Harrison is new Woodside boys’ hoops coach

Woodside High will have a new boys' hoops coach in 2016-2017.

Woodside High will have a new boys’ hoops coach in 2016-2017.

By John Murphy 

Roddy Harrison is the new Woodside High boys’ basketball coach.

Harrison played at Menlo-Atherton and then suffered an injury while playing at UC Davis that ended his career.

Said Woodside athletic director Chuck Velschow via release: “In 2014 he was fortunate enough to join the Woodside Wildcats as the head junior varsity coach, where he implemented his philosophy of maintaining great man defense and team rebounding, taking high percentage shots, and developing excellent character in his players both on and off the court.”


Baldwin is new Leigh boys’ basketball coach



By John Murphy 

Todd Baldwin has been named the boys’ basketball coach at Leigh High. He moves up to varsity after three years as the frosh-soph coach. Baldwin’s teams have gone a combined 46-30 during that time, including a 22-2 record last season (14-0 in the BVAL-Mt. Hamilton).

Baldwin formerly was the freshman head coach and a varsity assistant at Valley Christian, where he is also the P.A. announcer. He has also been an underclassmen coach at Los Gatos.

Baldwin is the Director of Operations at Valley Christian.

Alayoubi is new Leigh girls’ basketball coach


By John Murphy 

Sami Alayoubi is the new girls basketball coach at Leigh High. He is also a 2005 graduate of Leigh.

Alayoubi played three years on varsity at Leigh, helping his team to a No. 7 state ranking in its division. He was named league scholar-athlete before attending San Jose State.

Alayoubi last season led Prospect to a 20-6 record and the BVAL-Mt. Hamilton title. Before his two-year stint at Prospect, he coached one year of JV girls hoops at Branham and two years of JV boys at Leigh.

Livermore looking for girls’ basketball coach

By John Murphy 

Livermore High is seeking a new girls basketball coach, said athletic director James Petersdorf.

George Molina was the Livemore coach for one season, compiling a 12-15 overall record, 4-10 in league.

Petersdorf said the school has decided to “go in a different direction.” Added the AD: “It’s wasn’t the perfect fit.”

Asked what he would be seeking in a new coach, Petersdorf said: “Someone to build the program – we have a nice core group of players, mostly sophomores and juniors, and we’d like to get someone who is going to stay for 4-5 years and put some time and effort in.”

Cristiano is new San Ramon Valley girls’ hoops coach

San Ramon Valley benchBy John Murphy

John Cristiano is the new girls’ basketball coach at San Ramon Valley High, said Wolves’ athletic director John Raynor.

“John brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our  basketball program,” Raynor said. “John’s skill set includes: great knowledge, superb passion for guiding students, experience in coaching high school and a sincere interest to provide a safe, fun, developmental, and positive experience for our all our basketball team members and stakeholders. We are excited to have John Cristiano join our Athletic Department team.”

Raynor will not be the AD during Cristiano’s tenure. Raynor, as previously published, is stepping down as AD after this school year.


Foothill’s Brown, Loyola’s Blake win top awards

Leland's James Kelbert was a section winner.

Leland’s James Kelbert was a section winner.

By John Murphy 

Foothill High’s Sophia Brown and Loyola’s Los Angeles’ Kelly Blake have been picked as the 2016 CIF-State Athlete of the Year. Twenty section winners overall were honored.

“The students of California and our CIF scholar-athletes continue to confirm for all of us involved in education-based athletics that the future is bright,” CIF Executive Director Roger L. Blake said via release.  “There were an exceptional group of nominees this year and I want to congratulate all of them and thank them for their contributions to their local school community.”

Blake and Brown were picked from a pool of 400 candidates representing 1,578 schools state-wide. The State Capitol and Senate and Assembly Floor will honor the duo May 26 in Sacramento. They will each also receive a $5,000 scholarship award.

Brown has been a four-year member of the basketball and lacrosse teams. She was team captains of both teams as a senior. She has earned a National Merit Scholar Commendation, as well as an AP Scholar with distinction recognition. She is also ASB president, as well as previously serving as a class president. She is also a six-year member of the National Charity League, as well as a youth member of the Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Committee. She has received senior level Silver and Gold Torch Awards from the Girl Scouts of America and is active in the community.

