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Ivan Rabb named California’s Mr. Basketball

Bishop O’Dowd High boys basketball star Ivan Rabb has been named the Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year for 2015, it was announced Thursday on its web site.
The 6-foot-11 Rabb, who has signed with Cal, is CalHiSports’ first Mr. Basketball from the East Bay since St. Joseph’s Jason Kidd in 1992. Rabb averaged more than 20 points a game, along with 15 rebounds and five blocks a game. He scored the winning point and had 19 points and 21 rebounds in Bishop O’Dowd’s CIF Open Division state championship game.

The honor has been awarded 37 times at the end of a season and also has retroactive selections that date back more than 100 years. Archbishop Mitty-San Jose’s Aaron Gordon was named in 2012 and 2013. The only other O’Dowd player to earn the honor was Tony Jackson in 1982.

 

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DeMers leads College Park past Saint Francis

Joe DeMers pitched a complete-game two-hitter with six strikeouts, and also slammed a pair of solo home runs as the Falcons edged a very good St. Francis-Mountain View baseball squad 6-1 Wednesday in a semifinal game of the Elite Eight Tournament at St. Francis. College Park High (9-2) took command with three runs in the top of the third inning. Jeffrey Mitchell was 2 for 3 with a double and two stolen bases for the Falcons, and teammate Noah Burnham also had a double. Nick Oar drove in two runs for College Park against Saint Francis (11-4).
College Park, which is ranked No. 8 in the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25 national rankings, will face California in the championship game Thursday at 7 p.m. California edged Clayton Valley Charter 1-0 in the other semifinal game. Mike Podany threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts for California.

 

 

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Final East Bay Boys Basketball Poll of 2014-2015 season

Besides the No. 1 team, there were a lot of changes in the poll from before the postseason:

FINAL EAST BAY BASKETBALL POLLS
Boys
Rank, School Rec. Pts
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5)* 28-4 75
2. San Ramon Vly. 27-6 69
3. Monte Vista 27-4 64
4. El Cerrito 29-4 59
5. Campolindo 28-5 56
6. De La Salle 27-5 50
7. Moreau Catholic 23-7 46
8. Berkeley 21-11 41
9. Saint Mary’s 20-12 35
10. Freedom 20-11 30
11. McClymonds 21-9 18
12. Las Lomas 20-11 17
13. Albany 28-3 14
14. San Leandro 17-9 12
t15. Dublin 18-12 4
t15. Salesian 19-11 4
Also receiving votes: College Park (22-7, 3 points), St. Joseph Notre Dame (17-16, 2), Castro Valley (17-10, 1).

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Joe DeMers fires perfect game against Monte Vista

College Park High School baseball star Joe DeMers threw a perfect game against Monte Vista in a nonleague matchup today. The Washington commit struck out seven batters in his seven-inning masterpiece, and also was 2 for 3 at the plate, including a double, with two RBI, as College Park won 9-0. He improved to 2-0 with the victory.
Teammate Trevor Larnach hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, as College Park (2-0) broke the game open with five runs in the frame. Larnach, who had five RBI total, and Ian MacIver also had two hits in the home game.

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James Logan freshman has remarkable NCS wrestling debut

Not only did James Logan’s Aaron Perez win an NCS championship as a freshman, he pulled off the rare feat of winning all five of his matches by pin to take the 106-pound title. Perez comes from a wrestling family, as his father, Jacob, was the first Logan wrestler to place at the state meet. His brother, Eric, also wrestled at Logan. Making it extra special was this year’s NCS tournament, which took place Feb. 27-28, being back at James Logan for the first time in almost two decades.

Thanks to Emily Santos for this contributed photo of Perez at the podium, holding the placard of the 106-pound bracket, surrounded by other 106-pound NCS medalists

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East Bay Boys Basketball Poll – 2/18

BOYS BASKETBALL POLL
Rank, School Rec. Pts LW
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5)* 19-4 75 1
2. El Cerrito 23-3 70 6
3. Monte Vista 22-2 64 5
4. Moreau Catholic 19-5 61 4
5. De La Salle 21-3 53 3
6. Campolindo 21-3 52 2
7. San Ramon Valley 20-4 45 7
8. Salesian 18-9 38 8
9. San Leandro 17-7 36 10
10. College Park 20-5 28 11
11. Berkeley 16-8 25 9
12. Freedom 15-9 19 13
13. Albany 25-1 15 14
14. McClymonds 16-7 12 NR
15. San Lorenzo 19-7 4 NR
Also receiving votes: Saint Mary’s (15-10, 3 points). The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.
* indicates number of first place votes

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Arroyo dedicates baseball field to former coach

The newly remodeled Arroyo High School baseball field is being dedicated to former coach Verl M. Thornock this Saturday at 10 a.m. Thornock was the head baseball coach at Arroyo from 1957 to 1975. His teams won multiple Hayward Area Athletic League championships. Following the 10 a.m. ceremony, the Stephen Petros Memorial Alumni Baseball Game will take place at 11 a.m.

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East Bay Boys Basketball Poll – 2/11

Not much movement from last week until the final six spots.

BOYS BASKETBALL POLL
Rank, School Rec. Pts LW
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5)* 17-4 75 1
2. Campolindo 20-2 70 2
3. De La Salle 20-2 65 3
4. Moreau Catholic 17-5 60 4
5. Monte Vista 20-2 53 5
6. El Cerrito 22-3 52 6
7. San Ramon Valley 18-4 45 7
8. Salesian 16-8 40 8
9. Berkeley 16-6 35 9
10. San Leandro 16-6 30 11
11. College Park 18-5 23 12
12. Saint Mary’s 14-9 17 10
13. Freedom 13-9 12 15
14. Albany 25-1 10 NR
15. Amador Valley 14-8 7 NR
Also receiving votes: McClymonds (14-7, 5 points), Las Lomas (15-7, 1). The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.
* indicates number of first place votes