West Coast Jamboree divisional championship results

The year-end high school girls basketball party is over with the conclusion of the West Coast Jamboree. Ten of the tournament’s 16 divisional title game included teams from the East Bay, an impressive showing for local schools in the 128-team tourney. Here are results as they come in:

Platinum Division: Long Beach Poly 65, Bishop O’Dowd 55, final

Diamond Division:  Brea Olinda 65, Carondelet 62, final

Amethyst Division: Encinal 61, Santa Rosa 52, final

Coral Division: Chico 65, Albany 52, final

Emerald Division: Castro Valley 50, Del Oro-Loomis 49, final

Garnet Division: Mt. Shasta 42, Berean Christian 37, final

Jade Division: Dougherty Valley 40, Justin-Siena-Napa 23, final

Quartz Division: Concord 57, Middletown 47, final

Sapphire Division: Fairmont Prep-Anaheim 82, Campolindo 58, final

Zircon Division: Dublin 71, Central-Fresno 63, final




De La Salle football coach national finalist

Justin Alumbaugh, De La Salle High’s football coach, is one of six finalists for the U.S Army All-American Bowl National Coach of the Year Award, the bowl selection committee announced this afternoon.

Alumbaugh led the Spartans to the CIF Open Division state championship bowl victory on Dec. 19 with a 28-21 win over previously undefeated Centennial-Corona. De La Salle’s only loss this season was in its opener to Trinity-Euless-Tx. by the score of 26-21. De La Salle (13-1) finished the season No. 1 in the nation in the MaxPreps.com Freeman Rankings (Centennial, the previous No. 1 team in those rankings, is now No. 2). In the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25, De La Salle is ranked No. 3 behind Katy-Tx. (16-0) and Colquitt County-Moultrie, Ga. (15-0)

Centennial coach Matt Logan is the only other California coach of the six national finalists. Katy coach Gary Joseph is also a finalist.



Moreau Catholic’s Oscar Frayer narrows list to four schools

Moreau Catholic High School boys basketball star Oscar Frayer has narrowed his college list to four schools, he announced on Twitter today, and it includes a local university.

He wrote that the schools, in no order, were Oregon State, Grand Canyon University, Nevada and Saint Mary’s.

Frayer de-committed from Cal in November. He had committed to the Bears in 2014 before his junior year.

The 6-foot-7 wing averaged 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game in the Mariners’ first six games this season.



De La Salle football moves up in national rating

The De La Salle High football team, which beat Centennial-Corona 28-21 for its second straight CIF Open Division state bowl game title, has moved up to No. 1 on the MaxPreps.com Top 150 Computer Football Ratings for Dec. 20. The Spartans (13-1) have a rating of 82.8 in the rankings to move ahead of Centennial (14-1), which is No. 2 with a rating of 81.9. Katy-Texas (16-0) is third (81.0) and St. John Bosco-Bellflower (13-1) is fourth (80.8).




Live updates tonight from state football championships

De La Salle's Antoine Custer (28) returns a punt for a 58-yard touchdown against Pittsburg in the first quarter of their North Coast Section Division I semifinals game at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

De La Salle’s Antoine Custer (28) returns a punt for a 58-yard touchdown against Pittsburg in the first quarter of their North Coast Section Division I semifinals game at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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Deer Valley boys volleyball coach Lou Panzella steps down

Lou Panzella has stepped down as Deer Valley High boys volleyball coach, ending a long career in the North Coast Section that includes time as coach at Antioch High and of both boys and girls teams.

“It’s kind of time for me,” Panzella said. “It was a difficult decision, but it’s time for somebody else to step in and take over. Everything has to end sooner or later.”

The Wolverines are three-time defending NCS Division champions and reached the CIF State NorCal Division 1 title match in two of those three years. Panzella has helmed the program since Deer Valley opened for the 1996-1997 school year.

“It’s been a fabulous run,” Panzella said. “I’ve been really fortunate to have a ton of really good players play for me.”

His tenure as a coach at Antioch included winning the NCS title in 1995, when there was only one division, and the Division 1 championship in 1996.

Panzella, who teaches special education at Deer Valley, is the head coach for Los Medanos College women’s volleyball.







Wrestling: Lou Bronzan Invitational next week

Just talked to Liberty wrestling coach Greg Chappel, who is putting on the Lou Bronzan Invitational on Dec. 22-23. The tournament dates back to 1983 and is an end-of-year staple in the East Bay.
This year, Chappel says there are 56 teams sending wrestlers, about 10 more than last year.
Action will get underway at noon Tuesday. Wednesday will see semifinals around 10:30 a.m. and finals slated for 5 p.m.
Chappel said there are about 60-65 entries at this point in the girls division.
Among the teams from out of the area are McQueen-Reno, Exeter from Tulare County, and from the state of Washington, Montesano. De La Salle, Benicia and St. Francis are among some of the top teams from the region sending wrestlers.
Acalanes, Albany, Amador Valley, American, Antioch, Berean Christian, Cal High, Clayton Valley, Deer Valley, Dougherty Valley, Dublin, Foothill, Heritage, irvington, James Logan, Kennedy, Livermore Valley Charter, Miramonte, Mt. Diablo, Pittsburg, San Ramon Valley and Washington are among the East Bay contingents.