all-east bay boys golf
WILL BRUECKNER, Acalanes, Sr. -- The Gonzaga-bound star shot a combined 16 under in the final four tournaments of the season. He tied for fourth at the state championships at San Gabriel Country Club with a 2-under 69. He was medalist by two shots with a 6-under 66 in the NorCal tournament at Sierra View and tied for second in the North Coast Section Tournament of Champions at Peacock Gap with a 4-under 67. He also shot a 4-under 67 in the NCS Qualifier at Diablo Creek.
TANNER HUGHES, Foothill, Sr. -- Hughes, who's headed to Cal, was the East Bay Athletic League MVP. He shot a 7-under 65 to win the league tournament. He tied for second at the NCS Tournament of Champions with a 67, shot a 75 at NorCal and had a 70 at the state tournament, tying for sixth.
RYAN KNOP, Foothill, Jr. -- A first-team all-EBAL selection, Knop helped the Falcons to EBAL, NCS Tournament of Champions and NorCal team titles. He shot a 68 to tie for third at the league tournament, a 74 at NCS, a 77 at NorCal and a 74 at state to tie for 21st.
JOSH McCARTHY, De La Salle, So. -- The EBAL tournament runner-up and a first-team all-league selection, McCarthy shot a 68 at the NCS Tournament of Champions and a 68 for second place at the NorCal tournament. He shot a 73 at the state tournament to tie for 16th.
CHRIS PARKINSON, San Ramon Valley, Sr. -- The UC Irvine-bound Parkinson, a four-time all-league selection, shot a 4-under 68 at the EBAL tournament to tie for third. He finished the season with a 72 at the NCS TOC.
JACOB SOLOMON, Dublin, Jr. -- The Auburn commit led the Gaels to the best season in school history. He shot a 69 at the NCS TOC, a 71 at the NorCal tournament and a 70 at state, tying for sixth. He was first in the DFAL tournament with a 3-under score.
ZACH SMITH, Amador Valley, Sr. -- The Dons' Mr. Consistency was a combined 3 under in dual meets and 6 under overall this season. He shot a 69 at the EBAL tournament, a 73 at the NCS qualifier and a 72 at the NCS TOC.
Coach of the year
JIM COLLINS, Dublin -- Collins, in his third year as head coach, guided the balanced Gaels to a school-record sixth consecutive DFAL championship and their first berth in the state tournament, where they finished tied for second and ahead of NCS and NorCal team champion Foothill. The Gaels, Foothill and Campolindo tied for the low five-player score in the NCS Tournament of Champions, each with a 359, but the Falcons prevailed on a sixth-man tiebreaker. "This team had amazing camaraderie," Collins said. "The guys were loose. They always followed the game plan. It was a memorable season."
-- MATT SCHWAB