James Logan football coach George Zuber to step back after season

James Logan High football coach George Zuber said that he told his team today that he will be stepping back from the head coaching position at the end of this season to spend more time with his two sons, who are 15 and 12-years-old.

“I don’t want to look back 10 years from now and regret not spending more time with them before they go off to college,” said Zuber, 42. “I will still be involved with Logan football in some capacity … I will not be the head coach.”

Zuber has guided the Colts to eight winning seasons in the past nine years since he became the head coach in 2006, and James Logan has a 5-1 record this year. In his winning seasons, his teams’ worst overall record was 8-4.

Currently, Zuber has a 84-27 overall record. His teams reached the North Coast Section Division I championship game in 2012 and the NCS 4A semifinals in 2007. He had a 34-1 record in Mission Valley Athletic League play before his team gained independent status in 2012. Zuber said that he will continue to teach economics and government at James Logan.



De La Salle football will have more EBAL opponents next season

The De La Salle High football team will have more games against East Bay Athletic League teams next season.
EBAL commissioner Don Nelson confirmed today that at the EBAL Board of Governors meeting last month, it was decided that De La Salle would have five mandatory EBAL opponents and four EBAL teams will have the option to opt-out. The mandatory opponents are Monte Vista, California, San Ramon Valley, Amador Valley and Foothill. This format will be evaluated after two years, Nelson said. Dougherty Valley and Dublin will be joining the East Bay Athletic League in the 2016-17 school year. The EBAL will be one league, not two divisions, for football, Nelson said.
This season, De La Salle only has two regular-season games against EBAL teams: San Ramon Valley on Oct. 9 and California on Nov. 6. Also on its 2015 schedule is three Southern Section teams (Servite-Anaheim. Orange Lutheran, Long Beach Poly), two Sacramento-area powers (Granite Bay and Del Oro-Loomis), one Central Coast Section team (Serra-San Mateo), one out-of-state team (Trinity-Euless, Texas) and three North Coast Section squads (San Ramon Valley, California, James Logan).


Shurod Thompson commits to Oregon State

Shurod Thompson, a highly-recruited Liberty High defensive back, announced via Twitter tonight that he has committed to Oregon State.

“It’s Official #BEAVERNATION.” Thompson wrote. “After Talking Over It With Family, I Can Finally Say I’m an Oregon State Commit!”

Thompson is rated as a four-star safety by rivals.com, which also ranks him as the No. 2 safety in California and No. 9 nationally for the 2016 class. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder had offers from Oklahoma, USC, UCLA, and Cal, among other colleges, according to espn.com. He committed to Cal in April, but de-committed in June.

Thompson is the second highly-recruited Bay Valley Athletic League defensive back in a week to orally commit to a major Division I program. On Oct. 3, Pittsburg’s Jordan Parker committed to Oklahoma.


Davis’ Fiona O’Keeffe sets course record at De La Salle Nike cross country invitational

Davis High’s Fiona O’Keeffe broke a 19-year-old Newhall Park-Concord 3.0 mile Invitational course record to highlight the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Cross Country Invitational today.
O’Keeffe, a senior who is the two-time defending CIF Division I state champion, broke the previous girls course record by five seconds with a jaw-dropping time of 16:41. The previous record of 16:46 was set by Julia Stamps of Santa Rosa , and the next fastest time on the girls all-time invitational list before today was O’Keeffe’s (17:05).
Granada’s Megan McCandless, the runner-up, produced one of the top-five girls times ever at this invitational (17:36). Monte Vista’s Brooke Starn, who was third, had one of the top-10 girls times ever at this invitational (17:53).
Davis easily won the girls team title with a score of 64, followed by Monte Vista (140) and Granada (146).
In the boys race, Davis’ Michael Vernau prevailed to stay undefeated in this young cross country season. The junior won with a time of 15:22, 10 seconds ahead of Jesuit-Carmichael’s Sean Kurdy, the runner-up.
“It was all right. I didn’t quite get the time I wanted,” said Vernau, who was looking for a time between 14:30 and 15:00. “I just wanted to make sure I didn’t get on the backwards train, that I maintained my pace the whole way.”
Benjamin Holland was third (15:25), giving Jesuit an excellent top-two individual placings on its way to the team title (37 points). Davis placed second as a team 103, followed by Monte Vista (112). The top East Bay high school placer in the race was Acalanes’ Cameron Gaskell (fourth, 15:30).

