College Park High is the only boys volleyball team in the last seven years, other than De La Salle and Foothill, to have won a North Coast Section Division I title. This year, the Falcons have a reasonable chance to hang another NCS banner, their first since 2008, on the gymnasium wall.
College Park has a 25-6 overall record and a 8-0 mark in the Diablo Valley Athletic League. The Falcons hold the distinction of being the only team this season to have beaten Deer Valley, the top team in this week's Bay Area News Group East Bay online rankings.
"At the beginning of the season, I knew if these boys put in the time to work hard and sharpen their mental game, this team could have a remarkable season," College Park coach Steven Drevno said.
"This team is unique. One quality that stands out is they all understand the importance of teamwork. Each player puts the team's needs above his own. We continue to grow as a team and the boys are starting see that. They know this can be a special season. They just have to earn it."
The Falcons came close last year, falling to an exceptional De La Salle squad in the semifinals, but they have learned from that experience. The Falcons, No. 3 in the online poll, went 3-3 at the tough King of Cali Tournament Friday and Saturday at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose to help prepare for the level of competition they'll face in the postseason.
"Last season was great experience for the boys," Drevno said. "The biggest thing we learned from last season was to play with confidence."
De La Salle movie
The De La Salle football team is headed to a theater near you.
Filming is set to begin Monday on, "When the Game Stands Tall," a movie based on Neil Hayes' 2003 book that chronicles De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur and the Spartans' national-record winning streak.
But don't stop by Owen Owens Field looking for Jim Caviezel, who will star in the film as Ladouceur. The movie will be filmed in Louisiana.
Caviezel was on the sidelines to study Ladouceur when De La Salle won the Open Division state championship at the Home Depot Center in Carson last December. It was Ladouceur's last game as head coach before announcing his retirement in early January.
Filming will last eight weeks, wrapping up on June 15. A release date is unknown.
Thomas Carter will direct the film, according to IMDB.com. Carter's past work includes "Coach Carter," which was based on the Richmond High boys basketball team and its coach.
Few other details of the movie have been released.
Hayes, who was a sportswriter with the Contra Costa Times when he wrote the book, will be involved with the making of the movie. He will be in Louisiana for the filming.
-- Stephanie Hammon
A memorial service for longtime Washington High football coach Jim Ingram will be held on April 21 at noon at the Washington High gym. It is open to the public.
After the service, a statue of Ingram will be formally dedicated inside Tak Fudenna Stadium.
Ingram coached the Huskies for 39 years between 1960 and 2002. His teams won 230 games and 12 Mission Valley Athletic League titles.
-- Phil Jensen