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Final 2014 East Bay softball poll

By Stephanie Hammon
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 4:22 pm in Softball

With an unbeaten season, Amador Valley completes a perfect run as our No. 1 ranked East Bay team.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 27-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 25-2 70 2
3. Granada 19-9 65 6
4. Foothill 16-11 58 4
5. James Logan 23-2 57 3
6. Salesian 18-1 50 9
7. Carondelet 15-13 41 12
8. San Ramon Valley 17-9 38 7
9. Heritage 19-5 37 5
10. Arroyo 19-8 34 15
11. Newark Memorial 19-7 23 10
12. Castro Valley 18-10 22 8
13. Redwood Christian 20-2 12 NR
14. Encinal 14-8 10 NR
t15. Concord 16-10 3 13
t15. Dougherty Valley 12-10 3 NR

Also receiving votes: Freedom (13-6-2, 2 votes), California (7-14, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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Frank Kurtz withdraws from state meet due to injury

By Phil Jensen
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 10:06 pm in Uncategorized

Heritage High’s Frank Kurtz has withdrawn from this weekend’s CIF state track and field championships due to a knee injury, Heritage coach Kevin Bain texted to the Bay Area News Group tonight.
Kurtz, who won the boys 400 meter title last Saturday at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions, told the Bay Area News Group after his victory that he had kind of tweaked his right knee two days earlier. “I couldn’t go out fast, do anything explosive off this knee,” he said.
But Kurtz was dominant in the 400 final Saturday, winning by .42 with a time of 47.66 seconds. The Stanford-bound senior has the seventh-fastest time in the state this season (47.35) according to Last year, Kurtz placed fourth in the 400 final at the CIF state championships
“Frank decided that his injury is preventing him from running 100 percent and feels that he cannot win it going 70 percent like last weekend,” Bain texted. “It is a soft tissue strain in the back of the knee that prevents him from accelerating.”

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

By Phil Jensen
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 6:41 pm in Uncategorized

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

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San Ramon Valley announces its college-bound athletes

By Matt Schwab
Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 5:28 pm in Uncategorized

Topped by an impressive nine members of the San Ramon Valley High girls soccer team, here is a list of Wolves heading to college athletics:

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Hipol hired as Pilots girls basketball coach

By Phil Jensen
Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 3:55 pm in Uncategorized

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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Monte Vista honors college-bound athletes

By Matt Schwab
Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 3:14 pm in Prep Sports, Uncategorized

Monte Vista High honored its 23 college-bound athletes at a school ceremony on May 30. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ohlone hires new men’s basketball coach

By Phil Jensen
Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 7:21 pm in Uncategorized

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.

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Boys Soccer: Zahner, Faidley step down; Kendall in at MV

By Matt Smith
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 4:24 pm in Boys soccer

A pair of East Bay coaching fixtures have decided to step away, subsequently, both of them hale from the East Bay Athletic League.
Monte Vista’s Matt Zahner is resigning as head coach after nine seasons at the helm of the Mustangs, while California’s Chris Faidley is leaving his post after seven seasons with the Grizzlies.
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NCS baseball: Upsets aplenty as tournament begins

By Stephanie Hammon
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 4:12 pm in Baseball

What a crazy stat to the North Coast Section baseball playoffs. We got an 18-inning thriller that lasted two days, saw the defending champions in Division I and II eliminated in the first round and had the No. 16 seed beat the No. 1 in two brackets. This is the kind of excitement we get with single-elimination tournaments on the diamond.

The highlights of the opening round:

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De La Salle’s Kahlil McKenzie lists his top 12

By Stephanie Hammon
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 3:17 pm in Football

De La Salle lineman Kahlil McKenzie, flooded with offers from some of the country’s most successful football programs, announced his list of top 12 schools on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 309-pound defensive tackle posted his top choices to his Twitter account. In order, McKenzie’s favorites at the moment are Tennessee, Arizona, USC, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, UCLA, Miami, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Oregon and Texas Tech.


The prized recruit is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie. Kahlil made a major impact in his first season with De La Salle last fall after moving to the East Bay from Wisconsin. He registered a team-high 12 sacks and was third with 74 tackles — including 18 tackles for a loss.

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