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    Softball No. 4 Livermore 6, No. 1 Granada 3 On the final day of the regular season, Livermore caught Granada atop the East Bay Athletic League standings, winning at home Thursday over its crosstown rival. Livermore improved to 20-3-1 overall and 12-1 in league play. Granada dropped to 22-2, 12-1. In the four-team league playoffs next week, Livermore will play host to California and Granada will visit San Ramon Valley. Livermore’s victory Thursday avenged a March 15 loss to Granada. Alizabeth Ruiz had a two-run single in the first to give Livermore a 2-0 lead. Anne Polaski singled to drive in Maggie Pyke and Jenn Morrison hit a two-run double in the third to extend the Cowboys’ lead to 5-0. Granada, ranked No. 1 by the Bay Area News Group, responded with back-to-back home runs from Makayla Winchell and Sarah Deplitch to cut its deficit to 5-2 in the fourth. Ruiz knocked in her third run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, extending fourth-ranked Livermore’s lead to 6-2. Livermore held on to the lead to snap Granada’s...
    Welcome back to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances between April 25-May 1. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at [email protected] We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: (Scroll to the bottom for the poll) Michael Barnett, College Park baseball: The UCLA commit struck out 10, walked one and allowed three hits as College Park defeated Northgate 6-1 in a Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division game. The run Northgate scored was unearned. College Park began this week 12-8 overall and 7-3 in the league. Noah Deitrick, De La Salle volleyball: In a 3-0 sweep of Dougherty Valley in East Bay Athletic League play, the 6-2 senior had 14...
    Bay Area News Group Top 20 (Mercury News & East Bay Times) No. 1 PALO ALTO (14-1) Previous ranking: 5 What’s happened since the last ranking: After six consecutive one-sided victories, the Vikings finally had a tight one Saturday. But they scored five in the sixth to erase a one-run deficit and beat Serra 7-5 to extend their win streak to 12. Zach Hayward had three RBIs to lead the way. Up next: Saturday at Burlingame, noon No. 2 ST. FRANCIS (13-2) Previous ranking: 6 What’s happened since the last ranking: Stretched their winning streak to eight with a 4-2 victory over Serra in 10 innings on Tuesday. St. Francis also beat Mitty 15-6 on Friday. The Lancers are 8-0 in the West Catholic Athletic League play. Up next: Friday vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral, 4 p.m. No. 3 CLAYTON VALLEY CHARTER (10-2) Previous ranking: 3 What’s happened since the last ranking: The Ugly Eagles bounced back from a loss to College Park, winning the rematch 5-2 to earn a series split. Opened this week with a 10-3 victory over Monte...
    Welcome back to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances between March 21-27. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at [email protected] We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: (Scroll to the bottom for the poll) Henry Bolte, Palo Alto baseball: One of the top players in the country, according to Baseball America, Bolte had another big week while leading the Vikings to a sweep of Cupertino in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division play. The Texas commit went 4 for 5 with two home runs in the first game and 2 for 4 in the second. He began this week batting .436 for a team that is...
    Boys basketball Game of the Night, Part I No. 2 Dougherty Valley 66, No. 5 De La Salle 61 In their toughest test so far, the Dougherty Valley Wildcats ran their season-opening win streak to 14 games behind another terrific performance from Ryan Beasley and clutch shooting down the stretch by Connor Sevilla. They led Doughtery Valley – second in the latest Bay Area News Group rankings – to a victory at fifth-ranked De La Salle on Wednesday night in East Bay Athletic League play. The Wildcats are 14-0 overall and 2-0 in the league. De La Salle fell to 10-4, 0-2. Beasley finished with 26 points, nailing a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with about a minute to go to break a 57-57 tie and give Dougherty the lead for good. Sevilla scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including four consecutive free throws in the final minute to help ice the victory. Rahul Srinivasaragavan added 11 points for Dougherty. Jordan Webster (16 points), John Flannigan (15)...
    Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Bay Area News Group stories honoring the top football players from the fall 2021 season. OFFENSIVE LINE First team Drew Azzopardi, Serra, 6-5, 317, senior First-team all-West Catholic Athletic League honors. Dominant presence for a Padres team that won the CCS Division I championship and played Mater Dei in the Open Division state title game. Three-star prospect. Signed with San Diego State. Jackson Brown, San Ramon Valley, 6-6, 295, senior First-team selection in the East Bay Athletic League’s Mountain Division. Three-star prospect with 31 Division 1 offers. Committed to Cal. “One of the best 2-3 offensive lineman in NorCal and probably the best in the Bay Area,” SRV coach Aaron Becker said. Nathan Elu, Serra, 6-5, 296, senior The West Catholic Athletic League’s co-offensive lineman of the year. Signed with Oregon State. Three-star tackle helped lead the Padres to the CCS Division I championship and a spot in the Open Division state title game. Uluakinofo Taliauli, St. Francis, 6-3, 260, senior Co-offensive...
    Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) girls athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances between Oct. 11-17. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at [email protected] We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: Simone Adam, Menlo volleyball: The senior outside hitter had 20 kills, 13 digs and six aces in three-set wins over Mercy-Burlingame and Notre Dame-San Jose last week. She had a 59.8 hitting percentage. Ellie Buckley, Campolindo cross country: Competing in the large school varsity race at the Roughrider Invitational in Fresno, she ran the 3.1-mile course in 17:54.5 to win easily. The junior finished more than a half-minute ahead of the runner-up. ...
    EAST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE MOUNTAIN DIVISION (Predicted order of finish) No. 1 DE LA SALLE Coach: Justin Alumbaugh Spring 2021 record: 6-0 What to expect: After fighting for a season last spring, coach Justin Alumbaugh can focus on football this fall. Year in and year out, there’s simply no team in Northern California on De La Salle’s level — 30 years, to be exact, the last time a team north of the Fresno area has knocked off the Spartans, a span of 316 games. St. Mary’s (Stockton) gave them a scare last spring and will get another shot in Week 1. Then Monterey Trail (Elk Grove). And Folsom. Alumbaugh likes to give his guys a challenge, and they’ve taken some bumps against tough non-league opponents the past few years. This fall, the Spartans host visitors from Baltimore (St. Frances Academy) and San Diego (Cathedral) to round out a murderer’s row of a preseason schedule. New QB Luke Dermon will have to learn on the fly behind an unproven offensive line, though junior OL Derek Thompson...
    BAY VALLEY ATHLETIC LEAGUE (Predicted order of finish) No. 1 PITTSBURG Coach: Victor Galli Spring 2021 record: 5-0 What to expect: According to the latest Cal-Hi Sports rankings, there are three heavyweight teams in the Bay Area this fall. Pittsburg is ranked No. 11 in California, slightly behind No. 9 Serra and No. 4 De La Salle. Folsom, the other highly-rated NorCal team, comes in at No. 7.  Pittsburg this season will be judged on how it does in non-league play and in the postseason. The Pirates will be favored to go unbeaten in the BVAL for a third straight season, barring an unexpected run of injuries. “I can’t lie,” coach Victor Galli said. “This looks like a good team. We go through the gauntlet early, so it could be a rocky road in the beginning.” Serra and Folsom are Pittsburg’s first two opponents. After that: Valley Christian, Wilcox and McClymonds. Gauntlet indeed. But this Pittsburg team is loaded. It starts with junior quarterback Jaden Rashada, who is rated a four-star prospect by 247sports, has 14...
    Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Q&A’s that Bay Area Preps HQ is doing with high school league commissioners throughout the region in advance of the scheduled start of practice for sports such as football, volleyball and water polo in December. Look for links to the published Q&A’s here. Bay Valley Athletic League commissioner Steve Ahonen is keeping an eye on the calendar, just like his counterparts across the North Coast Section. After all, Dec. 7, the NCS’s start date for practicing in sports like football, volleyball and water polo, is coming up awfully fast. “We, probably like every other conference in the North Coast Section, we’re hopeful,” Ahonen said. “I think that’s what we have to be, is hopeful at this point in time about starting up Dec. 7.” The BVAL is one of the area’s smaller leagues in terms of member schools with just six, all located in eastern Contra Costa County. But there are pockets of that region that continue to be hit hard by the pandemic. According to...
    Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Q&A’s that Bay Area Preps HQ is doing with high school league commissioners throughout the region in advance of the scheduled start of practice for sports such as football, volleyball and water polo in December. Here’s a link to the first one. The East Bay Athletic League is facing some unique challenges as its member schools prepare for the scheduled start of the 2020-2021 high school sports season. The EBAL’s 12 schools span across two counties, Alameda and Contra Costa, that have separate health departments and, up until this week, were in different tiers in the state’s color-coded economic reopening plan. Contra Costa on Tuesday joined Alameda in the second-to-least-restrictive orange tier. There are also seven different boards of trustees within the league, including single entities such as Clayton Valley Charter, De La Salle, Carondelet and Dublin. That said, EBAL Commissioner Leo Lopoz feels the league is in a good spot with some sports allowed to begin formal practices in just over six weeks. Regular communication with...
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