Northcutt resigning as SLV hoops coach; will be next Watsonville AD

By John Murphy 

Marcus Northcutt is resigning as the San Lorenzo Valley boys basketball coach and will be Watsonville High’s next athletic director, said current Watsonville AD Saul Ruiz who is moving to the Central Valley following this school year.

San Lorenzo Valley is now advertising for a new basketball coach following Northcutt’s successful run in that position. The Cougars went 20-7, 9-3 last season.

Ruiz has decided to leave Watsonville due to the high cost of homes and living in general in the Central Coast.

There is no plan for Northcutt to coach basketball at Watsonville, Ruiz said.

Ball, Ratinho, Killingsworth among those honored on MaxPreps all-state team

Jake Killingsworth led Serra to a state Division II title in 2015-2016.

Jake Killingsworth led Serra to a state Division II title in 2015-2016.

Here is the MaxPreps.com all-state basketball team including Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball and De La Salle’s Jordan Ratinho on the first team, Ball as MVP of the Division I team and Serra-San Mateo’s Jake Killingsworth making the all-state third team and being named MVP of the Division II team.

Chino Hills won the CIF-State Open title and Serra won the DII title.

 

First Team

Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills, 6-6, Sr
Jordan Ratinho, De La Salle (Concord), 6-5, Sr
T.J. Leaf, Foothills Christian (El Cajon), 6-10, Sr
Keith Fisher, Westchester (Los Angeles), 6-7, Sr.
De’ Anthony Melton, Crespi (Encino), 6-4, Sr

Second Team

Jordan Ford, Folsom, 6-0, Sr
Shacquille Dawkins, Alemany (Mission Hills), 5-9, Sr.
Robinson Idehen, Modesto Christian (Modesto), 6-10, Sr
LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills, 6-6, Jr.
David Singleton, Bishop Montgomery (Torrance), 6-3, Soph

Third Team

Jaelen Ragsdale, Weston Ranch (Stockton), 6-0, Sr
Dikymbe Martin, JW North (Riverside), 6-1, Sr.
Solomon Young, Sacramento, 6-7, Sr.
Cody Riley, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth), 6-9, Jr
Jake Killingsworth, Serra (San Mateo), 6-5, Sr

Honorable Mention

Eyassu Worku, Los Alamitos, 6-2 Sr.
Jonah Mathews, Santa Monica, 6-2, Sr.
Brandon McCoy, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), 7-0, Jr
Zafir Williams, Long Beach Poly, 6-6, Jr
Bryce Peters, Damien (La Verne), 6-4, Sr
Jemarl Baker, Roosevelt (Eastvale), 6-3, Jr
MJ Cage, Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 6-10, Sr
Jordan Griffin, Centennial (Corona), 6-2, Sr
Elizjah Scott, Chino Hills, 6-4, Jr.
Matthew Manning, Sheldon (Sacramento), 6-6, Sr
Leland Green, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach), 6-3, Sr
Spencer Freedman, Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 6-1, Soph
Sayeed Pridgett, El Cerrito, 6-5, Sr
Jordan Schakel, Bishop Montgomery (Torrance), 6-6, Jr

Division I

First Team

Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills, 6-6, Sr
Jordan Ratinho, De La Salle (Concord), 6-5, Sr
T.J. Leaf, Foothills Christian (El Cajon), 6-10, Sr
Keith Fisher, Westchester (Los Angeles), 6-7, Sr.
DeAnthony Melton, Crespi (Encino), 6-4, Sr

MVP: Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills

Second Team

Jordan Ford, Folsom, 6-0, Sr
David Singleton, Bishop Montgomery (Torrance), 6-3, Soph
Robinson Idehen, Modesto Christian, 6-10, Sr
LiAngelo Ball, Chino Hills, 6-6, Jr.
Cody Riley, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth), 6-9, Jr

