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.
Rising seniors Joe DeMers (College Park High) and Justin Hooper (De La Salle) will show off their arms at the Perfect Game All-American Classic later this summer. The two standout pitchers were among 54 high school baseball players from across the nation invited to the all-star showcase, which will be played at the San Diego Padres’ PETCO Park on Aug. 10. The 5 p.m. game will be televised on MLB Network.
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.”
Heritage High’s Frank Kurtz has withdrawn from this weekend’s CIF state track and field championships due to a knee injury, Heritage coach Kevin Bain texted to the Bay Area News Group tonight.
Kurtz, who won the boys 400 meter title last Saturday at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions, told the Bay Area News Group after his victory that he had kind of tweaked his right knee two days earlier. “I couldn’t go out fast, do anything explosive off this knee,” he said.
But Kurtz was dominant in the 400 final Saturday, winning by .42 with a time of 47.66 seconds. The Stanford-bound senior has the seventh-fastest time in the state this season (47.35) according to PrepCalTrack.com. Last year, Kurtz placed fourth in the 400 final at the CIF state championships
“Frank decided that his injury is preventing him from running 100 percent and feels that he cannot win it going 70 percent like last weekend,” Bain texted. “It is a soft tissue strain in the back of the knee that prevents him from accelerating.”
A pair of former Richmond High basketball stars are returning to their alma mater to help the Oilers basketball program.
Wendell McKines and Eli Holman are holding a charity basketball game on June 7 to benefit the Richmond High boys basketball team. Tickets are $5 for the 2 p.m. game between Team Holman and Team Wensday. The teams will be comprised of professional basketball players from overseas, including McKines and Holman.
McKines’ season in South Korea ended in March and he said that Holman’s season in Turkey “just ended,” McKines said.
“It will be an annual event,” said McKines about the game.
For more information, e-mail McKines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topped by an impressive nine members of the San Ramon Valley High girls soccer team, here is a list of Wolves heading to college athletics:
Shawn Hipol has been hired as St. Joseph Notre Dame’s new girls basketball coach, Pilots Athletic Director Chris Pondok confirmed today.
Hipol was the head coach at Skyline High for the past five seasons and guided the Titans to a pair of Oakland Athletic League regular-season titles in 2010 and 2014, and a co-title in 2012. His overall record at Skyline was 95-46 with a 40-10 mark in OAL regular-season play.