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Oakland Tech’s Aaliyah Douglas receives CIF spirit of sport award

Aaliyah Douglas, a volleyball player from Oakland Tech High, has been named a CIF Spirit of Sport award winner. She and five other winners from across the state will receive $2,000 and be recognized on May 2 at the year-end CIF Federated Council dinner in Los Angeles.

According to a press release, the CIF Spirit of Sport Award recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated the 16 principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor, are active in school and community service and exhibit leadership qualities.

Douglas, the lone senior on Oakland Tech’s volleyball squad, has also volunteered at the Lawrence Hall of Science at U.C. Berkeley and worked at Children’s Hospital.

“The term Spirit of Sport refers to the embodiment of love for the game that is so profound, that win or lose, the light of the sports still shines though you,” Douglas said in the release. “From my experiences both on and off the court, I have learned that giving up is not an option. This is the ultimate lesson that having excellent sportsmanship and spirit of sport has taught me. Achievement in life is not granted to quitters, but those who remain steadfast in their purpose.”

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East Bay softball poll — 4/22

Here’s a look at our latest East Bay softball poll.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (4) 16-0 60 1
2. Alhambra 14-2 56 2
3. James Logan 15-2 52 3
4. Granada 14-2 48 4
5. Foothill 10-6 41 6
6. San Ramon Valley 11-4 38 7
7. Heritage 10-4 37 9
8. Newark Memorial 14-3 34 5
9. Livermore 9-8 29 8
10. Carondelet 9-7 25 10
11. Castro Valley 9-6 20 11
12. Salesian 10-1 16 12
13. Concord 13-7 10 15
14. Freedom 9-4-2 8 14
15. Bishop O’Dowd 8-5 4 NR

Also receiving votes: Arroyo (12-3, 2 votes). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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Moore heads list of locals named to MaxPreps All-American team

Salesian High’s Mariya Moore leads a list of six East Bay players to receive All-America honors by MaxPreps.com.

Moore, a McDonald’s All-American and the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay Player of the Year, was named to the five-player second team. Here’s what MaxPreps had to say about the 6-foot-1 forward headed to Louisville:

“Moore is a strong, physical wing who can overpower smaller players in the paint and out-quick bigger players on the perimeter. She led her Salesian team to the state championship game against powerhouse Long Beach Poly — which has about eight times as many students — with her all-around game and ability to rise to the challenge in the clutch.”

St. Mary’s forward Mikayla Cowling was named to the fifth team, and four other locals were chosen as honorable mention picks — Gabby Green (St. Mary’s), Sabrina Ionescu (Miramonte), Natalie Romeo (Carondelet) and Asha Thomas (Bishop O’Dowd).

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East Bay softball poll — 4/15

 

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 14-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 11-2 70 2
3. James Logan 12-2 63 4
4. Granada 12-2 62 3
5. Newark Memorial 13-2 55 t5
6. Foothill 9-5 50 t5
7. San Ramon Valley 11-3 45 t10
8. Livermore 8-7 37 8
9. Heritage 8-4 34 9
10. Carondelet 8-6 32 12
11. Castro Valley 9-6 27 t10
12. Salesian 9-1 18 13
13. California 5-8 14 7
14. Freedom 8-3-2 9 NR
15. Concord 11-7 5 15

Also receiving votes: Arroyo (8-2, 3 votes), Bishop O’Dowd (8-5, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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East Bay softball poll — 4/8

Here’s a look at our first East Bay softball poll of the season.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 12-0 75 2
2. Alhambra 11-2 70 7
3. Granada 11-1 64 NR
4. James Logan 9-2 61 1
t5. Foothill 7-4 52 NR
t5. Newark Memorial 11-2 52 NR
7. California 5-5 44 3
8. Livermore 7-6 36 NR
9. Heritage 8-4 31 t14
t10. Castro Valley 6-6 26 8
t10. San Ramon Valley 8-3 26 9
12. Carondelet 6-5 22 t14
13. Salesian 6-1 16 t10
14. Encinal 7-2 13 NR
15. Concord 6-7 6 4

Also receiving votes: Freedom (6-3-2, 4 votes), Monte Vista (5-7, 1), San Leandro (6-3, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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CIF state basketball championships to be televised

All 12 CIF state basketball title games scheduled for this weekend will be televised live by Comcast SportsNet.

