James Logan freshman has remarkable NCS wrestling debut

Not only did James Logan’s Aaron Perez win an NCS championship as a freshman, he pulled off the rare feat of winning all five of his matches by pin to take the 106-pound title. Perez comes from a wrestling family, as his father, Jacob, was the first Logan wrestler to place at the state meet. His brother, Eric, also wrestled at Logan. Making it extra special was this year’s NCS tournament, which took place Feb. 27-28, being back at James Logan for the first time in almost two decades.

Thanks to Emily Santos for this contributed photo of Perez at the podium, holding the placard of the 106-pound bracket, surrounded by other 106-pound NCS medalists



Story links from a busy night in the East Bay…

There was a lot going on tonight — league tournament championship games, final regular season basketball games, wrestling league championships. Here are links to some of the events we covered Friday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Saint Mary’s beat Salesian 62-59 for TCAL-Rock Division tournament championship in a game that was tight the entire way. MaAne’ Mosley scored the final four points of the game to help the Panthers beat Salesian for the first time in three tries this season. Mosley had a game-high 23 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL: El Cerrito finished strong in a 78-56 win over St. Patrick-St. Vincent in the TCAL-Rock Division title game. Carlos Johnson and Sayeed Pridgett had 17 points each for the Gauchos, who didn’t lose once in the challenging TCAL. The Gauchos petitioned up to the NCS Division II bracket this year and will be tough to beat in that bracket.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Pittsburg avenged an earlier loss to Deer Valley and, in doing so, captured its first Bay Valley Athletic League title since 2002. The Pirates won 67-60 behind Adorah Bugg’s 30 points.

WRESTLING: Liberty won another BVAL title, winning four individual championship matches. The Lions sent nine wrestlers to the finals. The only upset of the finals came when Deer Valley’s Savonn Sanders pinned Liberty’s Niko Zannarini — a returning NCS medalist and league champion — with two seconds left in the second round of the 128-pound title bout.

FOOTBALL: In case you missed it last night, College Park has hired Joe Tenorio as its new head coach. Tenorio was highly successful at Encinal. The job opened up when Bill Kepler resigned in December after 26 years as head coach.



East Bay Boys Basketball Poll – 2/18

Rank, School Rec. Pts LW
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5)* 19-4 75 1
2. El Cerrito 23-3 70 6
3. Monte Vista 22-2 64 5
4. Moreau Catholic 19-5 61 4
5. De La Salle 21-3 53 3
6. Campolindo 21-3 52 2
7. San Ramon Valley 20-4 45 7
8. Salesian 18-9 38 8
9. San Leandro 17-7 36 10
10. College Park 20-5 28 11
11. Berkeley 16-8 25 9
12. Freedom 15-9 19 13
13. Albany 25-1 15 14
14. McClymonds 16-7 12 NR
15. San Lorenzo 19-7 4 NR
Also receiving votes: Saint Mary’s (15-10, 3 points). 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


Arroyo dedicates baseball field to former coach

The newly remodeled Arroyo High School baseball field is being dedicated to former coach Verl M. Thornock this Saturday at 10 a.m. Thornock was the head baseball coach at Arroyo from 1957 to 1975. His teams won multiple Hayward Area Athletic League championships. Following the 10 a.m. ceremony, the Stephen Petros Memorial Alumni Baseball Game will take place at 11 a.m.