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    Have you ever wondered who might be on the receiving end of a wrong number included in a group text?For one Pontiac, Michigan, high school basketball team, it just so happened that the person they inadvertently messaged this week was Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, and their mix-up would lead to a FaceTime call with some of the biggest stars in the Bucs' locker room.The call started because they didn't believe who Murphy-Bunting was. He then got tight end Rob Gronkowski to join in, before handing the phone off to cornerback Richard Sherman and running back Leonard Fournette. Then things got really wild -- when quarterback (and notable Michigan alumnus) Tom Brady hopped on the call, much to the delight of the group."They were shocked," Fournette said of when he handed the phone to Brady. "I think that's ... to guys in high school, Tom is the figure for them. You know what I mean? Who wouldn't want to look up to a guy like that?""That was sweet," Brady said of the impromptu FaceTime. "I didn't know who it...
    Benicia football player Guardian Harper is the Bay Area News Group’s boys high school athlete of the week for Nov. 15-21 after receiving 44.36% of the vote by the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday. De La Salle football player Charles Greer (38.52%) finished second and Campolindo football player Dashiell Weaver took third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Harper made the play of the night to lead Benicia into Friday’s North Coast Section Division III championship game at Windsor. With the Panthers trailing Las Lomas 10-7 with just over three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the sophomore linebacker picked up a fumble and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown, lifting Benicia to a 14-10 victory in the semifinals. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Nov. 8-14: Carsten Peters, De La Salle water...
    Some of the Bay Area’s best high school basketball teams and prospective Division I players will convene at Dublin High School for the NorCal Tip-Off Classic on Saturday. An evening matchup between Dublin and Campolindo, two powerhouse teams, headline the eight-game tournament — back after a year off from the pandemic for its 14th year — that also features Dougherty Valley, Woodside Priory, Clayton Valley, De La Salle, Bishop O’Dowd, Riordan and Oakland Tech. Plenty of scouts and coaches from Division 1 and Division II programs and Junior college programs will be in attendance to watch the tournament, including Arizona State, St. Mary’s, University of San Francisco, San Jose State University, University of Pacific, Hawaii, Long Beach State, San Diego State, San Francisco State, Fresno State, Academy of Art, San Francisco City College and Chabot College, said tournament coordinator Gerry Freitas. Freitas made scouts and coaches aware of the teams brimming with potential high-major and low-major players expected to participate. Across the board in all classes, too, there are good players in every class. MORE...
    CIF NorCal girls volleyball Open Division Saturday’s semifinals No. 8 St. Francis at No. 4 Menlo School, 6 p.m. No. 3 Lincoln-Lincoln at No. 2 Archbishop Mitty, 6 p.m. Division I Saturday’s semifinals No. 13 Los Gatos at No. 1 Oak Ridge, 6 p.m. No. 7 Amador Valley at No. 3 Hillsdale, 6 p.m. Division II Saturday’s semifinals No. 4 Pleasant Grove at No. 1 Clovis, 6 p.m. No. 3 Burlingame at No. 2 Redwood, 6 p.m. Division III Saturday’s semifinals No. 5 Soquel at No. 1 Carondelet, 6 p.m. No. 11 Miramonte at No. 7 Santa Cruz, 6 p.m. Division IV Saturday’s semifinals No. 4 West Valley-Cottonwood at No. 1 Branham, 6 p.m. No. 14 Tamalpais at No. 2 University Prep, 6 p.m. Division V Saturday’s semifinals No. 13 Trinity at No. 8 Drew, 6 p.m. No. 3 Orland at No. 2 Skyline, 6 p.m. Central Coast Section water polo Boys Open Division Saturday’s final...
    Northgate quarterback John Pelletier is the Bay Area News Group’s boys high school athlete of the week for Nov. 1-7 after receiving 15,484 votes (46.27%) by the deadline at 5 p.m. Wednesday. He edged Dublin football standout TJ Costello, who finished second with 13,698 votes (40.93%). California quarterback Teddy Booras took third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Pelletier had himself a game in a 48-21 victory over College Park that clinched the Diablo Athletic League’s Valley Division championship. He was 16 of 24 for 359 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns as the Broncos finished the regular season 5-0 in the league and 8-2 overall. They will play host to Windsor in the NCS Division III playoffs Friday. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Oct. 25-31: Nate Escalada, Bellarmine...
