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Girls soccer: NCS Div. I and II playoff brackets


NCS Playoffs
Wednesday’s first round
No. 16 Heritage (11-8-3) at No. 1 Monte Vista (19-0-2), 7 p.m.
No. 9 Granada (7-8-3) at No. 8 Freedom (10-2-6), 7 p.m.
No. 13 American (11-4-6) at No. 4 College Park (21-3), 3:30 p.m.
No. 12 Alameda (13-6-3) at No. 5 Amador Valley (10-6-4), 7 p.m.
No. 15 Clayton Valley Charter (9-9-2) at No. 2 San Ramon Valley (15-1-6), 7 p.m.
No. 10 California (9-7-4) at No. 7 Deer Valley (12-5-3), 7 p.m.
No. 14 Castro Valley (12-8-4) at No. 3 Berkeley (17-2-1), 7 p.m.
No. 11 James Logan (12-5-3) at No. 6 Liberty (10-2-7), 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s first round
No. 16 Moreau Catholic (7-9-2) at No. 1 Miramonte (13-2-1), 7 p.m.
No. 9 Concord (12-6-1) at No. 8 Alhambra (7-6-4), 7 p.m.
No. 4 Las Lomas (10-4-5) at No. 13 St. Patrick-St. Vincent (11-4-2), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Encinal (11-7-1) at No. 5 Albany (18-5-1), 6 p.m.
No. 15 St. Joseph Notre Dame (6-6-2) at No. 2 Bishop O’Dowd (15-4-1), 7 p.m.
No. 10 Dublin (6-6-8) at No. 7 Piedmont (13-6-4), 7 p.m.
No. 14 Tennyson (10-12-1) at No. 3 Campolindo (12-3-5), 5 p.m.
No. 11 Northgate (9-9-3) at No. 6 St. Mary’s (14-3), 3:30 p.m.

Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014
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East Bay boys basketball poll

Here’s this week’s East Bay High School boys basketball poll. Enjoy!

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 18-4 75 1
2. Monte Vista 21-1 68 2
3. El Cerrito 24-2 67 3
4. De La Salle 17-5 60 4
5. San Ramon Val. 19-3 55 5
6. Campolindo 17-6 50 7
7. St. Joseph N.D. 21-5 45 8
8. Newark Mem. 15-7 38 9
9. Freedom 17-5 37 6
10. Castro Valley 16-6 30 10
11. Berkeley 19-2 25 11
12. College Park 17-4 20 13
13. Salesian 14-11 15 12
14. Miramonte 15-7 8 15
15. Moreau Cath. 17-5 7 14

Also receiving votes: None. Records are through Feb. 8. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
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Signing Day 2014: the stories

The first day of the regular signing period has come and (almost) gone. In case you missed it, here are the stories we covered today and the links to those stories.

Joe Mixon signed with Oklahoma, as expected, and teammate Patrick Choudja chose Nevada in a special day for the Freedom High football program. 

De La Salle always seems to send a ton of athletes to four-year schools. This year was no different for the Spartans.

El Cerrito’s football players wasted no time in signing their letters of intent, and Arizona State’s Todd Graham, for one, couldn’t be happier about two of the Gauchos players coming to Tempe.

Deer Valley’s Nsimba Webster decided that family trumped all, as he chose to sign with Eastern Washington, along with twin brother Nzuzi.

Here’s the list of East Bay athletes, including soccer players, boys water polo players, and cross country/track and field stars who have signed or are expected to sign letters of intent in this period.

Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
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Heritage boys basketball team forfeits three wins

Heritage has had to forfeit nonleague wins over Armijo-Fairfield and Escalon and its Bay Valley Athletic League win over Liberty this month for use of an ineligible player, school athletic director and Patriots coach Pat Cruickshank said Thursday. Cruickshank said the player’s ineligibility stemmed from paperwork issues and added he hopes to have the problem resolved soon. The losses drop Heritage’s record to 7-10 overall and 0-1 in the BVAL going into Friday’s game at Antioch.

Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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DLS’ McKenzie heads list of locals on’ underclass team

De La Salle lineman Kahlil McKenzie was named to’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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Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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NCS playoffs: Boys water polo brackets

NCS playoffs


Thursday’s first round

No. 16 Livermore (12-12) at No. 1 Miramonte (16-8), 8 p.m.

No. 9 Foothill (14-10) vs. No. 8 Monte Vista (9-14), TBA

No. 13 Heritage (16-8) vs. No. 4 Las Lomas (14-9) at Acalanes HS, TBA

No. 12 James Logan (19-6) vs. No. 5 Sir Francis Drake (18-8) at Campolindo HS, 6:15 p.m.

No. 15 Mission San Jose (15-8) at No. 2 Campolindo (18-6), 7:30 p.m.

No. 10 Clayton Valley Charter (16-8) vs. No. 7 Amador Valley (17-4) at Campolindo HS, 3:45 p.m.

