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Final East Bay Girls High School Soccer Rankings

By Matt Schwab
Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 7:56 pm in Girls soccer

Congratulations to Monte Vista, the No. 1 ranked girls team in the country, and resilient Campolindo for winning the North Coast Section Division I and II championships.

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Final Boys Soccer: All-Star Game, Next Year, Rankings, Standings, Stats

By Matt Smith
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at 9:25 am in Boys soccer

Congrats to the De La Salle Spartans and the Dublin Gaels for winning titles. Six in a row for De La Salle and two in five seasons for Dublin.
Now let’s finish off what’s been a great season, with an even better All-Star Game than last year.
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Live blog: NCS soccer, basketball playoffs, Saturday at 2 p.m.

By Jon Becker
Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at 6:00 am in Uncategorized

Follow the action from North Coast Section soccer and basketball playoffs all day Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m.

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Live blog: NCS basketball playoffs, Friday at 6:45 p.m.

By Jon Becker
Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 5:25 pm in Uncategorized

Get in-game updates from the North Coast Section basketball playoffs on Friday.

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Another step back for Bishop O’Dowd girls basketball

By Phil Jensen
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 7:32 pm in Uncategorized

The Bishop O’Dowd High girls basketball team received another blow to its hopes of playing again this season.
Gil Lemmon, the North Coast Section commissioner, said Wednesday he sent a letter to administrators at Bishop O’Dowd saying that he could not support its efforts to qualify to the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division.

For the rest of the story, see http://www.insidebayarea.com/sports/ci_25236189/bishop-odowd-gets-bad-news-from-ncs

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Chabot coach, sons guide 3 teams in state JC basketball playoffs

By Matt Schwab
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 11:56 am in Uncategorized

 If the eyes are the window to the soul, then the Ayes are the window to the state men’s community college basketball playoffs.

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Update: Bishop O’Dowd girls still exploring postseason options

By Stephanie Hammon
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 5:02 pm in Girls basketball

The Bishop O’Dowd High girls basketball team is still holding out hope that it will have the chance to defend its Open Division state championship, but the Dragons’ prospects don’t look promising.

O’Dowd was disqualified from the North Coast Section playoffs after it was discovered that the Dragons had played 27 games, one more than the section allows. In a statement, the school said that it “failed to designate one of our contacts as a scrimmage.”

O’Dowd athletic director Mike Bowler met with North Coast Section commissioner Gil Lemmon on Monday to determine if the Dragons might still be eligible for the Northern California Open Division regional playoffs. Bowler will contact Lemmon for an update on Tuesday, according to Carlos Arriaga, O’Dowd’s associate athletic director.

A possible loophole in the CIF Open Division criteria may be the Dragons’ last hope. There are four ways to qualify for the Open Division and only three mention the section playoffs.  The final criterion (one that O’Dowd satisfies) states, “A school was ranked in the Top Ten of Cal Hi Basketball, Cal Preps and/or MaxPreps Rankings (early March) the past two years (current year and previous year).”

But on Monday morning, a spokesperson for the California Interscholastic Federation, which runs the regional and state championships, said a team must participate in its section playoffs in order to advance to the regional playoffs.

“If a team can’t qualify for its section tournament, it can’t qualify for the state tournament because (the state tournament) is an extension of the section tournament,” the CIF spokesperson said.

 

If O’Dowd is denied a spot in the regional playoffs, it’s likely that the NCS will send Salesian, St. Mary’s, Carondelet and Miramonte to the Open Division.

Before O’Dowd’s disqualification, Miramonte appeared headed to the Division III state tournament unless it was able to beat O’Dowd in the NCS Division III finals. Each section can send a maximum of four teams to the Open Division.

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Boys Soccer: Semifinals, All-Star Game, Rankings, Standings, Stats

By Matt Smith
Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 at 7:47 am in Boys soccer

And just like that, there is less than a week left in another great soccer season. Semifinals on Wednesday, finals on Saturday.
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East Bay boys basketball poll – 2/19

By Phil Jensen
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 3:01 pm in Uncategorized

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school boys basketball poll. After the first three spots, there’s been some significant movement.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 20-4 75 1
2. Monte Vista 23-1 69 2
3. El Cerrito 24-2 66 3
4. San Ramon Valley 21-3 60 5
t5. Campolindo 18-6 52 6
t5. De La Salle 17-7 52 4
7. St. Joseph Notre Dame 21-5 46 7
8. Newark Memorial 16-7 39 8
9. Freedom 19-5 36 9
10. Berkeley 21-3 27 11
11. Pittsburg 19-5 22 NR
12. Castro Valley 17-7 20 10
13. Las Lomas 16-8 13 NR
14. Salesian 15-12 11 13
15. McClymonds 15-7 9 NR

Also receiving votes: Dougherty Valley (18-7, 3 point). Records are through Feb. 15. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.
* indicates number of first-place votes

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East Bay girls basketball poll – 2/19

By Phil Jensen
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 2:34 pm in Uncategorized

Here’s this week’s East Bay Girls Basketball Poll. There’s not much movement in the first nine spots.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 21-4 75 1
2. Salesian 21-5 70 2
3. St. Mary’s 20-6 63 t3
4. Carondelet 21-3 62 t3
5. Miramonte 23-1 55 5
6. Monte Vista 21-3 50 6
7. Berkeley 17-7 45 7
8. Deer Valley 19-5 40 8
9. Piedmont 16-7 34 9
10. Moreau Catholic 20-4 26 13
11. Alameda 15-9 24 12
12. James Logan 15-9 16 10
13. Castro Valley 17-7 15 11
14. Foothill 16-8 14 14
15. Valley Christian 23-3 5 15

Also receiving votes: Clayton Valley Charter (18-6, 4 votes), Pittsburg (16-8, 1) Skyline (16-7, 1). Records are through Feb. 15. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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