Knights capture Battle of the Creek

  • The Las Lomas and Northgate boys basketball teams met Jan. 11 for the hardwood edition of the Battle of the Creek, and the Knights prevailed 62-42 in the nonleague game. Matt Nerland scored 21 points and Ben Wood pulled down 15 rebounds for Las Lomas, which also beat defending Diablo Foothill Athletic League champion Dublin 66-64 earlier in the week in its league opener.

    -- Stephanie Hammon

    Warriors stay in DVAL lead

  • The Ygnacio Valley boys soccer team remained unbeaten in Diablo Valley Athletic League play as it defeated Clayton Valley Charter 2-1 and settled for a 0-0 draw with Mt. Diablo during the week of Jan. 6. Prior to the tie with the Red Devils, Ygnacio Valley was 7-0 this season against Northern California teams. Their only two losses came in a Southern California tournament in December.

    -- Stephanie Hammon

    Bulldogs earn DFAL victories

  • The Alhambra girls soccer team completed a strong week of DFAL play, earning shutout wins over Dougherty Valley and Las Lomas. Lindsey Wells had the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Las Lomas and Julia Wilkins scored twice against Dougherty Valley in a 3-0 win. With the victories, the Bulldogs at the start of the week were in a tie for third in the DFAL standings.

    -- Stephanie Hammon

    Another solid week for Cougars

  • The Campolindo boys basketball team has an early lead in the DFAL thanks to wins over Dougherty Valley and Acalanes during the opening week of league play. The Cougars held off an up-and-coming Dougherty Valley squad 70-59 in their opener behind 19 points from Chris Hansen. He also had a team-high 14 points in a 72-49 win over Acalanes.

    -- Stephanie Hammon

    On deck

  • Alhambra at Acalanes, boys soccer, Jan. 17, 6:15 p.m. -- The two teams fighting Campolindo for the top spot in the DFAL will match up in Lafayette.

  • De La Salle at Monte Vista, boys basketball, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. -- The gym will be packed as the defending EBAL champion Spartans travel to a Mustangs team that was undefeated as of Jan. 13.

  • Literacy Classic All-Star game, football, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. -- The top high school seniors from the East Bay will take on the best from the South and West Bay at San Jose City College to raise money for a literacy program.

  • MLK Classic, boys basketball, Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m. -- De La Salle is hosting an all-day basketball showcase at Berkeley's Haas Pavilion on MLK Day. The Spartans play Long Beach Poly at 5:45 p.m. as part of an excellent lineup.

    Stars of the week

  • Jason Braden, Berean Christian boys basketball -- Braden's 18 points and late-game heroics led the Eagles past Lick-Wilmerdig of San Francisco 51-50 on Jan. 11. His bucket with 16 seconds left tied the game, then he made a game-winning free throw.

  • Abisai Padilla, Northgate boys soccer -- Padilla scored three goals in two games, helping the Broncos beat Clayton Valley and Acalanes by 3-1 scores.

  • Jon Allen, Clayton Valley Charter boys basketball -- Allen's 25 points lifted the Eagles to a 77-65 win over Berean Christian on Jan. 10 and to a 2-0 record in the DVAL.

  • Drew Anderson, Miramonte boys basketball -- Anderson scored 21 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Matadors to a 69-63 comeback win over Dublin on Jan. 10. The senior also had 14 rebounds and two blocks.