Athletics Overview


Girls have Best NCS Finish in 10 years; Colin Burke is fastest in NCS

Hayward High School – Through heavy rain and cold, the men’s and women’s cross country teams both placed second at the NCS championships this past Saturday, November 22nd. Despite having the fastest team time of the day, the boys placed second in their race earning a state birth for the third year in a row. [...]

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O’Dowd Men’s Basketball Takes on Bishop Gorman

Powerhouses to Face Off at NorCal Tip Off Classic

The highly anticipated basketball game between nationally ranked O’Dowd and Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas is set for Nov. 29, at 8 p.m., at Newark Memorial High School.

Tickets for the game will be sold on Friday, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., in the large gym during the Alumni Game. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for children. Only 100 tickets will be available for purchase.

Tickets will be sold at Newark Memorial the day of the game, but it’s advised that you arrive 2 to 3 hours before the O’Dowd-Bishop Gorman tip off to ensure admission. Get more details about the Classic…

Hall of Famer Lou Brock On His Secrets of Success

Lou Brock stole a lot of bases during his nearly 20-year Major League Baseball career – 938 to be exact. But the legendary base stealer had an important piece of advice for O’Dowd students this week – “Do not let anyone steal your dreams.”

Brock was on campus Nov. 18 and met with students from several 7th period classes in the large gymnasium. O’Dowd parent Henry Loubet arranged for the impromptu visit.

Brock’s 938 stolen bases stood as the major league record until Ricky Henderson eclipsed the mark in 1991. Henderson finished his major league career with 1,406 stolen bases. But Brock remains the only base runner to steal 50 or more bases for 12 consecutive years and holds the record for Most Stolen Bases in the World Series with seven (twice).

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Langston Walker – Academic Support Speaker

A professional sports career can be a fleeting thing.

In the National Football League, for example, the average career spans less than three years. Offensive tackle Langston Walker ’97 bucked the odds, playing for 10 years – both with the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, before retiring in 2010.

Walker’s message to high school student-athletes set on pursuing a professional athletic career? “You better take school (and your education) seriously because that is the only thing that can’t be taken away from you,” he said. Read more…

National Letter of Intent Signing Nov. 13

The Bishop O’Dowd High School Athletic Department celebrated and honored six student-athletes from the Class of 2015 who signed National Letters of Intent on Nov. 12, 2014. They included (from left to right in photo):
Asha Tyler-Thomas, basketball, UC Berkeley
Aisia Robertson, basketball, University of Kansas
Paris Austin, basketball, Boise State University
David Kyriacou, baseball, University of Kansas
Brianna Karsseboom, volleyball, UC Davis
Gray Strandberg, crew, UCLA

Athletic Teams Playoff-Bound

Several O’Dowd athletic teams have qualified for postseason play.

Cross Country – will be competing in the NCS D3 Meet of Champions on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Hayward High. The boys race starts at 9 a.m. and the girls race starts at 10:05 a.m. Get more information…

Football – The No. 12 seed football team (5-5 overall) travels to No. 5 seed Acalanes (7-3 overall) on Friday, Nov. 14, for a 7 p.m. kickoff in an NCS D3 playoff game. Check bracket…

Tennis – The No. 5 seed women’s tennis team (15-8-2 overall) will take on No. 4 seed University High of SF (18-4-4 overall) on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m., at Golden Gate Park in the NCS D2 playoffs. Check bracket…

Volleyball – The No. 2 seed volleyball team (26-4 overall) hosts No. 15 seed Hercules (15-3 overall) Wednesday, Nov. 12, in an NCS D3 playoff game. Check bracket…

Men’s Water Polo – The No. 6 seed men’s water polo team made it to the second round of the NCS D2 playoffs before falling to No. 3 seed Justin Siena, 14-12, on Nov. 8. Check bracket…

Cheerleaders Qualify for Las Vegas JAMZ

Sunday, October 26 the JV and Varsity cheer teams competed at the JAMZ regional competition at UOP in Stockton. 2 minutes and 30 seconds, the time of a competitive routine, the culmination of 5 months of work, hundreds of hours of practice, four days in 100 degree weather at camp, jumps, falls, frustrations, tears and tons of laughter. Both team’s 1st place scores qualified them for an invitation to Las Vegas in February.

Dragons Again Win Team Titles at Clovis

Woodward Park, Fresno – The men and women’s cross country teams capture team titles on both sides this past weekend and the Clovis Invitational. Getting some good practice in for the state meet which is held on the same course, the varsity teams both earned first place finishes.

On the men’s side, senior Colin Burke again won his race, and finished his invitational season undefeated. Jourdan Amen led the women as she took second in her race under the hot Fresno sun.

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