This Friday football night was certainly a memorable one. Freedom scored in the final seconds to beat Amador Valley, and Monte Vista won a back-and-forth slugfest over Pittsburg. Fans spilled out onto the field to celebrate both wins. Here’s our prep roundup. Here’s a link to video of the Freedom finish. And here’s our scores list.
The heat wave that has struck the East Bay has caused at least one high school event to be postponed.
On Wednesday, Freedom athletic director Steve Amaro decided the conditions and risk of heat exhaustion were too much and he has postponed this weekend’s Freedom Girls Tennis Invitational until Sept. 18-19.
With temperatures hitting 104 in Oakley on Wednesday, and more on the same predicted for Friday, the first day of the two-day tournament, Amaro made the call to put off the tournament.
“The players would have out here from 9 to 5, with a little bit of shade, but hey, we’re a school,” said Amaro, who said he realizes that some of the schools slated to come may not be able next week.
Heritage, Liberty, Bethel-Vallejo, Lincoln-Stockton, Tracy, San Leandro, Livermore, Concord and West-Tracy were scheduled to take part in the tournament.
At Freedom, practices have been moved away from the afternoon, Amaro said. Cross country is practicing at 6:30 a.m. and football practices are on restricted movement. At this point, the Falcons are still scheduled to host Amador Valley in a football game at 7 p.m. Friday with a JV game at 4:30.
Here’s our East Bay rankings after the first week of play.
|Team||Record||Last Week||Up Next|
|1. De La Salle||0-1||1||@Serra|
|3. Clayton Valley Charter||0-1||3||@Tracy|
|5. Freedom||1-0||7||vs. Foothill|
|6. Campolindo||1-0||6||St. Ignatius|
|8. Monte Vista||1-0||8||BYE|
|9. San Ramon Valley||1-0||9||vs. Pittsburg|
|10. Concord||1-0||10||vs. Wood|
|11. James Logan||1-0||11||vs. San Leandro|
|12. Antioch||1-0||12||vs. Milpitas|
|13. Amador Valley||1-0||13||BYE|
On the bubble: Kennedy-Fremont (0-1), McClymonds (0-0), Moreau Catholic (1-0), Salesian (1-0). The East Bay rankings are compiled by the Bay Area News Group, selected from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Salesian High girls basketball star Minyon Moore orally committed to USC today, according to Pride coach Steve Pezzola.
As a junior wing last high school season, the 5-foot-8 Moore filled up stat sheets for the 28-4 Pride. She averaged 13.8 points, 6.8 assists, 5.4 steals, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game for the North Coast Section Division IV champions. The squad also competed in the CIF NorCal Open Division playoffs. Moore was a first-team all-East Bay selection and a first-team all-Tri-County Athletic League pick last season.
Brian Hamilton’s hiring was announced Wednesday by Cal as quality control coach for offense under head coach Sonny Dykes. Read more about this on Cal beat writer Jeff Faraudo’s BearTalk blog here.
Hamilton had a very successful run at Concord High, where Mark Bywater takes over as head coach.
Here’s a year-by-year look at Hamilton’s Concord years, with a few highlights:
2005: 4-6 (most wins since 2000)
2006: 5-6 (made first NCS appearance since 1998, lights installed at renovated stadium)
2008: 7-3-1 (reach NCS playoffs)
2009: 8-3 (reached NCS D2 quarterfinals)
2010: 13-1 (won first NCS fb title in school history with 40-37 win over Rancho Cotate in D 2 final; played for NCS title for first time since 1989; QB Ricky Lloyd set Northern California record for passing yards with 4,451).
2011: 10-4 (reached NCS D2 final; RB Olito Thompson carried 54 times for 285 yards. He set Northern California record for rushing yards in a season with 3,488, which broke mark of 3,224 set in 13 games by Jahvid Best at Salesian in 2006)
2012: 10-3 (reached NCS D2 semifinals)
2013: 8-4 (reached NCS D2 quarterfinals)
2014: 12-2 (reached NCS D2 championship game)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.