Podany nothing short of perfect for Cal California High junior pitcher Mike Podany threw a perfect game March 21 in the host Grizzlies' 3-0 East Bay Athletic League baseball victory over De La Salle. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound Podany had only four three-ball counts in his gem, and two were in the first inning. He also struck out two. "He had great control. He used all of his pitches. Honestly, everybody in the field had to make a play, and everybody made them," California coach Chad Ross said. Cameron Santos scored in the first inning on a passed ball for the Grizzlies (7-0, 1-0 EBAL), and teammate AJ Velasquez led off the fourth inning with a home run to center field. Trent Kravitz scored the final run of the game on a fielder's choice in the fourth.
EBAL wrestlers among East Bay's best Three EBAL wrestlers were first-team selections in Bay Area News Group's All-East Bay wrestling team -- Tommy Yozzo of Amador Valley (132 pounds), Angel Beltran of Granada (145 pounds) and Arthur Knatt of Foothill (170 pounds). All three wrestlers won individual titles at the North Coast Section championships, and Yozzo took seventh at the CIF Championships to become Amador Valley's first state medalist.
-- Curtis Pashelka
Granada unbeaten as it begins EBAL play The Granada baseball team improved to 7-0 this season with a 7-6 nonleague win over Enochs-Modesto on March 22 at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton. The Matadors scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-0 lead, then survived a scare in the seventh inning when Enochs scored six runs. Turner Hartley pitched six scoreless innings for Granada with six strikeouts and no walks to improve to 4-0 this season. Casey Soltis went 3 for 4 with three runs scored in the win, and teammate JT Storti was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Granada opened EBAL play on March 26 at Monte Vista, then hosts San Ramon Valley on March 28.
-- Curtis Pashelka
On deck Monte Vista vs. Centennial-Corona, boys basketball, March 28, 8 p.m. -- The Mustangs hope to end their remarkable season with a state championship as they play Southern Regional champion Centennial-Corona in the Division I title game at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Livermore at Amador Valley, softball, March 27, 4 p.m. -- The Dons continue defense of their EBAL title when they host the Cowboys. San Ramon Valley at Granada, baseball, March 28, 4 p.m. -- The Matadors host the Wolves in what figures to be a key early-season EBAL showdown. De La Salle at Foothill, baseball, March 28, 4 p.m. -- The Falcons, who had won their first six games entering this week, hope to continue their strong start to the season when they host the Spartans in an early-season EBAL game.
Stars of the week Grant Jackson, Monte Vista boys basketball -- Jackson led the Mustangs with 15 points, including a clutch 3-pointer in overtime, to lead the Mustangs past Freedom 59-51 in the Division I Northern Regional title game. Carolyn Lee, Dougherty Valley softball -- Lee, a junior, threw a no-hitter and struck out 15 in the Wildcats' 6-0 Diablo Foothill Athletic League victory over Miramonte on March 20. Mike Podany, California baseball -- Podany, a junior right hander, threw a perfect game in the host Grizzlies' 3-0 EBAL victory over De La Salle. Podany had only four three-ball counts in his gem, and two were in the first inning. He struck out two.