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.



De La Salle football moves up in national rating

The De La Salle High football team, which beat Centennial-Corona 28-21 for its second straight CIF Open Division state bowl game title, has moved up to No. 1 on the MaxPreps.com Top 150 Computer Football Ratings for Dec. 20. The Spartans (13-1) have a rating of 82.8 in the rankings to move ahead of Centennial (14-1), which is No. 2 with a rating of 81.9. Katy-Texas (16-0) is third (81.0) and St. John Bosco-Bellflower (13-1) is fourth (80.8).




Wrestling: Lou Bronzan Invitational next week

Just talked to Liberty wrestling coach Greg Chappel, who is putting on the Lou Bronzan Invitational on Dec. 22-23. The tournament dates back to 1983 and is an end-of-year staple in the East Bay.
This year, Chappel says there are 56 teams sending wrestlers, about 10 more than last year.
Action will get underway at noon Tuesday. Wednesday will see semifinals around 10:30 a.m. and finals slated for 5 p.m.
Chappel said there are about 60-65 entries at this point in the girls division.
Among the teams from out of the area are McQueen-Reno, Exeter from Tulare County, and from the state of Washington, Montesano. De La Salle, Benicia and St. Francis are among some of the top teams from the region sending wrestlers.
Acalanes, Albany, Amador Valley, American, Antioch, Berean Christian, Cal High, Clayton Valley, Deer Valley, Dougherty Valley, Dublin, Foothill, Heritage, irvington, James Logan, Kennedy, Livermore Valley Charter, Miramonte, Mt. Diablo, Pittsburg, San Ramon Valley and Washington are among the East Bay contingents.


Former De La Salle High star hired as James Logan football coach

James Logan High has appointed Zachary McNally as its new head varsity football coach, according to a news release from the New Haven Unified School District.

McNally has been on the Logan varsity football staff since 2013, holding positions such as defensive coordinator, linebacker coach and offensive line coach. Before coming to Logan, he was an assistant defensive line coach at Northern Arizona University, where he played from 2007-2009 after starting his college career at Boise State (as a preferred walk-on in 2005) and Diablo Valley College.

McNally played high school football at De La Salle from 2001-2004 and was a first-team all-Contra Costa Times selection at linebacker in 2004.

He is also a physical education teacher at James Logan.



De La Salle, Clayton Valley Charter state championship football games to be televised

CSN California will air the CIF Open Division state championship game on Saturday between De La Salle and Centennial-Corona. It will also air the Division I-A state championship game between Clayton Valley Charter and Narbonne-Harbor City on the same day.

De La Salle’s game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. at Sacramento State. The game will also be re-aired on Dec. 22 at 9 a.m. and Dec. 25 at 8:30 p.m.

The showdown pits Centennial (14-0), the top-ranked team in the nation according to the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25 national rankings, with the Spartans (12-1), which is No. 8 in the same rankings.

Clayton Valley Charter’s (13-1) game against Narbonne (13-2) is scheduled to start at noon on at Sacramento State. The game will be re-aired on Dec. 19 at 11 p.m. and Dec. 25 at 3 p.m.


Football: Second-round playoff matchups in NCS playoffs

Here are the North Coast Section football playoffs games featuring East Bay schools and what the matchup looks like:


  • No. 1 De La Salle vs. No. 8 California (7 p.m. Friday): The Spartans (9-1) won a previous matchup 56-0 behind their usual unstoppable offense and strong defense, so the Grizzlies (7-4) will have to ride their first-round win and roll on offense to upset the 25-time champs.
  • No. 2 Antioch vs. No. 7 Amador Valley (7 p.m. Friday): The Panthers (10-0) have sat a week after their epic comeback win over rival Pittsburg while the Dons (8-3) got back on track after falling to Foothill by beating San Leandro handily in the first round. Antioch’s Najee Harris has the speed of Amador Valley’s Ledre McCollough, but with more power, so the Dons must slow the Alabama commit and score in bunches.
  • No. 3 Foothill vs. No. 6 Freedom (7 p.m. Saturday): The first matchup between these two Falcons squads, back in September, went Foothill’s way early but Freedom rallied in the second half to get within two scores. Foothill (10-0) needs to rely on Isaiah Floyd and Freedom (7-4) must stop him.
  • No. 4 Monte Vista vs. No. 5 Pittsburg (7 p.m. Saturday): Their first matchup was a barnburner that the Mustangs (7-3) won with a late touchdown drive and a stop on defense, but that surely motivates the Pirates (9-2). Monte Vista will have to hold off Pittsburg early, when that fire fuels it most, and hope QB Jake Haener can come up big late again.

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Oscar Frayer de-commits from Cal

Moreau Catholic High School boys basketball star Oscar Frayer announced this morning via Twitter that “I have reopened my recruitment as of today.” The 6-foot-6 senior small forward orally committed to Cal on Aug. 4, 2014 before his junior year.

Frayer wrote on Twitter that he will sign during the spring period.

“I would like to thank Coach Martin and the rest of his staff. Thank you for helping me develop as a player but more importantly as a young man. I would also like to thank Cal and the whole bear family for welcoming me in with warm arms. This is a decision my family and I thought would be best for me moving forward. Thank you!”

On the first day of this month’s early signing period, Moreau Catholic coach Frank Knight texted me that his senior basketball players would be signing in the spring.

Last season, Frayer averaged 17 points and eight rebounds a game for the Mariners and was named the Mission Valley Athletic League Most Valuable Player. He was also named to the Bay Area News Group All-East Bay first team for his accomplishments last season.