The Salesian girls (Open Division), Bishop O’Dowd boys (Open Division), Monte Vista boys (Division I), Moreau Catholic boys (Division IV) and St. Joseph Notre Dame boys (Division V) all will be playing for state titles at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The television schedule for those games is as follows. The games will also be streamed on the CIF website.

Friday, March 28

DIVISION V BOYS: St. Joseph Notre Dame vs. Renaissance Academy-La Canada, noon, CSNCA. (Broadcast team: Play-by-play – Steve Quis, Analyst – Jon Crispin, Sideline – Rosalyn Gold-Onwude) 

DIVISION I BOYS: Monte Vista vs. Centennial-Corona, 8 p.m., CSN-Plus (Broadcast team: Play-by-Play – Barry Tompkins, Analyst – Jon Crispin, Sideline – Kelli Tennant)

Saturday, March 29

DIVISION IV BOYS: Moreau Catholic vs. Bishop Montgomery-Torrance, 12 p.m., CSN-Plus (Broadcast team: Play-by-play – Steve Quis, Analyst – Jon Crispin, Sideline – Rosalyn Gold-Onwude) 

OPEN DIVISION GIRLS: Salesian vs. Long Beach Poly, 6 p.m., CSNBA (Broadcast team: Play-by-Play – Barry Tompkins, Analyst – Mary Murphy, Sideline – Kelli Tennant.

OPEN DIVISION BOYS: Bishop O’Dowd vs. Mater Dei-Santa Ana, 8 p.m., CSNBA (Broadcast team: Play-by-Play – Barry Tompkins, Analyst – Drew Schiller, Sideline – Kelli Tennant)

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Queen of the Mountain softball tournament returns

The 2014 high school softball season will kick into gear for many local teams this weekend at the Queen of the Mountain tournament. One of the state’s best early-season tournaments — now in its 32nd year — starts Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Pleasanton Sports Park. The championship game is 5 p.m. Saturday. Another reason to be excited — warm weather with no rain in sight.

There will also be some great teams and exceptional players. The tournament includes two teams ranked in Cal-Hi Sports’ preseason state top 25 and two more on the bubble. That group is headlined by three-time defending tournament champion Amador Valley, which is No. 3 in the state and No. 7 in the nation in preseason rankings and features five college-committed seniors.

California High, ranked No. 10 in the state and led by standout pitcher Lindsey Chalmers, is on the other side of the bracket from Amador Valley. Cal High is part of one of the more intriguing opening-round games of the tournament. The Grizzlies face Rocklin, which has six college-bound players and made a deep run in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs last season.

Not to look too far ahead, but Amador Valley vs. Alhambra has the potential to be a second-round matchup very much worth the price of admission. The best pitcher in the area — Amador Valley’s Johanna Grauer — would face one of the very best hitters — Alhambra shortstop Kylee Perez. The travel ball teammates are both headed to UCLA. Their senior seasons are also off to fantastic starts. Grauer tossed a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts against Deer Valley in her opener, while Perez homered and drove in four runs as Alhambra beat defending NCS Division II champion Concord 12-0.

Other locals teams that could make some noise at Queen of the Mountain — Castro Valley, Clayton Valley, Newark Memorial, Livermore and Freedom.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students. For the complete tournament bracket, schedule, rosters and other information visit www.queenofthemountain.org

(And shout out to tournament director Julie Marshall for the excellent web site packed with great information)

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Monte Vista boys will compete in Division I in NorCals

The Monte Vista High boys basketball team has decided to stay in Division I for the upcoming Northern California regional playoffs rather than opt up to the Open Division.

The Mustangs, who played in and won their first NCS title since 2009 Friday night, didn’t meet the qualifying criteria that would have automatically put them in the running for a spot in the Open Division. But as one of the top squads in Northern California, Monte Vista had the opportunity to opt up to the premier division and hope to be selected. After the NCS championship win over Freedom, head coach Nick Jones said that he would let the players make the decision.

The team met Saturday morning, and the Mustangs announced their decision on their Twitter account, posting “Monte Vista will not petition to join the open division of NorCal’s. They will instead pursue a D1 state title.”