Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football First Team includes Najee Harris, three De La Salle players

Cal-Hi Sports announced its all-state first-team football squad today, and the East Bay was heavily represented.

Antioch High’s Najee Harris, who was Cal-Hi Sports’ 2015 Mr. Football as a junior, is one of three running backs named to the squad. Harris, who is also the 2015 East Bay Football Player of the Year, rushed for 2,696 yards and 36 touchdowns in his outstanding season.

De La Salle, the 2015 CIF Open Division state champions, were represented by seniors Boss Tagaloa, Devin Asiasi and Antoine Custer.

Tagaloa, selected as a defensive lineman, had three tackles for a loss in the Open Division state championship game and finished the season with 30 solo tackles and 6.5 sacks.

Asiasi and Custer were selected as multi-purpose players. Asiasi had 17 catches for 311 yards and five touchdowns as a tight end, and 49 total tackles, including four sacks, as a defensive lineman. Custer rushed for 1,340 yards, averaging 9.8 yards per carry, and scored 15 touchdowns as a running back. He also had 37 total tackles and three interceptions with 107 return yards as a defensive back.

Tagaloa and Asiasi will announce their college choices early Wednesday afternoon on ESPN2. Custer announced on Facebook on Jan. 19 that he orally committed to Eastern Washington.


De La Salle’s Devin Asiasi, Boss Tagaloa to announce college decision on ESPN2

De La Salle High School football stars Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa will announce their college choices on ESPN2 on Feb. 3, ESPN announced today.

They will be two of 13 players nationally who will be announcing their college choices on that station that day. Asiasi and Tagaloa are scheduled to announce at approximately noon Pacific Time in the De La Salle High gym.

Asiasi announced via Twitter earlier this month that his top five colleges are, in no specific order, Alabama, Michigan, USC, UCLA and Washington. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Asiasi is ranked as the No. 3 senior tight end in the country and No. 1 on the West Coast by espn.com. He had 17 catches for 311 yards (an 18.3 yards per catch average) with five touchdowns last season for De La Salle.

Tagaloa’s final five schools, according to ESPN, are Cal, Michigan, USC, UCLA and Washington. Like Asiasi, the 6-3, 295-pound Tagaloa is rated as a four-star player by espn.com, and he is the top-ranked senior defensive tackle on the West Coast and 13th nationally by espn.com. Tagaloa had 6.5 sacks and 30 solo tackles in 12 games for the Spartans.


East Bay high school basketball scores for Tuesday, Jan. 26

Pretty close to a full slate of games, though DFAL is on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule this week. Rivalry games tonight in the EBAL.
Check back here for updates as final scores come in:
Athenian 83, Valley Christian 62
College Prep 69, Redwood Christian 59
Bentley 53, Head-Royce 48
Pittsburg 49, Freedom 39
Liberty 69, Antioch 52
Heritage 68, Deer Valley 55
College Park 75, Clayton Valley 64
Concord 70, Mt. Diablo 24
Northgate 66, Berean Christian 43
De La Salle 81, Cal 40
Monte Vista 70, San Ramon Valley 42
Granada 71, Livermore 70
Foothill 54, Amador Valley 35
Newark Memorial 73, Moreau 69
James Logan 84, Mission San Jose 38
Washington  63, American 29
Irvington 67, Kennedy 54
Salesian 47, El Cerrito  45
St. Patrick-St. Vincent at Hercules, not available
St. Joseph Notre Dame 56, Saint Mary’s 50
Kennedy 90, Richmond 46
Albany 65, Pinole Valley 39
John Swett 85, De Anza 75

Athenian at Valley Christian, not available
Bentley 47, Head-Royce 33
Pittsburg 57, Freedom 17
Liberty 52, Antioch 34
Heritage 59, Deer Valley 41
Northgate 44, Berean Christian 41
Clayton Valley 54, College Park 33
Concord 81, Mt. Diablo 19
Granada 73, Livermore 64
Carondelet 77, Cal 38
Monte Vista 59, San Ramon Valley 47
Foothill at Amador Valley, not available
Moreau 46, Newark Memorial 45
James Logan 58, Mission San Jose 51
American 41, Washington 38
Kennedy at Irvington, not available
Saint Mary’s 56, St. Joseph Notre Dame 45
Pinole Valley at St. Patrick-St. Vincent, not available
Salesian 72, Kennedy 39
El Cerrito 65, Richmond  10
Albany 52, Hercules 43
John Swett at De Anza, not available


