Dougherty Valley High’s Stephanie Amack is the youngest member of the U.S. under-20 women’s soccer team playing in the Under-20 World Cup in Japan. The U.S. routed Ghana 4-0 today in its opener, with Amack, the squad’s only high school player, on the bench. Continue Reading
Let’s keep going with a look at another one of our new leagues, the Tri-County Athletic League Rock Division.
There were a few coaching changes in the East Bay this summer, most notably was Tina Briggs taking over for the only coach Deer Valley has ever had as Lou Panzella steps down after 16 seasons to coach at Los Medanos College.
The season is getting closer, so it’s time to do a little projecting.
Who could be the breakout player of the year in the East Bay?
Isamu Falevai is out as Fremont High’s football coach, with Terry Hendrix and Carlo Tateo taking over as co-head coaches.
Fremont athletic director Darlene Miller confirmed that Falevai was fired by the Oakland Unified School District on Aug. 8. The district’s spokesman Troy Flint didn’t immediately have any information about the firing when reached Friday.
Miller said she had few details about the school district’s decision. Efforts to reach Falevai were unsuccessful.
“They didn’t tell me very much,” Miller said. “They said they weren’t going to bring him back and they said they would call him.
I don’t know why, but I seem to be way more pumped for a simple scrimmage this year than ever before. Maybe it’s the long summer spent indoors. Maybe it’s because the last game I covered was in December. Either way, I’m fired up that we get to see some football tonight.
So, today’s 30 Questions topic has to do with tonight’s festivities.
What should we watch for tonight on scrimmage night in the East Bay?
I’ve been meaning to get this up on the blog and haven’t gotten to it, so here finally is some news I think many of you have already heard.
Hosting priviliges in the North Coast Section playoffs are changing this school year. The NCS Board of Managers voted in January to award automatic hosting rights to league champions ONLY for the first round. This applies to all sports (except water polo, which rarely uses home sites anyway). After the first round, home field will be awarded to the higher seed, provided that team has a sufficient venue for hosting.
I’m thinking this will be a pretty popular move, and a fix to something that’s been complained about for a while. In case you’re wondering, the vote by the Board of Managers on this issue was 23-22, with a tiebreaker being needed to settle the matter.
Russell White is the new commissioner of the Oakland Athletic League, the former star running back for Cal said Thursday.
White takes over for Michael Moore Sr., who stepped down as commissioner over the summer. White spent the past two years as head football coach at Castlemont High. Longtime assistant Lloyd Johnson replaces him at that post.
“I’m excited. A lot of the coaches were excited for me,” White said. “There’s going to be a good learning curve, but I’m trying to make the OAL better than it was.”
White also hopes serving in the position provides a good example for student-athletes in Oakland.
“Hopefully people will know that Russell White wasn’t the smartest guy in high school, but he figured it out,” White said.
Moore, who remains with the Oakland Unified School District as an operations officer, said White is a good fit.
“I think it’s just really awesome that he was both open, willing and available,” Moore said. “It’s such a good fit that in falls in the category of destiny.”
White was the Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Football state player of the year as a sophomore at Crespi Carmelite High-Encino in 1986 and had nearly 6,000 yards and 94 touchdowns in his high school career. He later starred at Cal and is the Golden Bears’ career rushing leader with 3,367 yards. He had a brief NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams.
“With what he did at Cal and in the NFL with needed somebody with that kind of name to take the OAL higher,” Moore said.
I wrote about the West Alameda County Conference Foothill League yesterday, so today let’s look at the Shoreline League.
De La Salle football coach Bob Ladouceur will add another feather to his cap on Oct. 26 when he is inducted into the San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame.
Ladouceur played for two years at SJSU after transferring in from the University of Utah. He’s being inducted on the strength of what he’s done after San Jose State though, having coached De La Salle to a 151-game winning streak, five mythical national championships and a career record of 384-25-3.