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Cal announces Brian Hamilton hiring; a look back at his Concord years

Brian Hamilton’s hiring was announced Wednesday by Cal as quality control coach for offense under head coach Sonny Dykes. Read more about this on Cal beat writer Jeff Faraudo’s BearTalk blog here.

Hamilton had a very successful run at Concord High, where Mark Bywater takes over as head coach.

Here’s a year-by-year look at Hamilton’s Concord years, with a few highlights:

2004: 1-9

2005: 4-6 (most wins since 2000)

2006: 5-6 (made first NCS appearance since 1998, lights installed at renovated stadium)

2007: 3-7

2008: 7-3-1 (reach NCS playoffs)

2009: 8-3 (reached NCS D2 quarterfinals)

2010: 13-1 (won first NCS fb title in school history with 40-37 win over Rancho Cotate in D 2 final; played for NCS title for first time since 1989; QB Ricky Lloyd set Northern California record for passing yards with 4,451).

2011: 10-4 (reached NCS D2 final; RB Olito Thompson carried 54 times for 285 yards. He set Northern California record for rushing yards in a season with 3,488, which broke mark of 3,224 set in 13 games by Jahvid Best at Salesian  in 2006)

2012: 10-3 (reached NCS D2 semifinals)

2013: 8-4 (reached NCS D2 quarterfinals)

2014: 12-2 (reached NCS D2 championship game)

Concord Head Coach Brian Hamilton hugs quarterback Ricky Lloyd after defeating Rancho Cotate in the North Coast Section Division II Championship on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

Concord Head Coach Brian Hamilton hugs quarterback Ricky Lloyd after defeating Rancho Cotate in the North Coast Section Division II Championship on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

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Concord High has new football coach

Concord High has a new football coach for the first time in 11 years. Mark Bywater is the new Minutemen head coach, with longtime coach Brian Hamilton leaving last week for an offensive quality control coaching position at Cal. Cal has not announced the hiring, but sources have confirmed the move.
First reported by prep2prep.com’s Nate Smith, the news marks the end of Hamilton’s 11-year run at Concord High. The entire Concord coaching staff is remaining, said Randy Coddington, in his 11th year as Concord’s defensive coordinator.
In Hamilton’s time as head coach, Concord went 81-48-1. The Minutemen won the school’s first and only NCS football championship in 2010 with a 40-37 win over Rancho Cotate in the Division II final. Concord also reached title games in 2011 and 2014. The Minutemen made the NCS playoffs eight times, including each of the past seven seasons.
Bywater spent last season as Concord’s linebackers and wide receivers coach.
“They’ve done a great job and I’ m smart enough not to change what works,” Bywater said of the staff, which has three members who have been with the program for at least a decade. “We have good rapport and the staff’s very cohesive.”
Prior to coming to Concord, Bywater spent three years at Dublin and five at Miramonte as defensive coordinator. He spent a year as Las Lomas head coach in the late 1980s and was Clayton Valley’s head coach from 1992-96, where he coached Coddington as a player. An Oakland native, Bywater taught in the Antioch Unified School District for 22 years prior to retiring.
Concord opens the season Aug. 28 at Benicia High.

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De La Salle football ranked No. 1 in nation

De La Salle High is ranked No. 1 in the nation in MaxPreps.com’s preseason top 25 high school football rankings, which were announced Monday.
The Spartans, who have an impressive array of returnees from their 2014 state Open Division championship team, were ranked ahead of Central-Miami and Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas for the top spot. Other California schools in the top 25 are Centennial-Corona — which De La Salle beat 63-42 in last year’s state title game — at No. 6, St. John Bosco-Bellflower at No. 15 and Bishop Amat-La Puente at No. 24
The Spartans also received a No. 1 national preseason ranking from highschoolfootballamerica.com.
De La Salle opens the 2015 season with a high-profile road game on Aug. 29 in Texas, playing Trinity-Euless.

