Final 2014 East Bay football poll

Here’s our final East Bay football poll of what turned out to be an outstanding season.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 14-0 75 1
2. Campolindo 16-0 69 6
3. Pittsburg 10-3 64 3
4. Clayton Valley Charter 15-1 62 5
5. California 9-4 53 4
6. Foothill 9-3 52 2
7. Concord 12-2 44 9
t8. Liberty 9-3 37 12
t8. Salesian 12-1 37 13
10. McClymonds 8-4 28 8
11. San Ramon Valley 7-5 27 10
12. James Logan 8-3 19 7
13. St. Mary’s 11-2 9 NR
14. Las Lomas 9-3 8 14
15. Freedom 7-5 6 11

Also receiving votes:  Kennedy-Fremont (10-1, 4 votes), Piedmont (12-1, 4), Antioch (7-5, 2).  The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are final.


St. Mary’s High football players commit

A pair of St. Mary’s High senior football players announced their oral commitments this evening on Twitter.

Ron Smith tweeted “Happy to announce my commitment to San Diego State University to continue my football career.” Smith, rated as a three-star safety by espn.com, had six interceptions this season. He was also rated as a three-star athlete by rivals.com.

Aaron Mercadel III also tweeted today “Blessed to say I will be taking my collegiate football career to North Dakota State.” Mercadel  had more than 100 tackles at linebacker for the Panthers this season.

On Tuesday, St. Mary’s Ben Schrider announced on Twitter that he committed to the University of Richmond. Schrider had 15 sacks and five fumble recoveries as a defensive end for the Panthers this season.

All three players were selected to the all-Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division first-team defense.






My picks for East Bay Cross Country Coaches of the Year

Tony Fong, St. Joseph Notre Dame — Despite losing its top runner and two seniors in its top five from last year’s Division V state championship squad, the Pilots were within 13 points of winning its third straight California Interscholastic Federation Division V state title. St. Joseph Notre Dame finished second with a score of 99, and beat highly-regarded Flintridge Prep-La Canada Flintridge by 11 points. Its team time of 1:22:22 was one second faster than team champion Xavier Prep-Palm Desert. The Pilots also won their fourth straight North Coast Section Division V championship title, and dominated the Tri-County Athletic League championship race with an outstanding score of 19.

Chuck Woolridge, Campolindo — The Cougars came within 11 points of winning its second straight CIF Division III state championship, as they finished second with a score of 95. Its five scorers had a good 42-second gap between them, and the Cougars’ team time of 1:33:31 was 20 seconds faster than champion Palos Verdes-Palos Verdes Estates. Campolindo also won its third straight NCS Division III title with an outstanding score of 26 and a team time of 1:31:48. The Cougars also won the Diablo Foothill Athletic League championship race with an excellent score of 21.