Just another Pier-less Monday

Big waves shut down the Pacifica Pier on Monday.

Big waves shut down the Pacifica Pier on Monday.

By John Murphy

Monday I had a doctor’s appointment up Highway 1 in Pacifica. The office was close to the Pacifica Pier and I couldn’t resist heading down to check things out.

The waves were high with the water almost splashing over the pier, which was closed — a not too common happening. A few would-be pier fishermen milled about and yukked it up a bit before departing. I repaired to the Chit Chat Cafe in front of the pier where I purchased a $2 brownie.

“Watch out, they’re addictive,” the girl behind the counter said. And they were pretty good. I watched the big waves roll in for a while and it was quite a show. Then I took off.

Half Moon Bay, about 15 miles south, has a surf club for high school and middle school kids. I get these practice and competition updates from the Cougar high school coach Mike Wallace and usually understand about half of his surfer-speak. Here’s the latest:

Due to a failure of the high school athletic alert system, we’re back to old school updates this week. Please spread the word.
1) Wednesday 3:30 pm Jetty, no practice Friday and see details below for Sunday.
Surf will be 10-20′ all week, rebuilding to another hefty swell on Friday, which leaves a tight window for Wednesday between pulses. Please exercise caution this week.
Surfrider Pro-Am contest:
This comp is scheduled for Sunday at Linda Mar and organizers will make the call by Wednesday if the contest will be moved to Saturday or rescheduled. It is open to team and club surfers, and would make a great tune-up since our next SCSSL comp is not until late-January. Registration is below.
Coach Mike
A disappointed fisherman with his bike in tow trudges by the Chit-Chat Cafe on his way home.

A disappointed fisherman with his bike in tow trudges by the Chit Chat Cafe on his way home.


Burlingame hosting college sports recruiting night

Former Burlingame basketball star Frankie Ferrari (now at USF) is an example of a former Panther who has moved on to the college ranks.

Former Burlingame basketball star Frankie Ferrari (now at USF) is an example of a former Panther who has moved on to the college ranks.

The Burlingame High Athletic Boosters are holding a college sports recruiting information night on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the school auditorium.

The event is to clear up uncertainties about what it takes to play a sport in college.

Here is the panel of coaches and recruiters:

— Dean Stotz: Recently retired Stanford’s associate head baseball coach

— Jon Carroll: Burlingame freshman football coach.

— Gabe Ribas: Santa Clara University pitching coach/recruiting coordinator

— Theresa Sherry: Chief Executive Officer, Sherry Sports, LLC and BearLax Club Teams (Girls’ Lacrosse).

— Charles Guthrie: New athletic director at San Francisco State University.

The night will consist of pre-determined questions from the boosters plus pre-submitted questions from the audience, according to the school’s web site. More information: Katie Intrieri at zooof6@gmail.com


MURPH’S PLACE: Wilcox likely participant in Levi’s doubleheader

Prep2Prep reported on Sunday, March 27 that Wilcox vs. Manteca was probable first game of doubleheader in Santa Clara, with DLS vs. Jesuit-Carmichael the likely second game.

Prep2Prep reported on Sunday, March 27 that Wilcox vs. Manteca was probable first game of doubleheader in Santa Clara, with DLS vs. Jesuit-Carmichael the likely second game.


By John Murphy

Grab a seat if you’re of the faint of heart.

There is an excellent chance Wilcox High will open its 2014 football season on August 29 playing the first game of a double-header at Santa Clara’s sparkling Levi’s Stadium, brand new home of the San Francisco 49ers and the site of the 2016 Super Bowl.

“We’ve been asked to play at the 49ers stadium,” Wilcox coach Dan Brown said Saturday night. “We’re trying to set up a game against Manteca who we beat in overtime last season. … But we need to get a waiver from CCS because the game would be before the actual (allowable) start date. We want to play and our kids are pumped, but it’s not official.”

Wilcox’s desired waiver is one of a handful of huge votes facing the Central Coast Section Board of Managers at Wednesday’s 8 a.m. meeting at the Campbell Union High School District Office in San Jose (3235 Union Avenue).

