Las Lomas grad in Sports Illustrated

Cimran Virdi was honored in the May 18 Sports Illustrated section “Faces In The Crowd.” The Las Lomas High graduate, now a junior at MIT, broke the Division III national women’s pole vault record with a mark 0f 14-0 to help the Engineers win their second straight New England D-III title. Virdi ranks among the top 40 women in the world this year in the pole vault, according to the article.


East Bay Baseball Rankings – 5/13

Some tough decisions were made in these rankings. What do you think?

East Bay Baseball Rankings
Rank, school Rec. LW
1. De La Salle 14-7 3
2. College Park 19-4 1
3. Heritage 19-4 4
4. Monte Vista 13-7 5
5. Livermore 13-7 6
6. Amador V. 13-8 9
7. Arroyo 18-5 7
8. San Ramon V. 14-6 2
9. California 11-9 8
10. Kennedy-Fre. 20-1 11
11. Foothill 11-9 10
12. Campolindo 14-8 15
13. Clayton Valley C. 15-9 13
14. Acalanes 13-8 NR
15. Liberty 14-9 12
On the bubble: Berkeley (13-8-2), Redwood Christian (18-5). East Bay rankings are compiled by the Bay Area News Group, selected from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Records are through Tuesday.


Moreau Catholic girls basketball coach retires

Moreau Catholic High girls basketball coach Jack Kennedy announced his retirement from coaching on Monday after leading the Mariners for 18 seasons.
“I guess you just reach a point in your career when it’s time to step away, let someone else step up and take the helm,” Kennedy said today. “I thought about it a couple years ago, but talked myself out of it.”
The 68-year-old Kennedy has been Moreau’s head girls basketball coach since 1997, and was a varsity assistant six seasons before that, including in 1992 when the Mariners won the California Interscholastic Federation Division II girls basketball state title. During his head-coaching career, Kennedy’s squads won eight league titles and the 2004 North Coast Section Division III championship. His teams also were section runners-up in 2003 (Division III) and 2005 (Division IV).
Kennedy said that what he thinks he enjoyed most about coaching was watching the players’ games develop from their freshmen seasons to their senior seasons.
“You see the dramatic change in their physicality and their understanding of the game,” he said.


Holan named new Piedmont football coach

Piedmont High School has named James Holan as its new football coach, the school announced in a press release today.
Scott Coats, who guided the Highlanders to a 12-1 record last season and a 5-0 mark in the West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline League, is moving to San Diego County at the end of the school year to be closer to family, confirmed Coats to the Bay Area News Group.
Piedmont’s only loss last season was 14-3 to Justin-Siena-Napa in a North Coast Section Division IV playoffs semifinal game. The team set a school record for number of wins in one season, Coats said. Coats finished with a record of 18-7 overall and 8-2 in the WACC-Shoreline in his two seasons at the helm for the Highlanders.
Holan has been Piedmont’s varsity assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, Coats confirmed.
“I’m happy about the continuity for the senior class and for our kids,” Coats said. “It’s been a fantastic two years. We did a lot of great things together. It’s sad to leave, but I’m glad to be a small part of Piedmont’s rich football tradition.”
Prior to Piedmont, Holan was offensive line coach and an offensive coordinator at Mission Hills-San Marcos as well as the co-head junior varsity coach. He was also at offensive line coach at College of Marin for one year.
“I’m expecting continued success. Last year will be a tough year for us to replicate again … We scheduled up. We have a tougher schedule this year,” said Holan to the Bay Area News Group. “I’m just excited. I feel this is a special group that can do a lot of great things.”
Holan said that Piedmont’s non-league regular-season games next season include Justin-Siena, McClymonds, Salesian and Fremont-Oakland.
“We are excited to compete with those schools,” Holan said.


East Bay high school baseball rankings – 5/6

Here are our Bay Area News Group East Bay baseball rankings for this week. Thoughts?

East Bay Baseball Rankings
Rank, school Rec. LW
1. College Park 17-3 1
2. San Ramon V. 14-4 3
3. De La Salle 12-6 4
4. Heritage 17-4 5
5. Monte Vista 11-7 6
6. Livermore 12-7 2
7. Arroyo 16-5 8
8. California 10-8 9
9. Amador V. 11-7 10
10. Foothill 11-7 7
11. Kennedy-Fremont 17-1 12
12. Liberty 14-7 13
13. Clayton Valley C. 15-8 14
14. Alameda 15-6 11
15. Campolindo 12-8 NM
On the bubble: Acalanes (12-8), Alhambra (13-6), Bishop O’Dowd (14-7), Castro Valley (16-5), Concord (13-8). East Bay rankings are compiled by the Bay Area News Group, selected from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Records are through Tuesday.


College Park’s Joe DeMers tosses third no-hitter

College Park High’s baseball team has played three home games this season. Senior Joe DeMers has pitched in all of them. He has yet to allow a single hit in any of them.

College Park's Joe DeMers hasn't allowed a hit in three home games.

