Deer Valley running away with BVAL Bay Valley Athletic League play in boys volleyball began April 2, but Deer Valley High is already looking like the heavy favorite. The Wolverines beat Foothill-Pleasanton in three games on March 28 to improve to 12-1 on the season. Deer Valley opened league play at Liberty on April 2 and hosted Antioch on April 4, as it began defense of its BVAL title. The Wolverines went 10-0 in league play last season.
-- Nick Roth
Heritage's Kurtz stays No. 1 in the state Heritage High's Frank Kurtz won the 400 meters in 47.32 seconds at the Stanford Invitational on March 30. Kurtz already owned the state's best time in the event this season, but bettered his own mark by .39 of a second as he beat San Leandro's Christian Carter (47.94) and Andrew Brown (48.31) of Tumwater (Wash.).
-- Curtis Pashelka
On Deck Freedom vs. Alhambra at Livermore Stampede, softball, April 5, 3:30 p.m. -- Two of top best pitchers in the area will face off when Maddie Williams of Freedom goes up against Erin Enke of Alhambra at the Livermore Stampede. Deer Valley vs. Clovis at Granite Bay Invitational, boys volleyball April 6, 1 p.m. -— In its third game of the Granite Bay Invitational, Deer Valley (12-1) will play a worthy opponent in Clovis (15-3).
Stars of the week Jordan Ewert, Deer Valley boys volleyball -- Ewert led Deer Valley to a three game sweep of Foothill on March 28. He led the team in kills, 13, and also had six digs and four aces. Frank Kurtz, Heritage track and field -- Kurtz won the 400 meters in 47.32 seconds at the Stanford Invitational on March 30, bettering his own state-leading mark by .39 of a second as he beat San Leandro's Christian Carter (47.94) and Andrew Brown (48.31) of Tumwater (Wash.). Austin Lonestar, De La Salle baseball -- Lonestar's huge day at the plate helped the Spartans top Foothill 14-3 in EBAL play on March 27. The senior went 4 for 4 with five RBI, three runs, two stolen bases and two extra-base hits. Jordan Morales, Antioch baseball -- Morales went 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead the Panthers past West-Tracy 9-2 in a March 30 nonleague game. Pete Nyznyk, Los Medanos baseball -- Nyznyk had 13 strikeouts and no walks in a complete-game performance as he led the Mustangs to a 4-1 win over Solano in Bay Valley Conference play.