Among the other big action items are whether to eliminate the Open Division in football and the doing-away of sub.-500 football teams from applying for at-large berths into the playoffs (except to fill out brackets for teams that have enough power points).

The Football Committee has recommended both tournament proposals pass, but it faces an uphill battle. The CCS Executive Committee is not in favor of either, meaning a possible continuation of the much-debated Open Division which has existed for 10 years and consists of section’s best teams. Serra defeated Mitty 21-7 in last year’s Open title game.

“I support the Football Committee,” Serra coach Patrick Walsh said. “If the guys who live and breathe football voted against the Open Division and for enrollment-based divisions, then I think they got it right. I think it will be great for the CCS on so many levels.”

Walsh also thinks a team with a sub.-500 record, but with losses to powerful teams should not be penalized because it plays a difficult schedule.

“If they have enough points, they should get in,” he said. “Otherwise, we need to do away with the points.”

The proposal would also eliminate the A-plus designation for some teams, such as those in the West Catholic Athletic League.

The Athletic Directors Advisory Committee has voted to eliminate the Open Division, but to disapprove the sub.-500 proposal. The Executive Committee is against both the Open and the sub-.500 measure.

A stronger bet to pass is Wilcox getting its waiver so it can toe the same turf as Colin Kaepernick and Patrick Willis.

The second game of the doubleheader figures to match a prominent team from the North Coast Section as the host, taking on a Sac-Joaquin Section team, according to Wilcox’s Brown. Nobody has said for sure which teams those will be, but Jesuit-Carmichael is scheduled to visit De La Salle on August 27, so don’t be stunned if those teams wind up at Levi’s as well.

De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh was not immediately available for comment.

Teams from the NCS and SJS will not need waivers to play because they open their seasons a week earlier than the CCS due to their longer playoff schedule. The CCS playoffs are only three weeks.

In a letter to the CCS from Wilcox principal Bonnie Billings, athletic director Woody Freitas and Brown, the Chargers stated their case for the waiver. Says the missive in part:

“We are submitting this letter to request a one-time waiver of our section’s start date bylaw (Article V, Section 3-A.) so that we may play a game at the San Francisco 49ers’ new home, Levi’s Stadium just down the street from our campus in Santa Clara.

The 49ers have invited Wilcox High School to host a varsity football game on August 29, 2014, which as you know is the week of first contact in our section. The date for first contests is the following week, September 4, 2014. Our game would be part of a high school football doubleheader with a team from the North Coast Section hosting the other game. Our first choice for an opponent would be defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Champion, Manteca High School. We currently have them scheduled for September 4 at Wilcox. …

We feel that this is a great opportunity not only for our school and the Wilcox community but also for the entire Central Coast Section. We will have a chance to showcase a team from our section in the newest, state of the art National Football League stadium.”

In an amendment to the letter, Wilcox noted Manteca has agreed to move the scheduled Sept. 5 game at Wilcox to August 29 and then will seek another opponent to play Sept. 5. The Chargers also want to play a JV game against Manteca the same weekend, though that’s not a major concern.

So far it all looks promising for the Chargers. The CCS Executive Committee by a 6-4 vote on April 1 recommended Wilcox be allowed the waiver. However, it will have to receive a two-thirds majority when the 40-plus member Board of Managers meets Wednesday for the final vote.

Section assistant commissioner Steve Filios noted that in decades past there was no rule about when a first game could be played. He said the rule was installed for a reason and that waivers are not dispensed liberally.

“The board put this in years ago and it felt strongly about it for reasons of not letting teams get a competitive advantage and making sure everyone is in the same boat,” Filios said. “The executive committee recognizes this is a special opportunity for a high school team to play at Levi’s Stadium, but it’s also very cognizant about not wanting to set a precedent of violating its own bylaws.”

This meeting figures to be a doozy. And it’s open to the public.

Wilcox’s Mitchell to walk on at San Jose State: Delshawn Mitchell, Prep2Prep’s CCS football Player of the Year, will play at San Jose State as a walk on, Mitchell said on Saturday night.