Division 2

First Team

Dikymbe Martin, JW North (Riverside), 6-1, Sr.
Eyassu Worku, Los Alamitos, 6-2 Sr.
Solomon Young, Sacramento, 6-7, Sr.
Zafir Williams, Long Beach Poly, 6-6, Jr
Jake Killingsworth, Serra (San Mateo), 6-5, Sr

MVP: Jake Killingsworth, Serra

Second Team

Sayeed Pridgett, El Cerrito, 6-5, Sr
Jonah Mathews, Santa Monica, 6-2, Sr.
Kavaughn Scott, Orange Lutheran (Orange), 6-7, Sr
Armani Dodson, Kaiser (Fontana), 6-5, Sr.
Isaiah Martin, Ridgeview (Bakersfield), 6-4, Sr.7 steals.

Division 3

First Team

Jaelen Ragsdale, Weston Ranch, 6-0, Sr
Damari Milstead, Moreau Catholic (Hayward), 6-2, Jr
Bryson Williams, Roosevelt (Fresno), 6-8, Sr
John Edgar, Ayala (Chino Hills), 6-5, Sr
Kenny Wooten Jr., Manteca, 6-9, Sr

Archbishop Riordan, wrestling community mourns passing of beloved coach, referee

Coach Alex

By John Murphy

Archbishop Riordan High wrestling and the wrestling community in general is mourning the passing of Abraham (Alex) Ostrovskiy who died in his sleep at his San Francisco home on Monday night.

Said a Riordan social media post regarding the Russian immigrant and former Crusader assistant coach: “We were blessed to have had Abram (Alex) Ostrovskiy as a coach for a decade and as a friend and fan for many more years. It is with sadness we announce his passing but it is with gratitude we appreciate the opportunity to have known such and amazing and inspirational man.”

A picture Prep2Prep has located on the Internet of Ostrovskiy shows a diminutive, chiseled man with a deadly serious countenance.  He began his wrestling career in his native Soviet Union, survived the Nazi invasion during World War II and was a member of the Soviet team in the mid-1950s.

He competed and coached internationally and became known for his superior technical wrestling and later received high rankings as a wrestling official both in his homeland and later in the United States after arriving here more than 35 years ago.

Said wrestlerswithoutborders.com of Ostrovskiy: “The walls of his modest apartment are covered with animal hoofs and horns, ceremonial swords and numerous other awards – the honors bestowed up him by tournaments and organizations across the globe.”

Former longtime Riordan wrestling coach Vittorio Anastasio, now the school’s principal, met Ostrovskiy at a meet in the early 1990s, one thing led to another and Ostrovskiy became a Riordan assistant coach.

“We’d bring him to tournaments and the kids liked him so he became an assistant,” Anastasio said. “He was able to practice his English and help the team and also referee on an international level. He was a highly recognized referee.”

Failing health hindered Ostrovskiy in recent years but, even after a heart attack, he was back on the mat officiating n a matter of weeks.

“He was just a tough guy,” Anastasio said. “We feel happy and blessed to have known him. He had some phenomenal stories about being a Russian Jew and living in Russia during World War II and being separated from his family and how he didn’t speak until age 8 because of all the trauma he went through. That’s why it was good for him to get involved in wrestling because it created a new family for him.”

Part of that extended family was at Riordan High where Crusader wrestling enthusiasts and Anastasio plan to attend Ostrovskiy’s memorial service at 1 p.m. today (April 14) at Olivet Memorial Park at 1601 Hillsdale Blvd. in Colma.

 

Half Moon Bay High grad Donovan tearing it up for CSM

College of San Mateo's Harlee Donovan grew up at Martin's Beach, just south of Half Moon Bay.

College of San Mateo’s Harlee Donovan grew up at Martin’s Beach, just south of Half Moon Bay where she attended high school. 

By John Murphy

Half Moon Bay High grad Harlee Donovan hit three home runs including a grand slam to help lift the Lady Bulldogs to 13-0, 9-0 victories against College of the Sequoia on Thursday.

