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Countdown to Kickoff Question #8: Can Washington defend its Mission Valley Athletic League title?

With the opening East Bay high school football weekend right upon us, we travel to Southern Alameda County for our next question.
Q: Can Washington defend its Mission Valley Athletic League title?
A: Quite possibly. Washington and coach Ken Wittmer’s track record over the past six seasons show that the Huskies are a consistent league contender. In the past six seasons, Washington has finished lower than second place in the MVAL only once (when it was 3-3 in 2011) and won two MVAL titles.

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“When the Game Stands Tall” takes in $3 Million on first night

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“When the Game Stands Tall,” the Sony Pictures movie about the De La Salle High football team, took in an estimated $3 million at the box office on its first day of release, as it was No. 2 among new releases and No. 5 among all movies in theaters this weekend.

According to Entertainment Weekly, “If I Stay” premiered at No. 1 as it took $6.83 million. Here’s the rundown of the top 5, according to EW.

1. “If I Stay” - $6.83 million (new)

2. “Guardians of the Galaxy” - $4.83 million ($239. 1 million total domestic total)

3. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” – $4.54 million ($133.3 million total domestic total)

4. “Let’s Be Cops” – $3.23 million ($37.5 million domestic total)

5. “When The Game Stands Tall” – $3.0 million (new)

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BANG-East Bay Countdown to Kickoff, Question #1: How good will defending WACC-Foothill champ San Leandro be this season?

Are you ready for some football? This is the first of 10 daily posts we will make in which we will answer questions involving the upcoming East Bay high school football season. We head to the West Alameda County Conference for the first question:How good will defending WACC-Foothill champ San Leandro be this season? 

Answer: Very good. Perhaps even better than last season.

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DeMers, Hooper selected to Perfect Game All-American Classic

Rising seniors Joe DeMers (College Park High) and Justin Hooper (De La Salle) will show off their arms at the Perfect Game All-American Classic later this summer. The two standout pitchers were among 54 high school baseball players from across the nation invited to the all-star showcase, which will be played at the San Diego Padres’ PETCO Park on Aug. 10. The 5 p.m. game will be televised on MLB Network.

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Nate Moore named to first-team All-USA Today track and field squad

Castro Valley High graduate Nate Moore was selected to USA Today’s All-USA boys track and field first team for horizontal jumps, it was announced Wednesday.
Moore, an Oregon signee, set an all-conditions state boys triple jump record of 53 feet, 7 inches (wind-aided) at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships earlier this month. In June, he won both the triple jump (51-4 wind-aided) and the long jump (25-8 3/4) at the CIF state track and field championship finals with national-leading high school marks (all-condition and wind-legal respectively) according to DyeStat.com.
De La Salle graduate Marquis Morris, a USC signee, was selected to the second team in the 110-meter high hurdles . He was second at the CIF state championship finals in the event with a personal-record time of 13.68 seconds (which ranked fifth in the nation for wind-legal marks this past season).
James Logan graduate Karsten Wethington, who signed with Cal, was also a second-team selection in the triple jump. His mark of 50-7 in the triple jump, which was good for second at the CIF state championship finals, ranked second in the nation for wind-legal jumps this past season.

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Kyle Whitmore hired as new Diablo Valley College track coach

Diablo Valley College announced today that it has hired Kyle Whitmore as its new track and field head coach.
Whitmore, 30, was the head track and field coach at Hercules High for the past six seasons. In the past two seasons, the Titans boys 1600-meter relay squad has finished in the top five in the CIF state championship finals, and the Hercules track and field squads qualified at least one athlete for the state championships in five of the six seasons Whitmore was the head coach. The Hercules girls won the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League overall team title in 2009 and the boys won the overall ACCAL title in 2012. He was also the head cross country coach and the football team’s defensive coordinator for four seasons apiece.
“It was a very difficult decision to make .. because the relationships I’ve built with my current athletes,” Whitmore said. “I’ve always had an eye on the Contra Costa Community College District. I always watched to see if anything would come open.”
“One of my biggest motivations in taking this position is pushing these kids to the next level. That’s what I’m all about,” he said. “I want to create something really solid and sustainable.”