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Logan’s Warren Miles Long commits to Northwestern

James Logan High running back Warren Miles Long made an oral commitment to play football at Northwestern on Friday. Long announced his decision on Twitter and confirmed in a phone interview.

Long was in Seattle at a football camp at the University of Washington when he made his decision and he returned home to Union City on Friday evening. He said the timing just felt right to make the call.

“It was probably the coaching staff and how they welcomed me like no other school,” Long said of his reasons for choosing Northwestern.

The Colts star, who will be a senior this fall, has been a standout running back the past two seasons. He rushed for 1,314 yards and 19 touchdowns last season and 1,545 yards as a sophomore. Long was a first-team Bay Area News Group All-East Bay selection last year as well as the Mission Valley Athletic League’s Jim Randall Offensive Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Long also had an offer from Colorado and interest from other schools, but Northwestern’s balance of academics and football won out.

“That’s been my thing — academics,” Long said. “I’m trying to get that degree, so of course, that’s important. What I was trying to do is find a school that can balance academics with having a good football team.”

He’s also excited about the move to the Chicago area. He made an unofficial visit to the Evanston, Ill., campus in April.

“I want to meet Derrick Rose, I want to meet R. Kelly,” Long said. “I want to watch the play Chicago. I want to have the whole Chicago experience.”

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Foothill TE Ray Hudson commits to Cal

More recruiting news this morning. Just got off the phone with Foothill tight end Ray Hudson, who has orally committed to play at Cal for the 2013 season.

“After I looked at all the schools that have been talking to me,” Hudson said. “I realized there was really no reason to keep going with this. Cal’s the perfect fit for me.”

Hudson checks in at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and is a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com. He held offers from Cal and San Diego State, but said interest had gotten much heavier since receiving those offers.

Hudson said versatility will be his calling card once he makes it to Berkeley, saying he will be something between a receiver and a tight end.

“The (coaches) said if I can come in I have a shot at starting as a tight end that goes all over the place,” Hudson said. “They said I’ll have the most spots to memorize on the field.”

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Ohlone’s John Peterson to coach U.S. team in China

Ohlone College men’s basketball coach John Peterson has been named head coach of a United States’ all-star team for a Men’s National “B” Team Invitational Tournament in China, June 28-July 10.

Teams from Lithuania, Germany and host China will also participate in the busy 12-day event in which teams will play nine games in three cities, Liuzhou, Taiyuan and Guangzhou.

Peterson’s assistant at Ohlone, Justin Carter, will be his assistant on the trip. The U.S. “B” Team is composed of players who were recently cut from the London Olympics squad or who are future national team members for the 2014 World Championships or 2016 Brazil Olympics.  Peterson said the Chinese Invitational will have an Olympic-style format with opening ceremonies, a parade of teams and national anthems.

“It’s a great event,” Peterson said.

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Castro Valley hires Senque Carey as basketball coach

Castro Valley High has hired former Fresno State assistant Senque Carey as its new boys basketball coach.
Carey replaces Nick Jones, who left to take the job at Monte Vista.
“He brings a lot of experience to our school,” Castro Valley athletic director Andy Popper said of Carey. “We’re excited to have somebody who’s passionate about basketball and wants to win. He wants to work with the community and work with the kids and grades are important to him.”

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Deer Valley pitcher Peters inks with UCSD

Deer Valley High graduate Jacob Peters, an all-Bay Valley Athletic League pitcher last season, has signed with UC San Diego. Peters had a solid senior campaign with a 5-2 record and five saves. He was excited to set the school career earned run average record with an ERA of 1.25. The old mark was 1.29.

“I was pretty excited,” he said of the record. “There have been a lot of good pitchers at Deer Valley, and so it was an honor to do that.”

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Foothill twins qualify for Junior Amateur

Foothill High twins and seniors-to-be Alex and Katie Sborov have qualified for the 64th U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship on July 16-21 at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City. Alex Sborov has orally committed to TCU, and Katie is weighing scholarship offers.

Alex became committed to golf at an early age and has been golfing competitively five or six years.  Katie became committed to golf after shooting 4-under par at a high school competition two years ago. 

Qualifying tourneys for the Junior Championship  have taken place across the country, and 156 players from all over the world have qualified to participate.

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Holy Names’ Sasha Wallace named Gatorade state girls track AOY

Holy Names High’s Sasha Wallace has been named the Gatorade California Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
The 5 foot, 8 1/2 inch junior won both the 100-meter hurdles and the girls triple jump at the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championships on June 2. She has the top wind-legal time in the nation in the 100 hurdles (13.33 seconds) and led the nation in the girls triple jump through the state championships with a mark of 42 feet, 4 3/4 inches (wind-legal), according to the DyeStat Elite 100 high school rankings.
“I’m just happy to hear the news and I’m excited to hear about what’s next in the process,” Wallace said. “I’m just so excited that I can be a part of a great group of athletes who have been nominated for this award.”
Wallace trains on the East Oakland Youth Development Center club team with Ashton Purvis, who was named Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 2010. Wallace is now a finalist for this year’s national award.