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The attorney for a Black teenager from South Texas says several other teens attacked his client with a stun gun on Halloween while wearing costumes resembling Ku Klux Klan robes. At a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 10 Matt Manning of Corpus Christi said the attack involved high school students in Woodsboro, a small town 30 miles north of Corpus Christi. He said his client was not seriously injured, and he declined to identify all involved because they were juveniles. There were as many as six victims, all juveniles, Manning said. The five other victims were not shocked but may have been chased or otherwise terrorized, he said. “For you to dress up as a Klansman, you have a specific intent of terrorizing,” Manning said. “That’s not an accident. That’s not kids being kids. That’s not boys being boys. That’s not hazing or high school hijinks. High school hijinks are egging somebody’s house, not dressing up as a Klansman and Tasing them.” Refugio County sheriff’s deputies were called to Woodsboro by the report of a teen...
    NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) -- Two teenage boys were charged with making a threat against Naperville Central High School, Naperville police announced Tuesday.The threat was made on Oct. 19. It was one of several that forced Districts 203 and 204 to change their schedules.Both boys are from Naperville and were charged with felony disorderly conduct.They are 15 and 16, Naperville police said.RELATED: Naperville North High School put on lockdown, school day canceled due to bomb threat"Threats of school violence, whether written, spoken or posted on social media, are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Parents, please talk to your children about the seriousness and potential consequences of such statements because we will continue to take them seriously and take necessary action to ensure the safety of our schools," Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres said.Police would not provide any details about the threat that was made.A New York teenager was charged last month with making a threat against Naperville North High School.
    A record 69,175 votes were submitted for Bay Area News Group boys high school athlete of the week by the 5 p.m. deadline on Wednesday. When the voting closed, Bellarmine quarterback Nate Escalada finished on top. He is the athlete of the week for Oct. 25-31, edging Sequoia football player Jack Kern. Escalada received 30,508 votes (44.10%) to Kern’s 28,272 (40.86%). De La Salle water polo player Carsten Peters finished third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Filling in for injured Wade Smith, Escalada threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 89 yards on seven carries as Bellarmine clinched its first winning season in five years with a 45-34 victory on the road over Valley Christian. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Oct. 18-24: Patrick Aiello, Heritage water polo ...
    Heritage water polo Patrick Aiello is the Bay Area News Group’s boys high school athlete of the week for Oct. 18-24 after receiving 5,440 votes (41.18%) by the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday. Archbishop Riordan football player Emilio Cruz (19.45%) was second and Monte Vista football player Rocco Schramm (16.82%) took third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Aiello led Heritage to four victories in five matches last week, contributing 21 goals, seven assists and six steals. In a 16-8 victory over rival Liberty, the senior finished with six goals, two assists and a steal. He also scored six goals in a 9-8 win over Oakdale.   To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Oct. 11-17: Liam Smith, Hillsdale football Oct. 4-10: Jayden Hall, Cupertino football Sept. 27-Oct. 3: Filippi Montes, Gunn football Sept. 20-26:...
    A gay speaker at a school board meeting in Florida was removed by security for reading a vulgar passage of a highly sexualized book available in the district's high school libraries. In a video shared by an attendee of the meeting, Chair of Orange County Schhol Board Teresa Jacobs is heard instructing police officers to remove Jacob Engel, 27 after he read an excerpt from 'Gender Queer: A memoir.' 'I'm going to read a passage of a book that's floating around in your schools that has been banned from many other schools,' Engels begins saying. 'As a member of the LGBT community, the fact that this is floating around for children as young as ninth grade is concerning,' he added. Scroll down for video  Jacob Engel, 27 was removed from the board meeting after he read an excerpt from 'Gender Queer: A memoir' Four copies of the 'Gender Queer' by Maia Kobabe were in three of the Orange County School Board's 22 high schools 'As a member of the LGBT community, the fact that this is floating around for children...
    Administrators, teachers and students at two East Bay schools were reeling in the wake of two separate controversies involving students who in one instance appeared to mock the murder of George Floyd, and in another who wore a Ku Klux Klan robe at school. At De La Salle, a private Catholic school in Concord known for its football success, two students were disciplined after a photo surfaced on social media of them re-enacting the May 2020 murder of Floyd. The undated photo depicts one student smiling as he kneels on another boy’s upper extremities — what appears to be the manner in which ex-Minneapolis Ofc. Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd before his death. The boy is raising a clenched fist, a common solidarity symbol for the Black civil rights movement. The photo, which surfaced earlier this month, resulted in discipline for both students, though the school’s president David Holquin said it would be a violation of their privacy to describe what kind of punishment the two received. Holquin sent out two schoolwide emails condemning the photo, calling it out of...
