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    MENDOTA –– There wasn’t much breathing room for the Pinole Valley Spartans in their CIF 7-AA state championship game on the road against Mendota on a chilly Saturday night. But with 40 seconds left, a 36-yard touchdown run by senior running back Larry McDonald extended Pinole Valley’s lead to 34-21. The Spartans finally could relax and let the celebration start a little early. The score held up as time expired, and the Spartans (9-4) raced to celebrate with coach Troy McConico, who had just led his alma mater to their first state championship in program history. “I’m kind of speechless,” said McConico, a 2005 graduate of the school. “This is a proud moment, it’s something that we’ve worked for all season. We expected this with this senior class. I’ve seen them come in as freshmen and it’s the perfect time to let them go out at this level.” “He’s a great coach and has great leadership,” Pinole Valley quarterback Maddux Wu said. “He put us in the right place and has done the right things for us.” Final: Pinole Valley...
    SAN JOSE — The expectation was for a low-scoring game between two defense-first teams. Add in the steady rain that fell all day, and doubts hovered as to whether either team would crack double figures in the scoring column. Instead, Bellarmine turned in one of its best offensive showings of the season in a 35-21 victory over Vanden-Fairfield in a Northern California 3-A playoff game Saturday at San Jose City College. So now Bellarmine (8-6), left for dead and halfway buried with a 3-6 record at the end of October, gets to play for a state championship. The Bells will host Laguna Hills next Saturday at 6 p.m. “There was a point during the season when that seemed pretty crazy,” Bellarmine coach Jalal Beauchman said. “It still seems crazy, but these guys deserve it. We’re getting better. It’s a long season. We’re a dangerous bunch right now. We’re playing good football, we’re taking care of the football, not making the mistakes we made earlier in the season. Right now we’re tough to beat. “One more week of football.” Bellarmine’s Nate...
    Menlo School nearly staged an improbable comeback Saturday night, rallying from a three-touchdown deficit with under 10 minutes to go before losing to host San Marin 29-21 in the CIF NorCal 4-A championship game The Knights (8-6) trailed 29-7 after Ryan Rodas kicked his second field goal of the game, this one from 25 yards, with 10:04 left. But Menlo’s Robby Enright returned an interception for a touchdown to make it 29-14, the Knights recovered an onside kick, and quarterback Jake Bianchi crashed over from the 1 with 3:58 left, making it a one-score game. The touchdown was set up on a 33-yard pass from Bianchi to Eron Chen. Menlo’s defense forced a three-and-out on San Marin’s subsequent possession, but the offense couldn’t pick up a first down after it got the ball back. The Mustangs (12-2) then ran out the clock. San Marin will host Granada Hills Charter next Saturday for the CIF State 4-A crown. The Mustangs’ defense made life miserable for the Central Coast Section’s Division III champs in the first half, limiting Menlo to 15 yards...
    DANVILLE – Down by one point with a 18 seconds left and needing two yards to pick up a first down, San Ramon Valley coach Aaron Becker sent the offense to the sideline and asked Austin Shelton to make the kick of his life on fourth down.  The junior kicker was up to the occasion.  He banged in a 37-yard field goal in the pouring rain and gusting wind to beat previously-undefeated Marin Catholic 19-17 in the 2-A NorCal playoff. Those three points sent the Wolves to their first state championship game in school history, where they will play Granite Hills.   “This is like what we do in practice, where on Wednesdays we run pressure kick situation drills with the whole team surrounding me,” Shelton said. “This is just routine.”  San Ramon Valley’s Marco Jones (23) and Sawyer French (71) celebrate a 19-17 victory over Marin Catholic in the championship game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Danville, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)  In a game played during a rainstorm, passing the ball was never going to be a reliable...
    Governor Glenn Youngkin said Friday his upcoming budget amendment proposal would include $350 million in additional funds for site readiness to add to the $150 million already allocated in the biennial budget. Youngkin told attendees at the Virginia Economic Summit and Forum on International Trade that despite Virginia’s pro-business advantages like the port, the Commonwealth’s workforce, and right-to-work, Virginia needs to do more to attract businesses. “Virginia often is not selected by businesses, particularly by manufacturing projects, because megasites aren’t ready. Simply put, it’s not that we don’t have enough inventory, we don’t really have any. Since 2016, a lack of project-ready sites has cost Virginia more than 55,000 jobs and $124 billion in capital investment,” he said. “I am fully committed to supporting the companies in Virginia today who want to grow, we will work to find a site for you, and to bring more companies to Virginia. And to do so, we must first make sure that all of you and all of those other companies have somewhere to go,” he said. Youngkin discussed other elements of the...
    by Tom Joyce   Arizona plans to invest nearly $14 million to support career training and development programs for Arizona high school students and underserved communities, Governor Doug Ducey announced Thursday. “Arizona is a land of limitless opportunity,” Governor Ducey said in a press release. “We are a state where anyone can get a good education and find a quality job. This funding will cement our position as a national model for preparing workers for tomorrow’s jobs – it will empower Arizonans by dramatically increasing job training opportunities.” The funding will go to five separate job training programs in the state. Most of the money ($9.5 million) will go to the Local First Arizona Foundation. Its newly-established Northern Arizona Good Jobs Network is working on developing a workforce training system in the region. “The network is designed to get individuals back to work and increase wage growth throughout in-demand sectors, while securing and retaining quality jobs,” the press release from the governor’s office said. “The effort will combine the work of community colleges, local employers and [email protected] to develop employer-based curricula...
