SRV edges Cal for EBAL girls track crown The San Ramon Valley girls track and field team captured the EBAL girls title May 17 at Amador Valley. The Wolves won three events, the 100 hurdles by Sydney Biekert in 15.36, the 300 hurdles by Brookey Villanueva in 45.56 and the pole vault by Lauren Larson (11 feet, 1 inch, a meet record), and were consistent enough in other events to finish with 80 points to California's 73. Brooke Starn shined for Monte Vista, winning the girls 1,600 in a meet record time of 4:53.15 and coming back to take the 3,200 in 11:04.33. Pamela White was a double winner for Granada, taking the 100 in 12.39 and the 200 in 24.93.
Amador Valley wins EBAL boys track title The host Amador Valley High boys track and field team edged De La Salle for the East Bay Athletic League boys title on May 17. The two teams were tied going into the final event, the 1,600 relay. The Dons took the lead at the first exchange, when Chris Bayley handed off to JaMaun Charles cleanly, and they never looked back. Ledre McCollogh and Connor McKinney finished off the race in a time of 3:20.57. Amador Valley won seven events in the boys meet, including wins by Charles in the 100 (10.69) and the 200 (21.60).
Amador, SRV part of three-way tie for first The Amador Valley, De La Salle and San Ramon Valley baseball teams all finished with 9-5 league records to share the EBAL title. On May 16, Amador Valley defeated Foothill 2-1 and San Ramon Valley beat Monte Vista 2-0 to get to nine wins and tie De La Salle, which beat California a day earlier. San Ramon Valley earned the league automatic berth to the North Coast Section playoffs as it swept both Amador Valley and De La Salle during the regular season. The Wolves took the No. 1 seed for the Division I playoffs and hosted No. 16 Pittsburg on May 21, after this newspaper went to press. In fact, the top six seeds went to EBAL teams. The playoffs continue May 23 and 24 with the quarterfinals.
On deck NCS Tri-Valley Area meet, track and field, May 23-24 -- The EBAL's and DFAL's best in track and field will travel to Amador Valley in Pleasanton for the Tri-Valley Area meet, with spots at the NCS Meet of Champions at stake. NCS championships, girls lacrosse, May 25 -- Amador Valley, California and Carondelet were all still alive in the Division I playoffs when this newspaper went to press, with Amador Valley playing California in one semifinal and Carondelet taking on Marin Catholic in the other semifinal.
Stars of the week Brooke Starn, Monte Vista girls track and field -- Starn won the girls 1,600 in a meet record time of 4:53.15 and came back to take the 3,200 in 11:04.33 at the EBAL championships. JaMaun Charles, Amador Valley track and field -- Charles won the 100 (10.69) and the 200 (21.60) at the EBAL championships, and also ran a leg in the Dons' victorious 1,600 relay, which clinched the meet title for the team. Maxime Rooney, Granada swimming -- Rooney, Granada's standout sophomore, was the only boys swimmer to claim two individual titles at the NCS championships. He set NCS records in the 200 and 500 freestyle in the preliminaries, then in the finals, won the 200 in 1:36.21 and the 500 in 4:26.36. He also swam the anchor leg for the Matadors's 400 freestyle relay team, which set a new public high school national record.