2016 De La Salle football schedule includes Utah state champion, and Antioch with Najee Harris

Utah 4A state champion East High-Salt Lake City will be one of the De La Salle football team’s opponents next season, De La Salle athletic director Leo Lopoz confirmed tonight.

“Details are being worked out, but we have a verbal agreement between both schools,” wrote Lopoz in an e-mail to the Bay Area News Group.

De La Salle, the defending CIF Open Division state champion, will host East on Week 3.

On Week 4, the Spartans will host Antioch and Najee Harris, named the state’s Mr. Football for 2015 by CalHiSports.com.

De La Salle opens the season on Week 0 against Amador Valley, followed by a home game against Serra on Week 1. After the Antioch game, De La Salle will face East Bay Athletic League teams and James Logan in the regular season.


East Bay high school basketball scores for Friday Jan. 22

Full slate of games tonight; some key boys matchups: Heritage-Freedom in the BVAL, Dougherty Valley-Miramonte in the DFAL and De La Salle-Monte Vista in the EBAL.

Liberty's Travis August (12) tries to steal the ball from Heritage's Anthony Dennis (25) during their game at Heritage High School in Brentwood, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Heritage defeated Liberty 79-70. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Liberty’s Travis August (12) tries to steal the ball from Heritage’s Anthony Dennis (25) during their game at Heritage High School in Brentwood, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Heritage defeated Liberty 79-70. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Rankings for boys  and girls are noted below.
Girls basketball has a big seven-game showcase on Saturday: the Lamorinda Classic at Bentley School; headlined at 8 p.m. tomorrow by No. 1 Miramonte vs. No. 4 Carondelet.
Here are Friday’s games; check back for updates as final scores roll in:


College Prep 60, Head-Royce 59
Valley Christian at Bentley, not available
Athenian at Redwood Christian, not available
Pittsburg 56, Antioch 41
(No. 8) Freedom 76, (3) Heritage 70
(15) Liberty 79, Deer Valley 76
(14) Dublin 86, Alhambra 38
Campolindo 63, Acalanes 51
(7) Dougherty Valley 59, (12) Miramonte 51
College Park 78, Mt. Diablo 51
Concord 75, Ygnacio Valley 52
Clayton Valley 71, Berean Christian 30
(1) De La Salle 60, (5) Monte Vista 56, OT
Cal 57, Livermore 46
Foothill 43, San Ramon Valley 37
Amador Valley 65, Granada 40
James Logan 54, (9) Newark Memorial 52
(2) Moreau 82, American 37
Irvington 52, Mission San Jose 51
Washington 54, Kennedy 39
Skyline 59, Castlemont 51
Oakland High at McClymonds, not available
(4) Oakland Tech 73, Fremont 49
(13) El Cerrito 82, Saint Mary’s 48
(6) Salesian 64, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 49
Albany 60, Kennedy 47
De Anza 80, Richmond 40
John Swett 53, Pinole Valley 33
Bishop O’Dowd 72, Castro Valley 63
San Leandro 79, (10) Berkeley 74
Alameda 67, Tennyson 37
(11) Mt. Eden 54, Arroyo 48
San Lorenzo 47, Hayward 42
Piedmont 69, Encinal 51


College Prep 73, Head-Royce 54
Bentley 47, Valley Christian 30
Athenian 37, Redwood Christian 19
(9) Pittsburg 69, Antioch 40
Heritage 54, Freedom 16
(8) Liberty 60, Deer Valley 50
Dublin 68, Alhambra 39
(5) Campolindo 78, (6) Acalanes 65
(1) Miramonte 94, Dougherty Valley 46
Clayton Valley 55,Berean Christian 44
College Park at Mt. Diablo, not available
Concord 84, Ygnacio Valley 17
(4) Carondelet 84, Monte Vista 31
(15) Cal 73, Livermore  47
Foothill 56, San Ramon Valley 36
Granada 41, Amador Valley 26
James Logan 83, (14) Newark Memorial 52
Mission San Jose 47, Irvington 25
Kennedy at Washington, not available
Castlemont at Skyline, not available
Oakland High at McClymonds, not available
Oakland Tech at Fremont, not available.
(2) Salesian 67, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 30
(13) Saint Mary’s at Kennedy, 7 p.m.
Hercules 49, El Cerrito 41
Albany at John Swett, not available
De Anza 59, Richmond 25
(12) Berkeley 65, Alameda 59, 2 OT
(3) Bishop O’Dowd 62, (11) Piedmont 51
(7) Castro Valley 69, San Lorenzo 25
San Leandro 61, Tennyson 9
Mt. Eden 59, Arroyo 30
Encinal 64, Hayward37