East Bay high school girls soccer rankings

Here is our third edition of the East Bay high school girls soccer rankings:

Team Record Last Week Upcoming games
1. Carondelet 13-0-2 1 vs. Granada,
@ No. 8 Livermore
2. Monte Vista 9-1-4 2 vs. No. 11 Foothill,
vs. Granada
3. San Ramon Valley 9-3-2 3 @ No. 8 Livermore,
vs. Amador Valley
4. Acalanes 7-0-2 6 @ Campolindo
5. Las Lomas 11-0-3 5 @ Dougherty Valley,
vs. Miramonte
6. Liberty 7-5-1 7 @ Deer Valley,
vs. Pittsburg
7. Saint Mary’s 10-1-1 8 @ Salesian,
vs. El Cerrito
8. Livermore 9-5-1 15 vs. No. 3 SRV,
vs. No. 1 Carondelet
9. California 7-5-2 4 @ Amador Valley,
vs. No. 11 Foothill
10. Piedmont 9-2-1 9 vs. Berean Christian,
@ Arroyo, @ Alameda
11. Foothill 9-6-1 10 @ No. 3 Monte Vista,
@ No. 9 California
12. Alhambra 8-2-3 11 vs. Miramonte,
@ Dublin
13. Castro Valley 9-3 NR vs. San Lorenzo,
vs. Berkeley
14. Clayton Valley Charter 8-3-3 12 @ Concord,
vs. Northgate
15. Hercules 7-4-2 NR @ John Swett, vs.
Kennedy, @ De Anza

Others considered: Pinole Valley (10-2-2), Bishop O’Dowd (8-4-1 ), Arroyo (5-4-2), College Park (8-3-4), Washington (9-4-2).


2016 De La Salle football schedule includes Utah state champion, and Antioch with Najee Harris

Utah 4A state champion East High-Salt Lake City will be one of the De La Salle football team’s opponents next season, De La Salle athletic director Leo Lopoz confirmed tonight.

“Details are being worked out, but we have a verbal agreement between both schools,” wrote Lopoz in an e-mail to the Bay Area News Group.

De La Salle, the defending CIF Open Division state champion, will host East on Week 3.

On Week 4, the Spartans will host Antioch and Najee Harris, named the state’s Mr. Football for 2015 by CalHiSports.com.

De La Salle opens the season on Week 0 against Amador Valley, followed by a home game against Serra on Week 1. After the Antioch game, De La Salle will face East Bay Athletic League teams and James Logan in the regular season.


East Bay high school basketball scores for Friday Jan. 22

Full slate of games tonight; some key boys matchups: Heritage-Freedom in the BVAL, Dougherty Valley-Miramonte in the DFAL and De La Salle-Monte Vista in the EBAL.

Liberty's Travis August (12) tries to steal the ball from Heritage's Anthony Dennis (25) during their game at Heritage High School in Brentwood, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Heritage defeated Liberty 79-70. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Liberty’s Travis August (12) tries to steal the ball from Heritage’s Anthony Dennis (25) during their game at Heritage High School in Brentwood, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Heritage defeated Liberty 79-70. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Rankings for boys  and girls are noted below.
Girls basketball has a big seven-game showcase on Saturday: the Lamorinda Classic at Bentley School; headlined at 8 p.m. tomorrow by No. 1 Miramonte vs. No. 4 Carondelet.
Here are Friday’s games; check back for updates as final scores roll in:


College Prep 60, Head-Royce 59
Valley Christian at Bentley, not available
Athenian at Redwood Christian, not available
Pittsburg 56, Antioch 41
(No. 8) Freedom 76, (3) Heritage 70
(15) Liberty 79, Deer Valley 76
(14) Dublin 86, Alhambra 38
Campolindo 63, Acalanes 51
(7) Dougherty Valley 59, (12) Miramonte 51
College Park 78, Mt. Diablo 51
Concord 75, Ygnacio Valley 52
Clayton Valley 71, Berean Christian 30
(1) De La Salle 60, (5) Monte Vista 56, OT
Cal 57, Livermore 46
Foothill 43, San Ramon Valley 37
Amador Valley 65, Granada 40
James Logan 54, (9) Newark Memorial 52
(2) Moreau 82, American 37
Irvington 52, Mission San Jose 51
Washington 54, Kennedy 39
Skyline 59, Castlemont 51
Oakland High at McClymonds, not available
(4) Oakland Tech 73, Fremont 49
(13) El Cerrito 82, Saint Mary’s 48
(6) Salesian 64, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 49
Albany 60, Kennedy 47
De Anza 80, Richmond 40
John Swett 53, Pinole Valley 33
Bishop O’Dowd 72, Castro Valley 63
San Leandro 79, (10) Berkeley 74
Alameda 67, Tennyson 37
(11) Mt. Eden 54, Arroyo 48
San Lorenzo 47, Hayward 42
Piedmont 69, Encinal 51