“He’ll be a preferred walk on,” Wilcox coach Dan Brown said. “I’m a little surprised they didn’t offer him a scholarship, but they know his athleticism and his potential and they didn’t want to let him get away. He’s the kind of kid who could probably go play JC one year and then go somewhere, but he’s comfortable (at SJSU). He’ll be close to home and I think it will be good for him.”

Mitchell rushed for 1,747 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior, caught eight passes for 121 yards and two scores, averaged 3.5 tackles per game, had three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and caused one fumble.

Nevada and Utah State were also interested in the two-way star who has been given the “athlete” designation by the Spartans, Brown said.

John Murphy is the Web Content Manager of Prep2Prep. He may be reached at jmurphy@prep2prep.com.

HONORS: St. Francis, Carmel scholar-athletes feted

St. Francis of Mountain View’s Eela Nagaraj (water polo) rand Carmel’s Justin DePalatis (cross country)  have been named CIF-State/Farmers Insurance scholar-athlete award winners for the Central Coast Section.

The top winners for the state are Isabella Bosetti of Justin-Siena in Napa and Brandon Miller of La Costa Canyon in Carlsbad.

In addition to the overall winners, 19 section winners were named, including Nagaraj and DePalatis.

There were 590 candidates representing the 1,500-plus CIF member schools state-wide. Both Bosetti and Miller will receive $5,000 awards. Nagaraj and DePalatis will both receive $2,000 each.

John Murphy may be reached at jmurphy@Prep2Prep.com and followed on Twitter @PrepCat 

LACROSSE: St. Ignatius meets top team from Northeast

St. Ignatius, the No. 1 lacrosse team from the west, takes on the top team from the northeast when the Wildcats meet Chaminade of New York at 1:15 p.m. today in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic.

The Wildcats are 16-0 and No. 19 in the UA/IL rankings. They will also face Seton Hall Prep of New Jersey on Saturday.

The Wildcats, coached by Chris Packard, are led by Harvard-bound Joey Lang, along with Matt Emery (Virginia), Chad Bell (Boston University), Spencer Evans (Harvard), Charlie Ford (Georgetown), Jack McGovern (Holy Cross) and Cyrus Scott (Colgate).


EVENTS: Fundraisers set in South City

Here are a couple of fund-raisers for South San Francisco schools:

A 5-kilometer run/walk — the Run for Schools — is Saturday, May 4. The race starts at South San Francisco High at 9 a.m. and there will be a celebration at Orange Park with awards, T-shirts and healthy snacks. School bands and dance troops will also be performing. Participants my register here.

South San Francisco Day at AT&T Park for a San Francisco Giants’ game is Tuesday, May 7. Tickets are $20 and are being sold through SSF High clubs/teams as a fundraiser.

John Murphy may be reached at jmurphy@Prep2Prep.com and followed on Twitter @PrepCat 



HONORS: ESPN’s Dilfer to appear at Aptos event


By John Murphy

Eight individuals and one team will be inducted into the Aptos High Sports Hall of Fame, according to information I received from Mariner athletic director Mark Dorfman.

The group includes former Aptos football coach Frank Lynch, surf legend Peter Mel and the 1972-’73 Mariner boys basketball team coached by Bill Warmerdam (pictured above). .

Lynch, a former Cal fulllback, is the step-father of former NFL quarterback and current ESPN football analyst  Trent Dilfer, who will attend the awards event on Thursday, April 18 at Seascape Golf Club, said Dorfman.



The ’73-’73 Mariner basketball team went 25-5 and finished third in the section, setting the standard of excellence for a program that won 10 league championships in 14 years and captured the ’86 NorCal title with a stunning upset of 32-0 Mt. Eden.

Mel (Class of ’87) is the 2013 Maverick’s Invitational Champion and California’s premier big-wave rider. He was named the 2012 Big Wave World Champion.

Others to be inducted are: track star Jacob Evans (Class of 2004), volleyball and basketball player Kayse Hagins (1991), football player John Kaitz (’83), track and field athlete Kirsten Loftin (2003), basketball star Jamie McCabe (2004) and golf star D.J. Powers (1992).

Dinner tickets for the April 18 event are $50 and may be reserved through Mark Dorfman at (831) 688-6565, ext. 483 or mark_dorfman@pvusd.org.

