Rei, Mathias, Jackson, Davis, Romero selected in MLB draft

Five college players with East Bay high school ties were picked today in the second day of the Major League baseball draft.

Austin Rei, a Campolindo graduate, was selected in the third round by Boston with the 81st pick. The University of Washington catcher batted .330 this past season with seven home runs, 20 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

Mark Mathias, an Irvington grad, was also picked in the third round. The Cal Poly second baseman, who went 93rd to Cleveland, batted .356 this past season with 72 hits, 28 RBIs, 42 runs scored and nine steals.

Drew Jackson, who graduated from Miramonte, went in the fifth round to Seattle with the 155th selection. The Stanford shortstop batted .320 this past season with 47 hits, 27 runs scored and nine RBI.

Andre Davis, a Redwood Christian graduate who also played at Chabot College, was drafted by Kansas City in the eighth round with the 249th pick. A left-handed pitcher, he had a 2-1 record with a 2.22 earned run average and 29 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings pitched this past season at University of Arkasas-Pine Bluff.

Pierce Romero, a Washington-Fremont graduate, was selected in the ninth round by Arizona with the 256th pick. As a sophomore pitcher at Santa Barbara Community College this past season, Romero had a record of 2-0 with a 5.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched.



College Park baseball named State Team of the Year

For the first time in 32 years, CalHiSports has named an East Bay team its State Baseball Team of the Year

College Park, the North Coast Section Division I champion, has earned that honor. In an article on the CalHiSports.com web site, Mark Tennis wrote that the biggest factor in College Park’s move from No. 3 to No. 1 in the state in their final rankings was a head-to-head win over St. Francis-Mountain View. Another huge factor was that College Park avenged its regular-season loss to De La Salle by beating the Spartans in the NCS Division I championship game last Saturday, Tennis said. The Falcons (26-4 overall) also beat two CIF section champs this season – St. Francis and Elk Grove.

Before College Park, the last East Bay team to earn CalHiSports State Team of the Year was El Cerrito in 1983.

Also, the Falcons’ Joe DeMers was selected to the All-USA baseball first team by USA Today.  DeMers finished an outstanding senior season with a 13-1 pitching record, an 0.51 earned run average, and 103 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched. He walked only 10 batters and had five shutouts and two saves. He also batted .447 with six home runs, 44 RBIs, 26 runs scored and 16 doubles this past season.
DeMers was selected as the Gatorade California Baseball Player of the Year in late May.


De La Salle’s Hooper announces he’ll attend UCLA rather than sign pro contract

Highly touted De La Salle High pitcher Justin Hooper announced on just before the Major League Baseball draft that he plans on attending UCLA rather than signing a professional contract.

Hooper, a 6-foot-7 left-hander whose fastball has been clocked at 97 mph, is considered one of the top 25 or so prospects available in the MLB draft that begins Monday morning.

De La Salle reached the North Coast Section Division I championship game Saturday, where the Spartans were beaten 5-2 by College Park.


De La Salle names new basketball coach

A.J. Kuhle has been hired as De La Salle High’s new basketball coach, the school announced this afternoon.
A 2000 graduate of De La Salle, Kuhle spent the past eight seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Denver. The squad had an overall record of 146-132 during that span.
Prior to that, he spent three years as an assistant coach at Air Force. A 2004 graduate of the Academy, he was a four-year letter-winner and a three-year starter at Air Force.
Kuhle was named the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior co-captain after helping the Falcons to 22 victories and its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 42 years. He was named second-team all-conference that season. Prior to his senior season, the Falcons had not had a winning season in 25 years.

“If you look at A.J’s pedigree … he’s been a true student athlete in every way during his playing days. He is a high-level Division I coach with experience,” De La Salle Athletic Director Leo Lopoz said. “We are blessed to get someone with his experience and caliber.”

At De La Salle, Kuhle replaces Frank Allocco, who is now the associate head men’s basketball coach at USF.

Allocco had a record of 487-71 at De La Salle in 18 seasons, and won CIF Division I state championships in 2000 and 2006 with the Spartans. Kuhle played on Allocco’s 2000 state championship team. Overall, Allocco had a 654-99 record in 24 seasons and three state championships.


DeMers named Gatorade state baseball POY

College Park High star Joe DeMers was named Gatorade California Baseball Player of the Year today.

The senior, who has signed with Washington and is projected as an early-round selection in next month’s Major League Baseball draft, is a force both on the mound and at the plate.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound DeMers has a 10-1 pitching record this season with an earned run average of 0.44 and 84 strikeouts in 79 innings pitched with only seven walks. He has allowed only five earned runs.

