San Ramon Valley sweeps swim titles San Ramon Valley High captured the boys and girls titles at the East Bay Athletic League swimming championships on May 10 at Robert Livermore Community Center. In the girls competition, senior Heidi Poppe won the 100-yard breaststroke in a meet record time of 1:00.51 for the Wolves, who also got individual wins from sophomores Gianna Garcia (100 butterfly), Christina Chong (200 IM) and Claire Therien (500 freestyle). On the boys side, Hank Poppe also set a new league record with his time of 56.34 in the 100 breaststroke. Granada's Maxime Rooney won the boys 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, which edged Monte Vista for second place in the team standings. The sophomore also competed on the Matadors' 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams that set new meet records. Another meet record came from Amador Valley's Kevin McLaughlin in the boys 200 individual medley (1:52.00),
Close finish in store for EBAL baseball The race for the EBAL title in baseball could not be much closer going into the final week of the regular season, as California, De La Salle and San Ramon Valley were all tied for first place with 8-4 records, and Amador Valley was a game back at 7-5. On May 9, San Ramon Valley beat De La Salle 6-2 and California beat Granada 7-2 to create the logjam at the top. This week, California plays at De La Salle on May 15. A day later, San Ramon Valley plays at rival Monte Vista and Amador Valley hosts Foothill.
-- Curtis Pashelka
Dougherty Valley's Xue wins NCS title Sophomore Mayson Xue finished a dominant run in the North Coast Section Division I boys tennis tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Terra Linda's Jerod Mah in the singles final on May 10 at Santa Rosa High. Xue, who didn't lose a set in four matches in the tournament, jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set of the finals over No. 2 seed Mah. Xue, the No. 1 seed, lost the sixth game and was down 15-0 in the seventh before bouncing back to clinch the first set. After dropping the first game of the second set, Xue held serve in the second game on his way to six straight game victories and the title.
-- Phil Jensen
On deck California at De La Salle, baseball, May 15, 4 p.m. -- The EBAL title could be on the line when the Grizzlies travel to Concord to face the Spartans in the regular-season finale for both teams. DFAL Championships, track and field, May 16, 4:30 p.m. -- The best track and field athletes in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League will gather at Dublin High for the league championships, with spots in next week's NCS Tri-Valley Area meet on the line. NCS Championships, swimming, May 16-17, 10:30 a.m. -- The Tri-Valley will be well-represented at the NCS Championships at Concord Community Pool.
Stars of the week Heidi Poppe, San Ramon Valley girls swimming -- The Stanford-bound senior won the 100-yard breaststroke in a meet record time of 1:00.51 at the EBAL Championships. Mayson Xue, Dougherty Valley boys tennis -- Xue finished a dominant run in the NCS Division I boys tennis tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Terra Linda's Jerod Mah in the singles final on May 10 at Santa Rosa High. Maxime Rooney, Granada boys swimming -- Rooney, a sophomore, won the boys 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke at the EBAL championships and also competed on the Matadors' 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams that set new meet records.