    PITTSBURG — The script is almost too good to be true, a fantasy that only happens on movie screens. But there Pittsburg coach Victor Galli was Saturday night, rising toward the sky while on the shoulders of his players as rain fell and the scoreboard glowed in the background. In his final home game as Pittsburg’s head coach, Galli led the Pirates to one of the most special triumphs in the long and storied history of the program. Pittsburg will finish its season — and Galli’s career — at the state championships next weekend in Mission Viejo after defeating Manteca 35-14 to capture the Northern California Division 1-A title. On a cold and wet night, the Pirates grabbed the lead with a lightning-quick series late in the first half, widened the advantage to 20 points in the third quarter and added an exclamation in the final period with a 12-yard touchdown run by Florida-bound quarterback Jaden Rashada and the fourth fourth-down stop by the defense. The celebration began as the defense returned to the sideline and erupted when time expired....
    A GROUP of girls were dress coded and inspected at a high school in an interesting and rather embarrassing manner to see if their clothes were appropriate. According to a video on TikTok from Audra, who goes by the username feminfitz, the entire class of girls at her high school were dress coded in a manner that some might deem highly inappropriate. 2Audra (pictured) said her entire class of girls was once dress coded in high schoolCredit: TikTok 2The dean of students at her school allegedly pulled out a Cami Secret on stage at the morning assemblyCredit: TikTok Audra explained that years ago, her entire high school would have to attend 'morning assembly' every day together. On one specific occasion, the dean of students was apparently extremely unhappy with the way all of the girls in the school were dressing. In order to prevent this from happening further, the dean pointed out one specific girl in the assembly and made her come to the stage. Per Audra, the dean then did something that made her and the rest of the...
    OAKLAND – With the score tied 14-14 and both teams seemingly content to go into halftime with the CIF NorCal 2-AA championship deadlocked, McClymonds senior running back Jaivian Thomas took a handoff and accelerated down the sideline for one of his four touchdowns in a 49-35 Warriors’ win. One week after winning their 13th straight Oakland Section championship, the Warriors completed only one pass on Friday night but ran for 485 yards against a defense that was allowing only 17 points per game this season.  Thomas’ 300 yards led Mack to its sixth NorCal championship. “Two plays before that touchdown, I fumbled for the first time in two years,” Thomas said. “I told coach (Michael Peters) that I owed him for that, and I got it done.” OAKLAND – McClymonds running back Jaivian Thomas (21) recovers a fumble. McClymonds and Lemoore played in the high school football 2-AA NorCal championship in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 (Joseph Dycus/Bay Area News Group)  Lemoore, which is located south of Fresno, gave McClymonds’ defense all it could handle. West Yosemite League...
    El CERRITO – The outlook was promising for the El Cerrito High School football team at the end of the first quarter Friday, as the Gauchos held a one-touchdown lead and had shut out a high-scoring Grant-Sacramento squad. But the visiting Pacers were dominant after that. They scored the last 36 points of the 3-AA North championship game to end El Cerrito’s hopes of an undefeated season with a 36-7 victory. “They did a great job getting the playmakers involved, but I think a lot of it was us. We just poorly executed what we needed to do,” El Cerrito coach Jacob Rincon said. “Overall (this season), I think we did a great job. Obviously we didn’t reach the ultimate goal we wanted, but we did a great job and I’m proud of the guys.” Grant (11-2) will host San Jacinto (13-2) in the 3-AA state championship game on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. El Cerrito finished its season with a 13-1 record. In Friday’s game, both teams saw their long opening drives end on downs. A tackle by El...
    DEAR ABBY: I come from a very small town that has only one school. My sister recently returned to attend her 50th class reunion. It was very informal and held in a local tavern. The event was announced on social media, and no formal invitations were sent out. When my sister spotted a man who had graduated the following year, she approached him and asked, “What are you doing here? You didn’t graduate with our class!” He answered that he had participated in sports with a number of the graduates and wanted to see them again. Considering that the event was casual, held in a public place and that my sister didn’t organize the event, send out invitations or act as a hostess, I thought her remark was out of line and mean. She strongly disagrees. What do you think? SMALL-TOWN SIS IN ILLINOIS DEAR SIS: Depending upon your sister’s tone of voice (and degree of sobriety) when she asked that question, it may have come across as an expression of surprise or curiosity. However, if it was asked in...
    PALO ALTO — The season of firsts for Santa Teresa’s football program added another on Friday night: first NorCal championship. The Saints scored all 13 fourth quarter points to beat Palo Alto 30-20 in the Division 6-AA NorCal regional championship on a brisk Friday night in Palo Alto. It was another resilient effort that Santa Teresa head coach Steve Pain has come to expect from his Saints. “It’s what these guys do,” Papin said. “They don’t quit. They don’t give up. They don’t waiver.” Six days after they won the 49-year-old school’s first football section title, the Saints added a NorCal title to go with it. “That’s just crazy, man,” said Joshua Reyes, Santa Teresa’s do-it-all senior leader. “To finally come to this stage and this point in the game and just making history, making all of these accomplishments. And just to do it with the people that you love. It’s just crazy, man. The love for the game is for real and the brotherhood over here is strong like a rock.” Santa Teresa’s Jayden Arevalo (4) throws against Palo Alto High...
