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Latest East Bay High School Girls Soccer Rankings, Feb. 4

By Matt Schwab
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 1:25 pm in Girls soccer

Here are the latest girls soccer rankings, with a few notable changes.

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Mixon, Houston, Pickett, Webster named to all-state team

By Stephanie Hammon
Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 11:29 am in East Bay Football

The East Bay is well represented on the Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state first team with Freedom’s Joe Mixon, De La Salle’s Sumner Houston, El Cerrito’s Adarius Pickett and Deer Valley’s Nsimba Webster all receiving honors.

Mixon, one of the nation’s hottest college prospects and the MVP of the Army All-America game, was honored at running back. He will sign with Oklahoma on Wednesday when the signing period begins.

Houston (defensive tackle) and Pickett (defensive back) were honored for their defensive prowess, even though both were major contributors on the offensive side of the ball, as well. Pickett, who is headed to UCLA, was the East Bay Player of the Year while Houston (Oregon State) was the East Bay Defensive Player of the Year.

Webster made the team as a multi-purpose pick. The dual-threat quarterback earned East Bay Offensive Player of the Year honors after registering more than 3,500 total yards in his senior year. He’s expected to announce his college decision on Wednesday.

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Boys Soccer: Playoff Chase, League Updates, Rankings, Standings, Stats

By Matt Smith
Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 at 12:53 pm in Boys soccer

Three weeks until the NCS playoff committee meets. Here is how it looks.
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Ivan Rabb lists 12 college teams Saturday

By Phil Jensen
Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 11:49 pm in Uncategorized

Bishop O’Dowd High’s Ivan Rabb, who is the No. 1 ranked forward in the class of 2015 by rivals.com, tweeted his list of 12 college teams on Saturday night.
Rabb tweeted “Official list…No Favorites…Thank you to all of the schools that have been recruiting me! #blessed”
He listed these teams: “Arizona, CAL, UCLA, Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, UNC, NC State, Ohio State, USC.”
Rabb was one of the best players for the United States at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships in Maldonado, Uruguay. At this high school basketball season’s Tarkanian Classic, he scored 24 points and had 21 rebounds in a 63-59 loss to national Power Mater Dei-Santa Ana. In four games in the tournament, he had 105 points against top-notch competition. On Jan. 20, the junior had 31 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in an 86-60 rout of Capital Christian-Sacramento.
Saturday night, Rabb scored 24 points in a 103-66 rout of Sacramento.

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Star-studded track and field clinic at James Logan

By Phil Jensen
Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 11:51 pm in Uncategorized

The Willie Davenport Olympian Track and Field Clinic will be held at James Logan High School on Feb. 8. Special guests and clinicians include Mike Powell (the world record holder in the long jump) and Kenny Harrison (the American record holder in the triple jump and 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the event), as well as other Olympic medalists, Olympians and Olympic Trials performers.
Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the clinic starts at 9 a.m.. The entry fee is $20 for individuals, $10 for youth 8th-grade or younger, and $350.00 for a team of 30 or more, and $500 for a team of 50 or more. For more information, contact Lee Webb at 510-304-7172.

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De La Salle’s Blair Hurlock picks Stanford

By Phil Jensen
Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 8:22 pm in Uncategorized

De La Salle High distance running star Blair Hurlock orally committed to Stanford tonight, he confirmed.
“It was a really tough decision. Ultimately, I felt that Stanford all-around was the right fit for me, and the official visit solidified that,” Hurlock said. “I knew Stanford was the school for me.”
Hurlock took an official visit to Stanford last week, one of five official visits he took. The senior narrowed his choices to Colorado, Wisconsin and Stanford before choosing the Cardinal. He said that he will run both cross country and track for Stanford.
Hurlock produced a superlative cross country season in 2013 for the Spartans. He broke a 12-year-old course record on the much-used 3.0 mile Hayward High course (14 minutes, 30 seconds) to win the North Coast Section Division I championship race. After placing fourth in the California Interscholastic Federation Division I boys state championship race (the highest finish by an East Bay high school athlete in the Division I boys state championship race since 2004), Hurlock was eighth at the Foot Locker West Regional at Mt. San Antonio College, then placed eighth in the Foot Locker National Finals with a time of 15:24 for the 3.1 Balboa Park-San Diego course.
He also set an East Bay Athletic League boys championship course record for the 2.95 mile Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area-Pleasanton course (14:46.99) and earlier in the season set a course record on the 3-mile Newhall Park-Concord course (14:59) in the EBAL center meet.
Hurlock also placed 12th in the 3,200 meters in the CIF state championship track and field meet last year with a time of 9:11.47.

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East Bay boys basketball poll – 1/29

By Phil Jensen
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 7:06 pm in Uncategorized

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school boys basketball poll. There was some movement in the final six spots.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 12-4 75 1
2. Monte Vista 18-0 70 2
3. El Cerrito 20-1 64 3
4. De La Salle 12-5 61 4
5. Campolindo 13-5 55 5
6. Freedom 14-4 50 6
7. San Ramon Valley 15-3 44 7
8. St. Joseph Notre Dame 16-5 39 8
9. Newark Memorial 12-7 37 9
10. Castro Valley 12-6 29 t12
t11. Berkeley 14-2 22 10
t11. Salesian 11-9 22 11
13. College Park 13-4 17 t12
14. St. Mary’s 17-5 8 14
15. Moreau Catholic 14-4 6 NR

Also receiving votes: Dougherty Valley (14-5, 1 point). Records are through Jan. 25. 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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Deer Valley’s Nzuzi Webster chooses Eastern Washington

By Phil Jensen
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 4:04 pm in Uncategorized

Deer Valley High football player Nzuzi Webster made an oral commitment to Eastern Washington on Tuesday night.
The 5-foot-11, 173-pound Webster took an official visit to the Eastern Washington campus in Cheney earlier this month.
“I went on my visit and I loved it up there. I thought it was a great fit for me,” said Webster, who was recruited by Eastern Washington as a defensive back. He had 72 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries last season.
Oakland Raider Taiwan Jones played at Eastern Washington and is a Deer Valley graduate,
“He told me about the school, how it is up there, basically what to expect,” Webster said. “I like it up there a lot.”
Webster also seriously considered Portland State and Sacramento State before choosing Eastern Washington.
Deer Valley’s Nsimba Webster, who was named last season’s Bay Area News Group East Bay Offensive Player of the Year, has not announced his college plans yet. Nzuzi and Nsimba are twins.

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Moore, Green, Cowling named McDonald’s All-Americans

By Stephanie Hammon
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 3:32 pm in Girls basketball

One of the best classes in East Bay girls basketball history was recognized on a national level Wednesday when Salesian High’s Mariya Moore and St. Mary’s teammates Gabby Green and Mikayla Cowling were named McDonald’s All-Americans.

After countless matchups over the past four years in league play, the North Coast Section playoffs and Northern California regional championships, the three seniors will compete on the same court one last time before starting their college careers.

Green and Cowling, who are both Cal signees, are part of the West team while the Louisville-bound Moore is on the East squad for the April 2 all-star game at the United Center in Chicago.

Watching the McDonald’s All-American selection show after school with many of her St. Mary’s classmates, Green said she was relieved when the girls rosters finally aired. She was also thrilled to share the moment with Cowling.

“It’s like we’re just taking all these steps together,” said Green, who is averaging 14.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and five assists for the Panthers this season.

Moore didn’t watch the show, but monitored her phone for the news.

“I was so happy,” said the 5-foot-11 wing, who was named co-MVP of the Tri-County Athletic League with Green last season. “I feel like NorCal is kind of dominating right now. I play with (Green and Cowling) all the time and it’s cool for all of us to have made it.”

St. Mary’s is the only high school this year to produce two McDonald’s All-Americans. With Moore also selected, the area will have its biggest presence in the game since Piedmont’s Courtney and Ashley Paris and Oakland Tech teammates Alexis Gray-Lawson and Devanei Hampton went in 2005.

A 6-foot-1 guard, Green was a favorite to receive the McDonald’s All-American recognition after being one of just three high school players picked for the USA under-19 national team last summer.

But being selected to the prestigious all-star game is an honor she’d been hoping for ever since her dad, Will, planted the idea in her head when she first started playing basketball.

“Making Team USA was huge and was probably one of the biggest opportunities that I have ever gotten,” Green said. “But being a McDonald’s All-American is really special to me because that’s the first thing my dad ever said to me about basketball.”

Cowling, a 6-1 wing, is averaging 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds for St. Mary’s.

Moore’s outstanding senior season at Salesian includes four triple-doubles, a quadruple-double and averages of 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists.

No local boys players were honored this year.

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East Bay girls basketball poll — 1/28

By Stephanie Hammon
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 5:04 pm in Girls basketball

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school girls basketball poll. We have a new No. 1 team and quite a bit of movement in the No. 9-15 range.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 15-3 75 2
2. St. Mary’s 16-5 69 1
t3. Carondelet 14-3 63 3
t3. Salesian 16-5 63 4
5. Miramonte 17-1 55 5
6. Monte Vista 16-2 50 7
7. Berkeley 11-6 44 6
8. Deer Valley 13-4 41 9
9. James Logan 11-7 35 NR
10. Moreau Catholic 15-3 30 8
11. Castro Valley 13-5 23 11
12. Alameda 11-7 16 NR
13. Piedmont 10-6 15 10
14. Foothill 12-6 14 NR
15. Campolindo 12-6 5 NR

Also receiving votes: Pittsburg (12-6, 1), Valley Christian (17-3, 1). Records are through Jan. 25. 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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