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East Bay softball poll — 4/30

Here’s a look at our latest East Bay softball poll.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 17-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 15-2 70 2
3. James Logan 15-2 65 3
4. Foothill 12-6 60 5
5. Granada 14-4 55 4
t6. Newark Memorial 14-3 46 8
t6. Heritage 12-4 46 7
8. Livermore 10-8 39 9
9. Carondelet 9-7 36 10
10. San Ramon Valley 11-6 33 6
11. Castro Valley 9-7 24 11
12. Salesian 10-1 21 12
13. Concord 13-7 15 13
14. Arroyo 12-3 8 NR
15. Bishop O’Dowd 11-5-1 4 15

Also receiving votes: Clayton Valley Charter (8-5, 3 votes). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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East Bay Baseball Poll – 4/30

Here’s this week’s Bay Area News Group East Bay high school baseball poll. The top five teams stay the same.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Campolindo (5)* 15-3 75 1
2. Clayton Valley Charter 19-1 69 t2
3. California 15-3 66 t2
4. San Ramon Valley 14-4 60 4
5. De La Salle 13-4 55 5
6. College Park 16-3 50 7
7. Amador Valley 12-6 45 6
8. Heritage 12-6 38 8
9. Livermore 10-7 36 t12
10. Granada 12-6 29 t12
11. Monte Vista 9-9 25 9
12. Foothill 10-8 22 10
13. Northgate 14-5 15 NR
14. Bishop O’Dowd 13-7 8 NR
15. Newark Memorial 13-5 6 NR

Also receiving votes: Washington (11-7, 1 point). The East Bay Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through April 26.
* indicates number of first-place votes

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De La Salle football in final stages of moving season opener to Levi’s Stadium

De La Salle High is nearing an agreement to move its season opener against Jesuit-Carmichael to Levi’s Stadium, the San Francisco 49ers new billion-dollar home.
De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh confirmed Wednesday that the deal is in its final stages.
The game would likely be part of a doubleheader on Aug. 29 along with Wilcox-Santa Clara vs. Manteca. Wilcox cleared a big hurdle on Wednesday when the Central County Section’s Board of Managers granted the program a waiver to open the season a week early. That agreement is also close to being finalized, the Mercury News reports.
Interest in the De La Salle program should be intensified for a game at Levi’s with the release of “When the Game Stands Tall,” a movie focused on the Spartans program and its 151-game winning streak slated to be released the week before on Aug. 22.

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Oakland Tech’s Aaliyah Douglas receives CIF spirit of sport award

Aaliyah Douglas, a volleyball player from Oakland Tech High, has been named a CIF Spirit of Sport award winner. She and five other winners from across the state will receive $2,000 and be recognized on May 2 at the year-end CIF Federated Council dinner in Los Angeles.

According to a press release, the CIF Spirit of Sport Award recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated the 16 principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor, are active in school and community service and exhibit leadership qualities.

Douglas, the lone senior on Oakland Tech’s volleyball squad, has also volunteered at the Lawrence Hall of Science at U.C. Berkeley and worked at Children’s Hospital.

“The term Spirit of Sport refers to the embodiment of love for the game that is so profound, that win or lose, the light of the sports still shines though you,” Douglas said in the release. “From my experiences both on and off the court, I have learned that giving up is not an option. This is the ultimate lesson that having excellent sportsmanship and spirit of sport has taught me. Achievement in life is not granted to quitters, but those who remain steadfast in their purpose.”

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East Bay baseball poll – 4/23

Here’s this week’s Bay Area News Group East Bay high school baseball poll. The top three teams stay the same as last week.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Campolindo (4)* 13-3 60 1
t2. California 13-2 54 t2
t2. Clayton Valley Charter 17-0 54 t2
4. San Ramon Valley 10-4 48 6
5. De La Salle 13-4 44 5
6. Amador Valley 11-4 40 4
7. College Park 13-3 36 7
8. Heritage 11-5 32 9
9. Monte Vista 7-7 24 8
10. Foothill 8-6 20 11
11. Washington 10-4 17 10
t12. Granada 10-6 14 12
t12. Livermore 8-7 14 NR
14. Miramonte 8-6 13 NR
15. Castro Valley 12-5 8 NR