“Now, as the end of my high school career approaches, I learned through retrospect that my proudest accomplishments were achieved by emulating those more successful than I,” Brown said via release. “Thanks to those preceding me, I pushed myself to realize my potential and now it is my turn to inspire those following me. It is, and always has been, my ultimate goal to better myself in order to inspire others to do the same.”

Blake has been a football player at Loyola. He has also been a National Merit Scholar as well as an AP Scholar with distinction. He’s been involved in numerous extra-curricular activities and does community service. He has earned Loyola’s President Volunteer Service Award twice.


Central Section
Zachary Acenio, Monache High School

Ashton Peckinpah, Redwood High School


Central Coast Section
James Kelbert, Leland High School

Carina Burdick, Los Altos High School
Los Angeles City Section
Luis Palmero Marquez, Los Angeles Academy of Arts & Enterprise

Delaney Arth, Palisades Charter High School
North Coast Section
Alexander Kelly, Acalanes High School

Hannah Flynn, Middletown High School

Northern Section
Ben Harper, Trinity High School

Megan Gallion, Fall River High School

Oakland Section
Zachary Katzman, Skyline High School

Susana Alcata, Castlemont High School

Sac-Joaquin Section
Brody Pearman, Union Mine High School

Anna Medema, Mariposa County High

San Diego Section
Cameron Burnett, Francis Parker High School

Porter Verfurth, Westview High School

San Francisco Section
Thomas White, Lowell High School

Kristen Leung, Lowell High School

Southern Section
Kyle Trieu, Walnut High School

Lindsay Masukawa, Cypress High School





DeLuca accepts Valley Christian-San Jose basketball job

Valley Christian will have a new basketball coach in 2016-2017.

Valley Christian will have a new basketball coach in 2016-2017.

By John Murphy 

Mark DeLuca, who led Berkeley High to its first state boys basketball title game since 1924, is the new Valley Christian-San Jose coach, DeLuca said late Monday afternoon.

“I’ve accepted it and I’m excited about the opportunity,” DeLuca, 47, said. “I’m leaving Berkeley after coaching in the state title game but I’ll be on campus in a supportive environment. There were some schools calling and recruiting me, but this is the best fit – it has incredible facilities and administration and is a faith-based school and the opportunity to coach in the WCAL is just to great to pass up.”

DeLuca is replacing Ryan Cooper at Valley Christian. Cooper is now the coach at Willow Glen.

DeLuca said the chance to be on campus at Valley Christian was key. ‘

“I was in my third year at Berkeley of being off campus and it puts you at a disadvantage because you show up and things have happened and you have no control over them,” he said of his decision to resign from Berkeley at season’s end.

Berkeley’s record during the DeLuca era was a combined 67-25.

Asked what style of play he favors, DeLuca said: “I like to get up and down (the court) and shoot threes and attack the glass, but it starts and ends with on-ball defensive pressure and taking charges (on defense).”

Since getting the word he is in at Valley Christian, DeLuca said friends have asked them how he will feel coaching in the West Catholic Athletic, one of the best and most intense leagues in the state.

“I told them that I coached in a league with Frank LaPorte and Mike Phelps and another one with Frank Allocco, so I’m up for the challenge and I’m looking forward to it.”

DeLuca is from Indianspolis and played college football and minor league baseball. He currently lives in El Sobrante and is the Director of Student Life for El Sobrante Christian School.

Before arriving at Berkeley, he coached for two seasons at DeAnza and 12 at Pinole Valley. His teams made the North Coast Section playoffs in 13 of those 14 seasons before he coached the Yellow Jackets.

The Yellow Jackets’ post-season run this past season was historic.

Berkeley beat No. 2 seed Jesuit-Carmichael in the CIF-State Northern California regionals, defeated No. 3 seed Monte Vista and No. 5 seed Menlo-Atherton to win the NorCal Regional title. It then fell to SoCal champ Crespi-Encino 68-53 in the state title game.

Berkeley also reached the NorCal regional semifinals in 2014-2015 under DeLuca and made the NCS Division I playoffs in 2013-2014.


Northcutt resigning as SLV hoops coach; will be next Watsonville AD

By John Murphy 

Marcus Northcutt is resigning as the San Lorenzo Valley boys basketball coach and will be Watsonville High’s next athletic director, said current Watsonville AD Saul Ruiz who is moving to the Central Valley following this school year.

San Lorenzo Valley is now advertising for a new basketball coach following Northcutt’s successful run in that position. The Cougars went 20-7, 9-3 last season.

