Freedom reaches Division I semifinals The Freedom High boys basketball team continued its historic season with a 76-61 North Coast Section Division I quarterfinal victory over Dougherty Valley on Feb. 28. Once again, Rodney Pope led the Falcons offense scoring 17 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, while Kendall McIntosh anchored the defense with five blocks and seven rebounds. The Falcons (23-5) traveled to No. 2 San Ramon Valley (23-4) in the semifinals, but results weren't available at press time.
-- Nick Roth
Deer Valley wins twice in NCS playoffs The Deer Valley girls basketball team was dominant throughout the first two rounds of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs. In the first round, the Wolverines cruised to a 79-38 victory over Bay Valley Athletic League rival Liberty, and in the quarterfinals defeated Mission San Jose 55-39. The Wolverines (23-5) faced its biggest test of the postseason against No. 1 seeded Monte Vista (23-3) in the March 5 semifinals.
-- Nick Roth
On deck NCS Division I championship, girls basketball, March 7, 6 p.m. -- The top two girls teams in the Division I playoffs meet at Saint Mary's College for the championship. NCS Division I championship, boys basketball, March 7, 8 p.m. -- The top two boys teams in the Division I playoffs will lock horns at Saint Mary's College for the NCS title. CIF Championships, wrestling, March 7-8, all day -- Over the weekend the top wrestlers in California will compete for state title honors at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
Stars of the week Esteban Berumen, Pittsburg, boys soccer -- Berumen scored 31 goals for the Pirates (20-1-2) this season and led them on an amazing 19 game win-streak. Berumen was also named Most Valauble Player of the BVAL. Sierra Dixon, Deer Valley, girls basketball -- Dixon almost single-handedly out-scored Deer Valley's first round opponent Liberty, when she dropped a game-high 33 points, including five three-pointers, in the Wolverines' 78-38 victory. Hailey Grant, Heritage, girls soccer -- The team captain was named Most Valuable Player of the BVAL. Rodney Pope, Freedom, boys basketball -- The BVAL MVP scored a game-high 30 points in Freedom's 77-61 first round NCS victory over James Logan on Feb. 25. Pope carried that momentum into the quarterfinals when he scored 26 points and added five assists and five steals in a 76-61 victory over Dougherty Valley on Feb. 28.
Elliott Smith, Freedom, boys basketball -- Smith scored 13 points against James Logan, and had 19 points and eight rebounds in the quarterfinals win over Dougherty Valley.