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March 17, 2010 > Spring sports wrap up

Spring sports wrap up

By Nick Zambrano
Photos By Mike Heightchew

The Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) has had a lot going on in the recent week. From baseball to volleyball, all of the spring sports have gotten into full swing.

Baseball has always been the staple of spring sports, and this year is none different. Washington High manager Dave Aguilar already has the Huskies halfway to its win total from a year ago. Last season, Washington finished at the bottom of the MVAL pile going 7-18; this year, they currently stand at 3-1.

So far, junior Casey Jennings has been leading the charge for the Huskies. Jennings currently leads the team in batting average (.625) and on base percentage (.643) while bringing in a team-high six runs batted in.

Jennings and the Huskies will take to the diamond - weather permitting - at San Ramon to take on the San Ramon Valley Wolves on Wednesday, March 17, at 4 p.m.

On the volleyball scene, James Logan and Washington high schools share first place after the second week of the season comes to an end. Both teams hold 3-1 records. Logan got its record where it is by defeating the likes of San Ramon Valley, Concord and Valley Christian high schools. The Huskies of Washington got to 3-1 by downing San Ramon Valley, Galileo and Lowell high schools. With league play just around the corner, both the Colts and Huskies will be looking to keep up their momentum.

The Huskies will open up on the road against John F. Kennedy High School, while Logan will start with Mission San Jose High School.

Over in the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), tennis and golf have become quite the craze.

Moreau Catholic High didn't fair too well against Head-Royce High on the boys tennis circuit on Wednesday, March 10. They fell, 5-2.

The Mariners' two victories came by way of the singles game. Senior captain Derek Lee defeated Head-Royce product Daniel Deuel in two sets, 6-4, 6-1. The other Moreau victor was freshman Aditya Dharma. Dharma won his single's match in two swift sets, 6-1, 6-2.

The loss marks the second in a row as they also lost to Castro Valley, 1-6, earlier in the week. The lone victory was a doubles match where Dharma and Neil Enriquez beat Castro Valley's Gabriel San Diego and Josh Liu in two sets, 6-2, 7-5.

While the Mariners didn't do too hot on the tennis courts they did much better on the golf links.

On Wednesday, March 9, Moreau cruised past Arroyo High, 203-235 on a par-36 course at the Lake Chabot Golf Course. Kevin Thomas and Carlos Briones finished atop of the leader boards as they both finished with a score of 38. The win leaves Moreau at 4-0 overall and 2-0 in HAAL play.

In the Bay Counties League, baseball is where all the action has been. California School for the Deaf has been clicking on all cylinders since diamond play opened up this month. In two straight games against St. Elizabeth, the Eagles have notched a total of 28 runs, while only giving up two.

In their first meeting on Monday, March 8, the Eagles completely shut down the Mustangs, 14-0. The game was called in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule but that didn't stop freshman pitcher Carlos Lopez from having a game.

Lopez threw a no-hitter and stuck out 11 batters before the game was called. He also helped his own cause at the plate by going 3-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI.

The Eagles didn't stop there.

In the second showdown with St. Elizabeth, CSD racked up another 14 runs but this time it was the Zac Kohler show. Kohler killed the Mustangs at the plate and on the mound. The senior went 2-3 with three RBIs, three runs and two stolen bases. But his biggest feat came on the mound. Kohler dominated the Mustangs, going five innings, surrendering only two hits, three walks and 13 strikeouts. (He did give up two runs, but neither was earned.)

In the South Bay, the Milpitas High baseball team has rebounded from their 0-4 start by winning their last two. Lynbrook played the role of the defeated twice, on March 9 and 11.

Both wins over the Vikings came in dominating fashion as the Trojans averaged eight runs a game. In the first game, Milpitas put up nine runs to Lynbrook's two. It would get even worse for the Vikings in game two. Milpitas tagged them, 9-0. The Trojans will to try to keep the turnaround going when they play Santa Clara High School on Thursday, March 18, at 3:30 p.m.

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