Football: First-round playoff matchups in NCS Division 1

Here are this weekend’s slate of opening-round games in the North Coast Section Division 1 football playoffs, all set for 7 p.m. Friday, and what brought them here:

No. 12 Dougherty Valley at No. 5 Pittsburg

  • Pittsburg (8-2): Pirates coach Victor Galli has his team in its regular stellar form, led by running back Montaz Thompson (1,412 yards, 14 TDs rushing). The defense is stingy as usual behind linebacker Charles Ramirez (111 tackles, two picks, two forced fumbles), cornerback Jordan Parker (three picks) and lineman Iffy Joyner (seven sacks). Pittsburg held off two league opponents by seven total points but couldn’t halt unbeaten Antioch in its season finale and its second loss in a wild game after falling 49-42 to Monte Vista in September.
  • Dougherty Valley (6-4): The Wildcats have their first winning record since 2007 in coach Nick Tisa’s fourth year at the helm. “We have good senior leadership,” Tisa said in September, noting those kids transformation from when he took over the program. “All they know is me, so they don’t know the old Dougherty. I definitely am getting calls from alumni, they’re excited.” He said that right after DV’s 5-0 start, though it won only once the rest of the way — a 34-7 victory over Acalanes. It’s pass-happy offense is powered by jack-of-all-trades Sam Tarasow (588 yards, six TDs rushing; 583 yards, 5 TDs receiving) and  Hawaii-bound receiver Trey Hoskins (470 yards, seven TDs receiving).
  • Winner plays: No. 4 Monte Vista (7-3)

No. 11 Dublin at No. 6 Freedom

  • Freedom (6-4): The Falcons are on a three-game win streak since being downed by the BVAL’s top two teams, Pittsburg and Antioch, largely because of quarterback Joey Sweeney. The senior has 10 touchdowns and just one pick in the last three games, along with 779 of his 2,309 yards this season. Also integral is running back Ronnie Rivers (1,218 yards, 18 TDs rushing). Junior linebacker Kyle Harmon (109 tackles) leads a defense that has totaled 14 interceptions this season.
  • Dublin (7-3): The Gaels started out 4-0, including wins over two eventual playoff teams, before nearly toppling defending Division 3 state champion Campolindo in a 14-10 loss. After shutting out Acalanes 17-0, they were edged 14-13 by Alhambra — two more playoff teams. Then Dublin won twice before falling 29-14 in its regular-season finale. Leading the way all season has been senior running back John Son.
  • Winner plays: No. 3 Foothill (10-0)

No. 7 Amador Valley at No. 10 San Leandro

  • Amador Valley (7-3): The Dons defeated playoff-bound California and San Ramon Valley back-to-back by a total of seven points, setting them up to enter their season finale against rival Foothill as potential spoilers for the outright EBAL title (though they lost big to the Falcons). Their leaders on offense this year are running back Ledre McCollough (1,016 yards, 8 TDs rushing) and wide receiver Grant Huggins (432 yards, 6 TDs receiving).
  • San Leandro (6-4): The Pirates are on a six-game win streak since starting 0-4, including a 44-43 overtime victory over playoff-bound Tennyson to take the West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division title. Three of their running backs have at least 500 yards and five touchdowns, a mark of a complex offense. Defensively the Pirates are led by defensive end Jahari Kay (65 tackles, 7.5 sacks).
  • Winner plays: No. 2 Antioch (10-0)

No. 9 James Logan vs. No. 8 California

  • California (6-4): A two-point conversion run by Justin Locklear for a 50-49 overtime win over Monte Vista two weeks ago kept the Grizzlies from going into the playoffs on a four-game losing streak. Their offense is a balanced attack led by Locklear (750 yards, 11 TDs) and helped by the junior trio of Cameron Norfleet, Trevor Leathley and Brandon Perrilliat who were huge in California’s five-game win streak during the season. It’s defense was also important, including defensive end Nick Friedel (53 tackles, six sacks), linebacker Pavin Virdee (63 tackles) and cornerback William Gin (four picks).
  • James Logan (7-3): In coach George Zuber’s last season before stepping down to be with his family, the Colts have lost only two powerhouse teams: De La Salle, Clayton Valley Charter and Atascadero of the Southern Section, which was just a one-point loss in overtime. Otherwise they’ve been pretty dominant in a fully non-league schedule, including a 26-20 win over San Leandro and a 63-6 win over Washington.
  • Winner plays: No. 1 De La Salle

