Pittsburg’s Jordan Parker signs with Oklahoma

Pittsburg High cornerback Jordan Parker signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning with Oklahoma, which reached the College Football Playoff this past season. Soon after, Parker tweeted a picture of himself in Sooner gear and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops tweeted “Welcome to the family!”

Parker is a four-star recruit according to Rivals and ESPN. Rivals has him as the 13th-best cornerback and 134th overall prospect this year while ESPN puts him at No. 290 overall. He’s part of a recruiting class that Rivals ranks No. 21 in the nation.

“Really an excellent athlete,” Stoops said of Parker at his press conference. “Just really excited about him. Great quickness, speed … a great player.”

Parker joins fellow former Bay Valley Athletic League standout Joe Mixon of Freedom at Oklahoma, which finished the season No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Parker was the East Bay Defensive Player of the Year as a junior, when he had five interceptions and 10 pass break-ups. He had three picks and six break-ups as a senior, earning a second straight All-East Bay First Team honor, and added 12 total touchdowns on offense in four years at the varsity level. He helped Pittsburg reach back-to-back North Coast Section Division 1 title games.

Most recently, Parker played for Team USA in the International Bowl, blocking a punt that friend and Oregon State commit Shurod Thompson returned for a touchdown.


Photo courtesy of Pittsburg High assistant coach Charlie Ramirez Sr.





East Bay football commits on National Signing Day 2016

East Bay football players committing on National Signing Day include five to Pac-12 schools and two to other Power 5 schools. Here’s the full list:

DE Dante Abono (Alhambra) San Jose State
OT Jasaan Andrews (Skyline) Azusa Pacific
TE Devin Asiasi (De La Salle) Michigan
OL Meeko Barjona (Pittsburg) Humboldt State
K Matt Blair (Campolindo) UC Davis
ATH Antoine Custer (De La Salle) Eastern Washington
LS Johnny Den Bleyker (Moreau Catholic) UCLA
QB Kevin Davidson (San Ramon Valley) Princeton
OLB Camilo Eifler (Bishop O’Dowd) Washington
TE Giovanni Fauolo (Freedom) UNLV
OL Saia Fonongaloa (Pittsburg) Cal Poly
DL/OL Alex Glover (Saint Mary’s) Humboldt State
*OL Matthew Gutwald (Dublin) Stanford
DB Brooklyn Hardiman (De La Salle) Southern Oregon
WR Trey Hoskins (Dougherty Valley) Weber State
*DL Jake Javier (San Ramon Valley) Cal Poly
DB Miles Johnston (De La Salle) Southern Oregon
LB Nick Kane (San Ramon Valley) Brown
SS Scott Lewis (Berean Christian) University of San Diego
QB Troyante McConico (Pinole Valley) Wayne State
WR Marqel McCoy (Concord) UC Davis
CB Jordan Parker (Pittsburg) Oklahoma
RB Tamarick Pierce (Saint Mary’s) Eastern Washington
OLB Darius Powe (El Cerrito) Nevada
WR Noah Sol (Monte Vista) Northern Colorado
RB/LB Clayton Stehr (Miramonte) Brown
OL/DL Sterling Strother (Campolindo) Yale
QB Joey Sweeney (Freedom) Humboldt State
DT Boss Tagoloa (De La Salle) UCLA
CB Shurod Thompson (Liberty) Oregon State
OL/DL Eric Ting (Miramonte) Pomona-Pitzer
DL Seperini Togiai Aumua (Hayward) Sacramento State
WR/RB Ricky Walker III (San Leandro) Hawaii
WR Isaiah Williams (Freedom) University of St. Francis
WR Jairus Woodson (Valley Christian) Northern Arizona

*preferred walk-on


East Bay high school basketball scores for Tuesday, Feb. 2

Hitting the big stretch with playoffs starting three weeks from today (yes, really!). Rankings reflect results before tonight’s action because of National Signing Day on Wednesday. Here are the boys rankings and here are the girls rankings. Check back here tonight for updates of final scores:

BCL East
Head-Royce 63, Athenian 60
Valley Christian 52, Redwood Christian 50
College Prep at Bentley, not available
(14) Pittsburg 65, Liberty 52
(6) Freedom 92, Deer Valley 67
(7) Heritage 74, Antioch 47
(8) Dougherty Valley 63, Alhambra 45
Las Lomas 64, Acalanes 60
(10) Miramonte 60, Campolindo 48
Clayton Valley Charter 72, Northgate 62
Concord 74, Berean Christian 17
Mt. Diablo at Ygnacio Valley not available
(4) Monte Vista 82, Granada 45
(1) De La Salle 85, Livermore 34
Foothill 52, California 47
Amador Valley 37, San Ramon Valley 36
Washington 52, Mission San Jose 33
(3) Moreau Catholic 82, Irvington 36
(9) Newark Memorial 64, American 41
(12) James Logan 84, Kennedy 41
El Cerrito 58, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 54
(5) Salesian 52, St. Joseph Notre Dame 45
Hercules at Saint Mary’s, not available
Kennedy 78,  De Anza 64

