East Bay girls basketball poll — 2/13

No new teams enter the fold, but there is some minor shuffling.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Bishop O’Dowd (6) 21-3 90 1
2. Carondelet 21-3 84 2
3. Berkeley 21-2 78 3
4. Miramonte 24-0 72 4
5. St. Mary’s 20-6 66 5
t6. Dougherty Valley 16-8 57 6
t6. Salesian 23-3 57 7
8. Deer Valley 17-7 48 8
9. Heritage 19-4 40 t10
10. Mission S.J. 22-2 34 t10
11. Monte Vista 19-5 32 9
12. Alameda 19-6 25 12
13. James Logan 18-7 19 13
14. Foothill 13-11 10 15
15. Dublin 15-8 9 14

Also receiving votes: None. The East Bay Prep Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are as of Saturday.


East Bay girls basketball poll — 2/6

Hardly any movement this week.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Bishop O’Dowd (6) 19-2 90 1
2. Carondelet 18-3 84 2
3. Berkeley 20-2 78 3
4. Miramonte 22-0 72 4
5. St. Mary’s 17-6 66 5
6. Dougherty Valley 15-7 60 6
7. Salesian 20-3 54 7
8. Deer Valley 15-6 48 8
9. Monte Vista 18-4 39 9
t10. Heritage 18-4 34 t10
t10. Mission San Jose 20-2 34 t10
12. Alameda 17-6 24 12
13. James Logan 16-7 19 13
14. Dublin 13-8 8 14
15. Foothill 11-11 5 NR

Also receiving votes: Granada (15-7, 3 points), Moreau Catholic (13-8, 2). The East Bay Prep Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are as of Monday.


East Bay girls basketball poll — 1/24

Voters had some tough decisions to make after St. Mary’s beat Berkeley on Saturday. Many voters still valued Berkeley’s body of work and kept the ‘Jackets ranked ahead of the Panthers. So Berkeley drops just one spot and Carondelet, which owns a 40-point win over St. Mary’s, moves up to No. 2. The rest of the top 10 stays pretty much the same. Castro Valley cracked the poll at No. 12 after beating Heritage in overtime on Saturday for its 10th straight win.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Bishop O’Dowd (6) 15-2 90 1
2. Carondelet 14-3 84 3
3. Berkeley 15-2 74 2
4. Miramonte 19-0 73 4
5. St. Mary’s 12-6 69 5
6. Dougherty Valley 12-7 60 6
7. Salesian 17-2 53 7
8. Mission San Jose 18-1 49 8
9. Deer Valley 11-6 42 9
10. Monte Vista 15-3 36 11
11. Heritage 15-3 26 10
t12. Castro Valley 13-4 22 NR
t12. Alameda 12-5 22 t15
14. Granada 13-5 14 14
15. Dublin 11-6 3 12

Also receiving votes: Amador Valley (13-5, 2 points), Washington (13-6, 1). The East Bay Prep Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are as of Monday.

Note: Records include Monday’s games, though votes were compiled before those games took place. Every ranked team that played won, so I don’t think it would have changed anything.


East Bay girls basketball poll — 1/10

Team Record Points Last week
1. Bishop O’Dowd (6) 10-2 90 1
2. Carondelet 10-2 84 2
3. Berkeley 11-1 78 3
4. Miramonte 14-0 72 4
t5. Dougherty Valley 8-6 63 5
t5. St. Mary’s 7-5 63 6
7. Deer Valley 9-5 54 7
8. Heritage 13-1 46 8
9. Salesian 11-2 40 9
10. Mission San Jose 14-1 39 10
11. Granada 12-2 30 15
12. Monte Vista 11-3 20 12
13. Amador Valley 9-4 18 11
14. Liberty 11-3 9 NR
15. Dublin 8-5 7 14

Also receiving votes: McClymonds (14-1, 4 points), Moreau Catholic (8-5, 3). The East Bay Prep Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are as of Monday.


