Deer Valley off to a strong start

  • The Deer Valley High baseball team improved to 3-0 after defeating Folsom 9-3 in a nonleague contest on March 11. Marcus Wise led the offense with 3 for 4, three runs, an RBI and a stolen base. He was also named player of the game.

    -- Nick Roth

    On Deck

  • Benicia at Freedom, softball, March 15, 3:30 p.m. -- Freedom (2-0) has jumped out to a strong start, scoring 24 runs and allowing none in its first two games. They will face off against Benicia (3-2) in their third nonleague contest.

  • Queen of the Mountain, softball, March 15-16 -- Several local teams, including Antioch, Liberty and Heritage, will participate in the annual tournament, which moves to the Pleasanton Sports Park this year. Defending champion Amador Valley is also back in the field.

  • NorCal championships, basketball, March 16, all day -- The Open, Division I and Division II championships will be played at Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena. The lower divisions will be held at American Canyon High.

  • Deer Valley tournament, boys volleyball, March 16, all day -- The Wolverines host one of the top local boys volleyball tournaments of the season.


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  • Deer Valley at Pittsburg, baseball, March 19, 3:30 p.m. — Deer Valley looks to improve to 4-0 against a Pittsburg team (0-4) that struggled early in the season.

    Stars of the week

  • Lexie Campbell, Heritage, girls basketball — Against Lowell-San Francisco, Campbell hit three of her five three pointers in the first quarter, giving Heritage an early lead it never relinquished.

  • Sabrina Engelstad, Heritage, girls basketball — Engelstad was a presence inside, 15 points and 14 rebounds, in a big 67-45 win over Lowell on March 9. The win vaulted Heritage to their first NorCal semifinal appearance.

  • Marcus Lee, Deer Valley, boys basketball — Lee led Deer Valley's defense with 12 blocks against Freedom on March 9. He also scored 29 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in the second round victory.

  • Kendall Smith, Deer Valley, boys basketball — Smith led all scorers with 32 points in an 83-69 win against Bay Valley Athletic League rivals Freedom, in the Division I NorCal Regionals on March 9.