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.
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.
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?
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“Kahlil has withdrawn from De La Salle,” Alumbaugh said.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.
With an unbeaten season, Amador Valley completes a perfect run as our No. 1 ranked East Bay team.
|1. Amador Valley (5)||27-0||75||1|
|5. James Logan||23-2||57||3|
|8. San Ramon Valley||17-9||38||7|
|11. Newark Memorial||19-7||23||10|
|12. Castro Valley||18-10||22||8|
|13. Redwood Christian||20-2||12||NR|
|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.
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:
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.
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.
Here’s a look at our latest East Bay softball poll.
|1. Amador Valley (5)||22-0||75||1|
|3. James Logan||20-2||65||3|
|7. San Ramon Valley||14-8||41||11|
|8. Castro Valley||16-8||39||9|
|10. Newark Memorial||16-6||32||7|
|11. Monte Vista||10-11||26||15|
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.
Here’s a look at our latest East Bay softball poll.
|1. Amador Valley (5)||20-0||75||1|
|3. James Logan||18-2||65||3|
|7. Newark Memorial||15-5||43||t6|
|9. Castro Valley||12-7||34||11|
|11. San Ramon Valley||13-7||29||10|
|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.
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.