Donovan, a sophomore catcher, now has a state-leading 15 home runs for the season and 35 home runs in two years. She led the state in HRs with 20 last season.

Harlee is the sister of Half Moon Bay High softball stars Abbey and Riley Donovan. The sisters have grown up in the Martin’s Beach area south of Half Moon Bay, first in a beachfront house at Martin’s Beach and more recently at the sprawling Triple-D Ranch across the Cabrillo Freeway from Martin’s Beach.

Harlee also leads the state in runs scored with 49. Her exploits helped CSM lengthen its three-year home winning streak to 55 games.

Harlee’s grand slam in the fourth inning capped the 13-0 win in the opener. She led off the second game with a solo blast, which proved to be the winning run, and then had a two-RBI homer in the second frame for seven RBIs on the day. Donovan was also walked twice on the day, upping her lead in that category to 25 this season, as she scored five times.

Another Half Moon Bay High grad, Morgan Jones (14-1) got the win in the first game.

Donovans are also lifting the Half Moon Bay High softball team with senior Abbey hitting .542 with one home run and seven RBIs and sophomore Riley hitting .500 with two homers and 18 RBIs for a team that is 10-1 overall and 6-0 in the PAL-Bay, holding a lead over co-second place Hillsdale and Carlmont (both 3-1).

CSM has already wrapped up a fifth consecutive Coast Conference-North title and will close out conference play on Tuesday by hosting Chabot College at 3 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs will also host Shasta College on April 16.

Day 2: Serra wins; Palma, DLS lose and Miramonte girls fall

The Serra Padres after winning the state DII title.

The Serra Padres after winning the state DII title.

 Here is the re-cap from CIF-State following Day 2 of the state championships at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena:  

SACRAMENTO – Recaps from Saturday’s (Day 2) action of the 2016 CIF State Basketball Championships.

Open Division Boys: Chino Hills def. De La Salle, 70-50

Quick Facts:

  • Chino Hills won their first State Championship in their second consecutive appearance.
  • The Huskies were led by junior LiAngelo Ball’s 18 points. Fellow junior Elizjah Scott added 16 points, while senior Lonzo Ball contributed a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds and  freshman LaMelo Ball tallied 14 points in the win.
  • As a team Chino Hills shot 45.3% (29-of-64) for the night.
  • Senior Jordan Ratinho led the Spartans with 16 points, followed by seniors Nick Macarchuk and Nikhil Peters with 12 points each.
  • Sportsmanship Award Winners: Jordan Ratinho (De La Salle) and LiAngelo Ball (Chino Hills) junior LiAngelo Ball

 

Open Division Girls: Chaminade def. Miramonte 80-71

Quick Facts:

Chaminade won their second State Championship in as many appearances.

Senior Leaonna Odom led the Eagles with her double-double of 33 points and 15 rebounds. Senior Valerie Higgins and junior Melissa Wright added 16 and 15 points respectively.

As a team Chaminade shot 47.8% (33-of-69) for the night.

Miramonte was led by senior Sabrina Ionescu with a triple-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Mats shot 46% (29-of-63) from the floor in the loss.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Kena Delos Santos (Miramonte) and Mackenzy Iwahashi (Chaminade)

 

Division II Boys: Junipero Serra def. Long Beach Poly, 48-33

Quick Facts:

Junipero Serra won their first State title in their second attempt.

Senior Jake Killingsworth was the leader of the night with his double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds. Fellow senior Lee Jones added 13 points in the win.

Long Beach Poly was led by junior Zafilr Williams with a double-double of 16 points and 10 boards.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Darryl Polk Jr. (Long Beach Poly) and Miles Todzo (Junipero Serra)

 

Division II Girls: Cajon def. Elk Grove, 55-36

Quick Facts:

Cajon won their first State Championship in their first appearance.

Senior Kayla Washington was the leader of the night with her double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Fellow Cowboy senior Tyla Turner added 17 points, followed by senior Taylor Goldsberry with her double-double of 12 points and 16 boards.