    FOLSOM — Folsom had just scored a touchdown to cut the margin to three points. The home fans were re-energized, knowing that a stop and another score could have sent their team to the Northern California 1-AA championship and into a state final next week. De La Salle’s offense returned to the blue turf on a frigid night with 7:54 remaining. Fifteen plays later, needing a little more than a yard to seal the victory, the Spartans ran behind an offensive lineman who gutted out four quarters Friday night despite an ailing knee that has plagued him all season. Harvard-bound lineman Derek Thompson called the play during a timeout — something coach Justin Alumbaugh had only allowed a player to do once previously — and Charles Greer plowed behind Thompson for the first down. By maybe an inch, after a measurement. One play later, quarterback Toa Faavae took a knee and the celebration was on. One year after losing to Folsom in this same round, De La Salle held on to win 17-14. The Spartans will play Lincoln-San Diego for...
    OPEN DIVISION Serra vs. St. John Bosco-Bellflower at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m. DIVISION 1-AA North: De La Salle 17, Folsom 14 South: Lincoln-San Diego at Sierra Canyon, Friday, 7:30 p.m. DIVISION 1-A North: Manteca at Pittsburg, Saturday, 6 p.m. South: Liberty, Bakersfield at Yorba Linda, Saturday, 6 p.m. DIVISION 2-AA North: McClymonds 49, Lemoore 35 South: Mater Dei Catholic-Chula Vista 22, Downey 21 DIVISION 2-A North: Marin Catholic at San Ramon Valley, Saturday, 6 p.m. South: Etiwanda at Granite Hills-El Cajon, Saturday, 6 p.m. DIVISION 3-AA North: Grant-Sacramento 36, El Cerrito 7 South: San Jacinto 49, University City 35 DIVISION 3-A North: Vanden vs. Bellarmine at San Jose City College, Saturday, 6 p.m. South: Laguna Hills at Birmingham, Saturday, 6 p.m. DIVISION 4-AA North: Escalon 42, Pleasant Valley 20 South: Northwood 10, Kennedy-Delano 7 DIVISION 4-A North: Menlo School at San Marin, Saturday, 6 p.m. South: Granada Hills at Laguna Beach, Saturday, 6 p.m. DIVISION 5-AA North: Hughson 31, Ripon Christian 28 South: Muir 33, Palo Verde 7 DIVISION 5-A North: Clear Lake at...
    by Debra Heine   Parents are outraged after high school kids in New Jersey performed in drag for their adult teachers in a secret, student-led drag show on school property during school hours. The performance, which took place on October 27th at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, NJ, was put on by the Student club P.U.L.S.E. (People Understanding Love Serves Everyone), and led by faculty advisor Heather Baldwin, Libs of TikTok reported on Thursday. The community learned about the students’ drag performance three days later when an internal school email was leaked to The New Jersey Project, an organization that advocates for parents’ rights in public schools. The New Jersey Project wrote about the event on its Substack blog, Chaos and Control. In the email, Baldwin invited select adult “staff” to attend an “invite-only” drag show performed by the students of the P.U.L.S.E Club. Reportedly, not all faculty were invited to watch the teen transvestites perform, nor were parents, or fellow students. According to witnesses, students were taken out of class to prepare for the secret show, and “a...
    Who is our preseason No. 1? The schools on Treat Blvd know how to win. While De La Salle is the Bay Area News Group’s top-ranked boys soccer team, defending North Coast Section Division I champion Carondelet has also been selected as the top team on the girls side. Standouts such as Lauren Kenney, who scored 10 goals for last year’s champions, and Riann Juroff are back for their senior seasons. St. Francis, which bowed out in the second round of the NorCal tournament, could also challenge for the top spot this season. Carondelet’s toughest competition in the NCS comes from its own division, where teams such as San Ramon Valley, Dublin, Monte Vista and Amador Valley all boast talented teams in the East Bay Athletic League. Mountain View and defending NorCal D-II champion Leigh should also be some of the better teams in the region. And of course, Archbishop Mitty could very well regain the form that made it a four-time CCS Open Division champions from 2018 to 2021.  Early-season storylines Carondelet and Monte Vista have alternated NCS D-I...
    Who is our preseason No. 1? De La Salle has been consistently among the Bay Area’s best teams since Derricke Brown took over the program in 2011. Over the past three full seasons, the Spartans have won at least 20 games, twice made a section final, and once won it. The Spartans captured the North Coast Section Division I crown last season over Montgomery-Santa Rosa and then advanced to the semifinals in NorCal. With several talented players returning from the section championship team, including Cooper Kennedy, there is no reason to believe De La Salle will not once again be one of the best teams, if not the best team in the Bay Area.  Early-season storylines Renee Siles has coached his share of talented teams during his 23 years, with Richmond often winning 15 or more matches a season as a dominant force in the East Bay. Last year’s team reached the NorCal playoffs and returns much of its nucleus. Richmond has a very intriguing trio in the middle. Senior midfielders Kevin Romo and Guillermo Cabral are expected to be leaders,...
    Bellarmine football player Jae’Von Reels is the Bay Area News Group’s boys high school athlete of the week for Nov. 21-26 after he had received 38.66% of the vote at the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday. Serra football player Jaden Green finished second and South San Francisco soccer player Angel Ramirez took third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Reels had 3.5 sacks, including one on the game-sealing possession, and forced a fumble in a dominant performance as Bellarmine captured the Central Coast Section Division II championship with a 21-14 victory over St. Ignatius at San Jose City College. The Bells will play Vanden-Fairfield on Saturday night in a NorCal regional at SJCC. To nominate an athlete for next week’s poll, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. Please include stats and team results. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites and, starting Sept. 30, in the print edition of the Mercury News and EB Times sports sections. Past winners...
