Wendell McKines, Eli Holman to hold charity basketball game at Richmond

A pair of former Richmond High basketball stars are returning to their alma mater to help the Oilers basketball program.
Wendell McKines and Eli Holman are holding a charity basketball game on June 7 to benefit the Richmond High boys basketball team. Tickets are $5 for the 2 p.m. game between Team Holman and Team Wensday. The teams will be comprised of professional basketball players from overseas, including McKines and Holman.
McKines’ season in South Korea ended in March and he said that Holman’s season in Turkey “just ended,” McKines said.
“It will be an annual event,” said McKines about the game.
For more information, e-mail McKines at 4teamwensday@gmail.com.


Hipol hired as Pilots girls basketball coach

Shawn Hipol has been hired as St. Joseph Notre Dame’s new girls basketball coach, Pilots Athletic Director Chris Pondok confirmed today.
Hipol was the head coach at Skyline High for the past five seasons and guided the Titans to a pair of Oakland Athletic League regular-season titles in 2010 and 2014, and a co-title in 2012. His overall record at Skyline was 95-46 with a 40-10 mark in OAL regular-season play.

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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.


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.

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.


NCS boys volleyball playoff brackets

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

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

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

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


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


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.