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Reynolds leaning toward Arizona State, coach said

Contra Costa College football star Deonte Reynolds is leaning toward signing with Arizona State on Wednesday, Comets coach Alonzo Carter said tonight.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Pinole Valley High graduate is rated as a three-star defensive tackle by Scout.com. and rivals.com. Iowa State and Fresno State are also in Reynolds’ final three schools, Carter said.
Carter said that other Comets who will be signing include offensive tackle Daris Workman (North Carolina State), defensive back Marquez Mackey (New Mexico), nose tackle Brandon Wright (Jackson State) and defensive tackle James Reid (Jackson State).

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East Bay girls basketball poll — Feb. 3 edition

Here’s our latest East Bay girls basketball poll. Results are through Saturday, Jan. 31.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Miramonte (5) 19-2 75 1
2. Carondelet 17-2 70 2
3. Salesian 21-2 65 3
t4. Dublin 18-2 57 5
t4. Bishop O’Dowd 13-7 57 6
6. St. Mary’s 16-6 51 4
7. Berkeley 14-7 45 7
8. James Logan 17-3 40 8
9. Clayton Valley 16-5 35 9
10. Pittsburg 16-4 30 10
11. Valley Christian 20-3 25 11
12. Castro Valley 16-6 19 12
13. Piedmont 12-9 15 14
t14. Oakland Tech 12-7 5 13
t14. Mission San Jose 11-6 5 NR

Also receiving votes:  Deer Valley (10-9, 4 votes), Liberty (15-5, 1), Oakland (13-5, 1).  The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday, Jan. 31.

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SIGNING DAY: Send us your photos and information

Coaches and athletic directors — If you haven’t done so already, please send us a list of your athletes who are signing national letters of intent on Wednesday or any time during this signing period. We will also post photos from signing ceremonies across the region to our East Bay Prep Corner blog, so feel free to send those along, too. You can email us at prepscores@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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Baseball: DeMers, Hooper named MaxPreps preseason All-Americans

College Park pitcher Joe DeMers.

College Park pitcher Joe DeMers.

A pair of local pitchers are earning recognition as two of the best high school baseball players in the country. College Park’s Joe DeMers and De La Salle’s Justin Hooper were recently named to the 30-player preseason All-America list by MaxPreps.com.

DeMers signed with Washington and Hooper with UCLA during the early signing period in November, but both are potential early round MLB draft picks.

Here’s what MaxPreps has to say about DeMers, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior who has been a longtime USA Baseball star: College Park could be one of the top teams in the country this year thanks largely to the all-around play of DeMers, who has earned MaxPreps Underclass All-American honors three years running. He posted a 12-2 record last year with 94 strikeouts and a 0.65 ERA in 86 innings pitched. He also batted .373 with 32 RBIs. He has committed to Washington.

De La Salle pitcher Justin Hooper

De La Salle pitcher Justin Hooper

And here is MaxPreps’ assessment of Hooper, who is 6-foot-7, 230 pounds and the younger brother of Stanford tight end Austin Hooper: Considered the nation’s top lefthanded pitcher, Hooper posted a 6-3 record with a 2.04 ERA and struck out 58 batters in 44.2 innings pitched for the Spartans.

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Football: CIF to decide on state bowl game expansion this weekend

The California Interscholastic Federation will vote whether to expand the state football playoffs to include all section champions at its Federated Council meeting in San Jose tomorrow and Saturday, and the decision looks like it won’t be quite so easy to predict after all.

With the Southern Section, by far the state’s largest, voting against the proposal to expand state bowl games from five to 13 divisions, the chances of it passing took a bit of a hit. According to the OC Register, the proposal is failing 63-57 with 19 votes undeclared as of Thursday afternoon.

The proposal needs 69 votes to pass, so there’s still a good chance it will. Twelve of the undeclared votes do not belong to an individual section. Instead, they are “allied” votes, and go these groups or individuals: Cal Coaches Assoc. (CCA), Ca. Assoc. of Private School Organization (CAPSO), California State A.D. Association (CSADA), Calif. School Boards Assoc (CSBA), Association of Ca. School Administrators (ACSA), Superintendents Representative, Ca. Department of Education, Ca. Assoc. of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Ca. Assoc. of Directors of Activities (CADA), State CIF President, State CIF Past President, State CIF President-Elect.

The vote could also hinge on whether the CIF agrees to revise language allowing non section champions from sections with an Open Division to advance. According to colleague Darren Sabedra of the San Jose Mercury News, the CCS’ delegates will vote yes on the proposal if the language is changed. The OC Register’s latest vote tally accounted for the CCS voting no.

Last week, the North Coast Section was the first to decide to vote no on the expansion, which would go into effect this fall if passed. The reasoning from the NCS (as well as the SS) included safety concerns about the length of the season. Delegates from both sections brought up the point that it seems contradictory to be expanding the season when at the same time they are voting to limit contact in practice.

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East Bay Boys Basketball Poll – 1/28

Except for the Dragons, there has been movement in the top five, and also other places in our poll:

East Bay High School BOYS BASKETBALL POLL
Rank, School Rec. Pts LW
1. Bish. O’Dowd (5)* 12-3 75 1
2. Campolindo 15-2 70 3
3. De La Salle 15-2 64 2
4. Moreau Cath. 13-5 57 5
5. Monte Vista 16-2 55 6
6. El Cerrito 17-3 54 4
7. San Ramon Vly. 15-3 45 7
8. Saint Mary’s 14-6 40 8
9. Salesian 13-7 34 10
10. Berkeley 12-6 24 13
11. College Park 15-4 23 9
12. Foothill 13-5 19 11
13. San Leandro 13-5 18 12
14. Liberty 15-3 9 NR
15. Las Lomas 12-6 8 15
Also receiving votes: Albany (20-1, 2), Castro Valley (11-6, 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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De La Salle announces 2015 football schedule

De La Salle will travel to Texas for the first time as part of its 2015 football schedule. The Spartans will also host three Southern California squads.

De La Salle’s opponent and other details for game in Texas, scheduled for the final weekend in August, will be determined by ESPN within the next few months. De La Salle has also scheduled home games with Long Beach Poly, Servite-Anaheim and Orange Lutheran.

Six Northern California teams — Serra-San Mateo, Granite Bay, Del Oro, San Ramon Valley, California and James Logan — round out the schedule. The Spartans have played each of those NorCal teams, with the exception of GraniteBay, the last two seasons.

Here’s the full schedule.

Week 0: At Texas opponent TBA

Week 1: At Serra-San Mateo

Week 2: BYE

Week 3: ORANGE LUTHERAN

Week 4: SERVITE

Week 5: At GraniteBay

Week 6: SANRAMONVALLEY

Week 7: LONG BEACHPOLY

Week 8: DEL ORO

Week 9: JAMES LOGAN

Week 10: CAL HIGH

De La Salle is expected to challenge for the preseason national No. 1 ranking with several key players back from its 14-0 team that won the Open Division state championship over Centennial-Corona in December. Among the returners are running backs Antoine Custer and Andrew Hernandez, as well as OL/DL Boss Tagaloa, TE/DE Devin Asiasi and QB Anthony Sweeney.