I will be attending the Clayton Valley Charter-Liberty Division I quarterfinal match tonight in Brentwood.
There was a lot going on tonight — league tournament championship games, final regular season basketball games, wrestling league championships. Here are links to some of the events we covered Friday.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Saint Mary’s beat Salesian 62-59 for TCAL-Rock Division tournament championship in a game that was tight the entire way. MaAne’ Mosley scored the final four points of the game to help the Panthers beat Salesian for the first time in three tries this season. Mosley had a game-high 23 points.
BOYS BASKETBALL: El Cerrito finished strong in a 78-56 win over St. Patrick-St. Vincent in the TCAL-Rock Division title game. Carlos Johnson and Sayeed Pridgett had 17 points each for the Gauchos, who didn’t lose once in the challenging TCAL. The Gauchos petitioned up to the NCS Division II bracket this year and will be tough to beat in that bracket.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Pittsburg avenged an earlier loss to Deer Valley and, in doing so, captured its first Bay Valley Athletic League title since 2002. The Pirates won 67-60 behind Adorah Bugg’s 30 points.
WRESTLING: Liberty won another BVAL title, winning four individual championship matches. The Lions sent nine wrestlers to the finals. The only upset of the finals came when Deer Valley’s Savonn Sanders pinned Liberty’s Niko Zannarini — a returning NCS medalist and league champion — with two seconds left in the second round of the 128-pound title bout.
FOOTBALL: In case you missed it last night, College Park has hired Joe Tenorio as its new head coach. Tenorio was highly successful at Encinal. The job opened up when Bill Kepler resigned in December after 26 years as head coach.
Playoff time. Here is what I think the NCS committee will do.
Here are the latest East Bay High School Girls Soccer rankings with an NCS Playoff picture and standings (as of Feb. 9).
Before we start, here is a feel good story.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s our latest East Bay girls basketball poll. Results are through Saturday, Jan. 31.
|1. Miramonte (5)||19-2||75||1|
|t4. Bishop O’Dowd||13-7||57||6|
|6. St. Mary’s||16-6||51||4|
|8. James Logan||17-3||40||8|
|9. Clayton Valley||16-5||35||9|
|11. Valley Christian||20-3||25||11|
|12. Castro Valley||16-6||19||12|
|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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Here are the latest East Bay Girls High School Soccer Rankings, an NCS playoff picture and standings. It’s a feast for the soccer senses.