Berkeley volleyball beats Piedmont The Berkeley High girls volleyball team won an important match over Piedmont on Sept. 26. The Yellowjackets improved to 4-0 in the West Alameda County Conference with a 25-13, 26-24, 25-18 victory over the Highlanders, who fell to 2-2 in conference play. Berkeley freshman Roxie Wilbin had eight kills in the second set and 14 overall for the Yellowjackets, who rallied from a 23-21 deficit in the second set.
-- Matt Smith
College Prep stays undefeated with win The College Prep girls volleyball team remained undefeated in the Bay Counties League-East with a 25-10, 25-8, 25-10 victory over Athenian on Sept. 27. Haley Bitzer slammed nine kills and had three blocks, and teammates Jane Buckley and Lucy Moradian added eight kills apiece for the Cougars.
SJND, Alameda's Tu impress at invite Led by Gabe Arias-Sheridan, the St. Joseph Notre Dame High boys cross country team swept the first four places in the Division V boys race at the Stanford Invitational on their way to a team title on Sept. 28. Arias-Sheridan won the race in 16 minutes, 12 seconds for the 3.1 mile course at Stanford Golf Course, followed by Michael Murphy (16:39), Matthew Murphy (16:40) and Cooper Teare (16:41). The Pilots' fifth scorer was Gavin Hill (17th, 17:41), as St. Joseph Notre Dame had an outstanding team score of 24. Alameda's Cameron Tu was second in the Division II boys race (15:58).
On deck Bishop O'Dowd at James Logan, football, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. -- After an overwhelming victory over Arroyo on Sept. 27, the Dragons (1-3) will have a stiff challenge from the Colts (4-1), who are ranked fourth in the Bay Area News Group East Bay football poll. Alameda at Encinal, football, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. -- The host Jets have won the past six straight Island Bowls, but it took a last-minute touchdown last year to beat the Hornets 22-15. Berean Christian at St. Mary's, football, Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m. -- The Panthers will be looking to avenge a 25-21 loss to the Eagles last year.
Stars of the week Keilan Benjamin, El Cerrito football -- Benjamin completed 11 of his 19 passes for 192 yards and four touchdowns (all in the first half) of a 49-7 victory over Valley Christian-Dublin on Sept. 28. Gabe Arias-Sheridan, St. Joseph Notre Dame boys cross country -- The senior won the Stanford Invitational Division V boys race by 27 seconds on Sept. 28 as he led his squad to the team title. Roxie Wiblin, Berkeley girls volleyball -- Wilbin slammed 14 kills, including eight in the second set, of a 25-13, 26-24, 25-18 win over Piedmont on Sept. 26. Haley Bitzer, College Prep girls volleyball -- Bitzer slammed nine kills and had two blocks in a 25-10, 25-8, 25-10 victory over Athenian on Sept. 27. Lorenzo Logwood, St. Mary's football -- Logwood rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers' 70-0 victory over De Anza on Sept. 28. Keelan Doss, Alameda football -- Doss caught eight passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns offensively, and defensively he returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown, forced and recovered a fumble and had four tackles in the Hornets' 55-24 win over Hillsdale-San Mateo on Sept. 27. Jordan Parker, Encinal football -- Parker produced both of the Jets' touchdowns in a 14-7 win over Vallejo on Sept. 27. The sophomore returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown in the first half and scored on a 66-yard run in the fourth quarter. Kaelli Thiel, Piedmont girls tennis -- In No. 1 singles matches last week, Thiel defeated Miramonte's Taylor James 5-7, 6-2, 10-5 and Berkeley's Cara Chinn 6-1, 6-0.