SJND girls advance to NorCal finals The St. Joseph Notre Dame girls volleyball team won a pair of hard-fought matches last week to advance to the California Interscholastic Federation Division V Northern Regional playoff final on Dec. 3 against Branson. Results of the match were not available at press time. In the opening round, the Pilots defeated Los Molinos 25-22, 20-25, 25-12, 25-12. Rebecca Langowski slammed 23 kills and teammate Emma Doud added 16 kills. In the semifinals on Nov. 30, St. Joseph Notre Dame outlasted Vacaville Christian 24-26, 25-21, 24-26, 25-14, 15-12. Langowski had 27 kills and 22 digs, while Doud also had a double-double with 14 kills and 18 digs. Alexa Martinez added 28 digs for the Pilots.
O'Dowd girls fall in NorCal semifinals After a straight-set victory in the opening round of the California Interscholastic Federation Division III Northern Regional playoffs, the Bishop O'Dowd High girls volleyball team fell in four sets to No. 1 seed Valley Christian-San Jose. Valley Christian won 21-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-18. O'Dowd, the No. 4 seed, beat No. 5 Vista del Lago-Folsom 25-19, 25-11, 25-12 on Nov. 26. Bryanna Davis slammed a game-high 10 kills, and teammate Brianna Karsseboom added seven kills and five digs in that victory. Sophomore setter Katie Orbeta dished out 35 assists and had six digs for the Dragons.
On deck El Cerrito vs. Marin Catholic at Burrell Field-San Leandro, football, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. -- This NCS Division III championship matchup is a rematch of last year's Division III championship game, in which Marin Catholic outlasted El Cerrito 31-28 in awful weather. This season, El Cerrito (11-2) is the No. 3 seed and Marin Catholic (12-0) is the No. 1 seed. CIF Division V state championship, girls volleyball, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. -- The winner of the St. Joseph Notre Dame-Branson match on Dec. 3 will face the Southern California champion at Santiago Canyon College in Orange. St. Mary's vs. Fortuna at Humboldt State, football, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. -- The Panthers aim for their third straight win over a higher seed in their first NCS championship game since 1999.
Stars of the week Gabe Arias-Sheridan, St. Joseph Notre Dame boys cross country -- Arias-Sheridan placed fourth in the CIF Division V boys state championship race on Nov. 30 at Woodward Park in Fresno with a time of 15 minutes, 42 seconds for the 3.1 mile course, leading the Pilots to their second straight team state championship. Cameron Tu, Alameda boys cross country -- The senior was the No. 2 North Coast Section finisher in the CIF Division II boys state championship race on Nov. 30 with a 10th-place finish in 15:29 seconds for the 3.1 mile Woodward Park-Fresno course. Liam Godfrey, St. Mary's football -- Godfrey caught six passes for 164 yards, including touchdowns of 10 and 97 yards, and also scored on a 36-yard end-around run as the Panthers upset No. 1 seed San Marin 35-29 in the NCS Division IV semifinals on Nov. 30. Jalen Harvey, El Cerrito football -- The Arizona State-bound Harvey caught touchdown passes of 50 and 18 yards and also scored on a 73-yard punt return as the Gauchos beat previously undefeated Campolindo 49-34 in an NCS Division III semifinal game on Nov. 29. Harvey finished with three catches for 86 yards. Sophia Mills, Piedmont girls cross country -- The junior led the Highlanders to a fourth-place team finish in the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV girls state championship race on Nov. 30, as she finished 24th in 19:12. Ivan Rabb, Bishop O'Dowd boys basketball -- The Dragons star scored a game-high 28 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked four shots in O'Dowd's 90-76 win over Bullard-Fresno on Nov. 30 in the NorCal Tip Off Classic.