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Las Lomas High School football head coach Doug Longero, photographed here on Saturday, January 3, 2004, will step down as the Knights coach.

After 14 seasons, Las Lomas High football coach Doug Longero is taking a break.

Longero, who won four North Coast Section titles and earned 113 victories with the Knights, said he is stepping down for at least the 2013 season, but he left open the possibility he could return after that.

"Right now is the right time for me to take a break and take some time away from football," Longero said.

He plans to stay on as a physical education teacher at the school and get his master's degree.

Longero said Mike Downing will take over as the Knights' head coach next year. Downing, a 1999 graduate of Las Lomas and a teacher at the school, has been with the program for eight years, most recently as the head freshman coach.

The Knights went 5-7 this past season.

All-Star football game: Some of the East Bay's top seniors will go head to head Saturday in the Holiday Classic all-star game.

The Contra Costa all-stars will take on their counterparts from Alameda County at 1 p.m. at Pittsburg High's Pirate Stadium.

The game will feature 82 players from 37 East Bay high schools.

The Contra Costa squad includes record-setting running backs Olito Thompson (Concord) and Joe Protheroe (Clayton Valley), as well as Washington-bound receiver Darrell Daniels (Freedom). Contra Costa also has some top defensive players in Pittsburg's Antonio Huey and Mote Maile.


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The Alameda squad has a pair of outstanding defensive players in James Logan's Ryan Bua and Ansar Muhammad, who will try to slow Contra Costa's offensive stars.

The Contra Costa team will wear No. 9 on their helmets to honor Concord player Montreal Blakely, who was killed in San Francisco on Saturday night. Donations for Blakely's family will also be accepted at the game.

This game takes the place of the Sacramento vs. East Bay All-Star contest.

-- Staff

Boys soccer

James Logan 0, Newark Memorial 0: After starting the year with just one win and five losses in their first eight nonleague games, the Colts were in need of a fresh start.

They got it when Mission Valley Athletic League play started, and after a draw with league favorite Newark Memorial, the Colts (4-5-3, 3-0-1 MVAL) find themselves alone at the top of the league.

"I'm just happy we got the result we needed," Logan coach James Williams said. "It's not what we wanted, but it keeps us in position to stay where we are heading into the New Year."

The Cougars (6-1-4, 2-0-2) built up play nicely through large portions of the game but couldn't put a ball in the back of the net.

They nearly did in the 32nd minute, but goalkeeper Andres Marquez was just able to keep out a shot by Juan Verduzco that nearly broke the goal line for one of his five saves.

In the 67th minute, Joel Sandoval's free kick into the box nearly resulted in a Jacob Dougherty header for a goal, but it missed about a foot wide and hit the side netting.

"Any time you come to Logan and get a draw, it's a good result," Newark coach Rick Villa said. "I thought we played well with the turf and it being wet. We didn't finish our chances, but that's just the game."

-- Matt Smith, correspondent