Tagliaferri makes national lacrosse team

San Ramon Valley senior-to-be Michael Tagliaferri on Monday became the first Californian ever to make the U.S. men’s under-19 national lacrosse team.

Tagliaferri survived a rigorous four-day tryout at the University of Maryland among 123 candidates to make the 23-man squad as a middie. The U.S. team will participate next summer in the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 World Championships in Turku, Finland.

Tagliaferri, one of just five high school players on the national team that is selected ever four years, will return as a member on the San Ramon Valley football team next season. He will play safety/running back and slot receiver. He has orally committed to North Carolina for lacrosse


St. Mary’s guard suffers major ankle injury

Some rough news this morning from the AAU summer basketball circuit. Gabby Green, an incoming sophomore at St. Mary’s, broke her ankle at the Nike Summer Showcase in Chicago, according to ESPN Hoop Gurlz. Green, who ESPN rates as one of the top guards in the country in the 2014 class, is playing for Cal Storm Taurasi out of Southern California this summer. This was one of the first games of the tournament and Green’s first game with her new team.

Green helped St. Mary’s reach the CIF Division IV state final in March and was invited to try out for the under-16 Team USA in May, but just barely missed the cut. I’m not sure how severe the break is — if she’ll just be out for the summer or longer — but hopefully I’ll get a chance to talk with her in the next few days. Here’s a link to the Hoop Gurlz story on Green’s injury.

UPDATE: Gabby seems in good spirits despite the premature ending to her summer season. She said she’s definitely out for the summer and will be in a boot for eight weeks with a fracture, but expects to be back in time for the start of her sophomore season at Saint Mary’s.


Football coaches clinic at DLS

I know we get a lot of coaches who read the blog, so I saw a coaches clinic coming up and figured I’d get the word out.

De La Salle is hosting a football coaches clinic on Aug. 13, with sessions starting at 8 a.m. and lasting into the midday hours. Head coach Bob Ladouceur and the rest of the Spartans staff will lead offensive, defensive and special teams sessions.

For more information, click here.

Also, I saw in a comment that there’s a defense camp at Mt. Eden the next couple days. Probably a little late to register for that one, but I thought I’d throw that out there.


Wilson reaction to World track win

Trinity Wilson e-mailed me with her reaction to winning the 100-meter high hurdles final at the World Youth Championships in Lille, France on Thursday. She set a personal record of 13.11 seconds (wind-legal).

On the race:
“My race felt really good and I was totally prepared for whatever was going to happen in that race. And before I stepped out on the track I was mentally prepared and my body was ready for anything. When I got down into the blocks I was the last one in as usual, and I just took everything around me in and in many ways it felt as if I became one with the track. I’m not sure if it’s because God knew I wanted a gold medal soooo bad or if it was just my competitiveness that wasn’t going to be able to give up the race. All together my race was technically sound and one of the most put-together races I’ve had all year, and I’m really pleased because I ran with strength and integrity the whole way through.”

On what it was like to race over 30-inch hurdles instead of 33-inch hurdles:
“It was as if I was on Laney’s track practicing with my coach Curtis Taylor because I practice over 30-inch hurdles all of the time. So I knew as long as I get my lead leg down and rush hurdles 4 to 5 everything would be quite all right.”

On her racing schedule for the rest of the season:
“I have one more meet coming up and that’ll be juniors in Miramar, Florida. So I am very excited for that. And to hopefully drop my time down some more because I know I’m capable of doing just that.”

She added that she really wanted her family and coach Curtis Taylor to know “that I am so thankful for all of their support and for them motivating me through all of my successful seasons.”


Craddock new Logan coach

Former James Logan basketball and track standout Cheri Craddock has been hired as the Colts’ new girls basketball coach, athletic director Tom Rosenthal confirmed.
Previously, Craddock had been the head coach at American and led the Eagles to the North Coast Section Division II quarterfinals this year. After an impressive high school career at James Logan, Craddock lettered for four years in basketball at the University of Washington. She finished her collegiate career ranked 10th on the Huskies’ career list for 3-pointers made (95).
Frank Borghi, who led James Logan to a co-Mission Valley Athletic League title and the NCS Division I semifinals this year and coached the squad for three seasons, stepped down in April for personal reasons, Borghi said. His record over the three seasons was 58-30 and the Colts qualified for the NCS playoffs each of those years.


