Foothill High football star Isaiah Langley was presented with his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey today, signifying his official selection as a 2015 U.S. Army All-American. Langley, a USC commit, is ranked as a four-star cornerback by rivals.com, which also ranks him as the No. 8 senior defensive back in the nation.
Langley has been selected to play in the 2015 US. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Seven individuals and one team are being inducted into the James Logan High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 8.
The inductees include Melanie Alkire (a 1997 graduate who starred in softball and basketball), Vince Amey (1994, football), Kirk Fitzpatrick (2002, wrestling), Alvaro Ruiz (1998, baseball), Tom Rosenthal (wrestling coach 1983-2000, eight North Coast Section team championships, athletic director 12 years), Tracey Stewart (2006, track and field), Kelli White (1995, track and field), and the 2006 girls track and field team, which won a co-state championship title.
The Seventh Annual James Logan Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet will take place on Nov. 8 at the James Logan High School Pavilion, starting at 6 p.m. The price is $50 for individuals and $450 for a group of 10. The deadline to buy tickets is Nov. 5 at 12 p.m. For ticket information, contact Sarah Muse at 510-471-2520, ext. 60118 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The James Logan High School cross country team is hosting a charity run on Saturday for Logan junior Lamonna Drinkard, who was recently diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a condition that occurs when a body stops producing enough new blood cells.
Drinkard, who was a sprinter for the Logan girls track team the past two years, was recently released from a hospital and will need to stay out of school until next semester, said her mother Monica Bennett.
All proceeds from the charity run will be donated toward Drinkard’s hospital expenses. The charity run is being held, along with the Ghebray Invitational for high school teams, on Oct. 4 at Quarry Lakes Regional Park in Fremont. The cost for the charity run is $15 per individual. For more information, contact meet director Lee Webb at 510-304-7172
Comcast Hometown Network will be televising 20 high school football games this season, including at least eight involving East Bay teams. Comcast Hometown Network is Channel 104 for Comcast digital cable customers.
Here are the games involving East Bay teams, and when the games will be telecast (Many will not be aired live):
San Ramon Valley at Pittsburg, Sept, 6, 8:30 p.m.
Napa at Campolindo, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.
John F. Kennedy-Fremont at Hercules, Sept. 20, 9 p.m.
Antioch at Northgate, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.
Alhambra at Acalanes, Oct. 4, 8:30 p.m.
James Logan vs. De La Salle at Levi’s Stadium, Oct. 11, 6 p.m.
Clayton Valley Charter at Concord, Oct. 25, 6 p.m.
Castro Valley at Berkeley, Oct. 25, 8:30 p.m.
With the opening East Bay high school football weekend right upon us, we travel to Southern Alameda County for our next question.
Q: Can Washington defend its Mission Valley Athletic League title?
A: Quite possibly. Washington and coach Ken Wittmer’s track record over the past six seasons show that the Huskies are a consistent league contender. In the past six seasons, Washington has finished lower than second place in the MVAL only once (when it was 3-3 in 2011) and won two MVAL titles.
There’s only one more week until the East Bay high school football season starts! Here’s the fifth of 10 daily posts as we look at the East Bay high school football scene.
Today, we head to Union City to take a look at the James Logan High team.
Are you ready for some football? This is the first of 10 daily posts we will make in which we will answer questions involving the upcoming East Bay high school football season. We head to the West Alameda County Conference for the first question:How good will defending WACC-Foothill champ San Leandro be this season?
Answer: Very good. Perhaps even better than last season.
Castro Valley High graduate Nate Moore was selected to USA Today’s All-USA boys track and field first team for horizontal jumps, it was announced Wednesday.
Moore, an Oregon signee, set an all-conditions state boys triple jump record of 53 feet, 7 inches (wind-aided) at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships earlier this month. In June, he won both the triple jump (51-4 wind-aided) and the long jump (25-8 3/4) at the CIF state track and field championship finals with national-leading high school marks (all-condition and wind-legal respectively) according to DyeStat.com.
De La Salle graduate Marquis Morris, a USC signee, was selected to the second team in the 110-meter high hurdles . He was second at the CIF state championship finals in the event with a personal-record time of 13.68 seconds (which ranked fifth in the nation for wind-legal marks this past season).
James Logan graduate Karsten Wethington, who signed with Cal, was also a second-team selection in the triple jump. His mark of 50-7 in the triple jump, which was good for second at the CIF state championship finals, ranked second in the nation for wind-legal jumps this past season.
Diablo Valley College announced today that it has hired Kyle Whitmore as its new track and field head coach.
Whitmore, 30, was the head track and field coach at Hercules High for the past six seasons. In the past two seasons, the Titans boys 1600-meter relay squad has finished in the top five in the CIF state championship finals, and the Hercules track and field squads qualified at least one athlete for the state championships in five of the six seasons Whitmore was the head coach. The Hercules girls won the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League overall team title in 2009 and the boys won the overall ACCAL title in 2012. He was also the head cross country coach and the football team’s defensive coordinator for four seasons apiece.
“It was a very difficult decision to make .. because the relationships I’ve built with my current athletes,” Whitmore said. “I’ve always had an eye on the Contra Costa Community College District. I always watched to see if anything would come open.”
“One of my biggest motivations in taking this position is pushing these kids to the next level. That’s what I’m all about,” he said. “I want to create something really solid and sustainable.”
Nkosi Djehuti-Mes, a senior outfielder at Bishop O’Dowd High this past season, signed a letter-of-intent today to play baseball at Southern University.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Djehuti-Mes said that Southern head coach Roger Cador was a deciding factor for him.
“He welcomed me … and he made it feel like I would be at home,” Djehuti-Mes said.
Djehuti-Mes took an official visit to the Baton Rouge campus this spring and noticed a big difference between there and Oakland, where he has lived his whole life.
“The weather was a whole lot different,” he said. “It was humid, over-cloudy, 90-degrees … sticky.”
But he also noticed a friendly atmosphere there.
“They would welcome you, even though they didn’t know you,” he said.
Djehuti-Mes said that he was also recruited by Oregon, Fresno State, Indiana and North Carolina A & T, among other universities.
This past season, Djehuti-Mes batted .212, but showed power with one home run, eight RBIs, four doubles and 13 runs scored.
“It was a rough season. I didn’t do how I wanted to do,” said Djehuti-Mes. But he enjoyed the team experience. “It was definitely a season to remember. Everybody got along,” he said. “It was the definition of a tight-knit group.”