CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 17, 2022) — Despite the summer heat, sports enthusiasts are turning to thoughts of autumn – and the fall high school sports season.
Over at De La Salle High School in Concord, the football team is gearing up to regain its top NorCal spot. The Spartans are ranked No. 38, the fifth highest among California schools, in the pre-season Max Preps national poll.
Meanwhile, two other local schools will launch the fall season with new nicknames – the Concord High Crocodiles and the Ygnacio Valley Wolves.
And on the international sports scene, Clayton Olympian Kara Kohler won the Princess Royal Challenge cup in single sculls in England. She is also preparing for a team race in the World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic.
Fire updates: To help contain a smoldering peat fire, Con Fire and the Contra Costa Water District began flooding the area on Friday. The effort came at the end of a week that brought hazy skies to the East Bay from various Northern California fires. Still, Con Fire found time for a ceremony to mark its annexation of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District.
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Bev Britton graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota and moved to the Bay Area with her soon-to-be husband Jim in 1986. She was features editor at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek before becoming managing editor of the Contra Costa Sun in Lafayette in 1995. She retired from newsrooms in 2001, but an ad for the Clayton Pioneer drew her back in. The family moved to Lake Wildwood in the Gold Country a few years ago - but working at the Pioneer keeps her in touch with her old neighborhoods in Concord and Clayton.