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Football: CIF to decide on state bowl game expansion this weekend

The California Interscholastic Federation will vote whether to expand the state football playoffs to include all section champions at its Federated Council meeting in San Jose tomorrow and Saturday, and the decision looks like it won’t be quite so easy to predict after all.

With the Southern Section, by far the state’s largest, voting against the proposal to expand state bowl games from five to 13 divisions, the chances of it passing took a bit of a hit. According to the OC Register, the proposal is failing 63-57 with 19 votes undeclared as of Thursday afternoon.

The proposal needs 69 votes to pass, so there’s still a good chance it will. Twelve of the undeclared votes do not belong to an individual section. Instead, they are “allied” votes, and go these groups or individuals: Cal Coaches Assoc. (CCA), Ca. Assoc. of Private School Organization (CAPSO), California State A.D. Association (CSADA), Calif. School Boards Assoc (CSBA), Association of Ca. School Administrators (ACSA), Superintendents Representative, Ca. Department of Education, Ca. Assoc. of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Ca. Assoc. of Directors of Activities (CADA), State CIF President, State CIF Past President, State CIF President-Elect.

The vote could also hinge on whether the CIF agrees to revise language allowing non section champions from sections with an Open Division to advance. According to colleague Darren Sabedra of the San Jose Mercury News, the CCS’ delegates will vote yes on the proposal if the language is changed. The OC Register’s latest vote tally accounted for the CCS voting no.

Last week, the North Coast Section was the first to decide to vote no on the expansion, which would go into effect this fall if passed. The reasoning from the NCS (as well as the SS) included safety concerns about the length of the season. Delegates from both sections brought up the point that it seems contradictory to be expanding the season when at the same time they are voting to limit contact in practice.

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De La Salle announces 2015 football schedule

De La Salle will travel to Texas for the first time as part of its 2015 football schedule. The Spartans will also host three Southern California squads.

De La Salle’s opponent and other details for game in Texas, scheduled for the final weekend in August, will be determined by ESPN within the next few months. De La Salle has also scheduled home games with Long Beach Poly, Servite-Anaheim and Orange Lutheran.

Six Northern California teams — Serra-San Mateo, Granite Bay, Del Oro, San Ramon Valley, California and James Logan — round out the schedule. The Spartans have played each of those NorCal teams, with the exception of GraniteBay, the last two seasons.

Here’s the full schedule.

Week 0: At Texas opponent TBA

Week 1: At Serra-San Mateo

Week 2: BYE

Week 3: ORANGE LUTHERAN

Week 4: SERVITE

Week 5: At GraniteBay

Week 6: SANRAMONVALLEY

Week 7: LONG BEACHPOLY

Week 8: DEL ORO

Week 9: JAMES LOGAN

Week 10: CAL HIGH

De La Salle is expected to challenge for the preseason national No. 1 ranking with several key players back from its 14-0 team that won the Open Division state championship over Centennial-Corona in December. Among the returners are running backs Antoine Custer and Andrew Hernandez, as well as OL/DL Boss Tagaloa, TE/DE Devin Asiasi and QB Anthony Sweeney.

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The details behind a record night by Bishop O’Dowd’s Paris Austin

A special set of circumstances led to a special night for Bishop O’Dowd High guard Paris Austin on Wednesday.

The Boise State-bound senior set school records with 43 points and 12 3-pointers in a 108-77 win over Piedmont.

Paris Austin scored 43 points and made 12 3-pointers against Piedmont.

Paris Austin scored 43 points and made 12 3-pointers against Piedmont.

Austin’s big night came as the Dragons moved 6-foot-11 forward Ivan Rabb to point guard for the game and were forced to play with a smaller rotation than normal after a recent grueling trip back East.

“He was very confident and all the shots he took were good ones,” O’Dowd coach Lou Richie said.

Austin has already been congratulated for his feat by the previous school record holder, Jasen Powell. Now a trainer with the Los Angeles Clippers, Powell scored 41 points in three quarters for the Dragons in 1990. Rabb scored 40 in a game two years ago as a sophomore.

“Of all the records in the Bay Area, to have the scoring record at Bishop O’Dowd is pretty special,” Richie said. “Ivan did a great job of finding his best friend and it just kind of worked out. There a was a lot of attention on Ivan and Ivan is a great facilitator.”

Austin’s 24 attempts from beyond the arc were also a school record. He played 29 minutes.

The Dragons, fresh off a third-place finish at the prestigious Pro Bass Tournament in Missouri and a Martin Luther King Day victory over national No. 3 Wheeler-Georgia in Massachusetts, only suited up eight players against Piedmont. Two of the players that sat were starters.

“There were some injuries and some other things,” Richie said. “It just felt like last night was the right time to take care of them.”

Richie also thought it was a good time to give Rabb, one of the top recruits in the country, a break from battling inside. The senior responded with 14 assists and just three turnovers.

Rabb’s assists may also be a school single-game record. Richie can’t remember anyone ever having more in the 14 years he has been with the program.