Elk Grove was led by junior Mira Shulman with 15 points, followed by senior Madison Wong with 10 points.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Mira Shulman (Elk Grove) and Tyra Turner (Cajon)

 

Division IV Boys: Harvard-Westlake def. Palma, 66-49

Quick Facts:

Harvard-Westlake won their third State title in their fourth appearance.

The Wolverines were led by senior Wolfgang Novogratz with 26 points and eight rebounds.  Freshman Cassius Stanley added 16 points and six boards, followed by junior Carter Begel with 14 points.

Plama was led by senior Wyatt Maker with 18 points and nine rebounds, while junior Jamaree Bouyea added 11 points, seven boards and two blocks in the loss.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Liam McMillin (Palma) and Carter Begel (Harvard-Westlake)

 

Division IV Girls: Cardinal Newman def. Antelope Valley, 39-37

Quick Facts:

Cardinal Newman won their first State Championship in their first try.

Junior Hailey Vice-Neat was the leader of the day with her double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Fellow junior Lauren Walker added four points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks in the Cardinal win.

Antelope Valley was led by senior Tylen Price with 14 points and eight boards, followed by junior Tyler Smith with 10 points.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Tyler Smith (Antelope Valley) and Maiya Flores (Cardinal Newman)

 

Thursday, March 24 Final Scores

Division I Boys: Crespi Carmelite def. Berkeley, 68-53

Division I Girls: Brea Olinda def. St. Francis, 64-51

Division III Boys: Manteca def. Ayala, 60-51

Division III Girls: Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep def. Lakeside, 50-47

Division V Boys: St. Joseph Notre Dame def. St. Bernard, 55-50

Division V Girls: Eastside College Prep def. Village Christian, 57-50

 

CIF-State re-cap of Day 1 in Sacramento

basketball up closeHere is a re-cap from Day 1 of the CIF-State basketball championships from Rebecca Brutlag of the state office:

Division I Boys:  Crespi Carmelite def. Berkeley, 68-53

Quick Facts:

  • Crespi Carmelite secured their second consecutive State Championship in as many tries.
  • Senior De’Anthony Melton was the leader of the night with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Fellow senior Mitchell Mykahaylov contributed his own double-double of 19 points and 13 boards in the Celts win.
  • As a team the Celts shot 45.8% (27-of-59) on the night.
  • Berkeley was led by senior Niles Malone, followed by junior Sean Spikes with 14 points and eight rebounds.
  • Sportsmanship Award Winners: Nile Malone (Berkeley) and Mitchell Mykhaylov (Crespi Carmelite)

 

Division I Girls: Brea Olinda def. St. Francis, 64-51

Quick Facts:

Brea Olinda won their 10th State title in their 13th appearance at the CIF State Championships.

Senior Reili Richardson led all scorers with 26 points, followed by Wildcats sophomore Tyiona Watkins with 22 points. Sophomore Krislyn Marsh added a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

As a team the Wildcats shot 42.9% (24-of-56) from the floor.

St. Francis was led by senior Tia Hay with 16 points. The team shot 57.1% (16-of-28) in the second half.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Janae Fairbrook (St. Francis) and Reili Richardson (Brea Olinda)

 

Division III Boys:  Manteca def. Ayala, 60-51

Quick Facts:

The Manteca Buffaloes secured their first State Championship in their first appearance.

Buffalo senior Kenny Wooten was the leader of the night with 26 points, 18 rebounds and nine blocks, followed by junior Tydus Verhoeven with a double-double of 11 points and 12 boards.

As a team Manteca shot 59% (23-of-39) for the night, including 70% (14-of-20) in the first half.

Senior John Edgar Jr. led the Bulldogs with 21 points and six rebounds in the loss.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Seanjeet Paul (Ayala) and Tydus Verhoeven (Manteca)

 

Division III Girls: Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep def. Lakeside, 50-47

Quick Facts:

Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep picked up their fifth State Championship in their eighth appearance.

