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Concord High has new football coach

Concord High has a new football coach for the first time in 11 years. Mark Bywater is the new Minutemen head coach, with longtime coach Brian Hamilton leaving last week for an offensive quality control coaching position at Cal. Cal has not announced the hiring, but sources have confirmed the move.
First reported by prep2prep.com’s Nate Smith, the news marks the end of Hamilton’s 11-year run at Concord High. The entire Concord coaching staff is remaining, said Randy Coddington, in his 11th year as Concord’s defensive coordinator.
In Hamilton’s time as head coach, Concord went 81-48-1. The Minutemen won the school’s first and only NCS football championship in 2010 with a 40-37 win over Rancho Cotate in the Division II final. Concord also reached title games in 2011 and 2014. The Minutemen made the NCS playoffs eight times, including each of the past seven seasons.
Bywater spent last season as Concord’s linebackers and wide receivers coach.
“They’ve done a great job and I’ m smart enough not to change what works,” Bywater said of the staff, which has three members who have been with the program for at least a decade. “We have good rapport and the staff’s very cohesive.”
Prior to coming to Concord, Bywater spent three years at Dublin and five at Miramonte as defensive coordinator. He spent a year as Las Lomas head coach in the late 1980s and was Clayton Valley’s head coach from 1992-96, where he coached Coddington as a player. An Oakland native, Bywater taught in the Antioch Unified School District for 22 years prior to retiring.
Concord opens the season Aug. 28 at Benicia High.

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De La Salle football ranked No. 1 in nation

De La Salle High is ranked No. 1 in the nation in MaxPreps.com’s preseason top 25 high school football rankings, which were announced Monday.
The Spartans, who have an impressive array of returnees from their 2014 state Open Division championship team, were ranked ahead of Central-Miami and Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas for the top spot. Other California schools in the top 25 are Centennial-Corona — which De La Salle beat 63-42 in last year’s state title game — at No. 6, St. John Bosco-Bellflower at No. 15 and Bishop Amat-La Puente at No. 24
The Spartans also received a No. 1 national preseason ranking from highschoolfootballamerica.com.
De La Salle opens the 2015 season with a high-profile road game on Aug. 29 in Texas, playing Trinity-Euless.

De La Salle's Antoine Custer (28) scores a touchdown past Centennial's Chacho Ulloa) in the third quarter of their 2014 CIF State Football Bowl Championship Open Division game at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. De La Salle defeated Centennial 63-42. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

De La Salle’s Antoine Custer (28) scores a touchdown past Centennial’s Chacho Ulloa in the third quarter of their 2014 CIF State Football Bowl Championship Open Division game at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. De La Salle defeated Centennial 63-42. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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El Cerrito basketball star transfers to Findlay Prep

El Cerrito High boys basketball star Carlos Johnson announced via Twitter on Friday that he has transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson-Nev.
“I’m very excited to say that I will be attending Findlay prep for my senior year,” Johnson wrote.
As a 6-foot-4 junior wing last season, the second-team all-East Bay selection averaged 15.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game for the Gauchos. El Cerrito won the North Coast Section Division II title last season and competed in the CIF NorCal Open Division playoffs. Johnson was a first-team all-Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division selection.
Findlay Prep will be the third school in three years for Johnson, who transferred to El Cerrito from Shadow Mountain-Phoenix, Ariz. for his junior year.
Johnson isn’t the first East Bay high school boys basketball player to transfer to Findlay Prep. Former Bishop O’Dowd star Brandon Ashley and former Salesian star Dominic Artis transferred before their senior years in 2011, and Jabari Brown transferred from Salesian to Findlay Prep and spent part of his junior year there before finishing his high school career at Oakland.

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Campolindo football ranked 17th in nation for small schools

MaxPreps has released its preseason national football rankings for small schools, and Campolindo is ranked 17th in the nation. The Cougars are coming off a 16-0 run in 2014 that culminated in a Division III state championship.
Trinity Christian Academy of Jacksonville, Florida, is the top-ranked small school. The only other California school in the top 25 is Christian-El Cajon at No. 25.

Campolindo players celebrate with fellow students after defeating El Capitan during their 2014 CIF State Football Bowl Championship Div. III game at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Campolindo defeated El Capitan 35-28 in their first-ever state championship. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Campolindo players celebrate with fellow students after defeating El Capitan during their 2014 CIF State Football Bowl Championship Div. III game at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Campolindo defeated El Capitan 35-28 in their first-ever state championship. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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MaxPreps names Head-Royce’s Nico Hoerner small schools player of the year

Stanford-bound Nico Hoerner from Head-Royce has been named Small Schools Baseball Player of the Year by MaxPreps. Hoerner had a .494 career batting average in four years, according to MaxPreps. Earlier this month, MaxPreps named him to the Small Schools All-American Baseball first team.

