Freedom reaches Division I semifinals

  • The Freedom High boys soccer team (14-9-2) won its first two games of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs. The Falcons defeated Berkeley 3-0 in their first round game and upset Pittsburg, the Bay Valley Athletic League champions, 2-0 in their second round game on Feb. 16. This is the first time the Freedom boys soccer team has reached the NCS playoffs.

    -- Nick Roth

    Heritage girls perfect in league play

  • The Heritage High girls basketball team (22-4) went a perfect 10-0 in BVAL play this season, racking up wins by double-digits in seven of its 10 league games. The Patriots will head into the NCS Division I playoffs with the momentum of a 14-game win streak. Heritage, the No. 1 seed in Division I, received a first-round bye and will play either Pittsburg or San Ramon Valley on Feb. 22.

    -- Nick Roth

    On deck

  • Heritage/San Ramon Valley at Deer Valley, boys basketball, Feb. 22, TBA -- Deer Valley earned an NCS Division I first round bye after clinching the BVAL title, and will host the winner of Heritage and San Ramon Valley. During the regular season, Heritage (20-6) was the only team to defeat Deer Valley in BVAL play, although star center Marcus Lee did not play in the game.

  • Monte Vista at Freedom, boys basketball, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. -- Freedom (18-8) and Monte Vista (20-6) both earned a first round bye in the NCS Division I playoffs. They will square off on Feb. 22 in what should be an evenly contested match.

  • Pittsburg/San Ramon Valley at Heritage, girls basketball, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. -- Heritage (22-4) earned the number one seed and a first-round bye in the NCS Division I playoffs. The Patriots will host the winner of the first round game between Pittsburg (17-9) and San Ramon Valley (15-11).

    Stars of the week

  • Jorge Cendejas, Freedom boys soccer -- Cendejas found the back of the net twice in a 2-0 NCS Division I quarterfinals upset over Pittsburg on Feb. 16. With the two goals, Cendejas increased his season total to 27.

  • Chris Contreras, Freedom boys soccer -- Contreras racked up 10 saves in a 3-0 shutout over Berkeley, and 11 saves in a 2-0 shutout over Pittsburg. Contreras entered the week with eight shutouts on the season.

  • Nzuzi Webster, Deer Valley boys basketball -- Webster scored 25 points in Deer Valley's 85-78 win over Freedom on Feb. 14. The win secured the BVAL title and an automatic berth to the NCS playoffs.