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Frank Kurtz withdraws from state meet due to injury

Heritage High’s Frank Kurtz has withdrawn from this weekend’s CIF state track and field championships due to a knee injury, Heritage coach Kevin Bain texted to the Bay Area News Group tonight.
Kurtz, who won the boys 400 meter title last Saturday at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions, told the Bay Area News Group after his victory that he had kind of tweaked his right knee two days earlier. “I couldn’t go out fast, do anything explosive off this knee,” he said.
But Kurtz was dominant in the 400 final Saturday, winning by .42 with a time of 47.66 seconds. The Stanford-bound senior has the seventh-fastest time in the state this season (47.35) according to PrepCalTrack.com. Last year, Kurtz placed fourth in the 400 final at the CIF state championships
“Frank decided that his injury is preventing him from running 100 percent and feels that he cannot win it going 70 percent like last weekend,” Bain texted. “It is a soft tissue strain in the back of the knee that prevents him from accelerating.”

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Wendell McKines, Eli Holman to hold charity basketball game at Richmond

A pair of former Richmond High basketball stars are returning to their alma mater to help the Oilers basketball program.
Wendell McKines and Eli Holman are holding a charity basketball game on June 7 to benefit the Richmond High boys basketball team. Tickets are $5 for the 2 p.m. game between Team Holman and Team Wensday. The teams will be comprised of professional basketball players from overseas, including McKines and Holman.
McKines’ season in South Korea ended in March and he said that Holman’s season in Turkey “just ended,” McKines said.
“It will be an annual event,” said McKines about the game.
For more information, e-mail McKines at 4teamwensday@gmail.com.

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Hipol hired as Pilots girls basketball coach

Shawn Hipol has been hired as St. Joseph Notre Dame’s new girls basketball coach, Pilots Athletic Director Chris Pondok confirmed today.
Hipol was the head coach at Skyline High for the past five seasons and guided the Titans to a pair of Oakland Athletic League regular-season titles in 2010 and 2014, and a co-title in 2012. His overall record at Skyline was 95-46 with a 40-10 mark in OAL regular-season play.

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Ohlone hires new men’s basketball coach

Scott Fisher has been hired as the new head men’s basketball coach of Ohlone College, the school announced Thursday in a press release.

Fisher was an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii the past four seasons. Prior to that, he was the head coach of the Perth Wildcats, an Australian professional team, for four seasons. Fisher is a Mission San Jose High graduate.

At Ohlone, he replaces longtime coach John Peterson, who was hired as an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount

Fisher won a pair of league Most Valuable Player awards and three league titles in a long career in Australia’s National Basketball League. In 2007, he was inducted into the NBL Hall of Fame. He also played at UC Santa Barbara and is a member of its Athletic Hall of Fame.

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NCS baseball: Upsets aplenty as tournament begins

What a crazy stat to the North Coast Section baseball playoffs. We got an 18-inning thriller that lasted two days, saw the defending champions in Division I and II eliminated in the first round and had the No. 16 seed beat the No. 1 in two brackets. This is the kind of excitement we get with single-elimination tournaments on the diamond.

The highlights of the opening round:

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De La Salle’s Kahlil McKenzie lists his top 12

De La Salle lineman Kahlil McKenzie, flooded with offers from some of the country’s most successful football programs, announced his list of top 12 schools on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 309-pound defensive tackle posted his top choices to his Twitter account. In order, McKenzie’s favorites at the moment are Tennessee, Arizona, USC, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, UCLA, Miami, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Oregon and Texas Tech.

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The prized recruit is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie. Kahlil made a major impact in his first season with De La Salle last fall after moving to the East Bay from Wisconsin. He registered a team-high 12 sacks and was third with 74 tackles — including 18 tackles for a loss.

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Frank Borghi issues statement about San Ramon Valley boys basketball coaching position

Earlier this month, Frank Borghi was offered the job as San Ramon Valley High’s varsity boys basketball coach by members of the school’s administration. After students and parents expressed dissatisfaction with the decision to hire Borghi and not junior varsity coach Brian Botteen, a meeting was held May 13 at the school, giving students and parents a chance to talk to the administration and San Ramon Valley Unified School District representatives directly about the decision to hire Borghi.
Before the meeting, Bay Area News Group tried to reach Borghi for comment. Borghi, who withdrew his name from consideration last Thursday, got back in touch with this newspaper Sunday evening. After some discussion today, he agreed to issue a statement on the matter. Here is his statement.