'Dogs claim DFAL title Alhambra High's girls softball team clinched its fifth straight Diablo Foothill Athletic League title and improved to 20-2 overall, overcoming some stiff challenges from Dougherty Valley and St. Patrick-St. Vincent during the week of May 5. A three-run fourth inning was the difference in a 3-1 win over Dougherty Valley while the Bulldogs overcame a 4-1 deficit to beat St. Patrick-St. Vincent 5-4 in nonleague action. Courtney Kelly homered and drove in two runs, and Kylee Perez was 3 for 4 in the comeback win.
-- Stephanie Hammon
Eagles, Broncos win at DVAL meet Clayton Valley Charter won the boys team title while Northgate earned the girls championship at the Diablo Valley Athletic League track and field finals on May 10. The Eagles got individual wins from sprinter Xavier Crawford (100 and 200 meters) and distance standout Danny Condon (1600, 3200) to edge second-place Northgate. The Broncos' girls team won with depth and individual wins from Kayla Dickerson (100, 200). Crawford and Mayuko Butterfield, a four-event winner on the girls side, were named DVAL MVPs.
-- Stephanie Hammon
Knights dethrone NCS champs The Las Lomas High boys took the team title at the Diablo Foothill Athletic League swim championships, topping nine-time defending North Coast Section champion Campolindo 461.5-423 on May 10. The Knights were led by Matthew Horner, who won the 200-yard freestyle and was second in the 100 freestyle. Aaron Lutzker added an individual victory for Las Lomas in the 100 breaststroke, and Iaroslav Titov posted a 446.95 to win the diving competition, contributing key team points.
-- Stephanie Hammon
On deck DFAL championships, track and field, May 16, 4 p.m. -- The postseason begins at Dublin High, where athletes will try to qualify for the upcoming NCS meet. NCS championships, swimming, May 17, 10:30 am. -- One of the fastest high school meets in the country returns to Concord Community Pool. NCS seeding meeting, baseball and softball, May 18 -- Brackets for the NCS baseball and softball tournaments will be released on the section's website around midday.
Stars of the week Mayuko Butterfield, College Park girls track and field -- Butterfield won four events at the DVAL championships -- the 300 hurdles, triple jump, pole vault and long jump -- to earn league MVP honors. Brendon Chellew, College Park baseball -- The senior made the most of his rare start, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs, including the walk-off hit, in a 4-3 win over Clayton Valley Charter on May 8 that earned the Falcons the DVAL regular-season championship. Dan and Ryan Cardiff, Acalanes boys tennis -- The brothers reached the NCS Division I doubles championship match before falling to another pair of brothers, Paul and Dominic Barretto of Redwood, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Airielle Mira-Flores, Northgate softball -- The senior went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs to lead the Broncos to a 8-7 upset win over regular season DVAL champion Concord on May 6. Maddie Murphy, Carondelet swimming -- The sophomore won both the 200 freestyle and 50 freestyle, in which she set a meet record, at the East Bay Athletic League championships on May 10. Marie-Claire Schillinger, Miramonte girls swimming -- In addition to resounding wins in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, Schillinger led the Matadors to victory in the 200 freestyle relay at the DFAL championships. Taylor Thorsen, Clayton Valley Charter girls swimming -- Thorsen won both of her individual events at the DVAL championships on May 10. She won the 100 freestyle in 51.85 seconds, the 50 freestyle in 23.64 and was part of the winning 200 medley relay team. Mason Tittle, Stanley Wu and Michael Zyla, Northgate boys swimming -- The trio helped the Broncos win the team title at the DVAL championships on May 10. They combined to win the 200 medley relay and were all double winners in individual events.