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Story links from a busy night in the East Bay…

There was a lot going on tonight — league tournament championship games, final regular season basketball games, wrestling league championships. Here are links to some of the events we covered Friday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Saint Mary’s beat Salesian 62-59 for TCAL-Rock Division tournament championship in a game that was tight the entire way. MaAne’ Mosley scored the final four points of the game to help the Panthers beat Salesian for the first time in three tries this season. Mosley had a game-high 23 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL: El Cerrito finished strong in a 78-56 win over St. Patrick-St. Vincent in the TCAL-Rock Division title game. Carlos Johnson and Sayeed Pridgett had 17 points each for the Gauchos, who didn’t lose once in the challenging TCAL. The Gauchos petitioned up to the NCS Division II bracket this year and will be tough to beat in that bracket.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Pittsburg avenged an earlier loss to Deer Valley and, in doing so, captured its first Bay Valley Athletic League title since 2002. The Pirates won 67-60 behind Adorah Bugg’s 30 points.

WRESTLING: Liberty won another BVAL title, winning four individual championship matches. The Lions sent nine wrestlers to the finals. The only upset of the finals came when Deer Valley’s Savonn Sanders pinned Liberty’s Niko Zannarini — a returning NCS medalist and league champion — with two seconds left in the second round of the 128-pound title bout.

FOOTBALL: In case you missed it last night, College Park has hired Joe Tenorio as its new head coach. Tenorio was highly successful at Encinal. The job opened up when Bill Kepler resigned in December after 26 years as head coach.

 

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East Bay Boys Basketball Poll – 2/18

BOYS BASKETBALL POLL
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

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Arroyo dedicates baseball field to former coach

The newly remodeled Arroyo High School baseball field is being dedicated to former coach Verl M. Thornock this Saturday at 10 a.m. Thornock was the head baseball coach at Arroyo from 1957 to 1975. His teams won multiple Hayward Area Athletic League championships. Following the 10 a.m. ceremony, the Stephen Petros Memorial Alumni Baseball Game will take place at 11 a.m.

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East Bay Boys Basketball Poll – 2/11

Not much movement from last week until the final six spots.

BOYS BASKETBALL POLL
Rank, School Rec. Pts LW
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5)* 17-4 75 1
2. Campolindo 20-2 70 2
3. De La Salle 20-2 65 3
4. Moreau Catholic 17-5 60 4
5. Monte Vista 20-2 53 5
6. El Cerrito 22-3 52 6
7. San Ramon Valley 18-4 45 7
8. Salesian 16-8 40 8
9. Berkeley 16-6 35 9
10. San Leandro 16-6 30 11
11. College Park 18-5 23 12
12. Saint Mary’s 14-9 17 10
13. Freedom 13-9 12 15
14. Albany 25-1 10 NR
15. Amador Valley 14-8 7 NR
Also receiving votes: McClymonds (14-7, 5 points), Las Lomas (15-7, 1). 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

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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