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East Bay H.S. football roundup


High school football season is back in full swing, and there are plenty of teams around the East Bay to keep an eye on. For instance, it's hard to imagine Concord's De La Salle losing consecutive games, almost as hard as believing the team rattled off 151 consecutive wins for more than a decade. The luster may be washing away, but now that the streak is over, football fans might be able to truly appreciate what coach Bob Ladouceur has put together: a humble football powerhouse. Over in Danville, Monte Vista High has lost one of the top running backs and most efficient passers of the 2003 season. Now the Mustangs needed to regroup and find a pair of offensive leaders to replace Tom Haug and Bret Fischer, and coach Keith Bergman did just that in running back Andrew Brumley and quarterback Brandon Guerrans.

With De La Salle's improbable tailspin early in the season, Pittsburg High can arguably be considered the East Bay's top team. Loaded with speedsters like Deric Davis, Jason Crawley, and Derrick Blanche, the Pirates are ready to roll through the BVAL league season.

Upcoming games: on Friday, Monte Vista at Freedom (info: 925-552-5530) and Pittsburg at Vintage-Napa (info: 925-473-4100); and on Saturday, De La Salle vs. Archbishop Mitty (info: 925-686-3310). -- Jim Mannion


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Paddle on over to San Mateo

More kayakers and canoeists than you ever knew existed will take to the bay this weekend for the sixth annual Bay Area PaddleFest, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at San Mateo's Coyote Point County Park (near SFO at 1701 Coyote Point Dr.). The event, produced by the Northern California Paddlesports Council, attracts participants from all over the Western United States -- so East Bay paddlers shouldn't be shy about crossing that bridge. For $20 per day, visitors can take in all the exhibits and boat demos from a fleet of retailers, manufacturers, and nonprofit orgs; $40 buys you unlimited classes (Saltwater Kayak Fishing, Kayaking for Women, Bird Watching from Your Boat, etc.) on top of that. Kids thirteen and under get in for $10. Register online at -- Kelly Vance


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