Mack’s Brooks is preferred walk-on at Washington

McClymonds High linebacker Travon Brooks has accepted an offer to be a preferred walk-on at the University of Washington, Warriors coach Curtis McCauley said.
Brooks, a 6-foot-2, 230-pounder, was a first-team Oakland Athletic League All-City pick for Mack this year after transfering from Deer Valley. He was a big part of a defense that led the East Bay by allowing just 158.8 yards per game.
Brooks was also a recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the East Bay Football Officials Assocation. McCauley said Brooks is a 4.0 GPA student.


Recruiting trail heating up for DVC’s Breslin

Just got a cool note about Diablo Valley College football player Morgan Breslin, whose recruiting interest is heating up as we get further into the offseason.

Breslin, who went to Las Lomas High, now has offers from Boise State, Arizona, Nevada and Arkansas State. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman has gotten feelers from a ton of other schools after leading all California junior college players in sacks and tackles for loss last season.

I actually got a chance to see Breslin play last season, and he looked like the same athletic, dominant player I remembered from his days at Lomas. Tough to find a big man in the trenches that can move like him. I’ll keep you posted as I hear more on his recruitment.


Bess donates to OAL, Laney

Our resident OAL expert Mr. Durkin is off this week, so I’ll pinch-hit for him with this bit of news. As Jimmy posted last week, Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins receiver and Skyline High grad, got some of his NFL buddies together to play a basketball game against the Oakland Police Department in the hopes of raising some money for the OAL.

Yesterday, Bess’s charity organization, the Bess Route Foundation, gave a $1,500 equipment grant to Skyline High as a result of the successful event over the weekend. It also gave $1,000 to the Laney College football program.

And, in case anyone was wondering and didn’t get a chance to go, the NFL team edged the OPD squad in the final seconds to get the win. Congrats to everyone who went out.


SJND players commit

Boys basketball player Jacari Whitfield and girls basketball player Carmen Lockhart have both committed to universities, St. Joseph Notre Dame announced this afternoon.

Whitfield, a third-team all-Bay Area News Group East Bay guard this season, will sign on April 13 with Cal State East Bay, according to the press release. Lockhart, a 6-foot-4 post player, has orally committed to Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Whitfield sank five 3-pointers for a game-high 15 points in the Pilots’ 47-44 victory over St. Bernard-Playa del Rey in the California Interscholastic Federation Division V state championship game. He averaged 13 points and six assists this past season.

Lockhart averaged 10.7 points per game during the Pilots’ postseason run to the first CIF Division V Northern regional girls championship game in the team’s history. She scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Pilots’ 52-29 victory over Rincon Valley Christian in the North Coast Section Division V championship game.


East Bay baseball poll – 4/11

Here’s this week’s top 15. No change at the top, but a little shifting below. Enjoy!

Team Record Points Last week
1. Alameda (5) 9-1 75 1
2. Clayton Valley 9-1-2 70 4
3. Monte Vista 8-1 65 5
4. James Logan 10-1 56 8
t5. De La Salle 9-2 51 t10
t5. San Ramon Valley 7-2 51 6
7. Amador Valley 5-3 48 2
8. Granada 8-3 40 12
9. Alhambra 10-2 36 3
10. Albany 11-2 27 t15
11. Campolindo 6-5-1 22 t10
12. Miramonte 8-2 20 9
13. California 7-4 15 13
t14. Deer Valley 4-3 11 7
t14. Heritage 5-4 11 14

Also receiving votes: Bishop O’Dowd (8-3-1, 1 point), Washington (5-5, 1). The East Bay Prep Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


Snow baseball in Martinez?

When my brain has thawed out, I’ll need to come up with a suitable nickname for tonight’s Alhambra Easter Classic championship game between Albany and Dougherty Valley. With the final pitch coming at just about 10:30 p.m., the Cougars walked away with a 9-8 win and a tournament title.

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Michaletos named to HOF

Former John F. Kennedy-Fremont football coach Pete Michaletos will be inducted into the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame in June.
“I’m very surprised and I feel very honored,” Michaletos said.
Michaletos retired as the Titans coach at the end of the 2010 season, ending the longest tenure by a high school football varsity head coach in California state history according to Cal-Hi Sports. Michaletos completed his 46th regular season at Kennedy in November.
The induction will take place on June 11 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento.