High School Roundup: Encinal Finds Its Next Football Coach

Football

Meet the new coach of Encinal

Derrick Lyons graduated from Encinal and teaches at Encinal. But he didn’t coach football at Encinal.

Until now.

He is the new head coach of Alameda High School, succeeding Keith Minor, who recently resigned to become Moro Catholic’s coach.

Lyons has spent the past three years as an assistant coach at Piedmont. His new program went 39-13 in five seasons under the Minor, winning three league championships. Last fall, the Jets were 9-2 overall and 6-0 in their league.

On Monday, Lyons said the first step is to assess the staff on the list.

“A real talent assessment, looking at what’s out there to see how we can put together a game plan for the future of these young athletes,” Lyons said. “I just want to give them the opportunity to develop their skills both in the classroom and on the football field.”

Given that he teaches business and marketing at the school, graduating in 1998, the 42-year-old Lyons will not be a stranger when he enters the field of practice.

“These are my students,” he said. “There are a lot of these guys in my class, and I always talk to them about sports. Even though I was a coach in Piedmont, that doesn’t mean I didn’t always talk about the sport – how they can get better, what they do, how they prepare for college.

“My main goal is to become a graduate. My goal is to help Encinal, even when I wasn’t training there, in any way possible, just to be able to say, “You know what, you have support.”

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The Lions played offense for four years with the Encinal. He coached for about 20 years at various levels—at Laney College, Missouri Valley, at high schools in the Bay Area—but working at Encinal was new to him.

“This is my first job as a head coach.

Baseball

Monte Vista 3, No. 7 California 1

California’s hopes of winning the East Bay Athletic League regular season championship were hit hard on Monday when the Grizzlies, leading by one, gave up three tries in the away half of the seventh to lose to Monte Vista.

Raul Fabian hit a home run for California, which fell to 16-4 overall and 6-3 in the league, two games behind No. 1-placed De La Salle by four games.

Monte Vista 8-12, 3-6.

Mission San Jose 10, Hayward 3

Mission San Jose scored seven runs in the seventh inning to break the 3–3 lead and beat host Hayward in a non-league game.

Harsh Patel went 3 of 4 with three RBIs and Caowinh Nguyen was knocked out and eliminated by MSJ twice to tie his record at 8-8.

Hayward fell to 7-10-1.

Softball

No. 3 Archbishop Mitti 12, Christian Valley 1

Mitty, playing at home in San Jose, took charge with four runs in the first and five in the second en route to crushing Valley Christian in the Western Catholic Sports League in a game called after five innings due to the 10 run rule.

Taryn Kern and Jamie Hicks each scored three points, Sarah Pina got three hits and two RBIs, and Corrie Hicks got two hits and knocked out in two runs to get ahead of Mitty (18-2, 2-1).

Jessica Wertman submitted all five innings to the Monarchs, allowing two hits and an unearned run.

The valley fell to 12-8, 2-2.

Dixon 8, No. 10 Benicia 5 (9 innings)

Benicia, playing away, equalized with three runs in the seventh, but lost the non-league game when Felesha Lepenske hit a three-run homer in the ninth.