Deer Valley now alone in first after big win The Deer Valley High boys basketball team took sole possession of first place in the Bay Valley Athletic League after defeating Freedom 76-73 on Jan. 29. Entering this week, the Wolverines were 6-0 in league play and the Falcons were 5-1. The two teams will meet again on Feb. 21.
-- Nick Roth
Freedom girls win pivotal game The Freedom High girls soccer team defeated Heritage 3-2 on Jan. 31 to take over sole possession of first place in the BVAL. Early in the second half, Clarissa Diaz scored to give Freedom a 3-1 lead, and goalie Tess Harrington had seven saves to hold off Heritage. The North Coast Section playoffs begin next week.
-- Nick Roth
Pittsburg shines at NCS wrestling meet The Pittsburg High girls wrestling team finished third at the NCS Championships held at Pittsburg High from Feb. 1-2. The Pirates finished with 112 points, and will be sending two wrestlers to the state championships at Lemoore High from Feb. 22-23. In the 235-pound weight division, Pittsburg's Samantha Cruz placed first and in the 98-pound division, Camille Caoile took third. Antioch's Courtney Rouse will also be competing in the state championships, as she finished third in the 165-pound division.
-- Nick Roth
On deck Heritage at Liberty, girls basketball, Feb. 8, 5:30 p.m. -- Liberty will host and try to knock off the Patriots, who entered the week undefeated in BVAL play. Freedom at Heritage, boys basketball, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. -- The Falcons travel to Brentwood to face the Patriots in a game both teams need to win to keep alive their league title hopes. Los Medanos at Solano, women's basketball, Feb. 13, 5:30 p.m. -- Los Medanos looks to build on a 68-40 win over College of Marin on Feb. 1 when it takes on Solano in a Bay Valley Conference game.
Stars of the week Tess Harrington, Freedom, girls soccer -- Harrington made seven saves in a pivotal win over Heritage on Jan. 31. The freshman has also helped Freedom shut out 10 different teams throughout the season. Samantha Cruz, Pittsburg, girls wrestling -- Cruz was the only Pittsburg wrestler to place first in her weight class at the NCS Championships on Feb. 1-2. Kendall Smith, Deer Valley, boys basketball -- Smith scored 21 points to go along with eight assists in a crucial win over Freedom on Jan. 29. Smith also scored 26 points and hauled in 12 rebounds in a 66-63 win over Pittsburg on Jan. 31.