Final 2013 East Bay baseball poll

Team Record Points Last week
1. Campolindo (5) 20-6-1 75 2
2. Amador Valley 18-10 70 11
3. Granada 24-2 65 1
4. De La Salle 19-8 58 6
5. Acalanes 20-7 57 7
6. Clayton Valley 22-5 50 6
7. College Park 20-6-1 44 t4
8. James Logan 19-8 41 8
9. California 19-7 35 t4
10. Newark Memorial 19-7 26 10
11.St. Mary’s 19-5 20 NR
t12. Alhambra 16-10 17 9
t12. Heritage 17-9 17 14
t14. Concord 15-6-1 7 NR
t14. Freedom 16-6 7 12

Also receiving votes:  Heritage (14-8, 4 points), San Leandro (19-5, 4 points), Alameda (15-9, 1), Liberty (15-7, 1). The East Bay Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.


NCS baseball championship game previews

Division I

No. 4 Amador Valley (17-10) vs. No. 2 De La Salle (19-7), Saturday, 4 p.m., Saint Mary’s College

The Spartans are looking to become the first team in the highest level of NCS baseball play to repeat as champions since they accomplished the feat in 1996-97. To do so, they’ll have to beat an East Bay Athletic League that swept the season series from De La Salle. Amador Valley beat the Spartans 3-2 on March 28 in Pleasanton and 7-4 on May 1 in Concord. De La Salle has only lost once since then. The Dons immediately went on a four-game losing streak after that last win over the Spartans. The streak started with a deflating 15-0 loss to Granada. But Amador has rediscovered itself in the playoffs and upset the top-seeded Matadors, handing Granada only its second loss this season, in the semifinals to reach the championship game for the first time since winning the title in 2010.

Division II

No. 2 Campolindo (20-6-1) vs. No. 1 Casa Grande (27-2), Saturday, 1 p.m., Santa Rosa Junior College

The Cougars are looking to make history by capturing their fourth straight NCS title. That would tie an NCS record set twice, most recently by their opponent Casa Grande, which won four successive NCS 3A Redwood Empire titles from 2004-07. St. Vincent also won four straight Class A titles from 1986-89, but no East Bay team has ever accomplished the feat. The Gauchos survived thewildest game of the playoffs to reach the finals, beating College Park 12-11 on a 13th-inning walk off home run. College Park blew leads of 7-2, 10-7 and 11-10 in the late innings.

Division III

No. 3 Analy (23-5) vs. No. 1 Acalanes (19-7), Saturday, 1 p.m., Saint Mary’s College

The Dons are after their third straight NCS title. They shared the crown in 2011 with San Marin when the title game was rained out and won it outright last year. They rode the arm of John York in a semifinal win over Sonoma Valley. The senior fired an 83-pitch perfect game in a 1-0 win. He had 15 strikeouts and six groundouts and not a single ball went to the outfield. Analy reached the finals with a marathon 5-4 win over Sir Francis Drake that lasted 11 innings. The Tigers are looking for their third NCS title. They won the 2A Redwood Empire title in 2000 and also won it way back in 1921.

Division IV

No. 3 Piedmont (19-9) vs. No. 1 St. Mary’s (18-5), Friday, 5 p.m., Saint Mary’s College

The Highlanders are in the title game for the first time since winning the NCS 2A East Bay title in 2008. Their coach at the time was John Nelson, who is now at St. Mary’s. Piedmont and St. Mary’s are former Bay Shore Athletic League rivals, but in the new league configurations, the Highlanders are in the West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline League and the Panthers are in the Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division. Piedmont was the champion of the WACC-Shoreline while St. Mary’s won the TCAL-Rock. The Panthers have been dangerous all season behind their duo of aces in pitchers Devin Mahoney and Kevin Flemer. Mahoney pitched St. Mary’s to its semifinal win over Moreau Catholic, lining up the Oregon State-bound Flemer for the championship game. It’s the fourth time in the past five years St. Mary’s has made it to the finals and it’s looking for its second championship in that stretch.

Division V

No. 2 Head-Royce (22-5) vs. No. 1 Valley Christian (19-7), Saturday, 4 p.m., Fremont Christian

These Bay Counties League-East rivals met three times, with Valley Christian winning twice. Head-Royce’s win came in the only game in the set in which ace Steven Farinaro, one of the top pitchers in the Bay Area, was on the mound. He’s likely to pitch in this championship game. The UCLA-signee has an 11-1 record, 0.81 ERA and has struck out 146 batters in 69 innings. Valley Christian, which won the BCL-East title, is looking for its first NCS crown. Head-Royce in the defending champ and has won two of the past four titles.


NCS baseball championship sites

There’s nothing set in stone yet, but the North Coast Section Division I baseball championship game will likely be at Saint Mary’s College on either Friday or Saturday. For Division II, if top seeded Casa Grande beats College Park (no easy task with Joe DeMers likely to be on the mound), that championship game would be played Saturday at Santa Rosa JC.


Logan’s Bua headed to UC Davis

James Logan High linebacker Ryan Bua, a first-team All-East Bay selection by the Bay Area News Group, has accepted an invited walk-on offer to play football at UC Davis.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Bua was a force in the middle of Logan’s stout defense, which helped the Colts go 12-2 and reach the North Coast Section Division I title game. It was Logan’s deepest playoff run in 15 years.

