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Valley Christian-Dublin dropping varsity football for 2016

Valley Christian High School in Dublin will not field a varsity football team in 2016 and will instead focus on its junior varsity squad, a change confirmed by athletic director Larry Lopez on Monday.

The Vikings reached the North Coast Section Division 5 semifinals last season, falling to eventual champion Berean Christian 31-28.

Valley Christian football coach Justin Lowell initiated the idea to drop varsity this fall, Lopez said, in an effort to rebuild the program. Lopez noted only nine returnees from last year, though the Valley Christian roster on MaxPreps.com lists 14 non-seniors on last year’s squad. NCS lists the school’s enrollment as 255 based on 2014-15 numbers.

Lowell did not immediately respond to a phone message.

While Lopez said any situation where a program goes from varsity to JV “frustrating” he expressed confidence that Lowell’s plan was the best move. This is not a permanent move, Lopez said.

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East Bay girls soccer rankings, pre-playoff seedings edition

Here is our fifth and final edition of this season’s East Bay high school girls soccer rankings, with North Coast Section playoff brackets released on Sunday:

Team Record Last Week Upcoming games
1. Carondelet 14-0-5 1 @ No. 4 Mont Vista,
vs. No. 11 California
2. Livermore 11-5-3 5 @ No. 11 California,
@ Granada
3. Liberty 13-5-1 4 @ Heritage, vs.
Deer Valley
4. Monte Vista 11-2-5 2 vs. No. 1 Carondelet,
@ No. 5 SRV
5. San Ramon Valley 13-4-2 6 vs. No. 15 Foothill, vs.
No. 4 Monte Vista
6. Las Lomas 13-1-4 9 vs. Campolindo, @
No. 14 Alhambra
7. Saint Mary’s 12-1-1 7 TCAL-Rock Division
playoffs vs. TBD
8. Acalanes 8-2-2 3 vs. No. 14 Alhambra,
@ Miramonte
9. Castro Valley 13-3-1 11 @ No. 10 Bishop
O’Dowd, @ Piedmont
10. Bishop O’Dowd 12-4-1 15 vs. No. 9 Castro Valley,
vs. Alameda
11. California 9-5-2 8 vs. No. 2 Livermore,
@ No. 1 Carondelet
12. Clayton
Valley Charter
10-4-4 12 @ Berean Christian,
vs. College Park
13. Hercules 10-3-2 13 TCAL-Stone Division
playoffs vs. TBD
14. Alhambra 11-3-3 14 @ No. 8 Acalanes, vs.
No. 6 Las Lomas
15. Foothill 10-8-1 NR @ No. 5 SRV,
vs. Amador Valley

Others considered: Piedmont (11-3-2), Dublin (10-5-5), College Park (10-3–5), James Logan (11-4), Pinole Valley (12-2-3).

 

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East Bay high school basketball scores for Friday, Feb. 5

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)

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.

BOYS BASKETBALL
BCL
Bentley 69, Redwood Christian 53
Head-Royce 53, Valley Christian 33
BVAL
(6) Freedom 55, Antioch 41
(7) Heritage 77, Liberty 71
(14) Pittsburg 81, Deer Valley 51
DFAL
(10) Miramonte 65, Alhambra 49
(11) Dublin 66, Las Lomas 51
(8) Dougherty Valley 59, Campolindo 48
DVAL
College Park 66, Berean Christian 42
Clayton Valley Charter 70, Ygnacio Valley 35
Concord 63, Northgate 40
EBAL
California 41, Amador Valley 35
Livermore at San Ramon Valley, not available
Foothill 58, (4) Monte Vista 53, 2 OT
MVAL
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
OAL
(2) Oakland Tech 70, Oakland 57
McClymonds at Skyline, 7 p.m.
Fremont 57, Castlemont 55
TCAL-Stone
De Anza at Pinole Valley, 7 p.m
John Swett 84, Kennedy 70
WACC
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

GIRLS BASKETBALL
BCL

Bentley at Redwood Christian, 5:30 p.m
Head-Royce at Valley Christian, 5:30 p.m.
BVAL
Antioch 58, Freedom 38
(7) Liberty 54, (11) Heritage 47
(12) Pittsburg 52, Deer Valley 37
DFAL
(1) Miramonte 76, Alhambra 30
Dublin 79, Las Lomas 25
(5) Campolindo 64, Dougherty Valley 43
DVAL
College Park at Berean Christian, not available
Clayton Valley Charter 78, Ygnacio Valley 21
Concord 51, Northgate 35
EBAL
(4) Carondelet 86, Granada 45
Foothill 54, Monte Vista 45
Amador Valley 49, Cal 45
Livermore 68, San Ramon Valley 63
MVAL
Irvington 58, Washington 38
Moreau Catholic 61, (14) James Logan 52
Newark Memorial 54, Kennedy 34
OAL
Oakland at Oakland Tech, not available
McClymonds at Skyline, not available
Castlemont at Fremont, not available
TCAL-Rock
Pinole Valley at Kennedy, not available
TCAL-Stone
John Swett at El Cerrito, not available
Albany at De Anza, not available.
Hercules 65, Richmond 9
WACC
(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

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Michigan football coaches comment on De La Salle’s Devin Asiasi

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.”

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Dublin’s Matt Gutwald signs to walk on at Stanford

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.

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Bishop O’Dowd’s Camilo Eifler signs with Washington

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.

Bishop O’Dowd standout Camilo Eifler, right, holds a Washington hat with his arm around former Huskies star and current Dragons coach Napoleon Kaufman after signing a letter of intent Wednesday to play at Washington. Photo courtesy of Lisa Coffey-Mahoney.

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