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Bishop O’Dowd team manager nails 3-pointer in first game

Lucas Cortez, a senior team manager/assistant coach for the Bishop O’Dowd High boys basketball team who battles a heart defect, made the most of his first high school game Friday on Senior Night at Bishop O’Dowd.
Cortez nailed a three-pointer in front of the O’Dowd bench for the final points of a 99-64 victory over Berkeley.
“I was in the moment. I was just playing the game and that happened to be the result,” said Cortez, who has been the team manager for four years. “My teammates were really supportive and really encouraged me to keep playing and take the shot. … They were very unselfish.”
Cortez suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome and has undergone multiple surgeries because of it. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a complex and rare heart defect present at birth in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped.
“I had talked to (Berkeley coach) Mark DeLuca … about three weeks ago. I said ‘I’ve got a kid, it would be incredible if he got in a game,’” said Bishop O’Dowd coach Lou Richie, who called DeLuca “an incredible person with the most class.” “I said to the (O’Dowd) coaching staff, ‘If we’re up, if we’re fortunate enough to be up, let’s get him in.”’
Cortez entered with just under two minutes to play, Richie said. After missing his first two field goal attempts, Cortez sank the 3-pointer and the sold-out Bishop O’Dowd gym rocked with noise.
“It was a surreal moment,” Richie said. “Everybody’s cell phone was out … You look at (Bishop O’Dowd star) Ivan Rabb, and I’ve never seen him as excited as he was for Lucas.
Cortez has been the team manager for four years.
“I’ve never been so emotional or excited about a moment of basketball in my life,” Richie said. “He is an incredible young man.”

Posted on Saturday, February 15th, 2014
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East Bay boys basketball poll

Here’s this week’s East Bay High School boys basketball poll. Enjoy!

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 18-4 75 1
2. Monte Vista 21-1 68 2
3. El Cerrito 24-2 67 3
4. De La Salle 17-5 60 4
5. San Ramon Val. 19-3 55 5
6. Campolindo 17-6 50 7
7. St. Joseph N.D. 21-5 45 8
8. Newark Mem. 15-7 38 9
9. Freedom 17-5 37 6
10. Castro Valley 16-6 30 10
11. Berkeley 19-2 25 11
12. College Park 17-4 20 13
13. Salesian 14-11 15 12
14. Miramonte 15-7 8 15
15. Moreau Cath. 17-5 7 14

Also receiving votes: None. Records are through Feb. 8. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
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East Bay Girls Basketball Poll – 2/11

Here’s this week’s East Bay High School Girls Basketball Poll. Enjoy!

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 19-4 75 1
2. Salesian 20-5 69 t3
t3. Carondelet 19-3 63 t3
t3. St. Mary’s 20-6 63 2
5. Miramonte 21-1 55 5
6. Monte Vista 20-2 50 6
7. Berkeley 16-6 45 7
8. Deer Valley 17-5 40 8
9. Piedmont 14-6 33 14
10. James Logan 14-8 28 9
11. Castro Valley 16-6 23 11
12. Alameda 14-8 20 12
13. Moreau Catholic 18-4 14 10
14. Foothill 14-8 9 13
15. Valley Christian 22-3 5 NR

Also receiving votes: Clayton Valley Charter (17-6, 4 votes), Skyline (14-7, 3), Heritage (13-9, 1). Records are through Feb. 8. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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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

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, 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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