Hercules forfeits four games

Hercules has forfeited four of its boys basketball victories this season. The victories were to Novato on Dec. 8, Alhambra on Dec. 14, Galileo-San Francisco on Dec. 28 and Richmond on Jan. 14.
North Coast Section Commissioner Gil Lemmon said it was a decision of an NCS appeal panel that Hercules forfeit three of those games, and a decision by himself that it forfeits to Galileo. It was due to an ineligible player, Lemmon said.
Hercules’ record is now 17-10 overall and 9-1 in Tri-County Athletic League-Stone Division play.


San Lorenzo hires new football coach

Hiring: San Lorenzo announced that John Trotman Jr. has been hired as its new head football coach. Trotman replaces Jacob Wright, who is stepping down to spend more time with his family.
Trotman was Albany’s head football coach the past two seasons, when Albany had a 4-16 overall record. He said that he made the switch to San Lorenzo for family reasons.
“My home, my church, everything is in San Leandro,” said Trotman, who is a 1993 San Leandro graduate. “It literally takes me eight minutes to get to San Lorenzo from my house. It’s like home.
“I think there are a lot of athletes in that area and at the school,” Trotman said about San Lorenzo. “I just feel like there is no reason why something special can’t happen there.”
Trotman, an off-campus coach, was the offensive coordinator at San Leandro from 2004-2010 and the head junior varsity coach for the Pirates from 2002-2004.
Wright was San Lorenzo’s coach for eight seasons and had an overall record of 22-57-1. He said that he is still teaching physical education at San Lorenzo.


Three Bay Area boys, plus one girl, make McDonald’s All-American Game

The Bay Area will have a record three boys participants in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game that takes place April 3 in Chicago.
Salesian High’s Jabari Bird, Archbishop Mitty’s Aaron Gordon and Deer Valley’s Marcus Lee were all selected to the West squad, it was announced Thursday. It’s the first time the Bay Area has had more than one boys selection in the game that dates back to 1978. There have only been six local players total in the previous 35 years.
The Bay Area also had one girls selection as Bishop O’Dowd forward Oderah Chidom, who has signed with Duke, was selected to play for the West squad.


McDonald’s All-American announcement tomorrow

It’s an exciting day locally tomorrow when the participants for the McDonald’s All-American Game are announced. Three local boys basketball players are expected to be among those selected to the West team when its announced at 2 p.m. tomorrow on ESPNU. That’s Archbishop Mitty’s Aaron Gordon, Salesian’s Jabari Bird and Deer Valley’s Marcus Lee. How big of a deal is it for the Bay Area to have three players selected? Well, if it happens, those three will constitute exactly one-third of the players who have EVER been selected from the Bay.

The previous six (and I’m including Brandon Ashley in this, even though he left for Findlay Prep for his senior year) are:

Brandon Ashley, Findlay Prep (formerly Bishop O’Dowd), 2012
Leon Powe, Oakland Tech, 2003
Ray Young, St. Joseph Notre Dame, 1998
Darnell Robinson, Emery, 1993
Jason Kidd, St. Joseph Notre Dame, 1992
Calvin Byrd, St. Joseph Notre Dame, 1989


NCS boys basketball bracketology

It’s the last week of the regular season in the North Coast Section, so let’s take a look at how the playoff brackets are shaping up. I’m not going to get into predicted the order of the seeding. If recent history is any indicator, the seeding will be completely unpredictable anyway. But I will provide an idea of who should be competing for a title when the playoffs begin next week. Remember, teams need to be above .500 (not at .500 like in football) in either their overall or league record or in games within the division (and for out of section teams, if the school’s enrollment would place them in their division, they can count those games).

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East Bay girls basketball poll – 2/11

As the regular season is wrapping up, here’s the East Bay high school girls basketball poll:

Team Record Points Last week
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 21-3 75 1
2. Miramonte 24-1 69 2
3. Carondelet 21-3 66 3
4. St. Mary’s 22-4 60 5
5. Salesian 21-5 54 4
6. Heritage 20-4 51 6
7. Berkeley 14-10 45 9
8. Deer Valley 15-9 40 8
9. Monte Vista 19-5 35 7
10. Campolindo 20-4 29 10
11. Clayton Valley 18-6 26 11
12. Alameda 18-6 20 12
13. McClymonds 20-3 15 t13
14. Piedmont 17-6 9 t13
15. Oakland Tech 17-4 6 15

Also receiving votes: None. Records are through Saturday. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


East Bay boys basketball poll — 2/11

Team Record Points Last week
1. Salesian (5) 23-3 75 1
2. Bishop O’Dowd 20-3 70 2
3. De La Salle 21-3 63 4
4. Deer Valley 19-5 62 3
5. El Cerrito 17-8 55 5
6. Newark Memorial 17-7 50 6
7. Dublin 20-4 45 7
8. San Leandro 20-4 40 9
9. McClymonds 16-7 34 10
10. Monte Vista 18-6 31 8
11. Freedom 17-7 25 12
12. Heritage 19-5 20 13
13. College Park 21-4 14 14
t14. Campolindo 17-7 8 11
t14. Oakland Tech 17-6 8 15

Also receiving votes: None.  Records are through Sunday. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.


El Cerrito’s Marcellus Pippins signs with Washington State

El Cerrito High football star Marcellus Pippins signed a letter-of-intent with Washington State late this afternoon, he said.
“When I took my trip, I really felt that it was the right place to be,” said the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Pippins, who said Washington State is looking for him to play cornerback and special teams. “I talked with my mom and dad about it, and they said it would be a better fit for me.”
Pippins had orally committed to Utah in October, but decided to take a trip to Washington State on Jan. 25.
“Why not take another one to see if I was making the right decision,” said Pippins about his reasoning for the trip. “What really attracted me was the people at the school, the players. … It felt like a college town. It’s a growing program, so I felt like a great contributor there.”
Another attraction was the chance to play basketball collegiately.
(Head coach Mike Leach) said that as long as I could balance it out with football and school, I could try out,” Pippins said.
Pippins also said that Utah asked him to gray-shirt after he came back from the trip. “I didn’t like that too much,” Pippins said. He said that he de-committed from Utah last week and committed to Washington State on Saturday.
Pippins was a first-team all-East Bay selection at defensive back last season.