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    East Bay Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Ivan Rabb, Bishop O'Dowd

    Bishop O'Dowd High junior Ivan Rabb, already considered one of the best boys basketball players in the nation when he started the 2013-2014 high school season, took additional strides as he led Dragons to CIF Open Division title game 
    East Bay Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Mariya Moore, Salesian
    Impact Mariya Moore had on Salesian High girls basketball program went well beyond scoring, rebounding, assists and steals -- as Louisville-bound guard made everyone around her elevate their game 

    East Bay Boys Basketball first-team capsules; second, third team lists
    First teamIVAN RABB, Bishop O'Dowd, Jr., F -- Rabb, the WACC-Foothill Division MVP, averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds as the Dragons won the NCS Division III title and advanced to the Open Division championship game. 

    East Bay Girls Basketball first-team capsules; second, third team lists
    First teamMARIYA MOORE, Salesian, Sr., G/F -- Moore led Salesian to the Open Division state title game, averaging 17. 

    East Bay Boys Basketball Coach of the Year: Nick Jones, Monte Vista
    DANVILLE -- Monte Vista High boys basketball coach Nick Jones was quick to credit his players, particularly his seniors, when told he was named Bay Area News Group's East Bay Coach of the Year for this season. 

    East Bay Girls Basketball Coach of the Year: Steve Pezzola, Salesian
    RICHMOND -- Salesian High girls basketball coach Steve Pezzola doesn't believe in staying stagnant."I think that, like players, coaches need to get better every year. 

    East Bay Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Jonathan Ayala, Ygnacio Valley
    Ayala scored a school-record 87 goals in his high school career and for scoring 33 this season -- also a school record -- Ayala was chosen as the Bay Area News Group's East Bay boys soccer Player of the Year. 

    East Bay Girls Soccer Player of the Year: Mallory Hromatko, Monte Vista
    In an unforgettable season, Mallory Hromatko led Monte Vista (23-0-2) to East Bay Athletic League, North Coast Section Division I and Tri-Valley Classic Invitation Division titles 

    All-East Bay Boys Soccer first team capsules; second, third team lists
    FIRST TEAMJONATHAN AYALA, Ygnacio Valley, forward, Sr. -- Ayala had a school-record 33 goals this season and was selected as the DVAL's MVP. 

    All-East Bay Girls Soccer first-team capsules; second, third team lists
    Coach of the yearBRETT LEQUESNE, Monte Vista -- LeQuesne enjoyed a season for the ages in his seventh year as Monte Vista's girls soccer coach. 

    East Bay Girls Soccer Coach of the Year: Brett LeQuesne, Monte Vista
    Brett LeQuesne led Monte Vista girls soccer team to EBAL and NCS titles, and No. 1 national ranking by StudentSports.com  

    East Bay Boys Soccer Coach of the Year: Derricke Brown, De La Salle
    De La Salle's Derrick Brown helped Spartans regroup after 3-4-3 start to win 15 of their final 17 games, charge through the playoffs to another NCS title 

    All-East Bay Wrestling: First-team selections
    COACH OF THE YEAREli Bagaosian, James Logan -- Bagaosian led the Colts to the North Coast Section Dual championship, a second-place finish in the NCS team tournament by the slimmest of margins and their best showing at the California Interscholastic Federation tournament in nearly 20 years. 

    East Bay Wrestler of the Year: Jacob Donato, James Logan
    James Logan's Jacob Donato finished off his high school career in style, winning multiple tournaments, including the North Coast Section championship, and taking fourth at the CIF state meet 

     
     
     
    (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
    Free tours of water-wise California-native gardens

    As more Californians than ever explore drought-tolerant landscape alternatives, two upcoming garden tours shine a spotlight on low-water native plants. On April 26 and 27, some 60 gardens on the Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley will be open to visitors. And on May 4, some 40 East Bay gardens, from Fremont to Martinez, will be open too. 
    (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP Images)
    Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

    Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.