    A 17-year-old female student was allegedly sexually assaulted by a group of male students in the bathroom of a Los Angeles high school last week while one student recorded it. The incident took place last Wednesday in a boys' restroom near the basketball gym at Hamilton High School, in the Westside of Los Angeles.  Authorities say multiple boys were involved and at least one had sexual contact with her while another one filmed, with the video now making the rounds on social media. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday morning while the school district and police department investigate. Last year, the Los Angeles Board of Education slashed $25 million from its school police budget despite warnings from some board members, who had previously been school principals, about the need for police during violent incidents. A 17-year-old female student was allegedly sexually assaulted by a group of boys in a bathroom at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles last Wednesday The attack was filmed and posted to social media. Detectives are trying to pull down the video 'I feel scared,'...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County is launching a “Smart Horizons Career Online High School” to help local parents. It’s free for parents and caregivers with children enrolled in their program to earn a high school diploma. It’s online and includes student support services and individual academic coaching. According to the Boys and Girls Clubs, there are about 215,000 adults without a high school diploma in the county.
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A report of sexual assault in a bathroom at Hamilton High School was under investigation Tuesday by the LAPD and Los Angeles Unified School police. A video was posted to social media of a female student who was surrounded by several male students in a boys’ bathroom and sexually assaulted. READ MORE: FDA Panel Meeting Tuesday To Review Pfizer Vaccine For Kids Ages 5-11In a phone message to parents, Hamilton High School Principal Jennifer Baxter did not give details about the investigation, but said the school’s crisis team has been activated and students were given the chance to talk to counselors. READ MORE: Dave Chappelle Agrees To Meet With Netflix's Transgender Employees“An incident occurred on campus last yesterday, on Wednesday, involving several students in the boys’ restroom,” she said in the message. “The school administration is coordinating with LAPD and LA school police department to investigate this issue further.” MORE NEWS: 3-Alarm Blaze Rips Through Abandoned Covina SchoolBaxter said, to the school’s knowledge at this time, there were no injuries.
    Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh returned to his old stomping grounds Friday night to cheer on his former high school football team during their homecoming game. Photos show Kavanaugh touting a dark blue baseball cap and a large grin as he watched his alma mater, Georgetown Preparatory School in Rockville, Maryland, dominate the field for a 28-3 victory over Landon High School. Kavanaugh, who appears to have attended the game alone, was seen socializing with other onlookers and seemed to have a good time overall. The elite all-boys school, with cost of attendance being nearly $40,000 or more than $60,000 annually if you choose to live on campus, has educated several prominent political figures including Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch and chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell.  Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh visited his high school alumna mater - Georgetown Preparatory School in Rockville, MD - on Friday night to cheer on the football team in a match against Landon High School Kavanaugh, who appears to have attended the game alone, was seen socializing with other onlookers and seemed to have a...
    Clint Howard is opening up in a big way about his time performing alongside the Ramones as a young Hollywood star. The "Jungle Book" voice actor, 62, told Fox News that the punk rock group "embodied rock ‘n’ roll," and he felt the group emitted an aura that made him and others want to do their best work in the 1979 cult classic. "I was blown away when I actually was in their presence the first time," Howard said while he and brother Ron Howard, 67, were discussing their new memoir, "The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family," in which the pair chronicle their life growing up on and off various sets in showbiz. "They took what they did very seriously. And even though 'Rock 'n' Roll High School' was a comedy, in a way I was keeping it pretty loose because my character, Eaglebauer, was this whimsical sort of wheeler-dealer character."  Howard said he was most impressed by the fervor the band displayed on set during filming and in their preparation, despite the fact they were essentially acting...
    Hillsdale football player Liam Smith is the Bay Area News Group’s boys high school athlete of the week for Oct. 11-17 after receiving 9,523 votes (47.55%) by the deadline at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Menlo football player Ty Richardson (44.36%) took second and Woodside water polo player Jake Anderson finished third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Smith, a junior, completed 19 of 34 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed for a team-high 62 yards in 11 carries as Hillsdale outlasted Capuchino 42-41 in overtime. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Oct. 4-10: Jayden Hall, Cupertino football Sept. 27-Oct. 3: Filippi Montes, Gunn football Sept. 20-26: Anthony Armendariz, Dublin football Sept. 13-19: Kevin Green, Gunn football Sept. 6-12: Tayden Phillips, Lincoln football Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Jake Calcagno,...