Ruiz has decided to leave Watsonville due to the high cost of homes and living in general in the Central Coast.

There is no plan for Northcutt to coach basketball at Watsonville, Ruiz said.

Ball, Ratinho, Killingsworth among those honored on MaxPreps all-state team

Jake Killingsworth led Serra to a state Division II title in 2015-2016.

Jake Killingsworth led Serra to a state Division II title in 2015-2016.

Here is the MaxPreps.com all-state basketball team including Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball and De La Salle’s Jordan Ratinho on the first team, Ball as MVP of the Division I team and Serra-San Mateo’s Jake Killingsworth making the all-state third team and being named MVP of the Division II team.

Chino Hills won the CIF-State Open title and Serra won the DII title.


First Team

Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills, 6-6, Sr
Jordan Ratinho, De La Salle (Concord), 6-5, Sr
T.J. Leaf, Foothills Christian (El Cajon), 6-10, Sr
Keith Fisher, Westchester (Los Angeles), 6-7, Sr.
De’ Anthony Melton, Crespi (Encino), 6-4, Sr

Second Team

Jordan Ford, Folsom, 6-0, Sr
Shacquille Dawkins, Alemany (Mission Hills), 5-9, Sr.
Robinson Idehen, Modesto Christian (Modesto), 6-10, Sr
LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills, 6-6, Jr.
David Singleton, Bishop Montgomery (Torrance), 6-3, Soph

Third Team

Jaelen Ragsdale, Weston Ranch (Stockton), 6-0, Sr
Dikymbe Martin, JW North (Riverside), 6-1, Sr.
Solomon Young, Sacramento, 6-7, Sr.
Cody Riley, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth), 6-9, Jr
Jake Killingsworth, Serra (San Mateo), 6-5, Sr

Honorable Mention

Eyassu Worku, Los Alamitos, 6-2 Sr.
Jonah Mathews, Santa Monica, 6-2, Sr.
Brandon McCoy, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), 7-0, Jr
Zafir Williams, Long Beach Poly, 6-6, Jr
Bryce Peters, Damien (La Verne), 6-4, Sr
Jemarl Baker, Roosevelt (Eastvale), 6-3, Jr
MJ Cage, Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 6-10, Sr
Jordan Griffin, Centennial (Corona), 6-2, Sr
Elizjah Scott, Chino Hills, 6-4, Jr.
Matthew Manning, Sheldon (Sacramento), 6-6, Sr
Leland Green, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach), 6-3, Sr
Spencer Freedman, Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 6-1, Soph
Sayeed Pridgett, El Cerrito, 6-5, Sr
Jordan Schakel, Bishop Montgomery (Torrance), 6-6, Jr

Division I

First Team

Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills, 6-6, Sr
Jordan Ratinho, De La Salle (Concord), 6-5, Sr
T.J. Leaf, Foothills Christian (El Cajon), 6-10, Sr
Keith Fisher, Westchester (Los Angeles), 6-7, Sr.
DeAnthony Melton, Crespi (Encino), 6-4, Sr

MVP: Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills

Second Team

Jordan Ford, Folsom, 6-0, Sr
David Singleton, Bishop Montgomery (Torrance), 6-3, Soph
Robinson Idehen, Modesto Christian, 6-10, Sr
LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills, 6-6, Jr.
Cody Riley, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth), 6-9, Jr

Division 2

First Team

Dikymbe Martin, JW North (Riverside), 6-1, Sr.
Eyassu Worku, Los Alamitos, 6-2 Sr.
Solomon Young, Sacramento, 6-7, Sr.
Zafir Williams, Long Beach Poly, 6-6, Jr
Jake Killingsworth, Serra (San Mateo), 6-5, Sr

MVP: Jake Killingsworth, Serra

Second Team

Sayeed Pridgett, El Cerrito, 6-5, Sr
Jonah Mathews, Santa Monica, 6-2, Sr.
Kavaughn Scott, Orange Lutheran (Orange), 6-7, Sr
Armani Dodson, Kaiser (Fontana), 6-5, Sr.
Isaiah Martin, Ridgeview (Bakersfield), 6-4, Sr.7 steals.

