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2016 Women’s Varsity Softball team continues on their strong and resilient path with an overall current record of 16-2 and League record of 9-1

BOD 2016 Varsity Softball
The Bishop O’Dowd 2016 Women’s Varsity Softball team continues on their strong and resilient path with an overall record of 16-2 and League record of 9-1 after a 13-3 win over Sir Francis Drake High School on Saturday. This following a split of games during the week winning over Encinal HS on Wednesday with a score of 11-4 and taking a 0-4 loss against Castro Valley High School Friday night.

Upcoming games to be held:

Tuesday, 5/3 @ 4pm vs. Berkeley High School at Berkeley

Thursday, 5/5 @ 7pm vs. San Leandro High School at Castro Valley Community Center

Come on out and support your team! GO DRAGONS!!!!

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O’Dowd Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent/Celebratory Signing Forms


Seven Bishop O’Dowd High School student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent/Celebratory Signing Forms in a ceremony held in Dominican Hall Lounge on April 21.

Family and friends were on hand to congratulate Kaelan Ashford-Jones, baseball, Morehouse College; Jason Brown, golf, University of La Verne; Jenna DeTurk, tennis, Sonoma State University; Greg Kleinman, soccer, Occidental College; Miles Montgomery, soccer, Colorado College; Valentina Riveros, soccer, San Francisco State University; and Alexis Scalzo, softball, Clark Atlanta University.

Track Posts top times at Arcadia Invitational

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The Dragons travel to Arcadia, CA to compete in largest Track and Field invitational in the U.S. posting top times in California in relay events as well as individual events.

Dragons Win Rugby Double Header

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The Bishop O’Dowd Men and Women’s rugby teams both advance to the Northern California Championships after winning a very wet Saturday evening double header of Nor Cal Rugby Playoffs on the De La Salle Campus. The Northern California Championships will be held on Saturday April 16, Venue TBA.

Tyler Manca ’18 Organizes Free Baseball Academy for Youngsters


There’s nothing that brings Tyler Manca ’18 more joy than playing baseball.

A member of the O’Dowd varsity baseball team, Tyler has benefitted from playing highly competitive – yet expensive – travel ball. He knows, however, those opportunities are cost prohibitive for many youngsters.

So Tyler took steps to ensure that young baseball players who don’t have the financial resources to participate in elite travel ball still have the opportunity to develop skills needed to succeed at the high school level, and experience the joy the sport has brought him. Read more…

Jason Maas ’81 to be Inducted into Castro Valley Sports Hall of Fame

jason_bball_cardWhen it came to baseball, Jason Maas ’81 was a bit of a late bloomer.

“People wouldn’t have looked at me in high school and said ‘this kid is going to get drafted,'” Maas said.

When Maas got to college, however, things began to click – in a big way.

In 1984, as a junior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Maas led the nation in triples (11), and was an All-West Region selection and an All-American. He still holds the Cal Poly SLO record for career triples (18) and ranks second in stolen bases for the 1985 season (32 stolen bases) behind Ozzie Smith. “I had little power, but plenty of speed,” Maas said. Read more…


Men’s and Women’s Track post California and National leading times

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The ladies 4x100m team placed 1st and currently has the 4th fastest time in California, 26th best in the U.S.


RECORD: 3-2 WACC, 5-3-1 OVERALL MATCH MVP: GRANT CRANEY – During an overall tough day, Grant held down #1 doubles as well as stepping in to play #1 singles for exhibition. Very mature as a Freshman in the face of adversity to complete his own match and offer to play Piedmont’s #1 player when the […]

Wonderful Article on Asha Thomas ’15 – Basketball and Family

From The Daily Californian, by Kapil Kashyap

Men Basketball Advance in NorCal Playoffs


Please join me in congratulating our varsity men’s basketball players and coaches on their gutsy 67-64 come from behind victory last night over Sacred Heart Cathedral in the CIF NorCal Division III semifinals. Our team showed great resilience in the game, trailing 17-5 after the first period,19-29 at halftime, and entire third period. It wasn’t until 4:30 remaining in the game that we took our first lead 48-46. Sacred Heart Cathedral responded with a 10-2 run to regain the lead, 56-50 with 3:13 remaining. We cut the deficit to 58-59 with 1:00 remaining before Sacred Heart Cathedral responded with a basket to increase their lead to 58-61 with 56.2 seconds remaining. With 45.6 remaining, sophomore Naseem Gaskins hit the game tying three-pointer to send the game into overtime. In the overtime period, we played great defense and hit some tough shots to prevail 67-64 and punch our ticket to the championship game.

Our team will face No. 2 seed Manteca at American Canyon High School at 8pm on Saturday for the NorCal Division III title.

Please come out and show your support on Saturday. Go Dragons!

Ticket Prices – NorCal Finals at American Canyon High School
General Admission – $12.00
Children/Students (ASB card)/Seniors – $8.00
Parking: $5.00 autos and buses

Directions to American Canyon »

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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


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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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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 »

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