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Bird named Div. IV POY, Rabb is top sophomore; plus All-East Bay boys basketball teams

Salesian High’s Jabari Bird, a finalist for Cal-Hi Sports’ Mr. California award that went to Archbishop Mitty’s Aaron Gordon, was named the Division IV player of the year.  That’s in addition to Bird being named the Bay Area News Group East Bay Player of the Year last week. (Sorry for not posting that here, I was on vacation when it ran). Also, Bishop O’Dowd’s Ivan Rabb was named Cal-Hi Sports’ sophomore of the year. Pretty easy choice if you ask me for a guy who averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Dragons. He was the unofficial runner-up to Bird for our East Bay player of the year and will enter his junior season as the preseason favorite for the award. Rabb was a first-team All-East Bay pick.

It’s a few days late, but for those who missed it in print or online, here’s our complete All-East Bay team.

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Ingram memorial service on April 21

A memorial service for longtime Washington High football Jim Ingram will be held on April 21 at noon at the Washington High gym. It is open to the public.
Ingram coached the Huskies for 39 years between 1960 and 2002. His teams won 230 games and 12 Mission Valley Athletic League titles.

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The All-East Bay Girls Basketball teams

Here are capsules for our all-East Bay girls basketball first, second and third teams:

First team

ODERAH CHIDOM, Bishop O’Dowd, forward, Sr. — The McDonald’s All-American averaged a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, providing a big challenge for opponents from her small forward position as the Dragons marched to a California Interscholastic Federation Open Division state championship. The Duke-bound Chidom was also a wall defensively, averaging three blocks and two steals a game.

ARIELL BOSTICK, Bishop O’Dowd, guard, Sr. — Bostick was the motor for a Dragons squad that finished its season with 24 straight wins, including 22 by double digits. The San Diego State-bound Bostick passed for 5.7 assists per game this season to go along with nine points, four rebounds and three steals a game. She scored a team-high 17 points in the Dragons’ CIF Open Division state championship win over Windward-Los Angeles.

GABBY GREEN, St. Mary’s, guard, Jr. — The 6-foot-1 Green could hurt an opposing team in many ways. She averaged 16.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.2 steals, 3.9 assists and 1.4 blocks a game for the Panthers, who won the North Coast Section Division IV title and played Open Division state champion Bishop O’Dowd tough before falling 50-40 in a Northern California regional semifinal game. Green scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the NCS championship game.

MARIYA MOORE, Salesian, guard/forward, Jr. — Moore led the Pride to their second consecutive CIF Division IV state championship game, and set a record there for most free throws made (17) and attempted (20) in any California high school state championship game as part of an outstanding 35-point performance. Salesian fell by only two points, 62-60, to Serra-Gardena in that game. Moore averaged 18.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 4.0 steals a game this season.

NATALIE ROMEO, Carondelet, guard, Jr. — Romeo exploded for more than 30 points twice in the postseason, including a 34-point performance in an 89-69 victory over Archbishop Mitty-San Jose in a first-round Northern California Open Division game. She averaged 21.3 points per game this season along with 6.5 assists, 6.2 steals and 5.6 rebounds for the NCS Division II champions.

K.C. WATERS, Bishop O’Dowd, forward, Sr. — The Cal-bound Waters averaged 11 points, 13.7 rebounds and three blocks per game for the Open Division state champions. Against Windward in the state championship game, Waters scored 12 points and pulled down 20 rebounds, the most rebounds by an individual in a California girls state championship game since 1997.

Second team

ASHLEY ALLEN, Clayton Valley Charter, guard, Sr. — Allen, who scored 25 points in the North Coast Section Division II championship game against Carondelet, has a complete game that is hard to stop.

MARIE BERTHOLDT, Alameda, forward, Sr. — The Santa Clara-bound Bertholdt averaged 18.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.4 steals per game.

MIKAYLA COWLING, St. Mary’s, forward, Jr. — The Cal commit averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.9 steals per game.

RACHEL HOWARD, Berkeley, forward, Sr. — The University of San Francisco-bound Howard led a young Yellowjackets team to the CIF Division I state championship game.

SABRINA IONESCU, Miramonte, guard, Fr. — Ionescu led an impressive Miramonte team in scoring (13.8 points per game) and also averaged 4.0 steals and 3.9 assists per game.

Third team

BREANNA BROWN, Bishop O’Dowd, forward, Sr. — The Virginia Tech-bound Brown grabbed 9.4 rebounds per game and scored nine points a game for Open Division state champs, including a double-double in the state championship game (10 points, 14 rebounds).

SABRINA ENGELSTAD, Heritage, center, Sr. — The Saint Mary’s College signee averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks a game for the Bay Valley Athletic League champs.

LONDON ROBINSON, Oakland Tech, guard/forward, Sr. — The Oakland Athletic League Most Valuable Player averaged 13 points, eight rebounds a game.

LAUREN SEYRANIAN, Piedmont, guard, Jr. — Seyranian was another player who was very hard to stop, averaging 20.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.

ASHA THOMAS, Bishop O’Dowd, guard, So. — Thomas, who averaged nine points and five assists this season, was a major factor in the Dragons’ championship run — she scored a game-high 21 points in the NCS Division III championship game, 16 points in the Open Division Northern California regional championship game and 10 points in the state championship game.

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Mixon to make decision at Army Bowl

Freedom High football star Joe Mixon tweeted today that he will be playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and will be making his college commitment there.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will take place on January 4, 2014 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Mixon, a running back who has more than 40 college offers, is one of Northern California’s most recruited players for the class of 2014.

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Norman signs with Morris College

Newark Memorial High combo guard Taylor Norman has signed a full scholarship with Morris College, which is located in Sumter, South Carolina.
The 5-foot-10 Norman paced the Cougars’ girls basketball team in scoring (15.5 points per game) and assists this past season and was named to her fourth straight all-Mission Valley Athletic League first team.