De La Salle’s Josh McCarthy leads local boys golf continent at CIF championship

De La Salle boys golfer Josh McCarthy led local finishers in the CIF State Championships at San Gabriel County Club on Wednesday with an even-par 71. One birdie and one bogey tied him for eighth individually in anchoring the Spartans to fifth place as a team.

De La Salle's Josh McCarthy hits out of the sand on the 15th hole at the North Coast Section Division I Tournament of Champions at Roddy Ranch in Antioch, Calif., on Monday, May 16, 2016. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

De La Salle’s Josh McCarthy hits out of the sand at the North Coast Section Division 1 Tournament of Champions in Antioch on Monday, May 16, 2016. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Campolindo’s Ryan Burnett carded 6-over to tie for 30th, after just edging McCarthy for the NorCal crown last Monday. Burnett was behind De La Salle’s Nick Orecchia (3-over for T20th) and Cade Meyer (4-over for T24th).

Dublin’s Rey Echizenya and the Spartans’ Ethan Atherstone each stroked 7-over while Jack Gardner (8-over) and NCS medalist Travis Mitchell (10-over) rounded out the scoring for NCS champion De La Salle, whose plus-22 was 19 strokes back of victor Torrey Pines-San Diego.

Pepperdine-bound McCarthy improved upon his finish as a sophomore, when he was 2-over par 73 at the same course to tie for 16th as an individual after being runner-up at NorCals. His freshman season ended with a 2-under 69 to tie for third at Quail Lodge Golf Course in Carmel-By-The-Sea as De La Salle placed fifth.


Campolindo boys golfer Ryan Burnett takes NCGA/CIF NorCal Championship

Campolindo High junior Ryan Burnett birdied his first and final hole Monday to earn medalist honors in the NCGA/CIF NorCal Championship at Corral De Tierra Country Club in Salinas.

His 4-under par 68 just edged the effort by Josh McCarthy of De La Salle, which was runner-up as a team. Burnett had six birdies including two on his final three holes, the last a 498-yard par 5 venture.

McCarthy’s 3-under 69 tied with Chris Ebster of Gregori-Modesto and the Spartans’ combined 16-0ver was second to Bellarmine’s 5-over. Those two teams and Harker-Saratoga advance to the CIF State Championship at San Gabriel Country Club on June 1, as do Burnett and Dublin’s Rei Echizenya as individuals.

The next highest individual finishers were Echizenya and Gaels teammate Hayden Hui, whose 2-over and 3-over placed them tied for 15th and 17th respectively.

Rounding out De La Salle’s scores were Nick Orecchia (3-over), Travis Mitchell (4-over), Ethan Atherstone (6-over) and Cade Meyer (6-over).

Burnett tied with two others atop the leaderboard at the NCS Tournament of Champions on May 16 but was beat by Mitchell in a playoff. Campolindo placed second at that tournament and sixth on Monday.




Reaction to NCS Open Division, competitive equity changes

Today the North Coast Section Board of Managers voted in a four-team Open Division football playoff plan, and a competitive equity plan that moves some successful teams up a division in football, basketball, girls volleyball, water polo, baseball, softball and lacrosse. Read about it here.

Coaches are still absorbing what the changes will mean when they go into effect this fall. Here’s an early sampling of reaction from East Bay coaches:

Compiled by Phil Jensen and Daniel Mano

Campolindo football coach Kevin Macy:
(on competitive equity) “The variables that are thrown into this mix … I just want to stick to school size. … Who is the arbiter of competitive equity? I’m not a big believer in this. …. We are just fighting to keep football alive in our town. Our name has become much bigger than our kids.”

Clayton Valley Charter football coach Tim Murphy:
(On the Open Division) “Fired up about it. … I think everything that went down in the meeting is what I agree with. … The only negative thing is that a team that wins a section could be eliminated. … Now you are not allowing people to control their own destiny. That would be my only complaint. Everything else I agree with. Continue Reading


Miramonte’s Sabrina Ionescu, Kelly Sopak react to St. Mary’s-Stockton upset loss

Sabrina Ionescu held her head in her hands moments after the Miramonte High girls basketball team’s CIF Open Division NorCal semifinal Tuesday night.

That wasn’t because of the Matadors’ (triumphant) result but rather the news that St. Mary’s-Stockton, No. 1 seed in the bracket and ranked No. 1 nationally by MaxPreps, had fallen to No. 4 Pinewood-Los Altos Hills in the other semifinal. (Biggest upset in state history?)

The latter part was announced over the gym’s PA system within a minute of No. 2 seed Miramonte’s 71-64 defeat of No. 6 Salesian. More cheers broke out than when the final buzzer sounded in the Mats seniors’ last contest at their home gym. (Video of that celebration)

“I was very happy, but after I heard that Pinewood beat Stockton, I was five times happier,” Ionescu said. “It’s a miracle.”