Adidas Holiday Classic lineup

Miramonte is helping put on a two-day girls basketball event at Saint Mary’s College with quite a few intriguing match ups. The 12 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday games caught my eye in particular. Should be a good couple days of basketball at McKeon Pavilion. Here’s the full schedule:


10:30 a.m. — Scotts Valley vs. Clayton Valley

12 p.m. — Deer Valley vs. Miramonte

1:30 p.m. — Albany vs. San Marin

3 p.m. — Terra Nova vs. Modesto Christian

5 p.m. — Berkeley vs. Archbishop Mitty

6:30 p.m. — Carondelet vs. St. Mary’s-Berkeley

8 p.m. — Dublin vs. Casa Grande


1:30 p.m. — Campolindo JV vs. Clayton Valley JV

3 p.m. — Armijo vs. Foothill

5 p.m. — Presentation vs. Heritage

6:30 p.m. — Santa Rosa vs. Miramonte

8 p.m. — Campolindo vs. Casa Grande


Dougherty Valley’s Hughes headed to Cal Poly

The college commitments keep coming for local girls basketball players. Dougherty Valley’s Caroline Hughes is the latest.
Hughes, a 6-foot-2 incoming senior, made an oral commitment to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo on a campus visit over the weekend.
“I had the offer from Cal Poly back in April,” she said. “It was my first one and I kind of wanted to explore. I went down there and met girls, met coaches and it felt like perfect fit.”
She also considered Ivy League schools Princeton, Brown and Cornell as well as Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount.
Hughes said Cal Poly, a Big West program, plans to use her on the wing, where she feels most comfortable.
Hughes showed her versatility last season for Dougherty Valley, averaging 12.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists.
A two-time Diablo Foothill Athletic League first-team selection, she was also an All-East Bay second team pick this year and helped the Wildcats win the NCS Division II title.


St. Mary’s sophomore Cowling commits to Cal

Mikayla Cowling, a 6-foot-1 girls basketball player from St. Mary’s High, has given an oral commitment to Cal.
An incoming sophomore who still has more than two years before she can sign her letter of intent, Cowling is a longtime fan of the program.
“I love the school,” she said. “I’ve been there many times with my family and have grown to love it. From the beginning I wanted to go to Cal.”
Cowling also spoke highly of Cal’s new coaching staff and her future teammates.
Though she also had some interest in LSU, UCLA and USC as well as Loyola Marymount, where her older sister, Alex, plays, Cowling’s decision to attend Cal was not a difficult one.
“If she was 5-foot-2 and couldn’t walk, she’d still go to Cal,” said Nate Fripp, who coaches Cowling at St. Mary’s.
Cowling averaged 8.2 points per game last year for the Panthers, who reached the Division IV state title game. She should play an even bigger role this season with the graduation of Division I-bound forwards Emily Vann and Cody Sims.
In other girls basketball recruiting news, Acalanes forward Sophie Taylor and Miramonte guard/forward Janine Loutzenhiser have made commitments to Loyola Marymount and Rider, respectively. Both will be seniors in the fall.


St. Mary’s guard suffers major ankle injury

Some rough news this morning from the AAU summer basketball circuit. Gabby Green, an incoming sophomore at St. Mary’s, broke her ankle at the Nike Summer Showcase in Chicago, according to ESPN Hoop Gurlz. Green, who ESPN rates as one of the top guards in the country in the 2014 class, is playing for Cal Storm Taurasi out of Southern California this summer. This was one of the first games of the tournament and Green’s first game with her new team.

Green helped St. Mary’s reach the CIF Division IV state final in March and was invited to try out for the under-16 Team USA in May, but just barely missed the cut. I’m not sure how severe the break is — if she’ll just be out for the summer or longer — but hopefully I’ll get a chance to talk with her in the next few days. Here’s a link to the Hoop Gurlz story on Green’s injury.

UPDATE: Gabby seems in good spirits despite the premature ending to her summer season. She said she’s definitely out for the summer and will be in a boot for eight weeks with a fracture, but expects to be back in time for the start of her sophomore season at Saint Mary’s.


Campolindo’s Kallam leaving for Bentley

After four years at Campolindo High, girls basketball coach Clay Kallam is returning to Bentley.
Kallam had previously coached at the Lafayette private school for five years before taking the Campolindo job in 2007.
He said the reasons for the move were strictly financial.
“It was pretty much an offer I couldn’t refuse and I enjoyed my time there. I like Division V,” Kallam said, adding that he’ll have other administrative duties with the school.
“I’m not motivated so much by coaching at a higher level. One thing I like about coaching is teaching and seeing the girls improve.”
Kallam was 77-39 at Campolindo, including a 25-7 record this past season as the Cougars advanced to the North Coast Section Division III title game and the Northern California regional semifinals.