    Clayton Valley Charter basketball player Soo-Jin Berry is the Bay Area News Group girls athlete of the week of Nov. 21-26 after she received 5,053 votes (33.88%) by the 5 p.m. deadline on Wednesday. Los Altos cross country runner Emily Soobrian grabbed 4,965 votes (33.29%) to finish second just behind Berry. Castilleja basketball player Antonia Vlahos finished third. Related Articles High School Sports | Bay Area high school football 2022: NorCal regional championship weekend preview High School Sports | McClymonds football coach Michael Peters isn’t sure he’ll be back in 2023 High School Sports | Bay Area News Group high school football predictions: Regional championship weekend High School Sports | NIL changes let high school athletes bank big endorsement bucks High School Sports | Polls closed: Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week Berry, a Clayton Valley Charter senior, had an impressive regular season game vs. Pittsburg. 12 of her 20 rebounds were on the offensive glass, and Berry also scored 15 points and had two steals in...
    Parents and teachers of a New Jersey high school expressed frustration over administration's handling of a student drag show in October. The event at Hunterdon Central Regional High School was held on Oct. 27, leaving teachers outraged over the loss of instructional time. Parents additionally expressed concern at a recent board meeting, according to footage shared by Libs of TikTok on Twitter: “Instead of our students being engaged in academic time, they were applying makeup and changing into their drag costumes,” says one parent. “This was a loss of over 30 minutes of instructional time for these students.” One of the additional arguments surrounded the attendance of Phoebe Mantrappe, a professional drag performer from “outside the Hunterdon Central community,” while Hunterdon Central students who didn’t receive invites were not allowed inside. Another parent compared the student drag show to full-on adult entertainment. “Well it looks like we’ve put a whole new meaning to the word, ‘adult entertainment,’ haven’t we, here, Board of Ed?” the parent angrily expressed. “Adult entertainment used to mean adults going to strip clubs, watching other...
    According to the GBI, James Steel, age 69, of Leesburg, GA, and a teacher at Harris County High School, has been arrested and charged with one count of sexual battery of a person under 16 years of age. A Harris County Grand Jury indicted Steel on November 14, 2022. On May 9, 2022, the Hamilton Police Department asked the GBI to investigate allegations that Steel had inappropriate contact with multiple students. Steel was booked at the Harris County Jail. This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the GBI Columbus Field Office at 706-565-7888. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app. Once the investigation is complete, the case file will be given to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
    It’s regional championship weekend in the state of California for the very few high school football teams that are still playing. In total, 11 teams from the Bay Area News Group’s coverage area qualified by winning section championships. NorCal’s top team, Serra, has a bye to the state Open Division championship game, which will take place against St. John Bosco-Bellflower at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo on Dec. 10 as the last of five state finals played there over two days. Will De La Salle, Pittsburg, McClymonds and San Ramon Valley join Serra in Mission Viejo? And which of the lower-division teams will advance to play state title games at home on Dec. 10? If you haven’t done so, please subscribe here for digital access all school year long. Our high school coverage does not stop when football season ends. Here’s a preview of this weekend’s games: Friday De La Salle (9-3) at Folsom (12-1) in 1-AA North championship game, 7:30 p.m.: De La Salle got the rematch it wanted, another game against an opponent that won on the road over the...
    A recently surfaced photo showing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as a 14-year-old during a civil rights clash at his Little Rock high school in 1957 has led Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James to accuse media of a racist double standard. Speaking after the Lakers' 128-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, James inquired why he hasn't been asked about Jones, despite fielding questions for much of November about an African-American former teammate, Kyrie Irving, accused of anti-Semitism. 'I got one question for you guys before you guys leave,' James said to reporters. 'I was thinking when I was on my way over here, I was wondering why I haven't gotten a question from you guys about the Jerry Jones photo. But when the Kyrie [Irving] thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that.' LeBron James questions why the media asked him about Kyrie Irving sharing a movie controversy but didn't ask his thoughts on the Jerry Jones 1957 photo blocking school integration. H/T @SpectrumSN pic.twitter.com/jdKhXl6PBg— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr)...
    Getty Dan Campbell walks on the field before a Lions game in 2021 vs. Minnesota. It’s been one year since an unspeakable gun violence tragedy at Oxford High School claimed the lives of four students and injured six, and the Detroit Lions have not forgotten. Head coach Dan Campbell made sure to drive that point home during his news conference on Wednesday, November 30 with a classy gesture. Campbell sported the hat of the Oxford High School Wildcats, and made special mention of the fact that the team is still there for the community that was hurt by the event. As Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press showed with a picture, the coach was donning the cap at the presser. He would go on to have some special words to say about the meaning behind the gesture. Dan Campbell wearing an Oxford hat at his news conference today, which is the one-year anniversary of the school shooting pic.twitter.com/O1RU1IK0rM — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) November 30, 2022 When asked about the gesture, Campbell said it was simply one of...
    Governor Brian Kemp released a statement on this morning’s hoax calls regarding gunmen at several Georgia schools, including Savannah, Brunswick, and Camden. From Savannah-Chatham County Public School System Wednesday morning: (2) UPDATE: Emergency responders have completed the search of Savannah High School and the Savannah Early College and have given the all clear. The campus has been deemed safe and reports of a gunman at the school are false. Students are safe and have been moved to a unification point within the school. Any parent who wishes to sign out their child may do so by entering the rear of the school from the Capital Steet side off President Street. There is no entry at the front of the school. Pennsylvania Street is closed. Do not enter the front of the school. Parents may sign out students at the rear of the school from Capital Steet side near the stadium. Please have an ID with you at pick up. Parent/Guardian identification will be checked at sign out. Once again,...
