Carondelet’s Chenault leads state athlete of the year awards

Carondelet High swimmer Chelsea Chenault was named state female athlete of the year by Cal-Hi Sports. Chenault, who will swim at USC next year, won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle at the North Coast Section championships while also helping Carondelet set a national record in the 400 freestyle relay. This summer, Chenault is competing with the U.S. national team at the FINA World Championships. She also recently went to the World University Games. Here’s more on Chenault from Cal-Hi Sports.

Castro Valley’s Sasha Wallace, Bishop O’Dowd’s K.C. Waters and College Park’s Joe DeMers were also honored by Cal-Hi Sports. Wallace (track and field) was named girls Division I athlete of the year while Waters (basketball, softball) was the top girls Division III athlete. DeMers (baseball, basketball) was honored as the boys sophomore of the year.


Locals climbing up minor league system

East Bay natives Anthony Aliotti and Robert Stephenson were rewarded this week for excellent seasons with their respective minor league baseball teams. They’re both heading back to California after earning promotions.

Aliotti, who attended Saint Mary’s College and De La Salle High, was promoted to the Oakland A’s Triple-A club, the Sacramento Rivercats, earlier today. The first baseman was crushing the ball the last few months in West Texas, putting up a stat line of .350 batting average, 12 homers and 51 RBI for the Midland RockHounds, a Double-A squad. The Pittsburg native was a Texas League All-Star. Here’s more on Aliotti’s promotion from Saint Mary’s College.

Stephenson, an Alhambra graduate, learned earlier this week of his promotion to the Bakersfield Blaze, the Cincinnati Reds’ Class-A Advanced team. The top pitching prospect in the Reds’ system, Stephenson was blowing through the Midwest League as a right-hander for the Low-A Dayton Dragons. His 2.57 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched made him a Midwest League All-Star, though he had to sit out of the game with a hamstring injury.  Stephenson expects to make his first start with the Blaze on Friday.


P.A. announcers clinic back for another year

Aspiring public address announcers are invited to hone and improve their skills at a clinic at De La Salle High this weekend. The clinic, sponsored by the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers, runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. Cost is $75 for adults and $40 for students, but there is a $10 discount for NASPAA members who pay before July 19.

Topics to be covered include the role of the P.A. announcer, the P.A. Announcers’ Code of Conduct, P.A. announcing expectations, do’s and don’ts of announcing football, as well as factors such as style, voice quality and delivery.

Attendees will then be given the opportunity to participate in announcing exercises and receive feedback from clinician Gary Williams, stadium announcer for the Oakland Raiders and NASPAA Board Member.

To register, go to www.naspaa.net


St. Elizabeth suspends football program for season

St. Elizabeth High is suspending its football program for the 2013 season due to a lack of players, confirmed St. Elizabeth principal Marty Procaccio.
“We saw declining numbers on the participation level, and last year we started with 16 and ended with 10,” Procaccio said. “This year when we had spring ball going, we had a limited number of sign-ups. We had less than 16. … We found out the interest level just isn’t really there right now. We thought we would suspend the program for the safety of the kids.”
Procaccio said that the football program will be re-assessed by December.
St. Elizabeth, which has only 150 students, forfeited its last game in 2012 and two games in the 2011 season because of a lack of players. It finished 0-10 overall in each of the last three seasons. The Mustangs’ last win was on Dec. 4, 2009 in the North Coast Section Division V championship game over St. Vincent. St. Elizabeth also won the NCS Division IV title in 2007.


Calhoun commits to USC

El Cerrito High football standout Derik Calhoun orally committed to USC on Wednesday.
Calhoun, a 6-foot, 215-pound outside linebacker, announced his decision at Nike’s The Opening, an elite camp in Beaverton, Oregon.
“Getting a degree from USC, that’s just the main part,” said Calhoun on ESPNU. “It’s family.
“They expressed to me that it will be a real good chance for me starting because I’m graduating early.”
According to ESPNU, Calhoun’s finalists were Arizona State, Cal, Miami and UCLA in addition to USC.
Calhoun is a four-star recruit and is ranked seventh in the nation at his position by Rivals.com. Calhoun was a first-team all-East Bay selection by the Bay Area News Group last year as a junior.


Mack’s Lavon Washington picks… Washington

McClymonds football player Lavon Washington has orally committed to Washington, according to various recruiting sites. The defensive back made his commitment over the weekend, ESPN reports.

Washington also held offers from several other Pac-12 schools, like Arizona State, Cal and Oregon State, along with San Diego State and San Jose State. He was an electric playmaker on both sides of the ball for a McClymonds team that won the Silver Bowl and was selected to play in the Northern California Regional Division IV final last season.


Lacrosse players named All-American

US Lacrosse announced the final group of boys lacrosse All-Americans today, and five East Bay high school players were selected. Cameron Bowlby (San Ramon Valley), Wesley Greason (Acalanes), Jack McCormick (De La Salle), Aran Roberts (San Ramon Valley) and Doug Strazza (De La Salle) were all named. In total, 206 All-Americans were recognized.


Another De La Salle oral commitment

For the second time in eight days, a De La Salle High football player has orally committed to a Pac-12 school.
Sumner Houston, a defensive lineman, has committed to Oregon State according to BeaverBlitz.com.
Houston was a third-team all-East Bay pick by the Bay Area News Group and an honorable mention all-East Bay Athletic League selection last year as a junior.
Houston told BeaverBlitz.com, “I felt like it was a great place and I like the work ethic they have. That’s very much like it is at De La Salle High School. I just like it up there. I like the rainy weather and the all-around experience.”
Last week, De La Salle teammate Kevin Griffin orally committed to Washington State.