Girls golf: Carondelet, Dougherty Valley punch state tourney ticket at NorCal Championships

Carondelet and Dougherty Valley advanced to the CIF State Girls Golf Championships by placing second and third respectively at the CIF NorCal Championships in Salinas on Monday.

Carondelet junior Angela Bagasbas finished fifth individually with a 3-over 75 on The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch. Dougherty Valley senior Tiffany Cha fired a 5-over 77 to tie for third with Amador Valley’s Miranda Wang and Lexi Perri of Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills.

St. Francis-Mountain View won with a team score of 409, six strokes ahead of Carondelet and Dougherty Valley. Monte Vista placed fourth at 425 led by Hailey White, whose 6-over 78 was tied with Carondelet’s Yealimi Noh and two others for ninth individually.

Wang and White will join Carondelet and Dougherty Valley at the state championships Nov. 17 at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach as individual qualifiers.

Rounding out East Bay entrants in the individual Top 20 were Dougherty Valley’s Yoonhee Kim, who was the medalist at NorCals last year, and Carondelet’s Annika Borrelli with scores of 8-over 80.

Carondelet’s team score included Isabel Minton (17-over 89), Alexis Browne (21-over 93) and Courtney Gaoiran (23-over 95).

Dougherty Valley’s team score was rounded out by Janica Ha (11-over 83), Siobhan Sher (15-over 87), Sammy Lee (16-over 88) and Reini Lin (19-over 91).



Semifinal matchups in the North Coast Section boys and girls water polo playoffs

Here are Wednesday’s semifinals in the North Coast Section boys and girls water polo playoffs, with how each team won it’s second-round game:


  • No. 1 Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo vs. No. 5 Acalanes (6:15 p.m. at Drake)
    • After a 6-6 tie at halftime the Dons broke away from Las Lomas for an 11-9 win behind a hat trick from Casey Conrad and two goals apiece from Tommy Fellner, Evan Wentzel and Jack Winther.
    • The Pirates pounded Monte Vista 14-5 to stay undefeated on the season.
  • No. 2 San Ramon Valley vs. No. 6 Campolindo (6 p.m. at San Ramon Valley)
    • Hat tricks by senior Mikey Williams and underclassman Jack Deely and Mason Chambliss, Williams, plus nine saves by Keaton Fox, made the Wolves winners over De La Salle 12-7.
    • The Cougars edged rival Miramonte 10-9 in a rematch of last year’s championship game, which the Matadors won.
    • These two teams have split two games this season, both by a single goal. Campolindo beat host San Ramon Valley 8-7 on Sept. 15 and SRV returned the favor with a 7-6 victory at the NCS/CCS Tournament on Sept. 26.


  • No. 1 San Ramon Valley vs. No. 4 California (7:15 p.m. at San Ramon Valley)
    • Sarah Klass went off with four goals and four assists as the Wolves dominated College Park 19-1, with two goals apiece also coming from Lexi Liebowitz, Laine McPherson, Erin McCreary and Emily Ryan.
    • The Grizzlies downed Amador Valley 15-5.
    • These teams faced off in EBAL play in an Oct. 8 game that San Ramon Valley won 23-2.
  • No. 2 Monte Vista vs. No. 3 Las Lomas (6 p.m. at Miramonte)
    • The Mustangs pulled away from Washington in the second half for a 20-8 win with the help of Lauren Indart’s six goals and Jolie Trujillo’s four goals and five assists.
    • The Knights downed Foothill 16-5.