    THIS bodybuilder started weightlifting at 14 years old before becoming Mr Olympia after a shocking transformation. Chris Bumstead grew up in Canada, playing multiple sports in high school. 2Chris Bumstead (pictured) started weight lifting at 14 years oldCredit: YouTube/GENERATION FITNESS 2He's made a huge transformation, holding the title of Mr Olympia for the past three yearsCredit: Instagram/Chris Bumstead It was at the age of 14 that Bumstead started weightlifting. In ninth grade, he weighed 170 and by his senior year of high school, he was a hefty 225 pounds. When talking of that time in his life, Bumstead told Muscular Development: “In some ways I almost trained harder than I do now,” he said. “At least in the sense that I was constantly trying to get stronger at every workout, and most of my sets were in the four- to five-rep range.” Read more in bodybuildingCURVE BALL I'm an ex-MLB player, some say I'm unrecognizable in my new bodybuilder photosLOOK CHANGE I won Mr Olympia 8 years running but I'm unrecognizable outside of bodybuilding Once Bumstead was in...
    Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) is vowing to "go after" the people responsible for several active shooter hoaxes across the state. After since-debunked reports emerged Wednesday morning regarding active shooters at several schools across various coastal Georgia counties, Kemp pledged to hold the "criminals" who called in the hoaxes accountable, saying in a statement that the security of schools was "unexpectedly put to the test" and that the state would cooperate with an active FBI investigation into the incidents. A report of a shooting appears to be a hoax at Savannah High School. Several threats at area school districts this morning, including Glynn County and Screven County have been reported in the area. ALL have been confirmed as false reports.— WTOC Mike Cihla (@MikeCihla) November 30, 2022 "Rest assured, for the criminals who orchestrated these hoaxes, we will go after them with every single resource available," he said. IDAHO STUDENT MURDERS: EX-FBI INVESTIGATOR REVEALS CHILLING THEORY AS STUDENTS RETURN TO CLASSES Kemp added that as a father of three daughters, he prays to "God to guard...
    OAKLAND – McClymonds coach Michael Peters is contemplating his future after winning another Oakland Section championship and preparing his team for a Northern California regional game Friday night. One year after his mother died, the longtime coach of the Oakland football powerhouse said he has not had time to properly grieve and isn’t sure he’ll be back on the sideline in 2023. In addition to football, Peters, 54, coaches track. “My family, my brothers and all of us are going through it,” Peters said last weekend after McClymonds beat Castlemont in the Oakland Section final. “Maybe that’s it. I haven’t had a chance to grieve because I’ve still been working and keeping busy. Maybe I do need some time off to really sit back and look at some things. “A lot of people are saying I can’t leave yet and that I need to stay three more years, and a lot of it is selfishness. They’re worried about me staying for their kids, but then I have to stay for the next ones too.” “But what about me?” McClymonds (11-1)...
    We’ve got to give Mike Lefkow a shout-out for his near perfection on section championship weekend. Clearly, he did his homework. Our guy would have gone undefeated had we not added a bonus game to the list. That extra game was the Southern Section Division I final between Mater Dei-Santa Ana and St. John Bosco-Bellflower. Lefkow chose Mater Dei. Bosco won 24-22. Lefkow was hardly heartbroken. “I was kind of glad they lost,” he said. By going 11-1 for the weekend, Lefkow pulled to within four games of yours truly in the season standings with two weekends to go. I finished 8-4 on section championship weekend. The Kid — aka Joseph Dycus — went 9-3. This week, we choose nine games (eight regional, one state) that include teams from the Bay Area News Group’s coverage area. Among the nine are De La Salle at Folsom, Manteca at Pittsburg and Lemoore at McClymonds. In the video show, we discuss Serra coach Patrick Walsh’s comments about Mater Dei’s coaching vacancy rumors, the highs and lows of section championship weekend and what we...
    A LARGE police response has rushed to a high school following reports of gunfire on campus. First responders rushed to Savannah High School in Georgia on Wednesday morning. 1Police rushed to Savannah High School following reports of an active shooterCredit: WSAV Savannah Police have not confirmed the active shooter reports, and so far, there have been no reported injuries. More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see videos. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. Topics Crime Police Georgia YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunLive BlogMAD VLAD Putin faces 'extremely big losses' as Kremlin plots new wave of missile strikesRevealedTROUBLING CASE Teen targeted by 'catfish' before triple murder 'not complicit' in killingsExclusiveTELLING SIGNS Delphi suspect's mugshot & eerie selfie reveal clues expert claims'WENT TO HEAVEN' Murdered toddler Quinton Simon's loves revealed in heartbreaking obitFollow The SunServices Sign Up To The Sun About Us Editorial Complaints Clarifications...
    By BERNIE WILSON (AP Sports Writer) SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jada Williams was a social media star and a talented point guard when she moved with her mother from a Kansas City suburb to San Diego, looking to play basketball for a high school powerhouse and parlay her online prowess into endorsement deals. She found it all in California, which has become the trendsetter among the 19 states that allow high school athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness without affecting their eligibility to play in college. The 17-year-old Williams is now pulling in six figures a year from six major endorsement deals. The senior at La Jolla Country Day School has signed to play at the University of Arizona. “It’s definitely a big change for me, but it was good in every single direction,” Williams said during a break from her exhaustive practice routine, which she often documents with videos and photos posted online. It was the right decision for school and basketball, “and on top of that I was able to start capitalizing off NIL,” shorthand...