Hoerner was a first-team selection to the Bay Area News Group’s All-East Bay baseball team as an infielder. This past season, Hoerner batted .517 with six home runs, 30 RBIs and 40 runs scored. He was the BCL-East MVP and helped the Jayhawks reach the NCS Division V championship game.

Two local players made MaxPreps’ medium schools second team: pitcher Zach Stromberg of Acalanes and outfielder Steven Kwan of Washington.

MaxPreps also named three East Bay players to its all-state softball large schools team: pitcher Danielle Williams of Amador Valley, and infielders Briana Perez of Alhambra and Lindsay Rood of Monte Vista.

 

 

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College Park’s Joe DeMers, Andy Tarpley get top state honors from MaxPreps

MaxPreps has announced its California Large Schools All-State Baseball team Tuesday. College Park, winners of June’s NCS Division I baseball championship, swept the two top honors. Standout Joe DeMers was named player of the year and Andy Tarpley earned coach of the year honors. DeMers had already won MaxPreps’ national player of the year award.
In addition to DeMers, San Ramon Valley pitcher Joey Matulovich and College Park infielder Willie MacIver made the first team. The second team included two De La Salle players: pitcher Justin Hooper and outfielder Michael McAdoo.

College Park starting pitcher Joe DeMers delivers against De La Salle in the fourth inning of a baseball game at University of California's Evans Diamond in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) 3

College Park starting pitcher Joe DeMers delivers against De La Salle in the fourth inning of a baseball game at University of California’s Evans Diamond in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) 3

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Christina Chenault signs with UCLA

Carondelet High graduate Christina Chenault signed a track and field letter of intent with UCLA on Thursday night.
“I thought it would be the perfect balance for me at this point of my life … academically and athletically,” Chenault said today. Chenault also said that she seriously considered Columbia and Oregon before choosing the Bruins.
As a senior, Chenault placed in both the triple jump and the long jump at the CIF state track and field championships on June 6. She finished third in the triple jump (a then-personal record 41 feet, 1/2 inch) and fourth in the long jump (19-2 1/2). At the USA Junior Outdoor Championships in late June, Chenault placed third in the women’s triple jump with a personal-record mark of 41-10.
Christina’s sister Chelsea swims for USC, UCLA’s rival. “It’s a family rivalry. Luckily we are not in the same sport,” said Christina with a laugh.

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Uriah Howard commits to Eastern Washington

Miramonte High girls basketball player Uriah Howard orally committed to Eastern Washington last night, Matadors coach Kelly Sopak confirmed this afternoon. Howard also had offers from University of the Pacific and San Jose State, according to Sopak.

The 5-foot-11 Howard was a first-team all-Diablo Foothill Athletic League selection last season as a junior for Miramonte, which won the North Coast Section Division III title and advanced to the Northern California Open Division championship game.

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All-state softball selections continue

CalHiSports.com released its all-state softball teams for medium-size and small-size schools on Wednesday.

Among the East Bay selections were Frankie Hammoude of Bishop O’Dowd, Maddy Lewis of Alameda, Zoe Marrott of Acalanes and Danielle Thomas of Campolindo. They were all named to the medium schools second team.

Salesian’s Meghan Bradbury was a first-team small schools selection, and Saint Mary’s Janae Adams was a second-team selection.

On Monday, CalHiSports.com announced its all-state underclass (non-senior) team for softball. Amador Valley’s Danielle Williams is a first-team pitcher. In June, she was selected as the Cal-Hi Sports State Freshman of the Year for softball.

Alhambra had three players selected to state all-underclass teams. Briana Perez (sophomore infielder) was a first-team pick, and teammates Karlee Sparacino (sophomore infielder) and Cara DiMercurio (junior outfielder) were second-team selections. Acalanes’ Marrott, a junior infielder, was also a second-team pick.

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Pittsburg’s Jordan Parker de-commits from UCLA

Pittsburg High football star Jordan Parker is de-committing from UCLA, he announced on Twitter this afternoon.
“Thank you to all the UCLA staff and fan base, you guys truly made me feel at home and welcomed me into your family,” Parker wrote. “Unfortunately, I’ve decided to officially decommit and reopen my recruiting process.”
Parker, who also wrote “as of now I am still undecided”, is ranked as a four-star cornerback by rivals.com, which lists him as the No. 7 high school senior cornerback in the nation and the top cornerback in California.
As a junior last year, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Parker was named the East Bay Defensive Player of the Year. He had five interceptions for 72 yards and 32 total tackles for the 10-3 Pirates, who reached the North Coast Section Division I championship game.