Athenian 52, Head-Royce 45
College Prep 67, Bentley 54
CSD 69, California Crosspoint 10
Redwood Christian at Valley Christian, not available
St. Elizabeth at Fremont Christian, not available
(11) Heritage 61, Antioch 29
(12) Pittsburg 56, (7) Liberty 55
Deer Valley 75, Freedom 20
(1) Miramonte 102, (5) Campolindo 38
Dougherty Valley 56, Alhambra 46
(10) Acalanes at Las Lomas, not available
Mt. Diablo 57, Ygnacio Valley 32
Northgate at Clayton Valley Charter, not available
Concord at Berean Christian, not available
(4) Carondelet 95, Livermore 32
California at Foothill, not available
Granada 40, Monte Vista 31
San Ramon Valley at Amador Valley, not available
Mission San Jose 57, Washington 31
Moreau Catholic at Irvington, not available
American 55, Newark Memorial 53
(14) James Logan 81, Kennedy 13
(2) Salesian 65, (15) St. Joseph Notre Dame 53
Kennedy at St. Patrick-St. Vincent, not available
(9) Saint Mary’s at Pinole Valley, not available
Albany at Richmond, not available
El Cerrito at De Anza, not available


East Bay high school girls soccer rankings

Here is our fourth edition of the East Bay high school girls soccer rankings:

Team Record Last Week Upcoming games
1. Carondelet 14-0-2 1 @ Foothill,
vs. Amador Valley
2. Monte Vista 11-1-4 2 @ No. 8 California,
@ No. 5 Livermore
3. Acalanes 8-0-2 4 vs. No. 9 Las Lomas,
@ Dublin
4. Liberty 9-5-1 6 vs. Freedom,
vs. Antioch
5. Livermore 10-5-2 8 @ Amador Valley,
vs. No. 2 Monte Vista
6. San Ramon Valley 10-4-2 3 @ Granada, vs. No. 8
Cal, vs. No. 12 CVC
7. Saint Mary’s 12-1-1 7 Regular season over
8. California 9-5-2 9 vs. No. 2 Monte Vista,
@ No. 6 SRV
9. Las Lomas 12-1-4 5 @ No. 3 Acalanes
10. Piedmont 11-2-1 10 @ No. 15 Bishop
O’Dowd, vs. Mt. Eden
11. Castro Valley 11-3-1 13 @ Mt. Eden,
@ Alameda
12. Clayton Valley Charter 9-3-4 14 @ Ygnacio Valley,
@ No. 6 SRV
13. Hercules 10-3-2 15 vs. El Cerrito
14. Alhambra 9-3-3 12 vs. Dougherty Valley,
@ Campolindo
15. Bishop O’Dowd 11-4-1 NR vs. No. 10 Piedmont, @Berkeley

Others considered: Foothill (9-8-1), Pinole Valley (12-2-3), College Park (9-3-4), Dublin (9-5-4), James Logan (9-4).


Bishop O’Dowd girls volleyball coach goes to Branson-Ross

Bishop O’Dowd High girls volleyball coach Jorge Peñate is leaving the school to become co-head coach at Branson-Ross, he announced Monday on Twitter.

Peñate helmed Bishop O’Dowd the last two seasons, including to the North Coast Section Division 3 crown this past year. The Dragons were 27-13 last season and reached the CIF State Division 3 quarterfinals a year after going 28-6 and falling to eventual champion Sonoma Valley in the NCS Division 3 semifinals.

The move means Peñate be going from NCS title team to NCS title team, since Branson-Ross is the seven-time defending Division 5 champion. He is joining forces with “close friend” Michelle Brazil, who has led the Bulls to six straight CIF State Division 5 title matches, including championships in 2010-13.

Prior to Bishop O’Dowd, Peñate coached Berkeley from 2012-2013, when the Yellowjackets went 22-11 and 20-12 respectively and twice lost to California in the NCS Division 1 quarterfinals.



East Bay high school girls soccer rankings

Here is our third edition of the East Bay high school girls soccer rankings:

Team Record Last Week Upcoming games
1. Carondelet 13-0-2 1 vs. Granada,
@ No. 8 Livermore
2. Monte Vista 9-1-4 2 vs. No. 11 Foothill,
vs. Granada
3. San Ramon Valley 9-3-2 3 @ No. 8 Livermore,
vs. Amador Valley
4. Acalanes 7-0-2 6 @ Campolindo
5. Las Lomas 11-0-3 5 @ Dougherty Valley,
vs. Miramonte
6. Liberty 7-5-1 7 @ Deer Valley,
vs. Pittsburg
7. Saint Mary’s 10-1-1 8 @ Salesian,
vs. El Cerrito
8. Livermore 9-5-1 15 vs. No. 3 SRV,
vs. No. 1 Carondelet
9. California 7-5-2 4 @ Amador Valley,
vs. No. 11 Foothill
10. Piedmont 9-2-1 9 vs. Berean Christian,
@ Arroyo, @ Alameda
11. Foothill 9-6-1 10 @ No. 3 Monte Vista,
@ No. 9 California
12. Alhambra 8-2-3 11 vs. Miramonte,
@ Dublin
13. Castro Valley 9-3 NR vs. San Lorenzo,
vs. Berkeley
14. Clayton Valley Charter 8-3-3 12 @ Concord,
vs. Northgate
15. Hercules 7-4-2 NR @ John Swett, vs.
Kennedy, @ De Anza

Others considered: Pinole Valley (10-2-2), Bishop O’Dowd (8-4-1 ), Arroyo (5-4-2), College Park (8-3-4), Washington (9-4-2).