Adidas Holiday Classic lineup

Miramonte is helping put on a two-day girls basketball event at Saint Mary’s College with quite a few intriguing match ups. The 12 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday games caught my eye in particular. Should be a good couple days of basketball at McKeon Pavilion. Here’s the full schedule:


10:30 a.m. — Scotts Valley vs. Clayton Valley

12 p.m. — Deer Valley vs. Miramonte

1:30 p.m. — Albany vs. San Marin

3 p.m. — Terra Nova vs. Modesto Christian

5 p.m. — Berkeley vs. Archbishop Mitty

6:30 p.m. — Carondelet vs. St. Mary’s-Berkeley

8 p.m. — Dublin vs. Casa Grande


1:30 p.m. — Campolindo JV vs. Clayton Valley JV

3 p.m. — Armijo vs. Foothill

5 p.m. — Presentation vs. Heritage

6:30 p.m. — Santa Rosa vs. Miramonte

8 p.m. — Campolindo vs. Casa Grande


Dougherty Valley’s Hughes headed to Cal Poly

The college commitments keep coming for local girls basketball players. Dougherty Valley’s Caroline Hughes is the latest.
Hughes, a 6-foot-2 incoming senior, made an oral commitment to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo on a campus visit over the weekend.
“I had the offer from Cal Poly back in April,” she said. “It was my first one and I kind of wanted to explore. I went down there and met girls, met coaches and it felt like perfect fit.”
She also considered Ivy League schools Princeton, Brown and Cornell as well as Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount.
Hughes said Cal Poly, a Big West program, plans to use her on the wing, where she feels most comfortable.
Hughes showed her versatility last season for Dougherty Valley, averaging 12.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists.
A two-time Diablo Foothill Athletic League first-team selection, she was also an All-East Bay second team pick this year and helped the Wildcats win the NCS Division II title.


St. Mary’s sophomore Cowling commits to Cal

Mikayla Cowling, a 6-foot-1 girls basketball player from St. Mary’s High, has given an oral commitment to Cal.
An incoming sophomore who still has more than two years before she can sign her letter of intent, Cowling is a longtime fan of the program.
“I love the school,” she said. “I’ve been there many times with my family and have grown to love it. From the beginning I wanted to go to Cal.”
Cowling also spoke highly of Cal’s new coaching staff and her future teammates.
Though she also had some interest in LSU, UCLA and USC as well as Loyola Marymount, where her older sister, Alex, plays, Cowling’s decision to attend Cal was not a difficult one.
“If she was 5-foot-2 and couldn’t walk, she’d still go to Cal,” said Nate Fripp, who coaches Cowling at St. Mary’s.
Cowling averaged 8.2 points per game last year for the Panthers, who reached the Division IV state title game. She should play an even bigger role this season with the graduation of Division I-bound forwards Emily Vann and Cody Sims.
In other girls basketball recruiting news, Acalanes forward Sophie Taylor and Miramonte guard/forward Janine Loutzenhiser have made commitments to Loyola Marymount and Rider, respectively. Both will be seniors in the fall.


St. Mary’s guard suffers major ankle injury

Some rough news this morning from the AAU summer basketball circuit. Gabby Green, an incoming sophomore at St. Mary’s, broke her ankle at the Nike Summer Showcase in Chicago, according to ESPN Hoop Gurlz. Green, who ESPN rates as one of the top guards in the country in the 2014 class, is playing for Cal Storm Taurasi out of Southern California this summer. This was one of the first games of the tournament and Green’s first game with her new team.

Green helped St. Mary’s reach the CIF Division IV state final in March and was invited to try out for the under-16 Team USA in May, but just barely missed the cut. I’m not sure how severe the break is — if she’ll just be out for the summer or longer — but hopefully I’ll get a chance to talk with her in the next few days. Here’s a link to the Hoop Gurlz story on Green’s injury.

UPDATE: Gabby seems in good spirits despite the premature ending to her summer season. She said she’s definitely out for the summer and will be in a boot for eight weeks with a fracture, but expects to be back in time for the start of her sophomore season at Saint Mary’s.


Campolindo’s Kallam leaving for Bentley

After four years at Campolindo High, girls basketball coach Clay Kallam is returning to Bentley.
Kallam had previously coached at the Lafayette private school for five years before taking the Campolindo job in 2007.
He said the reasons for the move were strictly financial.
“It was pretty much an offer I couldn’t refuse and I enjoyed my time there. I like Division V,” Kallam said, adding that he’ll have other administrative duties with the school.
“I’m not motivated so much by coaching at a higher level. One thing I like about coaching is teaching and seeing the girls improve.”
Kallam was 77-39 at Campolindo, including a 25-7 record this past season as the Cougars advanced to the North Coast Section Division III title game and the Northern California regional semifinals.


Green, Waters invited to national team tryout

I got a little basketball news that is a couple of days old, but definitely worth sharing. St. Mary’s freshman Gabby Green and Bishop O’Dowd sophomore K.C. Waters are among 35 players from across the country invited to try out for the USA Basketball Under-16 National Team.

The trials will take place May 26-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A committee will then select 12 athletes to compete at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Merida, Mexico from June 3-11.

Green, a 6-foot point guard, and Waters, a 6-1 post, both helped their respective high school teams earn North Coast Section titles and reach California Interscholastic Federation state title games.

Seven of the 35 invitees are from California. For a complete list, check out the USA Basketball website.


Carondelet’s Hannah Huffman picks Notre Dame

Even before the Notre Dame women’s basketball team made its surprising run to the NCAA tournament championship game, Carondelet High standout Hannah Huffman knew she wanted to play for the Fighting Irish.
On Monday night, as Notre Dame was preparing to play Texas A&M for the national title, the standout junior guard gave her oral commitment to Fighting Irish coach Muffet McGraw.
“I’ve always been a fan,” Huffman said of the school. “My dad went there and as a kid I was always watching the football team and paying close attention to their athletic programs. After I got the (scholarship) offer I always kind of knew in my gut that’s where I wanted to go. Academically, socially and athletically it fit me best.”
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Berkeley girls finish season in national top 10

Berkeley High’s girls basketball team finished the season highly ranked in several national polls after falling to No. 1 Mater Dei-Santa Ana 59-47 in Saturday’s Division I state title game. The Yellowjackets are No. 6 in the MaxPreps.com Freeman computer rankings and No. 8 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25. Berkeley is No. 34 in the ESPN Rise Powerade Fab 50 poll. Berkeley’s ranking in the XCellent 25 and Fab 50 rankings are the exact same as they were last week before the state title game, so they weren’t punished or rewarded for playing Mater Dei closely. The Monarchs earned the mythical national title for the second straight year with the win over Berkeley.

Carondelet is No. 19 in the Freeman rankings, but didn’t crack either human poll.

Look for our All-East Bay girls basketball selections this Saturday in the paper and here on the blog. The boys team will run on Sunday.