Lamorinda shines at DFAL track meet

  • Acalanes High won the boys team title while Campolindo took home the girls crown at the Diablo Foothill Athletic League track and field championships on May 16. Michael Wang (1,600 meters), Alex Hennies (400), Dan Cardiff (800), Calvin Saribay (long jump) and Matt Thomas (shot put, discus) all won individual events for the Acalanes boys. The Campolindo girls were led by Brighie Leach (3,200 and 1,600).

    -- Stephanie Hammon

    Broncos top Knights in NCS

  • The North Coast Section Division II boys volleyball playoffs turned into a Battle of the Creek with Northgate hosting Las Lomas in the May 16 quarterfinals. The No. 2 seeded Broncos ended up winning their seventh straight match 25-18, 25-23, 25-23 over the Knights. Will Wright had six kills and 20 assists, and Christopher McDonough turned in nine kills, 12 assists, two blocks and two aces.

    -- Stephanie Hammon

    Short commits to Northwestern

  • De La Salle High linebacker Simba Short committed to Northwestern recently, choosing the Big 10 football program over UCLA, Duke and a few Ivy League schools. The junior with 70 tackles for the Spartans last season pointed to Northwestern's strong academics as a deciding factor for him.


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    -- Stephanie Hammon

    Falcons win two DVAL titles

  • College Park High won the inaugural Diablo Valley Athletic League tournament championships in both baseball and softball on May 15. The Falcons' baseball team beat Clayton Valley Charter 3-1 behind a solid effort from Joe DeMers on the mound and a two-run bottom of the sixth, adding to their DVAL regular-season title. The softball team's title was more of a surprise after finishing tied for third in the regular season. The Falcons beat Concord 1-0 with Samantha Schoelkopf pitching the shutout.

    -- Stephanie Hammon

    On deck

  • NCS playoffs, baseball and softball, May 23-24, times TBA -- Quarterfinal games get underway on the diamond at home sites.

  • NCS Tri-Valley championships, track and field, May 24, 8:30 a.m. -- The top athletes from the BVAL, DFAL, DVAL and EBAL get together at Amador Valley High with the goal of qualifying for the NCS Meet of Champions.

    Stars of the week

  • Brighie Leach, Campolindo girls track and field -- At the DFAL championships on May 16, Leach was excellent in each of the distance events, winning the 1,600 meters and 3200 meters and taking second in the 800.

  • Brittany Usinger, Acalanes girls swimming -- Usinger swam to a first-place and runner-up finish at the NCS championships on May 17. She won the 100-yard butterfly in 53.46 seconds and was 0.12 seconds off the winning time in taking second in the 200 freestyle.

  • Joe DeMers, College Park baseball -- The junior pitched a complete game as the Falcons beat Clayton Valley Charter 3-1 for the DVAL tournament championship on May 15. He allowed four hits, struck out four and didn't walk anyone.

  • Blair Hurlock, De La Salle boys track and field -- The senior set a meet record at the EBAL championships in winning the 1,600 meters in 4:10.44. He also won the 3,200 meters in 9:13.71.

  • Josh McCarthy, De La Salle golf -- McCarthy posted a top-four individual finish at the NCS Tournament of Champions on May 12 at Peacock Gap Golf Course to advance to the NorCal regional finals. McCarthy carded a 3-under 68 at the TOC.

  • Maddie Murphy, Carondelet swimming -- The sophomore took first place in the girls 100-yard freestyle and second in the 100 butterfly in the NCS championships on May 17. She also helped the Cougars win the 400 freestyle relay.

  • Samantha Schoelkopf, College Park softball -- The Falcons won the DVAL tournament championship, surprising regular season champ Concord as Schoelkopf pitched a complete game shutout in the 1-0 win. She allowed five hits, struck out five and walked two.

  • Mason Tittle, Northgate boys swimming -- Tittle was a key piece to Northgate's team title at the NCS championship, taking third in the 100 butterfly, fourth in the 50 freestyle and swimming on the winning 200 freestyle relay team and second place 200 medley relay team.