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East Bay softball poll — 4/8

By Stephanie Hammon
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 4:38 pm in Softball

Here’s a look at our first East Bay softball poll of the season.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 12-0 75 2
2. Alhambra 11-2 70 7
3. Granada 11-1 64 NR
4. James Logan 9-2 61 1
t5. Foothill 7-4 52 NR
t5. Newark Memorial 11-2 52 NR
7. California 5-5 44 3
8. Livermore 7-6 36 NR
9. Heritage 8-4 31 t14
t10. Castro Valley 6-6 26 8
t10. San Ramon Valley 8-3 26 9
12. Carondelet 6-5 22 t14
13. Salesian 6-1 16 t10
14. Encinal 7-2 13 NR
15. Concord 6-7 6 4

Also receiving votes: Freedom (6-3-2, 4 votes), Monte Vista (5-7, 1), San Leandro (6-3, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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Final East Bay Boys Basketball Poll for 13-14 season

By Phil Jensen
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at 7:23 pm in Uncategorized

Here’s the final Bay Area News Group East Bay high school boys basketball poll of the season. After the first two spots, there’s been some significant movement.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5)* 28-5 75 1
2. Monte Vista 32-1 70 2
3. St. Joseph Notre Dame 30-5 65 7
4. El Cerrito 28-5 59 3
5. Freedom 26-7 56 9
6. Newark Memorial 25-8 50 8
7. San Ramon Valley 24-6 42 4
8. Campolindo 23-8 37 t5
9. De La Salle 21-9 35 t5
10. Moreau Catholic 27-7 33 NR
11. McClymonds 22-9 21 15
12. Pittsburg 22-6 20 12
t13. Concord 22-9 12 NR
t13. Salesian 23-15 12 14
15. Berkeley 22-5 9 10

Also receiving votes: Dougherty Valley (20-8, 2 points), Miramonte (18-13, 2). Records are final. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.
* indicates number of first-place votes

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Final East Bay Girls Basketball Poll for 13-14 season

By Phil Jensen
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at 6:40 pm in Uncategorized

Here is the final Bay Area News Group East Bay Girls Basketball Poll of the season. Only two teams remained in the same spot from our last poll before the North Coast Section playoffs:

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Salesian (5) 30-7 75 2
2. St. Mary’s 27-8 67 3
3. Miramonte 30-2 66 5
4. Carondelet 28-4 59 4
5. Bishop O’Dowd 23-4 58 1
6. Berkeley 24-9 50 7
7. Deer Valley 26-6 45 8
8. Monte Vista 26-5 40 6
9. Piedmont 21-10 35 9
10. Clayton Valley Charter 24-8 24 NR
t11. Foothill 19-9 18 14
t11. James Logan 19-10 18 12
13. McClymonds 16-13 17 NR
14. Dublin 19-11 15 NR
15. Encinal 20-9 9 NR

Also receiving votes: Moreau Catholic (23-6, 4 points). Records are final. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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Boys Soccer: All East Bay

By Matt Smith
Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 2:01 am in Boys soccer

Here are the First, Second and Third teams. See you guys next year!
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CIF state basketball championships to be televised

By Stephanie Hammon
Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 3:43 pm in Basketball

All 12 CIF state basketball title games scheduled for this weekend will be televised live by Comcast SportsNet.

The Salesian girls (Open Division), Bishop O’Dowd boys (Open Division), Monte Vista boys (Division I), Moreau Catholic boys (Division IV) and St. Joseph Notre Dame boys (Division V) all will be playing for state titles at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The television schedule for those games is as follows. The games will also be streamed on the CIF website.

Friday, March 28

DIVISION V BOYS: St. Joseph Notre Dame vs. Renaissance Academy-La Canada, noon, CSNCA. (Broadcast team: Play-by-play – Steve Quis, Analyst – Jon Crispin, Sideline – Rosalyn Gold-Onwude) 

DIVISION I BOYS: Monte Vista vs. Centennial-Corona, 8 p.m., CSN-Plus (Broadcast team: Play-by-Play – Barry Tompkins, Analyst – Jon Crispin, Sideline – Kelli Tennant)

Saturday, March 29

DIVISION IV BOYS: Moreau Catholic vs. Bishop Montgomery-Torrance, 12 p.m., CSN-Plus (Broadcast team: Play-by-play – Steve Quis, Analyst – Jon Crispin, Sideline – Rosalyn Gold-Onwude) 

OPEN DIVISION GIRLS: Salesian vs. Long Beach Poly, 6 p.m., CSNBA (Broadcast team: Play-by-Play – Barry Tompkins, Analyst – Mary Murphy, Sideline – Kelli Tennant.

OPEN DIVISION BOYS: Bishop O’Dowd vs. Mater Dei-Santa Ana, 8 p.m., CSNBA (Broadcast team: Play-by-Play – Barry Tompkins, Analyst – Drew Schiller, Sideline – Kelli Tennant)

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Live blog of CIF Northern regional basketball championship games

By Phil Jensen
Friday, March 21st, 2014 at 4:17 pm in Uncategorized

Follow the NorCal championship games on Saturday with our live blog, which starts at 9:45 a.m. and continues all day.

Here’s the URL:

http://www.mercurynews.com/sports-headlines/ci_25394768/live-updates-norcal-high-school-basketball-championships-saturday

Here’s a short link:

http://bit.ly/1jiJEL3

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Live blog tonight: NorCal basketball playoffs, 6:45

By Jon Becker
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 4:02 pm in Uncategorized

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Boys Soccer: All-League Teams

By Matt Smith
Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at 12:51 pm in Boys soccer

Here are the All-League teams. I’ll add the WACC when I get it.
All-East Bay comes out March 27th.
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Queen of the Mountain softball tournament returns

By Stephanie Hammon
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 4:42 pm in Softball

The 2014 high school softball season will kick into gear for many local teams this weekend at the Queen of the Mountain tournament. One of the state’s best early-season tournaments — now in its 32nd year — starts Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Pleasanton Sports Park. The championship game is 5 p.m. Saturday. Another reason to be excited — warm weather with no rain in sight.

There will also be some great teams and exceptional players. The tournament includes two teams ranked in Cal-Hi Sports’ preseason state top 25 and two more on the bubble. That group is headlined by three-time defending tournament champion Amador Valley, which is No. 3 in the state and No. 7 in the nation in preseason rankings and features five college-committed seniors.

California High, ranked No. 10 in the state and led by standout pitcher Lindsey Chalmers, is on the other side of the bracket from Amador Valley. Cal High is part of one of the more intriguing opening-round games of the tournament. The Grizzlies face Rocklin, which has six college-bound players and made a deep run in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs last season.

Not to look too far ahead, but Amador Valley vs. Alhambra has the potential to be a second-round matchup very much worth the price of admission. The best pitcher in the area — Amador Valley’s Johanna Grauer — would face one of the very best hitters — Alhambra shortstop Kylee Perez. The travel ball teammates are both headed to UCLA. Their senior seasons are also off to fantastic starts. Grauer tossed a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts against Deer Valley in her opener, while Perez homered and drove in four runs as Alhambra beat defending NCS Division II champion Concord 12-0.

Other locals teams that could make some noise at Queen of the Mountain — Castro Valley, Clayton Valley, Newark Memorial, Livermore and Freedom.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students. For the complete tournament bracket, schedule, rosters and other information visit www.queenofthemountain.org

(And shout out to tournament director Julie Marshall for the excellent web site packed with great information)

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Live blog: NorCal basketball playoffs, Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.

By Jon Becker
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 3:48 pm in Uncategorized

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