  • No. 5 Northgate vs. No. 9 Bishop O’Dowd (6 p.m. at Campolindo)
    • The Knights held off Justin-Siena-Napa 10-9 with the help of hat tricks from Ivan Koroleu and Decklan Cashman, along with goals from Sebastian Stahl, Conner Rutledge, Shawn Forer and Andrew Joseph.
    • The Dragons edged top-seeded Redwood-Larkspur 7-6 behind hat tricks from Tyler Labot and Joey Isola as well as what coach Jim Ulversoy called an “epic” block by goalie Nick Entriech.
  • No. 2 Tamalpais vs. No. 6 Marin Academy (6 p.m. at Sir Francis Drake)


  • No. 1 Miramonte vs. No. 4 Marin Catholic (7:15 p.m. at Miramonte)
    • The Matadors cruised by Carondelet 17-3 powered by sophomore Grace Tehaney’s five goals and hat tricks by Carson Broad and Rose Tuttle.
    • Marin Catholic defeated Novato 10-7.
  • No. 2 Campolindo vs. No. 3 Acalanes (7:15 p.m. at Campolindo)
    • The Cougars defeated Northgate 16-7 behind their usual leaders, Katie Klein (four goals, two assists) and Olivia Price (three goals, four assists).
    • The Dons downed Drake 11-5.
    • Acalanes avenged a 7-4 loss to Campolindo at its own tournament Sept. 12 by beating the host Cougars 9-8 in triple overtime during league play Oct. 7.

Second-round matchups in the North Coast Section boys and girls water polo playoffs

Here are Saturday’s second-round matchups for East Bay schools in the North Coast Section boys and girls water polo playoffs, with how each team got there:


  • No. 1 Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo vs. No. 9 Monte Vista (6:15 p.m. at Drake): The Mustangs edged eighth-seeded Amador Valley 11-10 while Pirates continued their undefeated season with a 23-1 win over Deer Valley.
  • No. 2 San Ramon Valley vs. No. 7 De La Salle (2 p.m. at San Ramon Valley): The Wolves won 25-6 over Clayton Valley Charter behind five gaols from Mikey Williams and the Spartans beat Foothill 17-8 with the help of hat tricks from Jake Simpson, Seth Barbieri, Robert Driscoll and Jimmy Simonelli.
  • No. 3 Miramonte vs. No. 6 Campolindo (5 p.m. at Miramonte): The Matadors defeated Washington 19-7 while the Cougars downed Alameda 17-4.
  • No. 4 Las Lomas vs. No. 5 Acalanes (3:45 p.m. at Acalanes): The Knights downed California 20-5 and the Dons defeated Mission San Jose 18-6 behind four goals apiece from Tommy Fellner and Brendan Supple.


  • No. 1 San Ramon Valley vs. No. 9 College Park (3:15 p.m. at San Ramon Valley): The Wolves beat Deer Valley 21-1 with the help of three goals and seven assists by Lexi Leibowitz while the Falcons edged eighth-seeded James Logan 9-8 behind Beverly Kurk’s 12 saves.
  • No. 2 Monte Vista vs. No. 7 Washington (3:45 p.m. at Campolindo): The Mustangs took care of Heritage 12-1 behind Jolie Trujillo’s three goals and the Huskies beat Alameda 8-6.
  • No. 3 Las Lomas vs. No. 11 Foothill (5 p.m. at Acalanes): The Knights downed Clayton Valley Charter 14-5 and the Falcons upset sixth-seeded Liberty 15-5.
  • No. 4 California vs. No. 5 Amador Valley (5 p.m. at Campolindo): The Grizzlies beat American 10-3 while the Dons defeated Irvington 17-5.


