I’m a few days late getting this posted, but former Salesan High basketball star Dominic Artis recently committed to UCLA. Artis, who is transferring to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., for his senior season, is a 6-foot point guard who averaged 14 points and four assists last season for the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV Northern regional champions. Artis was a member of the Pride’s 2009 state championship team.
“I’m really excited,” Artis told the Los Angeles Times. “It could be a great class. Of course I would want to start, but if I had to come off the bench and sacrifice for the team, it would be OK.”
De La Salle High’s Bart Houston and Michael Barton, Bishop O’Dowd’s Hardy Nickerson Jr. and Salesian’s Freddie Tagaloa have all committed to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, according to a press release. The game is Jan. 3, 2012 in Phoenix.
Barton and Nickerson Jr. are both senior linebackers committed to Cal. Houston is a senior quarterback headed to Wisconsin and Tagaloa is a senior offensive lineman who had not yet committed. His four finalists are Stanford, Cal, Oregon and USC.
Got a bit of baseball news for you today. Clayton Valley High coach Bob Ralston, who has led Clayton Valley in two separate stints and has engineered a tremendously successful program year in and year out, has been named the new head coach at Cal State East Bay.
Joshua Calbert, a graduate of Fremont High of Oakland, has signed a letter-of-intent for Division II powerhouse Central Missouri’s Track and Field team. Calbert, who picked Central Missouri over Louisiana Tech, New Mexico and Texas-El Paso, is the first track athlete to be recruited from the west coast to the Warrensburg, Missouri college.
Trinity Wilson completed her outstanding summer track and field season Friday in a way that was very familiar — by crossing the finish line first.
Wilson, a St. Mary’s High student, won the 100-meter hurdles at the Pan American Junior Championships in Miramar, Fla., with a time of 13.17 seconds (wind-legal). The second-place finisher, Danielle Williams of Jamaica, finished .15 behind Wilson after sticking with her in the front part of the race.
“At the end, I think I put it together, and it was exciting to win and get another championship title,” said Wilson in a phone interview. “I don’t think it was a standout race for me, but it was an exciting race to finish the season off.”
It has been quite a summer for Wilson.
On June 4, she won the California Interscholastic Federation state championship in the 100 hurdles to end her high school season. On June 24, she was victorious at the USA Junior Championships with a big personal best of 13.15 in the event. Then on July 7, Wilson won the event at the World Youth Championships in Lille, France, with a time of 13.11 over shorter 30-inch hurdles. Both times were wind-legal. She was also selected to appear in the Faces In The Crowd section in Sports Illustrated for the July 25 issue, which was news to her Friday.
“It’s been hectic but exciting. I love this track life, being able to do well and travel everywhere,” said Wilson about the past month. “It just makes me look forward to the future.”
Trinity Wilson of St. Mary’s High was selected as a Face In The Crowd for the July 25 issue of Sports Illustrated.
On July 7, Wilson won the girls 100-meter high hurdles final at the World Youth Track and Field Championships in Lille, France with the second-fastest youth performance of all time in the event according to www.iaaf.org. Her winning time of 13.11 seconds (wind-legal) was .04 better than the personal best she set in winning the USA Junior Championship title on June 24.
Wilson will compete tomorrow in the Pan American Junior Championships in Miramar, Florida. The semifinals of the 100 hurdles are slated to begin at 8:15 a.m. Pacific time, and the finals start at 3:05 p.m. Pacific time.
Filling in for Matt Smith today with a little volleyball news. De La Salle has named Steve Siegmann, who was a co-coach on the 2011 Division I champion team, as its new head coach.
Siegmann takes over the job after sharing duties with Mike Hurlbut last season. Hurlbut stepped down after the season to spend more time with his family. The Spartans went 42-2 in 2011.
Siegmann has been a coach in the East Bay since 1998, and was named Coach of the Year in 2005 while at Campolindo. He’s a Northgate grad and has coached the junior varsity and freshman programs there. He has also coached the varsity teams at Antioch, Clayton Valley and Acalanes.
Alhambra High’s Kylee Perez still has three more years of high school softball left, but she has already made her college choice.
The incoming sophomore shortstop gave an oral commitment to UCLA on Monday, picking the Bruins over a handful of other Pac-10 programs.
“It was the best fit for me,” said Perez. “The reason I chose UCLA was because of the academics and athletic tradition. Also the coaches were exactly what I was looking for. I’ve had UCLA in mind for awhile. I took a visit there and it was definitely a fit for me.”
Perez made a big impression in her first year of high school softball, hitting .628 for the North Coast Section Division III champion Bulldogs. A leadoff hitter, Perez was also named MVP of the Diablo Foothill Athletic League, hit nine home runs, drove in 29, scored 41 times and stole 35 bases.
UCLA won the NCAA championship in 2010 and has won 12 national titles since 1982.
More proof that the East Bay is quarterback central this year. Monte Vista signal-caller Jeff Lockie has orally committed to Oregon.
Some more news on the girls basketball front today. Northgate has hired Dan Middleton over from Alhambra and the school replaced him with Acalanes coach Mike Wilson. Here what will be in tomorrow’s paper: