Tip-Off Classic schedule

Here’s the schedule for this year’s Prep2Prep Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 28 at Newark Memorial High. As usual, this boys basketball showcase is loaded with great matchups.

11 a.m. – Saint Mary’s-Berkeley vs. Manteca

12:30 p.m. – Bishop O’Dowd vs. Dublin

2:15 p.m. – Immanuel-Reedley vs. Weston Ranch-Stockton

3:45 p.m. – Sheldon-Sacramento vs. Army-Navy Academy-Carlsbad

5:30 p.m. – Modesto Christian vs. Folsom

7 p.m. – Newark Memorial vs. Woodcreek-Roseville

8:30 p.m. – Moreau Catholic vs. Sierra Canyon-Chatsworth


Najee Harris selected as national player of the week

Antioch High football star Najee Harris was named U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Player of the Week today after an extraordinary performance against Liberty on Oct. 23.

The junior, who has committed to Alabama, rushed for 360 yards and scored 48 of his team’s points in a 55-37 victory. He scored rushing touchdowns of 59, 37, 49, 1, 70 and 7 yards, and also reached the end zone on six two-point conversions. Harris had four runs of 46 yards or longer in the game.



Brooke Starn shines at Mt. SAC Invitational

Monte Vista High girls cross country star Brooke Starn won the Division 1 and 2  individual girls sweepstakes race at the Mt. SAC Invitational on Saturday with an outstanding time of 16 minutes, 55 seconds for the 3.0 mile course. She won by 25 seconds over second-place Mikayla Sodersten of Clovis. Starn led Monte Vista to the team title.

Monte Vista’s boys team also won the team title in its Division I boys sub-sweepstakes, led by a second-place finish by Timothy Chrisman (15:28) and fifth-place finish by Tristan Miller (15:39). James Logan’s Chester Quero had a top-five finish in a Division I boys race (16:16).

On Friday, the St. Joseph Notre Dame boys team placed third in the Division V boys sweepstakes race behind a second-place finish by Cooper Teare. His very impressive time of 14:48 was only three seconds behind winner Jack Van Scoter of Flintridge.


Nate Fripp leaves Saint Mary’s for UC Santa Barbara coaching position

Nate Fripp, who coached Saint Mary’s girls basketball program to five North Coast Section Division 4 championships and two Northern California Division 4 titles, is leaving for the college game.
Fripp discussed with me today his move to be an assistant women’s basketball coach at UC Santa Barbara. The university announced the hiring Tuesday.
“I thought it was time that I tried to do something different,” said Fripp, a 1996 Saint Mary’s High graduate who started coaching at his alma mater in 2004. “The next level of basketball is definitely something different and challenging.
“I wanted to grow. It was an opportunity to grow.”
Fripp said that he heard about the opening recently and told his team on Monday about his decision.
“It’s very difficult,” said Fripp about leaving Saint Mary’s. “It’s difficult to leave there, my friends, people I care about.”
In his 11 years guiding the Panthers, Fripp had a 281-81 overall record and 120-14 mark in league regular-season play. During that time, his teams won at least a share of five league titles. Fripp was named this newspaper’s East Bay Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 2010 after guiding his team to a 31-4 overall record and the CIF Division IV state championship game. Saint Mary’s won five NCS titles in a six-year period between 2009 and 2014.


VIDEO: Incident with Deer Valley football, Pittsburg High band

An incident happened prior to Friday’s game at Pittsburg HS, when some Deer Valley football players interrupted the Pittsburg High Band’s pregame performance, including the National Anthem.
Deer Valley ended up being penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct after coming onto the middle of the field prior to the captains meeting. Pittsburg won the game 31-28.


Live updates tonight from East Bay prep football games

Castlemont quarterback Joe Feao (1) is pressured by Castlemont's Ramone Sanders (25) and Jayshaun Thomas (86) in the first half of their Oakland Athletic League game at McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Castlemont quarterback Joe Feao (1) is pressured by Castlemont’s Ramone Sanders (25) and Jayshaun Thomas (86) in the first half of their Oakland Athletic League game at McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

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Improved Monte Vista High football hosts EBAL co-leader Foothill

Foothill's Isaiah Floyd (22) celebrates a touchdown with Ruben Mercado (1) in the second quarter of their high school football game against San Leandro in Pleasanton, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group File)

Foothill’s Isaiah Floyd (22) celebrates a touchdown with Ruben Mercado (1) in the second quarter of their high school football game against San Leandro in Pleasanton, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group File)

The last two football matchups between Monte Vista and Foothill have been one-sided in favor of the Falcons, but this year may be different. Backed by a high-powered, pass-happy offense, the Mustangs (5-1, 2-0 East Bay Athletic League) welcome Foothill (7-0, 3-0) on Oct. 16 in a 7 p.m. game that could wind up deciding the league title.

