Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football First Team includes Najee Harris, three De La Salle players

Cal-Hi Sports announced its all-state first-team football squad today, and the East Bay was heavily represented.

Antioch High’s Najee Harris, who was Cal-Hi Sports’ 2015 Mr. Football as a junior, is one of three running backs named to the squad. Harris, who is also the 2015 East Bay Football Player of the Year, rushed for 2,696 yards and 36 touchdowns in his outstanding season.

De La Salle, the 2015 CIF Open Division state champions, were represented by seniors Boss Tagaloa, Devin Asiasi and Antoine Custer.

Tagaloa, selected as a defensive lineman, had three tackles for a loss in the Open Division state championship game and finished the season with 30 solo tackles and 6.5 sacks.

Asiasi and Custer were selected as multi-purpose players. Asiasi had 17 catches for 311 yards and five touchdowns as a tight end, and 49 total tackles, including four sacks, as a defensive lineman. Custer rushed for 1,340 yards, averaging 9.8 yards per carry, and scored 15 touchdowns as a running back. He also had 37 total tackles and three interceptions with 107 return yards as a defensive back.

Tagaloa and Asiasi will announce their college choices early Wednesday afternoon on ESPN2. Custer announced on Facebook on Jan. 19 that he orally committed to Eastern Washington.


Bishop O’Dowd girls volleyball coach goes to Branson-Ross

Bishop O’Dowd High girls volleyball coach Jorge Peñate is leaving the school to become co-head coach at Branson-Ross, he announced Monday on Twitter.

Peñate helmed Bishop O’Dowd the last two seasons, including to the North Coast Section Division 3 crown this past year. The Dragons were 27-13 last season and reached the CIF State Division 3 quarterfinals a year after going 28-6 and falling to eventual champion Sonoma Valley in the NCS Division 3 semifinals.

The move means Peñate be going from NCS title team to NCS title team, since Branson-Ross is the seven-time defending Division 5 champion. He is joining forces with “close friend” Michelle Brazil, who has led the Bulls to six straight CIF State Division 5 title matches, including championships in 2010-13.

Prior to Bishop O’Dowd, Peñate coached Berkeley from 2012-2013, when the Yellowjackets went 22-11 and 20-12 respectively and twice lost to California in the NCS Division 1 quarterfinals.



De La Salle’s Devin Asiasi, Boss Tagaloa to announce college decision on ESPN2

De La Salle High School football stars Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa will announce their college choices on ESPN2 on Feb. 3, ESPN announced today.

They will be two of 13 players nationally who will be announcing their college choices on that station that day. Asiasi and Tagaloa are scheduled to announce at approximately noon Pacific Time in the De La Salle High gym.

Asiasi announced via Twitter earlier this month that his top five colleges are, in no specific order, Alabama, Michigan, USC, UCLA and Washington. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Asiasi is ranked as the No. 3 senior tight end in the country and No. 1 on the West Coast by espn.com. He had 17 catches for 311 yards (an 18.3 yards per catch average) with five touchdowns last season for De La Salle.

Tagaloa’s final five schools, according to ESPN, are Cal, Michigan, USC, UCLA and Washington. Like Asiasi, the 6-3, 295-pound Tagaloa is rated as a four-star player by espn.com, and he is the top-ranked senior defensive tackle on the West Coast and 13th nationally by espn.com. Tagaloa had 6.5 sacks and 30 solo tackles in 12 games for the Spartans.


