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Signing Day: The stories and photos

It was another busy signing day in the East Bay with a number of football recruits inking their letters of intent to top college programs. Plenty of other student-athletes signed in soccer.

Here’s our most updated list of local signees.

A feature on Clayton Valley Charter’s Kahlil McKenzie, who is rated the top recruit in the country by Scout even though he didn’t play his senior year.

And below you’ll find photos that were sent to us. Feel free to send us yours to prepscores@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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East Bay girls basketball poll — Feb. 3 edition

Here’s our latest East Bay girls basketball poll. Results are through Saturday, Jan. 31.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Miramonte (5) 19-2 75 1
2. Carondelet 17-2 70 2
3. Salesian 21-2 65 3
t4. Dublin 18-2 57 5
t4. Bishop O’Dowd 13-7 57 6
6. St. Mary’s 16-6 51 4
7. Berkeley 14-7 45 7
8. James Logan 17-3 40 8
9. Clayton Valley 16-5 35 9
10. Pittsburg 16-4 30 10
11. Valley Christian 20-3 25 11
12. Castro Valley 16-6 19 12
13. Piedmont 12-9 15 14
t14. Oakland Tech 12-7 5 13
t14. Mission San Jose 11-6 5 NR

Also receiving votes:  Deer Valley (10-9, 4 votes), Liberty (15-5, 1), Oakland (13-5, 1).  The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday, Jan. 31.

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SIGNING DAY: Send us your photos and information

Coaches and athletic directors — If you haven’t done so already, please send us a list of your athletes who are signing national letters of intent on Wednesday or any time during this signing period. We will also post photos from signing ceremonies across the region to our East Bay Prep Corner blog, so feel free to send those along, too. You can email us at prepscores@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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Baseball: DeMers, Hooper named MaxPreps preseason All-Americans

College Park pitcher Joe DeMers.

College Park pitcher Joe DeMers.

A pair of local pitchers are earning recognition as two of the best high school baseball players in the country. College Park’s Joe DeMers and De La Salle’s Justin Hooper were recently named to the 30-player preseason All-America list by MaxPreps.com.

DeMers signed with Washington and Hooper with UCLA during the early signing period in November, but both are potential early round MLB draft picks.

Here’s what MaxPreps has to say about DeMers, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior who has been a longtime USA Baseball star: College Park could be one of the top teams in the country this year thanks largely to the all-around play of DeMers, who has earned MaxPreps Underclass All-American honors three years running. He posted a 12-2 record last year with 94 strikeouts and a 0.65 ERA in 86 innings pitched. He also batted .373 with 32 RBIs. He has committed to Washington.

De La Salle pitcher Justin Hooper

De La Salle pitcher Justin Hooper

And here is MaxPreps’ assessment of Hooper, who is 6-foot-7, 230 pounds and the younger brother of Stanford tight end Austin Hooper: Considered the nation’s top lefthanded pitcher, Hooper posted a 6-3 record with a 2.04 ERA and struck out 58 batters in 44.2 innings pitched for the Spartans.