With Chace celebrating his anniversary in Disneyland, Ben is forced to do everything on his own. And he even does it without a hat.
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With Chace celebrating his anniversary in Disneyland, Ben is forced to do everything on his own. And he even does it without a hat.
FINAL: De La Salle 27, Loyola 21. There is stunned silence in Moyse Stadium as the teams shake hands. DLS came from behind to win for the second week in a row. We’ll be back with postgame stats and highlights.
4th quarter/DLS ball: Wayne takes a knee. Loyola uses its last time out. There’s 1:20 to play.
The Cubs stands are starting to thin as Wayne takes a knee again on second down.
There are 37 seconds to go. Flag against DLS for illegal motion (their 10th penalty of the contest). It’s third-and-12 from the Loyola 48-yard line. Wayne goes straight up the middle for a gain of one.
It’s over. DLS hangs in for the win, 27-21.
4th quarter/Loyola ball: Barr runs for 8-yards and gets out of bounds to stop the clock. It’s second-and-three from the Cubs 34-yard line. Rokus finds Barr on the right sideline for a first down.
Loyola is on their own 47-yard line. Barr is stuffed for a loss of 2 yards. The Spartans Will Marre sacks Rokus on the 45-yard line. It’s third-and-12. Rokus pass is incomplete. It’s fourth-and-12.
Rokus is chased out of the pocket, he has no where to throw. Incomplete pass. DLS will take over on downs at the Cubs 45-yard line.
The fans are on their feet and the band has started up again with 1:32 to play. It’s DLS 27, Loyola 21. Timeout.
4th quarter/DLS ball: Wayne fumbles, but Butler recovers on the first down. Wayne scrambles, somehow breaks through a giant pack of players and stretches it out to the 1-yard line with 2:53 to play.
Wayne scores on the keeper to put DLS on top for the first time in the game. DLS time out. DLS 25, Loyola 21.
The chanting has started. Loyola fans are trying to pump up the Cubs defense on this point-after attempt. DLS is going for two. Wayne goes back to pass, tucks it and runs it up the middle for two. DLS 27, Loyola 21.
4th quarter/Loyola ball: A 4-yard gain by Barr is followed by another Barr run for 7 yards and the first down at the 43-yard line with 9:08 to play.
Barr appeared to fumble, DLS recovers and there are screams everywhere. But, the referee says Barr was down at the 44-yard line. Another 9 yards for Barr. Loyola holds on. Rokus hits Ackermann it’s second-and-1 on the DLS 35-yard line.
It’s first-and-10 on the 31-yard line after Barr gains another couple yards. Barr jukes and spins out of trouble for a 13-yard gain, which puts him at 199-yards rushing on the night.
The Cubs sideline is screaming, someone’s yelling “everyone up” and the stomping has begun. It’s third-and-8 on the Spartans 16-yard line. Rokus pass is incomplete across the middle.
Alfonso flubs a 31-yard field goal the ball is short! Perio catches the short kick and runs for his life. He returns it to the Loyola 25-yard line.
QUICK STAT UPDATE: DLS Butler has 95 yards on 21 carries while the Cubs Barr has rushed for 154 yards thus far.
4th quarter/DLS: The Spartans are second-and-5 from the Loyola 15. Wayne finds the endzone for a 15-yard touchdown run capping a 80-yard drive down the field in 14 plays. The Spartans fans are on their feet. The Spartans go for two, but Wayne’s pass is knocked down in the endzone. Loyola 21, DLS 19.
3rd quarter/DLS: Butler runs for 4-yards on the first down. Wayne goes for the long ball, but overthrows Jackson Bouza. It’s third-and-six. Wayne connects with Bulter for a gain of 1. DLS is just 1-for-6 on third down conversions. The Spartans will punt. Flag on the play.
Penalty on Loyola. It’s first down Spartans. There are shouts and heads shaking in the Cubs sideline.
(PS – penalty was offsides.) Butler runs it up to the 42-yard line for a first down. Wayne pitches to Bulter, who scrambles back to the line of scrimmage and beyond for a gain of 4. Butler has 49 yards.
