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Update: Bishop O’Dowd girls still exploring postseason options

The Bishop O’Dowd High girls basketball team is still holding out hope that it will have the chance to defend its Open Division state championship, but the Dragons’ prospects don’t look promising.

O’Dowd was disqualified from the North Coast Section playoffs after it was discovered that the Dragons had played 27 games, one more than the section allows. In a statement, the school said that it “failed to designate one of our contacts as a scrimmage.”

O’Dowd athletic director Mike Bowler met with North Coast Section commissioner Gil Lemmon on Monday to determine if the Dragons might still be eligible for the Northern California Open Division regional playoffs. Bowler will contact Lemmon for an update on Tuesday, according to Carlos Arriaga, O’Dowd’s associate athletic director.

A possible loophole in the CIF Open Division criteria may be the Dragons’ last hope. There are four ways to qualify for the Open Division and only three mention the section playoffs.  The final criterion (one that O’Dowd satisfies) states, “A school was ranked in the Top Ten of Cal Hi Basketball, Cal Preps and/or MaxPreps Rankings (early March) the past two years (current year and previous year).”

But on Monday morning, a spokesperson for the California Interscholastic Federation, which runs the regional and state championships, said a team must participate in its section playoffs in order to advance to the regional playoffs.

“If a team can’t qualify for its section tournament, it can’t qualify for the state tournament because (the state tournament) is an extension of the section tournament,” the CIF spokesperson said.

 

If O’Dowd is denied a spot in the regional playoffs, it’s likely that the NCS will send Salesian, St. Mary’s, Carondelet and Miramonte to the Open Division.

Before O’Dowd’s disqualification, Miramonte appeared headed to the Division III state tournament unless it was able to beat O’Dowd in the NCS Division III finals. Each section can send a maximum of four teams to the Open Division.

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014
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De La Salle vs. Monte Vista basketball game sold out

Just a reminder: If you don’t already have a ticket to tonight’s Monte Vista vs. De La Salle basketball game, you’re not getting in. The 7 p.m. game between the two teams tied for first place in the East Bay Athletic League sold out yesterday. But you’re not completely out of luck. The game will be streamed live by delasalletv.com.

Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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East Bay girls basketball poll — 2/4

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school girls basketball poll. We have very few changes from last week.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 17-3 75 1
2. St. Mary’s 19-5 69 2
t3. Carondelet 17-3 63 3
t3. Salesian 18-5 63 4
5. Miramonte 18-1 55 5
6. Monte Vista 18-2 50 6
7. Berkeley 14-6 45 7
8. Deer Valley 15-5 40 8
9. James Logan 13-7 35 9
10. Moreau Catholic 17-3 30 10
11. Castro Valley 15-5 25 11
12. Alameda 13-7 20 12
13. Foothill 13-7 12 14
14. Piedmont 12-6 11 13
15. Campolindo 14-7 4 15

Also receiving votes: Valley Christian (19-3, 2 votes), Heritage (12-8, 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, February 4th, 2014
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Mixon, Houston, Pickett, Webster named to all-state team

The East Bay is well represented on the Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state first team with Freedom’s Joe Mixon, De La Salle’s Sumner Houston, El Cerrito’s Adarius Pickett and Deer Valley’s Nsimba Webster all receiving honors.

Mixon, one of the nation’s hottest college prospects and the MVP of the Army All-America game, was honored at running back. He will sign with Oklahoma on Wednesday when the signing period begins.

Houston (defensive tackle) and Pickett (defensive back) were honored for their defensive prowess, even though both were major contributors on the offensive side of the ball, as well. Pickett, who is headed to UCLA, was the East Bay Player of the Year while Houston (Oregon State) was the East Bay Defensive Player of the Year.

Webster made the team as a multi-purpose pick. The dual-threat quarterback earned East Bay Offensive Player of the Year honors after registering more than 3,500 total yards in his senior year. He’s expected to announce his college decision on Wednesday.

Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2014
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Moore, Green, Cowling named McDonald’s All-Americans

One of the best classes in East Bay girls basketball history was recognized on a national level Wednesday when Salesian High’s Mariya Moore and St. Mary’s teammates Gabby Green and Mikayla Cowling were named McDonald’s All-Americans.

After countless matchups over the past four years in league play, the North Coast Section playoffs and Northern California regional championships, the three seniors will compete on the same court one last time before starting their college careers.

Green and Cowling, who are both Cal signees, are part of the West team while the Louisville-bound Moore is on the East squad for the April 2 all-star game at the United Center in Chicago.

Watching the McDonald’s All-American selection show after school with many of her St. Mary’s classmates, Green said she was relieved when the girls rosters finally aired. She was also thrilled to share the moment with Cowling.

“It’s like we’re just taking all these steps together,” said Green, who is averaging 14.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and five assists for the Panthers this season.

Moore didn’t watch the show, but monitored her phone for the news.

“I was so happy,” said the 5-foot-11 wing, who was named co-MVP of the Tri-County Athletic League with Green last season. “I feel like NorCal is kind of dominating right now. I play with (Green and Cowling) all the time and it’s cool for all of us to have made it.”

St. Mary’s is the only high school this year to produce two McDonald’s All-Americans. With Moore also selected, the area will have its biggest presence in the game since Piedmont’s Courtney and Ashley Paris and Oakland Tech teammates Alexis Gray-Lawson and Devanei Hampton went in 2005.

A 6-foot-1 guard, Green was a favorite to receive the McDonald’s All-American recognition after being one of just three high school players picked for the USA under-19 national team last summer.

But being selected to the prestigious all-star game is an honor she’d been hoping for ever since her dad, Will, planted the idea in her head when she first started playing basketball.

“Making Team USA was huge and was probably one of the biggest opportunities that I have ever gotten,” Green said. “But being a McDonald’s All-American is really special to me because that’s the first thing my dad ever said to me about basketball.”

Cowling, a 6-1 wing, is averaging 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds for St. Mary’s.

Moore’s outstanding senior season at Salesian includes four triple-doubles, a quadruple-double and averages of 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists.

No local boys players were honored this year.

Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
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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. 5 — SERRA-SAN MATEO

Sept. 12 — TBD

Sept. 19 — at Del Oro-Loomis

Sept. 27 — SERVITE-ANAHEIM

Oct. 3 — at San Ramon Valley

Oct. 10 — JAMES LOGAN

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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