The Berkeley High boys soccer team clinched the West Alameda County Conference's Foothill Division title and an automatic berth to the North Coast Section playoffs with a 2-1 win over Mt. Eden on Friday.

It's the 13th straight win for the Yellowjackets, whose league title comes with two weeks left in the regular season.

"I'm happy because it was our goal for the season," midfielder Yassine Hamdouni said. "We're on a streak, but we can't think it's over because we won league."

Berkeley (15-1-3, 11-0-1 WACC) continues to strengthen its case for the top seed in the NCS Division I playoffs, and perhaps the No. 1 spot in the Bay Area News Group's East Bay online rankings.

The Yellowjackets certainly looked worthy Friday, scoring a goal in each half and containing playoff hopeful Mt. Eden (9-5-6, 5-1-6 WACC).

Jonathan Gonzalez scored on a free kick in the 25th minute, and a nice finish in the 45th minute by Fernando Daza Garcia after a perfect find by Hamdouni gave Berkeley a 2-0 lead.

The Monarchs broke up Berkeley's shutout with a late penalty kick by Jefry Romero.

Boys basketball

College Park 61, Northgate 22: Balanced scoring and relentless defense keyed a dominant Diablo Valley Athletic League win for the visiting Falcons.

College Park (17-4, 7-0 DVAL) trailed just once all game when Joe Pelletier gave the Broncos a 3-0 lead on the team's second possession of the game. College Park then had a 9-0 run and never looked back.

Northgate (6-12, 3-4) never scored more than seven points in any period and mustered just three field goals in each half.

"We rest our hat on our defense," Falcons coach Craig Battle said. "Northgate had a tough night shooting, but we were definitely going at them."

College Park had 11 players in the scoring column, led by Kevin Crosno's 11 points. Mikey Eggleto was also in double figures with 10.

Pelletier led Northgate with six points and seven rebounds.

The Falcons have won eight straight and 11 of 12.

-- Chace Bryson, correspondent

  • Alameda used two ineligible players for the first seven games of this season and is forfeiting all four of its wins during that time.

    The Hornets had beaten Petaluma, Casa Grande, Washington-San Francisco and Fairfield, and they had a record of 5-14 before their game against Castro Valley on Friday.

    Alameda athletic director Brad Thomas, who confirmed the forfeits, said there was a paperwork error. One of the players is eligible now and the other will be eligible by the end of next week, he said. Thomas declined to name the players.

    -- Phil Jensen

    Football

    Freedom quarterback Dante Mayes orally committed to Nevada after he took a recruiting trip to Reno this past weekend, Falcons coach Kevin Hartwig said.

    The 6-foot-2 Mayes, a three-year starter, passed for 2,487 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior, guiding Freedom to the Bay Valley Athletic League title and the quarterfinals of the NCS Division I playoffs. He also rushed for 319 yards and three touchdowns.

    Nevada is headed by new coach Brian Polian, a former Stanford assistant under current 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. Polian, whose father is former NFL executive Bill Polian, announced his staff Friday.

    "It's a great fit," Hartwig said. "They have a new staff, and they're going to keep the pistol zone-read stuff, which is exactly what we do. It's a great transition."

    Mayes, who carries a 3.6 grade-point average, wants to study at Nevada's medical school and has talked about a career in medicine for the past two years, Hartwig said.

    The Falcons have thrived with their dynamic trio of Mayes, Darrell Daniels, a versatile Washington commit, and junior Joe Mixon, a four-star recruit by rivals.com who ran for 1,443 yards last season.

    -- Matt Schwab

  • San Ramon Valley quarterback Cameron Birse orally committed to Arkansas State, according to a report on AStateNation.com.

    In 2012, Birse completed 214 of 362 attempts (59.1 percent) for 2,983 yards and 29 touchdowns. Arkansas State quarterback coach Bush Hamdan reportedly gave Birse his first NCAA Division I offer on Tuesday.

    -- Matt Schwab