The community is invited to celebrate the players and coaches who brought Campolindo High its first state football championship last month. The event is planned for Sunday, Jan. 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the Campolindo gym. Food, t-shirts and DVDs will be for sale. Kids can get autographs and a screening of the game – a 35-28 win over El Capitan-Lakeside in one of the greatest comebacks in state championship game history – will be played at 2 p.m.
Eleven East Bay basketball players have been nominated for the McDonald’s All-American games and 10 of them are from Bishop O’Dowd. Asha Thomas and Aisia Robertson, both four-year varsity players for the O’Dowd girls, were nominated for the girls game along with MaAne’ Mosley of St. Mary’s. Thomas and Mosley will be teammates at Cal next year, and Robertson is headed to Kansas.
On the boys side, all eight of the seniors on the O’Dowd roster made the nomination list. The group is headed by Ivan Rabb, a near lock to be one of 24 players eventually selected for the April 1 game at Chicago’s United Center. Rabb has yet to make his college commitment. Also on the nominee list are Paris Austin, Arinze Chidom, Franklin Longrus, Jeevin Sandhu, Isaiah Thomas, Alex Zhou and Austin Walker.
Here’s this week’s Bay Area News Group East Bay high school boys basketball poll. There’s a little reshuffling after the first six spots.
East Bay High School BOYS BASKETBALL POLL
Rank, School Rec. Pts LW
1. Bish. O’Dowd (5)* 7-2 75 1
2. De La Salle 11-1 70 2
3. Campolindo 12-2 65 3
4. El Cerrito 12-2 59 4
5. Moreau Cath. 8-5 56 5
6. Monte Vista 12-2 49 6
7. San Ramon Vly. 12-2 46 8
8. Salesian 10-4 40 7
9. St. Mary’s 11-4 34 9
10. Castro Valley 10-2 31 10
11. Las Lomas 11-4 20 12
12. Foothill 11-3 19 11
13. College Park 12-3 15 13
t14. Granada 11-3 6 NR
t14. San Leandro 8-4 6 14
Also receiving votes: Berkeley (9-4, 3 votes), Pittsburg (12-4, 2), Albany (15-1, 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
Once again, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend will offer some of the best matchups you’ll see before the postseason. A few of them will be at the MLK Classic, hosted by De La Salle at Cal’s Haas Pavilion on Monday. The event is in its 18th year and features some of the top boys teams and players in the state.
Highlighting the slate is De La Salle vs. Chaminade-West Hills, the defending Division III state champion, at 5:45 p.m. and upstart Moreau Catholic against perennial South Bay power Archbishop Mitty-San Jose at 7:30 p.m.
De La Salle is off to an 11-1 start, playing at a faster pace than the defensive-minded Spartans teams of the past. Jordan Ratinho, Vince Romeo and Nikhil Peters have led the way for the Spartans. Chaminde is 14-2 with its two losses coming by a combined five points.
Moreau Catholic reached the Division IV state final last year with almost exclusively underclassmen. Their top players, Oscar Frayer and Damari Milstead, are both back as juniors. Frayer, a Cal commit, will get to play on his future home court. The Mariners will have to stop Mitty big man Ben Kone.
El Cerrito and Berkeley renew an old rivalry to kick off the event while Newark Memorial and Salesian both play teams from the Sac-Joaquin Section in the middle of the day.
Here’s the full lineup:
10:30 a.m.: Berkeley vs. El Cerrito
12:15 p.m.: Franklin-Elk Grove vs. Newark Memorial
2 p.m.: Salesian vs. St. Mary’s-Stockton
3:45 p.m.: Sacramento vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral
5:45 p.m.: De La Salle vs. Chaminade-West Hills
7:30 p.m.: Archbishop Mitty vs. Moreau Catholic
PRESALE available this week at the DLS bookstore or online: General Admission bleacher seating – $7/Adults, $5/students, seniors, children; Reserved Chair back Seating – $15 – includes all day in/out access
GAME DAY: General Admission bleacher seating – $10/Adults, $5/students, seniors, children; Reserved Chairback Seating – $20 and includes all day in/out access; Courtside – $30 for each game and includes all day in/out access
The games will also be streamed online at www.delasalletv.com.
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Here’s our final East Bay football poll of what turned out to be an outstanding season.
|1. De La Salle (5)||14-0||75||1|
|4. Clayton Valley Charter||15-1||62||5|
|11. San Ramon Valley||7-5||27||10|
|12. James Logan||8-3||19||7|
|13. St. Mary’s||11-2||9||NR|
|14. Las Lomas||9-3||8||14|
Also receiving votes: Kennedy-Fremont (10-1, 4 votes), Piedmont (12-1, 4), Antioch (7-5, 2). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are final.
Here are the latest East Bay High School Girls Soccer Rankings, with some reflections on another memorable Tri-Valley Classic.