Today we continue our look at the East Bay high school football scene as the season inches closer. Here’s the fourth of 10 daily posts.
For this one, we head to West Contra Costa/Northern Alameda counties to check in with what may be the best small school league in Northern California.
Q: Will the TCAL-Rock Division have multiple section champions once again in 2014?
Few leagues around Northern California could claim the type of postseason success the Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division enjoyed in football last season.
For the first time in each school’s history, El Cerrito won the Division III title and St. Mary’s won the Division IV crown. In the Division V championship game, Salesian beat Valley Christian-Dublin for its fourth section title since 2005.
“It was like a perfect storm,” Salesian coach Chad Nightingale said after last season. “To get all the teams into the playoffs that we did, and then to perform as well as we did, well that’s pretty exciting for our league.”
Could the league have multiple section champions again? Definitely.
Bishop O’Dowd High’s Ivan Rabb has made his second USA men’s basketball squad in as many years.
Rabb was named to the U17 national team on Tuesday and will compete at the FIBA World Championships in Dubai from Aug. 8-16. He is one of nine players on the 12-man roster that also made last year’s U16 squad. That team captured the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
The East Bay was well represented on Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state softball team. Headlining the list of locals were Amador Valley’s Johanna Grauer and Ashley Lotoszynski and Alhambra’s Kylee Perez, who were all named to the first team.
Third-team selections included Granada’s Tabitha Heinz and Amador Valley’s Victoria Molina and Nicole Yozzo.
After finishing the season a perfect 27-0, Amador Valley High’s softball team has earned a mythical national championship by MaxPreps.com.
Led by a stellar senior class, the Dons won the North Coast Section Division I title for the second time in four years. Their national recognition grew after winning the prestigious Michelle Carew Classic against some of Southern California’s top teams in early April.
Amador Valley beat out unbeaten North Carolina state champion Alexander Central for the top national ranking.
Dons pitcher Johanna Grauer has also been piling up the awards. Besides being a finalist for MaxPrep.com’s national player of the year, she was recently named Ms. Softball state player of the year by Cal-Hi Sports. Grauer is just the second East Bay player to be named Ms. Softball, joining Freedom’s Amanda Williams (2006).
Our All-East Bay softball selections will be published in tomorrow’s paper. Will Amador Valley have a few more honors to add?
It’s not often that a two-time Bay Area News Group East Bay coach of the year is available to take over your program, but that was exactly the case for the Alhambra boys soccer team.
With an unbeaten season, Amador Valley completes a perfect run as our No. 1 ranked East Bay team.
|1. Amador Valley (5)
|5. James Logan
|8. San Ramon Valley
|11. Newark Memorial
|12. Castro Valley
|13. Redwood Christian
|t15. Dougherty Valley
Also receiving votes: Freedom (13-6-2, 2 votes), California (7-14, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.
Monte Vista High honored its 23 college-bound athletes at a school ceremony on May 30. Continue Reading
A pair of East Bay coaching fixtures have decided to step away, subsequently, both of them hale from the East Bay Athletic League.
Monte Vista’s Matt Zahner is resigning as head coach after nine seasons at the helm of the Mustangs, while California’s Chris Faidley is leaving his post after seven seasons with the Grizzlies.
What a crazy stat to the North Coast Section baseball playoffs. We got an 18-inning thriller that lasted two days, saw the defending champions in Division I and II eliminated in the first round and had the No. 16 seed beat the No. 1 in two brackets. This is the kind of excitement we get with single-elimination tournaments on the diamond.
The highlights of the opening round:
De La Salle lineman Kahlil McKenzie, flooded with offers from some of the country’s most successful football programs, announced his list of top 12 schools on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 309-pound defensive tackle posted his top choices to his Twitter account. In order, McKenzie’s favorites at the moment are Tennessee, Arizona, USC, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, UCLA, Miami, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Oregon and Texas Tech.
The prized recruit is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie. Kahlil made a major impact in his first season with De La Salle last fall after moving to the East Bay from Wisconsin. He registered a team-high 12 sacks and was third with 74 tackles — including 18 tackles for a loss.