Oscar Frayer de-commits from Cal

Moreau Catholic High School boys basketball star Oscar Frayer announced this morning via Twitter that “I have reopened my recruitment as of today.” The 6-foot-6 senior small forward orally committed to Cal on Aug. 4, 2014 before his junior year.

Frayer wrote on Twitter that he will sign during the spring period.

“I would like to thank Coach Martin and the rest of his staff. Thank you for helping me develop as a player but more importantly as a young man. I would also like to thank Cal and the whole bear family for welcoming me in with warm arms. This is a decision my family and I thought would be best for me moving forward. Thank you!”

On the first day of this month’s early signing period, Moreau Catholic coach Frank Knight texted me that his senior basketball players would be signing in the spring.

Last season, Frayer averaged 17 points and eight rebounds a game for the Mariners and was named the Mission Valley Athletic League Most Valuable Player. He was also named to the Bay Area News Group All-East Bay first team for his accomplishments last season.


Chabot, Contra Costa College headed to bowl games

The Chabot College football team (8-2 overall record) will travel to face host College of San Mateo (7-3) in the Bulldog Bowl on Nov. 21 at noon. The winner will play the winner of the San Francisco Community College Bowl (Butte vs. City College of San Francisco) in the regional championship on Nov. 28. The state finals will be Dec. 12.

Chabot is the North-Valley Division champion and ranked sixth in the JC Athletic Bureau state football coaches poll. San Mateo is ranked seventh. In the Northern California Football Association playoffs, Chabot is the No. 3 seed and San Mateo is seeded second. San Francisco holds the No. 1 seed and Butte is seeded fourth.

Contra Costa (9-1) is headed to Robobank Stadium in Salinas for the Living Breath Foundation Bowl against Hartnell (9-1) on Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. Contra Costa is ranked 25th in the JCAB state coaches poll.


Oakland Section football playoffs expand

There will be an expanded playoff system for the Oakland Section football playoffs this season, with all six Oakland Athletic League teams competing.

The first round will be this Friday at 5 p.m., when Castlemont (5-5, 2-3 OAL) hosts Oakland (2-8, 1-4) and Oakland Tech (3-7, 3-2) hosts Skyline (1-9, 0-5). The winners will travel to face either No. 1 seed McClymonds (10-, 5-0) or No. 2 seed Fremont (5-5, 4-1) in the semifinals next week.

The Silver Bowl is set for Friday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. at Laney College.


Irvington football forfeits five wins

The Irvington High football team is forfeiting its five wins this season because of the use of an ineligible player, assistant principal Jay Jackson confirmed late this afternoon.
The forfeits will not affect the Mission Valley Athletic League title race. The Vikings will play Moreau Catholic on Friday, Jackson confirmed. The Mariners, at 4-1 in the MVAL, are tied for first place with American, which beat Irvington 54-38 on Oct. 24. Washington, which has a 4-2 league mark, also beat Irvington on the field.
Jackson said that the ineligible player participated in the team’s first seven games.
Irvington’s on-field victories over Lincoln-San Francisco, Hill-San Jose, Santa Cruz, Newark Memorial and Mission San Jose will be reversed. The Vikings will enter Friday’s game with an 0-9 overall record.
Jackson said that the player’s grade point average was incorrect on his transcript before he took a summer class, and after it, it was still too low to meet Fremont Unified School District standards. Jackson said the error was reported to the North Coast Section by Irvington after it was discovered.
“It was my responsibility to look grade-by-grade. I messed up. I didn’t do it on purpose,” Jackson said. “What really gets me is that (the team) didn’t make the mistake, I made the mistake and they will have to suffer the consequences. It hits me really hard. Last year the team was 0-10 … these guys worked unbelievably hard. They had this amazing season.”


Campolindo boys basketball coach scaling back duties

Campolindo High School boys basketball coach Matt Watson will be scaling back his duties with the team this season, Campolindo athletic director Tom Renno told me this afternoon.
“He is going to be the general manager of the program. His work schedule picked up this season, so he is having to scale back his day-to-day work with the program,” said Renno about the off-campus coach. “He will still be overseeing the program. We are hopeful he will be back next season.”
Kearey Smith, a varsity assistant last season, will take over the day-to-day coaching responsibilities, Renno said.
Renno said that the change was not sudden. “It’s been something that’s been in the works,” he said.
Watson did not immediately return a call regarding this news.
The successful Watson guided the Cougars to the CIF Division III state championship game last season, where the Cougars fell to Damien-La Verne 70-57. He also led the Cougars to the CIF Northern California Division III championship game in 2013
Watson became head coach of the Cougars in 2008. In the past seven seasons, his teams have a 159-54 overall record and a 68-16 mark in Diablo Foothill Athletic League play with four league championships.


