Former Cal basketball player Randy Duck has been hired as San Ramon Valley High’s new girls basketball coach, athletic director John Raynor announced in an e-mail.
Duck played at Cal from 1993-1997 and also played professionally overseas, primarily in England. The e-mail stated that Duck “has tremendous experience in the areas of: working with young adults, teaching individual skill, and coaching basketball.”
Bishop O’Dowd High football star Camilo Eifler announced today on Twitter that he would be making his college oral commitment Thursday on ESPNU “sometime between 5-8 p.m.” at The Opening finals at Beaverton, Oregon. The Opening is an elite four-day camp that takes place at the Nike World Headquarters.
In Eifler’s tweet, he listed these colleges: Michigan, Oregon, Cal, Texas A&M, Washington and UCLA. Eifler, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound outside linebacker, has a four-star rating by rivals.com
Anaya Alexander, who competed as a junior last season for Las Lomas High, placed sixth in the women’s 800 meters in the USA World Youth Track and Field Trials today in Lisle, Ill.
Alexander produced a time of 2 minutes, 15.75 seconds. She improved her time from the preliminaries, when she was third in her heat with a time of 2:17.53.
Amador Valley High graduate Johanna Grauer, who competed as a freshman this past season for UCLA, overwhelmed Argentina in a 14-0 victory by the USA Juniors team at the World Cup of Softball X tournament in Irvine on Monday. She pitched three innings of one-hit ball and struck out six in the four-inning game. The USA Juniors squad plays Canada tonight.
Salesian High girls basketball player Jordan Hobson orally committed to Saint Mary’s College on Saturday, Salesian coach Steve Pezzola confirmed.
Last season as a 5-foot-10 junior wing, Hobson averaged 10.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game for the 28-4 Pride, which won the North Coast Section Division IV championship and competed in the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division Northern California regionals. She was a second-team All-Tri-County Athletic League selection last season.
Hobson is the second Pride girls basketball player in the past two weeks to make her college plans. On June 20, senior Kian McNair signed with Portland State, Pezzola confirmed. McNair was a first-team all-TCAL-Rock selection who averaged 12.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 3.4 assists per game last season as a senior.
Campolindo High football lineman Sterling Strother announced via Twitter this afternoon that he has orally committed to Yale.
“After much consideration, I’m very proud to say that I will continue to pursue my academic and athletic interests at Yale University,” he wrote.
Strother was a first-team all-Diablo Foothill Athletic League selection at guard last year as a junior. He helped the Cougars pass for 3,768 yards and rush for 3,239 yards in their 16-0 California Interscholastic Federation Division III state championship season.
According to espn.com, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Strother had received offers from Cal, Colorado, Fresno State, Kansas, Utah, Vanderbilt and Washington State, among other schools.
Moreau Catholic boys basketball player Brandon Lawrence announced on Twitter this weekend that he has orally committed to Fresno State.
“I’m blessed to announce that I have decided that I will attend Fresno State University and play in the Mountain West Conference,” Lawrence wrote.
As a 6-foot-3 junior guard last season for Moreau Catholic, Lawrence averaged 10.4 points per game and was named honorable-mention All-Mission Valley Athletic League.
De La Salle High School announced today that longtime lacrosse coach Bob O’Meara is retiring. He brought lacrosse to the school in 2001, when it started as a club team. The program won four North Coast Section titles (2007, 2008, 2010, 2014) and reached the Division I semifinals last season, finishing with a 13-7 record. The squad has reached at least the NCS playoff semifinal round in each of the past 11 seasons. In the past 12 seasons, O’Meara compiled a 191-67 overall record.
Here are my picks for East Bay Track and Field Coach of The Year for boys and girls:
PETER SCARPELLI, Amador Valley — Scarpelli’s squad won the North Coast Section Meet of Champions title by six points and qualified both relay teams and two individuals to the CIF state championships. His squad also won the East Bay Athletic League title. and was second by nine points in the NCS Tri-Valley area championships.
BERNARD STEPHENS, Deer Valley — Stephens’ team peaked strongly at the end of the season, with three top-five finishes at the CIF state track and field championships and a tie for sixth as a team. The Wolverines placed second at the NCS Meet of Champions and the NCS Tri-Valley area championships.
Marty Valdez, the heart and soul of Cal State East Bay (formerly Cal State Hayward) athletics for more than three decades as the Sports Information Director, received a national honor on Monday.