  • No. 1 Redwood-Larkspur vs. No. 9 Bishop O’Dowd (5 p.m. at Contra Costa College): The Dragons downed eighth-seeded Alhambra 16-15 while the Giants had a bye.
  • No. 3 Livermore vs. No. 6 Marin Academy (3:45 p.m. at Miramonte): The Cowboys had a bye while the Wildcats beat Piedmont 15-8.
  • No. 4 Justin-Siena-Napa vs. No. 5 Northgate (2:30 p.m. at Contra Costa College): Both teams had byes.


  • No. 1 Miramonte vs. No. 8 Carondelet (6:15 p.m. at Carondelet): The Matadors beat Marin Academy 14-1 and the Cougars defeated Encinal 14-5 led by Allison Carr’s seven goals.
  • No. 2 Campolindo vs. No. 7 Northgate (6:15 p.m. at Campolindo): Behind Katie Klein’s four goals and three assists, the Cougars beat Bishop O’Dowd 20-2 while the Broncos used six goals by Marisa DeMeo and five goals by Zoe Ramia to defeat Concord 13-4.
  • No. 3 Acalanes vs. No. 6 Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo (2:30 p.m. at Acalanes): The Dons downed Ukiah 12-6 and the Pirates beat Justin-Siena 19-12.

Big Little Game memories: Past high-stakes games for both Antioch, Pittsburg

Antioch's Jerone Simmons, #25, can't stop Pittsburg's Robert Jiles, #6, after making a 42-yard touchdown pass in the 1st quarter during the 90th annual Big Little Game on Saturday, November 15, 2008 in Antioch, Calif. Pittsburg defeated Antioch 42-0. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

Antioch’s Jerone Simmons, #25, can’t stop Pittsburg’s Robert Jiles, #6, after making a 42-yard touchdown pass in the 1st quarter during the 90th annual Big Little Game on Saturday, November 15, 2008 in Antioch, Calif. Pittsburg defeated Antioch 42-0. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

