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: First-round playoff matchups in NCS Division 4 and 5

Here are the North Coast Section Division 4 and 5 football playoffs games featuring East Bay schools and what brought the teams here:


No. 13 Hercules at No. 4 Moreau Catholic (7 p.m. Friday)

  • Moreau Catholic (9-1): The Mariners are having their best season since at least 2004 powered by junior running back Jullen Ison, who has 2,147 rushing yards and 33 total touchdowns, and senior fullback Johnny Den Bleyker. Their lone loss was 27-20 to playoff-bound American and they outscored their next two opponents by a total of 96-0.
  • Hercules (6-4): The Titans have lost four of five since starting 5-0, though all four defeats were to playoff-bound teams. Their leaders are defensive end/tight end Ernest Jackson and linebacker/fullback Monah Weaver.

No. 12 Encinal at No. 5 Saint Mary’s (1 p.m. Saturday)

  • Saint Mary’s (7-3): The Panthers have prevailed in seven of their last eight games after opening 0-3. Offensively they are powered by running back Tamarick Pierce, who has 1,298 and 10 touchdowns, and quarterback Ryan Jenkins, who has thrown 21 touchdowns against just four interceptions.
  • Encinal (4-6): In five previous matchups against Saint Mary’s, the Pilots have not lost. But they have dropped their last four games this season. Still, the Pilots returned to the playoffs after an 0-9 year in coach Ricky Rodriguez’s first at the helm.

No. 11 Del Norte-Crescent City at No. 6 Piedmont (7 p.m. Saturday)

  • Piedmont (8-2): The Highlanders dominated their league, winning all five games by a combined score of 201-41.


No. 11 Livermore Valley Charter at No. 6 Ferndale (1 p.m. Saturday)

  • Livermore Valley Charter (5-4): After two wins in the program’s first two years, the Hawks five against an independent docket. Credit largely goes to running back Austin Brown, who had 1,724 yards and 19 touchdowns.

No. 9 Stellar Prep at No. 8 Cloverdale (7 p.m. Friday)

  • Stellar Prep (6-3): The Thunder are on a five-game winning streak, outscoring opponents 203-35. One of their leaders is junior linebacker Addison Gumbs.








NCS 2-A East Bay playoff picture

I got to see exact opposite games this week. Friday night I was at San Leandro’s 15-14 thrilling overtime victory over Castro Valley and on Saturday I was at Bishop O’Dowd’s 63-20 romp over Arroyo. That game had nearly 1,000 yards of offense! Incredible. O’Dowd looks tough. They have four tailbacks that are gamebreakers (Che’rod Simpson, Mario Brown, Adonis Smith and Marcus Harrison).

NCS 2-A picture

Locks: Las Lomas (8-0, 7-0 DFAL), Heritage (5-3, 4-2 BVAL), Bishop O’Dowd (6-2, 4-1 HAAL), Encinal (6-2, 4-1 ACCAL), Piedmont (6-2, 4-0 BSAL)

Near locks: Ygnacio Valley(6-2, 4-2 BVAL),  Acalanes (5-3, 5-2 DFAL), Campolindo (6-2, 5-2 DFAL)

Bubble teams: El Cerrito (5-3, 3-2 ACCAL), Miramonte (4-4, 3-4 DFAL), JFK-Fremont (3-5, 2-3 MVAL); Northgate (4-4, 3-4 DFAL)

My picks/seedings: 1. Las Lomas; 2. Bishop O’Dowd; 3. Heritage; 4. Ygnacio Valley; 5. Encinal; 6. Acalanes; 7. Campolindo; 8. Piedmont

After No. 1 and No. 2, the seeding in this division is complicated. Piedmont will likely come in with a solid record, but it hasn’t played the competition that Encinal, Acalanes and Campolindo have. Piedmont lost to Campolindo in the season opener 31-2. Now, Piedmont certainly has improved but the seeding committee doesn’t care about that. They will see 31-2 and probably put Campolindo in front of Piedmont. Although, Piedmont’s impressive overall record could boost them higher.

But I pretty much think these will be the teams that get in. I don’t think any of the bubble teams have a chance to crack the eight teams that I have listed.