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CIF eliminates Open Division regional games

Open Division regional games in football are a thing of the past, the California Interscholastic Federation announced Monday.

Instead, the CIF will now select the best team from the North and best team from the South to bypass the regional finals and compete against each other in the Open Division state championship game.

Since the regional championships were created in 2012, the CIF had been selecting the two best teams in each region to square off in a regional final with the winner earning a spot in the premier state championship game. The issue with that format was that the losers of the Open Division regionals — the second best teams — were not included in the state championships.

Regional championship games for Divisions I-IV will continue.

So what does this mean for East Bay teams? The most obvious team it affects is De La Salle, which has played in and won the NorCal Open Division regional final the last two years. Both wins have come against Folsom. Should the Spartans have another dominant season, we’ll likely see them getting the bye into the Open Division state final.

The new format could also make it harder for other local teams to earn a spot in the regional championships simply because there are now fewer spots to go around.

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De La Salle could be without two key players for season opener

Injuries will likely keep two of De La Salle’s top players out of action for at least next Friday’s season opener against Jesuit-Carmichael, if not longer.

Starting quarterback Anthony Sweeney suffered a knee injury and Northwestern-bound linebacker Simba Short hurt his shoulder at yesterday’s Pittsburg Jamboree, an annual four-team scrimmage. Both players are team captains.

De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh texted on Saturday morning that both players are still being evaluated and though the team is hoping for a quick recovery for both, they are unlikely to play next week.

The bad news came the same day De La Salle learned that it won’t play Jesuit at the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, as originally planned. Issues with the sod at the new facility forced the 49ers to cancel the event. De La Salle will instead play Logan at Levi’s on Oct. 11.

A new venue for the De La Salle-Jesuit game has yet to be determined.

Chris Vanderklugt will start at quarterback if Sweeney can’t play. Vanderklugt was the junior varsity starter last year.

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High school doubleheader at Levi’s Stadium cancelled

De La Salle High’s football team will not be opening the season at Levi’s Stadium next week, but the Spartans are expected to play at the 49ers brand new facility at some point this season.

The Spartans’ Aug. 29 game with Jesuit-Carmichael was supposed to be part of a prep doubleheader to help open the shiny new stadium, but a problem with the turf has forced the 49ers to call off the event.

There’s no word yet on where De La Salle and Jesuit will play next week in a game scheduled to be televised by ESPN2, but all four of the involved high school teams are expected to play at the new stadium later in the season instead.

Wilcox-Santa Clara and Manteca made up the other half of the doubleheader.

Here’s a Q and A our 49ers beat reporter, Cam Inman, did with 49ers COO Al Guido.

Q: What is the status for the Aug. 29 high school games?

A: “We are looking into rescheduling the high school games. I can confirm they will not be played next Friday. We are talking to the (athletics directors) at the schools and we feel real good we’ll be able to reschedule these for later in the year. The good news on that front is if we’re able to get them rescheduled, we have dates in mind, and we’re waiting on final confirmation. We’ll play four high school games which would make it so eight football teams will be able to play on our field, over the course of a Friday-Saturday in between a good break for the 49ers.”

Q: The other two games?

A: “I can’t confirm yet. What I will tell you is we had four teams playing on Friday. They can’t reschedule those games so they’ll occur (elsewhere). The teams they’d be playing regularly on those weekends would be the participants in those games. We wanted to make sure the four teams that were playing (next Friday) would have the opportunity to play at Levi’s. To do that, you have to play additional games now since they’re not playing each other.”

Q: So those two originally schedule games still will happen, just not at Levi’s?

A: “They will absolutely happen. They may happen at other locations, not at the high schools, but they will happen.”

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Countdown to Kickoff: Enough with the movie, how is the real De La Salle football team looking this year?

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If you’ve watched much TV over the last couple months, you’ve seen plenty of the De La Salle football team coached by Jim Caviezel and Michael Chiklis. You can find out Friday what happens to the movie version of the Spartans. That’s the release date for “When the Game Stands Tall,” a Hollywood film based on the end of the Spartans’ 151-game winning streak and the 2004 season.

Q: But what about the De La Salle football team coached by Justin Alumbaugh, Terry Eidson, Bob Ladouceur and company? How does the 2014 version of the Spartans look? Are they feeling more scrutanized with the movie coming out? And can they win another Open Division state championship?

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Countdown to Kickoff Question #2: Is Campolindo still the team to beat in the DFAL?

Today we continue our look at the East Bay high school football scene as the season inches closer. Here’s the second of 10 daily posts. For this one, we head to central Contra Costa County to check in with a Division III power and its league foes.

Q: Is Campolindo still the team to beat in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League?

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Ivan Rabb named to U17 national team

Bishop O’Dowd High’s Ivan Rabb has made his second USA men’s basketball squad in as many years.

Rabb was named to the U17 national team on Tuesday and will compete at the FIBA World Championships in Dubai from Aug. 8-16. He is one of nine players on the 12-man roster that also made last year’s U16 squad. That team captured the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

 

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De La Salle to hold benefit premiere of “When the Game Stands Tall”

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De La Salle High will host a special premiere of “When the Game Stands Tall” to benefit the Terrance Kelly `04 Endowed Memorial Fund for Financial Aid. The special event will be held at the Century Blackhawk Plaza in Danville on Aug. 17 — five days before the major motion picture about legendary coach Bob Ladouceur and the football program’s national record 151-game winning streak will be released nationwide. The movie is based on the book by Neil Hayes.

A red carpet premiere in Los Angeles is scheduled for early August, but the Blackhawk event will serve as the local premiere. The film will be shown on all seven screens at the theater with staggered 1 p.m, 1:20 and 1:40 start times and will be followed by a “5th Quarter” reception onsite.

Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel in the film) and De La Salle assistant coach Terry Eidson (played by Michael Chiklis) as well as current members of the Spartans team are expected to attend the local benefit premiere, though no actors have been confirmed as of now.

Tickets aren’t cheap — it’s $50 for the movie and another $45 for the reception — but $35 of the movie ticket and $20 of the reception charge will go directly to the financial aid fund in Terrance Kelly’s name. Kelly was a two-way standout for De La Salle who was murdered just before he was set to leave for Oregon to begin his college football career. His tragic death is a major storyline in the film.

Tickets to the showings and separate tickets to the reception may be purchased online only at the De La Salle High School website www.dlshs.org. Questions can be directed to Chief Advancement Officer Heather Pastorini at 925-288-8106 or by e-mail at pastorinih@dlshs.org.

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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.

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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?