Both  O’Keeffe and Vernau held the lead by approximately 150 yards into their races. O’Keefe stretched that lead to approximately 15 seconds as she came down the major hill in the race starting the second mile, and she held a 30 second advantage over McCandless near the two-mile mark. Verdau crossed the two-mile mark in 9:56, nine seconds ahead of a small pack led by Gaskell.


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De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational
3 miles at Newhall Park, Concord
Team scores (top 20): Jesuit-Carmichael 37, Davis 103, Monte Vista 112, Long Beach Poly 167, Granada 213, Woodcreek-Roseville 223, Campolindo 238, Los Gatos 278, Clayton Valley Charter 293, Liberty 311, Dougherty Valley 317, Amador Valley 336, San Ramon Valley 359, Merced 399, Lowell-S.F. 403, Madera 442, Acalanes 464, College Park 471, Salinas 493, De La Salle 538.
Individual results (top 20): Vernau (Dav) 15:12, Kurdy (Jes) 15:22, Holland (Jes) 15:25, Gaskell (Aca) 15:30, Bouhassoun (Mission-S.F.) 15:42, Yabu (Cam) 15:47, Cummings (Jes) 15:53, Chrisman (MV) 15:53, Parker (Wood) 15:56, Singh (Mt. Eden) 15:56, Browning (Dav) 15:57, Ambriz (Mer) 16:00, Jones (Jes) 16:01, Braganza (DoughV) 16:04, Miller (MV) 16:04, Novoa (LBP) 16:05, Lackner (Jes) 16:07, Vomund (MV) 16:08, Hutchison (Newark Memorial) 16:08, Maneloveg (MV) 16:09.

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De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational
3.0 miles at Newhall Park, Concord
Team scores (top 20): Davis 64, Monte Vista 140, Granada 146, Redwood 154, St. Francis (Mountain View) 208, St. Francis-Sacramento 210, Liberty 232, Amador Valley 235, Woodcreek-Roseville 254, Bishop O’Dowd 317, Miramonte 357, Lowell-S.F. 364, Dougherty Valley 373, San Ramon Valley 377, Tamalpais 400, Campolindo 421, Roseville 437, Carondelet 446, Madera 456, Clayton Valley Charter 532.
Individual results (top 20): F. O’Keeffe (Dav) 16:41*, M. McCandless (Gra) 17:36, B. Starn (MV) 17:53, Castiglioni (Dav) 17:54, Leung (Lowe) 17:56, Haskell (Mira) 18:09, Taylor (BOD) 18:10, Corda (MV) 18:19, Fisk (Dav) 18:20, Brill (Lowe) 18:21, Vandegrift (SF-Sac) 18:23, Leroudier (AV) 18:23, O. O’Keeffe (Dav) 18:27, Arndt (SF-Sac) 18:33, Tucker (DoughV) 18:33, Bohannon (Lib) 18:34, Guo (DoughV) 18:36, Lawsen (Gra) 18:39, Murphy (Red) 18:40, Dipentino (Wood) 18:43.
* — course record


Granada swimmer Maxime Rooney selected to National Junior team in four events

Granada High’s Maxime Rooney was selected for the USA Swimming Men’s National Junior Team in four events, USA Swimming announced today.
Rooney, who also competes for the Pleasanton Seahawks, was picked for the U.S. team in the 50-meter freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
“It’s always an honor to be on a USA National team,” said Rooney, who was named to the USA National Team in the 200 freestyle earlier this month. “I had a good feeling that I would be on the team based on my placing in the junior national meet and national meet in August.”
Rooney swam the 50 freestyle in 22.99 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 53.40 at the Speedo Junior Nationals earlier this summer. He also produced a top U.S. Junior time of 48.87 in the 100 freestyle at the FINA World Junior Championships, and swam 1:47.10 in the 200 freestyle at the Phillips 66 Nationals.
“Honestly, I was sure of the 100 and 200 free,” said Rooney about his chances of being selected to the USA junior team. “I was not too sure of the 50 free because it’s an extra event for me. The 100 fly, I wasn’t sure.”
In the North Coast Section championship meet in May, Rooney broke his own NCS record in the 200-yard freestyle and repeated as section champion in both that event and the 500-yard freestyle as a junior.