Tip-Off Classic schedule

Here’s the schedule for this year’s Prep2Prep Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 28 at Newark Memorial High. As usual, this boys basketball showcase is loaded with great matchups.

11 a.m. – Saint Mary’s-Berkeley vs. Manteca

12:30 p.m. – Bishop O’Dowd vs. Dublin

2:15 p.m. – Immanuel-Reedley vs. Weston Ranch-Stockton

3:45 p.m. – Sheldon-Sacramento vs. Army-Navy Academy-Carlsbad

5:30 p.m. – Modesto Christian vs. Folsom

7 p.m. – Newark Memorial vs. Woodcreek-Roseville

8:30 p.m. – Moreau Catholic vs. Sierra Canyon-Chatsworth


Najee Harris selected as national player of the week

Antioch High football star Najee Harris was named U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Player of the Week today after an extraordinary performance against Liberty on Oct. 23.

The junior, who has committed to Alabama, rushed for 360 yards and scored 48 of his team’s points in a 55-37 victory. He scored rushing touchdowns of 59, 37, 49, 1, 70 and 7 yards, and also reached the end zone on six two-point conversions. Harris had four runs of 46 yards or longer in the game.



Brooke Starn shines at Mt. SAC Invitational

Monte Vista High girls cross country star Brooke Starn won the Division 1 and 2  individual girls sweepstakes race at the Mt. SAC Invitational on Saturday with an outstanding time of 16 minutes, 55 seconds for the 3.0 mile course. She won by 25 seconds over second-place Mikayla Sodersten of Clovis. Starn led Monte Vista to the team title.

Monte Vista’s boys team also won the team title in its Division I boys sub-sweepstakes, led by a second-place finish by Timothy Chrisman (15:28) and fifth-place finish by Tristan Miller (15:39). James Logan’s Chester Quero had a top-five finish in a Division I boys race (16:16).

On Friday, the St. Joseph Notre Dame boys team placed third in the Division V boys sweepstakes race behind a second-place finish by Cooper Teare. His very impressive time of 14:48 was only three seconds behind winner Jack Van Scoter of Flintridge.


Nate Fripp leaves Saint Mary’s for UC Santa Barbara coaching position

Nate Fripp, who coached Saint Mary’s girls basketball program to five North Coast Section Division 4 championships and two Northern California Division 4 titles, is leaving for the college game.
Fripp discussed with me today his move to be an assistant women’s basketball coach at UC Santa Barbara. The university announced the hiring Tuesday.
“I thought it was time that I tried to do something different,” said Fripp, a 1996 Saint Mary’s High graduate who started coaching at his alma mater in 2004. “The next level of basketball is definitely something different and challenging.
“I wanted to grow. It was an opportunity to grow.”
Fripp said that he heard about the opening recently and told his team on Monday about his decision.
“It’s very difficult,” said Fripp about leaving Saint Mary’s. “It’s difficult to leave there, my friends, people I care about.”
In his 11 years guiding the Panthers, Fripp had a 281-81 overall record and 120-14 mark in league regular-season play. During that time, his teams won at least a share of five league titles. Fripp was named this newspaper’s East Bay Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 2010 after guiding his team to a 31-4 overall record and the CIF Division IV state championship game. Saint Mary’s won five NCS titles in a six-year period between 2009 and 2014.


James Logan football coach George Zuber to step back after season

James Logan High football coach George Zuber said that he told his team today that he will be stepping back from the head coaching position at the end of this season to spend more time with his two sons, who are 15 and 12-years-old.

“I don’t want to look back 10 years from now and regret not spending more time with them before they go off to college,” said Zuber, 42. “I will still be involved with Logan football in some capacity … I will not be the head coach.”

Zuber has guided the Colts to eight winning seasons in the past nine years since he became the head coach in 2006, and James Logan has a 5-1 record this year. In his winning seasons, his teams’ worst overall record was 8-4.

Currently, Zuber has a 84-27 overall record. His teams reached the North Coast Section Division I championship game in 2012 and the NCS 4A semifinals in 2007. He had a 34-1 record in Mission Valley Athletic League play before his team gained independent status in 2012. Zuber said that he will continue to teach economics and government at James Logan.