Bess donates to OAL, Laney

Our resident OAL expert Mr. Durkin is off this week, so I’ll pinch-hit for him with this bit of news. As Jimmy posted last week, Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins receiver and Skyline High grad, got some of his NFL buddies together to play a basketball game against the Oakland Police Department in the hopes of raising some money for the OAL.

Yesterday, Bess’s charity organization, the Bess Route Foundation, gave a $1,500 equipment grant to Skyline High as a result of the successful event over the weekend. It also gave $1,000 to the Laney College football program.

And, in case anyone was wondering and didn’t get a chance to go, the NFL team edged the OPD squad in the final seconds to get the win. Congrats to everyone who went out.


DLS announces 2011 HOF inductees

We’ve gotten a couple calls asking when De La Salle was going to announce its third Athletic Hall of Fame class, and for those who’ve been waiting, your day is here.

For the full list, click here.

For those who don’t want to click through, here are the names.

Bernie Stenson, swimming
Scott Molina, track/cross country
Mark Panella, football/baseball/coach
Patrick Walsh, football
Adin Brown, soccer
Frank Tamony, teacher/coach
1991 cross country team

The ceremony takes place June 5 at De La Salle, and you can get to the registration page by clicking the link above.


Locals added to OSU roster

Ran across some local alumni news to share. Oregon State issued a press release this week to announce that Oakland Tech grad Fred Thompson and De La Salle grad Terron Ward, both of whom grayshirted this season for the Beavers, have been added to the roster.

Also of note is true freshman Troy Whalen, a long snapper from De La Salle, has also been added to the roster. Whalen’s a walk-on.


Flashback to 2005: Ross v. Castro

The major league debut with the Oakland A’s of Bishop O”Dowd product Tyson Ross brought back a lot of good memories for me of the 2005 season. I covered a lot of O’Dowd baseball that season — pretty much every game of significance — and so I saw a lot of Tyson Ross. He was one of those players back then who you could tell had a pretty good chance of making it to the big leagues and I’m honestly not all that surprised by his rapid ascension and his success. Looking back through some stuff I dug up this story I wrote about O’Dowd’s 2005 HAAL finale against Castro Valley, which was a game to determine the league champion. What makes the article even more interesting to read is that it speaks of Ross’ showdown with Jason Castro, another player who will likely soon make his major league debut. Castro is a top-50 prospect (he’s No. 31 on mlb.com’s list) and is considered the Astros’ catcher of the future. And considering the fact the Astros may be the worst team in the majors, it may not be long before he’s called up.

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Alumni notes

– De La Salle grad Kevin Lopina will platoon at quarterback for Washington State this week against Baylor. link

– Salesian’s Jahvid Best (Cal) was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week after running for 200 yards and 3 Tds on just 14 carries against hapless Wazzu. link

– Another De La Salle QB, Matt Gutierrez, has resigned with New England after the Patriots lost Tom Brady for the season. link