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De La Salle to hold benefit premiere of “When the Game Stands Tall”

By Stephanie Hammon
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 10:26 am in East Bay Football

Jim Caviezel;Michael Chiklis;Matthew Daddario

De La Salle High will host a special premiere of “When the Game Stands Tall” to benefit the Terrance Kelly `04 Endowed Memorial Fund for Financial Aid. The special event will be held at the Century Blackhawk Plaza in Danville on Aug. 17 — five days before the major motion picture about legendary coach Bob Ladouceur and the football program’s national record 151-game winning streak will be released nationwide. The movie is based on the book by Neil Hayes.

A red carpet premiere in Los Angeles is scheduled for early August, but the Blackhawk event will serve as the local premiere. The film will be shown on all seven screens at the theater with staggered 1 p.m, 1:20 and 1:40 start times and will be followed by a “5th Quarter” reception onsite.

Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel in the film) and De La Salle assistant coach Terry Eidson (played by Michael Chiklis) as well as current members of the Spartans team are expected to attend the local benefit premiere, though no actors have been confirmed as of now.

Tickets aren’t cheap — it’s $50 for the movie and another $45 for the reception — but $35 of the movie ticket and $20 of the reception charge will go directly to the financial aid fund in Terrance Kelly’s name. Kelly was a two-way standout for De La Salle who was murdered just before he was set to leave for Oregon to begin his college football career. His tragic death is a major storyline in the film.

Tickets to the showings and separate tickets to the reception may be purchased online only at the De La Salle High School website www.dlshs.org. Questions can be directed to Chief Advancement Officer Heather Pastorini at 925-288-8106 or by e-mail at pastorinih@dlshs.org.

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DeMers, Hooper selected to Perfect Game All-American Classic

By Stephanie Hammon
Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 1:10 pm in Uncategorized

Rising seniors Joe DeMers (College Park High) and Justin Hooper (De La Salle) will show off their arms at the Perfect Game All-American Classic later this summer. The two standout pitchers were among 54 high school baseball players from across the nation invited to the all-star showcase, which will be played at the San Diego Padres’ PETCO Park on Aug. 10. The 5 p.m. game will be televised on MLB Network.

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Nate Moore named to first-team All-USA Today track and field squad

By Phil Jensen
Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 4:59 pm in Uncategorized

Castro Valley High graduate Nate Moore was selected to USA Today’s All-USA boys track and field first team for horizontal jumps, it was announced Wednesday.
Moore, an Oregon signee, set an all-conditions state boys triple jump record of 53 feet, 7 inches (wind-aided) at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships earlier this month. In June, he won both the triple jump (51-4 wind-aided) and the long jump (25-8 3/4) at the CIF state track and field championship finals with national-leading high school marks (all-condition and wind-legal respectively) according to DyeStat.com.
De La Salle graduate Marquis Morris, a USC signee, was selected to the second team in the 110-meter high hurdles . He was second at the CIF state championship finals in the event with a personal-record time of 13.68 seconds (which ranked fifth in the nation for wind-legal marks this past season).
James Logan graduate Karsten Wethington, who signed with Cal, was also a second-team selection in the triple jump. His mark of 50-7 in the triple jump, which was good for second at the CIF state championship finals, ranked second in the nation for wind-legal jumps this past season.

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Kyle Whitmore hired as new Diablo Valley College track coach

By Phil Jensen
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 4:09 pm in Uncategorized

Diablo Valley College announced today that it has hired Kyle Whitmore as its new track and field head coach.
Whitmore, 30, was the head track and field coach at Hercules High for the past six seasons. In the past two seasons, the Titans boys 1600-meter relay squad has finished in the top five in the CIF state championship finals, and the Hercules track and field squads qualified at least one athlete for the state championships in five of the six seasons Whitmore was the head coach. The Hercules girls won the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League overall team title in 2009 and the boys won the overall ACCAL title in 2012. He was also the head cross country coach and the football team’s defensive coordinator for four seasons apiece.
“It was a very difficult decision to make .. because the relationships I’ve built with my current athletes,” Whitmore said. “I’ve always had an eye on the Contra Costa Community College District. I always watched to see if anything would come open.”
“One of my biggest motivations in taking this position is pushing these kids to the next level. That’s what I’m all about,” he said. “I want to create something really solid and sustainable.”

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Several locals named all-state in softball by Cal-Hi Sports

By Stephanie Hammon
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 at 4:34 pm in Softball

The East Bay was well represented on Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state softball team. Headlining the list of locals were Amador Valley’s Johanna Grauer and Ashley Lotoszynski and Alhambra’s Kylee Perez, who were all named to the first team.

