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East Bay baseball poll – 4/16

Here’s this week’s Bay Area News Group East Bay high school baseball poll. Only one team stayed in the same spot as last week.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Campolindo (5)* 10-3 75 3
t2. California 12-2 65 1
t2. Clayton Valley Charter 15-0 65 5
4. Amador Valley 10-3 64 7
5. De La Salle 11-4 54 2
6. San Ramon Valley 8-4 50 4
7. College Park 10-2 47 10
8. Monte Vista 7-5 40 t11
9. Heritage 9-5 33 t13
10. Washington 8-4 31 8
11. Foothill 8-4 26 6
12. Granada 8-5 18 9
13. Northgate 11-3 11 t13
14. JFK-Fremont 9-3 10 NR
15. Acalanes 9-5 6 t15

Also receiving votes: Bishop O’Dowd (10-6, 4 points), Concord (9-5, 1). The East Bay Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through April 12
* indicates number of first-place votes

Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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Ivan Rabb named second-team All-American

Bishop O’Dowd High School boys basketball star Ivan Rabb was selected as a second-team All-American by MaxPreps.com on Sunday.
The junior, who averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds a game, was one of three juniors selected to the five-player second team. No juniors were chosen for the first team.
Rabb was also the only California player selected to the second team, and only one California player was picked for the five-player first team (national player of the year Stanley Johnson of Mater Dei-Santa Ana).

Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014
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Final East Bay Boys Basketball Poll for 13-14 season

Here’s the final Bay Area News Group East Bay high school boys basketball poll of the season. After the first two spots, there’s been some significant movement.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5)* 28-5 75 1
2. Monte Vista 32-1 70 2
3. St. Joseph Notre Dame 30-5 65 7
4. El Cerrito 28-5 59 3
5. Freedom 26-7 56 9
6. Newark Memorial 25-8 50 8
7. San Ramon Valley 24-6 42 4
8. Campolindo 23-8 37 t5
9. De La Salle 21-9 35 t5
10. Moreau Catholic 27-7 33 NR
11. McClymonds 22-9 21 15
12. Pittsburg 22-6 20 12
t13. Concord 22-9 12 NR
t13. Salesian 23-15 12 14
15. Berkeley 22-5 9 10

Also receiving votes: Dougherty Valley (20-8, 2 points), Miramonte (18-13, 2). Records are final. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.
* indicates number of first-place votes

Posted on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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Final East Bay Girls Basketball Poll for 13-14 season

Here is the final Bay Area News Group East Bay Girls Basketball Poll of the season. Only two teams remained in the same spot from our last poll before the North Coast Section playoffs:

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Salesian (5) 30-7 75 2
2. St. Mary’s 27-8 67 3
3. Miramonte 30-2 66 5
4. Carondelet 28-4 59 4
5. Bishop O’Dowd 23-4 58 1
6. Berkeley 24-9 50 7
7. Deer Valley 26-6 45 8
8. Monte Vista 26-5 40 6
9. Piedmont 21-10 35 9
10. Clayton Valley Charter 24-8 24 NR
t11. Foothill 19-9 18 14
t11. James Logan 19-10 18 12
13. McClymonds 16-13 17 NR
14. Dublin 19-11 15 NR
15. Encinal 20-9 9 NR

Also receiving votes: Moreau Catholic (23-6, 4 points). Records are final. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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Live blog of CIF Northern regional basketball championship games

Follow the NorCal championship games on Saturday with our live blog, which starts at 9:45 a.m. and continues all day.

Here’s the URL:

http://www.mercurynews.com/sports-headlines/ci_25394768/live-updates-norcal-high-school-basketball-championships-saturday

Here’s a short link:

http://bit.ly/1jiJEL3

Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014
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Another step back for Bishop O’Dowd girls basketball

The Bishop O’Dowd High girls basketball team received another blow to its hopes of playing again this season.
Gil Lemmon, the North Coast Section commissioner, said Wednesday he sent a letter to administrators at Bishop O’Dowd saying that he could not support its efforts to qualify to the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division.