East Bay high school basketball scores for Tuesday, Jan. 26

Pretty close to a full slate of games, though DFAL is on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule this week. Rivalry games tonight in the EBAL.
Check back here for updates as final scores come in:
Athenian 83, Valley Christian 62
College Prep 69, Redwood Christian 59
Bentley 53, Head-Royce 48
Pittsburg 49, Freedom 39
Liberty 69, Antioch 52
Heritage 68, Deer Valley 55
College Park 75, Clayton Valley 64
Concord 70, Mt. Diablo 24
Northgate 66, Berean Christian 43
De La Salle 81, Cal 40
Monte Vista 70, San Ramon Valley 42
Granada 71, Livermore 70
Foothill 54, Amador Valley 35
Newark Memorial 73, Moreau 69
James Logan 84, Mission San Jose 38
Washington  63, American 29
Irvington 67, Kennedy 54
Salesian 47, El Cerrito  45
St. Patrick-St. Vincent at Hercules, not available
St. Joseph Notre Dame 56, Saint Mary’s 50
Kennedy 90, Richmond 46
Albany 65, Pinole Valley 39
John Swett 85, De Anza 75

Athenian at Valley Christian, not available
Bentley 47, Head-Royce 33
Pittsburg 57, Freedom 17
Liberty 52, Antioch 34
Heritage 59, Deer Valley 41
Northgate 44, Berean Christian 41
Clayton Valley 54, College Park 33
Concord 81, Mt. Diablo 19
Granada 73, Livermore 64
Carondelet 77, Cal 38
Monte Vista 59, San Ramon Valley 47
Foothill at Amador Valley, not available
Moreau 46, Newark Memorial 45
James Logan 58, Mission San Jose 51
American 41, Washington 38
Kennedy at Irvington, not available
Saint Mary’s 56, St. Joseph Notre Dame 45
Pinole Valley at St. Patrick-St. Vincent, not available
Salesian 72, Kennedy 39
El Cerrito 65, Richmond  10
Albany 52, Hercules 43
John Swett at De Anza, not available


East Bay high school girls soccer rankings

Here is our third edition of the East Bay high school girls soccer rankings:

Team Record Last Week Upcoming games
1. Carondelet 13-0-2 1 vs. Granada,
@ No. 8 Livermore
2. Monte Vista 9-1-4 2 vs. No. 11 Foothill,
vs. Granada
3. San Ramon Valley 9-3-2 3 @ No. 8 Livermore,
vs. Amador Valley
4. Acalanes 7-0-2 6 @ Campolindo
5. Las Lomas 11-0-3 5 @ Dougherty Valley,
vs. Miramonte
6. Liberty 7-5-1 7 @ Deer Valley,
vs. Pittsburg
7. Saint Mary’s 10-1-1 8 @ Salesian,
vs. El Cerrito
8. Livermore 9-5-1 15 vs. No. 3 SRV,
vs. No. 1 Carondelet
9. California 7-5-2 4 @ Amador Valley,
vs. No. 11 Foothill
10. Piedmont 9-2-1 9 vs. Berean Christian,
@ Arroyo, @ Alameda
11. Foothill 9-6-1 10 @ No. 3 Monte Vista,
@ No. 9 California
12. Alhambra 8-2-3 11 vs. Miramonte,
@ Dublin
13. Castro Valley 9-3 NR vs. San Lorenzo,
vs. Berkeley
14. Clayton Valley Charter 8-3-3 12 @ Concord,
vs. Northgate
15. Hercules 7-4-2 NR @ John Swett, vs.
Kennedy, @ De Anza

Others considered: Pinole Valley (10-2-2), Bishop O’Dowd (8-4-1 ), Arroyo (5-4-2), College Park (8-3-4), Washington (9-4-2).


2016 De La Salle football schedule includes Utah state champion, and Antioch with Najee Harris

Utah 4A state champion East High-Salt Lake City will be one of the De La Salle football team’s opponents next season, De La Salle athletic director Leo Lopoz confirmed tonight.

“Details are being worked out, but we have a verbal agreement between both schools,” wrote Lopoz in an e-mail to the Bay Area News Group.

De La Salle, the defending CIF Open Division state champion, will host East on Week 3.

On Week 4, the Spartans will host Antioch and Najee Harris, named the state’s Mr. Football for 2015 by CalHiSports.com.

De La Salle opens the season on Week 0 against Amador Valley, followed by a home game against Serra on Week 1. After the Antioch game, De La Salle will face East Bay Athletic League teams and James Logan in the regular season.