Wayne hits Bouza for a 12-yard pass and the first down. Joseph Durant runs for 4 on his first carry of the game — and the season. Butler adds a couple more runs and another first down. First-and-10 from the Loyola 31.
Tyler Anderson runs for seven followed by Wayne who picked up two more yards. It’s third and one again for DLS with 42 seconds to go. First down. Wayne runs the option and pitches it to Butler who gets up to the Cubs 15-yard line as the clock winds down.
3rd quarter/Loyola ball: The Cubs quarterback Rokus connects with Brett Ackerman for his first pass of the night. A gain of five. Barr rushes for the first down. Ackerman catches a 19-yard pass and it’s first down at the DLS 43-yard line. Barr runs for 16-yards and Loyola’s third consecutive first down. The Cubs are at the Spartans 27-yard line.
Loyola gets its fourth penalty, putting them back on the 32-yard line. Barr runs for 23-yards and the first down, putting the Cubs in striking distance with just under eight minutes in the third quarter.
DLS Zachary Griffiths stops Barr in the backfield, but there’s a flag on the play. Face mask against DLS (their 7th penalty) puts the Cubs on the Spartans 1-yard line. The Loyola coaches are yelling about something in the booth next door. Time out Cubs.
We’re back. It’s second and goal. Barr runs it in for his eighth touchdown of the year and third of this game. Alfonso’s kick is good. Loyola 20, DLS 13 with 7:10 to go in the third quarter.
HALFTIME STATS AND FUN FACTS: Loyola’s Anthony Barr rushed for 102 yards on 14 carries in the first half. He has all, but 1-yard of the Cub offense in the game. Cubs quarterback Rokus has yet to throw a pass.
DLS running back Kylan Butler leads the Spartans in rushing with 14 carries for 54 yards and quarteback Blake Wayne has 47 yards on six carries. DLS has rushed for an average of 5.66 yards per carry.
An interesting note: Loyola did not get a first down in the second quarter.
The Spartan defense, led by lineman Charles Wynn (who had five tackles in the second quarter) started to make the right moves plugging holes and holding Barr to just 27-yards in the second quarter, compared to 74 in the first.
HALFTIME SCORE: Loyola 14, DLS 13.
2nd quarter/Loyola ball: Loyola starts at their own 10-yard line after a penalty on the kick return. Another flag. The Cubs are pushed back again with a false start. It’s first-and-15 on their own 5-yard line. Barr is brought down at the 11-yard line. Barr doesn’t have enough for the first down…and the clock winds down.
2nd quarter/DLS ball: Butler breaks a couple tackles and runs for 22-yards for a Spartan first down. After an 8-yard gain, Butler rushes for a couple more yards and another first down. An incomplete pass and we’re at second and 10 from the Loyola 11-yard line. Wayne connects with Perio for about 8-yards, it’s fourth and two. There is just over a minute to play in the half.
Score is still 14-7 Loyola with 1:12 to go.
Wayne fakes the handoff and scores. Bad snap. Perio recovers and pitches into the endzone and it’s caught by ???? We couldn’t see from the booth. Flag on the field. Illegal man downfield. DLS will kick the PAT again. Another bad snap. Perio tries to throw it into the endzone, but it’s batted down. Loyola 14, DLS 13 with 1:07 in the second quarter.
2nd quarter/Loyola ball: Barr is stopped at the 1-yard line on his first run, but gets about six on the second down. False start on the Cubs. (Their first penalty.) Third-and-four. Barr is short of the first down and it’s another three-and-out with 5:16 left in the second quarter.
2nd quarter/DLS ball: Wayne hands off to Bulter. It’s third down and maybe a yard with 8:30 to play in the half. Butler is stopped inches from the goal line on third down. It’s fourth and inches. Wayne pitches to Butler, but he can’t get in. The Cubs take over.
2nd quarter/Loyola ball: The Spartan defense is here. Cub quarterback Rokus is hit at the line of scrimmage. It’s 3-and-out for Loyola. DLS’s Noah Perio blocks the punt and it rolls out at the Loyola 4-yard line.