For the rest of the story, see http://www.insidebayarea.com/sports/ci_25236189/bishop-odowd-gets-bad-news-from-ncs

Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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East Bay boys basketball poll – 2/19

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school boys basketball poll. After the first three spots, there’s been some significant movement.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 20-4 75 1
2. Monte Vista 23-1 69 2
3. El Cerrito 24-2 66 3
4. San Ramon Valley 21-3 60 5
t5. Campolindo 18-6 52 6
t5. De La Salle 17-7 52 4
7. St. Joseph Notre Dame 21-5 46 7
8. Newark Memorial 16-7 39 8
9. Freedom 19-5 36 9
10. Berkeley 21-3 27 11
11. Pittsburg 19-5 22 NR
12. Castro Valley 17-7 20 10
13. Las Lomas 16-8 13 NR
14. Salesian 15-12 11 13
15. McClymonds 15-7 9 NR

Also receiving votes: Dougherty Valley (18-7, 3 point). Records are through Feb. 15. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.
* indicates number of first-place votes

Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
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East Bay girls basketball poll – 2/19

Here’s this week’s East Bay Girls Basketball Poll. There’s not much movement in the first nine spots.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 21-4 75 1
2. Salesian 21-5 70 2
3. St. Mary’s 20-6 63 t3
4. Carondelet 21-3 62 t3
5. Miramonte 23-1 55 5
6. Monte Vista 21-3 50 6
7. Berkeley 17-7 45 7
8. Deer Valley 19-5 40 8
9. Piedmont 16-7 34 9
10. Moreau Catholic 20-4 26 13
11. Alameda 15-9 24 12
12. James Logan 15-9 16 10
13. Castro Valley 17-7 15 11
14. Foothill 16-8 14 14
15. Valley Christian 23-3 5 15

Also receiving votes: Clayton Valley Charter (18-6, 4 votes), Pittsburg (16-8, 1) Skyline (16-7, 1). Records are through Feb. 15. 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 19th, 2014
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Bishop O’Dowd team manager nails 3-pointer in first game

Lucas Cortez, a senior team manager/assistant coach for the Bishop O’Dowd High boys basketball team who battles a heart defect, made the most of his first high school game Friday on Senior Night at Bishop O’Dowd.
Cortez nailed a three-pointer in front of the O’Dowd bench for the final points of a 99-64 victory over Berkeley.
“I was in the moment. I was just playing the game and that happened to be the result,” said Cortez, who has been the team manager for four years. “My teammates were really supportive and really encouraged me to keep playing and take the shot. … They were very unselfish.”
Cortez suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome and has undergone multiple surgeries because of it. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a complex and rare heart defect present at birth in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped.
“I had talked to (Berkeley coach) Mark DeLuca … about three weeks ago. I said ‘I’ve got a kid, it would be incredible if he got in a game,’” said Bishop O’Dowd coach Lou Richie, who called DeLuca “an incredible person with the most class.” “I said to the (O’Dowd) coaching staff, ‘If we’re up, if we’re fortunate enough to be up, let’s get him in.”’
Cortez entered with just under two minutes to play, Richie said. After missing his first two field goal attempts, Cortez sank the 3-pointer and the sold-out Bishop O’Dowd gym rocked with noise.
“It was a surreal moment,” Richie said. “Everybody’s cell phone was out … You look at (Bishop O’Dowd star) Ivan Rabb, and I’ve never seen him as excited as he was for Lucas.
Cortez has been the team manager for four years.
“I’ve never been so emotional or excited about a moment of basketball in my life,” Richie said. “He is an incredible young man.”

Posted on Saturday, February 15th, 2014
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East Bay Girls Basketball Poll – 2/11

Here’s this week’s East Bay High School Girls Basketball Poll. Enjoy!

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 19-4 75 1
2. Salesian 20-5 69 t3
t3. Carondelet 19-3 63 t3
t3. St. Mary’s 20-6 63 2
5. Miramonte 21-1 55 5
6. Monte Vista 20-2 50 6
7. Berkeley 16-6 45 7
8. Deer Valley 17-5 40 8
9. Piedmont 14-6 33 14
10. James Logan 14-8 28 9
11. Castro Valley 16-6 23 11
12. Alameda 14-8 20 12
13. Moreau Catholic 18-4 14 10
14. Foothill 14-8 9 13
15. Valley Christian 22-3 5 NR

Also receiving votes: Clayton Valley Charter (17-6, 4 votes), Skyline (14-7, 3), Heritage (13-9, 1). 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 Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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