Miramonte High girls basketball star Sabrina Ionescu made a national appearance this week — in the Sports Illustrated item “Faces in the Crowd.”
Crunch time as we have just 16 days left in the regular season. All leagues playing except for a portion of the TCAL and BCL, which had some Thursday games. Several league title pictures are contentious, including the MVAL, where tonight Moreau Catholic and star Oscar Frayer (below, in a game with Newark Memorial) will meet James Logan and try to unravel a three-way tie for the league lead those teams share with Newark Memorial.
Moreau Catholic’s Oscar Frayer (21) grabs the rebound against Newark Memorial’s Kevin Kahriman (35) in the fourth quarter of their high school basketball game in Newark, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Newark Memorial beat Moreau Catholic 73-69. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)
Teams listed with East Bay rankings, which reflected results through Monday.
Bentley 69, Redwood Christian 53
Head-Royce 53, Valley Christian 33
(6) Freedom 55, Antioch 41
(7) Heritage 77, Liberty 71
(14) Pittsburg 81, Deer Valley 51
(10) Miramonte 65, Alhambra 49
(11) Dublin 66, Las Lomas 51
(8) Dougherty Valley 59, Campolindo 48
College Park 66, Berean Christian 42
Clayton Valley Charter 70, Ygnacio Valley 35
Concord 63, Northgate 40
California 41, Amador Valley 35
Livermore at San Ramon Valley, not available
Foothill 58, (4) Monte Vista 53, 2 OT
Washington 50, Irvington 44
Mission San Jose at American, not available
(3) Moreau Catholic 68, (12) James Logan 52
(9) Newark Memorial 94, Kennedy 43
(2) Oakland Tech 70, Oakland 57
McClymonds at Skyline, 7 p.m.
Fremont 57, Castlemont 55
De Anza at Pinole Valley, 7 p.m
John Swett 84, Kennedy 70
Mt. Eden 49, Bishop O’Dowd 48
(15) Berkeley 83, Encinal 60
San Leandro 70, Hayward 44
(13) Castro Valley 61, Alameda 51
San Lorenzo 76, Tennyson 58
Piedmont 92, Arroyo 60
Bentley at Redwood Christian, 5:30 p.m
Head-Royce at Valley Christian, 5:30 p.m.
Antioch 58, Freedom 38
(7) Liberty 54, (11) Heritage 47
(12) Pittsburg 52, Deer Valley 37
(1) Miramonte 76, Alhambra 30
Dublin 79, Las Lomas 25
(5) Campolindo 64, Dougherty Valley 43
College Park at Berean Christian, not available
Clayton Valley Charter 78, Ygnacio Valley 21
Concord 51, Northgate 35
(4) Carondelet 86, Granada 45
Foothill 54, Monte Vista 45
Amador Valley 49, Cal 45
Livermore 68, San Ramon Valley 63
Irvington 58, Washington 38
Moreau Catholic 61, (14) James Logan 52
Newark Memorial 54, Kennedy 34
Oakland at Oakland Tech, not available
McClymonds at Skyline, not available
Castlemont at Fremont, not available
Pinole Valley at Kennedy, not available
John Swett at El Cerrito, not available
Albany at De Anza, not available.
Hercules 65, Richmond 9
(13) Berkeley 60, Encinal 54
(8) Piedmont 56, San Leandro 30
(6) Castro Valley 81, Alameda 44
San Lorenzo 50, Tennyson 13
Bishop O’Dowd 61, Mt. Eden 40
Here are a couple quotes from Michigan football coaches on mgoblue.com regarding De La Salle star Devin Asiasi, who signed with the Wolverines on Wednesday:
Offensive coordinator Tim Drevno said “Talk about an explosive player, Devin is a very explosive guy. We have had a great string of tight ends at Stanford and now here at Michigan and he’s right that at the top.”
Tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said “As a player, he is tenacious, violent and physically bludgeons his opponents. He also has unusual quickness, ball skills and elusiveness for an athlete of his size.”
Eleven athletes from the 680 Drivers Water Polo Association club committed Wednesday to continue their careers in college, ten of them to play water polo and another for swimming. Here are the athletes, their high schools, their new university and any accolades from last season:
Two Washington State-bound football players — Robert Taylor of Deer Valley and Chima Onyeukwu of Pittsburg — who are transferring from local community colleges to four-year universities, with high schools listed if from the East Bay.
Dublin High’s Matthew Gutwald signed a letter of intent Wednesday to be a preferred walk-on at Stanford, spurning other Pac-12 and Division 1 schools who offered scholarships.
“I had a lot of other offers to choose from, but … it came down to academics,” Gutwald said.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive lineman is a three-star recruit according to Rivals and Scout, the latter listing him as the eight-best guard in the state. Gutwald was selected to the All-East Bay First Team Offense this past season.
“He’s got the whole package,” said Dublin coach John Wade, who also praised his smarts.
Gutwald narrowed his options down to Stanford and Notre Dame before deciding Tuesday to aim at joining the Cardinal.
— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) February 4, 2016
Bishop O’Dowd High linebacker Camilo Eifler signed a letter of intent Wednesday afternoon to play for Washington, completing a verbal commitment he made in July.
Eifler, a consensus four-star recruit, is listed as the No. 6 linebacker nationally by Scout and No. 11 by Rivals. Scout has him as the No. 94 overall prospect, Rivals has him at No. 118 and ESPN at No. 280.
Eifler had 40 tackles (nine for a loss), an interception and a forced fumble his senior year. His coach the last two seasons was Washington alum Napoleon Kaufman, a former Oakland Raider.
— Coach Petersen (@CoachPeteUW) February 3, 2016
Liberty High safety Shurod Thompson signed a letter of intent Wednesday with Oregon State.
Thompson, who transferred from Pittsburg for his senior year, is a consensus four-star recruit rated as a Top 10 safety in the nation by Rivals and ESPN. The former has Thompson as the No. 148 prospect overall and the latter lists him as No. 170 overall.
According to Rivals, Thompson received offers from nine other Pac-12 schools. He decommitted from Cal in June, according to SBNation, and joins an Oregon State recruiting class ranked No. 41 by Rivals.
Thompson had six touchdowns as a running back with Liberty last season (his defensive stats were not listed on MaxPreps). While at Pittsburg, the safety snagged six total interceptions in two seasons.
— Beavers Football (@OSUBeaversFB) February 3, 2016
Here are the East Bay high school players committing to colleges in soccer and water polo:
The signing period for football, soccer and men’s water polo got underway Wednesday. Readers are sending in their photos of East Bay athletes signing their national letters of intent for college.
Readers can send us their signing photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them here.