STAT UPDATE: The Cubs running back Anthony Barr rushed for 74 yards in the first quarter on 7 carries. DLS Wayne ran for 35-yards on 3 carries and Ward has 33-yards on 3 carries.
2nd quarter/DLS ball: Wayne connects with Dosen on a 19-yard pass for a touchdown. PAT is good. Loyola 14, DLS 7 with 11:54 in the second quarter.
1st quarter/DLS ball: Butler takes the kick to the Spartans 21-yard line. Wayne on the keeper for 11-yards and DLS’s second first down of the game. Butler fumbles, but recovers for a gain of 1. Wayne had a man open down the right sideline, but wide receiver Noah Perio can’t hold on. It’s third and long.
The Spartans convert on third down with a 35-yard run by Terron Wiliams-Ward. Another penalty by DLS pushed the Spartans to Loyola’s 45-yard line. Wayne scrambles for 15 yards and a first down. Wayne rushes for another first down on a quarterback draw.
It’s 1st-and-10 from the Cubs 20-yard line. Another Spartan penalty pushes them back five yards. (That’s five.) An incompleted pass and a short run and the quarter is over.
1st quarter/Loyola ball: Cubs quarterback Stephen Rokus is blasted by Blair Wishom for no gain on the first down. Barr gets the first down with a 13-yard run and the Spartans tack on an additional 15 yard with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. DLS is offsides, their third penalty of the game. Barr rushes for another first down, the Cubs are threatening again on the 10-yard line.
Loyola’s Anthony Barr scores again on a 6-yard touchdown run. Alfonso’s PAT is good. Loyola 14, DLS 0 with 4:10 in the first quarter.
The Cubs fans are going crazy in Moyse Staduim.
1st quarter/DLS ball: The Spartans have three wide receivers in. Wayne throws an incomplete pass intended for Michael Doeen. Penalty against DLS puts the Spartans at 1-and-15 yards to go. Terrin Ward find some open space down the right sideline and gets to the 43-yard line for a first down. Butler run on the third down is about a yard short of the first down and the Spartans are going for it. Butler is stuffed on fourthdown and the Cubs will take over on their own 48-yard line.
1st quarter Loyola ball: Loyola’s Anthony Barr took the first two carries of the Cubs possession and scores on a 35-yard touchdown run. Mauricio Alfonso with the PAT. Loyola 7, DLS 0 with 8:47 to play in the first quarter.
1st quarter DLS ball: The Spartans start on their own 20. Ward opens with a 4-yard run followed by a 3-yard run by Kylan Butler. DLS quarterback Blake Wayne laterals to Butler, but he’s brought down with a 1-yard loss. The Spartans go three-and-out with 10:07 to go.
COIN TOSS: DLS won the coin toss and will receive. The Cubs are in a pregame chant in their endzone while the Spartans huddle up on their sideline.
The teams have taken the field.
PREGAME: We’re just under 15 minutes to game time here at Glendale High School’s Moyse Stadium where the De La Salle Spartans will take on host Loyola.
Both teams have taken their warm-ups on the field and retreated to the locker rooms. And I’m told the National Anthem is just minutes away.
The Spartans traveled well into SoCal, as usual, with a sea of dark green filling the opposing bleachers.
For those who are interested, the DLS junior varsity squad defeated the Cubs 35-20 about an hour ago.
I’ll be back for the coin toss in about 15.
ESPN.com released its newest version of the ESPN Rise Fab 50 national rankings this past Sunday.
De La Salle (1-0), which had been No. 3 since the first release of the poll back in August, dropped to No. 5 after it’s narrow 29-28 victory over Serra on Saturday. Don Bosco Prep-Ramsey (N.J.) dropped from its perch at No. 6 all the way down to No. 23 after losing its season-opener 17-10 to St. Xavier-Cincinnati. St. Xavier (3-1) used the upset to climb nine spots to No. 18.
The Spartans were able to hold on, beating the Padres 29-28.
Serra was on the move, but De La Salle stuffed them on 4th-and-1 and got the ball back with 2:43 to go.
The Spartans went up 29-28 with 4:30 to play after Quarterback Blake Wayne scored a touchdown on a 5-yard run. De La Salle was playing for the 28-all tie when the PAT attempt broke down and Terron Ward managed to run in a 2-point conversion.
