Campolindo boys golfer Ryan Burnett takes NCGA/CIF NorCal Championship

Campolindo High junior Ryan Burnett birdied his first and final hole Monday to earn medalist honors in the NCGA/CIF NorCal Championship at Corral De Tierra Country Club in Salinas.

His 4-under par 68 just edged the effort by Josh McCarthy of De La Salle, which was runner-up as a team. Burnett had six birdies including two on his final three holes, the last a 498-yard par 5 venture.

McCarthy’s 3-under 69 tied with Chris Ebster of Gregori-Modesto and the Spartans’ combined 16-0ver was second to Bellarmine’s 5-over. Those two teams and Harker-Saratoga advance to the CIF State Championship at San Gabriel Country Club on June 1, as do Burnett and Dublin’s Rei Echizenya as individuals.

The next highest individual finishers were Echizenya and Gaels teammate Hayden Hui, whose 2-over and 3-over placed them tied for 15th and 17th respectively.

Rounding out De La Salle’s scores were Nick Orecchia (3-over), Travis Mitchell (4-over), Ethan Atherstone (6-over) and Cade Meyer (6-over).

Burnett tied with two others atop the leaderboard at the NCS Tournament of Champions on May 16 but was beat by Mitchell in a playoff. Campolindo placed second at that tournament and sixth on Monday.




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




Football: Second-round playoff matchups in NCS playoffs

Here are the North Coast Section football playoffs games featuring East Bay schools and what the matchup looks like:


  • No. 1 De La Salle vs. No. 8 California (7 p.m. Friday): The Spartans (9-1) won a previous matchup 56-0 behind their usual unstoppable offense and strong defense, so the Grizzlies (7-4) will have to ride their first-round win and roll on offense to upset the 25-time champs.
  • No. 2 Antioch vs. No. 7 Amador Valley (7 p.m. Friday): The Panthers (10-0) have sat a week after their epic comeback win over rival Pittsburg while the Dons (8-3) got back on track after falling to Foothill by beating San Leandro handily in the first round. Antioch’s Najee Harris has the speed of Amador Valley’s Ledre McCollough, but with more power, so the Dons must slow the Alabama commit and score in bunches.
  • No. 3 Foothill vs. No. 6 Freedom (7 p.m. Saturday): The first matchup between these two Falcons squads, back in September, went Foothill’s way early but Freedom rallied in the second half to get within two scores. Foothill (10-0) needs to rely on Isaiah Floyd and Freedom (7-4) must stop him.
  • No. 4 Monte Vista vs. No. 5 Pittsburg (7 p.m. Saturday): Their first matchup was a barnburner that the Mustangs (7-3) won with a late touchdown drive and a stop on defense, but that surely motivates the Pirates (9-2). Monte Vista will have to hold off Pittsburg early, when that fire fuels it most, and hope QB Jake Haener can come up big late again.

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Semifinal matchups for East Bay teams in the North Coast Section girls volleyball playoffs

Among the North Coast Section girls volleyball semifinals set for 7 p.m. Saturday, seven involve at least one local team. Here’s a look at the local teams in those matchups.


No. 1 Monte Vista hosting No. 4 Liberty

  • The defending champion Mustangs (30-5) swept College Park and San Leandro in the first two rounds, respectively. They lost just once in the hyper-competitive EBAL and recently took second at the strong Northgate Varsity Tournament despite dealing with injuries — though their health is improved now as they ready to face a team they beat 3-1 in their season opener.
  • The Lions (31-9) cruised through BVAL play undefeated and swept Dublin in the first round of the playoffs before battling Amador Valley in a four-set win in the quarterfinals. They’re looking to win the school’s first NCS title since a three-peat from 2003-2005.