As a team, O’Dowd hit 18 3-pointers and was one point away from tying the school record for most points in a game.

“The kids had fun and that’s the most important thing,” Richie said. “We’re trying to find a game within the game and still try to be respectful to our opponent.”

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Campolindo state football champions to be honored

The community is invited to celebrate the players and coaches who brought Campolindo High its first state football championship last month. The event is planned for Sunday, Jan. 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the Campolindo gym. Food, t-shirts and DVDs will be for sale. Kids can get autographs and a screening of the game – a 35-28 win over El Capitan-Lakeside in one of the greatest comebacks in state championship game history – will be played at 2 p.m.

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McDonald’s All-American nominees announced

Eleven East Bay basketball players have been nominated for the McDonald’s All-American games and 10 of them are from Bishop O’Dowd. Asha Thomas and Aisia Robertson, both four-year varsity players for the O’Dowd girls, were nominated for the girls game along with MaAne’ Mosley of St. Mary’s. Thomas and Mosley will be teammates at Cal next year, and Robertson is headed to Kansas.

On the boys side, all eight of the seniors on the O’Dowd roster made the nomination list. The group is headed by Ivan Rabb, a near lock to be one of 24 players eventually selected for the April 1 game at Chicago’s United Center. Rabb has yet to make his college commitment. Also on the nominee list are Paris Austin, Arinze Chidom, Franklin Longrus, Jeevin Sandhu, Isaiah Thomas, Alex Zhou and Austin Walker.

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MLK Classic at Haas Pavilion highlights busy holiday hoops weekend

Once again, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend will offer some of the best matchups you’ll see before the postseason. A few of them will be at the MLK Classic, hosted by De La Salle at Cal’s Haas Pavilion on Monday. The event is in its 18th year and features some of the top boys teams and players in the state.

Highlighting the slate is De La Salle vs. Chaminade-West Hills, the defending Division III state champion, at 5:45 p.m. and upstart Moreau Catholic against perennial South Bay power Archbishop Mitty-San Jose at 7:30 p.m.

De La Salle is off to an 11-1 start, playing at a faster pace than the defensive-minded Spartans teams of the past. Jordan Ratinho, Vince Romeo and Nikhil Peters have led the way for the Spartans. Chaminde is 14-2 with its two losses coming by a combined five points.

Moreau Catholic reached the Division IV state final last year with almost exclusively underclassmen. Their top players, Oscar Frayer and Damari Milstead, are both back as juniors. Frayer, a Cal commit, will get to play on his future home court. The Mariners will have to stop Mitty big man Ben Kone.

El Cerrito and Berkeley renew an old rivalry to kick off the event while Newark Memorial and Salesian both play teams from the Sac-Joaquin Section in the middle of the day.

Here’s the full lineup:

10:30 a.m.: Berkeley vs. El Cerrito
12:15 p.m.: Franklin-Elk Grove vs. Newark Memorial
2 p.m.: Salesian vs. St. Mary’s-Stockton
3:45 p.m.: Sacramento vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral
5:45 p.m.: De La Salle vs. Chaminade-West Hills
7:30 p.m.: Archbishop Mitty vs. Moreau Catholic

TICKET INFORMATION

PRESALE available this week at the DLS bookstore or online: General Admission bleacher seating – $7/Adults, $5/students, seniors, children; Reserved Chair back Seating – $15 – includes all day in/out access

GAME DAY: General Admission bleacher seating – $10/Adults, $5/students, seniors, children; Reserved Chairback Seating – $20 and includes all day in/out access; Courtside – $30 for each game and includes all day in/out access

The games will also be streamed online at www.delasalletv.com.

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Final 2014 East Bay football poll

Here’s our final East Bay football poll of what turned out to be an outstanding season.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 14-0 75 1
2. Campolindo 16-0 69 6
3. Pittsburg 10-3 64 3
4. Clayton Valley Charter 15-1 62 5
5. California 9-4 53 4
6. Foothill 9-3 52 2
7. Concord 12-2 44 9
t8. Liberty 9-3 37 12
t8. Salesian 12-1 37 13
10. McClymonds 8-4 28 8
11. San Ramon Valley 7-5 27 10
12. James Logan 8-3 19 7
13. St. Mary’s 11-2 9 NR
14. Las Lomas 9-3 8 14
15. Freedom 7-5 6 11

Also receiving votes:  Kennedy-Fremont (10-1, 4 votes), Piedmont (12-1, 4), Antioch (7-5, 2).  The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are final.

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Campolindo’s Tyler Petite now committed to USC

On the eve of his team’s Northern California Division III regional title game, Campolindo High tight end Tyler Petite announced that he’s switched his college commitment to USC. Petite, a four-star recruit and Under Armour All-American, originally committed to Duke over the summer.

Petite has had a big season for Campolindo, which is 14-0 and playing Sutter on Saturday in the NorCal Division III final. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior has 30 receptions for 867 yards and nine touchdowns.