John Murphy may be reached at jmurphy@Prep2Prep.com.


Prep2Prep Presents: Virtual Dunk Contest

341-story-01With the NCAA tournament fast approaching, basketball is on the brain! Prep2Prep has decided to hold what we are calling our Virtual Dunk Contest! In order to enter, just video tape you or your friends dunking a basketball! That’s it! So Simple! We want you to be creative, be safe, and have fun! We will post all dunks online for our readers to pick their favorite. The best dunk will win a Prep2Prep Prize pack with some awesome stuff in it!

You have until Friday, March 22nd at 11:59pm PST to enter your video. You can email your video to info@prep2prep.com. All rim heights will be accepted, but no video will be shown on our site if it displays crude, illegal or dangerous behavior.

COACHING: Motivational ex-player to present in April

By John Murphy

Former NFL player and moticational speaker Joe Ehrmann will give speeches/seminars in April in Redwood City and Salinas.


Ehrmann, a former Baltimore Colt and Detroit Lion, will be at the Sequoia High gym 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 18 with the topic being “How Sports and Coaching Can Help Our Communities.” The program is free. Interested persons may contact cfarris@seq.org or rpoulos@seq.org.

On April 20 he will be at the Boys and Girls Club of Salinas (85 Maryal Drive, Salinas) from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for his InSideOut Core Coaching Seminar, explaining how sports can transform lives.

The InSideOut core seminar is a six-hour course designed to help coaches maximize their coaching platforms, impact their players and build winning teams, according to the release.

Pre-registration for the InSideOut seminar is $99 (when registered by March 31).



More information: www.transformationalcoachesmc.com or tcmc100@gmail.com or call 831-402-7288.


GIRLS WRESTLING: CCS girls claim state titles

By John Murphy 

Northview won the team title and several CCS girls won CIF-State girls wrestling tiles on Saturday in Lemoore. Here are the results:


Feb. 22-23 at Lemoore HS 


98 pounds: 1. Kaylee Chavez, Savanna; 2. Anissa Rodriguez, Chavez; 3. Bacich McKenzie, Bear Creek.

103: 1. Cadence Lee, Gunn; 2. Angelica Llanes, Arvin; 3. Brittny Hernandez, Charter Oak; Lauren Mason, Woodcreek.

108: 1. Gabby Garcia, Valencia; 2. Anna Divins, Lancaster; 3. Sabrina Sandoval, Porterville.

114: 1. Cady Chessin, Los Gatos; Dominique Parrish, Scotts Valley; Savanna Barr, Charter Oak.

118: 1. Sabrina Solis, Northview; 2. Crystal Zamarripa, Loara; 3. Alyssa Gonzalez, Benicia.

122: 1. 1. Carissa Madson, Novato; 2. Amber Quintana, Selma; 3. Fierro Marisela, Sierra Vista.

126: 1. Chanel Chawalt, Albany, 2. Teasia Lizama, Lindhurst; 3. Berenice Blanco, Santa Ana.

132:1. Mallory Velte, Christian Brothers; 2. Marki Simmons, Steele Canyon; 3. Forrest Molinari, Benecia.

138: 1. Jasmine Mendoza, Overfelt; 2, Maggie Douma, Napa; 3. Monica Samaniego, Miller.

146: 1. Jessica Rodriguez, Lincoln; 2. Anna Naylor, Lynbrook; 3. Jazmine Ivey, Lathrop.

154: 1. Gina Lopez, Western; 2. Courteney Tompkins, Pioneer Valley; 3. Kendall Reusing, La Sierra.

165: 1. Alyssa LaFrancis, West Covina; 2. Gabriela Guzman, Edison; 3. Niauni Hill, Hayward.

189: Sinorti Stegman, Berkeley; 2. Danielle Pubill, Sacred Heart Cathedral; 3. Sharon Garcia, La Puente.

235: 1. Jessica Walker, Santa Monica; 2. Maddy Tyrone, Northview; 3. Anissa Polian-Hernandez, McLane.

John Murphy can be be reached at jmurphy@Prep2Prep.com.