Junior Ilmar’I Thomas was the leader of the day with a double-double of 30 point and 15 rebounds for the Fightin’ Irish.

Lakeside was led by junior Emma Merriweather with a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds. Junior Triann Thompson and senior Marissa Williams added 12 and 11 points respectively in the loss.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Triann Thompson (Lakeside) and Edina Del Rosario (Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep)

 

Division V Boys: St. Joseph Notre Dame def. St. Bernard, 55-50

Quick Facts:

St. Joseph Notre Dame claimed their 6th State title in their 11th appearance.

Junior Jade’ Smith was the leader of the day with a double-double of 21 point and 11 rebounds. Junior Darne Duckett and freshman Adam Campos added 14 and 12 points respectively in the Pilots win.

Freshman Kobe Keiner made two clutch free throws in the final seconds to seal the win for the Pilots.

St. Bernard was led by senior duo Julian Ross and Robert Fuller with 15 points each.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Adam Amanuel (St. Bernard) and Darne Duckett (St. Joseph Notre Dame)

 

Division V Girls: Eastside College Prep def. Village Christian, 57-50

Quick Facts:

Eastside College Prep won their first State Championship in their second consecutive trip to the State Finals.

Sophomore Alyah Bell and freshman Zion Gabriel led the Panthers with 16 points each, followed by sophomore Kayla Tahaafe with 15 points in the win.

As a team Eastside College Prep shot 40.7% (24-of-59) for the day, including 51.7% (15-of-29) in the second half and forced 24 turnovers.

Village Christian, appearing in their first State Championship game, was led by sophomore Leslie Aguilar and junior Mercy Odima with 15 points each. Odima was the game leader on the boards with 19 total rebounds.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Avery O’Neal (Village Christian) and Alayah Bell (Eastside College Prep)

CCS boys and girls soccer match-ups set

Here are the Central Coast Section opening-round soccer match-ups for both boys and girls following Saturday’s seeding meeting:

Open Division

Wednesday

No. 6 Homestead (11-2-7) at No. 3 Menlo-Atherton (14-3-2), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Archbishop Mitty (11-5-4) at No. 2 Alisal (15-2-3), 7 p.m.

No. 5 Watsonville (13-2-5) at No. 4 Palo Alto (15-0-4), 1 p.m.

No. 8 Leigh (12-5-2) at No. 1 Bellarmine (14-1-5), 1 p.m.

Division I

Wednesday

No. 11 Alvarez (7-6-4) at No. 6 Carlmont (11-6-2), 7 p.m.

No. 14 Westmoor (12-3-3) at No. 3 Los Altos (14-1-4), 3 p.m.

No. 7 Los Gatos (9-4-7) at No. 10 Christopher (12-1-3), 7 p.m.

No. 15 Santa Teresa (10-7-2) at No. 2 St. Francis (10-3-7), 3 p.m.

No. 5 Sequoia (8-6-5) at No. 12 Monta Vista (13-4-3), 3 p.m.

No. 13 Yerba Buena (14-3-1) at No. 4 Woodside (12-3-3), 3 p.m.

No. 9 Willow Glen (9-6-5) at No. 8 Lincoln (13-4-3), 3 p.m.

No. 16 Mountain View (8-6-6) at No. 1 Evergreen Valley (11-2-5), 7 p.m.

Division II

Wednesday

No. 11 Monterey (10-4-4) at No. 6 Aragon (12-5-2), 3 p.m.

No. 14 Soledad (12-5-1) vs. 3 Sacred Heart Cathedral (10-3-6) at Kezar Stadium, 3 p.m.

No. 10 Pioneer (8-4-6) at No. 7 Scotts Valley (13-2-3), 3 p.m.

No. 15 Gonzalez (13-3-3) at No. 2 The King’s Academy (15-2-2), 3 p.m.

No. 12 Branham (11-8-1) at No. 5 St. Ignatius (11-5-4), 3 p.m.

