El Cerrito’s Marcellus Pippins commits to Utah

I just talked with El Cerrito High football star Marcellus Pippins, and he said he has made an oral commitment to the University of Utah.
“I talked about it with my mom and dad last night and decided to make a decision,” Pippins said.
Pippins took an official visit to Utah last week.
“I loved it. I loved everybody around the town and the school,” Pippins said. “The fans were electric. Everything was fun.”
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Pippins said that Utah is looking at him as a cornerback, kick returner and punt returner. Pippins took the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown in the Gauchos’ 59-6 victory over Berean Christian on Oct. 5.
Pippins said that he is unsure if he will take official visits to Washington State and UCLA.


Injuries sideline two DFAL football stars

Dublin and Campolindo both got some very bad injury news this week.

Ondre Rudolph, Dublin’s bruising tailback, is likely out for the remainder of the regular season after suffering a hairline fracture in his left ankle during the Gaels’ 31-14 loss to Las Lomas last Friday.
Rudolph had rushed for 1,310 yards and 15 touchdowns in six games this season before getting injured in the first quarter against the Knights. Dublin coach John Wade said it’s an injury that typically takes three to five weeks to heal, so Rudolph could be back for the NCS playoffs should the Gaels (4-3) make it that far.
“It’s not all bad,” Wade said. “If you’re going to fracture your ankle it’s about as good of news as you can get.”
With Rudolph out, Wade said sophomore Darrell Millinder will receive the bulk of the carries out of the backfield.

BayPreps.com is also reporting that Campolindo will be without senior QB Brett Stephens for the rest of the year thanks to a shoulder injury. I have a call into coach Kevin Macy to find out more. Stephens had thrown for over 1,300 yards in six games this year before the injury. He’s committed to play baseball at UCLA next year.


Carondelet swimmer Chelsea Chenault commits to USC

Carondelet High swimming standout Chelsea Chenault has given an oral commitment to USC.
The middle distance specialist chose the Trojans over Cal, Virginia and Georgia after taking official visits to all four campuses this fall.
“When I went (to USC) on junior day I just had this connection and loved the school,” Chenault said. “When I went on my (recruiting) trip, I built a bond with the girls and even the guys and it made me realize that’s where I wanted to go.”
Chenault, a senior, is the North Coast Section record holder in the 500-yard freestyle and as well as the defending section champion in the 200 freestyle. She’s also well-known on the national swim scene.
Chenault, a Walnut Creek native, just missed qualifying for the London Olympics. She placed eighth at the Olympic Trials in the 200-meter freestyle, an event in which the top six finishers are selected to the Olympic team.
But her summer was still plenty successful. She earned a spot on the U.S. team for the FINA Short Course World Championships in Istanbul this December after taking second in the 200 freestyle at the U.S. Open.
Chenault also took first place in the 200-meter freestyle at the Junior Pan-Pacific Championships.


Tickets for Castro Valley-Bishop O’Dowd will only be pre-sold

If you want to see the Castro Valley at Bishop O’Dowd football games on Friday, you will have to do a little planning. Both schools are pre-selling tickets until their allotments are sold out, and tickets will not be sold at the gate on the day of the game. Passes will not be honored for this game. The junior varsity game starts at 4 p.m., with the varsity following at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available through the Bishop O’Dowd athletic web site and the Castro Valley High web site. The links are below.



Castlemont football team will play Friday

Castlemont will field a varsity football team for the first time this season on Friday when it opens the Oakland Athletic League season at Oakland Tech.
Knights coach Lloyd Johnson said his team will have 24 academically eligible players, an increase from 12 in mid-September.
“We have been practicing every day,” said Castlemont coach Lloyd Johnson about the team’s five-day-a-week practice schedule.
Castlemont was forced to cancel nonleague games against Healdsburg and Encinal in September because of a lack of eligible players. It also forfeited its game on Sept. 7 against Vista del Lago-Folsom because of player eligibility issues. The Knights enter Friday’s game with an 0-3 overall record.


East Bay football poll — 10/9

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 6-0 75 1
2. James Logan 5-1 70 4
t3. El Cerrito 7-0 62 5
t3. Monte Vista 5-1 62 6
5. California 5-1 55 2
6. Foothill 3-3 46 7
7. Freedom 4-2 43 8
8. Concord 5-1 40 3
9. Campolindo 5-1 34 9
10. Pittsburg 4-2 32 10
11. Deer Valley 5-1 25 12
12. Bishop O’Dowd 5-1 22 11
13. Northgate 5-1 14 NR
14. Clayton Valley 5-1 11 15
15. Antioch 5-1 6 13

Also receiving votes: San Ramon Valley (3-3, 2 points), Newark Memorial (5-1, 1). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.