    A vigil for shooting victims in Oxford, Michigan, on Nov. 30, 2021Matthew Hatcher/Getty Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.In the year since a mass shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan left four students dead and many others injured and traumatized, questions have loomed about whether the carnage could have been prevented. The most intense media focus has been on the role of the shooter’s parents. They bought a semiautomatic pistol for their deeply troubled son just days before the attack, allegedly ignored warning signs and rebuffed concerned school officials, briefly evaded law enforcement in the immediate aftermath, and now face unprecedented manslaughter charges in a trial scheduled to begin early next year. But big questions also remain unanswered about how the school system handled 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, who pleaded guilty in October to 24 criminal counts, including murder and terrorism. In a dramatic development on Monday, two recently departed members of the district’s board—former president Tom Donnelly and former treasurer Korey Bailey—said that they resigned in September over...
    A sharp-eyed Lyndhurst special police officer nabbed a 15-year-old boy from Brooklyn who authorities said made a 911 call threatening to blow up the township high school. A Bergen County communications dispatcher told Lyndhurst police shortly after noon on Oct. 7 that an unknown caller using anonymizing technology claimed there was a bomb inside the high school, Detective Lt. Vincent Auteri said. The school was locked down and all 852 students, along with teachers and staff, were escorted out by Lyndhurst police. The Bergen County sheriff’s bomb and K-9 squads checked inside and out and didn’t find anything dangerous on the premises, Auteri said. While all this was going on, Special Law Enforcement Officer III William Peer noticed a boy he didn’t recognize “casually walking in front of the school near the area of the gymnasium,” the lieutenant said. Thinking it odd that the boy wasn’t with other students, Peer questioned him. The teen told him he was there to visit a Lyndhurst High School student whom he’d recently met playing an online video game, Auteri said. Detectives...
    Two high school star lacrosse athletes from Northern Westchester will be bringing their talents to Division I universities.  Armonk natives Gavin Javorsky and Sean Siegel, who are currently seniors at Byram Hills High School, committed to colleges during a ceremonial signing day ceremony in the school's lecture hall on Wednesday, Nov. 9, according to the Byram Hills Central School District. Javorsky, who plays attack, will play lacrosse at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, while Siegel, a midfielder, will play at the University of Richmond in Virginia, school district officials said.  According to the school district, Javorsky is known for his leadership on and off the field and helped bring his team to the Section finals by encouraging his teammates to improve their skills.  Siegel is also known for inspiring teammates with his optimism and positivity, and is a methodical player who uses his extensive knowledge of the game to improve both his and his teammates' performance, school district officials said.  "Gavin and Sean are the definition of what it means to be a Byram Hills athlete," the district's Assistant Athletic Director Brett Alcantara said. "They care about their studies...
    A Beverly Hills High School wrestling coach was fired after shoving a student in an incident that was caught on camera, school district officials said. Campus security footage recorded Nov. 2 and released through a public records request shows the coach, Ryan Faintich, speaking with the student as another boy stands nearby. The coach places his hand on the student’s shoulder and pushes him once before continuing to talk, then shoves the student twice more before leaving. The coach was suspended immediately after the incident and was fired last week, Beverly Hills Unified School District officials said. “A few weeks ago, I was utterly disappointed to learn of an incident that took place where an employee was physically aggressive towards a student,” Supt. Michael Bregy said in a statement. “Appropriate steps were immediately taken to thoroughly investigate the event. No stone was left unturned, witnesses were interviewed, and the video footage from before, during, and after the incident was scrutinized. The employee no longer works for BHUSD.” California Horrifying scene at Riverside home where police say catfishing of teen...
    Most of the political debate in California over public education centers on money — particularly the annual exercise of determining how many billions of dollars the state will send to local school systems. Occasionally, the debate shifts to actual education issues — such as whether universal pre-kindergarten programs could have a positive effect on the shamelessly low scores of the state’s elementary students on national academic achievement tests. California’s public high schools only rarely draw political attention, despite the simple but important fact that they represent the end game of K-12 education. How well students do in high school is a major factor in whether they become successful adults, in both economic and personal terms. Moreover, while instructional uniformity makes sense in elementary and perhaps even middle schools, as students go through what amounts to basic training, it makes little sense in high school, whose students have wide varieties of interests, aptitudes and ambitions. Ideally, high school students should have access to individually tailored curricula that adapt to their varied attributes and thus best prepare them for the equally varied...
    Editor’s note: We prohibit the use of bots and any other artificial methods of voting. Suspicious activity could lead to the disqualification of candidates and a permanent suspension of the Athlete of the Week poll. Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys Athlete of the Week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from Nov. 21-26. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting. Votes by email are not counted. Scroll to the bottom for the poll. Winners are announced each Friday online and, starting Sept. 30, in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com. We accept nominations until 11 a.m. each Monday. We also review stats submitted to...
    Editor’s note: We prohibit the use of bots and any other artificial methods of voting. Suspicious activity could lead to the disqualification of candidates and a permanent suspension of the Athlete of the Week poll. Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) girls Athlete of the Week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from Nov. 21-26.  Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting. Votes by email are not counted. Scroll to the bottom for the poll. Winners are announced each Friday online and, starting Sept. 30, in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com. We accept nominations until 11 a.m. each Monday. We also review stats submitted to...
