Iowa HS football coach shot

Sad story out of Iowa today. Ed Thomas, a high school football coach in Iowa, was shot to death today inside the school’s weight room by a former player. According to the story on ESPN.com, 24-year old Mark Becker was identified as the gunman. No kids were hurt, according to district superintendent Jon Thompson.

You can read the story on ESPN.com here.


Mannion talks Oregon State

I was able to catch up with Foothill quarterback Sean Mannion today to talk about his commitment to Oregon State — he was excited.

Him and his dad John, who is the co-head coach at Foothill and the school’s athletic director, visited the Corvallis campus in the spring and went back up again two weeks ago for an invitational camp. They got to spend a lot of time with head coach Mike Riley (former coach of the San Diego Chargers) and everyone got along really well.

After getting the offer from Riley, Mannion slept on it and then called him back the next day to give his oral commitment.

He said he really liked the coaching staff, the offense and the feel he had on campus.

OSU recently completed a renovation of its stadium and its facilities are all relatively new as well.

Mannion was looking to play at the highest level, so when the Pac-10 offer came — from a school he was high on — he pulled the trigger.

Is it too early to look forward to the Foothill-Monte Vista game this year? Unless there is some history I’m not aware of, it will be the first time in East Bay Athletic League history that two Pac-10 committed QBs will play against each other.


SoCal All-Star game ends in brawl

Read an interesting story today from the Riverside Press-Enterprise’s Eric-Paul Johnson about an all-star football game that took place last saturday at Long Beach City College. Apparently, the two teams (one was an Inland team and the other comprised of players from Los Angeles and Orange Counties) caused the game to end prematurely with a number of fights. Local football fans around here will probably recognize a couple of the names who played, including Centennial-Corona’s Vontaze Burfict, Ricky Marvray and Taylor Martinez.


Oakland’s Damante Horton commits to Wash State

UPDATED: Here’s my story for tomorrow’s paper.

By Jimmy Durkin
Oakland High football player Damante Horton can enter his senior season with a free and clear mind.
The talented playmaker gave his oral commitment to Washington State on Monday and will join the Cougars in the fall of 2010.
“I think it helps set him up for a great senior year,” Oakland coach Desmond Gumbs said. “He knows he’s going up to play Division I football in the Pac-10.”
Horton had more than a dozen offers and decided on a school that, according to Gumbs, had Horton listed as their top choice to play defensive back.
“(Washington State) is very excited about him playing DB,” Gumbs said. “He was No. 1 on their board. He’s a great find for them.”
Horton had a breakout junior season for Oakland, which went 8-3 and earned a share of the Oakland Athletic League’s regular-season title with a 4-1 league mark. That came just a year removed from an 0-10 overall record.
“I’m glad we were able to turn (the program) around,” Horton said. “Since I’ve been getting scholarship offers, everybody else has been trying to get scholarships, too. It feels real good to be part of something like that.”
In 11 games, he caught a league-leading 39 passes for 570 yards and also had 60 carries for 578 yards. Defensively, he was a shutdown corner with game-breaking ability, returning two interceptions for touchdowns.



Carlson delivers at Santa Clara

Las Lomas swimmer Kasey Carlson, fresh from winning her second straight East Bay Female Athlete of the Year award, put together a fantastic swim this past weekend at the Santa Clara Invitational, finishing second in the 100 breaststroke to 2008 Olympic champion Leisel Jones of Australia. You can check the video out here.


Battle of the Best Showdown

I’ll try to post a few videos today. Here’s one from the girls one-on-one showdown with Carondelet’s Erica Payne winning the title against Montclair Prep’s Chantel Dooley.

Sounds like there’s not going to be a boys three-point contest, one-on-one showdown or the dunk contest. There’s been some shortage of players here today and we’re running behind with some stuff. As you can see, Payne won the one-on-one showdown. St. Ignatius’ Elise O’Connor won the 3-point contest. The Bay girls beat Sac 76-49 and the Bay boys beat Sac 109-103.

Here is some VERY amateur video of the North vs. South girls game, won 85-55 by the North.