East Bay girls volleyball rankings, with comments

  1. Campolindo (4-5) — Sure, the Cougars lost four times at the Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas, but two of those defeats included to the eventual tournament champion and a powerhouse program from Georgia. Finishing 15th at a prestigious 63-team tourney is impressive enough to stay top these rankings.
  2. Monte Vista (11-3) — The Mustangs only lost once, to eventual champ Redwood, at the loaded East County Invitational and opened league play Tuesday with a sweep of Amador Valley, moving them back up a spot. But watch out for Thursday’s league match against Foothill, which I’ll be covering.
  3. Foothill (8-2) — Dropping matches to eventual East County Invite finalists Redwood and Pleasant Grove was buffered by the fact that both were in three sets. In other words, the Falcons weren’t far from winning the tournament, and swept Lowell-S.F. in the third-place match and Livermore in their league opener Tuesday.
  4. Bishop O’Dowd (6-3) — After falling to defending CIF Division 3 champion Sacred Heart Cathedral last week, the Dragons have won three times including over host Valley Christian, the school that beat SHC for the Central Coast Section Division 3 title last year.
  5. Head-Royce (13-0) — The Jayhawks rolled through St. Joseph Notre Dame’s D5 Showcase last weekend, winning four times without dropping a set. That keeps them unbeaten and unable to be ignored, moving up three spots in our rankings.
  6. San Ramon Valley (3-3) — The Wolves bounced back from three losses to strong teams at the East County Invite — including Foothill by a 2-1 set score — by sweeping a decent Carondelet team Tuesday. They have three more matches to prepare for a rematch with Foothill followed by a face-off with rival Monte Vista.
  7. California (12-3) — The Grizzlies swept Liberty before starting the 3-0 in the second tier of the East County Invite, enough momentum to keep them high despite a tourney loss to upstart Dougherty Valley and a 3-2 road defeat at the hands of Granada on Tuesday.
  8. Granada (10-4) — Downing Cal on Tuesday impressed nonetheless, adding to the Matadors’ win streak after two sweeps last week.
  9. Alhambra (12-0) — A 4-0 run through the third tier of the East County Invite kept the Bulldogs unbeaten ahead of their toughest test this season, Thursday at Miramonte.
  10. Liberty (9-3) — Being swept by Cal shows the Lions are vulnerable, though they still have sweeps of Granada and Dougherty Valley.
  11. St. Joseph Notre Dame (11-3) — The Pilots won four times at their own D5 Showcase last weekend, only falling in the finale to unbeaten Head-Royce.
  12. Dougherty Valley (5-6) — Placing second in the second tier of the East County Invite boosts the Wildcats into our rankings, especially since that included a win over California.
  13. Acalanes (4-3) — Splitting four matches at the East County Invite slides the Dons down, even though one of their wins was over Miramonte.
  14. Miramonte (5-3) — The Matadors did not have a good showing at the East County Invite, losing in two sets to San Ramon Valley and Acalanes.
  15. Amador Valley (8-3) — League play opened with a sweep at the hands of Monte Vista, dropping the Dons two spots and closer to the bubble.

On the bubble: Albany (7-3), Carondelet (6-3), Irvington (8-4), Dublin (8-4), Arroyo (11-6).


East Bay football rankings — 9/23

Here’s our East Bay rankings after the fourth week of play.

Team Record Last Week Up Next
1. De La Salle 3-1 1 BYE
2. Clayton Valley Charter 3-1 3 BYE
3. Foothill 4-0 4 vs. Granada
4. Monte Vista 3-0 7 @Livermore
5. Pittsburg 3-1 6 vs. Vacaville
6. California 2-1 6 vs. San Ramon Valley
7. Antioch 4-0 8 @Pinole Valley
8. Campolindo 3-1 5 vs. Dublin
9. Freedom 3-1 9 @Will C. Wood
10. Moreau Catholic 4-0 11 @Mission San Jose
11. James Logan 3-1 10 @Castro Valley
12. Amador Valley 2-1 13 vs. Northgate
13. San Ramon Valley 1-2 12 @California
14. Miramonte 4-0 14 @Alhambra
15. McClymonds 3-0 NR @Stagg

On the bubble: Concord (3-1), Piedmont (3-1), Pinole Valley (3-1). The East Bay rankings are compiled by the Bay Area News Group, selected from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.


Davis’ Fiona O’Keeffe sets course record at De La Salle Nike cross country invitational

Davis High’s Fiona O’Keeffe broke a 19-year-old Newhall Park-Concord 3.0 mile Invitational course record to highlight the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Cross Country Invitational today.
O’Keeffe, a senior who is the two-time defending CIF Division I state champion, broke the previous girls course record by five seconds with a jaw-dropping time of 16:41. The previous record of 16:46 was set by Julia Stamps of Santa Rosa , and the next fastest time on the girls all-time invitational list before today was O’Keeffe’s (17:05).
Granada’s Megan McCandless, the runner-up, produced one of the top-five girls times ever at this invitational (17:36). Monte Vista’s Brooke Starn, who was third, had one of the top-10 girls times ever at this invitational (17:53).
Davis easily won the girls team title with a score of 64, followed by Monte Vista (140) and Granada (146).
In the boys race, Davis’ Michael Vernau prevailed to stay undefeated in this young cross country season. The junior won with a time of 15:22, 10 seconds ahead of Jesuit-Carmichael’s Sean Kurdy, the runner-up.
“It was all right. I didn’t quite get the time I wanted,” said Vernau, who was looking for a time between 14:30 and 15:00. “I just wanted to make sure I didn’t get on the backwards train, that I maintained my pace the whole way.”
Benjamin Holland was third (15:25), giving Jesuit an excellent top-two individual placings on its way to the team title (37 points). Davis placed second as a team 103, followed by Monte Vista (112). The top East Bay high school placer in the race was Acalanes’ Cameron Gaskell (fourth, 15:30).

Both  O’Keeffe and Vernau held the lead by approximately 150 yards into their races. O’Keefe stretched that lead to approximately 15 seconds as she came down the major hill in the race starting the second mile, and she held a 30 second advantage over McCandless near the two-mile mark. Verdau crossed the two-mile mark in 9:56, nine seconds ahead of a small pack led by Gaskell.


Cross Country-B
De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational
3 miles at Newhall Park, Concord
Team scores (top 20): Jesuit-Carmichael 37, Davis 103, Monte Vista 112, Long Beach Poly 167, Granada 213, Woodcreek-Roseville 223, Campolindo 238, Los Gatos 278, Clayton Valley Charter 293, Liberty 311, Dougherty Valley 317, Amador Valley 336, San Ramon Valley 359, Merced 399, Lowell-S.F. 403, Madera 442, Acalanes 464, College Park 471, Salinas 493, De La Salle 538.
Individual results (top 20): Vernau (Dav) 15:12, Kurdy (Jes) 15:22, Holland (Jes) 15:25, Gaskell (Aca) 15:30, Bouhassoun (Mission-S.F.) 15:42, Yabu (Cam) 15:47, Cummings (Jes) 15:53, Chrisman (MV) 15:53, Parker (Wood) 15:56, Singh (Mt. Eden) 15:56, Browning (Dav) 15:57, Ambriz (Mer) 16:00, Jones (Jes) 16:01, Braganza (DoughV) 16:04, Miller (MV) 16:04, Novoa (LBP) 16:05, Lackner (Jes) 16:07, Vomund (MV) 16:08, Hutchison (Newark Memorial) 16:08, Maneloveg (MV) 16:09.

Cross Country-G
De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational
3.0 miles at Newhall Park, Concord
Team scores (top 20): Davis 64, Monte Vista 140, Granada 146, Redwood 154, St. Francis (Mountain View) 208, St. Francis-Sacramento 210, Liberty 232, Amador Valley 235, Woodcreek-Roseville 254, Bishop O’Dowd 317, Miramonte 357, Lowell-S.F. 364, Dougherty Valley 373, San Ramon Valley 377, Tamalpais 400, Campolindo 421, Roseville 437, Carondelet 446, Madera 456, Clayton Valley Charter 532.
Individual results (top 20): F. O’Keeffe (Dav) 16:41*, M. McCandless (Gra) 17:36, B. Starn (MV) 17:53, Castiglioni (Dav) 17:54, Leung (Lowe) 17:56, Haskell (Mira) 18:09, Taylor (BOD) 18:10, Corda (MV) 18:19, Fisk (Dav) 18:20, Brill (Lowe) 18:21, Vandegrift (SF-Sac) 18:23, Leroudier (AV) 18:23, O. O’Keeffe (Dav) 18:27, Arndt (SF-Sac) 18:33, Tucker (DoughV) 18:33, Bohannon (Lib) 18:34, Guo (DoughV) 18:36, Lawsen (Gra) 18:39, Murphy (Red) 18:40, Dipentino (Wood) 18:43.
* — course record


East Bay football rankings — 9/16

Here’s our East Bay rankings after the third week of play.

Team Record Last Week Up Next
1. De La Salle 1-1 1 vs. Orange Lutheran
2. Clayton Valley Charter 2-1 3 vs. James Logan
3. Foothill 3-0 4 @Castro Valley
4. Monte Vista 2-0 7 @Sacred Heart Cath.
5. Campolindo 3-0 5 @Napa
6. Pittsburg 2-1 2 BYE
7. California 1-1 6 @Liberty
8. Antioch 3-0 8 vs. Rancho Cotate
9. Freedom 2-1 9 @San Leandro
10. James Logan 3-0 11 @Clayton Vly. Charter
11. Moreau Catholic 2-0 14 vs. Skyline
12. San Ramon Valley 1-2 10 BYE
13. Amador Valley 1-1 14 @El Cerrito
14. Miramonte 3-0 NR vs. Alameda
15. Salesian 2-0 NR @Piedmont

On the bubble: Concord (2-1), Liberty (2-1), McClymonds (2-0), Piedmont (2-1). The East Bay rankings are compiled by the Bay Area News Group, selected from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.