There’s much on the line with Saturday’s Big Little Game featuring Antioch and Pittsburg. Both teams are undefeated in league play, making this one at Pittsburg at 1:30 p.m. winner-take-all for the BVAL championship.
There are countless stories of dramatic games, upsets and fantastic finishes in the rivalry that dates back to 1924 – enough for several books. Usually the stakes are high for at least one of the two rivals. But how often both Antioch and Pittsburg had a chance at a league championship in the Big Little Game?
Here are some recollections of a few games when stakes were high for both teams (we know there are many more):
2002 – Pittsburg 31, Antioch 21. Antioch and Pittsburg met tied for the BVAL lead, and the Panthers led 21-7 at the half, recalls Ruben Luna Jr., Antioch’s starting center that day. Luna has fonder memories of the 2001 game, which Antioch won 21-19. Luna’s father, Ruben Sr., played for Antioch teams in 1977-78 that won the BLG and went on the NCS championship game both times. Those were the last Antioch football teams to reach an NCS final, creating the inspiration for the son to follow the father to Big Little Game glory.
1991 – Pittsburg went to beat Antioch 26-20 in overtime in a game where playoff berths were on the line for both teams. Longtime Bay Area sports reporter Steve Dulas, who covered this game for the Ledger Dispatch, says of this game “It may have been the best high school game I have ever seen. You don’t often see the emotional momentum carry through for all four quarters, and then into overtime.”
A diving catch by Percy McGee of a Chris Shipe pass gave the Pirates the win.
“They sold out of 10,000; they wouldn’t let anyone else in … it was amazing,” said Herc Pardi, who was in his first year as head coach at Pittsburg. Pardi recalled a standout defensive play by future Oakland Raider Regan Upshaw that set up the overtime touchdown.
Pittsburg went to beat De La Salle in the NCS 3A championship game, to this date the last time a Northern California team has beaten De La Salle.
1984 – Antioch 18, Pittsburg 6: Heading into this game, Antioch had one loss, and in winning this BLG handed Pittsburg its first defeat on a rainy field in Antioch. This created a three-way in the DVAL with Antioch, Pittsburg and Northgate. Pardi recalls that a coin-flip left Pittsburg as the odd team out, with Antioch and Northgate moving on to NCS. The result was tough for Pittsburg after going into the BLG as undefeated league leaders, and the end result of not going to NCS.
1970 – Antioch 40, Pittsburg 32. After a loss to Ygnacio Valley earlier in the season, Antioch came back and won this BLG. Tom Lamothe, coordinator of Antioch Sports Legends, recalls this shooting between future BYU quarterback Gary Sheide of Antioch and Pittsburg QB Steve Camitz.
1966 – Antioch 13, Pittsburg 13: Both teams headed into this Big Little Game undefeated. This one was staged the next-to-last week of the regular season, says Pittsburg football historian Bob Lewis, the city’s former mayor. It was Lewis’ senior year, and he recalls the game like it was yesterday.
Going into the game, Antioch had last won the BLG in 1947, before any of the current players in ’66 were born. The Diablo Valley Athletic League title was at stake. Antioch scored twice to take a 13-0 halftime lead, and Pittsburg’s star running back Carlos Harris suffered what was thought to be a sprained ankle.
On the second play of the second half, Harris, whose ankle was taped up at halftime, ran 62-yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 13-7. “Then Harris collapsed in the end zone. It turned out it was a broken ankle, not a sprained ankle. So he ran 62 yards on a broken ankle,” Lewis recalls. Pittsburg scored a second touchdown in the fourth quarter, but a holding call during the point-after on Pittsburg led to a missed kick and a 13-13 tie.
The following week, Antioch beat Pacifica and won the DVAL title, finishing the regular season 8-0-1. Pittsburg still finished undefeated at 7-0-2, but took its second tie that final week 0-0 against Pleasant Hill High, playing without Harris and then losing quarterback Butch Cattolico — who went to a fabled career as coach at Los Gatos High for 36 years– to a concussion.
– After a 6-6 tie in 1968, the pendulum swung Antioch’s way in the rivalry, with 11 straight wins from 1969 to 1979, during the heyday of legendary Panthers coach Marv Comstock. When Larry Rodriguez (later the first varsity coach at Freedom) took over the Pittsburg program, the Pirates seized back control for much of the 1980s.
– More recently, Antioch scored a 27-21 double overtime win in 2006, and Pittsburg has since won the last nine meetings, including one in the 2011 NCS playoffs.
–Last year’s 17-14 Pittsburg win was the closest margin of victory since Antioch’s 21-19 win in 2001.


Live prep football updates from East Bay tonight

Castlemont quarterback Joe Feao (1) is pressured by Castlemont's Ramone Sanders (25) and Jayshaun Thomas (86) in the first half of their Oakland Athletic League game at McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Castlemont quarterback Joe Feao (1) is pressured by Castlemont’s Ramone Sanders (25) and Jayshaun Thomas (86) in the first half of their Oakland Athletic League game at McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

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East Bay football rankings, 10/29

Here’s our East Bay rankings after the 10th week of play.

Team Record Last Week Up Next
1. De La Salle 7-1 1 vs. James Logan
2. Clayton Valley Charter 7-1 2 vs. Ygancio Valley
3. Foothill 9-0 3 BYE
4. Monte Vista 6-2 4 vs. California
5. Pittsburg 7-1 5 @ Liberty
6. Antioch 4-1 6 vs. Deer Valley
7. Campolindo 7-1 7 vs. Miramonte
8. Miramonte 8-0 9 @ Campolindo
9. James Logan 6-2 11 @De La Salle
10. Amador Valley 6-2 11 vs. Livermore
11. California 5-3 8 @ Monte Vista
12. McClymonds 8-0 12 vs. Skyline
13. Freedom 4-4 13 @Heritage
14. Berean Christian 7-1 14 vs. De Anza
15. Tennyson 7-1 15 @ Berkeley

On the bubble: John Swett (7-1), Moreau Catholic (7-1), Piedmont (6-2). Results are through Saturday. The East Bay rankings are compiled by the Bay Area News Group, selected from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.