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East Bay girls basketball poll — 1/28

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school girls basketball poll. We have a new No. 1 team and quite a bit of movement in the No. 9-15 range.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 15-3 75 2
2. St. Mary’s 16-5 69 1
t3. Carondelet 14-3 63 3
t3. Salesian 16-5 63 4
5. Miramonte 17-1 55 5
6. Monte Vista 16-2 50 7
7. Berkeley 11-6 44 6
8. Deer Valley 13-4 41 9
9. James Logan 11-7 35 NR
10. Moreau Catholic 15-3 30 8
11. Castro Valley 13-5 23 11
12. Alameda 11-7 16 NR
13. Piedmont 10-6 15 10
14. Foothill 12-6 14 NR
15. Campolindo 12-6 5 NR

Also receiving votes: Pittsburg (12-6, 1), Valley Christian (17-3, 1). Records are through Jan. 25. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
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De La Salle announces 2014 football schedule

De La Salle High’s 2014 football schedule could be highlighted by a Sept. 12 home game against South Carolina power Byrnes of Duncan. The Rebels have won 11 state championships and were 12-2 last year, ending their season in the Class AAA I state semifinals. The schools are in discussions about a Sept. 12 game, but a deal has not yet been finalized.

The rest of the Spartans’ schedule was announced Sunday and includes many of Northern California’s top programs. They will have rematches with several of their 2013 opponents, but have also added Jesuit-Carmichael as their season opener, replacing Clayton Valley Charter. The Marauders are coached by Marlon Blanton, a 1991 De La Salle graduate.

Serra-San Mateo, Del Oro-Loomis and Servite-Anaheim will also play De La Salle early on in the season. Serra gave De La Salle its closest regular season game last year, losing 21-14 on a late touchdown run. Del Oro reached the Division I state final in December while Servite is expected to be one of Southern California’s top teams next season.

Here’s the full schedule:

Aug. 29 — JESUIT


Sept. 12 — TBD

Sept. 19 — at Del Oro-Loomis


Oct. 3 — at San Ramon Valley


Oct. 17 — Bye

Oct. 24 — FOOTHILL (senior night)

Nov. 1 — at Amador Valley

Nov. 8 — at California

Posted on Sunday, January 26th, 2014
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East Bay boys baketball poll — 1/14


Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 7-4 75 1
2. Monte Vista 14-0 70 3
3. Campolindo 11-4 64 6
4. De La Salle 9-3 61 7
5. Freedom 11-4 50 8
t6. St. Joseph Notre Dame 13-3 49 10
t6. El Cerrito 15-1 49 2
8. San Ramon Valley 12-2 40 4
9. Castro Valley 9-4 37 9
10. Berkeley 11-0 28 11
11. Salesian 9-6 27 5
12. Amador Valley 12-2 19 13
13. Dougherty Valley 11-4 15 12
14. College Park 9-3 11 15
15. Newark Memorial 7-7 5 NR

Also receiving votes: None. Records are through Jan. 11. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
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East Bay all-stars to play in Literacy Classic football game

A collection of top East Bay high school seniors will get the chance to show off their football skills while also raising money for a worthy cause at Saturday’s Literacy Classic All-Star game.
The East Bay all-stars, led by quarterbacks Nsimba Webster of Deer Valley and Drew Anderson of Miramonte, will take on their counterparts from the West Bay (San Jose to San Francisco) at 7 p.m. at San Jose City College.
The game was organized by Charles Nash and Competitive Elite Sports to help raise money for a literacy program that works with students in grades 6-9 on improving their reading, writing and public speaking skills.
Liberty’s Jeff Walters will coach the East Bay squad, and he will have an abundance of talent to work with, especially at the skill positions.
Besides Webster, the East Bay Offensive Player of the Year, and Anderson, who passed for 4,074 yards and 47 touchdowns while leading Miramonte to the North Coast Section Division II title, the East Bay squad also includes some of the area’s most productive receivers and running backs as well as some hard-nosed defenders.
“It’s almost an embarrassment of riches,” Walters said of his quarterback situation. “With Nsimba, we want to put his athleticism to work, so there will be time when (he and Anderson) are both in the game at the same time. We want to give Nsimba a couple of reps at receiver.”
The receiving corps also includes Miramonte’s Dominic Paoletti, St. Mary’s Liam Godfrey, Deer Valley’s Nzuzi Webster (Nsimba’s twin brother) and Northgate tight end Jake Smith, the Diablo Valley Athletic League MVP. Northgate running back Eric Haynes (2,058 rushing yards, 36 TDs) will also help the offense.
De La Salle’s Larry Ross and Deer Valley’s Chibueze Onyeukwu anchor the defense.
Opposing the East Bay team on Saturday will be a group of Central Coast Section all-stars coached by Earl Hansen. After a 26-year career over two stints at Palo Alto, including a state title run in 2010, Hansen is retiring.
Walters, a first-year coach who guided Liberty to the NCS Division I playoffs for the first time in 10 years, spent time with Hansen at a banquet for the literacy program over the weekend.
“What an interesting juxtaposition of having me in my first year and him in his final game,” Walters said. “He’s an awesome guy and I drank in the moment of getting to sit next to a legend in bay area football.”
Tickets to the game are $10 for adults and $6 for students and kids under 13.

