Deer Valley reaches NorCal semis After winning the NCS Division I final for a second consecutive year, the Deer Valley boys volleyball team advanced to the second round of the NorCal Division I playoffs. The Wolverines defeated Lowell-San Francisco 25-9, 25-16, 25-15 in the quarterfinals and lost in the semifinals to St. Francis-Mountain View 25-22, 25-17, 25-18 in the semifinals. Standout players Jordan Ewert and Bezhan Wahidi combined for 53 kills and 24 digs in the two NorCal playoff matches. The Wolverines finished the season with a 40-3 overall record.
-- Nick Roth
Ex-Deer Valley star advances in NCAAs Deer Valley High graduate Hammed Suleman placed seventh in the long jump at the NCAA championships West Prelims in Fayetteville, Ark. on May 29. Competing for Cal, Suleman had a leap of 25 feet, qualifying him for the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore. on June 11-14. Suleman came just a half-inch shy of his legal season best. Just two weeks ago, he flew to a wind-aided jump of 26-0.25 to claim his second consecutive Pac-12 championship.
-- Nick Roth
Liberty tops Heritage in NCS playoffs After securing its first Bay Valley Athletic League title in at least 20 years, the Liberty Lions baseball team defeated Heritage 4-1 in the first round of the NCS playoffs. Cody Luther earned Player of the Game honors and picked up the win after hurling 62/3 innings while allowing just one run with five strikeouts. Luther also helped his own cause at the plate going 2 for 2 with a double and a run. The Lions eventually lost to De La Salle 14-1 in the second round and finished the season with a 14-12 record.
-- Nick Roth
On deck CIF state championships, track and field, June 6-7 -- The high school athletic year will come to a close for East Bay athletes at the state track and field meet at Clovis' Veterans Memorial Stadium. Finals in field events begin at 4:30 p.m. on June 7 with running events slated to begin at 6 p.m.
Stars of the week Marissa Espinoza, Heritage, softball -- Espinoza was a huge factor in the Patriots success this season, finishing the year with 12 wins, 86 innings pitched and a 1.62 ERA. Jordan Ewert, Deer Valley, volleyball -- Ewert led the Wolverines to their second consecutive NCS Division I title then racked up 30 kills and 15 digs in two NorCal playoff matches. Bezhan Wahidi, Deer Valley, volleyball -- Wahidi was a big factor in Deer Valley's second consecutive 40-win season. Wahidi was responsible for 23 kills and nine digs in two NorCal playoff games.