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Ohlone hires new men’s basketball coach

Scott Fisher has been hired as the new head men’s basketball coach of Ohlone College, the school announced Thursday in a press release.

Fisher was an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii the past four seasons. Prior to that, he was the head coach of the Perth Wildcats, an Australian professional team, for four seasons. Fisher is a Mission San Jose High graduate.

At Ohlone, he replaces longtime coach John Peterson, who was hired as an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount

Fisher won a pair of league Most Valuable Player awards and three league titles in a long career in Australia’s National Basketball League. In 2007, he was inducted into the NBL Hall of Fame. He also played at UC Santa Barbara and is a member of its Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Frank Borghi issues statement about San Ramon Valley boys basketball coaching position

Earlier this month, Frank Borghi was offered the job as San Ramon Valley High’s varsity boys basketball coach by members of the school’s administration. After students and parents expressed dissatisfaction with the decision to hire Borghi and not junior varsity coach Brian Botteen, a meeting was held May 13 at the school, giving students and parents a chance to talk to the administration and San Ramon Valley Unified School District representatives directly about the decision to hire Borghi.
Before the meeting, Bay Area News Group tried to reach Borghi for comment. Borghi, who withdrew his name from consideration last Thursday, got back in touch with this newspaper Sunday evening. After some discussion today, he agreed to issue a statement on the matter. Here is his statement.
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Carondelet to begin girls basketball coaching interviews next week

Carondelet will start interviewing candidates for its open girls basketball coaching position next week, according to Carondelet athletic director Gleam Green. The interviews will be done by a four-person panel.
Margaret Gartner stepped down as Carondelet’s head coach after 22 years leading the Cougars. She compiled a career record of 530-133, and is only the fourth Bay Area high school girls basketball coach to reach 500 wins.

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NCS boys volleyball playoff brackets

Here are the North Coast Section boys volleyball playoff brackets, which were determined Saturday

DIVISION I
Wednesday’s first round
No. 9 College Park (17-17) at No. 8 American (13-11), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Liberty (9-19) at No. 5 Dougherty Valley (39-4), 7 p.m.
No. 10 San Leandro (17-8) at No. 7 Amador Valley (13-11), 7 p.m.
No. 11 Heritage (15-13) at No. 6 Granada (18-8), 7 p.m.
Second round
Friday or Saturday
College Park/American winner at No. 1 Deer Valley (36-2), TBA
Liberty/Dougherty Valley winner at No. 4 De La Salle 21-5), TBA
San Leandro/Amador Valley winner at No. 2 Foothill (29-5), TBA
Heritage/Granada winner at No. 3 James Logan (29-6), TBA

DIVISION II
Wednesday’s first round
No. 9 Miramonte (6-8) at No. 8 Livermore (7-21), 7 p.m.
No. 10 Tamalpais-Mill Valley (7-11) at No. 7 Las Lomas (17-10), 7 p.m.
No. 11 Hercules (11-7) at No. 6 Clayton Valley Charter (17-16), 7 p.m.
Second round
Friday or Saturday
Miramonte/Livermore winner at No. 1 Campolindo (32-2), TBA
No. 5 Alameda (25-5) at No. 4 Redwood-Larkspur (25-12), Friday, 7 p.m.
Tamalpais/Las Lomas winner at No. 2 Northgate (27-3), TBA
Hercules/Clayton Valley Charter winner at No. 3 Kennedy-Fremont (25-8), TBA

DIVISION III
Wednesday’s first round
No. 9 St. Joseph Notre Dame (14-11) at No. 8 Chinese Christian (17-12), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Bay-S.F. (11-5) at No. 5 Bentley (20-5), 7 p.m.
No. 10 Redwood Christian (9-10) at No. 7 El Molino-Forestville (13-11), 7 p.m.
No. 11 Valley Christian (9-4) at No. 6 Marin Catholic-Kentfield (9-14), 7 p.m.
Second round
Friday or Saturday
St. Joseph Notre Dame/Chinese Christian at No. 1 Berean Christian (29-9), TBA
Bay/Bentley winner at No. 4 Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo (22-3), TBA
Redwood Christian/El Molino winner at No. 2 Moreau Catholic 18-11), TBA
Valley Chrtistian/Marin Catholic winner at No. 3 St. Patrick-St. Vincent (22-10), TBA

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East Bay baseball poll – 5/7

Here’s this week’s Bay Area News Group East Bay high school baseball poll. There’s lots of movement this week — only three teams stayed in the same spot (and none in the top four)