Division 3

First Team

Jaelen Ragsdale, Weston Ranch, 6-0, Sr
Damari Milstead, Moreau Catholic (Hayward), 6-2, Jr
Bryson Williams, Roosevelt (Fresno), 6-8, Sr
John Edgar, Ayala (Chino Hills), 6-5, Sr
Kenny Wooten Jr., Manteca, 6-9, Sr

Day 2: Serra wins; Palma, DLS lose and Miramonte girls fall

The Serra Padres after winning the state DII title.

The Serra Padres after winning the state DII title.

 Here is the re-cap from CIF-State following Day 2 of the state championships at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena:  

SACRAMENTO – Recaps from Saturday’s (Day 2) action of the 2016 CIF State Basketball Championships.

Open Division Boys: Chino Hills def. De La Salle, 70-50

Quick Facts:

  • Chino Hills won their first State Championship in their second consecutive appearance.
  • The Huskies were led by junior LiAngelo Ball’s 18 points. Fellow junior Elizjah Scott added 16 points, while senior Lonzo Ball contributed a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds and  freshman LaMelo Ball tallied 14 points in the win.
  • As a team Chino Hills shot 45.3% (29-of-64) for the night.
  • Senior Jordan Ratinho led the Spartans with 16 points, followed by seniors Nick Macarchuk and Nikhil Peters with 12 points each.
  • Sportsmanship Award Winners: Jordan Ratinho (De La Salle) and LiAngelo Ball (Chino Hills) junior LiAngelo Ball


Open Division Girls: Chaminade def. Miramonte 80-71

Quick Facts:

Chaminade won their second State Championship in as many appearances.

Senior Leaonna Odom led the Eagles with her double-double of 33 points and 15 rebounds. Senior Valerie Higgins and junior Melissa Wright added 16 and 15 points respectively.

As a team Chaminade shot 47.8% (33-of-69) for the night.

Miramonte was led by senior Sabrina Ionescu with a triple-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Mats shot 46% (29-of-63) from the floor in the loss.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Kena Delos Santos (Miramonte) and Mackenzy Iwahashi (Chaminade)


Division II Boys: Junipero Serra def. Long Beach Poly, 48-33

Quick Facts:

Junipero Serra won their first State title in their second attempt.

Senior Jake Killingsworth was the leader of the night with his double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds. Fellow senior Lee Jones added 13 points in the win.

Long Beach Poly was led by junior Zafilr Williams with a double-double of 16 points and 10 boards.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Darryl Polk Jr. (Long Beach Poly) and Miles Todzo (Junipero Serra)


Division II Girls: Cajon def. Elk Grove, 55-36

Quick Facts:

Cajon won their first State Championship in their first appearance.

Senior Kayla Washington was the leader of the night with her double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Fellow Cowboy senior Tyla Turner added 17 points, followed by senior Taylor Goldsberry with her double-double of 12 points and 16 boards.

Elk Grove was led by junior Mira Shulman with 15 points, followed by senior Madison Wong with 10 points.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Mira Shulman (Elk Grove) and Tyra Turner (Cajon)


Division IV Boys: Harvard-Westlake def. Palma, 66-49

Quick Facts:

Harvard-Westlake won their third State title in their fourth appearance.

The Wolverines were led by senior Wolfgang Novogratz with 26 points and eight rebounds.  Freshman Cassius Stanley added 16 points and six boards, followed by junior Carter Begel with 14 points.

Plama was led by senior Wyatt Maker with 18 points and nine rebounds, while junior Jamaree Bouyea added 11 points, seven boards and two blocks in the loss.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Liam McMillin (Palma) and Carter Begel (Harvard-Westlake)


Division IV Girls: Cardinal Newman def. Antelope Valley, 39-37

Quick Facts:

Cardinal Newman won their first State Championship in their first try.

Junior Hailey Vice-Neat was the leader of the day with her double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Fellow junior Lauren Walker added four points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks in the Cardinal win.

Antelope Valley was led by senior Tylen Price with 14 points and eight boards, followed by junior Tyler Smith with 10 points.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Tyler Smith (Antelope Valley) and Maiya Flores (Cardinal Newman)


Thursday, March 24 Final Scores

Division I Boys: Crespi Carmelite def. Berkeley, 68-53

Division I Girls: Brea Olinda def. St. Francis, 64-51

Division III Boys: Manteca def. Ayala, 60-51

Division III Girls: Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep def. Lakeside, 50-47

Division V Boys: St. Joseph Notre Dame def. St. Bernard, 55-50

Division V Girls: Eastside College Prep def. Village Christian, 57-50