Freedom looks ahead to NorCal playoffs

  • The Freedom High boys basketball team averaged almost 75 points per game in its first three North Coast Section Division I playoff contests, but couldn't find an offensive rhythm in the section title game against Monte Vista on March 7. The Falcons, who were making the program's first trip to the NCS finals, trailed by three points at halftime but made just two field goals in the third quarter and went on to lose 57-41 to the Mustangs at Saint Mary's College. Rodney Pope, the Bay Valley Athletic League MVP, led the Falcons with 16 points -- with 14 coming in the first half -- and Elliott Smith added 11. Freedom was aiming for just the second NCS championship in school history in any boys sport. The Falcons' 2009 baseball team claimed the first. Freedom received the No. 3 seed and a first round bye for the CIF Northern regional Division I playoffs, and will play on Saturday the winner of the first-round game between No. 6 Rodriguez-Fairfield and 11th-seeded Menlo-Atherton

    -- Stephanie Hammon

    Heritage tennis shines at tournament

  • Heritage tennis player Trevor Samuda reached the singles final of the Richards-Kelly Memorial Tournament from March 7-8, winning four matches -- including a 6-0, 7-5 semifinal win over Christian Feraria of St. Mary's -- before he lost 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 to David Sievers of Lincoln-Stockton. Worku Ousman, also of Heritage, took third place in the singles tournament with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Feraria. Nicholas Saquilayan and Jack Farnstrom won the doubles title with a 6-1, 6-3 win over their teammates, Ivan Terranate and Rigel Sison, in the final.

    -- Curtis Pashelka

    Solid start for Deer Valley volleyball


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  • Host Deer Valley reached the final of the Logan Bailey Invitational on March 8 but lost 29-27, 27-25 to Campolindo in a match between defending section champions. Jordan Ewert finished with 15 kills and Jacob Evans had 28 assists for the Wolverines, who won the NCS Division I title last season. Campolindo is the defending Division II champion.

    -- Curtis Pashelka

    On Deck

  • Queen of the Mountain, softball, March 15-16 -- Several of the best softball teams in the East Bay, including Freedom, will compete in the Queen of the Mountain tournament at Pleasanton Sports Park. The tournament begins March 14 and continues until the final on March 16. Amador Valley is the defending champion.

    Stars of the week

  • Sierra Dixon, Deer Valley girls basketball -- Dixon hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 15 points to help the Wolverines beat Berkeley 57-47 in the NCS Division I title game.

  • Rodney Pope, Freedom boys basketball -- Pope, the Bay Valley Athletic League MVP, scored 16 points for the Falcons in their 57-41 loss to Monte Vista in the NCS Division I championship game.