    Getty Teresa Giudice and family. Teresa Giudice is not too impressed with the cast of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” right now. During a Sept. 28 episode of her podcast with cohost Melissa Pfeister, “Namaste B$tches,” the star likened being on the franchise to being in high school and revealed why she’s not a fan of that type of behavior. “I don’t like how our show is so like that, like sides,” Giudice explained during the podcast. “It’s so high school-ish. I don’t like how Jersey is, because it’s like pick a side… It’s like, I think you should be kind to everyone and then make your decision based on if you click with that person or not. Don’t be a follower, be a leader.” This winter, Bravo is expected to air season 13 of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” which looks like it will deliver a lot of “high school-ish” drama to the viewers. Currently, Giudice is not speaking to her brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Melissa Gorga, after a major fight broke out during...
    Serra coach calls Mater Dei speculation ‘flattering’ Serra’s Patrick Walsh has been mentioned as a possible “outside-the-box” candidate to succeed retiring Bruce Rollinson as Mater Dei-Santa Ana’s next football coach. He addressed the speculation Sunday. “I am a human, it’s flattering, but I have had zero phone calls from Mater Dei, to be honest,” said Walsh, whose team will play Mater Dei’s rival, St. John Bosco-Bellflower, for the Open Division state title on Dec. 10 in Mission Viejo. “But the fact that someone on this planet would mention my name or consider me being worthy of a job (where) they’re arguably No. 1 in the country year in and year out, it is flattering. “But at this point, it’s not reality.” You’re happy at Serra? “I love Serra,” said Walsh, the school’s football coach since 2001. “There is blood, sweat and tears at Serra. My son’s a senior at Serra. There’s life at Serra. There’s wonderful humans at Serra. There’s a foundation and pillars dug deep like the Golden Gate bridge foundation at Serra. I am honored to be...
    More On: gwyneth paltrow Martha Stewart ‘surprised’ Gwyneth Paltrow mentioned her in Goop promo Gwyneth Paltrow trolls Martha Stewart again in latest Goop gift clip Blythe Danner reveals she battled same cancer that killed hubby Bruce Paltrow Gwyneth Paltrow loves fellow Brad Pitt ex Jennifer Aniston’s haircare line Gwyneth Paltrow reunited with daughter Apple for a “great few days” in New York City over the weekend – two months after the 18-year-old started college. The duo bonded over shopping trips and restaurant outings, which the actress gave a glimpse of via Instagram Stories on Sunday. “Whoops,” Paltrow, 50, captioned a Bergdorf Goodman mirror selfie with her eldest child. The Goop creator also highlighted meals at Monkey Bar, 53 NYC and the “always perfect” Elio’s. Paltrow, who is also the mother of son Moses, 16, compared Apple moving out to “giving birth” when the teen started her freshman year in September. The duo shopped at Bergdorf Goodman.gwynethpaltrow/Instagram “I know this sounds nuts, [but] it feels almost as profound,” the “Shakespeare...
    A year ago, there was some debate about whether Serra should have been chosen over De La Salle or Folsom to represent Northern California in the Open Division state championship game. Sunday, there was no such chatter. What has been anticipated since Serra opened the season with victories on the road over Folsom and De La Salle became a reality when the California Interscholastic Federation chose the San Mateo school to play St. John Bosco-Bellflower for the Open Division state title on Dec. 10 at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. Serra improved to 13-0 after beating Archbishop Mitty 41-14 on Friday in the Central Coast Section Division I final. St. John Bosco (12-1) advanced with a 24-22 victory over Mater Dei-Santa Ana in the Southern Section Division I championship game Friday at the Rose Bowl. Mater Dei beat Serra 44-7 for the Open state title last season. In all, 11 teams from the Bay Area News Group’s coverage area qualified by winning section championships, including North Coast Section Open Division champ De La Salle, which as expected was slotted to...
    Mourners left devastated after a mother, father and daughter were found dead inside their burning Riverside home gathered at the scene of the killings to hold a candlelit vigil on Saturday, Nov. 26. Family and friends identified the victims as Mark and Sharie Winek, a married couple and grandparents who lived at the home at 11261 Price Court found ablaze the morning of Friday, Nov. 25. The third victim discovered inside was the Wineks’ adult daughter, Brooke, herself a single mother. Riverside police were investigating the deaths the day after Thanksgiving as a triple murder; A man they sought was killed hours later when San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies found him in Needles on Friday. Neither San Bernardino sheriff’s officials nor Riverside police have provided the man’s name, his relationship to the family, or whether it was deputies who shot him during a “lethal force” encounter. The Wineks were described as a loving family with deep connections to communities in western Riverside County. “Mark Winek was a loving Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Brother, and Coach at Arlington High School,” organizers of...
    OPEN DIVISION Serra vs. St. John Bosco-Bellflower at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m. DIVISION 1–AA North: De La Salle at Folsom – Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. South: Lincoln, San Diego at Sierra Canyon – Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. DIVISION 1–A North: Manteca at Pittsburg – Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6:00 p.m. South: Liberty, Bakersfield at Yorba Linda – Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6:00 p.m. DIVISION 2–AA North: Lemoore at McClymonds – Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. South: Mater Dei Catholic at Downey – Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. DIVISION 2–A North: Marin Catholic at San Ramon Valley – Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6:00 p.m. South: Etiwanda at Granite Hills, El Cajon – Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6:00 p.m. DIVISION 3–AA North: Grant at El Cerrito – Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. South: University City at San Jacinto – Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. DIVISION 3–A North: Vanden vs. Bellarmine at San Jose City College – Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6:00 p.m. South: Laguna Hills at Birmingham –...