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Clayton Valley Charter (5)* 21-1 75 2
2. Campolindo 17-4 69 1
3. San Ramon Valley 15-5 64 4
4. California 16-4 62 3
5. De La Salle 15-5 54 5
6. College Park 18-3 51 6
7. Amador Valley 13-7 45 7
8. Granada 14-6 40 10
t9. Foothill 11-9 29 12
t9. Monte Vista 10-10 29 11
11. Heritage 13-7 24 8
12. Newark Memorial 15-5 20 15
13. Livermore 10-9 19 9
t14. Alhambra 13-8 7 NR
t14. Deer Valley 11-7 7 NR

Also receiving votes: Northgate (15-7, 4 points), Bishop O’Dowd (14-8, 1). The East Bay Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through May 3.
* indicates number of first-place votes

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Haas Pavilion will host 2015 state basketball championships

Several state championship sites for different sports were solidified Friday in the California Interscholastic Federation Federated Council meeting.
Cal’s Haas Pavilion will be the site for the 2015 state basketball championships, with the state title games returning to Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento in 2016.
The new state swimming and diving championships will be held from 2015-2017 at Clovis West Aquatic Complex in Fresno. The 2015-2017 state track and field championships will continue to be held at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
Also, there will be CIF regional badminton championships, as well as Division VI basketball and girls volleyball championships, in the future.

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East Bay Baseball Poll – 4/30

Here’s this week’s Bay Area News Group East Bay high school baseball poll. The top five teams stay the same.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Campolindo (5)* 15-3 75 1
2. Clayton Valley Charter 19-1 69 t2
3. California 15-3 66 t2
4. San Ramon Valley 14-4 60 4
5. De La Salle 13-4 55 5
6. College Park 16-3 50 7
7. Amador Valley 12-6 45 6
8. Heritage 12-6 38 8
9. Livermore 10-7 36 t12
10. Granada 12-6 29 t12
11. Monte Vista 9-9 25 9
12. Foothill 10-8 22 10
13. Northgate 14-5 15 NR
14. Bishop O’Dowd 13-7 8 NR
15. Newark Memorial 13-5 6 NR

Also receiving votes: Washington (11-7, 1 point). The East Bay Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through April 26.
* indicates number of first-place votes

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East Bay baseball poll – 4/23

Here’s this week’s Bay Area News Group East Bay high school baseball poll. The top three teams stay the same as last week.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Campolindo (4)* 13-3 60 1
t2. California 13-2 54 t2
t2. Clayton Valley Charter 17-0 54 t2
4. San Ramon Valley 10-4 48 6
5. De La Salle 13-4 44 5
6. Amador Valley 11-4 40 4
7. College Park 13-3 36 7
8. Heritage 11-5 32 9
9. Monte Vista 7-7 24 8
10. Foothill 8-6 20 11
11. Washington 10-4 17 10
t12. Granada 10-6 14 12
t12. Livermore 8-7 14 NR
14. Miramonte 8-6 13 NR
15. Castro Valley 12-5 8 NR

Also receiving votes: Deer Valley (8-6, 1 point), Northgate (11-5, 1). The East Bay Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through April 19.
* indicates number of first-place votes

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East Bay softball poll — 4/22

Here’s a look at our latest East Bay softball poll.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (4) 16-0 60 1
2. Alhambra 14-2 56 2
3. James Logan 15-2 52 3
4. Granada 14-2 48 4
5. Foothill 10-6 41 6
6. San Ramon Valley 11-4 38 7
7. Heritage 10-4 37 9
8. Newark Memorial 14-3 34 5
9. Livermore 9-8 29 8
10. Carondelet 9-7 25 10
11. Castro Valley 9-6 20 11
12. Salesian 10-1 16 12
13. Concord 13-7 10 15
14. Freedom 9-4-2 8 14
15. Bishop O’Dowd 8-5 4 NR

Also receiving votes: Arroyo (12-3, 2 votes). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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Castlemont’s Hall headed to UC-Merced

By Phil Jensen
pjensen@bayareanewsgroup.com
Castlemont High School girls basketball star Dezire Hall has signed with UC Merced. It is the first time in at least 10 years that a Castlemont girls basketball player has signed with a school in the University of California system, said Knights coach Gilbert “Duke” Lane Jr.
“I felt comfortable with them the most,” Hall said. “When I went to the (team’s) practice, I felt that’s where I need to be.”
The 5-foot-10 Hall was very impressive this season for the Knights. The first-team all-Oakland Athletic League selection averaged 16.8 points, 15.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.2 steals per game this season.
Hall also considered Chico State, San Francisco State, Fresno Pacific and Whittier College before choosing the Bobcats. She said that UC Merced recruited her as a small forward.