Third-team selections included Granada’s Tabitha Heinz and Amador Valley’s Victoria Molina and Nicole Yozzo.

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Amador Valley softball named mythical national champion

By Stephanie Hammon
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 11:42 am in Softball

After finishing the season a perfect 27-0, Amador Valley High’s softball team has earned a mythical national championship by MaxPreps.com.

Led by a stellar senior class, the Dons won the North Coast Section Division I title for the second time in four years. Their national recognition grew after winning the prestigious Michelle Carew Classic against some of Southern California’s top teams in early April.

Amador Valley beat out unbeaten North Carolina state champion Alexander Central for the top national ranking.

Dons pitcher Johanna Grauer has also been piling up the awards. Besides being a finalist for MaxPrep.com’s national player of the year, she was recently named Ms. Softball state player of the year by Cal-Hi Sports. Grauer is just the second East Bay player to be named Ms. Softball, joining Freedom’s Amanda Williams (2006).

Our All-East Bay softball selections will be published in tomorrow’s paper. Will Amador Valley have a few more honors to add?

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Djehuti-Mes signs with Southern

By Phil Jensen
Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at 7:31 pm in Uncategorized

Nkosi Djehuti-Mes, a senior outfielder at Bishop O’Dowd High this past season, signed a letter-of-intent today to play baseball at Southern University.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Djehuti-Mes said that Southern head coach Roger Cador was a deciding factor for him.
“He welcomed me … and he made it feel like I would be at home,” Djehuti-Mes said.
Djehuti-Mes took an official visit to the Baton Rouge campus this spring and noticed a big difference between there and Oakland, where he has lived his whole life.
“The weather was a whole lot different,” he said. “It was humid, over-cloudy, 90-degrees … sticky.”
But he also noticed a friendly atmosphere there.
“They would welcome you, even though they didn’t know you,” he said.
Djehuti-Mes said that he was also recruited by Oregon, Fresno State, Indiana and North Carolina A & T, among other universities.
This past season, Djehuti-Mes batted .212, but showed power with one home run, eight RBIs, four doubles and 13 runs scored.
“It was a rough season. I didn’t do how I wanted to do,” said Djehuti-Mes. But he enjoyed the team experience. “It was definitely a season to remember. Everybody got along,” he said. “It was the definition of a tight-knit group.”

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Kahlil McKenzie transferring from De La Salle

By Stephanie Hammon
Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 9:45 pm in East Bay Football

Kahlil McKenzie announced Monday night that he’s planning to transfer from De La Salle and enroll at Clayton Valley Charter for his senior year.

McKenzie couldn’t be reached for comment but posted to his Twitter account: “Transferring from De La Salle going to Clayton Valley Charter family decision not answering any questions about it but I’m a Ugly Eagle.”

De La Salle football coach Justin Alumbaugh confirmed that McKenzie, a 6-foot-4, 330 pound defensive tackle, is leaving the school.

“Kahlil has withdrawn from De La Salle,” Alumbaugh said. “And I do mean this — Kahlil is a really good kid and will have a great future. We wish him the best.”

The five-star recruit is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and has offers from colleges from across the country. He recently said he has narrowed down his college decision to Tennessee or Arizona and will announce his pick at The Opening, a prestigious Nike football camp, on July 10.

McKenzie played only one season for De La Salle, registering 74 tackles and a team-high 12 sacks after moving to the Bay Area from Wisconsin before his junior year.

Clayton Valley Charter coach Tim Murphy couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Eagles have been one of the top Division II schools in the North Coast Section since Murphy took over before the 2012 season.

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Eitelgeorge steps down at Alhambra, Gentry takes the helm

By Matt Smith
Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 8:03 pm in Boys soccer

It’s not often that a two-time Bay Area News Group East Bay coach of the year is available to take over your program, but that was exactly the case for the Alhambra boys soccer team.
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Final 2014 East Bay softball poll

By Stephanie Hammon
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 4:22 pm in Softball

With an unbeaten season, Amador Valley completes a perfect run as our No. 1 ranked East Bay team.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 27-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 25-2 70 2
3. Granada 19-9 65 6
4. Foothill 16-11 58 4
5. James Logan 23-2 57 3
6. Salesian 18-1 50 9
7. Carondelet 15-13 41 12
8. San Ramon Valley 17-9 38 7
9. Heritage 19-5 37 5
10. Arroyo 19-8 34 15
11. Newark Memorial 19-7 23 10
12. Castro Valley 18-10 22 8
13. Redwood Christian 20-2 12 NR
14. Encinal 14-8 10 NR
t15. Concord 16-10 3 13
t15. Dougherty Valley 12-10 3 NR

Also receiving votes: Freedom (13-6-2, 2 votes), California (7-14, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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