Albany places second in NCS girls wrestling The Albany High girls wrestling team finished second with 158 points at the North Coast Section Girls Wrestling Championships on Feb. 16 at Pittsburg. Chanel Chawalit won the 126-pound division with a first-round pin in the championship match. In addition, teammate Nallely Patino had a second-round pin in the 150-pound championship match.
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent
BOD team manager hits 3-pointer in first game Lucas Cortez, a senior team manager/assistant coach for the Bishop O'Dowd High boys basketball team who battles a heart defect, played in his first high school game on Feb. 14 on Senior Night and hit a 3-pointer in the Dragons' 99-64 win over Berkeley. Cortez suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a complex and rare heart defect in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped.
-- Phil Jensen
SJND has an easy time with De Anza The St. Joseph Notre Dame girls basketball team took a 31-13 lead into halftime on its way to a 63-24 victory over De Anza in the first round of the Tri-County Athletic League playoffs on Feb. 14. The Pilots' Mira Love-Sangco led all scorers with 17 points, and teammate Savannah Fisher added 16 points. Alyssa Gable also had five assists for St. Joseph Notre Dame
On deck Berkeley at Mt. Eden, boys basketball, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. -- The Yellowjackets will look to gain some momentum entering the North Coast Section Division I playoffs with a win against the Monarchs. Bishop O'Dowd at Castro Valley, boys basketball, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. -- The Dragons face the rival Trojans before entering the North Coast Section Division III playoffs. Encinal at Piedmont, boys basketball, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. -- Two of the top teams in the West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline Division battle before the North Coast Section playoffs.
Stars of the week Chanel Chawalit, Albany girls wrestling -- Chawalit won the 126-pound title at the NCS Girls Wrestling Championships with a pin of Foothill's Camaryn Butler in one minute, 10 seconds of the championship match on Feb. 15. Desire Finnie, Berkeley girls basketball -- The Pacific-bound Finnie scored a game-high 23 points in the Yellowjackets' 49-44 loss to Bishop O'Dowd on Feb. 14. DeJa Johnson-Ford, Alameda girls basketball -- Johnson-Ford scored a game-high 23 points in the Hornets' 61-38 victory over Castro Valley on Feb. 14. Mira Love-Sangco, St. Joseph Notre Dame girls basketball -- Love-Sangco scored a game-high 17 points in the Pilots' 63-24 win over De Anza on Feb. 14 in the first round of the TCAL playoffs. Aisia Robertson, Bishop O'Dowd girls basketball -- Robertson produced a team-high 18 points in the Dragons' 49-44 victory over Berkeley on Feb. 14 that clinched the West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division title. She also had nine points and eight assists in a 59-30 victory over Piedmont on Feb. 12. Lauren Seyranian, Piedmont girls basketball -- Seyranian produced a game-high 36 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a 78-51 nonleague victory over St. Vincent de Paul on Feb. 15. She also had 35 points, 13 rebounds and four assists in a 79-41 win over Hayward on Feb. 14, and a team-high 14 points in a 59-30 loss to Bishop O'Dowd on Feb. 12.