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Football: First-round playoff matchups in NCS Division 3

Here are this weekend’s slate of opening-round games in the North Coast Section Division 3 football playoffs and, for games involving East Bay schools, what brought the teams here:

No. 16 Ygnacio Valley at No. 1 Campolindo (1 p.m. Saturday)

  • Campolindo (9-1): The way coach Kevin Macy saw it after a 37-0 shutout of Miramonte, “It’s been a long year of everybody in the league wanting to knock us off. They look at us like wounded prey with all of our big-name kids gone.” They still rolled through league play, after a loss to Napa broke their streak of 19 straight wins, and are looking to repeat as NCS and state champions.
  • Ygnacio Valley (3-7): The Warriors scored 60-plus points in each of their three wins but just 122 total in their losses. They have a junior-heavy roster (17 of 28 players), most of whom were there last year when the Warriors lost to Campolindo in the first round of the playoffs

No. 9 Eureka vs. No. 8 Acalanes (7 p.m. Friday)

  • Acalanes (3-7): When the Dons score 30 or more points this season, they prevail, so that will surely be their target in the game. Running back Leo Barakos should be key to hitting that.
  • Eureka (4-6): The Loggers are on a three-game win streak that includes last week’s 53-7 win over Arcata last week.

No. 13 Piner-Santa Rosa at No. 3 Bishop O’Dowd (1 p.m. Saturday)

  • Bishop O’Dowd (5-5): The Dragons, whose two league losses were by a total three points, are a defense-oriented team this year behind linebacker Chris Flood, free safety Jevon Holland and Je’Quari Baggett. On offense, quarterback Nick Allen and freshman running back Austin Jones provide the most punch.
  • Piner-Santa Rosa (6-4): The Prospectors are on a three-game win streak with the help of running back Jose Ramirez and two-way lineman Sean Terry.

No. 12 De Anza at No. 5 Alhambra (7 p.m. Friday)

  • Alhambra (6-4): The Bulldogs are on a three-game win streak, including over playoff-bound Dougherty Valley, and have outscored their last two opponents 66-13. Their leaders on both sides of the field is tailback/safety Jonathan McCart.
  • De Anza (6-4): This is the first time since 2004 that the Dons reached the playoffs, thanks largely to third-year head coach Richard Gaskell. His run-heavy offense uses a rotation of Joseph Sedillo, Jalen Placide and Devon King.

No. 15 Albany at No. 2 Analy-Sebastapol (7 p.m. Friday)

  • Albany (4-6): The Cougars haven’t been to the playoffs since at least 2003 and are back behind second-year coach Donnell Carson. “We finally got a weight training program established as well as players bonding and sticking together,” Carson told me Wednesday. They are led by captains Uthman Sabir, Amin Fusion, Corey Sterner and Wynter Huntenburg.
  • Analy-Sebastapol (10-0): The Tigers are unbeaten behind quarterback Jack Newman, who has 2,631 passing yards and 34 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

No. 10 Kennedy-Fremont at No. 7 El Cerrito (7 p.m. Saturday at De Anza)

  • El Cerrito (5-5) The Gauchos have won four straight, including three over playoff-bound teams. Their a young team with just 14 seniors and six underclassmen out of 35 players.
  • Kennedy-Fremont (4-6): The Titans are riding a three-game win streak, including an overtime win over playoff-bound Washington, behind running back Joshua Mckinnie.

Also on tap, outside of the East Bay: No. 14 Terra Linda-San Rafael at No. 3 Rancho Cotate-Rohnert Park (7 p.m. Saturday) and No. 11 Novato at No. 6 Petaluma (7 p.m. Friday)




Semifinal matchups in the North Coast Section boys and girls water polo playoffs

Here are Wednesday’s semifinals in the North Coast Section boys and girls water polo playoffs, with how each team won it’s second-round game:


  • No. 1 Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo vs. No. 5 Acalanes (6:15 p.m. at Drake)
    • After a 6-6 tie at halftime the Dons broke away from Las Lomas for an 11-9 win behind a hat trick from Casey Conrad and two goals apiece from Tommy Fellner, Evan Wentzel and Jack Winther.
    • The Pirates pounded Monte Vista 14-5 to stay undefeated on the season.
  • No. 2 San Ramon Valley vs. No. 6 Campolindo (6 p.m. at San Ramon Valley)
    • Hat tricks by senior Mikey Williams and underclassman Jack Deely and Mason Chambliss, Williams, plus nine saves by Keaton Fox, made the Wolves winners over De La Salle 12-7.
    • The Cougars edged rival Miramonte 10-9 in a rematch of last year’s championship game, which the Matadors won.
    • These two teams have split two games this season, both by a single goal. Campolindo beat host San Ramon Valley 8-7 on Sept. 15 and SRV returned the favor with a 7-6 victory at the NCS/CCS Tournament on Sept. 26.


