Bay Area Got Game
Who's got game? Each month, ESPN RISE finds out. Here are the athletes we recognized in November:
DE LA SALLE -- FOOTBALL
Williams-Ward's quick thinking helped the Spartans defeat Junipero Serra on Sept. 13. De La Salle trailed in the fourth quarter, but scored a touchdown with 5:43 to play to draw within a single point, 28-27. Coach Bob Ladouceur sent in the kicking team to go for the tying extra point, but the snap was low. Williams-Ward, in as the holder, scooped up the ball and sprinted around the left side for the 2-point conversion and the 29-28 win.
S.J. VALLEY CHRISTIAN -- BOYS' BASKETBALL
Last year as a junior, Harris' main responsibility was providing leadership for a young Warriors squad. To that end, he put up decent numbers (14 points per game) and helped Valley Christian through an 11-17 regular season. Expect an entirely different story this winter, now that Harris is free to concentrate on doing what he does best: scoring. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound shooting guard can fill it up in a variety of ways, and with more help around him, Harris will be turned loose on unsuspecting defenses.
LIBERTY -- WRESTLING
Klingsheim has already established himself as one of the top wrestlers in Liberty history, and coming off a 51-5 season and an individual state title last year, he's looking to cement himself as the absolute best. By winning the state title at 112 pounds last season, Klingsheim became just the second Liberty grappler ever to win a championship. Now a senior, Klingsheim will try to win back-to-back titles and also become the 17th wrestler in state history to place at four state meets (eighth as a freshman, fifth as a sophomore).
CARONDELET -- GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY
The Cougars were expected to be one of the top teams in Northern California coming into the season, and they've performed up to those lofty expectations so far. Leading the way has been Hood, a junior who finished 14th at the state meet last year. She placed first at the Ed Sias Invitational on Sept. 13, running a time of 12:03.1 to edge second-place finisher Diana George of Livermore. Hood is an ESPN RISE All-Area first team selection and a two-time Contra Costa Times Runner of the Year.
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