More All-State football honors

CalHiSports.com continues to release its many All-State football teams. This morning’s release was All-State Medium Schools, and it featured a total of four East Bay kids.

Landing on the first team defense were Encinal DB Tyrone Duckett (Washington State commit), and Clayton Valley LB Vince Buhagiar (undecided). The second-team defense featured two San Jose State-bound players from the DVAL — Concord DB Forrest Hightower, and College Park TE/DE Travis Raciti.

Here are the All-State lists released so far:
A-S Medium Schools
A-S Small Schools
A-S Underclassmen
A-S Sophomores


San Leandro’s Mason signs with Middle Tennessee State

Tyler Mason, the former Chabot College and San Leandro High football star, has confirmed he has just enrolled at Division-I Middle Tennessee State.
Mason, who has already signed a letter-of-intent, racked up 1,800 all-purpose yards for Chabot this past season with 12 touchdowns and averaged 27.3 yards per-kickoff return and one touchdown. He earned numerous post-season honors, including the Most Valuable Offensive Player in the Golden Gate Conference as well as first-team All-State and All-American as an all-purpose back.

“I came for a visit two weeks ago and I was really excited on what I can bring to the team,” Mason said, who decided on Middle Tennessee after recruiting trips to Hawaii and Arkansas State.
The Blue Raiders went 10-3 overall, 7-1 in the Sun Belt Conference and defeated Southern Miss 42-32 in the New Orleans bowl. Middle Tennessee State will be one of the favorites for the Sun-Belt conference title in the upcoming season.
Mason becomes the sixth junior college player to sign with the Blue Raiders. Middle Tennessee State is coached by Rich Stockstill, who has a 27-23 record in four years as the Blue Raiders head coach.
“They have a really good coaching staff and we made a connection right away,” Mason added.
Mason is expected to will play a handful of positions, including running back, slot receiver as well as punt and kickoff returns and is expected to have an opportunity to play right away.


Jabari Brown is eligible, will play Friday at Oakland Tech

Jabari Brown has the green light to take the court Friday when the Oakland High boys basketball team faces Oakland Tech.

The star junior transfer from Findlay Prep-Henderson, Nev., who played his first two years at Salesian, was declared eligible Monday by California Interscholastic Federation Executive Director Marie Ishida.

Brown was ruled eligible per the Oakland Section’s hardship ruling, according to an e-mail from Oakland Athletic League commissioner Michael Moore, Sr. The details of the hardship were not made public.

“I think for the young man it’s just a big weight off his shoulders,” Oakland coach Orlando Watkins said. “We have a lot of love for Jabari and we saw the damage this did to him. When I told him, he was super ecstatic.”

Brown’s eligibility was challenged after playing in two games for Oakland because he did not make a valid residency change and was playing for a second school this season. He’s sat out the past three games for the Wildcats, who are currently 11-9 overall and 3-0 and in first place in the OAL.

Brown will be limited to 26 regular season games. Since he played in 19 at Findlay Prep and two with the Wildcats, he will have to sit for two of Oakland’s remaining seven games. He will be eligible for any postseason contests and Watkins confirmed he’ll plan to have him in the lineup for Friday’s 6 p.m. game at Tech.

“He’s been waiting long enough,” Watkins said.


Logan’s Toni Pole commits to Washington State

Another East Bay football player is headed to Washington State.

James Logan’s Toni Pole, a first-team All-East Bay tight end and second-team All-East Bay defensive lineman, orally committed to WSU today.

“Wazzu is a good place and a place where I can focus,” Pole said. “I’m looking at my future and WSU will give me everything I need to be successful.”

Pole said the plan for him is to play defensive end for the Cougars, but could end up at defensive tackle depending on how big he gets. He chose WSU over Utah and Arizona State. Utah wanted him as a defensive lineman, but ASU recruited him as an athlete who could play either tight end or defensive line.

“Tight end is always an option, but (WSU) recruited me as a defensive lineman because that’s what they needed,” Pole said. “They told me I could possibly play as a true freshman, but it all depends on if I’m ready.”

Pole becomes the seventh East Bay commit to Washington State, joining Deer Valley’s Kristoff Williams, Berkeley’s Rickey Galvin, Encinal’s Tyrone Duckett, Oakland’s Damante Horton and Pittsburg’s Robert Jiles and Tracy Clark.

“Coach (Chris) Ball said they recruited the East Bay really hard because there are a lot of good players here,” Pole said. “I played with a bunch of those guys in the All Star game in Sacramento and they’re all good guys. (Kristoff Williams and Tracy Clark) were telling me I should join them at WSU.”


East Bay Girls Basketball Poll – 1/25

Team Record Points Last week
1. Bishop O’Dowd (9) 15-3 149 1
2. Berkeley (1) 16-3 141 2
3. Carondelet 13-5 130 3
4. Miramonte 14-3 120 4
5. St. Mary’s 16-3 110 5
6. Dougherty Valley 15-2 97 6
7. Northgate 16-2 90 7
8. Dublin 15-4 81 8
9. Piedmont 16-4 69 11
10. Campolindo 13-6 58 9
11. Monte Vista 14-4 52 10
12. St. Joseph Notre Dame 16-2 36 13
13. Deer Valley 13-6 33 12
14. Newark Memorial 12-8 13 NR
15. Heritage 14-4 7 NR

Others receiving votes: Castlemont (11-8, 5 points), Skyline (15-5, 5), Salesian (15-3, 2), Alameda (11-7, 1), Liberty (12-6, 1).