East Bay girls volleyball rankings, with comments

1. Campolindo (1-1): A sweep of top-ranked Monte Vista last Thursday merits movement upward from No. 3 and is impressive enough for the Cougars’ loss Tuesday to defending CIF Division 3 champion Sacred Heart Cathedral to not matter much.

2. San Ramon Valley (1-0): The Wolves rallied from a 1-0 set deficit to defeat then-No. 8 Northgate in their only match, which is surprising considering how good they usually are so they don’t merit going ahead of Campolindo.

3. Monte Vista (6-2): Though the Mustangs rolled in their first four matches of the Albany Cougar Challenge last weekend, their loss to Campolindo coupled with a Challenge title-match defeat at the hands of red-hot Head-Royce slides them down from No. 1.

4. Bishop O’Dowd (3-3): Record doesn’t reflect the Dragons’ strength, since all three losses were to defending CIF champions at Milpitas Spikefest (twice to Sacred Heart Cathedral, once to Archbishop Mitty of Division 2), so they remain at No. 4.

5. Foothill (3-0): The Falcons have lost just one set in three matches, which includes a sweep of No. 6 Liberty, but need more quality opponents to change from No. 5. A chance: Sept. 24 at Monte Vista.

6. Liberty (9-2): The Lions lost twice since six wins at the San Lorenzo Tournament, including over No. 7 California, but those defeats were to Monte Vista and Foothill. They also also proceeded to sweep then-No. 10 Granada, keeping them at No. 6.

7. California (7-1): Lone loss for the Grizzlies was to No. 6 Liberty in the San Lorenzo tourney, a 2-1 defeat that will be rematched in best-of-5 format Thursday. They remain at No. 7 but likely moving soon.

8. Head-Royce (8-0): Under our radar before this season (a.k.a. unranked), the Jayhawks have yet to lose — including against then-No. 1 Monte Vista and then-No. 15 St. Joseph Notre Dame. That bodes well for a team that reached NCS Division 5 semis in 2014.

9. Miramonte (4-0): The Matadors move up a spot mostly behind a victory over then-No. 10 Granada, though three other easy victories help the senior-heavy team that was under .500 last season.
10. Alhambra (8-0): Being unbeaten in so many matches, albeit all against unranked opponents, makes us bullish on the Bulldogs, who were 13th and start league play at No. 9 Miramonte on Sept. 24.
11. Acalanes (2-0) We’re told they’ll surprise some people this year, and so far they’ve just obliterated opponents — the Dons have yet to win a set by less than double digits, including an impressive 25-5 victory over College Park in its opening match of the season.

12. Granada (8-4) A couple losses in Milpitas Spikefest and a few more to ranked teams (Liberty and Miramonte) move it down three spots, though the Matadors bounced back with a win after each one.

13. Amador Valley (8-2): Another team that we’re told might be more relevant this season, the Dons recently registered road wins over two .500-plus teams and thus advance a spot in the rankings.

14. St. Joseph Notre Dame (6-2): The Pilots were felled by then-No. 1 Monte Vista, but their only other loss (to Marin Academy) was avenged a few days later — so they’re boosted up a spot this week.

15. Albany (6-3): The Cougars drew a decent crowd of quality teams to their tournament last weekend and wound up winning four of six matches, but nearly took then-No. 1 Monte Vista to three sets.

On the bubble: Moreau Catholic (4-3), Newark Memorial (1-1), Northgate (1-2).


Granada swimmer Maxime Rooney selected to National Junior team in four events

Granada High’s Maxime Rooney was selected for the USA Swimming Men’s National Junior Team in four events, USA Swimming announced today.
Rooney, who also competes for the Pleasanton Seahawks, was picked for the U.S. team in the 50-meter freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
“It’s always an honor to be on a USA National team,” said Rooney, who was named to the USA National Team in the 200 freestyle earlier this month. “I had a good feeling that I would be on the team based on my placing in the junior national meet and national meet in August.”
Rooney swam the 50 freestyle in 22.99 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 53.40 at the Speedo Junior Nationals earlier this summer. He also produced a top U.S. Junior time of 48.87 in the 100 freestyle at the FINA World Junior Championships, and swam 1:47.10 in the 200 freestyle at the Phillips 66 Nationals.
“Honestly, I was sure of the 100 and 200 free,” said Rooney about his chances of being selected to the USA junior team. “I was not too sure of the 50 free because it’s an extra event for me. The 100 fly, I wasn’t sure.”
In the North Coast Section championship meet in May, Rooney broke his own NCS record in the 200-yard freestyle and repeated as section champion in both that event and the 500-yard freestyle as a junior.