Quarterback Jake Haener bounced back from Monte Vista’s lone loss, a 21-17 defeat at the hands of Clayton Valley Charter, by connecting repeatedly with receiver Noah Sol in a 34-12 win over Amador Valley last week. Twelve of his 18 completions were to Sol, who finished with 164 yards and a touchdown. That combination, along with fellow senior receiver Traehone Banda, should threaten unbeaten Foothill.

The Falcons feature a more run-oriented offense behind running back Isaiah Floyd, whose statistics on MaxPreps are listed at 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns. But their defense is just as important. In three EBAL games this season, Foothill has allowed 14 total points. Its closest margin of victory is a 28-14 non-league win over Freedom, a rematch of last season’s North Coast Section Division 1 semifinal won by Foothill.

Monte Vista and Foothill have two common opponents this season. Both teams planted 42 points on Castro Valley, though the Mustangs allowed fewer points (14) than the Falcons (19). Monte Vista downed Livermore 48-17 while Foothill prevailed 42-7 against the Cowboys.

Even with a win, either the Mustangs or Falcons would have another roadblock en route to an undisputed EBAL crown: California High (5-1, 3-0). Foothill visits the Grizzlies on Oct. 16 and Monte Vista hosts them Oct. 23.

This week California plays Amador Valley (4-2, 1-1) and San Ramon Valley (1-5, 0-2) hosts Livermore (3-4, 0-3).



East Bay girls volleyball rankings, with comments

  1. Campolindo (13-8) — The Cougars went 4-1 at Notre Dame Belmont’s Tiger Cup tournament, including a win over a Pitman program that was runner-up in the CIF Division 1 state playoffs last year, plus swept Las Lomas and Dublin, so they stay where they were..
  2. Monte Vista (17-3) — The Mustangs pulled out wins over No. 15 Carondelet, in four games, and crosstown rival No. 5 San Ramon Valley, in five games, to remain at this spot.
  3. Bishop O’Dowd (13-8) — In two non-league matches, the Dragons swept Arroyo and lost in four games to Presentation of San Jose, a wash to keep just ahead of Head-Royce.
  4. Head-Royce (21-0) — The Jayhawks easily defeated University for a measure of revenge in a rematch of last year’s North Coast Section Division 5 semifinals, staying unbeaten at here.
  5. San Ramon Valley (13-5) — Though the Wolves took No. 2 Monte Vista to five games and couldn’t topple their crosstown rival, they swept No. 7 Foothill to move up a few spots.
  6. Albany (19-6) — Along with sweeps of then-ranked Saint Joseph Notre Dame and Salesian, the Cougars went 3-0 at the NorCal Invitational at Mare Island to go up three places. 
  7. Foothill (15-5) — After suffering a sweep to No. 5 San Ramon Valley, the Falcons beat No. 13 Amador Valley to only drop two places. 
  8. James Logan (17-4) — Sweeping then-ranked Irvington as well as Newark netted the Colts a better ranking by two.
  9. California (14-7) — The Grizzlies swept Livermore and downed No. 15 Carondelet in four games to continue an upswing after dropping earlier this season, moving up three.
  10. Granada 15 — (12-8) — The Matadors made it past No. 13 Amador Valley in five games and swept Livermore to jump up five spots.
  11. Acalanes NR — (8-4) — From the bubble to this spot go the Dons, who swept Miramonte and bubble team Alhambra.
  12. Miramonte (13-6) — Being swept by No. 11 Acalanes dropped the Matadors down six spots.
  13. Amador Valley (11-7) — Though the Dons lost twice, it was in five sets to No. 10 Granada and four to No. 7 Foothill, keeping them in the rankings.
  14. Liberty (17-8) — The Lions continued their BVAL dominance by sweeping Freedom and Pittsburg to return to the rankings.
  15. Carondelet (11-9) — The Cougars are on the fringe after four-set losses to No. 2 Monte Vista and No. 9 California.