What’s up with the Atkinsons

Granada High senior twins, track stars and Division I football recruits George and Josh Atkinson have had quite a summer.

With the Atkinsons, it’s been a recruiting crush, times two. The big schools are courting them.

“It’s a dream come true, definitely” George Atkinson III said Monday from outside the Matadors weight room. “It was overwhelming. It all just started rolling in, like a snowball effect with all these different colleges and stuff. I know I’m blessed.”

George said he’s scheduled official visits to two schools so far — Oregon, where he’s already been for a Junior Day, and Notre Dame. He’s also been to Alabama, Miami, USC, and Cal, but said he hasn’t firmed up his other three official trips, saying the twins’ main focus is on Granada’s upcoming season.

Will the twins, both running backs and defensive backs with electric speed, be a package deal?

“It’s a big possibility,” George said. “Our dad (former Oakland Raiders defensive back George Atkinson) wants us to. It would a big help just competing (together) again and telling each other what we have to work on, and stuff like that.”

There has been speculation that George Atkinson III, at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, would be better suited to play outside linebacker or strong safety in college, but he’s being looked at more as a wide receiver and running back, he said.

George said he’s leaning on help from family and his faith in God to help him make the right decision.

Stay tuned …


Wilson advances

Trinity Wilson, a St. Mary’s High student, won her heat in the girls 100-meter hurdles trials at the Youth Olympic Games Tuesday in Singapore.

Her wind-legal time of 13.88 seconds was the sixth-fastest time in the heats. Ekaterina Bleskina of Russia had the fastest trials time (a wind-legal 13.32). The finals will be held Saturday morning in Singapore.

In June, Wilson finished second as a sophomore in the girls 100 hurdles at the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships with a wind-aided time of 13.35. It was the No. 2 mark in the nation this high school outdoor season for all conditions.


Selby resigns at DLS

De La Salle High announced that Kevin Selby has resigned as head track and field coach and will be succeeded by assistant coach John Harvey.
“As my sons have gotten older (they are ages 5 and 7), the demands of a dad have increased. It was a reluctant decision and a difficult decision, and I totally support John Harvey. He’s a proven coach,” said Selby, a 1991 De La Salle graduate. “He has kind of been a co-head coach.”
Selby will continue to be a physical education and health teacher at the school. “I could see myself coming back to coaching at some point,” said Selby, who was the 2009 Bay Area News Group East Bay Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year.
He coached three years in his second stint as the Spartans’ track and field head coach. De La Salle won North Coast Section Meet of Champion team titles all three years and were tied for sixth at the 2009 California Interscholastic Federation state championships . He was also the school’s head coach from 2000 to 2002.
Harvey has coached De La Salle’s sprinters and also the long jumpers and triple jumpers the past four seasons, including 2009 California Interscholastic Federation state long jump champion Chase Wheeler. Previously he was the head coach at Merrill West-Tracy from 1999-2005, which included a CIF state girls team title in 2005 and five individual state titles, and Wilcox-Santa Clara from 1992-98.
“I think the goal is always to continue to build the program … the goal is to continue to develop the kids,” said Harvey, an off-campus coach. “I’m honored to be there as a coach.”


30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 13): A new era at O’Dowd

Sunday’s question didn’t make it onto the blog due to “technical difficulties.” Here it is, to be followed shortly by today’s question No. 14.

Very few, if any, of our readers on Prep Corner can remember Bishop O’Dowd High football without Paul Perenon on the sideline. But that will change on Sept. 11 when the Dragons open up at home against Alameda.

What will Bishop O’Dowd be like in the Hardy Nickerson/post-Paul Perenon era?

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