No. 14 Alameda (20-7) at No. 3 De La Salle (14-9), 7:30 p.m.

No. 11 Washington (15-7) vs. No. 6 San Ramon Valley (15-9) at James Logan HS, 6 p.m.


Wednesday’s first round

No. 9 Ukiah (13-11) vs. No. 8 Bishop O’Dowd (14-10) at Contra Costa College, 4:30 p.m.

No. 12 Cardinal Newman (8-11) at No. 7 Encinal (18-9) at Contra Costa College, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s quarterfinals

Ukiah/Bishop O’Dowd winner vs. No. 1 Alhambra (18-6), TBA

No. 5 Northgate (14-12) vs. No. 4 Tamalpais (17-9), TBA

Cardinal Newman/Encinal winner vs. No. 2 Redwood (22-4), TBA

No. 6 San Marin (14-7) vs. No. 3 Justin-Siena (17-4), TBA

Posted on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
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NCS playoffs: Girls water polo brackets

NCS playoffs


Thursday’s first round

No. 9 Deer Valley (17-4) vs. No. 8 Clayton Valley Charter (13-10) at De La Salle HS, 6 p.m.

No. 4 Livermore (17-7) vs. No. 13 Washington (11-11) at Miramonte HS, 6:45 p.m.

No. 12 Alameda (12-6) vs. No. 5 Granada (20-4) at Miramonte HS, 5:45 p.m.

No. 15 Mission San Jose (6-6) vs. No. 2 Monte Vista (13-9) at Acalanes HS, 8 p.m.

No. 10 Foothill (12-12) at No. 7 James Logan (20-3), 7:15 p.m.

No. 14 Newark Memorial (12-11) vs. No. 3 Las Lomas (16-8) at Acalanes HS, 5:30 p.m.

No. 11 Liberty (14-9) vs. No. 6 Alhambra (17-7) at Campolindo HS, 5 p.m.

Saturday’s quarterfinal

Clayton Valley Charter/Deer Valley winner vs. No. 1 San Ramon Valley (24-0), TBA


Wednesday’s first round

No. 9 Ukiah (13-10-1) vs. No. 8 Carondelet (11-12) at Contra Costa College, 5:45 p.m.

No. 13 Encinal (18-7) at No. 4 Acalanes (13-11), 8 p.m.

No. 12 Bishop O’Dowd (14-10) vs. No. 5 Marin Catholic (15-7) at Contra Costa College, 8:15 p.m.

No. 10 Novato (12-7) vs. No. 7 Piedmont (18-4) at Acalanes HS, 5:30 p.m.

No. 11 San Marin (11-8) vs. No. 6 Northgate (13-13) at Acalanes HS, 6:45 p.m.

Saturday’s quarterfinals

Carondelet/Ukiah winner vs. No. 1 Campolindo (21-3), TBA

Piedmont/Novato winner vs. No. 2 Miramonte (18-6), TBA

Northgate/San Marin winner vs. No. 3 Sir Francis Drake (19-6), TBA

Posted on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
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California High football team looks to build off its strength

SAN RAMON — California High football players spent a lot of time pumping iron this summer, a fact that should power the Grizzlies when the games begin.

“I would say this is my strongest team since I’ve been here, in terms of lifting weights,” fifth-year California coach Eric Billeci said. “They’ve had a great offseason and a good summer, so we’re anticipating that will translate onto the field.”

The Grizzlies, who shared the East Bay Athletic League title with San Ramon Valley last season and advanced to the North Coast Section Division I semifinals, have every reason to expect similar success this season.

“I hope so. We put in a lot of work,” senior quarterback Cameron Owen said. “I think it would be hard for the guys to just let it slip through their fingers after all the hard work that we’ve put in this offseason.”

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Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
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San Ramon Valley football team looks to have another special year

DANVILLE — The San Ramon Valley High football team is big, athletic, and aiming high.

With a robust front line, top running back Marcus de la Pena and explosive wideout J.J. Koski, the Wolves appear well-stocked for a deep run in the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.

“I think our kids have a great shot of doing something special,” Wolves coach Mark Kessler says.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
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Livermore football team determined to take next step

LIVERMORE — The Livermore High football team is eager to change the status quo.

Senior leaders and two-way stalwarts Sam Ogee and Kevin Amaral are determined to be impact players in an impact program, a year after the Cowboys finished 2-9 overall and 0-6 in the East Bay Athletic League.

The harsh reality is Livermore hasn’t beaten anyone other than Granada in the EBAL in over a decade. But the slate is clean again.

“It doesn’t matter if we win preseason games because we can do that,” said Ogee, who has an offer from Cal Poly. “We have to break through the barrier of winning (in) EBAL and seeing ourselves as a contender, because I know people around the school see us: ‘Oh, we’re not going to win. It’s Cal, and we’re Livermore.’ We need to break through that barrier.”

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Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
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