Minyon Moore commits to USC

Salesian High girls basketball star Minyon Moore orally committed to USC today, according to Pride coach Steve Pezzola.

As a junior wing last high school season, the 5-foot-8 Moore filled up stat sheets for the 28-4 Pride. She averaged 13.8 points, 6.8 assists, 5.4 steals, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game for the North Coast Section Division IV champions. The squad also competed in the CIF NorCal Open Division playoffs. Moore was a first-team all-East Bay selection and a first-team all-Tri-County Athletic League pick last season.


El Cerrito basketball star transfers to Findlay Prep

El Cerrito High boys basketball star Carlos Johnson announced via Twitter on Friday that he has transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson-Nev.
“I’m very excited to say that I will be attending Findlay prep for my senior year,” Johnson wrote.
As a 6-foot-4 junior wing last season, the second-team all-East Bay selection averaged 15.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game for the Gauchos. El Cerrito won the North Coast Section Division II title last season and competed in the CIF NorCal Open Division playoffs. Johnson was a first-team all-Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division selection.
Findlay Prep will be the third school in three years for Johnson, who transferred to El Cerrito from Shadow Mountain-Phoenix, Ariz. for his junior year.
Johnson isn’t the first East Bay high school boys basketball player to transfer to Findlay Prep. Former Bishop O’Dowd star Brandon Ashley and former Salesian star Dominic Artis transferred before their senior years in 2011, and Jabari Brown transferred from Salesian to Findlay Prep and spent part of his junior year there before finishing his high school career at Oakland.


Christina Chenault signs with UCLA

Carondelet High graduate Christina Chenault signed a track and field letter of intent with UCLA on Thursday night.
“I thought it would be the perfect balance for me at this point of my life … academically and athletically,” Chenault said today. Chenault also said that she seriously considered Columbia and Oregon before choosing the Bruins.
As a senior, Chenault placed in both the triple jump and the long jump at the CIF state track and field championships on June 6. She finished third in the triple jump (a then-personal record 41 feet, 1/2 inch) and fourth in the long jump (19-2 1/2). At the USA Junior Outdoor Championships in late June, Chenault placed third in the women’s triple jump with a personal-record mark of 41-10.
Christina’s sister Chelsea swims for USC, UCLA’s rival. “It’s a family rivalry. Luckily we are not in the same sport,” said Christina with a laugh.


Uriah Howard commits to Eastern Washington

Miramonte High girls basketball player Uriah Howard orally committed to Eastern Washington last night, Matadors coach Kelly Sopak confirmed this afternoon. Howard also had offers from University of the Pacific and San Jose State, according to Sopak.

The 5-foot-11 Howard was a first-team all-Diablo Foothill Athletic League selection last season as a junior for Miramonte, which won the North Coast Section Division III title and advanced to the Northern California Open Division championship game.


All-state softball selections continue

CalHiSports.com released its all-state softball teams for medium-size and small-size schools on Wednesday.

Among the East Bay selections were Frankie Hammoude of Bishop O’Dowd, Maddy Lewis of Alameda, Zoe Marrott of Acalanes and Danielle Thomas of Campolindo. They were all named to the medium schools second team.

Salesian’s Meghan Bradbury was a first-team small schools selection, and Saint Mary’s Janae Adams was a second-team selection.

On Monday, CalHiSports.com announced its all-state underclass (non-senior) team for softball. Amador Valley’s Danielle Williams is a first-team pitcher. In June, she was selected as the Cal-Hi Sports State Freshman of the Year for softball.

Alhambra had three players selected to state all-underclass teams. Briana Perez (sophomore infielder) was a first-team pick, and teammates Karlee Sparacino (sophomore infielder) and Cara DiMercurio (junior outfielder) were second-team selections. Acalanes’ Marrott, a junior infielder, was also a second-team pick.