    REAL Housewives of Orange County’s fired star Kelly Dodd was slammed for posting pics of “huge high school boys.” The 46-year-old made the comment as she shared photos from her 15-year-old daughter Jolie’s homecoming. 5Kelly was slammed for posting pics of 'huge high school boys'Credit: Getty 5She made the comment about the boys that went to homecoming with her 15-year-old daughterCredit: Instagram/Kelly Dodd 5RHOC fans dubbed Kelly as a 'creeper'Credit: Instagram/Kelly Dodd Earlier this week, Kelly took to Instagram to share a series of clips and photos of Jolie and her friends before they went to their homecoming dance. Alongside the slides, the RHOC alum wrote: “@joliedodd homecoming!! These boys are huge they didn’t look like this when I was in HS in 1993!! And I’m not Mary Kay Letourneau !! #homecoming.” Shortly after Kelly shared the post, Bravo fans rushed to the comments section to slam the fired TV personality for making the comment about the teenage boys. 'CREEPER' One fan wrote: “Don’t be a creeper.” Another added: “You are worse.” A third chimed in: “You sound like a f**king creeper! #truth...
    Burlington High School hosted a “drag ball” during Friday night’s football game halftime. Put on by the school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club, the show featured students and teachers dressed in drag attire. About thirty participants, most of them male, strutted the track in a mixture of gowns, dresses, high-heeled boots, feather boas, colorful wigs and other accessories with techno music playing in the background. Students in the stands, decked out in rainbow attire, cheered them on. Andrew LeValley, an English teacher and advisor to the GSA club, said the school’s principal and athletic director were “on board excitedly,” according to Seven Days. Tom Flanagan, the Burlington superintendent, joined in wearing a rainbow cape and holding a rainbow flag, Seven Days reported. “I think it’s hard for boys to express an effeminate side of themselves, and often that might be the side they love the most,” LeValley told Seven Days. (RELATED: New Ad Tears Into Democratic Candidate For VA Gov For Saying Parents Shouldn’t Control Their Kids Education) Policies regarding gender identity and transgender students have embroiled school boards in...
    Cupertino quarterback Jayden Hall is the Bay Area News Group’s boys high school athlete of the week after receiving 50.59% of the vote by the 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline. Menlo-Atherton football standout Jalen Moss (27.92%) took second and Benicia football player Tyson Wallace (15.98%) was third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Hall threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns as Cupertino, playing at home, remained undefeated with a 26-21 victory over Fremont-Sunnyvale in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division play. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Sept. 27-Oct. 3: Filippi Montes, Gunn football Sept. 20-26: Anthony Armendariz, Dublin football Sept. 13-19: Kevin Green, Gunn football Sept. 6-12: Tayden Phillips, Lincoln football Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Jake Calcagno, California football Aug. 23-28: Robbie Mascheroni, Campolindo football June 7-13:...
    More than 51,000 votes were submitted for Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week by our 5 p.m. deadline on Wednesday. Gunn football player Filippi Montes had 18,275 of them (35.50%) to win this week’s honor. Encinal football player Kenneth Lorenzo (12,733, 24.73%) finished second and Wilcox football player Luther Glenn (8,072, 15.68%) took third. Montes carried five times for 154 yards and scored touchdowns on runs of 80, 72 and 2 yards in a 49-0 rout of Saratoga. He also recovered a fumble and had two tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including a sack. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s (Sept. 27 to Oct. 3) recognition. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Sept. 20-26: Anthony Armendariz, Dublin football Sept. 13-19: Kevin Green, Gunn football Sept. 6-12: Tayden Phillips, Lincoln...
