Stanford Invitational athletes to keep an eye on


There should be a number of outstanding performances by East Bay high school athletes on Friday and Saturday at Stanford. Some athletes could be competing in their first major outdoor meet of the season. It will be interesting to see how defending California Interscholastic Federation state champ Ashton Purvis (St. Elizabeth) does in the girls 100-meter dash. The same goes for Adrienne Johnson of Carondelet in the girls high jump and Maurice Valentine Jr. (Castro Valley) in the boys high jump. They both finished fourth at the state meet last year in those events. Moreau Catholic’s Alitta Boyd in the girls triple jump and long jump is also an athlete to watch, as is De La Salle’s Chase Wheeler in the boys long jump.

In the track events, the boys 100 is loaded with talent. Granada sophomore George Atkinson III has the seventh-ranked time in the state (10.86 seconds) according to the most recent CalHiSports.com State Boys Leaders list. Wheeler is ranked No. 8 in the state (10.87) and teammate Ken Egu is No. 10 (10.88).

In the boys one-mile run, watch for Arroyo’s Danny Thomas. He has the third-fastest 1,600 meter time in the state (4:18.39). Noah Blue of Skyline is also an athlete to watch in the boys 110 high hurdles, as he has one of the fastest times in the state in any conditions (14.75). In the boys 400 relay, De La Salle (fifth, 42.3) and Skyline (seventh, 42.42) are both state-ranked.

Besides Purvis in the girls 100, other East Bay girls track athletes to watch include California’s Colleen Lillig in the one-mile run, Castro Valley’s Kelsey Santisteban in the 3,000, and Skyline’s Cheron Amey in the 400 hurdles.


Chris Martin to Play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Bishop O’Dowd junior linebacker Chris Martin, who has verbally committed to Notre Dame already, will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9, 2010 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.  

The game will be televised on NBC. This year’s game drew a crowd of 32,000 to the Alamodome and got a 1.7 U.S. household rating on NBC. It was the highest rated sporting event of the weekend other than the NFL playoffs.

The 6-foot-4, 224-pound Martin, who is rated the 12th-best prospect in the class of 2010 by Rivals.com,  will be joined by some of the other top recruits around the nation. NFL players that have played in the game include Reggie Bush, Vince Young and Adrian Peterson.

To find out more about the game click here.


Softball update – 3/24

I was out at San Ramon Valley today to see visiting Livermore beat SRV 1-0. Great game. No errors on either side and Jessica Varady and Hannah Cooke pitched really well.

In other news, Liberty lost its first game of the year. Antioch beat the Lions 7-0. So, the BVAL is going to be the back and forth horse race we all thought it would. Both of those teams are awfully good.

And finally, maybe the biggest news of the night came from the Amador Valley-California game. Amador won 4-0 behind a no-hitter from Haley Douglas. Granada lost to Carondelet, so you at the close of business, Foothill and Livermore are on top of the EBAL standings.