Athletics Overview


2016 Cross Country Race Schedule

2016 Cross Country Schedule can be found HERE including Bus departure times.

Current and Former O’Dowd Track Stars Qualify for Major Meets

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O’Dowd Track & Field Reaches Historic Heights


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Congratulations Winter 2015-2016 Scholar Athletes

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We are proud to honor these student athletes who have excelled in both their studies and in their athletic pursuits, earning a 3.5 or greater GPA in the fall 2015 semester.

Track California State Meet: Historic weekend, Ladies place top in the state with new school records and personal best marks


Senior KaRa Awakoaiye places 4th in the 100m hurdles in addition to helping her team place 7th in the 4x100m relay. This caps a historic career for her as a Dragon. She now holds the school record in the 100m hurdles.

O’Dowd Wins Prestigious NCS Elmer Brown Excellence Award

Bishop O’Dowd High School has been awarded the prestigious Elmer Brown Excellence Award, an honor bestowed by the North Coast Section in memory of former NCS commissioner Elmer Brown, who was a longtime head coach at Santa Rosa High School.

Brown was known to be a strong advocate of combining passion for athletics along with a strong commitment to education, and the award is given to the school earning the most points in the Section based on academic and athletic achievement.

O’Dowd earned the most points (86) of all 170 NCS schools for combined academic and athletic accomplishments in the fall, winter and spring sports seasons. See listing of point totals for all schools….

The NCS is the fourth largest conference in California, from the South Bay to Crescent City. The award was created to recognize one school in the section, no matter what size, whose performance embodied both athletic and academic excellence.

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2016 Softball team wins NCS Div III Title 2nd Year in a row, shutout game 8-0 ending season with a 22-4 Overall and 11-2 League record!

NCS Champs

BOD 2016 Softball team Div. III defending champions win title for 2nd year in a row. The 8-0 shut out against San Marin High Scool consisted of excellent pitching by senior, Alexis Scalzo, and fantastic hitting and fielding by all the players ending their season with a 22-4 Overall and 11-2 League record.

Congratulations to the players who made the WACC Foothill All-League Softball Teams:

First Team: Alexis Scalzo, Hannah Rosenfeld and Frankie Hammoude
Second Team: Michael Edwards-Gonzales and Nicole Hammoude
Honorable Mention: Allie Curtis and Lizzy Avery
Player of the Year for All League: Frankie Hammoude

We are also proud of our Seniors and Team Captains: Alexis Scalzo, Olivia Olmos, and Haley Ferrufino-Jurs.

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Pass to Play

Pre-participation evaluation and baseline concussion screening for
the upcoming school year from Muir Orthopaedic Specialists. Download the brochure »


Women’s Track Wins NCS Title


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Congratulations to Men’s Lacrosse Team for a Banner Season

Dragons complete one of programs most successful seasons.

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Bishop O’Dowd Athletics has a long standing tradition of excellence dating back to the 1950’s with outstanding teams in the Catholic Athletic League. Basketball, baseball and track were at the early forefront.

With the inception of football and Title IX in the seventies O’Dowd athletics expanded it’s excellence. Volleyball, tennis, golf, soccer, cross country, softball and swimming all gained respect in league, section and state championships. Our swimming program was enhanced with the addition of water polo and O’Dowd was one of the first west coast high schools to offer boys and girls lacrosse.

With further expansion of freshmen teams in volleyball, soccer, girls basketball and baseball O’Dowd hopes to include all students who wish to participate. Over 700 students play interscholastic athletics. Our athletes are also a large proportion of our outstanding students.

Through dedication, hard work and a commitment of excellence Bishop O’Dowd continues to foster DRAGON PRIDE!

Mike Bowler, Director of Athletics
Carlos Arriaga, Associate Athletic Director



Sports Medicine

What is an athletic trainer?

An athletic trainer is a certified professional educated on how to prevent, assess, treat and rehabilitate athletic injuries. An athletic trainer holds a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited collegiate athletic training/kinesiology program. During the education, the athletic trainer must complete many hours and demonstrate the ability to perform competencies. Once the education process is completed, the athletic trainer becomes certified through a national certification exam. This exam is proctored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification. An athletic trainer is an excellent resource for various aspects of athletics such as prevention of injuries, nutrition, and psychological issues. For more information about athletic trainers go to


Bishop O’Dowd has a full-time Certified Athletic Trainer on staff. Joanne Kinyon provides student-athletes with the following services: preventive taping; bracing; emergency, acute, and chronic injury assessments; injury rehabilitation; reconditioning; and nutrition advice.

Athletic Training Room  Hours: The training room is open from 11a-7p. Athletes are expected to come in for evaluations and rehabilitation work during lunch or MP periods.


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Athlete Planning Guide


Weight Room Essentials

Strength & Conditioning Coach, Jay Beito tells you all the important things you need to know about safely working out in our weight room »

Coach Beito’s tips for parents on CBS site »

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