Fremont forfeits game vs. Chowchilla

The Fremont High football team forfeited Saturday’s varsity and junior varsity season-opening football games against Chowchilla.

Tigers coach Isamu Falevai said Fremont athletic director Darlene Miller informed Chowchilla last week that the Tigers were forfeiting the games because they did not have enough eligible players. Falevai said it was a combination of players who had not fulfilled academic requirements and players who had not yet participated in the 10 days of practice required by the California Interscholastic Federation to play in a game.

Some players got their physicals late in the summer and that prevented them from participating in enough practices, Falevai said. He expects to have enough eligible players for Fremont’s Sept. 10 game against Galileo-San Francisco.

“We’re working hard on building it up so that we get more numbers,” Falevai said.

The junior varsity team will forfeit at least its first two games, possibly more, Falevai said.


Football training camp slideshow

Our talented teams of photographers at the Bay Area News Group has spent the past couple of weeks out at practice fields all across the East Bay shooting photos to go along with our league previews in the daily papers and some other individual team previews in our weekly community papers. Have a look at a slideshow of all their hard work, and of course the hard work of the players preparing for the season.


Former O’Dowd star Ashley commits to Arizona

According to multiple reports, former Bishop O’Dowd star Brandon Ashley has committed to the University of Arizona. Ashley transferred from O’Dowd to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., earlier this summer. He has soared up to the No. 4 ranked recruit in the nation by ESPN and the No. 2 power forward in the country.

Ashley was a two-time All-East Bay first-team selection while at O’Dowd, helping the Dragons reached the California Interscholastic Federation Division III state championship game the past two seasons. He battled Lutheran-La Verne’s Grant Jerrett, also an Arizona commit, in last year’s state title game. He outplayed Jerrett, but the Dragons lost 64-59, their second straight heartbreaking state title game defeat.

Ashley had narrowed his four finalists to Arizona, UCLA, Oregon and Kentucky. He had earlier narrowed a top seven that included Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Texas, with Cal not making the cut in the recruitment of the East Bay’s top prospect.