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
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East Bay girls basketball poll — 1/14

Here’s our latest East Bay girls basketball poll with very few changes, except at the end.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. St. Mary’s (5) 10-2 75 1
t2. Miramonte 13-0 66 2
t2. Bishop O’Dowd 10-3 66 3
4. Carondelet 10-2 63 4
5. Salesian 10-5 55 5
6. Monte Vista 13-0 50 6
7. Berkeley 8-4 44 7
8. Moreau Catholic 12-2 40 8
9. Deer Valley 9-4 35 9
10. Piedmont 7-3 31 10
11. Castro Valley 10-3 25 11
12. Clayton Valley Charter 9-4 20 13
13. Alameda 8-4 11 14
14. Valley Christian 11-2 10 NR
15. Northgate 12-3 5 t15

Also receiving votes: Pittsburg (11-4, 3 votes). Records are through Jan. 11. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
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All-East Bay/North Bay girls water polo

Here are the top players in the NCS, as selected by the coaches.

Division I
Kat Klass (San Ramon Valley) Jr.
First team
Field — Jennifer Beadle (Foothill) Sr., Courtney Fahey (Monte Vista) Jr., Erica Halszyinski (Las Lomas) Sr., Michelle Hawkins (Livermore) Jr., Kim Johnson (LL) Jr., Kat Klass (SRV) Jr., Sarah Klass (SRV) Fr., Greta Kohlmoos (Granada) Sr., Alexis Liebowitz (SRV) Fr., Jamie Wanket (Alhambra) Jr.; Goalie — Marissa Webb (SRV) Fr.
Second team
Field — Sara Abele (Clayton Valley Charter) Sr., Beverly Ayers (Deer Valely) Sr., Mariana Daniel (Alameda) Sr., Andi Grote (MV) Sr., Helene Hollidge (Alh) Jr., Sara Johnson (CVC) Sr., Sophia Kuester (SRV) Fr., Claire Therien (SRV) So., Amy Tolbertson (James Logan) Sr., Sarah Ward (LL) Sr.; Goalie — Mimi Harris (MV) Sr., Tayler Peters (JL) Sr.
Third team
Field — Emily Beireis (Ala) Sr., MacKenzie Flath (MV) Jr., Trinity Gerome (Newark Memorial) Jr., Erica Halasinski (LL) Sr., Maddie Hurd (California) Jr., Katie Johnston (Liv) Jr., Carol Lee (JL) Sr., Erin Livingston (MV) Sr., Vicky Talens (DV) Sr., Allison Williams (SRV) Sr.; Goalie — Maddie Farr (Alh) Sr., Sarah Donohue (DV) Sr., Katie Van-Tuyl (CVC) Jr.

Division II
Annika Jensen (Campolindo) Jr.
First team
Field — Hannah Buck (Camp) Jr., Emily Byrne (Miramonte) Jr., Katie Caron (Mira) Sr., Kendall Christie (Sir Francis Drake) Jr., Dominique Clark (Mira) Sr., Quinn Galli (SFD) Jr., Kristen Hong (Mira) Jr., Annika Jensen (Camp) Jr., Chase Lanier (Acalanes) Sr., Natalie Seidemann (Camp) Sr.; Goalie — Maddie Tagg (Camp) Jr.
Second team
Field — Hannah Dillon (Northgate) Sr., Reilly Fellner (Aca) Sr., Jessica Iacovelli (San Marin) Sr., Hannah Kresnak (Aca) So., Rachel Lewin (Camp) Jr., Samantha Mladjov (Bishop O’Dowd) Sr., Sarah Mooney (Piedmont) Jr., Shannon Moran (Mira) Jr., Brooke Preston (Camp) Jr., Ellyn Stewart (Aca) Sr., Goalie — Nicola Gonzales (Mira) Sr., Riley Shaw (Carondelet) Sr.
Third team
Field — Melissa DeMeo (NG) So., Allison Galuszka (Marin Catholic) Sr., Kari Jensen (Camp) Fr., Julia Kinsolving (SFD) Sr., Isabella Kinsolving (SFD) Sr., Mariah Larwood (Ukiah) Sr., Emma Myall (Aca) So., Madeline Nelson (Encinal) Fr., Lauren Paxton (Mira) Jr., Samantha Russell (Car) Sr., Maggie Selzer (Ukiah) So.; Goalie — Dani Budish (Tamalpais) Jr., Kelsey Fennell (Pied) So.

Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014
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All-East Bay/North Bay boys water polo

Here are the 2013 All-East Bay/North Bay (All-NCS) boys water polo teams as selected by the coaches.

