Last year, the San Ramon Valley High School boys lacrosse team went 20-3, easily winning the North Coast Section title.
This year, they lost three times in their first six games, but don’t underestimate the Wolves.
Just a few quick hits this week.
I want to touch on the Monte Vista lacrosse team first. I just got my first look at this team, and it’s no wonder they nearly beat De La Salle, losing 12-11 in overtime a couple of weeks ago.
After beating Amador Valley and then going 1-2 in a very competitive tournament in Portland, the Mustangs look like they are playing their best lacrosse.
Considering how competitive the East Bay Athletic League is, you think that the De La Salle Spartans would want to take a breather when they played non-league games.
But not this Saturday.
As if lacrosse in the East Bay Athletic League needed to get any better.
With it already being the strongest league in Northern California, De La Salle High School joins the league and makes it one of the strongest league’s in the entire state.
Need proof that the sport of lacrosse is growing in Northern California?
Look no further than Martinez, California.
The rankings were shook up this week with Las Lomas knocking off top-rated California 8-5. This win moves Monte Vista up from No. 2 to No. 1, despite not playing a game. The Mustangs will have a chance to back up the top rank when they face No. 5 Foothill tomorrow in one of the biggest games of the week.
The sun is finally starting to shine and soon it will be spring. Lacrosse season is just getting started in the North Coast Section and with the more sun we have, the more games there will be.
I took over the lacrosse beat last year, but got into it late so I couldn’t give the sport the coverage it deserved. This year will be different.
Another week, another photo gallery courtesy of the photo and multimedia staff here at the BayAreaNewsGroup. Enjoy.
We are running a three-part series on high school coaches. The series started Monday with stories on coaches who are starting out. Tuesday’s package will be on coaches and what they endure to stay at it, and Wednesday we will close with coaches who got out. What’s surprised me is the candor of which coaches spoke of their respective hardships, especially in dealing with parents. It used to be whenever a coach told a reporter about anything in that realm it was prefaced by “this is off the record.” These days dissatisfaction with a coach is much more out in the open and thus many coaches are more willing to talk about these instances. Just checking the Times discussion boards or any other such boards demonstrates that. Another example of how life has changed in the cyber-era.
Well it’s that time of the decade again where the North Coast Section sits all its member schools down at a table and everyone reminds themselves how much they don’t get along. Cynical, yes. Out of touch with reality, no. In today’s Times, Chace Bryson explores the new proposals for league configurations. I looked at these changes this morning and suddenly the new hotbed for controversy is the Bay Shore Conference, within whose boundaries I happen to live.
First thing’s first: This is one of the most political processes you’re ever going to see in high school athletics. Why? Because it directly affects the purse strings that govern competitive equity. That’s especially true when it comes to the ACCAL and BSAL. The new alignment puts Kennedy back in the ACCAL with fellow WCCUSD schools De Anza, El Cerrito, Pinole Valley, and Richmond and also adds John Swett and St. Patrick-St. Vincent to the mix. Does anyone actually believe the Eagles are equipped to compete in any sports other than soccer and basketball in this league? No. What this does is lessen the travel costs for the WCCUSD, and that’s what dictated this move.
We have to put this proposal in perspective. Yes, money is a major factor in these talks whereas the new Valley Conference had concerns over competitive balance. The most popular dissenting opinion for these new leagues is that some schools are concerned with the fact that they can’t compete. I’m not indifferent to those opinions and I can tell you watching a blowout night after night is much less fun than seeing a good game. But the bottom line is this: We need to get these kids on the field and on the court. These moves allow teams like Kennedy and Richmond to cut costs and might allow them to establish some consistency in fielding teams. I care less about the ability to compete than the opportunity to compete and, to a large extent, these moves show that the NCS Board of Managers does too.