Reaction to NCS Open Division, competitive equity changes

Today the North Coast Section Board of Managers voted in a four-team Open Division football playoff plan, and a competitive equity plan that moves some successful teams up a division in football, basketball, girls volleyball, water polo, baseball, softball and lacrosse. Read about it here.

Coaches are still absorbing what the changes will mean when they go into effect this fall. Here’s an early sampling of reaction from East Bay coaches:

Compiled by Phil Jensen and Daniel Mano

Campolindo football coach Kevin Macy:
(on competitive equity) “The variables that are thrown into this mix … I just want to stick to school size. … Who is the arbiter of competitive equity? I’m not a big believer in this. …. We are just fighting to keep football alive in our town. Our name has become much bigger than our kids.”

Clayton Valley Charter football coach Tim Murphy:
(On the Open Division) “Fired up about it. … I think everything that went down in the meeting is what I agree with. … The only negative thing is that a team that wins a section could be eliminated. … Now you are not allowing people to control their own destiny. That would be my only complaint. Everything else I agree with. Continue Reading


East Bay high school basketball scores for Friday 1/8

League play continues tonight for boys and girls basketball in the DFAL, DVAL and MVAL — plus the OAL gets underway and EBAL boys resume action. Here’s our list of final scores for tonight. Check back here for updates as final scores roll in:

Dougherty Valley 61, Alhambra 38
Acalanes 59, Las Lomas 46
Campolindo 65, Miramonte 55
Northgate 66, Ygnacio Valley 24
College Park 57, Concord 55
Berean Christian at Mt. Diablo, not available
Monte Vista 53, Granada 39
Foothill 49, California 28
De La Salle 74, Livermore 25
Amador Valley 51, San Ramon Valley 47
Washington 60, Mission San Jose 40
Moreau Catholic 86, Irvington 42
Kennedy at James Logan, not available
American at Newark Memorial, not available
Oakland Tech 84, McClymonds 66
Oakland 79, Castlemont 47
Fremont 58, Skyline 43
Piedmont 96, Tennyson 44
San Lorenzo 55, Arroyo 52
Acalanes 91, Las Lomas 18
Dougherty Valley 55, Alhambra 40
Miramonte 95, Campolindo 50
Concord 62, College Park 50
Berean Christian 44, Mt. Diablo 32
Northgate at Ygnacio Valley, not available
Granada 45, Monte Vista 38
California 58, Foothill 43
Livermore at Carondelet, not available
Amador Valley at San Ramon Valley, not available
Moreau Catholic 47, Irvington 28
Mission San Jose 55, Washington 35
Newark Memorial 61, American 42
James Logan 69, Kennedy 23
McClymonds at Oakland Tech, not available
Castlemont at Oakland, not available
Fremont at Skyline, not available
Encinal 59, San Leandro 34
Castro Valley 58, Mt. Eden 46

East Bay high school basketball scores for Tuesday 1/5

Tonight is the first evening of league basketball action for the DFAL, DVAL , EBAL and MVAL, and there are several nonleague games. Here’s our list of final scores for tonight. Check back here for updates as final scores roll in:

CSD 58, Contra Costa Christian 40
Dougherty Valley 71, Dublin 63
Miramonte 74, Acalanes 41
Las Lomas 65, Campolindo 56
Berean Christian 64, Ygnacio Valley 51
Clayton Valley Charter 73, Mt. Diablo 30
College Park 58, Northgate 53
De La Salle 61, San Ramon Valley 40
California 81, Granada 59
Monte Vista 61, Amador Valley 40
Foothill 53, Livermore 28
Moreau Catholic 92, Mission San Jose 45
Newark Memorial 55, Washington 49
James Logan 87, Irvington 40
Kennedy 43, American 42
Athenian 71, Bay Tech 47
Heritage 79, Vintage-Napa 64
Pittsburg 77, Oakland Tech 73, OT
College Prep 56, The Bay School-S.F. 53
Benicia 74, Saint Mary’s 68, OT
Lodi 73, Fremont 63
Valley Christian 62, Patten Academy 42
CSD 34, Contra Costa Christian 30
Dublin 53, Dougherty Valley 37
Miramonte 89, Acalanes 34
Campolindo 83, Las Lomas 25
Clayton Valley Charter 79, Mt. Diablo 12
Northgate 41, College Park 35
Ygnacio Valley at Berean Christian, not available
Monte Vista 40, Amador Valley 24
California 52, Granada 44
Foothill 63, Livermore 34
American 63, Kennedy 22
Newark Memorial 65, Washington 43
James Logan 67, Irvington 32
Mission San Jose 46, Moreau Catholic 27
Hercules 48, Concord 33
Lincoln-Stockton 56, Liberty 39
Albany 64, College Prep 55
Athenian 47, Livermore Charter Prep 21
Emery 69, Head-Royce 37
Envision Academy 53, Richmond 34

Wrestling: Lou Bronzan Invitational next week

Just talked to Liberty wrestling coach Greg Chappel, who is putting on the Lou Bronzan Invitational on Dec. 22-23. The tournament dates back to 1983 and is an end-of-year staple in the East Bay.
This year, Chappel says there are 56 teams sending wrestlers, about 10 more than last year.
Action will get underway at noon Tuesday. Wednesday will see semifinals around 10:30 a.m. and finals slated for 5 p.m.
Chappel said there are about 60-65 entries at this point in the girls division.
Among the teams from out of the area are McQueen-Reno, Exeter from Tulare County, and from the state of Washington, Montesano. De La Salle, Benicia and St. Francis are among some of the top teams from the region sending wrestlers.
Acalanes, Albany, Amador Valley, American, Antioch, Berean Christian, Cal High, Clayton Valley, Deer Valley, Dougherty Valley, Dublin, Foothill, Heritage, irvington, James Logan, Kennedy, Livermore Valley Charter, Miramonte, Mt. Diablo, Pittsburg, San Ramon Valley and Washington are among the East Bay contingents.


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.


East Bay high school football 2014: League previews

In case anyone missed these earlier, here are the links to our league previews, with analysis of each team and predicted finishes.

BVAL — Pittsburg looks favored again, but Antioch, Heritage and Liberty should all be improved.

De La Salle — Loss to St. John Bosco drives Spartans in 2014

DFAL — Campolindo aims for a fourth straight league title

DVAL — Clayton Valley Charter has questions to answer, so can Concord knock off the Uglies?

EBAL — California aims for repeat performance, but SRV, Foothill will also contend

James Logan — QB Leota has Colts thinking big in 2014

MVAL — Parity rules with no clear-cut favorite for league  title

OAL — McClymonds is head of the class once again

TCAL-Rock — Can St. Mary’s end El Cerrito’s recent dominance?

TCAL-Stone — Plenty of motivation for Kennedy-Richmond in 2014

WACC-Foothill — San Leandro looks primed to repeat

WACC-Shoreline — With Tennyson gone, which team will step up to take control?