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Documentary on McClymonds girls basketball players

Film screenings of “I Just Wanna Ball”, a documentary directed by Robert “Fleetwood” Bowden about four members of the 2012-2013 McClymonds girls basketball team, will take place on Feb. 15 and 16 at the La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley.
Saturday’s viewing starts at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s viewing begins at 7 p.m. The admission is $10. For more information on the documentary, visit http://ijustwannaball.com/

Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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Latest East Bay High School Girls Soccer Rankings

Here are the latest East Bay high school girls soccer rankings, along with a few random comments.

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Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014
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Signing Day 2014: the stories

The first day of the regular signing period has come and (almost) gone. In case you missed it, here are the stories we covered today and the links to those stories.

Joe Mixon signed with Oklahoma, as expected, and teammate Patrick Choudja chose Nevada in a special day for the Freedom High football program. 

De La Salle always seems to send a ton of athletes to four-year schools. This year was no different for the Spartans.

El Cerrito’s football players wasted no time in signing their letters of intent, and Arizona State’s Todd Graham, for one, couldn’t be happier about two of the Gauchos players coming to Tempe.

Deer Valley’s Nsimba Webster decided that family trumped all, as he chose to sign with Eastern Washington, along with twin brother Nzuzi.

Here’s the list of East Bay athletes, including soccer players, boys water polo players, and cross country/track and field stars who have signed or are expected to sign letters of intent in this period.

Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
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Three Contra Costa College players, Los Medanos’ Alexander head to four-year colleges

Three football players from Contra Costa College are signing letter-of-intents today, according to a tweet from Comets coach Alonzo Carter.
Defensive lineman Rondell McNair is headed to Boise State. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound sophomore had six sacks and eight tackles for losses last season.
Defensive back Daquan Stewart, who had three interceptions that were returned a total of 116 yards last season, is headed to Lamar University. Offensive lineman Erik Hamilton, a 6-5, 310-pound Castlemont graduate, is headed to Angelo State.
Los Medanos defensive lineman Charles Alexander signed today with Arkansas State University, Los Medanos coach Chris Shipe said. Alexander, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound Deer Valley graduate, had 46 tackles, two sacks and three tackles for losses last season.

Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
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San Ramon Valley HS hoops hero takes big shot in stride

Jerry Karczewski, who nearly brought  the house down at San Ramon Valley High, seems unaffected by his newfound place in Wolves’ basketball lore.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
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Ivan Rabb lists 12 college teams Saturday

Bishop O’Dowd High’s Ivan Rabb, who is the No. 1 ranked forward in the class of 2015 by rivals.com, tweeted his list of 12 college teams on Saturday night.
Rabb tweeted “Official list…No Favorites…Thank you to all of the schools that have been recruiting me! #blessed”
He listed these teams: “Arizona, CAL, UCLA, Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, UNC, NC State, Ohio State, USC.”
Rabb was one of the best players for the United States at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships in Maldonado, Uruguay. At this high school basketball season’s Tarkanian Classic, he scored 24 points and had 21 rebounds in a 63-59 loss to national Power Mater Dei-Santa Ana. In four games in the tournament, he had 105 points against top-notch competition. On Jan. 20, the junior had 31 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in an 86-60 rout of Capital Christian-Sacramento.
Saturday night, Rabb scored 24 points in a 103-66 rout of Sacramento.

Posted on Saturday, February 1st, 2014
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Star-studded track and field clinic at James Logan

The Willie Davenport Olympian Track and Field Clinic will be held at James Logan High School on Feb. 8. Special guests and clinicians include Mike Powell (the world record holder in the long jump) and Kenny Harrison (the American record holder in the triple jump and 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the event), as well as other Olympic medalists, Olympians and Olympic Trials performers.
Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the clinic starts at 9 a.m.. The entry fee is $20 for individuals, $10 for youth 8th-grade or younger, and $350.00 for a team of 30 or more, and $500 for a team of 50 or more. For more information, contact Lee Webb at 510-304-7172.

Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014
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De La Salle’s Blair Hurlock picks Stanford

De La Salle High distance running star Blair Hurlock orally committed to Stanford tonight, he confirmed.
“It was a really tough decision. Ultimately, I felt that Stanford all-around was the right fit for me, and the official visit solidified that,” Hurlock said. “I knew Stanford was the school for me.”
Hurlock took an official visit to Stanford last week, one of five official visits he took. The senior narrowed his choices to Colorado, Wisconsin and Stanford before choosing the Cardinal. He said that he will run both cross country and track for Stanford.
Hurlock produced a superlative cross country season in 2013 for the Spartans. He broke a 12-year-old course record on the much-used 3.0 mile Hayward High course (14 minutes, 30 seconds) to win the North Coast Section Division I championship race. After placing fourth in the California Interscholastic Federation Division I boys state championship race (the highest finish by an East Bay high school athlete in the Division I boys state championship race since 2004), Hurlock was eighth at the Foot Locker West Regional at Mt. San Antonio College, then placed eighth in the Foot Locker National Finals with a time of 15:24 for the 3.1 Balboa Park-San Diego course.
He also set an East Bay Athletic League boys championship course record for the 2.95 mile Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area-Pleasanton course (14:46.99) and earlier in the season set a course record on the 3-mile Newhall Park-Concord course (14:59) in the EBAL center meet.
Hurlock also placed 12th in the 3,200 meters in the CIF state championship track and field meet last year with a time of 9:11.47.

Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014
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East Bay boys basketball poll – 1/29

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school boys basketball poll. There was some movement in the final six spots.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 12-4 75 1
2. Monte Vista 18-0 70 2
3. El Cerrito 20-1 64 3
4. De La Salle 12-5 61 4
5. Campolindo 13-5 55 5
6. Freedom 14-4 50 6
7. San Ramon Valley 15-3 44 7
8. St. Joseph Notre Dame 16-5 39 8
9. Newark Memorial 12-7 37 9
10. Castro Valley 12-6 29 t12
t11. Berkeley 14-2 22 10
t11. Salesian 11-9 22 11
13. College Park 13-4 17 t12
14. St. Mary’s 17-5 8 14
15. Moreau Catholic 14-4 6 NR

Also receiving votes: Dougherty Valley (14-5, 1 point). Records are through Jan. 25. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.
* indicates number of first-place votes

Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
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Deer Valley’s Nzuzi Webster chooses Eastern Washington

Deer Valley High football player Nzuzi Webster made an oral commitment to Eastern Washington on Tuesday night.
The 5-foot-11, 173-pound Webster took an official visit to the Eastern Washington campus in Cheney earlier this month.
“I went on my visit and I loved it up there. I thought it was a great fit for me,” said Webster, who was recruited by Eastern Washington as a defensive back. He had 72 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries last season.
Oakland Raider Taiwan Jones played at Eastern Washington and is a Deer Valley graduate,
“He told me about the school, how it is up there, basically what to expect,” Webster said. “I like it up there a lot.”
Webster also seriously considered Portland State and Sacramento State before choosing Eastern Washington.
Deer Valley’s Nsimba Webster, who was named last season’s Bay Area News Group East Bay Offensive Player of the Year, has not announced his college plans yet. Nzuzi and Nsimba are twins.

Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
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