No. 13 Prospect (15-4-1) at No. 4 Carmel (13-2-4), 3 p.m.

No. 9 South San Francisco (10-5-4) vs. 8 Harbor (12-2-3) at Soquel High, 3 p.m.

No. 16 Menlo (12-4-2) vs. No. 1 Pajaro Valley (11-3-6) at Watsonville High, 7 p.m.

GIRLS 

Open Division

No. 6 Santa Teresa (13-6-1) at No. 3 Woodside (14-1-3), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Palo Alto (16-1-1) at No. 2 Archbishop Mitty (13-2-5), 1 p.m.

No. 5 Aptos (12-2-4) at No. 4 Leigh (14-3-3), 7 p.m.

No. 8 St. Francis (13-3-3) at No. 1 Mountain View (17-0-2), 1 p.m.

Division I

Wednesday

No. 11 San Benito (11-5-2) at No. 6 Westmont (15-1-3), 7 p.m.

No. 14 Christopher (13-3-3) at No. 3 Presentation (15-3-2), 3 p.m.

No. 10 Branham (10-7-3) at No. 7 Santa Clara (9-6-3), 7 p.m.

No. 15 Oak Grove (11-2-1) at No. 2 Fremont (13-2-4), 7 p.m.

No. 12 St. Ignatius (10-6-4) at No. 5 Salinas (13-3-1), 7 p.m.

No. 13 Leland (8-8-3) at No. 4 Valley Christian (11-6-1), 3 p.m.

No. 9 Carlmont (9-8-3) at No. 8 Piedmont Hills (7-6-7), 7 p.m.

No. 16 Gunn (10-7-1) at No. 1 Menlo- Atherton (12-4-2), 7 p.m.

Division II

Wednesday

No. 11 Crystal Springs Uplands (13-4-1) at No. 6 Live Oak (15-1-3), 7 p.m.

No. 14 The King’s Academy (10-7-1) at No. 3 Burlingame (13-4-3), 7 p.m.

No. 10 Soquel (9-8-3) at No. 7 Sacred Heart Prep (12-5-2), 3 p.m.

No. 15 Summit Prep (7-3-5) at No. 2 Soledad (17-2-1), 7 p.m.

No. 5 Saratoga (9-4-5) vs. No. 12 Notre Dame-Salinas (12-3-4) at Rabobank Stadium, 7 p.m.

No. 13 Pacific Grove (11-4-2) vs. No. 4 Santa Cruz (10-7-1) at Soquel High, 7 p.m.

No. 9 Scotts Valley (9-6-3) at No. 8 Terra Nova (15-3-2), 7 p.m.

No. 16 King City (9-7-2) at No. 1 Menlo School (10-2-6), 3 p.m.

 

Palo Alto passing tourney set for June 11

Serra Leki Nunn will be among the talented players at the Paly passing tourney June 11.

Serra Leki Nunn will be among the talented players at the Paly passing tourney June 11.

By John Murphy 

Palo Alto High is running its third annual passing tournament June 11.

There will be four pools of five teams.

The tourney has been a big success in the past, with the intent to replace the Stanford tournament formerly run the same weekend.

Here are the schools set to play so far:

Amador Valley, Bishop O’Dowd, Christopher, Foothill, Fremont,

Half Moon Bay, Kings Academy, Leigh, Liberty, Menlo School,

Menlo-Atherton, Modesto, Mountain View, Oak Grove, Palo Alto,

Patterson, Pioneer, St. Francis, Serra.

Ward is new Leland football coach

Leland Charger logo

By John Murphy 

Mike Ward is the pick as the new football coach at Leland High. Ward was an assistant coach last season with the Chargers.

Leland went 1-9 last season under interim coach Kyle Ansberry.

“I’m really excited – it’s my first head coaching position and I’m not looking to move on,” said Ward, 32. “I want to build the program. It has a good tradition and has the support of the administration and the faculty and students and community as a whole.”

Ward is from Baltimore and is a big Orioles’ baseball fan. He played high school football at Loyola Blakefield, a Catholic school. He also played soccer and football at Lycombing College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Before assisting at Leland he assisted for four years at Coral Springs Charter in Florida, helping the program to go from a 3-7 record to 11-1.

Ward met his wife Kristi, a Pioneer High graduate, at grad school at the University of Miami and they decided to move to the Bay Area to be closer to his wife’s family and possibly start a family of their own. Kristi (maiden name Kimura) played basketball and tennis at Pioneer and was also on the track and field team.

Ward said he will fit his offense to the Charger personnel but that one possibility is to run a Pistol or shotgun formation with a West Coast Offense out of that.

The Chargers went 6-6 in 2014-2015 under coach Jake Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy is now an assistant coach at Burlingame.

Leland had its last winning season in 2013-2014 under Shaughnessy, going 7-4 overall, 5-2 in league.

 

 

Of Tomas Thompson and daughter, the Soquel ‘Psychos,’ Hadyn King and Eichhorn’s impressions

JORDAN THOMPSON

JORDAN THOMPSON

By John Murphy

Last week I profiled Jordan Thompson of The Harker School girls basketball. At last glance the junior was averaging 27 points per game.

It’s always kind of cool but sobering to realize I have covered both a current prep athlete and their parent. Back in the 1980s, as sports editor of the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, I covered Jordan’s father Tomas Thompson, the Harker coach, who starred at Soquel  back then.

Tomas Thompson was the son of Rolling Hills Middle School of Watsonville teacher/athletic director Tom Thompson whose gym now bears his name. Tomas was known for his high-arching, long-range shots in an era shortly after the 3-point shot was established. Soquel had a good team then and a large following of rowdy students who I dubbed the “Soquel Psychos” — this slightly upset Aptos coach Bill Warmerdam who thought I was waking a sleeping giant and its fans in the Knights, so to speak.

Warmer would unpredictably get upset by weird stuff like that on occasion, such as when I previewed the Jefferson-Daly City High team before it played Aptos at Skyline College in a big playoff game and he thought I built up Jeff too much. I believe the Indians (as they were called then) had Tyreese Knox in their lineup. Jeff won that game, by the way. Warmerdam was a truly great coach, though, and probably the most unique guy I ever covered. His battles with Santa Cruz coach Pete Newell Jr. were epic. Newell was just as great of a coach in his own way and he managed one feat Warmer did not, won a state title.

There have been numerous father/son or father/daughter combos I have covered over the years and I’m reminded by it after seeing Jim Seimas’ tweet that Archbishop Mitty’s Hadyn King has committed to USF for baseball. I covered King’s father and uncle (who are twins) when they played at Aptos under coach Paul Barrington. Matt and Marc King were those Mariner stars but I cannot recall which one is Hadyn’s father and which is his uncle; seems like I’ve spoken to both of them at Mitty games.

Other father/son or father/daughter combos I’ve covered:

Mark Eichhorn (Watsonville baseball)/David Eichhorn (Aptos baseball).

Glenallen Hill (Santa Cruz multi-sports)/Heleyna Hill (Mitty girls basketball)

Blair Calhoun (Serra basketball)/Siobahn Calhoun (Half Moon Bay girls basketball and track and field).

Stan Claunch (North Monterey County football)/Troy Claunch (Vacaville football and baseball).

I didn’t cover pitcher Mark Eichhorn in high school, but I wrote the story for the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian when he got drafted out of Cabrillo College. I also was there for his Bay Area major league debut for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Oakland Athletics. Years later, after Eichhorn picked up a few World Series rings with the Jays, I covered his son David Eichhorn for the San Bernardino Sun in the Little League Western Regionals in San Bernardino (won by Aptos). Mark was an assistant coach on that team who used to keep the all-stars loose in the dugout by doing his vast array of comical impressions.

Ah, the memories. Good times.