Another step back for Bishop O’Dowd girls basketball

The Bishop O’Dowd High girls basketball team received another blow to its hopes of playing again this season.
Gil Lemmon, the North Coast Section commissioner, said Wednesday he sent a letter to administrators at Bishop O’Dowd saying that he could not support its efforts to qualify to the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division.

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Update: Bishop O’Dowd girls still exploring postseason options

The Bishop O’Dowd High girls basketball team is still holding out hope that it will have the chance to defend its Open Division state championship, but the Dragons’ prospects don’t look promising.

O’Dowd was disqualified from the North Coast Section playoffs after it was discovered that the Dragons had played 27 games, one more than the section allows. In a statement, the school said that it “failed to designate one of our contacts as a scrimmage.”

O’Dowd athletic director Mike Bowler met with North Coast Section commissioner Gil Lemmon on Monday to determine if the Dragons might still be eligible for the Northern California Open Division regional playoffs. Bowler will contact Lemmon for an update on Tuesday, according to Carlos Arriaga, O’Dowd’s associate athletic director.

A possible loophole in the CIF Open Division criteria may be the Dragons’ last hope. There are four ways to qualify for the Open Division and only three mention the section playoffs.  The final criterion (one that O’Dowd satisfies) states, “A school was ranked in the Top Ten of Cal Hi Basketball, Cal Preps and/or MaxPreps Rankings (early March) the past two years (current year and previous year).”

But on Monday morning, a spokesperson for the California Interscholastic Federation, which runs the regional and state championships, said a team must participate in its section playoffs in order to advance to the regional playoffs.

“If a team can’t qualify for its section tournament, it can’t qualify for the state tournament because (the state tournament) is an extension of the section tournament,” the CIF spokesperson said.


If O’Dowd is denied a spot in the regional playoffs, it’s likely that the NCS will send Salesian, St. Mary’s, Carondelet and Miramonte to the Open Division.

Before O’Dowd’s disqualification, Miramonte appeared headed to the Division III state tournament unless it was able to beat O’Dowd in the NCS Division III finals. Each section can send a maximum of four teams to the Open Division.


East Bay boys basketball poll – 2/19

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school boys basketball poll. After the first three spots, there’s been some significant movement.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 20-4 75 1
2. Monte Vista 23-1 69 2
3. El Cerrito 24-2 66 3
4. San Ramon Valley 21-3 60 5
t5. Campolindo 18-6 52 6
t5. De La Salle 17-7 52 4
7. St. Joseph Notre Dame 21-5 46 7
8. Newark Memorial 16-7 39 8
9. Freedom 19-5 36 9
10. Berkeley 21-3 27 11
11. Pittsburg 19-5 22 NR
12. Castro Valley 17-7 20 10
13. Las Lomas 16-8 13 NR
14. Salesian 15-12 11 13
15. McClymonds 15-7 9 NR

Also receiving votes: Dougherty Valley (18-7, 3 point). Records are through Feb. 15. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.
* indicates number of first-place votes


East Bay girls basketball poll – 2/19

Here’s this week’s East Bay Girls Basketball Poll. There’s not much movement in the first nine spots.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 21-4 75 1
2. Salesian 21-5 70 2
3. St. Mary’s 20-6 63 t3
4. Carondelet 21-3 62 t3
5. Miramonte 23-1 55 5
6. Monte Vista 21-3 50 6
7. Berkeley 17-7 45 7
8. Deer Valley 19-5 40 8
9. Piedmont 16-7 34 9
10. Moreau Catholic 20-4 26 13
11. Alameda 15-9 24 12
12. James Logan 15-9 16 10
13. Castro Valley 17-7 15 11
14. Foothill 16-8 14 14
15. Valley Christian 23-3 5 15

Also receiving votes: Clayton Valley Charter (18-6, 4 votes), Pittsburg (16-8, 1) Skyline (16-7, 1). Records are through Feb. 15. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.


Girls soccer: NCS Div. I and II playoff brackets


NCS Playoffs
Wednesday’s first round
No. 16 Heritage (11-8-3) at No. 1 Monte Vista (19-0-2), 7 p.m.
No. 9 Granada (7-8-3) at No. 8 Freedom (10-2-6), 7 p.m.
No. 13 American (11-4-6) at No. 4 College Park (21-3), 3:30 p.m.
No. 12 Alameda (13-6-3) at No. 5 Amador Valley (10-6-4), 7 p.m.
No. 15 Clayton Valley Charter (9-9-2) at No. 2 San Ramon Valley (15-1-6), 7 p.m.
No. 10 California (9-7-4) at No. 7 Deer Valley (12-5-3), 7 p.m.
No. 14 Castro Valley (12-8-4) at No. 3 Berkeley (17-2-1), 7 p.m.
No. 11 James Logan (12-5-3) at No. 6 Liberty (10-2-7), 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s first round
No. 16 Moreau Catholic (7-9-2) at No. 1 Miramonte (13-2-1), 7 p.m.
No. 9 Concord (12-6-1) at No. 8 Alhambra (7-6-4), 7 p.m.
No. 4 Las Lomas (10-4-5) at No. 13 St. Patrick-St. Vincent (11-4-2), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Encinal (11-7-1) at No. 5 Albany (18-5-1), 6 p.m.
No. 15 St. Joseph Notre Dame (6-6-2) at No. 2 Bishop O’Dowd (15-4-1), 7 p.m.
No. 10 Dublin (6-6-8) at No. 7 Piedmont (13-6-4), 7 p.m.
No. 14 Tennyson (10-12-1) at No. 3 Campolindo (12-3-5), 5 p.m.
No. 11 Northgate (9-9-3) at No. 6 St. Mary’s (14-3), 3:30 p.m.


Bishop O’Dowd team manager nails 3-pointer in first game

Lucas Cortez, a senior team manager/assistant coach for the Bishop O’Dowd High boys basketball team who battles a heart defect, made the most of his first high school game Friday on Senior Night at Bishop O’Dowd.
Cortez nailed a three-pointer in front of the O’Dowd bench for the final points of a 99-64 victory over Berkeley.
“I was in the moment. I was just playing the game and that happened to be the result,” said Cortez, who has been the team manager for four years. “My teammates were really supportive and really encouraged me to keep playing and take the shot. … They were very unselfish.”
Cortez suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome and has undergone multiple surgeries because of it. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a complex and rare heart defect present at birth in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped.
“I had talked to (Berkeley coach) Mark DeLuca … about three weeks ago. I said ‘I’ve got a kid, it would be incredible if he got in a game,’” said Bishop O’Dowd coach Lou Richie, who called DeLuca “an incredible person with the most class.” “I said to the (O’Dowd) coaching staff, ‘If we’re up, if we’re fortunate enough to be up, let’s get him in.”’
Cortez entered with just under two minutes to play, Richie said. After missing his first two field goal attempts, Cortez sank the 3-pointer and the sold-out Bishop O’Dowd gym rocked with noise.
“It was a surreal moment,” Richie said. “Everybody’s cell phone was out … You look at (Bishop O’Dowd star) Ivan Rabb, and I’ve never seen him as excited as he was for Lucas.
Cortez has been the team manager for four years.
“I’ve never been so emotional or excited about a moment of basketball in my life,” Richie said. “He is an incredible young man.”