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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.

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Honoring Rodney Frazier at the Vontoure Spartan Classic

The local basketball community continues to make sure that Rodney Frazier, the slain Richmond High point guard,  is not forgotten. Last week, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and some of his players attended the Oilers’ home opener and offered encouraging words to Rodney’s teammates beforehand.

On Thursday, there will be a brief ceremony to honor Rodney and show support for the Richmond team and coaches before a game with Fairfield at the Vontoure Spartan Classic at De La Salle. “We can’t let Rodney become ‘just another statistic.’ We truly are all in this together,” wrote De La Salle coach Frank Allocco in an email. Allocco was a speaker at a peace rally  in Richmond  to honor Frazier last month. Several local basketball teams showed attended the rally.