Division I
First team
Field — Tommy Bush (Acalanes), Sr.; Colin Chiapello (De La Salle), Sr.; Jordan Hoover (Miramonte), Jr.; David Kessler (Las Lomas), Jr.; Tyler Kirschberg (Mir), Sr.; Conor Neumann (San Ramon Valley), Sr.; Grant Sivesind (Campolindo), Sr.; Clay Smudsky (Mir), Sr.; Sam Toriggano (LL), Sr.; Mitch Young (Sir Francis Drake), Sr.. Goalie — Spencer Creed (LL), Sr.
Second team
Field — Marcus Anderson (SFD) Sr.; Jack Brown (Clayton Valley Charter) Sr.; Vincent Chapey (Monte Vista) Sr.; Danny Comforti (Heritage) Jr.; Dylan Fara (Cam) Sr.; Garret Felix (Cam) Jr.; Ben Harmon (SRV) Jr.; Grayson Judge (Mir) Jr.; Brandon Pilhal (Amador Valley) Sr.; Jake Simpson (DLS) So. Goalie — Spencer Tagg (Cam) Jr.
Third team
Field — Yuri Andrade (Berkeley) Sr., Fischer Davis (Alameda) Sr.; Jack Geasa (Foothill) Jr.; Jose Gonzalez (Newark Memorial) Sr.; Eric Lee (James Logan) Jr.; Corey Mano (SFD) Sr.; Ryan McCraken (Aca) Sr.; Jacob Ottoboni (Washington) Sr.; Waleed Sadat (American) Sr.; Scott Zurnacian (Cam) Jr.; Goalie — A.J. Anzoategui (DLS) Jr.; Jake Matthiesen (Herit) Sr.; Tucker Stone (Aca) Sr.

Division II
First team
Field — Harrison Brown (Alhambra) Jr.; Paul Brown (Justin-Siena) Sr.; Michael Bull (Alhambra) Sr.; Louis Campbell (San Marin) Sr.; Giorgio Cico (Redwood) Jr.; Teak Larwood (Ukiah) Jr.; Chris Leboa (Bishop O’Dowd) Jr.; Jack Stafford (Cardinal Newman) Sr.; Dylan Tonningsen (Encinal) Sr.; Brandon West (Red) Jr. Goalie — John Huntoon (Enc) Sr.
Second team
Field — Jeremy Ardourel (Enc) Sr.; Harris Bedford (Uk) Sr.; Daniel Carroll (Tamalpais) So.; Cole Donnelly (Red) Jr.; Jackson Hettler (Tam) So.; Brayden Levy (Northgate) Sr.; Ryan Roland (San Rafael) Sr.; Evan Tackaberry (Terra Linda) Sr.; Mason Tittle (Nor) Jr. Goalie — Dylan Youngborg (JS) Sr.; Liam Williamson (Nor) Jr.

Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014
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MLK Classic at Haas Pavilion

The annual MLK Classic at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley is less than two weeks away, and features a great lineup, as usual.

10:30 a.m.: Castro Valley vs. St.Mary’s -Berkeley

12:15 p.m.: El Cerrito vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F.

2 p.m.:  Newark Memorial vs. Jesuit

3:45 p.m.: Capital Christian vs. Bishop O’Dowd

5:45 p.m.: Long Beach Poly vs. De La Salle

7:30 p.m.: Salesian vs. Sacramento

The marquee matchup is looking like the late afternoon game between Bishop O’Dowd and Capital Christian. O’Dowd is No. 5 in Cal-Hi Sports’ latest state rankings and Capital Christian is No. 9, making them the two highest ranked NorCal squads. The Dragons feature 6-foot-10 Ivan Rabb, one of the hottest junior prospects in the country. Capital Christian is 14-2 and led by Michigan-bound D.J. Wilson.

Presale tickets are available at the De La Salle bookstore from Jan. 13-17 and at the following website:

General Admission (bleacher seating) is $10 for adults ($7 presale), $5 for students, seniors, children. Reserved chair back seating is $20 ($15 presale)  and includes all day in and out access.

Courtside seats are $30 per game (but include all day in and out access).

All six games will be streamed live on A $9.95 fee applies.


Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014
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Top wrestlers to meet at De La Salle

Some of the state’s best wrestlers will be in town this weekend when De La Salle hosts a series of dual matches featuring state No. 2 ranked Gilroy, No. 4 Buchanan-Clovis and No. 9 Folsom. The Spartans are ranked No. 24 in the state.

Doors open at 3 p.m. for the Saturday (Jan. 11) event and wrestling starts at 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The schedule is as follows:

4 p.m.: De La Salle vs. Gilroy, Buchanan vs. Folsom

5:30 p.m. (approximately): De La Salle vs. Folsom, Buchanan vs. Gilroy

Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014
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Final East Bay football poll


Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 14-1 75 1
2. California 11-3 70 3
3. Pittsburg 10-3 64 2
4. Deer Valley 11-2 59 5
5. El Cerrito 12-3 56 8
6. Campolindo 11-1 46 4
7. Miramonte 12-2 45 11
8. James Logan 9-3 43 7
9. Clayton Valley Charter 11-2 37 6
10. San Ramon Valley 7-5 35 9
11. McClymonds 10-3 23 13
12. Freedom 6-6 18 NR
t13. St. Mary’s 10-4 8 NR
t13. Concord 8-4 8 NR
15. Foothill 8-3 7 10

Also receiving votes:  Northgate (9-3, 5), Salesian (8-5, 4), Granada (7-5, 2).  The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Thursday, December 26th, 2013
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