Women’s Basketball Disqualified From NCS Playoffs
Bishop O’Dowd attempts to schedule the best teams in California every year. Unfortunately, this year while scheduling our allotted contacts, we failed to designate one of our contacts as a scrimmage. As a result, this put us over the number of games allowed by our section.
This oversight collectively falls on our entire staff and we feel terrible that this has occurred. We are disappointed for our girls who have dedicated countless hours to their pursuit of defending their NCS championship. We will look into every option for them to compete in the CIF Norcal Open Division tournament.
OAKLAND CA – When one walked into sold-out Bishop O’Dowd gym Friday night, most people expected a grudge match between the two best teams in the WACC-Foothill league. The O’Dowd Dragons (18-4) and Berkeley Yellow Jackets (21-2) are two very physical teams, and although it was Valentine’s Day, do not have much love for one another.
O’Dowd easily defeated Berkeley 99-64, as Berkeley was down from the start. But the story of the game was not Ivan Rabb’s double-double or on all the talent the Dragons have this year, it was about O’Dowd’s team manager Lucas Cortez.
The following O’Dowd student-athletes signing National Letters of Intent/committing to play sports in college today included Taylor Hobbs – Soccer – Yale University; Alexander Holme – Football – Columbia University; Samantha Koepp – Soccer – South Dakota State; and Andrew Melendez – Cross Country/Track – Santa Clara University.
On Wednesday, February 5, 2014 San Francisco Giant Bench Coach and two-time World Champion, Ron Wotus, spoke to the Baseball & 20th Century America class about his experiences in a lifetime of baseball at the amateur and professional level. Thanks to a family tie of student Ben Figueroa ’16, Coach Wotus was able to visit this unique elective class developed by Social Studies instructor Fritz Blume. Coach Wotus shared his personal story of being drafted straight out of high school, eventually making it to “the Show” with the Pittsburg Pirates, and then his long career as a minor league manager and coach for three different managers with the Giants. During an extensive Q&A session, Coach Wotus shared several personal stories from his years in baseball, including three trips to the World Series; discussed how baseball has changed with the introduction and spread of technology and sabermetrics, and discussed the issue of steroids and PEDs in the modern game and it’s past.
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
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 www.nata.org/consumer/docs/Factsaboutathletictrainers.pdf
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.
* To create a strong parent organization supporting athletics
* To enrich the entire athletic experience for our student-athletes
* To build community through athletics
* To support coaches in teaching life lessons
* To help the Crab Feed reach new heights
* To improve BOD athletic facilities
* To be a part of the athletic legacy
Dragon Athletic Boosters Meeting Dates
7-9pm in Dominican Boardroom
Monday, September 9, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Monday, January 6, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014