Campolindo’s Verdon will miss state track due to injury

Campolindo High senior girls distance star Carrie Verdon has been dropped from the 3,200 at the CIF State Track and Field Championships due to an ankle injury, according to Campolindo coach Chuck Woolridge.
Woolridge wrote in an e-mail to me that he would not comment on the exact injury until an MRI has been read by Verdon’s doctor. He said that injury is to the same ankle that Verdon injured at the end of the 2011 cross country season. She began to feel significant pain in the ankle in the North Coast Section Meet of Champions 3,200 on Saturday, which she won in an impressive time of 10:30.76.
The Colorado-bound Verdon finished third in last year’s CIF State Championship 3,200 final. She advanced to the state championships in both the 1,600 and 3,200 last season, but raced in only the 3,200 in this year’s NCS Meet of Champions.


Oderah Chidom makes USA Under-17 squad

Oderah Chidom of Bishop O’Dowd High was selected to the USA Under-17 women’s basketball team.
Chidom, a 6-foot-4 forward, is part of a 12-player squad that will compete at the FIBA U17 World Championships in August.
A junior, Chidom helped Bishop O’Dowd win the Division III state championship this past season.


AV’s Borchard going Ivy League

Amador Valley High softball infielder Nicole Borchard announced she will be playing at Columbia University in the Ivy League.
Borchard, a four-year starter, was named first-team all-East Bay Athletic League as a junior during the Dons 2011 North Coast Section Division I championship season. The Dons are 23-0 overall this season and 13-0 in the EBAL. Borchard is among four team captains.


Granada soccer player commits to Sacramento State

Granada High junior Rachel Leonard has become the first player from Livermore’s West Coast Soccer Club to earn a scholarship with a Division I school. Leonard recently orally committed to Sacramento State.

The West Coast Soccer Club is headed by Livermore High graduate Troy Dayak, a member of the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame and a 1992 U.S. Olympian.

Dayak says he saw potential in Leonard back when she was an under-9 youth player because of her speed, passing and shooting abilities. He expects Leonard, a natural wing player, to be the first of many West Coast players to move to college play.

The current Hornets roster includes goalkeeper Shelby Tomasello (California High, Ohlone) and midfielder Jessica Castano (Washington).


Campolindo’s Piatt commits to Cal

Got some late-night football news to report. Campolindo athlete Griffin Piatt has orally committed to play at Cal next season as a preferred walk-on.

Piatt, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound receiver/defensive back, said his decision came down to Cal and UCLA. He said he might end up on either side of the ball.

“I thought since I grew up in the Bay Area, being part of Cal football would be an amazing experience,” Piatt said.

As a two-way star, Piatt was a big reason for Campolindo’s storybook run to the CIF Division II bowl game. He had 12 interceptions as a safety, but was also one of the best receivers in the area. He was also named DFAL MVP in basketball.

Piatt also said his ability to vie for playing time as a walk-on definitely played a role in his decision. Cal has made a habit lately of getting talented East Bay players to walk on, with Monte Vista wide receiver Bryce McGovern doing the same thing and playing as a freshman.