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Signing Day: Where East Bay football players are headed

These athletes have, or are expected to, sign a national letter of intent during the signing period that began today. Email us additions, corrections or photos at prepscores@bayareanewsgroup.com.

Brady Aiello (Acalanes) Oregon
Dominic Fredrickson (Freedom) San Jose State
Bomani Hairston-Bassette (McClymonds) San Jose State
Tim Harris (Livermore) Benedictine
Stephen Johnson (San Leandro) UCLA
Kyle Kearns (Foothill) Wake Forest
JJ Koski (San Ramon Valley) Cal Poly
Isaiah Langley (Foothill) USC
Kieffer Longson (Dougherty Valley) BYU
David Lui (Pittsburg) BYU
Adam Mayer (De La Salle) Minnesota
Gabe McCoy (Pittsburg) UNLV
Kahlil McKenzie (Clayton Valley Charter) Tennessee
Namane Modise (Castro Valley) Minot State
Noah Myers (Las Lomas) Washington State
Zach Nelson (San Ramon Valley) University of San Diego
Roland Ocansey (Tennyson) UC Davis
Tyler Petite (Campolindo) USC
Ben Schrider (Saint Mary’s) Richmond
Simba Short (De La Salle) Northwestern
Ron Smith (Saint Mary’s) San Diego State
Matt Snyder (California) Nebraska
Xavier Thibodeaux (Tennyson) Western Oregon
Ernie Timoteo (Kennedy-Richmond) Sacramento State
Tyler Whisenhunt (California) Cal Poly
Javin White (McClymonds) UNLV

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Football: CIF to decide on state bowl game expansion this weekend

The California Interscholastic Federation will vote whether to expand the state football playoffs to include all section champions at its Federated Council meeting in San Jose tomorrow and Saturday, and the decision looks like it won’t be quite so easy to predict after all.

With the Southern Section, by far the state’s largest, voting against the proposal to expand state bowl games from five to 13 divisions, the chances of it passing took a bit of a hit. According to the OC Register, the proposal is failing 63-57 with 19 votes undeclared as of Thursday afternoon.

The proposal needs 69 votes to pass, so there’s still a good chance it will. Twelve of the undeclared votes do not belong to an individual section. Instead, they are “allied” votes, and go these groups or individuals: Cal Coaches Assoc. (CCA), Ca. Assoc. of Private School Organization (CAPSO), California State A.D. Association (CSADA), Calif. School Boards Assoc (CSBA), Association of Ca. School Administrators (ACSA), Superintendents Representative, Ca. Department of Education, Ca. Assoc. of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Ca. Assoc. of Directors of Activities (CADA), State CIF President, State CIF Past President, State CIF President-Elect.

The vote could also hinge on whether the CIF agrees to revise language allowing non section champions from sections with an Open Division to advance. According to colleague Darren Sabedra of the San Jose Mercury News, the CCS’ delegates will vote yes on the proposal if the language is changed. The OC Register’s latest vote tally accounted for the CCS voting no.

Last week, the North Coast Section was the first to decide to vote no on the expansion, which would go into effect this fall if passed. The reasoning from the NCS (as well as the SS) included safety concerns about the length of the season. Delegates from both sections brought up the point that it seems contradictory to be expanding the season when at the same time they are voting to limit contact in practice.

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De La Salle announces 2015 football schedule

De La Salle will travel to Texas for the first time as part of its 2015 football schedule. The Spartans will also host three Southern California squads.

De La Salle’s opponent and other details for game in Texas, scheduled for the final weekend in August, will be determined by ESPN within the next few months. De La Salle has also scheduled home games with Long Beach Poly, Servite-Anaheim and Orange Lutheran.

Six Northern California teams — Serra-San Mateo, Granite Bay, Del Oro, San Ramon Valley, California and James Logan — round out the schedule. The Spartans have played each of those NorCal teams, with the exception of GraniteBay, the last two seasons.

Here’s the full schedule.

Week 0: At Texas opponent TBA

Week 1: At Serra-San Mateo

Week 2: BYE

Week 3: ORANGE LUTHERAN

Week 4: SERVITE

Week 5: At GraniteBay

Week 6: SANRAMONVALLEY

Week 7: LONG BEACHPOLY

Week 8: DEL ORO

Week 9: JAMES LOGAN

Week 10: CAL HIGH

De La Salle is expected to challenge for the preseason national No. 1 ranking with several key players back from its 14-0 team that won the Open Division state championship over Centennial-Corona in December. Among the returners are running backs Antoine Custer and Andrew Hernandez, as well as OL/DL Boss Tagaloa, TE/DE Devin Asiasi and QB Anthony Sweeney.

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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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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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Former East Bay standouts make CIF’s Fall All-Century team

D.J. Williams, a former De La Salle football star, made the CIF's Fall All-Century. Former Spartans Amani Toomer and Michael Hutchings also made the list.

D.J. Williams, a former De La Salle football star, made the CIF’s Fall All-Century. Former Spartans Amani Toomer and Michael Hutchings also made the list.

The CIF is doing a pretty cool thing to celebrate its 100th anniversary, putting together an “All-Century” team during each season to honor some of the very best athletes to come out of California high schools. The fall list was released today and includes some really impressive names, as you’d expect.

Below is a list of the honored athletes who graduated from East Bay high schools, from oldest to youngest. De La Salle football and Contra Costa County water polo receive the heaviest representation of the locals. You can find the complete list here.

1942 – Norm Van Brocklin, Acalanes (Football)
1951 – Bill Walsh, Hayward (Football)
1982 – Matt Biondi, Campolindo (Water Polo)
1984 – Kirk Everist, Miramonte (Water Polo)
1991 – Amani Toomer, De La Salle (Football)
1997 – Heather Petri, Miramonte (Water Polo)
1997 – Kelly Shouey, Carondelet (Water Polo)
1999 – D.J. Williams, De La Salle (Football)
2010 – Maggie Steffens, Monte Vista (Water Polo)
2012 – Michael Hutchings, De La Salle (Football)