College Park’s Joe DeMers hasn’t allowed a hit in three home games.

DeMers’ latest no-hitter, his third of the season, came at the expense of Northgate on Tuesday in Diablo Valley Athletic League action. He struck out five and walked one in the 11-0 win. DeMers was also 4 for 4 with three runs and two RBI. In his past two games, DeMers has gone 7 for 7 at the plate.

DeMers’ hitless streak at home began with a perfect game against Monte Vista in early March. Last Thursday, he didn’t allow a hit against Concord in a 3-0 win.

Against Northgate, DeMers got some help from his defense. In the sixth inning, Northgate’s Ryan Graham hit a liner to the outfield, but College Park right fielder Josh Nelson was able to throw him out at first. Nelson also had a big day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with three runs an RBI and a stolen base.

DeMers is committed to Washington and will likely be an early round pick in the upcoming MLB draft.


Ivan Rabb named California’s Mr. Basketball

Bishop O’Dowd High boys basketball star Ivan Rabb has been named the Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year for 2015, it was announced Thursday on its web site.
The 6-foot-11 Rabb, who has signed with Cal, is CalHiSports’ first Mr. Basketball from the East Bay since St. Joseph’s Jason Kidd in 1992. Rabb averaged more than 20 points a game, along with 15 rebounds and five blocks a game. He scored the winning point and had 19 points and 21 rebounds in Bishop O’Dowd’s CIF Open Division state championship game.

The honor has been awarded 37 times at the end of a season and also has retroactive selections that date back more than 100 years. Archbishop Mitty-San Jose’s Aaron Gordon was named in 2012 and 2013. The only other O’Dowd player to earn the honor was Tony Jackson in 1982.



DeMers leads College Park past Saint Francis

Joe DeMers pitched a complete-game two-hitter with six strikeouts, and also slammed a pair of solo home runs as the Falcons edged a very good St. Francis-Mountain View baseball squad 6-1 Wednesday in a semifinal game of the Elite Eight Tournament at St. Francis. College Park High (9-2) took command with three runs in the top of the third inning. Jeffrey Mitchell was 2 for 3 with a double and two stolen bases for the Falcons, and teammate Noah Burnham also had a double. Nick Oar drove in two runs for College Park against Saint Francis (11-4).
College Park, which is ranked No. 8 in the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25 national rankings, will face California in the championship game Thursday at 7 p.m. California edged Clayton Valley Charter 1-0 in the other semifinal game. Mike Podany threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts for California.




Final East Bay Boys Basketball Poll of 2014-2015 season

Besides the No. 1 team, there were a lot of changes in the poll from before the postseason:

Rank, School Rec. Pts
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5)* 28-4 75
2. San Ramon Vly. 27-6 69
3. Monte Vista 27-4 64
4. El Cerrito 29-4 59
5. Campolindo 28-5 56
6. De La Salle 27-5 50
7. Moreau Catholic 23-7 46
8. Berkeley 21-11 41
9. Saint Mary’s 20-12 35
10. Freedom 20-11 30
11. McClymonds 21-9 18
12. Las Lomas 20-11 17
13. Albany 28-3 14
14. San Leandro 17-9 12
t15. Dublin 18-12 4
t15. Salesian 19-11 4
Also receiving votes: College Park (22-7, 3 points), St. Joseph Notre Dame (17-16, 2), Castro Valley (17-10, 1).


Baseball: College Park advances to semifinals of national tournament

The College Park High baseball team has advanced to the semifinals of arguably the most prestigious and competitive tournament in the country, the National High School Baseball Invitational in Cary, N.C.

The Falcons opened the tournament by beating defending state champions on back-to-back days behind strong pitching performances from Joe DeMers and Chris Brown.


Joe DeMers helped College Park win its first game at the NHSI tournament (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff file photo)

A day after DeMers carried the Falcons to a 3-1 win over Farragut-Tennessee, Brown pitched a complete game in a 5-1 victory over Loyalsock Township of Pennsylvania. College Park plays the winner of Whitewater-Georgia and Mosley-Florida in Friday’s semifinals.

Against Farragut on Wednesday, DeMers was sharp on the mound and a big part of the Falcons’ offense, going 1 for 1 with a run, RBI and stolen base. The Washington commit was even better on the mound, allowing an unearned run while striking out six. He gave up three hits and a walk, throwing 104 pitches.

College Park coach Andy Tarpley told Baseball America that DeMers, who threw a perfect game against Monte Vista two weeks ago, can be even better.

“His stuff was, I’ve seen it better, but it was still good enough to win,” Tarpley told Baseball America. “He knows how to compete.”

MLB.com called DeMers one of the day’s top standouts.

Against Loyalsock earlier today, Brown struck out six in his strong outing. After allowing a run in the top of the first, he settled down and his teammates provided the run support. Willie MacIver’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the bottom of the first, and Nick Oar hit a two-run homer in the third. Brown also helped himself with an RBI triple in the second.