Carondelet High graduate Christina Chenault signed a track and field letter of intent with UCLA on Thursday night.
“I thought it would be the perfect balance for me at this point of my life … academically and athletically,” Chenault said today. Chenault also said that she seriously considered Columbia and Oregon before choosing the Bruins.
As a senior, Chenault placed in both the triple jump and the long jump at the CIF state track and field championships on June 6. She finished third in the triple jump (a then-personal record 41 feet, 1/2 inch) and fourth in the long jump (19-2 1/2). At the USA Junior Outdoor Championships in late June, Chenault placed third in the women’s triple jump with a personal-record mark of 41-10.
Christina’s sister Chelsea swims for USC, UCLA’s rival. “It’s a family rivalry. Luckily we are not in the same sport,” said Christina with a laugh.
Miramonte High girls basketball player Uriah Howard orally committed to Eastern Washington last night, Matadors coach Kelly Sopak confirmed this afternoon. Howard also had offers from University of the Pacific and San Jose State, according to Sopak.
The 5-foot-11 Howard was a first-team all-Diablo Foothill Athletic League selection last season as a junior for Miramonte, which won the North Coast Section Division III title and advanced to the Northern California Open Division championship game.
CalHiSports.com released its all-state softball teams for medium-size and small-size schools on Wednesday.
Among the East Bay selections were Frankie Hammoude of Bishop O’Dowd, Maddy Lewis of Alameda, Zoe Marrott of Acalanes and Danielle Thomas of Campolindo. They were all named to the medium schools second team.
Salesian’s Meghan Bradbury was a first-team small schools selection, and Saint Mary’s Janae Adams was a second-team selection.
On Monday, CalHiSports.com announced its all-state underclass (non-senior) team for softball. Amador Valley’s Danielle Williams is a first-team pitcher. In June, she was selected as the Cal-Hi Sports State Freshman of the Year for softball.
Alhambra had three players selected to state all-underclass teams. Briana Perez (sophomore infielder) was a first-team pick, and teammates Karlee Sparacino (sophomore infielder) and Cara DiMercurio (junior outfielder) were second-team selections. Acalanes’ Marrott, a junior infielder, was also a second-team pick.
Pittsburg High football star Jordan Parker is de-committing from UCLA, he announced on Twitter this afternoon.
“Thank you to all the UCLA staff and fan base, you guys truly made me feel at home and welcomed me into your family,” Parker wrote. “Unfortunately, I’ve decided to officially decommit and reopen my recruiting process.”
Parker, who also wrote “as of now I am still undecided”, is ranked as a four-star cornerback by rivals.com, which lists him as the No. 7 high school senior cornerback in the nation and the top cornerback in California.
As a junior last year, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Parker was named the East Bay Defensive Player of the Year. He had five interceptions for 72 yards and 32 total tackles for the 10-3 Pirates, who reached the North Coast Section Division I championship game.
Saint Mary’s High School graduate Aren Ulmer signed a letter of intent yesterday with the University of West Georgia, Saint Mary’s boys basketball coach Craig Battle confirmed this afternoon.
Last season as a 6-foot senior point guard, Ulmer averaged 12.6 points, 6.2 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game for Saint Mary’s (20-12), which reached the CIF NorCal Division IV championship game. Ulmer was a second-team All-Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division selection last season.
Nico Hoerner, a Head-Royce graduate headed to Stanford, was named to the MaxPreps Small Schools All-American Baseball first team today.
Hoerner batted .517 in the spring high school season with six home runs, 30 RBIs and 40 runs scored. He was selected as a utility player to the All-American team.
Emery High boys track and field star Elijah Lucy signed a letter-of-intent with Nebraska on Monday night, Emery coach Todd Ross confirmed this afternoon.
Lucy was the breakout star of the North Coast Section Meet of Champions on May 30. The senior won three individual events: the long jump (a Bay Area-leading 23 feet, 10 inches, wind-legal), the 400 meters (48.86 seconds) and the 200 (21.74 wind-legal). One week before, he had run an East Bay-leading time of 21.59 (wind-legal) in the 200. Lucy placed seventh in the long jump at the CIF state championships with a mark of 22-7 1/2 (wind-legal). He also had the East Bay’s fastest time in the 400 (48.71) this past spring season.
Former Cal basketball player Randy Duck has been hired as San Ramon Valley High’s new girls basketball coach, athletic director John Raynor announced in an e-mail.
Duck played at Cal from 1993-1997 and also played professionally overseas, primarily in England. The e-mail stated that Duck “has tremendous experience in the areas of: working with young adults, teaching individual skill, and coaching basketball.”
Bishop O’Dowd High football star Camilo Eifler announced today on Twitter that he would be making his college oral commitment Thursday on ESPNU “sometime between 5-8 p.m.” at The Opening finals at Beaverton, Oregon. The Opening is an elite four-day camp that takes place at the Nike World Headquarters.
In Eifler’s tweet, he listed these colleges: Michigan, Oregon, Cal, Texas A&M, Washington and UCLA. Eifler, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound outside linebacker, has a four-star rating by rivals.com
Anaya Alexander, who competed as a junior last season for Las Lomas High, placed sixth in the women’s 800 meters in the USA World Youth Track and Field Trials today in Lisle, Ill.
Alexander produced a time of 2 minutes, 15.75 seconds. She improved her time from the preliminaries, when she was third in her heat with a time of 2:17.53.