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Saturday’s NorCal basketball scores

Quarterfinals tonight for Divisions I through VI. Check back here for final-score updates:
No. 1 Bellarmine-San Jose 72, No. 9 Castro Valley 63
No. 5 Menlo-Atherton 57, No. 4 McClymonds 53
No. 3 Monte Vista 53, No. 6 Oakland Tech 43
No. 7 Berkeley 62, No. 2 Jesuit-Carmichael 59
Tuesday’s semifinals
No. 5 Menlo-Atherton at No. 1 Bellarmine, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Berkeley at No. 3 Monte Vista, 7 p.m.
No. 1 Serra 83, No. 8 Leland 49
No. 4 Antelope, 54, No. 5 Newark Memorial 49
No. 3 Archbishop Mitty 63, No. 6 Whitney-Rocklin 56, OT
No. 2 El Cerrito 51, No. 10 Vanden 48
Tuesday’s semifinals
No. 4 Antelope at No. 1 Serra, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Archbishop Mitty at No. 1 El Cerrito, 7 p.m.
No. 8 Bishop O’Dowd 72, No. 1 Weston Ranch-Stockton 64
No. 4 Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F. 70, No. 5 Miramonte 64
No. 3 Archbishop Riordan-S.F. 62, No. 6 Placer 55
No. 2 Manteca 59, No. 7 Albany 52
Tuesday’s semifinals
No. 8 Bishop O’Dowd at No. 4 Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F., 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Archbishop Riordan-S.F. at No. 2 Manteca, 7 p.m.
No. 1 Half Moon Bay 76, No. 9 Liberty Ranch-Galt 52
No. 4 West Campus-Sacramento 52, No. 5 St. Patrick-St. Vincent 51
No. 3 Palma-Salinas 73, No. 6 Mission-S.F. 68
No. 2 Central Catholic-Modesto 84, No. 7 Santa Cruz 63
Tuesday’s semifinals
No. 4 West Campus-Sacramento at No. 1 Half Moon Bay, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Palma-Salinas at No. 2 Central Catholic-Modesto, 7 p.m.
No. 1 St. Joseph Notre Dame 61, No. 8 Woodside Priory 50
No. 5 Urban-S.F. 69, No. 4 Brookside Christian-Stockton 50
No. 3 University-S.F. 59, No. 6 Bradshaw Christian-Sacramento 40
No. 7 Stuart Hall-S.F. 70, No. 2 Mariposa County 65
Tuesday’s semifinals
No. 5 Urban-S.F. at No. 1 St. Joseph Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
No. 7 Stuart Hall-S.F. vs. No. 3 University-S.F., TBA
DIVISION VI semifinals
No. 4 Stockton Christian 71, No. 1 Emery 62
No. 7 St. Bernard’s-Eureka 55, No. 6 Chester 45
Tuesday’s championship
No. 7 St. Bernard’s-Eureka at No. 4 Stockton Christian, 7 p.m.

No. 1 St. Francis-Sacramento 81, No. 8 Lincoln-S.F. 36
No. 4 Menlo-Atherton 71, No. 5 Heritage 46
No. 3 Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills 51, No. 11 Dublin 46
No. 2 Castro Valley 65, No. 7 Berkeley 58
Tuesday’s semifinals
No. 4 Menlo-Atherton at No. 1 St. Francis-Sacramento, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills at No. 2 Castro Valley, 7 p.m.
No. 1 Vanden 66, No. 9 St. Ignatius-S.F. 35
No. 12 Elk Grove 56, No. 4 Pleasant Valley-Chico 45
No. 6 Los Gatos 57, No. 3 Antelope 51
No. 7 Sacramento 69, No. 2 St. Francis-Mountain View 46
Tuesday’s semifinals
No. 12 Elk Grove at No. 1 Vanden, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Sacramento at No. 6 Los Gatos, 7 p.m.
No. 1 Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F. 78, No. 8 Christian Brothers 31
No. 5 Shasta-Redding 44, No. 13 Pinole Valley 37
No. 3 Campolindo 75, No. 6 Tamalpais-Mill Valley 51
No. 10 Inderkum-Sacramento 41, No. 2 Valley Christian-San Jose 36
Tuesday’s semifinals
No. 5 Shasta-Redding at No. 1 Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F., 6 p.m.
No. 10 Inderkum-Sacramento at No. 3 Campolindo, 7 p.m.
No. 1 Cardinal Newman 61, No. 8 Scotts Valley 45
No. 4 Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton 72, No. 12 Central Valley-Shasta Lake 54
No. 3 Saint Mary’s-Berkeley 61, No. 6 West Campus-Sacramento 54
No. 2 Menlo School 55, No. 7 University Prep-Redding 43
Tuesday’s semifinals
No. 4 Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton at No. 1 Cardinal Newman, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Saint Mary’s-Berkeley at No. 2 Menlo School, 7 p.m.
No. 1 Eastside Prep-East Palo Alto 65, No. 8 Argonaut-Jackson 31
No. 4 Urban-S.F. 56, No. 5 Capital Christian-Sacramento 45
No. 3 Woodside Priory 58, No. 6 Cloverdale 42
No. 2 St. Joseph Notre Dame 59, No. 7 Mt. Shasta 51
Tuesday’s semifinals
No. 4 Urban-S.F. at No. 1 Eastside Prep-East Palo Alto, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Woodside Priory at No. 2 St. Joseph Notre Dame, 6 p.m.
DIVISION VI semifinals
No. 1 St. Bernard’s-Eureka 66, No. 4 Sacramento Waldorf 41
No. 2 Loyalton 74, No. 7 Turlock Christian 30
Tuesday’s championship
No. 2 Loyalton at No. 1 St. Bernard’s-Eureka, 7 p.m.