College Prep 73, Head-Royce 54
Bentley 47, Valley Christian 30
Athenian 37, Redwood Christian 19
(9) Pittsburg 69, Antioch 40
Heritage 54, Freedom 16
(8) Liberty 60, Deer Valley 50
Dublin 68, Alhambra 39
(5) Campolindo 78, (6) Acalanes 65
(1) Miramonte 94, Dougherty Valley 46
Clayton Valley 55,Berean Christian 44
College Park at Mt. Diablo, not available
Concord 84, Ygnacio Valley 17
(4) Carondelet 84, Monte Vista 31
(15) Cal 73, Livermore  47
Foothill 56, San Ramon Valley 36
Granada 41, Amador Valley 26
James Logan 83, (14) Newark Memorial 52
Mission San Jose 47, Irvington 25
Kennedy at Washington, not available
Castlemont at Skyline, not available
Oakland High at McClymonds, not available
Oakland Tech at Fremont, not available.
(2) Salesian 67, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 30
(13) Saint Mary’s at Kennedy, 7 p.m.
Hercules 49, El Cerrito 41
Albany at John Swett, not available
De Anza 59, Richmond 25
(12) Berkeley 65, Alameda 59, 2 OT
(3) Bishop O’Dowd 62, (11) Piedmont 51
(7) Castro Valley 69, San Lorenzo 25
San Leandro 61, Tennyson 9
Mt. Eden 59, Arroyo 30
Encinal 64, Hayward37



Former Oakland Raider and current Bishop O’Dowd football coach Napoleon Kaufman talks about college recruiting

Former Oakland Raider and current Bishop O’Dowd High School football coach Napoleon Kaufman sent a message via Twitter this afternoon to collegiate coaches:
“#DearCoach If you offer one my kids at O’Dowd and then pull his offer…..Don’t ever plan on coming back to the school. Homie don’t play that!”
On Wednesday, mlive.com reported that Downers Grove South-Illinois offensive tackle Erik Swenson said Michigan recently pulled its scholarship offer to him. Swenson had committed to Michigan in 2013.
I talked to Kaufman this afternoon, and he said “This is not about Michigan. This is a collegiate football issue. … This is happening at more than just a few schools.
“I want our kids to be respectful and have character. I want the coaches to have the same thing. … I’m telling our kids if you commit to your school, honor your commitment. If a school commits to you, honor your commitment too.”
He also tweeted this afternoon: “#DearCoach I’m telling these kids that they need character and integrity. If ur not modeling that, I can’t endorse you. Integrity matters!”
Kaufman was a highly-recruited running back at Lompoc High School who chose to play at Washington
“My recruiting process was a lot different because we didn’t have Twitter, Facebook, social media. My high school football coach Dick Barrett was a great buffer for me. This same standard, he was the same way when coaches tried to recruit me,” Kaufman said. “Now a coach has so much of an easier access to a kid. I do think that when it comes to the whole recruiting process, there has to be more of a parental influence involved.”


Dougherty Valley’s Trey Hoskins commits to Weber State

Dougherty Valley High senior wide receiver/defensive back Trey Hoskins has orally committed to Weber State, he announced on Twitter on Sunday.

“The next 4 years I’m going to be a wildcat lol going from Dvhs wildcats to Weber wildcat”, Hoskins tweeted.

The 6-foot-3, 165-pound Hoskins was selected as a first-team all-Diablo Foothill Athletic League defensive back this past fall. In 10 games last season, he had 31 total tackles and two interceptions. Offensively, he caught 43 passes for 574 yards and eight touchdowns.

Hoskins committed to Hawaii in September, according to espn.go.com. In his tweet Sunday, Hoskins wrote “This has been a long process and I guess my other school wasn’t meant to be.”