The Spartans were up 21-7 at halftime, but Serra scored twice in the third quarter to tie it at 21.
The Padres Cody Jackson made it 21-14 on a 5-yard run with 6:10 to go in the third and minutes later a 9-yard run by Alex Bravo tied it at 21.
Serra quarterback Cody Jackson hit wide receiver Patrick Bowler on a 25-yard pass to put the Padres up 28-21 with 11:15 to go in the game.
The Spartans headed to the locker room moments ago with a 21-7 lead over the host Padres.
After two quarters, De La Salle quarterback Blake Wayne is 10-for-12 with 99 yards passing and two rushing touchdowns.
The Spartans scored on each of its first three possessions. Wayne scored on a 16-yard run to put the Spartans on the board 7-0.
Spartan running back Kylan Butler found the endzone with a 1-yard run to go up 14-0 with 1:56 left in the first quarter. Butler finished the first half with 12 carries for 100 yards.
Wayne scored again on a 1-yard run that made it 21-0 with 7:48 to go in the half.
Serra got on the board with 3:40 left in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Jerad Braun making it 21-7.
The Padres had one more scoring attempt at the end of the half, but kicker Greg Guttas missed a 44-yard field goal.
With former assistant commissioner Gil Lemmon taking the place of Tom Ehrhorn as the new North Coast Section commissioner, the section needed to hire someone to take Gil’s place. A quick check on their web site today tells me that Bri Niemi is the new Assistant Commish for the 2008 season.
Niemi comes over from the Pac-10 Conference, where she was Assistant Commissioner for communications. She started with the Pac-10 in 2005 as Assistant Public Relations Director. She got promoted to Assistant Commissioner in 2006. Her bio also says she had a fair amount to do with the Pac-10′s internet operations, which I would think is certainly a positive in the ever-expanding online world of high school sports.
This evening’s Berkeley-at-Irvington North Coast Section 3A East Bay game was baseball theater at its finest. Scoring opportunities for both teams, but great pitching dominating most all the way through. Oh, and what a finish! Last of the seventh, two outs, runners at first and second, and Irvington batter Ryan Tella facing an 0-2 count against Berkeley’s Tyler Bremer. And then Tella blasts a two-run triple to center field to win the game.
Baseball just does not get any better.
“The thrill of victory…and the agony of defeat. The human drama of athletic competition.”
“Wide World of Sports” was a favorite television program while growing up. And the above famous words of the program’s intro, as spoken by host Jim McKay, played over and over in the mind while watching the April 10 nonleague high school boys volleyball match between St. Joseph Notre Dame and host Encinal. For sure, this derby between Alameda schools, which saw St. Joseph rally for a thrilling 21-25, 27-29, 25-22, 26-24, 15-11 win, would have made a great “Wide World” installment.
Yes, the thrill of victory was present. As was the agony of defeat. And in terms of the human drama of athletic competition – - well, this match was sporting theater at its finest. Fact is, the match offered everything a fan would want to see: Intensity. Emotion. Excitement. Effort. Athleticism. Skill. Long rallies. Strong serves. Daring play. Diving for balls. Momentum swings. Lead changes. Energy to spare. And plenty of controversial calls to add to the spectacle. In sum, both teams went all out, playing the game the way it was meant to be played.
The thrill of victory. The agony of defeat. The human drama of athletic competition. The Pilots and Jets provided all of that.
Some years ago, a volleyball publication ran a story about the sport’s appeal as an after-work activity for urban factory workers in the early decades of the 20th century.
Fast forward to the present, and high school boys volleyball is a hit-and-miss proposition throughout Northern California. Yeah, some large-enrollment schools – - especially well-heeled ones – - can dominate their leagues. Some players here and there even get college scholarships. The Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League, however, is more a throwback to volleyball’s blue-collar roots. While the ACCAL might not produce many – - if any – - Division I college players, many of the games will please the average fan.
