St. Joseph Notre Dame High's Gabe Arias-Sheridan and St. Mary's Spencer Moore didn't waste time getting to the front of their respective races Thursday at the Tri-County Athletic League cross country championships.
Arias-Sheridan already had a three-second lead at approximately the 600-yard mark of the 2.9-mile boys race at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline-Richmond. Moore also led by three seconds at the same point of the girls race, and the duo proceeded to win their respective races.
Moore opened up a sizeable lead over second place by approximately the two-mile mark and won in 18 minutes, 7 seconds. St. Joseph Notre Dame's Kim Avalos finished second in 18:53.
"I wanted to get out hard for the first mile and just focus on myself and staying relaxed," said Moore, a junior who won Bay Shore Athletic League individual titles the past two years. "At (North Coast Section) and state, it's good to get out fast. I wanted to get that pace in my mind."
St. Mary's placed four runners in the top seven and won the girls team title with a score of 29. Besides Moore, the Panthers' other scorers were Chloe Jenkins (third, 19:12), Josie Smale (sixth, 19:44), Natalia Riccardi (seventh, 19:49) and Lianne McKinney (12th, 20:54).
Arias-Sheridan had a 12-second lead at approximately the two-mile mark and won by seven seconds in 15:40. Teammate Louis Rodrigues was second (15:47).
"I had no strategy," said Arias-Sheridan, who won the BSAL boys individual title two years ago as a freshman. "I just went into the race trying to win."
St. Joseph Notre Dame was dominant in the boys race. It got a good start, putting four runners into the top five in the first 800 yards. It finished with four in the first five and five in the top seven for an outstanding score of 19.
San Leandro 30, Bishop O'Dowd 26: The Pirates avoided a winless season when linebacker Fa'afetai Leuelu sacked Dragons quarterback Dominic Miroglio on fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard line with 1:17 left at Chabot College.
The Pirates (1-9, 1-4 West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division) nearly blew a 22-point lead, but the defense clamped down with four stops after O'Dowd (6-4, 2-3) got a first down on the Pirates' six.
"I didn't see the quarterback (keep) the ball, the coaches just told me to go straight to the quarterback," Lauelu said of his sack. "It was a tough game, but we were going to fight until the end."
After a fumble recovery in the end zone by Christian Carter gave San Leandro a 30-8 lead midway through the third quarter, the Dragons rallied with Corey Nuti, Isaiah Johnson and Antonio Burnette all scoring touchdowns.
Miroglio returned to action after missing more than a month of action with a shoulder injury.
His first throw was a 52-yard completion to Dominic Gomes down the left sideline that set up Johnson's 10-yard touchdown run.
The Dragons converted on the two-point conversion to led 8-0 less than two minutes into the game, but their offense went stagnant for the rest of the first half.
The Pirates controlled the second quarter to take a 17-8 halftime lead.
A blocked punt for a safety gave the Pirates their first points of the game early in the second quarter.
Working with short fields, San Leandro scored on its next two possessions as quarterback Stephen Johnson threw touchdown passes to Keone Foumai and Dream Greene.
-- Stephanie Hammon
James Logan 58, Mission San Jose 0: The Colts finished the regular season in dominant fashion, shutting out the Warriors in a nonleague game at Tak Fudenna Stadium.
The Colts defense forced three turnovers and held Mission San Jose (1-9) to just 4 net yards.
With the win, James Logan (9-1) solidified its case to be the No. 2 seed in the North Coast Section Division I playoffs, which start Nov. 9.
Defensive lineman Augustino Elisaia set the tone just 47 seconds into the game. He picked up a fumble at the Warriors' 6 and took it into the end zone after Karsten Wethington came in untouched to sack Mission quarterback Tamin Sarwary.
Kavion Augustine had 120 yards on just three carries as James Logan finished with 391 yards rushing, Colts quarterback Jeffrey Prothro threw for 179 yards and two scores, and ran for another 96 yards and a touchdown.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent
Boys water polo
Miramonte senior Jack Fellner has orally committed to play water polo at UCLA. Fellner is a top scorer for the Matadors, who opened the NCS Division I playoffs Thursday with a 13-2 win over Liberty. Fellner was an all-East Bay first-team selection last year.
-- Stephanie Hammon