At the plate, DeMers is batting .477 with six home runs, 41 RBIs and 25 runs scored.

DeMers is the first Bay Area selection for Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year since Alhambra’s Robert Stephenson in 2011.

College Park (23-4) hosts Liberty on Friday in the quarterfinals of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.


A look at the NCS softball brackets

A pair of East Bay Athletic League softball teams were selected as No. 1 seeds at the North Coast Section at-large and seeding meeting Sunday.
Amador Valley (21-3 overall), which has won 11 straight games and the EBAL title, was picked as the No. 1 seed in Division I. Livermore (15-9), which finished the regular season tied for fourth in the EBAL with Carondelet, is the No. 1 seed in Division II. Foothill (17-7) and Monte Vista (16-8), which finished second and third respectively in the EBAL, are the No. 6 and No. 7 seeds respectively in Division I.
Bishop O’Dowd (22-4), which won 14 of its last 16 regular-season games, is the No. 1 seed in the Division III softball playoffs. The Dragons’ only losses during that span were to Castro Valley (21-5), the No. 4 seed in Division I. Bishop O’Dowd beat Castro Valley 5-1 in the West Alameda County Conference championship game on May 21.
Other top-seeded squads in the NCS softball playoffs include Marin Catholic (21-3) in Division IV, Clear Lake (17-6) in Division V and Laytonville (12-9) in Division VI.
Here’s a link to all the first-round NCS baseball and softball playoff matchups:


A look at the NCS baseball brackets

De La Salle, Acalanes and Saint Mary’s High earned No. 1 seeds in the North Coast Section at-large and seeding meeting Sunday.
The Spartans (16-8 overall), who are the No. 1 seed in Division I, were co-East Bay Athletic League champions with No. 3 seed Monte Vista (16-8). College Park (22-4), the No. 2 seed in Division I, may have played a big part in the seeding of the top three teams — De La Salle beat College Park 3-0 on May 9 and College Park defeated Monte Vista 9-0 on March 10.
Acalanes, the No. 1 seed in Division III, clinched the Diablo Foothill Athletic League title with a 3-2 victory over Campolindo on Saturday. Saint Mary’s College (17-7), the No. 1 seed in Division IV, won the Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division playoffs.
The other top seeds include Redwood (23-3) in Division II, Clear Lake (24-0) in Division V and Rincon Valley Christian (17-4) in Division VI.
In Division I, Bishop O’Dowd was not selected to the 16-team bracket despite a 16-10 overall record (11-5 in the West Alameda County Conference) and advancing to the WACC-Foothill League playoffs championship game.
“The committee just felt that they had some bad losses,” said NCS Associate Commissioner Karen Smith, who also mentioned overall strength of schedule.
“I’m really frustrated right now,” said Bishop O’Dowd coach Chris Kyriacou early Sunday afternoon. “You would think a team that won 10 of their last 13 and got to the league championship would be considered over a 12-12 team.”
There are a pair of 12-12 teams (No. 10 Granada and No. 12 Freedom) in the Division I bracket.
Here’s a link to all the first-round matchups:


Former San Leandro baseball coach to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Longtime San Leandro High baseball coach Cas Munoz will be inducted into the California Baseball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame on June 13.
The induction will take place during the second game of the North South Series at Santa Clara University between top high school juniors from Northern and Southern California.
Munoz, 83, coached at San Leandro from 1961 through 1989, then coached at Summerville-Tuolumne. He finished with an overall record of 552-294. Munoz confirmed that he won more than 10 league titles at San Leandro and coached the runner-up team in the 1981 North Coast Section 3A playoffs and the 1973 Tournament of Champions. There were no NCS baseball championships between 1932 and 1975. His teams also made its league playoffs 18 of the last 19 years he coached at San Leandro.
“I didn’t win these games. The kids did it and this is their honor. They did it all,” Munoz said. “It was a great thrill to be part of their lives.”
Munoz also gives credit to Chuck Fiannaca, his pitching coach from 1980-1989, and his junior varsity coach Mike Tedeschi, who coached for more than 20 years at San Leandro, starting in 1961. Munoz also thanks his wife Barbara and children Linda, Dave, Cindy and Scott “for being patient.”
“When you coach baseball for 40 years, and football for 30 years, and officiate college basketball … for 32 years, you are out of the house quite a bit,” Munoz said.
He also coached junior varsity and frosh-soph football at San Leandro and Summerville