Moreau Catholic girls basketball coach retires

Moreau Catholic High girls basketball coach Jack Kennedy announced his retirement from coaching on Monday after leading the Mariners for 18 seasons.
“I guess you just reach a point in your career when it’s time to step away, let someone else step up and take the helm,” Kennedy said today. “I thought about it a couple years ago, but talked myself out of it.”
The 68-year-old Kennedy has been Moreau’s head girls basketball coach since 1997, and was a varsity assistant six seasons before that, including in 1992 when the Mariners won the California Interscholastic Federation Division II girls basketball state title. During his head-coaching career, Kennedy’s squads won eight league titles and the 2004 North Coast Section Division III championship. His teams also were section runners-up in 2003 (Division III) and 2005 (Division IV).
Kennedy said that what he thinks he enjoyed most about coaching was watching the players’ games develop from their freshmen seasons to their senior seasons.
“You see the dramatic change in their physicality and their understanding of the game,” he said.


Holan named new Piedmont football coach

Piedmont High School has named James Holan as its new football coach, the school announced in a press release today.
Scott Coats, who guided the Highlanders to a 12-1 record last season and a 5-0 mark in the West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline League, is moving to San Diego County at the end of the school year to be closer to family, confirmed Coats to the Bay Area News Group.
Piedmont’s only loss last season was 14-3 to Justin-Siena-Napa in a North Coast Section Division IV playoffs semifinal game. The team set a school record for number of wins in one season, Coats said. Coats finished with a record of 18-7 overall and 8-2 in the WACC-Shoreline in his two seasons at the helm for the Highlanders.
Holan has been Piedmont’s varsity assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, Coats confirmed.
“I’m happy about the continuity for the senior class and for our kids,” Coats said. “It’s been a fantastic two years. We did a lot of great things together. It’s sad to leave, but I’m glad to be a small part of Piedmont’s rich football tradition.”
Prior to Piedmont, Holan was offensive line coach and an offensive coordinator at Mission Hills-San Marcos as well as the co-head junior varsity coach. He was also at offensive line coach at College of Marin for one year.
“I’m expecting continued success. Last year will be a tough year for us to replicate again … We scheduled up. We have a tougher schedule this year,” said Holan to the Bay Area News Group. “I’m just excited. I feel this is a special group that can do a lot of great things.”
Holan said that Piedmont’s non-league regular-season games next season include Justin-Siena, McClymonds, Salesian and Fremont-Oakland.
“We are excited to compete with those schools,” Holan said.


East Bay high school baseball rankings – 5/6

Here are our Bay Area News Group East Bay baseball rankings for this week. Thoughts?

East Bay Baseball Rankings
Rank, school Rec. LW
1. College Park 17-3 1
2. San Ramon V. 14-4 3
3. De La Salle 12-6 4
4. Heritage 17-4 5
5. Monte Vista 11-7 6
6. Livermore 12-7 2
7. Arroyo 16-5 8
8. California 10-8 9
9. Amador V. 11-7 10
10. Foothill 11-7 7
11. Kennedy-Fremont 17-1 12
12. Liberty 14-7 13
13. Clayton Valley C. 15-8 14
14. Alameda 15-6 11
15. Campolindo 12-8 NM
On the bubble: Acalanes (12-8), Alhambra (13-6), Bishop O’Dowd (14-7), Castro Valley (16-5), Concord (13-8). East Bay rankings are compiled by the Bay Area News Group, selected from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Records are through Tuesday.


Ivan Rabb named California’s Mr. Basketball

Bishop O’Dowd High boys basketball star Ivan Rabb has been named the Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year for 2015, it was announced Thursday on its web site.
The 6-foot-11 Rabb, who has signed with Cal, is CalHiSports’ first Mr. Basketball from the East Bay since St. Joseph’s Jason Kidd in 1992. Rabb averaged more than 20 points a game, along with 15 rebounds and five blocks a game. He scored the winning point and had 19 points and 21 rebounds in Bishop O’Dowd’s CIF Open Division state championship game.