Also receiving votes: Deer Valley (8-6, 1 point), Northgate (11-5, 1). The East Bay Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through April 19.
* indicates number of first-place votes

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East Bay softball poll — 4/22

Here’s a look at our latest East Bay softball poll.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (4) 16-0 60 1
2. Alhambra 14-2 56 2
3. James Logan 15-2 52 3
4. Granada 14-2 48 4
5. Foothill 10-6 41 6
6. San Ramon Valley 11-4 38 7
7. Heritage 10-4 37 9
8. Newark Memorial 14-3 34 5
9. Livermore 9-8 29 8
10. Carondelet 9-7 25 10
11. Castro Valley 9-6 20 11
12. Salesian 10-1 16 12
13. Concord 13-7 10 15
14. Freedom 9-4-2 8 14
15. Bishop O’Dowd 8-5 4 NR

Also receiving votes: Arroyo (12-3, 2 votes). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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Castlemont’s Hall headed to UC-Merced

By Phil Jensen
pjensen@bayareanewsgroup.com
Castlemont High School girls basketball star Dezire Hall has signed with UC Merced. It is the first time in at least 10 years that a Castlemont girls basketball player has signed with a school in the University of California system, said Knights coach Gilbert “Duke” Lane Jr.
“I felt comfortable with them the most,” Hall said. “When I went to the (team’s) practice, I felt that’s where I need to be.”
The 5-foot-10 Hall was very impressive this season for the Knights. The first-team all-Oakland Athletic League selection averaged 16.8 points, 15.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.2 steals per game this season.
Hall also considered Chico State, San Francisco State, Fresno Pacific and Whittier College before choosing the Bobcats. She said that UC Merced recruited her as a small forward.

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Moore heads list of locals named to MaxPreps All-American team

Salesian High’s Mariya Moore leads a list of six East Bay players to receive All-America honors by MaxPreps.com.

Moore, a McDonald’s All-American and the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay Player of the Year, was named to the five-player second team. Here’s what MaxPreps had to say about the 6-foot-1 forward headed to Louisville:

“Moore is a strong, physical wing who can overpower smaller players in the paint and out-quick bigger players on the perimeter. She led her Salesian team to the state championship game against powerhouse Long Beach Poly — which has about eight times as many students — with her all-around game and ability to rise to the challenge in the clutch.”

St. Mary’s forward Mikayla Cowling was named to the fifth team, and four other locals were chosen as honorable mention picks — Gabby Green (St. Mary’s), Sabrina Ionescu (Miramonte), Natalie Romeo (Carondelet) and Asha Thomas (Bishop O’Dowd).

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East Bay baseball poll – 4/16

Here’s this week’s Bay Area News Group East Bay high school baseball poll. Only one team stayed in the same spot as last week.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Campolindo (5)* 10-3 75 3
t2. California 12-2 65 1
t2. Clayton Valley Charter 15-0 65 5
4. Amador Valley 10-3 64 7
5. De La Salle 11-4 54 2
6. San Ramon Valley 8-4 50 4
7. College Park 10-2 47 10
8. Monte Vista 7-5 40 t11
9. Heritage 9-5 33 t13
10. Washington 8-4 31 8
11. Foothill 8-4 26 6
12. Granada 8-5 18 9
13. Northgate 11-3 11 t13
14. JFK-Fremont 9-3 10 NR
15. Acalanes 9-5 6 t15

Also receiving votes: Bishop O’Dowd (10-6, 4 points), Concord (9-5, 1). The East Bay Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through April 12
* indicates number of first-place votes

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East Bay softball poll — 4/15

 

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 14-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 11-2 70 2
3. James Logan 12-2 63 4
4. Granada 12-2 62 3
5. Newark Memorial 13-2 55 t5
6. Foothill 9-5 50 t5
7. San Ramon Valley 11-3 45 t10
8. Livermore 8-7 37 8
9. Heritage 8-4 34 9
10. Carondelet 8-6 32 12
11. Castro Valley 9-6 27 t10
12. Salesian 9-1 18 13
13. California 5-8 14 7
14. Freedom 8-3-2 9 NR
15. Concord 11-7 5 15

Also receiving votes: Arroyo (8-2, 3 votes), Bishop O’Dowd (8-5, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.