 47 touchdowns while leading Miramonte to the North Coast Section Division II title, the East Bay squad also includes some of the area’s most productive receivers and running backs as well as some hard-nosed defenders.
“It’s almost an embarrassment of riches,” Walters said of his quarterback situation. “With Nsimba, we want to put his athleticism to work, so there will be time when (he and Anderson) are both in the game at the same time. We want to give Nsimba a couple of reps at receiver.”
The receiving corps also includes Miramonte’s Dominic Paoletti, St. Mary’s Liam Godfrey, Deer Valley’s Nzuzi Webster (Nsimba’s twin brother) and Northgate tight end Jake Smith, the Diablo Valley Athletic League MVP. Northgate running back Eric Haynes (2,058 rushing yards, 36 TDs) will also help the offense.
De La Salle’s Larry Ross and Deer Valley’s Chibueze Onyeukwu anchor the defense.
Opposing the East Bay team on Saturday will be a group of Central Coast Section all-stars coached by Earl Hansen. After a 26-year career over two stints at Palo Alto, including a state title run in 2010, Hansen is retiring.
Walters, a first-year coach who guided Liberty to the NCS Division I playoffs for the first time in 10 years, spent time with Hansen at a banquet for the literacy program over the weekend.
“What an interesting juxtaposition of having me in my first year and him in his final game,” Walters said. “He’s an awesome guy and I drank in the moment of getting to sit next to a legend in bay area football.”
Tickets to the game are $10 for adults and $6 for students and kids under 13.

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East Bay girls basketball poll — 1/14

Here’s our latest East Bay girls basketball poll with very few changes, except at the end.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. St. Mary’s (5) 10-2 75 1
t2. Miramonte 13-0 66 2
t2. Bishop O’Dowd 10-3 66 3
4. Carondelet 10-2 63 4
5. Salesian 10-5 55 5
6. Monte Vista 13-0 50 6
7. Berkeley 8-4 44 7
8. Moreau Catholic 12-2 40 8
9. Deer Valley 9-4 35 9
10. Piedmont 7-3 31 10
11. Castro Valley 10-3 25 11
12. Clayton Valley Charter 9-4 20 13
13. Alameda 8-4 11 14
14. Valley Christian 11-2 10 NR
15. Northgate 12-3 5 t15

Also receiving votes: Pittsburg (11-4, 3 votes). Records are through Jan. 11. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.