O'Dowd, St. Mary's track teams impress The Bishop O'Dowd High and St. Mary's High track teams had a number of top-three performances at the Sacramento State High School Track Classic on March 2. O'Dowd's Eugene Hamilton III won the 1,500 meters by more than five seconds with a time of 4 minutes, 1.70 seconds, and he was also second in the 400 (49.26). St. Mary's had a number of event winners: Ja'vion Robinson in the boys 110-meter hurdles (15.18 wind-legal), Chloe Jenkins in the girls 800 (2:17.93), Austin Collier in the boys long jump (21 feet, 8 inches wind-legal), Briahn Brown in the girls high jump (5-4) and both the boys 1,600 relay (3:27.03) and girls 1,600 relay (3:58.31) teams. Second-place finishes were achieved by Bishop O'Dowd's girls 1600 relay team (4:05.49) and St. Mary's Carly Schulz in the girls 300 hurdles (45.71). Third-place finishes were achieved by O'Dowd's boys 1,600 relay team (3:29.64), Emily Fieberling in the girls 1,500 (4:50.22), Keisha May in the girls 800 (2:18.82), and Andrew Melendez in the boys 3,000 meters (8:58.49).
On deck California Interscholastic Federation Northern regionals, boys and girls basketball, March 8 or March 9, TBA -- The Bishop O'Dowd boys and girls teams and the St. Mary's girls squad open play in the new Open Division on March 28. O'Dowd will play in a doubleheader at Chabot College, with the girls game at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7:30. St. Mary's will host Sacramento at 7 p.m. The St. Joseph Notre Dame boys, El Cerrito boys and Piedmont girls have first-round byes and will host quarterfinal games on March 9. Local teams that competed in the first round on March 6 included St. Mary's boys (Division IV), Head-Royce boys (Division V), Berkeley girls (Division I), Oakland Tech girls (Division I), Alameda girls (Division II) and Encinal girls (Division III). Results of the first-round games were unavailable at press time.
Stars of the week Gabby Green, St. Mary's girls basketball -- Green scored a game-high 22 points and also had 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in the Panthers' 54-48 victory over Salesian in the North Coast Section Division IV championship game on March 2. She also had a game-high 21 points in a 58-26 semifinal win over Piedmont on Feb. 27. Rachel Howard, Berkeley girls basketball -- Howard scored a game-high 22 points, including four 3-pointers, in the Yellowjackets' 65-40 loss to Heritage in an NCS Division I semifinal game on Feb. 27. Marcellus Pippins, El Cerrito boys basketball -- Pippins scored 15 points in the Gauchos' 89-78 loss to Bishop O'Dowd in the NCS Division III championship game on March 2, and also had a game-high 15 points and seven rebounds in El Cerrito's 55-54 win over San Marin in a semifinal game on Feb. 27. Paris Austin, Bishop O'Dowd boys basketball -- The sophomore scored a game-high 27 points, including three 3-pointers, in the Dragons' 89-78 victory over El Cerrito in the North Coast Section Division III championship game on March 2. He also had 12 points in O'Dowd's 69-46 semifinal win over Sir Francis Drake on Feb. 27. London Robinson Oakland Tech girls basketball -- The Oakland Athletic League Most Valuable Player had a game-high 18 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and three assists in a 47-40 loss to McClymonds in the Oakland Section playoffs championship game on Feb. 28. Ryan Diew, Head-Royce boys basketball -- Diew had a team-high 16 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, but the Jayhawks lost to St. Joseph Notre Dame 63-56 in an NCS Division V semifinal game on Feb. 27.