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DeMers, Hooper selected to Perfect Game All-American Classic

Rising seniors Joe DeMers (College Park High) and Justin Hooper (De La Salle) will show off their arms at the Perfect Game All-American Classic later this summer. The two standout pitchers were among 54 high school baseball players from across the nation invited to the all-star showcase, which will be played at the San Diego Padres’ PETCO Park on Aug. 10. The 5 p.m. game will be televised on MLB Network.

Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Several locals named all-state in softball by Cal-Hi Sports

The East Bay was well represented on Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state softball team. Headlining the list of locals were Amador Valley’s Johanna Grauer and Ashley Lotoszynski and Alhambra’s Kylee Perez, who were all named to the first team.

Third-team selections included Granada’s Tabitha Heinz and Amador Valley’s Victoria Molina and Nicole Yozzo.

Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
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Amador Valley softball named mythical national champion

After finishing the season a perfect 27-0, Amador Valley High’s softball team has earned a mythical national championship by MaxPreps.com.

Led by a stellar senior class, the Dons won the North Coast Section Division I title for the second time in four years. Their national recognition grew after winning the prestigious Michelle Carew Classic against some of Southern California’s top teams in early April.

Amador Valley beat out unbeaten North Carolina state champion Alexander Central for the top national ranking.

Dons pitcher Johanna Grauer has also been piling up the awards. Besides being a finalist for MaxPrep.com’s national player of the year, she was recently named Ms. Softball state player of the year by Cal-Hi Sports. Grauer is just the second East Bay player to be named Ms. Softball, joining Freedom’s Amanda Williams (2006).

Our All-East Bay softball selections will be published in tomorrow’s paper. Will Amador Valley have a few more honors to add?

Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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Kahlil McKenzie transferring from De La Salle

Kahlil McKenzie announced Monday night that he’s planning to transfer from De La Salle and enroll at Clayton Valley Charter for his senior year.

McKenzie couldn’t be reached for comment but posted to his Twitter account: “Transferring from De La Salle going to Clayton Valley Charter family decision not answering any questions about it but I’m a Ugly Eagle.”

De La Salle football coach Justin Alumbaugh confirmed that McKenzie, a 6-foot-4, 330 pound defensive tackle, is leaving the school.

“Kahlil has withdrawn from De La Salle,” Alumbaugh said. “And I do mean this — Kahlil is a really good kid and will have a great future. We wish him the best.”

The five-star recruit is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and has offers from colleges from across the country. He recently said he has narrowed down his college decision to Tennessee or Arizona and will announce his pick at The Opening, a prestigious Nike football camp, on July 10.

McKenzie played only one season for De La Salle, registering 74 tackles and a team-high 12 sacks after moving to the Bay Area from Wisconsin before his junior year.

Clayton Valley Charter coach Tim Murphy couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Eagles have been one of the top Division II schools in the North Coast Section since Murphy took over before the 2012 season.

Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2014
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Final 2014 East Bay softball poll

With an unbeaten season, Amador Valley completes a perfect run as our No. 1 ranked East Bay team.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 27-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 25-2 70 2
3. Granada 19-9 65 6
4. Foothill 16-11 58 4
5. James Logan 23-2 57 3
6. Salesian 18-1 50 9
7. Carondelet 15-13 41 12
8. San Ramon Valley 17-9 38 7
9. Heritage 19-5 37 5
10. Arroyo 19-8 34 15
11. Newark Memorial 19-7 23 10
12. Castro Valley 18-10 22 8
13. Redwood Christian 20-2 12 NR
14. Encinal 14-8 10 NR
t15. Concord 16-10 3 13
t15. Dougherty Valley 12-10 3 NR

Also receiving votes: Freedom (13-6-2, 2 votes), California (7-14, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
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NCS baseball: Upsets aplenty as tournament begins

What a crazy stat to the North Coast Section baseball playoffs. We got an 18-inning thriller that lasted two days, saw the defending champions in Division I and II eliminated in the first round and had the No. 16 seed beat the No. 1 in two brackets. This is the kind of excitement we get with single-elimination tournaments on the diamond.

The highlights of the opening round:

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Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
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De La Salle’s Kahlil McKenzie lists his top 12

De La Salle lineman Kahlil McKenzie, flooded with offers from some of the country’s most successful football programs, announced his list of top 12 schools on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 309-pound defensive tackle posted his top choices to his Twitter account. In order, McKenzie’s favorites at the moment are Tennessee, Arizona, USC, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, UCLA, Miami, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Oregon and Texas Tech.

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The prized recruit is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie. Kahlil made a major impact in his first season with De La Salle last fall after moving to the East Bay from Wisconsin. He registered a team-high 12 sacks and was third with 74 tackles — including 18 tackles for a loss.

Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
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East Bay softball poll — 5/13

Here’s a look at our latest East Bay softball poll.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 22-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 20-2 70 2
3. James Logan 20-2 65 3
4. Foothill 14-8 59 6
5. Heritage 16-4 53 5
6. Granada 15-7 51 4
7. San Ramon Valley 14-8 41 11
8. Castro Valley 16-8 39 9
9. Salesian 13-1 37 10
10. Newark Memorial 16-6 32 7
11. Monte Vista 10-11 26 15
12. Carondelet 11-11 20 8
13. Concord 16-8 15 12
14. Livermore 11-11 10 13
15. Arroyo 15-7 4 NR

Also receiving votes: Freedom (13-6-2, 2 votes), California (7-14, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

Posted on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
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East Bay Softball Poll — 5/6

Here’s a look at our latest East Bay softball poll.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 20-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 17-2 70 2
3. James Logan 18-2 65 3
4. Granada 15-5 58 5
5. Heritage 14-4 52 t6
6. Foothill 12-8 51 4
7. Newark Memorial 15-5 43 t6
8. Carondelet 10-9 40 9
9. Castro Valley 12-7 34 11
10. Salesian 12-1 32 12
11. San Ramon Valley 13-7 29 10
12. Concord 15-7 17 13
13. Livermore 10-10 16 8
14. Bishop O’Dowd 14-5-1 11 15
15. Monte Vista 9-10 5 NR

Also receiving votes: Dougherty Valley (11-7, 1 vote), Encinal (13-7, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
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De La Salle ace selected to Under Armour game

De La Salle High ace Justin Hooper is one of 36 players nationwide to be selected for the 2014 Under Armour All-American baseball game.
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound junior left-hander holds a 1.50 earned run average and has 38 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched this season for the Spartans, who are heavily in the mix for the East Bay Athletic League title.
The all-star game will be played Aug. 16 at Wrigley Field and will be televised by MLB Network the following day. The game is part of a four-day event that also includes a formal workout for MLB scouts.

Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
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