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.


Heat wave leads to postponement of Freedom tennis tournament

The heat wave that has struck the East Bay has caused at least one high school event to be postponed.
On Wednesday, Freedom athletic director Steve Amaro decided the conditions and risk of heat exhaustion were too much and he has postponed this weekend’s Freedom Girls Tennis Invitational until Sept. 18-19.
With temperatures hitting 104 in Oakley on Wednesday, and more on the same predicted for Friday, the first day of the two-day tournament, Amaro made the call to put off the tournament.
“The players would have out here from 9 to 5, with a little bit of shade, but hey, we’re a school,” said Amaro, who said he realizes that some of the schools slated to come may not be able next week.
Heritage, Liberty, Bethel-Vallejo, Lincoln-Stockton, Tracy, San Leandro, Livermore, Concord and West-Tracy were scheduled to take part in the tournament.
At Freedom, practices have been moved away from the afternoon, Amaro said. Cross country is practicing at 6:30 a.m. and football practices are on restricted movement. At this point, the Falcons are still scheduled to host Amador Valley in a football game at 7 p.m. Friday with a JV game at 4:30.


East Bay football rankings — 9/9

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

Team Record Last Week Up Next
1. De La Salle 1-1 1 vs. Servite
2. Pittsburg 2-0 2 @Monte Vista
3. Clayton Valley Charter 1-1 3 vs. Cardinal Newman
4. Foothill 2-0 4 @Stagg
5. Campolindo 2-0 6 vs. Deer Valley
6. California 1-1 7 @Liberty
7. Monte Vista 1-0 8 vs. Pittsburg
8. Antioch 2-0 12 vs. San Leandro
9. Freedom 1-1 5 vs. Amador Valley
10. San Ramon Valley 1-1 9 @James Logan
11. James Logan 2-0 11 vs. San Ramon Valley
12. Amador Valley 1-0 13 @Freedom
13. Piedmont 2-0 14 @Moreau Catholic
14. Moreau Catholic 2-0 NR vs. Piedmont
15. Salesian 2-0 NR BYE

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


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Foothill’s Isaiah Floyd (22) runs the ball for a touchdown against San Leandro’s Omari Land (23) in the second quarter of their high school football game in Pleasanton, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

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