Berkeley, St. Mary's advance in playoffs The Berkeley High and St. Mary's High baseball teams moved on to the North Coast Section playoff semifinals on May 28. Results of those games were unavailable at press time. The Yellowjackets produced two straight upset wins to reach the Division I semifinals. On May 20, Noah Bremer allowed only one earned run over seven innings, and Xavier Williams slammed a two-run home run as part of a four-run seventh inning as No. 13 seed Berkeley defeated No. 2 seed California 7-2. Then Bremer drove in the eventual winning run in the ninth inning and pitched three innings of shutout relief in a 2-0 victory over No. 5 Granada. Berkeley played No. 1 seed San Ramon Valley on May 28. St. Mary's Andre Nnebe went 3 for 3 with two runs scored and four RBIs, including a home run, in an 11-0 first-round Division IV victory over Kelseyville. The Panthers then edged St. Patrick-St. Vincent 3-2 in a quarterfinal game on May 23. Max Goldstein and Josh Cohen both had two hits and an RBI apiece in the win for St. Mary's, the No. 2 seed which hosted No. 6 Arcata in the Division IV semifinals.
Hoerner pitches Head-Royce to win The Head-Royce baseball team breezed through its North Coast Section Division V quarterfinal playoff game on May 23, beating St. Vincent 10-0 in five innings. Nico Hoerner was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI, and also pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts. Ben Hoxie was 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI for the Jayhawks. Sami Tuqan was 1 for 1 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs in the victory. The result of No. 1 seed Head-Royce's semifinal game against No. 4 Stuart Hall on May 27 was unavailable at press time.
On deck NCS Meet of Champions, track and field, May 30-31 -- The top three finishers in each final at Cal's Edwards Stadium automatically advance to the CIF state championships on June 6-7 in Clovis. Six field event finals and trials for most track events occur on May 30, with the rest of the finals on May 31. NCS championship games, baseball and softball, May 30-31 -- Entering this week, the local teams still alive in the NCS playoffs were Berkeley's baseball team (Division I), Encinal's softball team (Division III), St. Mary's baseball team (Division IV), Head-Royce's baseball team (Division V) and St. Joseph Notre Dame's baseball and softball teams (Division V).
Stars of the week Noah Bremer, Berkeley baseball -- Bremer first threw a six-hitter and allowed only one earned run while going 2 for 4 at the plate with three RBIs in a 7-2 upset of No. 4 seed California in the first round of the NCS Division I playoffs on May 20. He then drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and pitched three shutout innings in a 2-0 victory over No. 5 seed Granada on May 24. Berkeley is the No. 13 seed. Chloe Jenkins, St. Mary's girls track and field -- Jenkins had the top times in the 400 meters (57.15 seconds) and the 800 (2:15.90) and also anchored two winning Panthers relay teams at the NCS Bay Shore Area Championships on May 24 in Castro Valley. Kayla Robinson, El Cerrito girls track and field -- Robinson had the top time in the 100-meter low hurdles (14.34 seconds), and the second-fastest time in the 100 (12.24) and the 300 low hurdles (45.36) at the NCS Bay Shore Area Championships on May 24 in Castro Valley. Maddie Baum, Piedmont girls lacrosse -- Baum scored four goals and passed for an assist in the Highlanders' 13-9 victory over Miramonte in the NCS Division II semifinals, then she produced four goals in Piedmont's 21-9 loss to Acalanes in the championship.