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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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East Bay softball poll — 4/30

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

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 17-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 15-2 70 2
3. James Logan 15-2 65 3
4. Foothill 12-6 60 5
5. Granada 14-4 55 4
t6. Newark Memorial 14-3 46 8
t6. Heritage 12-4 46 7
8. Livermore 10-8 39 9
9. Carondelet 9-7 36 10
10. San Ramon Valley 11-6 33 6
11. Castro Valley 9-7 24 11
12. Salesian 10-1 21 12
13. Concord 13-7 15 13
14. Arroyo 12-3 8 NR
15. Bishop O’Dowd 11-5-1 4 15

Also receiving votes: Clayton Valley Charter (8-5, 3 votes). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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De La Salle football in final stages of moving season opener to Levi’s Stadium

De La Salle High is nearing an agreement to move its season opener against Jesuit-Carmichael to Levi’s Stadium, the San Francisco 49ers new billion-dollar home.
De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh confirmed Wednesday that the deal is in its final stages.
The game would likely be part of a doubleheader on Aug. 29 along with Wilcox-Santa Clara vs. Manteca. Wilcox cleared a big hurdle on Wednesday when the Central County Section’s Board of Managers granted the program a waiver to open the season a week early. That agreement is also close to being finalized, the Mercury News reports.
Interest in the De La Salle program should be intensified for a game at Levi’s with the release of “When the Game Stands Tall,” a movie focused on the Spartans program and its 151-game winning streak slated to be released the week before on Aug. 22.

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Oakland Tech’s Aaliyah Douglas receives CIF spirit of sport award

Aaliyah Douglas, a volleyball player from Oakland Tech High, has been named a CIF Spirit of Sport award winner. She and five other winners from across the state will receive $2,000 and be recognized on May 2 at the year-end CIF Federated Council dinner in Los Angeles.

According to a press release, the CIF Spirit of Sport Award recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated the 16 principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor, are active in school and community service and exhibit leadership qualities.

Douglas, the lone senior on Oakland Tech’s volleyball squad, has also volunteered at the Lawrence Hall of Science at U.C. Berkeley and worked at Children’s Hospital.

“The term Spirit of Sport refers to the embodiment of love for the game that is so profound, that win or lose, the light of the sports still shines though you,” Douglas said in the release. “From my experiences both on and off the court, I have learned that giving up is not an option. This is the ultimate lesson that having excellent sportsmanship and spirit of sport has taught me. Achievement in life is not granted to quitters, but those who remain steadfast in their purpose.”

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East Bay softball poll — 4/22

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

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (4) 16-0 60 1
2. Alhambra 14-2 56 2
3. James Logan 15-2 52 3
4. Granada 14-2 48 4
5. Foothill 10-6 41 6
6. San Ramon Valley 11-4 38 7
7. Heritage 10-4 37 9
8. Newark Memorial 14-3 34 5
9. Livermore 9-8 29 8
10. Carondelet 9-7 25 10
11. Castro Valley 9-6 20 11
12. Salesian 10-1 16 12
13. Concord 13-7 10 15
14. Freedom 9-4-2 8 14
15. Bishop O’Dowd 8-5 4 NR

Also receiving votes: Arroyo (12-3, 2 votes). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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Moore heads list of locals named to MaxPreps All-American team

Salesian High’s Mariya Moore leads a list of six East Bay players to receive All-America honors by MaxPreps.com.

Moore, a McDonald’s All-American and the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay Player of the Year, was named to the five-player second team. Here’s what MaxPreps had to say about the 6-foot-1 forward headed to Louisville:

“Moore is a strong, physical wing who can overpower smaller players in the paint and out-quick bigger players on the perimeter. She led her Salesian team to the state championship game against powerhouse Long Beach Poly — which has about eight times as many students — with her all-around game and ability to rise to the challenge in the clutch.”

St. Mary’s forward Mikayla Cowling was named to the fifth team, and four other locals were chosen as honorable mention picks — Gabby Green (St. Mary’s), Sabrina Ionescu (Miramonte), Natalie Romeo (Carondelet) and Asha Thomas (Bishop O’Dowd).

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East Bay softball poll — 4/15

 

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 14-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 11-2 70 2
3. James Logan 12-2 63 4
4. Granada 12-2 62 3
5. Newark Memorial 13-2 55 t5
6. Foothill 9-5 50 t5
7. San Ramon Valley 11-3 45 t10
8. Livermore 8-7 37 8
9. Heritage 8-4 34 9
10. Carondelet 8-6 32 12
11. Castro Valley 9-6 27 t10
12. Salesian 9-1 18 13
13. California 5-8 14 7
14. Freedom 8-3-2 9 NR
15. Concord 11-7 5 15

Also receiving votes: Arroyo (8-2, 3 votes), Bishop O’Dowd (8-5, 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.