Wilson wins at World Youth Trials

Trinity Wilson of St. Mary’s High and the East Oakland Youth Development Center is headed to the World Youth Championships after winning the girls 100-meter high hurdles final at World Youth Trials at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Wilson, who won the California Interscholastic Federation state championship title in the event earlier this month, produced a time of 13.42 seconds on Wednesday to win by .10. The World Youth Championships are from July 6-10 at Lille, France.
“It felt pretty strong and relaxed,” said Wilson, who faced a challenge early in Wednesday’s race. “I went right into the first hurdle, but after that I recovered and was able to finish my race.
“I just told myself to get it back together.”
It’s been quite a week for Wilson. At the USA Junior Championships in Eugene Ore. on June 24, Wilson won the girls 100 high hurdles in a wind-legal 13.15 seconds, a personal record by a whopping .23 seconds and .31 ahead of second-place finisher Bridgette Owens of Clemson.
Sasha Wallace of Holy Names High, and Wilson’s teammate on the East Oakland Youth Development Center squad, placed third in the girls triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 8 3/4 inches. She achieved that mark on her fourth of six attempts.
In the boys high jump, Noel Frazier of California High and the Beast Athletic Performance club was fourth (6-4 3/4).


O’Dowd’s Ashley transferring to Findlay Prep (UPDATED)

Former Bishop O’Dowd basketball star Brandon Ashley is transferring to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. Ashley mom’s, Lashiem Clark, and Findlay Prep coach Michael Peck confirmed the transfer.

I’ll post more later. If Findlay Prep sounds familiar, it’s the school Jabari Brown transferred to in the summer of 2009, only to later transfer out and enroll at Oakland High.

Here’s what I wrote for tomorrow’s paper.

Basketball star Brandon Ashley, a 6-foot-8 power forward, is transferring from Bishop O’Dowd High to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., for his senior season. His mother, Lashiem Clark, and Findlay Prep coach Michael Peck confirmed the move Thursday.
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End of the year awards night videos

Wanted to give everyone one last look at the 2010-11 season, so here are a couple videos that Jimmy, video guru Karl Mondon and I produced for our end of the season awards night. Check em out. They’re pretty fun.

Opening video – Jimmy and Ben get ready for awards night with a little help from a local coach

Second video – Battle of the sexes: Roderick Bobbitt vs. Brittany Boyd

Third video – Antioch pitcher Paris Imholz vs. Ben in a heated softball battle



Skyline star signs

Skyline High cross country and track star Cameron Trinh has signed with Eastern Michigan. He said that his final decision was between the Eagles and UC Riverside. He took official visits to UC Riverside, Eastern Michigan and the University of San Francisco in the spring, enjoyed the trails at Eastern Michigan and the wide set of options there that deal with his major, which is pharmaceutical medicine.
Trinh, a 2010 all-East Bay selection in cross country in his senior season, won the Oakland Section boys title by more than a minute and finished third among East Bay runners at the California Interscholastic Federation Division III state championship race. In track, Trinh swept the distance races at the Oakland Section championships with victories in the 1,600 meters (a meet-record 4 minutes, 22.18 seconds), 800 and 3,200. He had the third-fastest East Bay time this season in the 3,200 (9:18.13).


Pacos signs with NAIA school

De La Salle High basketball player Travis Pacos, who helped lead the Spartans to the CIF Division I state title game this season, has signed on to play at Northwest Christian in Eugene, Ore.

You can read the press release on his signing here.

Pacos averaged 15 points a game for the Spartans, and was a second-team All-East Bay selection. He also played football in his time at DLS, but focused on basketball as a senior.

Northwest Christian is an NAIA school.


Final East Bay softball poll

Team Record Points Last week
1. Amador Valley (7) 22-5 105 3
2. James Logan 23-4 98 1
3. Heritage 15-8 85 9
4. Pinole Valley 24-2 84 2
5. Newark Memorial 22-4 81 4
6. Carondelet 18-9 65 NR
7. Alhambra 21-6 58 t11
8. Concord 20-5 57 5
9. Freedom 17-8 49 t6
10. California 18-7 45 t6
11. Antioch 16-6 43 8
12. Castro Valley 18-8 25 14
13. Alameda 20-6 18 15
14. Berkeley 16-8 11 13
15. Albany 20-4-1 10 t11

Also receiving votes: Valley Christian (18-4, 4 votes), Monte Vista (13-12, 2). The East Bay Prep Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Records are through Saturday.