Former Oakland Raider and current Bishop O’Dowd football coach Napoleon Kaufman talks about college recruiting

Former Oakland Raider and current Bishop O’Dowd High School football coach Napoleon Kaufman sent a message via Twitter this afternoon to collegiate coaches:
“#DearCoach If you offer one my kids at O’Dowd and then pull his offer…..Don’t ever plan on coming back to the school. Homie don’t play that!”
On Wednesday, mlive.com reported that Downers Grove South-Illinois offensive tackle Erik Swenson said Michigan recently pulled its scholarship offer to him. Swenson had committed to Michigan in 2013.
I talked to Kaufman this afternoon, and he said “This is not about Michigan. This is a collegiate football issue. … This is happening at more than just a few schools.
“I want our kids to be respectful and have character. I want the coaches to have the same thing. … I’m telling our kids if you commit to your school, honor your commitment. If a school commits to you, honor your commitment too.”
He also tweeted this afternoon: “#DearCoach I’m telling these kids that they need character and integrity. If ur not modeling that, I can’t endorse you. Integrity matters!”
Kaufman was a highly-recruited running back at Lompoc High School who chose to play at Washington
“My recruiting process was a lot different because we didn’t have Twitter, Facebook, social media. My high school football coach Dick Barrett was a great buffer for me. This same standard, he was the same way when coaches tried to recruit me,” Kaufman said. “Now a coach has so much of an easier access to a kid. I do think that when it comes to the whole recruiting process, there has to be more of a parental influence involved.”


Dougherty Valley’s Trey Hoskins commits to Weber State

Dougherty Valley High senior wide receiver/defensive back Trey Hoskins has orally committed to Weber State, he announced on Twitter on Sunday.

“The next 4 years I’m going to be a wildcat lol going from Dvhs wildcats to Weber wildcat”, Hoskins tweeted.

The 6-foot-3, 165-pound Hoskins was selected as a first-team all-Diablo Foothill Athletic League defensive back this past fall. In 10 games last season, he had 31 total tackles and two interceptions. Offensively, he caught 43 passes for 574 yards and eight touchdowns.

Hoskins committed to Hawaii in September, according to espn.go.com. In his tweet Sunday, Hoskins wrote “This has been a long process and I guess my other school wasn’t meant to be.”


Jim Harbaugh makes recruiting swing through East Bay


Photo by Trine Gallegos/Antioch High School                                                                                                                     On Jan. 19, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh paid a visit to Antioch High School and junior Najee Harris, the state’s No. 1 high school running back. The meeting included (from left) Wolverine defensive line coach Greg Mattison, Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh, AHS principal Louie Rocha, Harbaugh, AHS offensive coordinator Brett Dudley and AHS head coach John Lucido. In mid-December Harris was visited by the head coaches from Notre Dame and Cal.

Michigan coach and web-celeb Jim Harbaugh hit stops in the East Bay on Tuesday, as evidenced by numerous posts on social media that showed Harbaugh at Antioch and De La Salle high schools.

Harbaugh visited the De La Salle campus today to visit uncommitted prize recruits Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa, De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh confirmed to Phil Jensen of Bay Area News Group via text. Both players will also be visiting Michigan this weekend, Alumbaugh confirmed.

Last week, Asiasi, a tight end ranked 44th in the ESPN 300 for the class of 2016, narrowed his list of college choices to five, in no specific order: Alabama, Michigan, USC, UCLA and Washington. Tagaloa is 95th on the ESPN list.

Harbaugh was also at Antioch High today, to try and land junior running back sensation Najee Harris, who made an early oral commitment to Alabama last spring. ESPN ranks Harris seventh in the nation for 2017 recruits. Wherever Harbaugh goes, cameras are put to use. He joined Antioch officials, including principal Louie Rocha, head coach John Lucido and offensive coordinator Brett Dudley for a photo.

Dudley later tweeted about meeting Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. And the wheels keep turning in the recruiting world.

Special thanks to Trine Gallegos for the photo at Antioch High.


East Bay high school basketball scores for Tuesday, Jan. 19

Here’s what scheduled for tonight. Several teams are off after playing in Martin Luther King Jr. Day events on Monday. But most of the EBAL (including Foothill boys, below) is playing, along with the MVAL and TCAL.

