California defense delivers

  • The unbeaten California High football team used clutch plays on defense to nail down a 31-21 East Bay Athletic League win over visiting Amador Valley on Sept. 21. Grant Sherrod sealed the victory with a 78-yard return on a fumble recovery after the Dons marched into scoring position in the fourth quarter. For the Grizzlies, Jake Lepere had a key interception, Nate Grixti kicked a clutch 24-yard field goal and Karris Johnson ran for 99 yards.

    -- Matt Schwab

    Rudolph runs wild for Gaels

  • Dublin High football player Ondre Rudolph was more like Hurricane Ondre in the Gaels' 29-21 win over Miramonte on Sept. 21 to open the Diablo Foothill Athletic League season. Rudolph ran for an amazing 341 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns. Unofficially, Rudolph has 1,222 yards rushing in just five games.

    -- Matt Schwab

    Shields doesn't break

  • Foothill senior running back/linebacker Cody Shields was among the many Falcons' defensive standouts in a 21-14 EBAL win over Monte Vista on Sept. 21. Shields set the tone with a sack of Nikita Zamora for an 8-yard loss on the Mustangs' third offensive series.


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    -- Matt Schwab

    On deck

  • San Ramon Valley at Amador Valley, football, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. -- The Dons (2-2, 0-1 EBAL) look to rebound from a 31-21 loss to California in their league opener. The Wolves (1-3, 1-0) are trying to build off their first win of the season, 34-19 over Livermore.

  • Granada at Monte Vista, football, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. -- The Matadors (3-1, 0-1) have a tough assignment for their league opener against the versatile Mustangs (3-1, 0-1), who dropped a 21-14 heartbreaker against Foothill last week.

    Stars of the week

  • Jalen Avery, Monte Vista football -- Avery had three catches for 62 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown reception, in a 21-14 loss against Foothill on Sept. 21.

  • Sabrina Clayton, California volleyball -- Clayton had 26 kills, 11 digs and two aces as the Grizzlies earned a big 25-19, 14-25, 25-22, 30-28 win over San Ramon Valley in the EBAL on Sept. 20.

  • Mason Melin, Monte Vista football -- Melin had four receptions for 95 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Nikita Zamora, in a 21-14 loss against Foothill in Sept. 21.

  • Jamison Shapland, California boys water polo -- Shapland amassed 15 goals, seven steals and five blocks over four games in the De Anza tournament on Sept. 22-23, leading the Grizzlies to the title.

  • Quinn Kaehler, Diablo Valley College football -- Kaehler, the former Cal High quarterback, passed for 490 yards and five touchdowns as the Vikings beat Chabot 44-20, avenging a loss to the Gladiators from last season.

  • Kyle Campiotti, Granada football -- Campiotti had 48 yards rushing, including a 1-yard touchdown run, and 26 yards receiving in the Matadors' 48-14 loss against No. 1 ranked De La Salle on Sept. 21.