East Bay high school girls soccer rankings

Here is our fourth edition of the East Bay high school girls soccer rankings:

Team Record Last Week Upcoming games
1. Carondelet 14-0-2 1 @ Foothill,
vs. Amador Valley
2. Monte Vista 11-1-4 2 @ No. 8 California,
@ No. 5 Livermore
3. Acalanes 8-0-2 4 vs. No. 9 Las Lomas,
@ Dublin
4. Liberty 9-5-1 6 vs. Freedom,
vs. Antioch
5. Livermore 10-5-2 8 @ Amador Valley,
vs. No. 2 Monte Vista
6. San Ramon Valley 10-4-2 3 @ Granada, vs. No. 8
Cal, vs. No. 12 CVC
7. Saint Mary’s 12-1-1 7 Regular season over
8. California 9-5-2 9 vs. No. 2 Monte Vista,
@ No. 6 SRV
9. Las Lomas 12-1-4 5 @ No. 3 Acalanes
10. Piedmont 11-2-1 10 @ No. 15 Bishop
O’Dowd, vs. Mt. Eden
11. Castro Valley 11-3-1 13 @ Mt. Eden,
@ Alameda
12. Clayton Valley Charter 9-3-4 14 @ Ygnacio Valley,
@ No. 6 SRV
13. Hercules 10-3-2 15 vs. El Cerrito
14. Alhambra 9-3-3 12 vs. Dougherty Valley,
@ Campolindo
15. Bishop O’Dowd 11-4-1 NR vs. No. 10 Piedmont, @Berkeley

Others considered: Foothill (9-8-1), Pinole Valley (12-2-3), College Park (9-3-4), Dublin (9-5-4), James Logan (9-4).


East Bay high school girls soccer rankings

Here are our second East Bay high school girls soccer rankings. Records are through Saturday. Expect some shuffling this week as the top four teams face off, including a rivalry match-up between Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley on Tuesday that I’ll be covering. Check contracostatimes.com/high-school-sports for that recap.

  1. Carondelet (12-0-1)
  2. Monte Vista (8-1-3)
  3. San Ramon Valley (9-2-1)
  4. California (7-3-1)
  5. Las Lomas (11-0-2)
  6. Acalanes (6-0-2)
  7. Liberty (6-5-1)
  8. Saint Mary’s (8-1-1)
  9. Piedmont (8-1-1)
  10. Foothill (8-5-1)
  11. Alhambra (8-2-2)
  12. Clayton Valley Charter (7-3-2)
  13. Pinole Valley (9-1-1)
  14. Bishop O’Dowd (7-3-1)
  15. Livermore (6-5-1)

Others considered: Castro Valley (8-3), Dougherty Valley (7-5-1), Dublin (7-5-3), College Park (8-3-2), Washington (7-4-2).


East Bay high school girls soccer rankings

Here are the East Bay high school girls soccer rankings with just over a month until the North Coast Section playoff seeding meeting. Records are through Saturday.

Carondelet is the clear No. 1 with an unblemished record, wins over four ranked teams and a goal differential of 43-7. The Cougars host No. 3 Monte Vista on Thursday in an East Bay Athletic League showdown that we will be covering. Check contracostatimes.com/high-school-sports for that recap.

But beside Carondelet and No. 2 San Ramon Valley, the EBAL is a mess, with a carousel of losses among the teams. The other leagues, though are a bit less complicated. The best example is defending North Coast Section Division 1 champion Liberty, a front-runner in the Bay Valley Athletic League after splitting four games at the prestigious National Elite Prep Showcase in Texas.

1. Carondelet (11-0)

2. San Ramon Valley (8-1-1)

3. Monte Vista (7-1-2)

4. Foothill (8-4)

5. California (6-2-2)

6. Liberty (5-4)

7. Las Lomas (10-0-1)

8. Acalanes (4-0-2)

9. Dougherty Valley (6-3-1)

10. Alhambra (7-1-1)

11. Piedmont (6-1-1)

12. Saint Mary’s (6-1)

13. Clayton Valley Charter (6-3-2)

14. Pinole Valley (6-1-1)

15. Bishop O’Dowd (4-3-1)


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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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.