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Signing Day: The stories and photos

It was another busy signing day in the East Bay with a number of football recruits inking their letters of intent to top college programs. Plenty of other student-athletes signed in soccer.

Here’s our most updated list of local signees.

A feature on Clayton Valley Charter’s Kahlil McKenzie, who is rated the top recruit in the country by Scout even though he didn’t play his senior year.

And below you’ll find photos that were sent to us. Feel free to send us yours to prepscores@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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Signing Day: Where East Bay football players are headed

These athletes have, or are expected to, sign a national letter of intent during the signing period that began today. Email us additions, corrections or photos at prepscores@bayareanewsgroup.com.

Brady Aiello (Acalanes) Oregon
Dominic Fredrickson (Freedom) San Jose State
Bomani Hairston-Bassette (McClymonds) San Jose State
Tim Harris (Livermore) Benedictine
Stephen Johnson (San Leandro) UCLA
Kyle Kearns (Foothill) Wake Forest
JJ Koski (San Ramon Valley) Cal Poly
Isaiah Langley (Foothill) USC
Kieffer Longson (Dougherty Valley) BYU
David Lui (Pittsburg) BYU
Adam Mayer (De La Salle) Minnesota
Gabe McCoy (Pittsburg) UNLV
Kahlil McKenzie (Clayton Valley Charter) Tennessee
Namane Modise (Castro Valley) Minot State
Noah Myers (Las Lomas) Washington State
Zach Nelson (San Ramon Valley) University of San Diego
Roland Ocansey (Tennyson) UC Davis
Tyler Petite (Campolindo) USC
Ben Schrider (Saint Mary’s) Richmond
Simba Short (De La Salle) Northwestern
Ron Smith (Saint Mary’s) San Diego State
Matt Snyder (California) Nebraska
Xavier Thibodeaux (Tennyson) Western Oregon
Ernie Timoteo (Kennedy-Richmond) Sacramento State
Tyler Whisenhunt (California) Cal Poly
Javin White (McClymonds) UNLV

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Reynolds leaning toward Arizona State, coach said

Contra Costa College football star Deonte Reynolds is leaning toward signing with Arizona State on Wednesday, Comets coach Alonzo Carter said tonight.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Pinole Valley High graduate is rated as a three-star defensive tackle by Scout.com. and rivals.com. Iowa State and Fresno State are also in Reynolds’ final three schools, Carter said.
Carter said that other Comets who will be signing include offensive tackle Daris Workman (North Carolina State), defensive back Marquez Mackey (New Mexico), nose tackle Brandon Wright (Jackson State) and defensive tackle James Reid (Jackson State).

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East Bay girls basketball poll — Feb. 3 edition

Here’s our latest East Bay girls basketball poll. Results are through Saturday, Jan. 31.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Miramonte (5) 19-2 75 1
2. Carondelet 17-2 70 2
3. Salesian 21-2 65 3
t4. Dublin 18-2 57 5
t4. Bishop O’Dowd 13-7 57 6
6. St. Mary’s 16-6 51 4
7. Berkeley 14-7 45 7
8. James Logan 17-3 40 8
9. Clayton Valley 16-5 35 9
10. Pittsburg 16-4 30 10
11. Valley Christian 20-3 25 11
12. Castro Valley 16-6 19 12
13. Piedmont 12-9 15 14
t14. Oakland Tech 12-7 5 13
t14. Mission San Jose 11-6 5 NR

Also receiving votes:  Deer Valley (10-9, 4 votes), Liberty (15-5, 1), Oakland (13-5, 1).  The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday, Jan. 31.

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SIGNING DAY: Send us your photos and information

Coaches and athletic directors — If you haven’t done so already, please send us a list of your athletes who are signing national letters of intent on Wednesday or any time during this signing period. We will also post photos from signing ceremonies across the region to our East Bay Prep Corner blog, so feel free to send those along, too. You can email us at prepscores@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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Baseball: DeMers, Hooper named MaxPreps preseason All-Americans

College Park pitcher Joe DeMers.

College Park pitcher Joe DeMers.

A pair of local pitchers are earning recognition as two of the best high school baseball players in the country. College Park’s Joe DeMers and De La Salle’s Justin Hooper were recently named to the 30-player preseason All-America list by MaxPreps.com.

DeMers signed with Washington and Hooper with UCLA during the early signing period in November, but both are potential early round MLB draft picks.

Here’s what MaxPreps has to say about DeMers, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior who has been a longtime USA Baseball star: College Park could be one of the top teams in the country this year thanks largely to the all-around play of DeMers, who has earned MaxPreps Underclass All-American honors three years running. He posted a 12-2 record last year with 94 strikeouts and a 0.65 ERA in 86 innings pitched. He also batted .373 with 32 RBIs. He has committed to Washington.

De La Salle pitcher Justin Hooper

De La Salle pitcher Justin Hooper

And here is MaxPreps’ assessment of Hooper, who is 6-foot-7, 230 pounds and the younger brother of Stanford tight end Austin Hooper: Considered the nation’s top lefthanded pitcher, Hooper posted a 6-3 record with a 2.04 ERA and struck out 58 batters in 44.2 innings pitched for the Spartans.

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Football: CIF to decide on state bowl game expansion this weekend

The California Interscholastic Federation will vote whether to expand the state football playoffs to include all section champions at its Federated Council meeting in San Jose tomorrow and Saturday, and the decision looks like it won’t be quite so easy to predict after all.

With the Southern Section, by far the state’s largest, voting against the proposal to expand state bowl games from five to 13 divisions, the chances of it passing took a bit of a hit. According to the OC Register, the proposal is failing 63-57 with 19 votes undeclared as of Thursday afternoon.

The proposal needs 69 votes to pass, so there’s still a good chance it will. Twelve of the undeclared votes do not belong to an individual section. Instead, they are “allied” votes, and go these groups or individuals: Cal Coaches Assoc. (CCA), Ca. Assoc. of Private School Organization (CAPSO), California State A.D. Association (CSADA), Calif. School Boards Assoc (CSBA), Association of Ca. School Administrators (ACSA), Superintendents Representative, Ca. Department of Education, Ca. Assoc. of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Ca. Assoc. of Directors of Activities (CADA), State CIF President, State CIF Past President, State CIF President-Elect.

The vote could also hinge on whether the CIF agrees to revise language allowing non section champions from sections with an Open Division to advance. According to colleague Darren Sabedra of the San Jose Mercury News, the CCS’ delegates will vote yes on the proposal if the language is changed. The OC Register’s latest vote tally accounted for the CCS voting no.

Last week, the North Coast Section was the first to decide to vote no on the expansion, which would go into effect this fall if passed. The reasoning from the NCS (as well as the SS) included safety concerns about the length of the season. Delegates from both sections brought up the point that it seems contradictory to be expanding the season when at the same time they are voting to limit contact in practice.