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…
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
One of the top high school basketball players in the country is from the Bay Area.
17-year-old Bishop O’Dowd senior Ivan Rabb starts his day at the high school gym with a basketball in hand. Peek into one of their practices and you just see a bunch kids playing a game they love.
But Rabb knows that all eyes are on him.
“I just want to set a good example,” explained Rabb.
His Coach Lou Richie told KTVU that Rabb is a unique student and player.
“We’ve never had a young man like Ivan in the program,” said Richie.
Ivan Rabb is ranked by ESPN as one of the top high school draft picks in the country, but Richie says the ranking doesn’t tell the whole story.
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Ivan Rabb’s day would make a stumping politician sweat: up before dawn, a workout at 7 a.m., breakfast, school from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., study hall until 5:30 p.m., another workout, practice until 7 p.m., then back home for dinner and another few hours of schoolwork. Thing is, he’s only 17. But you don’t become ESPN’s number one high school junior basketballer in the country without hustling. A lot.
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by Dominic Drury
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.
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Perseverance pays off. Just ask Brian Shaw ’83.
Named the head coach of the Denver Nuggets in June, the former NBA player and assistant coach was in the running for several head coaching positions over the last few years – including the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets.
Shaw weathered the ups and downs, and didn’t get discouraged when he was passed over – even when the Lakers head coaching position seemed to be a given.
Photo by: Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball When Ivan Rabb ’15 takes to the hardwood this season, he’ll be drawing on important lessons learned during international competition as a member of the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team.
Playing in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship held in Maldonado, Uruguay, in June, Rabb was instrumental in leading the USA team to a gold medal and extending the U16 team’s win streak to 15-0.
Over the course of the five-game tournament, Rabb led the USA team in rebounding, averaging 9.8 rebounds per game. He led all tournament players in field goal percentage (.619) and was second in blocked shots, averaging 2.6 per game.
Rabb said the biggest difference that he noticed between high school or AAU and international play is international players routinely flop with the hope of drawing a foul call.
“If you tried to go through a screen, the defenders would flop and most of the time the calls would go their way,” he said. “So we had to learn how to avoid that trap.”
(Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post)
Brian Shaw ’83 was introduced during a press conference at Pepsi Center where he was recently named the Head Coach of the Denver Nuggets. Read more…
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Men’s Basketball History
West Alameda County Conference – Foothill League
Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL)
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012
Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League (ACCAL)
East Shore Athletic League (ESAL)
1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993
Catholic Athletic League (CAL)
1956, 1957, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
North Coast Section (NCS) Championships
NCS – 1st Place
1979 (3A), 1980 (3A), 1981 (3A), 1982 (3A), 1983 (3A), 1984 (3A), 1986 (3A), 1988 (Div. I), 1994 (Div. I), 1996 (Div. I), 2003 (Div. I), 2004 (Div. III), 2010 (Div. III), 2012 (Div. III), 2013 (Div. III), 2014 (Div. III)
CIF – Northern California Championships
CIF Open Division – 1st Place
CIF Division I – 1st Place
1981, 1983, 1986, 1988
CIF Division III – 1st Place
2004, 2007, 2010, 2011
California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Final State Rankings (1978 – 2005)
2004 (4th – Div. IV)
2000 (16th for all divisions)
1997 (8th – Div. I / 18th for all divisions)
1994 (7th – Div. I / 12th for all divisions)
1992 (6th – Div. I)
1991 (10th – Div. I)
1988 (3rd – Div. I)
1987 (6th – Div. I)
1986 (3rd – Div. I)
1983 (2nd – Div. I)
1982 (2nd – Class 3A)
1981 (3rd – Class 3A)
1978 (9th – Class 4A)
Other CIF Records/Honors (thru 2005)
4th in the state for most appearance in state finals
Most Games played in a season – 38
1965, 1970, 1978
Most Games played in a season – 39
Best record in the 1980′s
Most wins in the 1980′s
Most wins in the 1960′s
Most wins all-time (1954 – 2005)
Most 30-win seasons (1959-1988)
Most 20-win seasons (1978-2005)
Most consective 20-win seasons (1978-2005)
Most consective section championships (1979-1984)