“He is the hardest worker and has the highest integrity and character that I’ve ever coached,” Colts coach George Zuber said.


East Bay baseball poll — 5/13

The baseball poll is back here on the blog. Sorry, I’ve been off the past month so I haven’t been around to post the poll here, but with a week left in the regular season, here’s our latest. This is actually the second to last poll of the year. We won’t have one next week when NCS starts (there’s no reason to at that point, since things will get decided on the field). We’ll come back with the final poll after NCS is complete.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Granada (5) 21-1 75 1
2. Campolindo 15-6-1 70 2
3. Clayton Valley 18-4 63 3
t4. California 17-5 58 8
t4. College Park 16-5-1 58 6
6. De La Salle 15-7 51 5
7. Acalanes 16-7 45 4
8. James Logan 15-7 39 NR
9. Alhambra 14-8 32 11
10. Newark Memorial 16-6 28 10
11. Amador Valley 13-9 24 7
12. Washington 15-7 22 9
13. Bishop O’Dowd 16-8 11 14
t14. Concord 15-6-1 7 NR
t14. Freedom 16-6 7 12

Also receiving votes:  Heritage (14-8, 4 points), San Leandro (19-5, 4 points), Alameda (15-9, 1), Liberty (15-7, 1). The East Bay Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.


East Bay Baseball poll — 4/8

It’s finally time for us to debut our baseball polls this season. We’ll have our first baseball/softball package running in Thursday’s paper and that’s when this poll will debut in print. But here’s a sneak peak.

Team Record Points Last year
1. Granada (5) 12-0 75 10
2. Amador Valley 9-3 66 NR
3. De La Salle 7-4 63 2
4. Campolindo 5-6-1 57 1
5. Acalanes 9-4 50 6
6. College Park 8-3-1 45 4
7. Newark Memorial 9-3 40 9
8. Alhambra 9-4 35 NR
9. Washington 9-3 33 NR
10. Clayton Valley 8-3 31 12
11. Heritage 8-5 27 NR
t12. California 8-3 20 5
t12. Deer Valley 9-4 20 8
14. Dougherty Valley 8-5 14 3
15. St. Mary’s 7-3 8 t13

Also receiving votes:  Foothill (6-6, 7 points), Freedom (8-4, 4), El Cerrito (10-4-1, 3), Berkeley (9-4, 1), San Leandro (10-3, 1). The East Bay Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.


Bird named Div. IV POY, Rabb is top sophomore; plus All-East Bay boys basketball teams

Salesian High’s Jabari Bird, a finalist for Cal-Hi Sports’ Mr. California award that went to Archbishop Mitty’s Aaron Gordon, was named the Division IV player of the year.  That’s in addition to Bird being named the Bay Area News Group East Bay Player of the Year last week. (Sorry for not posting that here, I was on vacation when it ran). Also, Bishop O’Dowd’s Ivan Rabb was named Cal-Hi Sports’ sophomore of the year. Pretty easy choice if you ask me for a guy who averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Dragons. He was the unofficial runner-up to Bird for our East Bay player of the year and will enter his junior season as the preseason favorite for the award. Rabb was a first-team All-East Bay pick.

It’s a few days late, but for those who missed it in print or online, here’s our complete All-East Bay team.

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O’Dowd’s Rabb selected to USA Developmental team

Bishop O’Dowd High sophomore Ivan Rabb has been selected to 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team. The team is made up of 23 of the nation’s top under-16 players. The team members will train May 30-June 7 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and a 12-member team will be selected to travel to Maldonado, Uruguay, for the FIBA Americas under-16 championships, which are held June 11-15. That tournament serves as a qualifier to the 2014 FIBA under-17 World Championships.


Final 2013 East Bay boys basketball poll

Here’s the final poll of the 2012-13 season. The All-East Bay teams will be published next week. The process of selecting them in ongoing this week, so if you want to throw a nomination of a player out there to be considered, feel free. I can’t guarantee anything, but they’ll be given a look.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Salesian (4) 30-4 60 1
2. Bishop O’Dowd 26-4 56 2
3. Deer Valley 26-6 52 4
4. Newark Memorial 23-8 48 6
5. De La Salle 27-5 44 3
6. San Leandro 27-7 40 8
7. College Park 27-6 36 13
8. Dublin 27-7 31 7
9. McClymonds 22-8 29 9
10. Campolindo 22-9 22 14
11. Freedom 20-10 18 11
12. El Cerrito 22-12 17 5
13. St. Joseph Notre Dame 24-12 13 NR
14. Heritage 20-10 10 12
15. Monte Vista 20-7 4 10

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


Baseball: EBAL/DFAL Challenge on Saturday

Most of us are caught up in the high school basketball season, but a pretty cool baseball event is slated for Saturday. It’s the First annual EBAL/DFAL Challenge. Dougherty Valley coach Brian Freitas is serving as the event director for the challenge, which will take place at three different venues.

At Granada High, Amador Valley will face Alhambra at noon, followed by Granada vs. Dublin at 3 p.m.

At San Ramon Valley, California meets Las Lomas at noon and San Ramon Valley plays Acalanes at 3 p.m.

At Dougherty Valley, there are two excellent games with Monte Vista facing Dougherty Valley at noon, followed by a showdown between De La Salle and Campolindo at 3 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for childer 12 and under, and under 5 is free.