De La Salle's Antoine Custer (28) scores a touchdown past Centennial's Chacho Ulloa) in the third quarter of their 2014 CIF State Football Bowl Championship Open Division game at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. De La Salle defeated Centennial 63-42. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

De La Salle’s Antoine Custer (28) scores a touchdown past Centennial’s Chacho Ulloa in the third quarter of their 2014 CIF State Football Bowl Championship Open Division game at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. De La Salle defeated Centennial 63-42. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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MaxPreps names Head-Royce’s Nico Hoerner small schools player of the year

Stanford-bound Nico Hoerner from Head-Royce has been named Small Schools Baseball Player of the Year by MaxPreps. Hoerner had a .494 career batting average in four years, according to MaxPreps. Earlier this month, MaxPreps named him to the Small Schools All-American Baseball first team.

Hoerner was a first-team selection to the Bay Area News Group’s All-East Bay baseball team as an infielder. This past season, Hoerner batted .517 with six home runs, 30 RBIs and 40 runs scored. He was the BCL-East MVP and helped the Jayhawks reach the NCS Division V championship game.

Two local players made MaxPreps’ medium schools second team: pitcher Zach Stromberg of Acalanes and outfielder Steven Kwan of Washington.

MaxPreps also named three East Bay players to its all-state softball large schools team: pitcher Danielle Williams of Amador Valley, and infielders Briana Perez of Alhambra and Lindsay Rood of Monte Vista.

 

 

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De La Salle’s Hooper announces he’ll attend UCLA rather than sign pro contract

Highly touted De La Salle High pitcher Justin Hooper announced on just before the Major League Baseball draft that he plans on attending UCLA rather than signing a professional contract.

Hooper, a 6-foot-7 left-hander whose fastball has been clocked at 97 mph, is considered one of the top 25 or so prospects available in the MLB draft that begins Monday morning.

De La Salle reached the North Coast Section Division I championship game Saturday, where the Spartans were beaten 5-2 by College Park.

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College Park’s Joe DeMers tosses third no-hitter

College Park High’s baseball team has played three home games this season. Senior Joe DeMers has pitched in all of them. He has yet to allow a single hit in any of them.

College Park's Joe DeMers hasn't allowed a hit in three home games.

College Park’s Joe DeMers hasn’t allowed a hit in three home games.

DeMers’ latest no-hitter, his third of the season, came at the expense of Northgate on Tuesday in Diablo Valley Athletic League action. He struck out five and walked one in the 11-0 win. DeMers was also 4 for 4 with three runs and two RBI. In his past two games, DeMers has gone 7 for 7 at the plate.

DeMers’ hitless streak at home began with a perfect game against Monte Vista in early March. Last Thursday, he didn’t allow a hit against Concord in a 3-0 win.

Against Northgate, DeMers got some help from his defense. In the sixth inning, Northgate’s Ryan Graham hit a liner to the outfield, but College Park right fielder Josh Nelson was able to throw him out at first. Nelson also had a big day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with three runs an RBI and a stolen base.

DeMers is committed to Washington and will likely be an early round pick in the upcoming MLB draft.

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Baseball: College Park advances to semifinals of national tournament

The College Park High baseball team has advanced to the semifinals of arguably the most prestigious and competitive tournament in the country, the National High School Baseball Invitational in Cary, N.C.

The Falcons opened the tournament by beating defending state champions on back-to-back days behind strong pitching performances from Joe DeMers and Chris Brown.

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Joe DeMers helped College Park win its first game at the NHSI tournament (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff file photo)

A day after DeMers carried the Falcons to a 3-1 win over Farragut-Tennessee, Brown pitched a complete game in a 5-1 victory over Loyalsock Township of Pennsylvania. College Park plays the winner of Whitewater-Georgia and Mosley-Florida in Friday’s semifinals.

Against Farragut on Wednesday, DeMers was sharp on the mound and a big part of the Falcons’ offense, going 1 for 1 with a run, RBI and stolen base. The Washington commit was even better on the mound, allowing an unearned run while striking out six. He gave up three hits and a walk, throwing 104 pitches.

College Park coach Andy Tarpley told Baseball America that DeMers, who threw a perfect game against Monte Vista two weeks ago, can be even better.

“His stuff was, I’ve seen it better, but it was still good enough to win,” Tarpley told Baseball America. “He knows how to compete.”

MLB.com called DeMers one of the day’s top standouts.

Against Loyalsock earlier today, Brown struck out six in his strong outing. After allowing a run in the top of the first, he settled down and his teammates provided the run support. Willie MacIver’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the bottom of the first, and Nick Oar hit a two-run homer in the third. Brown also helped himself with an RBI triple in the second.