Our Countdown to Kickoff series resumes with a look at a league that always seems to have a say in the NCS Division II playoffs – the Diablo Valley Athletic League. The question: Can anyone slow down Clayton Valley Charter?
Here are the details on ticket information, etc. for the De La Salle vs. Jesuit football game on Aug. 29. The game has been moved from Levi’s Stadium to Memorial Stadium on the Cal campus. It’ll be shown live on ESPN2. Here’s what you need to know:
- Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Seating will be general admission.
- Tickets can be purchased in advance at the De La Salle bookstore or online here: https://prepmo.com/games/475/
- Gates open at 7 p.m. Will call opens at 7 p.m.
- Tickets purchased for the Levi’s Stadium game will NOT be accepted at the doors. Contact Ticketmaster or the 49ers for refunds.
- Fans are encouraged to use public transportation. A limited number of on-campus parking lots will be open for day-of-game permit purchase, primarily the Foothill, Upper Hearst, Lower Hearst and Underhill lots.
With the opening East Bay high school football weekend right upon us, we travel to Southern Alameda County for our next question.
Q: Can Washington defend its Mission Valley Athletic League title?
A: Quite possibly. Washington and coach Ken Wittmer’s track record over the past six seasons show that the Huskies are a consistent league contender. In the past six seasons, Washington has finished lower than second place in the MVAL only once (when it was 3-3 in 2011) and won two MVAL titles.
Cal-Hi Sports has released its preseason all-state selections in football and several locals made the list.
Leading the way are San Ramon Valley offensive lineman Dru Samia, Foothill defensive back Isaiah Langley and Clayton Valley Charter defensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie, who all made the first-team.
Second team selections included De La Salle defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa and Campolindo tight end Tyler Petite.
Third team picks were De La Salle linebacker Simba Short and Pittsburg defensive back Shurod Thompson.
You can check out the full team here.
Cal-Hi Sports also released its preseason All-East Bay/NCS team recently, which can be viewed here.
The 2014 season is almost here. Check out our first East Bay high school football poll of the season.
|Team||2013 Record||Points||Last year|
|1. De La Salle (4)||14-1||60||1|
|4. Clayton Valley Charter||11-2||49||9|
|5. San Ramon Valley||7-5||46||10|
|8. James Logan||9-3||32||8|
|9. San Leandro||6-5||28||NR|
|13. Amador Valley||5-6||9||NR|
|14. St. Mary’s||10-4||8||t13|
Also receiving votes: Washington (6-5, 3 votes), El Cerrito (12-3-3), Bishop O’Dowd 3-7, 2). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.
Highly respected Max Luckhurst has resigned as the Campolindo High baseball coach after a successful 16-year run in the program.
The BVAL football race is looking a little like one of those sprints in which everybody seems to have a shot at crossing the finish line first.
California and San Ramon Valley, each with new quarterbacks and proven track records, appear well-stocked for another strong run in East Bay Athletic League football.
Open Division regional games in football are a thing of the past, the California Interscholastic Federation announced Monday.
Instead, the CIF will now select the best team from the North and best team from the South to bypass the regional finals and compete against each other in the Open Division state championship game.
Since the regional championships were created in 2012, the CIF had been selecting the two best teams in each region to square off in a regional final with the winner earning a spot in the premier state championship game. The issue with that format was that the losers of the Open Division regionals — the second best teams — were not included in the state championships.
Regional championship games for Divisions I-IV will continue.
So what does this mean for East Bay teams? The most obvious team it affects is De La Salle, which has played in and won the NorCal Open Division regional final the last two years. Both wins have come against Folsom. Should the Spartans have another dominant season, we’ll likely see them getting the bye into the Open Division state final.
The new format could also make it harder for other local teams to earn a spot in the regional championships simply because there are now fewer spots to go around.
“When the Game Stands Tall,” the Sony Pictures movie about the De La Salle High football team, took in an estimated $3 million at the box office on its first day of release, as it was No. 2 among new releases and No. 5 among all movies in theaters this weekend.
According to Entertainment Weekly, “If I Stay” premiered at No. 1 as it took $6.83 million. Here’s the rundown of the top 5, according to EW.
1. “If I Stay” - $6.83 million (new)
2. “Guardians of the Galaxy” - $4.83 million ($239. 1 million total domestic total)
3. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” – $4.54 million ($133.3 million total domestic total)
4. “Let’s Be Cops” – $3.23 million ($37.5 million domestic total)
5. “When The Game Stands Tall” – $3.0 million (new)