    Dublin quarterback Anthony Armendariz has been named the Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week for Sept. 20-26 after receiving 9,858 votes (51%). Foothill quarterback Nick Walsh (35.14%) took second and Leigh football standout Sam Betz (12.12%) was third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Armendariz helped lead Dublin to a 37-14 victory over Liberty, completing 6 of 10 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns and running for 67 yards and a TD in eight carries. His team improved to 4-1. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Sept. 13-19: Kevin Green, Gunn football Sept. 6-12: Tayden Phillips, Lincoln football Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Jake Calcagno, California football Aug. 23-28: Robbie Mascheroni, Campolindo football June 7-13: Aidan Braccia, Sacred Heart Prep basketball May 31-June 6: Tristan Fox, Archbishop Mitty baseball...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Thursday was a somber day at Boswell High School. Two brothers, both students, were killed on Bailey Boswell Road Wednesday about 4:30 p.m., when police say, they lost control of their car and were killed in a wreck. READ MORE: Texas A Top Destination For Out-Of-State Transplants The car crash killed senior Isaiah Lopez, and freshman Elijah Lopez. Today flowers were left on the side of the road, where it occurred. “Great family, great mother. Those boys were her life,” said Boswell High School parent Anita Tenorio. “Saturday she was just gloating about them, saying they were both in high school together. It just hurts. Our community is hurting for sure.” Boswell’s principal said in a letter to parents they know their campus is hurting and that the “loss of any life is a tragic situation, especially when the loss is a classmate or a peer.” On Thursday crisis counselors were on campus to provide emotional support to students and staff. READ MORE: Better Late Than Never: Texas Workforce Commission Gets A Phone Messaging System Last...
    HAMMOND, Ind. (WLS) -- An after school shooting in Hammond Friday has left two boys injured, according to the city's mayor.The two boys were allegedly shot by two other kids right outside Hammond Central High School after they were released for the day, Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. Told the I-Team.The mayor said he was there and saw both boys wounded. They are said to have non-life-threatening injuries, McDermott said.The mayor added that the shooters are not in custody, but "they're optimistic" they will get them.This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.
    BARTLETT, Ill. (CBS) — One 16-year-old boy who played high school football is dead, and three other teenage boys were injured, in a crash Tuesday night in Bartlett. At 9:15 p.m., Bartlett police were called to Newport Lane and Devon Avenue for the crash. They said a 16-year-old boy was driving a 2021 Honda Civic west on Devon Avenue from Newport Boulevard – which is a different street from Newport Lane – when his car hit the curb, a speed limit sign, and a utility pole. The car then flipped on its roof, police said. READ MORE: 2 People Shot Outside Diversey River Bowl In Logan Square The driver and the three passengers all had to be extricated. The 16-year-old boy who had been the front-seat passenger died at the scene. Two other 16-year-old boys who had been in the back seat each suffered life-threatening injuries. One was taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, the other to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. The driver, age unspecified, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was also taken to St. Alexius. The...
    A controversial Florida high school teacher, who dubbed herself 'biology bombshell,' has resigned before the district could fire her after being accused by a group of girls of making inappropriate comments about her personal life, discussing teenage boys' bodies and joking about having sex with students.  Tiffany Johnson, 39, has left Howard W Blake High School in Tampa Bay after more than five years teaching biology there, citing unspecified 'personal reasons.' She was not charged with any crime.  'It was clear that Ms. Johnson on many occasions made inappropriate comments and overall did not conduct herself in a professional manner,' a spokesperson for the Tampa Bay School District told the Tampa Bay Times, which broke this story. 'As our district was moving toward termination, Ms. Johnson resigned.' Johnson's departure came months after Madisyn Slater, a senior at the school, first raised the alarm about the teacher's outrageous classroom antics, which allegedly included telling students she was not wearing underwear, wondering aloud about the size of a student's penis, and discussing her vibrator. Biology teacher Tiffany Johnson, 39, left Howard...
    When I heard about Brandi Levy, the former Pennsylvania high school cheerleader who is the subject of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on free speech for students, I first thought, oh no, another example of American profanity making the news. But in this case, serious enough to write major history. I then thought about a Community Voices piece I wrote in 2019 about American profanity in Congress and elsewhere, in which I referenced the observation Adm. James T. Kirk made in “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” about no one taking anyone seriously in the late 20th century unless swearing was a constant. The afternoon of the court’s decision, I was on a mildly socially distanced line at the supermarket, site of some of life’s most ridiculous but also enlightening conversations overheard while trying to keep the frozen food together on the checkout belt. In this case of unavoidable eavesdropping, a woman who looked to be no more than 45 was discussing the Levy case with the cashier, a man of 25 at the most. She told him, “Well, I...