The honor has been awarded 37 times at the end of a season and also has retroactive selections that date back more than 100 years. Archbishop Mitty-San Jose’s Aaron Gordon was named in 2012 and 2013. The only other O’Dowd player to earn the honor was Tony Jackson in 1982.



DeMers leads College Park past Saint Francis

Joe DeMers pitched a complete-game two-hitter with six strikeouts, and also slammed a pair of solo home runs as the Falcons edged a very good St. Francis-Mountain View baseball squad 6-1 Wednesday in a semifinal game of the Elite Eight Tournament at St. Francis. College Park High (9-2) took command with three runs in the top of the third inning. Jeffrey Mitchell was 2 for 3 with a double and two stolen bases for the Falcons, and teammate Noah Burnham also had a double. Nick Oar drove in two runs for College Park against Saint Francis (11-4).
College Park, which is ranked No. 8 in the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25 national rankings, will face California in the championship game Thursday at 7 p.m. California edged Clayton Valley Charter 1-0 in the other semifinal game. Mike Podany threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts for California.




Final East Bay Boys Basketball Poll of 2014-2015 season

Besides the No. 1 team, there were a lot of changes in the poll from before the postseason:

Rank, School Rec. Pts
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5)* 28-4 75
2. San Ramon Vly. 27-6 69
3. Monte Vista 27-4 64
4. El Cerrito 29-4 59
5. Campolindo 28-5 56
6. De La Salle 27-5 50
7. Moreau Catholic 23-7 46
8. Berkeley 21-11 41
9. Saint Mary’s 20-12 35
10. Freedom 20-11 30
11. McClymonds 21-9 18
12. Las Lomas 20-11 17
13. Albany 28-3 14
14. San Leandro 17-9 12
t15. Dublin 18-12 4
t15. Salesian 19-11 4
Also receiving votes: College Park (22-7, 3 points), St. Joseph Notre Dame (17-16, 2), Castro Valley (17-10, 1).


Joe DeMers fires perfect game against Monte Vista

College Park High School baseball star Joe DeMers threw a perfect game against Monte Vista in a nonleague matchup today. The Washington commit struck out seven batters in his seven-inning masterpiece, and also was 2 for 3 at the plate, including a double, with two RBI, as College Park won 9-0. He improved to 2-0 with the victory.
Teammate Trevor Larnach hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, as College Park (2-0) broke the game open with five runs in the frame. Larnach, who had five RBI total, and Ian MacIver also had two hits in the home game.


James Logan freshman has remarkable NCS wrestling debut

Not only did James Logan’s Aaron Perez win an NCS championship as a freshman, he pulled off the rare feat of winning all five of his matches by pin to take the 106-pound title. Perez comes from a wrestling family, as his father, Jacob, was the first Logan wrestler to place at the state meet. His brother, Eric, also wrestled at Logan. Making it extra special was this year’s NCS tournament, which took place Feb. 27-28, being back at James Logan for the first time in almost two decades.

Thanks to Emily Santos for this contributed photo of Perez at the podium, holding the placard of the 106-pound bracket, surrounded by other 106-pound NCS medalists



East Bay Boys Basketball Poll – 2/18

Rank, School Rec. Pts LW
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5)* 19-4 75 1
2. El Cerrito 23-3 70 6
3. Monte Vista 22-2 64 5
4. Moreau Catholic 19-5 61 4
5. De La Salle 21-3 53 3
6. Campolindo 21-3 52 2
7. San Ramon Valley 20-4 45 7
8. Salesian 18-9 38 8
9. San Leandro 17-7 36 10
10. College Park 20-5 28 11
11. Berkeley 16-8 25 9
12. Freedom 15-9 19 13
13. Albany 25-1 15 14
14. McClymonds 16-7 12 NR
15. San Lorenzo 19-7 4 NR
Also receiving votes: Saint Mary’s (15-10, 3 points). The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.
* indicates number of first place votes