Heritage conquers Campolindo The Heritage High girls basketball team earned a 52-41 road victory against Campolindo on Jan. 3 to improve to 10-4 this season. It was the Patriots' eighth win in their last 10 games entering this week. Heritage begins Bay Valley Athletic League play on Jan. 11 at home against Antioch.
-- Nick Roth
Freedom wins Pirate Invitational The Freedom wrestling team placed first at the Pirate Invitational at Pittsburg High on Dec. 29. The Falcons had 154 points, 34 more than second place Heritage. Freedom had champions in the 138-pound (Eric Wise), 170-pound (Alex Bazan) and 285-pound (Kirk Sullivan) divisions.
-- Nick Roth
On deck Heritage at Deer Valley, boys basketball, Jan. 15, 5:30 p.m. -- Two of the top boys basketball teams in the Bay Valley Athletic League face off in a much-anticipated matchup. Deer Valley at Pittsburg, girls basketball, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. -- A much-improved Pittsburg squad hosts the Wolverines, last season's BVAL champions. Heritage at Freedom, girls soccer, Jan. 15, 6 p.m. -- The Falcons host the Patriots in a key BVAL game. In nonleague games so far this season at press time, Freedom was 5-3 and Heritage was 5-3-1. Pittsburg at Liberty, boys soccer, Jan. 15, 4 p.m. -- The improved Lions host the defending BVAL champion Pirates.
Stars of the week Daniel Gonzales, Pittsburg boys basketball -- The junior guard scored 12 points for the Pirates in their 56-52 win over Dougherty Valley on Jan. 4 Marcus Lee, Deer Valley boys basketball -- Lee earned player of the game honors after scoring 21 points, grabbing 22 rebounds, dishing out six assists and blocking five shots in a 72-51 win over Jesuit-Carmichael on Jan. 5. Kendall Smith, Deer Valley boys basketball -- Smith, who recently committed to the University of Nevada Las Vegas, scored 22 points and served up nine assists in a win over Jesuit. Kylee Smith, Heritage girls soccer -- The junior forward had two goals and an assist to lead the Patriots past El Cerrito in a Jan. 4 nonleague game.