Check back here for updates as final scores roll in.

Foothill High’s Seth Cobb (4), right, gets past Castro Valley High’s Micah Copeland (11) in the third period of their Tim Cole Memorial Tournament held at American High in Fremont, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. Foothill High went on to win the fifth place tournament match 63-42. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Foothill High’s Seth Cobb (4), right, gets past Castro Valley High’s Micah Copeland (11) in the third period of their Tim Cole Memorial Tournament held at American High in Fremont, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. Foothill High went on to win the fifth place tournament match 63-42. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Athenian 59, College Prep 56
Valley Christian 64, Bay Tech 53
Gateway 52, Head-Royce 40

San Ramon Valley 64, California 52
Granada 65, Foothill 57
Monte Vista 71, Livermore34

James Logan 81, American 37
Newark Memorial 71, Irvington 52
Moreau 65, Washington 45
Kennedy 51, Mission San Jose 49

Albany 77, Richmond 33
John Swett 65, Kennedy 59
Pinole Valley 65, De Anza 47

El Cerrito 73, Hercules 39
St. Joseph Notre Dame at St. Patrick-St. Vincent, not available


College Prep 35, Athenian 28

Cal 39,San Ramon Valley 35
Granada 55, Foothill 50
Monte Vista 61, Livermore 54
Carondelet d. Amador Valley, score not available

James Logan 49, American 42
Newark Memorial 58, Irvington 39
Moreau 63, Washington 40
Mission San Jose 46, Kennedy18

Pinole Valley 59, Kennedy 49
St. Joseph Notre Dame 63, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 54

El Cerrito 43, John Swett 39
De Anza at Albany, 7 p.m.


MLK Classic lineup for Monday’s games

A number of top East Bay high school boys basketball teams will face squads from out of their area at the MLK Classic on Jan. 18 at Cal’s Haas Pavilion. Here’s the lineup:

10 a.m. – Albany vs. Newark Memorial

11:30 a.m. – Berkeley vs. Manteca

1 p.m. – Salesian-Richmond vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F.

2:30 p.m. – El Cerrito vs. The Albany Academies-N.Y.

4 p.m. – Moreau Catholic vs. Sacramento

5:45 p.m. – De La Salle vs. Orange Lutheran

7:30 p.m. – Bishop O’Dowd vs. St. Francis-Mountain View




De La Salle football star Devin Asiasi lists his top five colleges

De La Salle High School’s Devin Asiasi tweeted his top five college choices last night. In no specific order, he listed Alabama, Michigan, USC, UCLA and Washington.

Asiasi is listed as the No. 15 senior football player in the nation, regardless of position, in the ESPN 300, and the No. 2 senior tight end in the nation. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Asiasi is also listed as the No. 2 California senior in the nation, regardless of position, in the ESPN ranking. He had 17 catches for 311 yards (an 18.3 yards per catch average) with five touchdowns last season.

According to espn.go.com, Asiasi is scheduled to visit Washington on Friday, Michigan on Jan. 22 and USC on Jan. 29. He visited UCLA in December.


De La Salle football coach national finalist

Justin Alumbaugh, De La Salle High’s football coach, is one of six finalists for the U.S Army All-American Bowl National Coach of the Year Award, the bowl selection committee announced this afternoon.

Alumbaugh led the Spartans to the CIF Open Division state championship bowl victory on Dec. 19 with a 28-21 win over previously undefeated Centennial-Corona. De La Salle’s only loss this season was in its opener to Trinity-Euless-Tx. by the score of 26-21. De La Salle (13-1) finished the season No. 1 in the nation in the MaxPreps.com Freeman Rankings (Centennial, the previous No. 1 team in those rankings, is now No. 2). In the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25, De La Salle is ranked No. 3 behind Katy-Tx. (16-0) and Colquitt County-Moultrie, Ga. (15-0)

Centennial coach Matt Logan is the only other California coach of the six national finalists. Katy coach Gary Joseph is also a finalist.



Moreau Catholic’s Oscar Frayer narrows list to four schools

Moreau Catholic High School boys basketball star Oscar Frayer has narrowed his college list to four schools, he announced on Twitter today, and it includes a local university.

He wrote that the schools, in no order, were Oregon State, Grand Canyon University, Nevada and Saint Mary’s.

Frayer de-committed from Cal in November. He had committed to the Bears in 2014 before his junior year.

The 6-foot-7 wing averaged 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game in the Mariners’ first six games this season.