    A fire broke out early Sunday morning at a Santa Paula High School gymnasium, destroying the 1930s-era building, officials said. The fire was reported Sunday around 12:40 a.m., according to the Ventura County Fire Department. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No one was injured but several neighborhood residents were evacuated due to a power shutoff, the Santa Paula Police Department said. Hours after the fire broke out, firefighters were still attacking the blaze. At least one wall of the building had partially collapsed. “The building’s a total loss,” Santa Paula Unified Superintendent Jeffrey Weinstein told the Ventura County Star. “It’s one of our historical buildings on campus.” Classes at the high school have been canceled Monday and Tuesday, Weinstein said in a statement.
    SAN JOSE — The Bellarmine Bells had plenty of reasons to pack it in this season. But they wanted no part of that, even as the losses and injuries piled up. They lost four in a row before finally breaking the skid in their regular-season finale against Valley Christian. Three weeks later, on a cold late autumn night at San Jose City College, the Bells were rewarded for their perseverance. They captured the Central Coast Section Division II championship Saturday, edging St. Ignatius 21-14 as Ben Pfaff scored the decisive touchdown on an 8-yard run with 1:01 to play. Bellarmine, once 3-6, is now 7-6 and bound for a Northern California regional next week. The matchups will be announced Sunday. St. Ignatius finished 6-7. “I am just so happy for these young men,” Bellarmine coach Jalal Beauchman said. “There were many points during the course of this season where these guys could have quit. We had struggles and it seemed like everything was going against us — injuries, illnesses. Just bad luck here and there in games.” The championship game...
    Coach Todd Smith couldn’t help but look to the past after Menlo School won its first Central Coast Section title in school history, beating Hollister 42-6 on Saturday night in Salinas for the Division III crown. Smith called the victory — Menlo’s first in six appearances in a final — the culmination of a process that started in 2020. “This championship is about the last three years and the guys who sacrificed so much, like Carter Jung and Sergio Beltran,” said Smith, mentioning two graduated stars from the 2021 team that lost to Wilcox in the Division II title game. “The guys who made a big step last year, and also the guys who went through the COVID year, when we went 4-1 and started rebuilding the culture..” Senior quarterback Jake Bianchi, who took over the starting job this season from the departed Beltran, threw three touchdown passes on Saturday. His first went for 43 yards to tight end Cort Halsey and put the Knights in front 7-0. Ty Richardson’s TD run with 10:50 left in the second quarter made...
    OAKLAND – McClymonds’ players crushed its OAL competition by double-digits, hoisted the Oakland Section championship trophy, posed for pictures and added another accolade to a list that grows by the year. While the Warriors indeed smiled for the cameras and seemed content with their silverware, the team’s understated reaction was far from the bedlam one typically sees at the end of other championship games.  Winning the Silver Bowl almost appeared boring to the team that has done achieved that goal for 13 consecutive seasons. Castlemont put up a solid challenge for the first 20 minutes, but were buried under Jaivian Thomas’ 223 yards, Ferrari Miller’s 156, and McClymonds five rushing touchdowns in a 45-12 win.  Between Miller, Thomas, and Redmani Albert, McClymonds has speed that no team in the OAL can hold down for four quarters. That was on full display in a four-minute stretch where Miller exploded for 45 and 35-yard touchdowns, and Thomas bolted for an 81-yard score to end the first half.  “That speed comes from running hard every day and working on that sled every Monday...
    SAN JOSE — An example of a team toughened by adversity and rewarded for its perseverance played out Saturday at San Jose City College where Santa Teresa won the first Central Coast Section football championship in school history with a 23-15 victory over Branham in the Division IV final. Four weeks ago the Saints were reeling, on a three-game losing streak, under .500 on the season. “That three-game stretch where we lost two in overtime got us ready for today,” Santa Teresa coach Steve Papin said. Since then, Jayden Arevalo took over at quarterback and led the team on a four-game winning streak. On Saturday he passed for 158 yards and two touchdowns. And despite a slight stature at 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds, he ran for 101 yards, displaying a slippery running style that enabled him to break loose from would-be tacklers. Santa Teresa quarterback Jayden Arevalo (4) throws a pass while under pressure from Branham High’s Eli Derazizyan (10) in the third quarter of their Central Coast Section Division IV football championship football game in San Jose, Calif., on...
    BENICIA – Last season it was El Cerrito that staged a furious second-half comeback in the semifinals of the North Coast Section Division III playoffs, rallying from a 27-point deficit before losing to Windsor by a point. Windsor returned the favor Friday night, coming back from a 28-point third-quarter hole before losing to El Cerrito 34-27 in the NCS D-III final at Benicia High. Kamani Jackson’s second interception of the game, this one with 1:08 left to play, gave the undefeated Gauchos their first NCS title since 2013. Next up for El Cerrito (13-0) is the CIF NorCal Regionals. Pairings will be announced Sunday. Gauchos coach Jacob Rincon said he’s heard Grant-Sacramento is a possibility. The Pacers (10-2) beat Christian Brothers 20-12 Friday night for the Sac-Joaquin Section D-III title. “I just want a home game,” said Rincon, which doesn’t seem too much to ask given the Gauchos’ record. El Cerrito and Windsor appeared to be headed for a running clock (one team leads by at least 35 points) when Tony McAdoo scored on a 54-yard run five plays into...