Wilson wins world track title

Trinity Wilson told her mother and her aunt before today’s girls 100-meter high hurdles final at the World Youth Championships that something amazing was about to happen.
She was right.
Wilson, a student at St. Mary’s High, won the event in Lille, France with the second-fastest youth performance of all time in the event, according to www.iaaf.org. Wilson’s winning time of 13.11 seconds (wind-legal) is .04 better than the personal best that she set in winning the USA Junior Championship title on June 24. The girls 100 hurdles races at the World Youth Championships include 30-inch hurdles, compared to the regular 33-inch hurdles.
Switzerland’s Noemi Zbaren, who entered the meet with the top qualifying time over the 30-inch hurdles (13.35), was second in 13.17. Wilson had the fastest time in the semifinals (13.37 wind-legal).


Wilson advances to World Track semifinals

Trinity Wilson, a St. Mary’s High student, won her heat in the first round of the girls 100-meter high hurdles on July 6 at the World Youth Championships in Lille, France. Wilson’s time of 13.59 seconds (wind-legal) was .14 ahead of the second-place finisher in her heat and was the No. 2 first-round time overall. Noemi Zbaren of Switzerland had the top first-round time (13.31 wind-legal).
The girls 100 hurdles races at this meet include 30-inch hurdles, compared to the regular 33-inch hurdles in which Wilson produced her personal best of 13.15 (wind-legal) on June 24. Over the 30-inch hurdles, Zbaren and Wilson entered the World Youth Championships with the No. 1 and No. 2 qualifying times respectively in the event (13.35, 13.42).
The semifinals and finals will be held on July 7.


State schools of the year named

Got some kudos to hand out on another sweltering summer afternoon. CalHiSports.com has named its state schools of the year, and we’ve got two on the list.

De La Salle was named state school of the year for boys schools only. It’s the sixth time the Spartans have won the boys award, and they’ve won the overall award (given to Long Beach Poly this year) three times.

Campolindo also makes the cut as the Division III school of the year. It’s the second time the Cougars have earned that distinction, and they were led this year by state champions in cross country (team and Carrie Verdon) and volleyball (team).

For details on why these schools earned distinction, check out the link above.


Salesian’s Artis headed to Findlay Prep

Findlay Prep will have another Bay Area boys basketball star on its roster this upcoming season.
Former Salesian High point guard Dominic Artis is transferring to the basketball academy in Henderson, Nev. He will join former Bishop O’Dowd standout Brandon Ashley, who made the decision to transfer on June 21 according to Ashley’s mother, Lashiem Clark.
Artis said that Ashley’s decision didn’t influence his decision, which was made “about a week ago.
“I just think it’s the best situation for me there, to prepare myself for the next level,” the 6-foot-1 Artis said. “I have nothing but respect for Salesian’s program.”
Artis mentioned how much he had been taught by Salesian coach Bill Mellis.
“I felt I was very successful behind his coaching,” Artis said. “I just felt I needed to prepare myself for a high-level college.”
“We definitely wish him the best and we will move on and still will have a good team, and I’m sure he will move on,” Mellis said. “If he feels this is the best thing for him, we support that.”
Artis was a first-team All-East Bay selection and the Bay Shore Athletic League Most Valuable Player last season as a junior at Salesian. He averaged 14 points per game and led the team in assists (4.1 per game), steals (2.4 per game) and 3-pointers (63). Artis is ranked as a three-star recruit by espn.com, and he said that UCLA, Cal, Baylor, Washington State, Louisville, Texas and UNLV have been recruiting him.
Findlay Prep coach Michael Peck said he is excited to get someone as talented as Artis, but that Artis is also a good person.
“We are just thrilled to be able to work with him in his senior year and help him with his development,” said Peck, who also said that currently Artis is one of two guards on the team’s roster. “He is about success.”
Findlay Prep is affiliated with Henderson International School, Peck said. The Findlay Prep players live together in a home.


Kline, Houston named as Elite 11 participants

San Ramon Valley’s Zach Kline and De La Salle’s Bart Houston have been named as two of the 24 final participants in the ESPN Rise Elite 11 quarterback camp.

The Elite 11 camp is one of the most prestigious camps for signal-callers, and the final round will take place from July 18-22 at Pepperdine University.

The camp used to be for the Top 11 incoming senior quarterbacks in the country, but this year the field has expanded to 24. ESPN will tape the camp, and show it in August.

Competing in the camp is yet another feather in the cap of the two heralded recruits. Kline is headed to Cal in 2012, and Houston has pledged to Wisconsin. ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer will lead the coaching staff that Kline and Houston get to work with.

For the whole roster and release, click here.