  • No. 1 San Ramon Valley vs. No. 4 California (7:15 p.m. at San Ramon Valley)
    • Sarah Klass went off with four goals and four assists as the Wolves dominated College Park 19-1, with two goals apiece also coming from Lexi Liebowitz, Laine McPherson, Erin McCreary and Emily Ryan.
    • The Grizzlies downed Amador Valley 15-5.
    • These teams faced off in EBAL play in an Oct. 8 game that San Ramon Valley won 23-2.
  • No. 2 Monte Vista vs. No. 3 Las Lomas (6 p.m. at Miramonte)
    • The Mustangs pulled away from Washington in the second half for a 20-8 win with the help of Lauren Indart’s six goals and Jolie Trujillo’s four goals and five assists.
    • The Knights downed Foothill 16-5.


  • No. 5 Northgate vs. No. 9 Bishop O’Dowd (6 p.m. at Campolindo)
    • The Knights held off Justin-Siena-Napa 10-9 with the help of hat tricks from Ivan Koroleu and Decklan Cashman, along with goals from Sebastian Stahl, Conner Rutledge, Shawn Forer and Andrew Joseph.
    • The Dragons edged top-seeded Redwood-Larkspur 7-6 behind hat tricks from Tyler Labot and Joey Isola as well as what coach Jim Ulversoy called an “epic” block by goalie Nick Entriech.
  • No. 2 Tamalpais vs. No. 6 Marin Academy (6 p.m. at Sir Francis Drake)


  • No. 1 Miramonte vs. No. 4 Marin Catholic (7:15 p.m. at Miramonte)
    • The Matadors cruised by Carondelet 17-3 powered by sophomore Grace Tehaney’s five goals and hat tricks by Carson Broad and Rose Tuttle.
    • Marin Catholic defeated Novato 10-7.
  • No. 2 Campolindo vs. No. 3 Acalanes (7:15 p.m. at Campolindo)
    • The Cougars defeated Northgate 16-7 behind their usual leaders, Katie Klein (four goals, two assists) and Olivia Price (three goals, four assists).
    • The Dons downed Drake 11-5.
    • Acalanes avenged a 7-4 loss to Campolindo at its own tournament Sept. 12 by beating the host Cougars 9-8 in triple overtime during league play Oct. 7.

East Bay girls volleyball rankings, with comments

  1. Campolindo (6-7) — The Cougars took care of business against Acalanes and Dougherty Valley, both teams that have been ranked this season, and attended another stacked tournament, the Presentation Panther Challenge, where they went to three sets with three teams that have a combined 41-9 record.
  2. Monte Vista (13-3) — After falling behind early in the first set against Foothill on Thursday, the Mustangs raced to a 3-1 win over the then No. 3 Falcons before sweeping No. 9 Granada.
  3. Bishop O’Dowd (7-3) — A quiet week for the Dragons included only a sweep of Berkeley, but they’ve clearly faced tougher opponents than Head-Royce.
  4. Head-Royce (16-0) — The Jayhawks, who have only dropped two sets all season, kept their undefeated streak going with three sweeps in league play.
  5. Foothill (12-5) — The Falcons lost on the road to Monte Vista but came back to sweep California.
  6. Miramonte (11-5) — The Mustangs beat No,. 7 San Ramon Valley and No. 12 Alhambra, impressive enough to bump them up eight spots.
  7. San Ramon Valley (10-4) — Though the Wolves lost to No. 6 Miramonte, they defeated No. 8 Carondelet and No. 10 Amador Valley.
  8. Carondelet (11-5) — A win over Granada offsets a loss to No. 7 San Ramon Valley, pushing the Dons into the rankings from the bubble.
  9. Granada (10-6) — In a pair of five-set thrillers this week, the Matadors beat No. 11 California and lost to No. 8 Carondelet.
  10. Amador Valley (9-5) — After sweeping No. 11 California, the Dons were swept by No. 7 San Ramon valley and St. Francis, ranked No. 3 by the San Jose Mercury News.
  11. California (12-5) — Four straight losses, including to No. 10 Amador Valley and No. 5 Foothill, drops the Grizzlies four spots.
  12. Alhambra (14-4) — The Bulldogs had a tough week, not only suffering their first, second, third and fourth defeats but also losing their libero to a concussion.
  13. Albany (12-5) — The Cougars edged No. 15 Saint Joseph Notre Dame in five sets before a 2-2 trip to the St. Ignatius Golden Gate Challenge, where they beat defending NCS D4 champ Marin Catholic.
  14. James Logan (13-4) — Winning seven times this week extended the Colts streak to nine victories and vaulted them into the rankings despite not being on the bubble last week.
  15. Saint Joseph Notre Dame (12-4) — The Pilots fell to No. 13 Albany in five sets but beat St. Patrick-St. Vincent, a NCS D4 semifinalist last year.

East Bay girls volleyball rankings, with comments

  1. Campolindo (4-5) — Sure, the Cougars lost four times at the Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas, but two of those defeats included to the eventual tournament champion and a powerhouse program from Georgia. Finishing 15th at a prestigious 63-team tourney is impressive enough to stay top these rankings.
  2. Monte Vista (11-3) — The Mustangs only lost once, to eventual champ Redwood, at the loaded East County Invitational and opened league play Tuesday with a sweep of Amador Valley, moving them back up a spot. But watch out for Thursday’s league match against Foothill, which I’ll be covering.
  3. Foothill (8-2) — Dropping matches to eventual East County Invite finalists Redwood and Pleasant Grove was buffered by the fact that both were in three sets. In other words, the Falcons weren’t far from winning the tournament, and swept Lowell-S.F. in the third-place match and Livermore in their league opener Tuesday.
  4. Bishop O’Dowd (6-3) — After falling to defending CIF Division 3 champion Sacred Heart Cathedral last week, the Dragons have won three times including over host Valley Christian, the school that beat SHC for the Central Coast Section Division 3 title last year.
  5. Head-Royce (13-0) — The Jayhawks rolled through St. Joseph Notre Dame’s D5 Showcase last weekend, winning four times without dropping a set. That keeps them unbeaten and unable to be ignored, moving up three spots in our rankings.
  6. San Ramon Valley (3-3) — The Wolves bounced back from three losses to strong teams at the East County Invite — including Foothill by a 2-1 set score — by sweeping a decent Carondelet team Tuesday. They have three more matches to prepare for a rematch with Foothill followed by a face-off with rival Monte Vista.
  7. California (12-3) — The Grizzlies swept Liberty before starting the 3-0 in the second tier of the East County Invite, enough momentum to keep them high despite a tourney loss to upstart Dougherty Valley and a 3-2 road defeat at the hands of Granada on Tuesday.
  8. Granada (10-4) — Downing Cal on Tuesday impressed nonetheless, adding to the Matadors’ win streak after two sweeps last week.
  9. Alhambra (12-0) — A 4-0 run through the third tier of the East County Invite kept the Bulldogs unbeaten ahead of their toughest test this season, Thursday at Miramonte.
  10. Liberty (9-3) — Being swept by Cal shows the Lions are vulnerable, though they still have sweeps of Granada and Dougherty Valley.
  11. St. Joseph Notre Dame (11-3) — The Pilots won four times at their own D5 Showcase last weekend, only falling in the finale to unbeaten Head-Royce.
  12. Dougherty Valley (5-6) — Placing second in the second tier of the East County Invite boosts the Wildcats into our rankings, especially since that included a win over California.
  13. Acalanes (4-3) — Splitting four matches at the East County Invite slides the Dons down, even though one of their wins was over Miramonte.
  14. Miramonte (5-3) — The Matadors did not have a good showing at the East County Invite, losing in two sets to San Ramon Valley and Acalanes.
  15. Amador Valley (8-3) — League play opened with a sweep at the hands of Monte Vista, dropping the Dons two spots and closer to the bubble.

On the bubble: Albany (7-3), Carondelet (6-3), Irvington (8-4), Dublin (8-4), Arroyo (11-6).