Encinal High School’s island derby with crosstown archrival Alameda at the Hornets Nest on March 20 serves as a case in point. Encinal won 25-12, 25-20, 25-12; and true, Alameda was short four players, including a starting setter and hitter, who sat out for undisclosed reasons. But that’s not to take away from Encinal’s effort. There was flow. There was style. There was synergy. There was enthusiasm. And there was a distinct feel for the game among the experienced Jets, who have 10 seniors on their roster. Oh, and the Jets’ Hawaiian floral-print trunks add a sense of fashion, too.
Volleyball is a second sport for a lot of guys. Often, teams reflect this reality. Encinal middle hitter Jason Silsdorf offers a refreshing exception. An All-ACCAL basketball player as Encinal’s center in the winter, Silsdorf looks very much at ease in the middle of volleyball coach Chris Bautista’s frontcourt. The senior is not a bad server, either. Could it be that Silsdorf actually is a volleyball player who doubles as a basketball player?
Volleyball, of course, is a team game, and the Jets are not only about one player. Fact is, frontline play is an overall team strength. Aaron Wang (a match-high 11 kills against Alameda) and Ryan Perdiguerra would be welcome additions to most any team. And Kamaka Baculpo brings an added presence off the bench.
As for setting, Steve North gave 16 assists against the Hornets. And libero Mervin Arquero was a strong presence in the back row, as were Melvin Arquero and Francisco Cano.
Encinal’s primary team color is blue. Fittingly, the Jets are a throwback to blue-collar volleyball. And if one match tells a story, such a level and style of play are pretty darn good. Division I prospects or not, it’s volleyball well worth seeing.
Granted, the talent level doesn’t approach that of the pros and colleges, but for an entertaining sporting experience the form of basketball played in the high schools can’t be beaten. On Wednesday (Feb. 27), I was at St. Elizabeth High in Oakland for its NCS Division V boys semifinal with visiting Lick-Wilmerding – - but it could have been any other school gym here or elsewhere. Yes, the gym was small, but the atmosphere was great, with plenty of fans of both teams packing the seats and cheering their teams. In larger venues, something gets lost. The NBA has the best players, but that league also is a big business enterprise. A long regular season and bloated playoffs make a lot of those games seem like contrivances. The college game is OK, but games work best in smaller venues. The higher levels might have the names and the talented players. But with school spirit overflowing, high school basketball is the heart and soul of the game.
Unless you’re a coach, student-athlete or parent/guardian of a student-athlete whose high school soccer season takes place in spring, this year’s soccer season came to an end Saturday night, Feb. 23.
And what a conclusion it was. I was assigned to the North Coast Section 2A boys final between Piedmont and Campolindo at Acalanes High School. Not to belabor a point, as I’ve written about this game in a previous entry, but both teams did themselves proud. OK, so the score was 6-1 for Campolindo, but there were a lot of elements in this game to appreciate.
I wish there could have been two of me that same night, as colleague Matt Smith looked as if he caught a very good game in witnessing Pittsburg beat Amador Valley for the boys 3A title. Can only wonder, though, how Richmond High would have held up against either of those teams. Richmond, as described in an earlier post, was the team of skill in its Feb. 16 quarterfinal at home against Deer Valley, which relied largely on force. Deer Valley might have prevailed on a late penalty kick in that game, but the biggest loser was the sport of soccer itself.
In the long run, though, soccer itself was no loser come Feb. 23. Colleague Bill Kruissink, from all reports, saw a real barnburner when covering the 3A girls championship game between San Ramon Valley and Foothill at Dublin High. SRV won this game in a shootout. OK, so shootouts never are perfect; they’re a tough way to lose and maybe not the most satisfying way to win. Still, it sounded like a great game for both teams, who can only be proud of the performances they gave.
Colleague Phil Jensen covered the 2A girls title match between Piedmont and Miramonte that preceded the boys match at Acalanes High. Having arrived at Acalanes well in advance of the boys game, I was able to catch the last few minutes of the girls match. The scoreboard read, “Home 1, Visitors 0,” when I arrived, but until I asked Phil specifically, I could not tell which team was ahead as both the Highlanders and victorious Matadors kept attacking until the final whistle.
Yes, the winter soccer season is finished. And for the sport of soccer itself, it ended on a high note.