Amador Valley's Yozzo makes history Amador Valley High wrestler Tommy Yozzo finished in seventh place in the 132-pound weight division at the California Interscholastic Federation championships on March 8 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, becoming the first wrestler to win a state medal in school history. Yozzo, the East Bay Athletic League champion, clinched a spot on the medal stand with a 5-1 win over Victor Olmos of Gilroy in the fifth consolation round, then won the seventh place match by fall over Joshy Cortez of Temecula Valley in 3:50. "I thought I could have won it," Yozzo said of the state title. "On our wrestling wall it has NCS placers and EBAL champs, and we have a section that says 'State Placers ... Who will be the first?' I didn't wrestle well at the beginning of the tournament because I felt a lot of pressure, but it feels good to make history."
-- Matt Schwab
Granada off to fast start in baseball Behind some stellar pitching and defense, the Granada baseball team entered this week with a 4-0 record. On March 8, the Matadors beat James Logan 5-0 as pitchers Robert Chioino and Brandon Jefferis combined to allow just two hits and Granada's defense went error-free. Senior Casey Soltis continued his red-hot start to the season as he went 2 for 3, which included a solo home run in the sixth inning, with two runs and two walks. Granada has outscored its first four opponents this season 18-4.
-- Curtis Pashelka
Foothill's Reichenbach off to nationals Foothill senior Rachel Reichenbach will compete in the National High School Indoor Track and Field Championships in the high jump in New York City on March 14. Reichenbach qualified for nationals when she cleared 5 feet, 6 inches at the California indoor meet on Feb. 17.
-- Curtis Pashelka
San Ramon Valley edges Palo Alto The San Ramon Valley baseball team is off to a 2-1 start this season. The Wolves improved to 2-0 with a 4-3 win over Palo Alto on March 7, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning, then lost 5-3 to Serra-San Mateo on March 8. Against Palo Alto, Ryan Weisenberg went 3 for 4 with two doubles, and finished with two RBIs and a run scored. Teammate Matt Winaker went 2 for 2 with a walk, a run and an RBI.
-- Curtis Pashelka
On Deck Queen of the Mountain, softball, March 14-16 -- Several of the best softball teams in the East Bay will compete in the Queen of the Mountain tournament at Pleasanton Sports Park. Defending champion Amador Valley plays Clovis West in its opening game. California, which made the championship game last year, is also in the tournament. Foothill at James Logan, baseball, March 19 -- The Falcons will look to continue their solid start to the season when the travel to Union City to face the Colts in a nonleague game.
Stars of the week Tommy Yozzo, Amador Valley wrestling -- Yozzo became the first wrestler from Amador Valley to win a medal at the CIF state championships, as the senior finished seventh in the 132-pound weight division. Casey Soltis, Granada baseball -- Soltis went 2 for 3, which included a solo home run in the sixth inning, with two runs and two walks to lead Granada to a 5-0 win over James Logan. Trevor John, Monte Vista boys basketball -- John, a senior, scored 20 points to lead the Mustangs to a 57-41 win over Freedom in the North Coast Section Division I championship game March 7 at Saint Mary's College. Ryan Weisenberg, San Ramon Valley baseball -- Weisenberg went 3 for 4 with two doubles, and finished with two RBIs and a run scored to lead the Wolves to a 4-3 win over Palo Alto. Lily Wissinger, Monte Vista girls basketball -- Wissinger led Monte Vista with 17 points in its 65-57 loss to Deer Valley in the NCS Division I semifinals.