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Heritage boys, girls both impress in NCS basketball wins

On the outer edges of the Metro region, in the easternmost parts of Contra Costa County, Heritage of Brentwood boasts two highly ranked Bay Valley Athletic League champions. Though both have threatened [Read entire story]

High school basketball playoffs: Mitty girls, Salesian boys at the fore

Let the fun and games begin — the basketball playoffs are finally here. Every year, Metro teams do well, all the way to the state championship game. Over the past five seasons, 43 (23 boys, 20 [Read entire story]

East Bay Athletic League champ, but Amador Valley a No. 10 seed

So much for a late-season flurry and an East Bay Athletic League championship. Amador Valley-Pleasanton finished the regular season with wins at No. 10 De La Salle-Concord (57-55) and No. 6 Dublin [Read entire story]

Gaskin scores 44 to set O’Dowd record in win over Berkeley

Naseem Gaskin sent down two emphatic dunks in the final 30 seconds to finish off a school-record night and emphatic ending to the regular season as second-ranked Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland won at No. 13 Berkeley 83-56 on [Read entire story]

Bellarmine clinches 2nd straight WCAL title with win over St. Francis

Jake Wojcik scored 23 of his game-high 29 points in the first half and Kendall Stubblefield added 18 points as third-ranked Bellarmine clinched its second straight outright championship of the West Catholic Athletic [Read entire story]

St. Joseph coach Don Lippi enjoying work, life at 70

St. Joseph Notre Dame-Alameda boys basketball coach Don Lippi turned 70 on Jan. 22. He’s in his 40th season of coaching, 39th in high schools. Lippi has won 849 games, lost 271 and, since 2004, he has [Read entire story]

De La Salle pulls out another close win, edging Amador Valley in 3 OTs

If you go to a De La Salle-Concord basketball game, expect a close one. The11th-ranked Spartans played their tightest one of the season Friday night, posting a wild 86-82 triple-overtime win over [Read entire story]

Ninth-ranked Las Lomas earns payback over No. 7 Clayton Valley

Las Lomas-Walnut Creek boys basketball coach Brian Dietschy said he couldn’t hear himself think and his players definitely couldn’t hear directions most of the night. His ninth-ranked Knights [Read entire story]

Campolindo 2-way player, John Torchio, picks Wisconsin over Cal, SJSU

John Torchio called himself a late-bloomer in the football-recruiting world Tuesday. “I didn’t get a lot of love until late,” he said. The Campolindo-Moraga [Read entire story]

Monte Vista football coach recalls a young Zach Ertz

The first time 20-year Monte Vista-Danville football assistant Chris Babcock met Zach Ertz was at a 2005 signing party for former Mustangs baseball player Jeff Lyman, drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Braves. [Read entire story]

Monte Vista football coach recalls a young Zach Ertz

The first time 20-year Monte Vista-Danville football assistant Chris Babcock met Zach Ertz was at a 2005 signing party for former Mustangs baseball player Jeff Lyman, drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Braves. [Read entire story]

Menlo School, University High meet in playoff rematch

For two ranked teams with a combined record of 39-2 and a combined 21-game win streak — neither has lost in 2018 — there is the matter of memory. Menlo School-Atherton ended the season of University [Read entire story]

Mitty snaps Bellarmine’s WCAL win streak at 24 games

Mitty boys basketball coach Tim Kennedy was having trouble believing his words. Stay the course. Believe in yourself. Good things will happen. A [Read entire story]

Gil Haskell headlines S.F. Prep Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Gil Haskell, a longtime NFL coach and offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks and 1997 Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, heads a group of eight who will be inducted into the 36th annual San Francisco Prep [Read entire story]

Salesian cruises by Fresno power in ‘Crush’ tournament

Bright lights. Big crowds. Challenging opponent. Salesian-Richmond’s boys basketball team thrives on all of it as it did Saturday during a wire-to-wire 86-74 victory over Central Section power San [Read entire story]

Robinson, Payne lead Las Lomas past Campolindo

The Las Lomas-Walnut Creek boys basketball team had lost two of its past three, including a 21-point loss to Clayton Valley-Concord. Campolindo-Moraga was coming off a 100-98 win over Clayton Valley. [Read entire story]

Top high school basketball players ready for ‘Crush’

Some of the nation’s best boys basketball players will converge for a 10-game, two-day showcase at American Canyon High School on Saturday and Sunday. Seven of the “Crush in the Valley” games [Read entire story]

SHC’s IImar’I Thomas impressing as Cincinnati freshman

Sacred Heart Cathedral girls basketball coach LyRyan Russell never had a doubt. His prized pupil for four seasons, IImar’I Thomas, The Chronicle’s 2016-17 Metro Player of the Year, would flourish at [Read entire story]

Chronicle Top 20 girls: Bay’s best keep rolling

Only slight altertations to this week’s girls rankings. The biggest push comes from previous No. 16 Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland, which jumped to No. 10 following a 66-52 home win over previous No. 8 Castro [Read entire story]

Chronicle Top 20 boys: Welcome back, Branson

Three teams enter The Chronicle’s Top 20 boys basketball rankings this week, including three-time state Division V champion Branson-Ross, led by coach Jonas Honick. Honick stepped away from the [Read entire story]