Freedom advances to NCS semifinals

  • The Freedom High boys basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs with a 68-62 win over Monte Vista on Feb. 22. Rodney Pope led Freedom and all scorers with 20 points. The win also qualified the Falcons for the CIF Northern Regional playoffs, which begin next week. Freedom faced No. 1 seed San Leandro (22-5) on Feb. 27 after this newspaper went to press,

    -- Nick Roth

    Heritage knocks off San Ramon

  • The Heritage High girls basketball team moved into the NCS Division I semifinals with a 56-21 win over San Ramon Valley on Feb. 22. Heritage was led by Lexie Campbell (17 points) and Erin Asher (11 points). Heritage came out firing on all cylinders and cruised to a win after building a 31-6 halftime lead. The Patriots will have to get through Berkeley, the defending Division I champions, in the semifinals to reach the finals on March 1 or 2.

    -- Nick Roth

    Deer Valley girls fall to Berkeley

  • The Deer Valley High girls basketball team topped Bay Valley Athletic League rival Freedom 82-42 on Feb. 20 in the NCS Division I quarterfinals. Shelby Eastom led all scorers with 18 points. Deer Valley lost to Berkeley in the Feb. 22 quarterfinals 50-45.

    -- Nick Roth

    On Deck

  • CIF championships, wrestling, March 1-2, all day -- The state's top wrestlers take over Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

  • NorCal seeding meeting, basketball, March 3, all day -- The release of NorCal seedings holds a little more excitement than usual with the debut of the Open Division.

    Stars of the week

  • Lexie Campbell, Heritage, girls basketball -- Campbell lit up the scoreboard with 17 points, including five three-pointers, in a 56-21 win over San Ramon Valley on Feb. 22

  • Lania Dumdumaya, Heritage, girls wrestling -- Dumdumaya finished first in the 110-pound weight class at NCS and placed fourth in the state finals.

  • Shelby Eastom, Deer Valley, girls basketball -- Eastom, who is a senior and a team leader, had a game-high 18 points in an 82-42 win over Freedom on Feb. 20.

  • Rodney Pope, Freedom, boys basketball -- Pope scored a game-high 20 points in a 68-62 NCS Division I quarterfinal win over Monte Vista on Feb. 22.

  • Joey Vigil, Heritage, wrestling -- On Feb. 22-23, Vigil won the 113-pound weight class at the NCS Championships, winning three of his five matches by pinfall. He has a 35-4 individual record going into the state championships.