    Boys basketball: All-Bay Area News Group Fab 25 (Mercury News & East Bay Times) Co-players of the year: Emmanuel Callas, Campolindo; Michael Mitchell, Archbishop Mitty Coach of the year: Steven Dyer, Campolindo (Listed in alphabetical order) David Ajanaku-Makun, Priory, 6-7, senior Led Priory to the CCS Open Division playoffs, averaging a team-best 12.3 points per game as the Panthers finished 14-2. Scored 23 in a double OT victory over Sacred Heart Prep. Jaden Alexander, St. Patrick-St. Vincent, 6-4, senior Was virtually unstoppable at times. Had a pair of 42-point games in victories over College Park and Northgate and scored 24 in a narrow win over Miramonte. Cade Bennett, Campolindo, 6-0, junior Picked up the slack with Aidan Mahaney sidelined much of the season because of injuries. Averaged 12.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Scored 25 in a win over De La Salle. Aidan Braccia, Sacred Heart Prep, 6-2, junior Averaged a team-leading 22.6 points per game for the CCS Division IV champs, along with 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.4...
    Boys basketball: Coach of the year In five seasons as Campolindo’s boys basketball coach, Steven Dyer has guided the Cougars on a steady ascent. They won a Division II state championship in his third season. They advanced to the Division I state championship game a year later, a game that was never played because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic continued to affect Campo this spring. Because the North Coast Section chose not to hold playoffs, Dyer loaded his team’s schedule with as many heavyweights as he could to give his players a season they would remember. The Cougars started 10-0, then pushed pause for a week because of coronavirus contact tracing protocols brought on by an opponent’s positive test, then won five more games to close the season. They went 15-0 even though two starters from the previous season, Aidan Mahaney and Logan Robeson, missed substantial time or in Robeson’s case didn’t play at all because of injuries. Campolindo’s Steven Dyer led his team to a 15-0 record this spring. (Doug Duran/Bay Area...
    Boys basketball: Co-players of the year For Campolindo’s Emmanuel Callas and Archbishop Mitty’s Michael Mitchell, their senior seasons were filled with triumph. Callas led Campolindo to a 15-0 record, a run that ended in late May because of the North Coast Section’s decision to not hold playoffs. Mitchell guided Mitty to a 17-1 season, capped in June by a celebration after the Monarchs repeated as Central Coast Section Open Division champions. They both were paramount to what their teams achieved this spring, and both will share the Bay Area News Group’s top boys basketball honor. They are this new organization’s co-players of the year. Callas averaged 15.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He scored at least 20 points in six games, including a victory over Bishop O’Dowd. “I don’t know him, but I’ve seen video of him getting better and better,” O’Dowd coach Lou Richie said about Callas. “He’s tough. He’s a polished player. He’s a tough matchup. He can shoot the three. He can handle the ball. Makes...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff UNIVERSITY PARK (KDKA) — With a win in the PIAA 3A Volleyball Championships, it’s a threepeat for the North Allegheny Tigers. North Allegheny was victorious in the championship match over Central Dauphin, capping off an undefeated 19-0 season. North Allegheny did it again in boys Volleyball. Another State Championship ???????? Pretty remarkable…and the Girls and Boys teams are a combined 153-1 since the start of the 2017-18 school year with 7 state titles between them — Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) June 13, 2021 North Allegheny has now won 65 matches in a row. When combined with the girls volleyball team at North Allegheny, the two teams have a 153-1 record dating back to the beginning of the 2017-18 season, with a combined 7 state titles.
    INDIO (CBSLA) – A 35-year-old basketball coach in the Coachella Valley that guided the Shadow Hills High School boys’ basketball team to a Southern Section Championship in 2020 was arrested Thursday on suspicion of raping a teenage girl he coached. Booked into the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio, Ryan Leron Towner is being held on suspicion of rape of a minor by force or fear of bodily injury, as well as oral copulation of a minor. Towner’s bail has been set at $55,000. READ MORE: Procession, Memorial Friday For Fallen San Bernardino Sheriff’s Sgt. Dominic Vaca The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department initiated an investigation into the 35-year-old after learning of allegations that the teen was assaulted between August 2017 and July 2018. Joshua Reinbolz, an investigator with the Sheriff’s Department, said that Towner was the head coach of a travel basketball team that the then 16-year-old girl played on. No additional details of the alleged crime were provided. Jail records show that Towner was near Jefferson Street and Fred Waring Drive in Indio Thursday morning. READ MORE: Judge Set...
    A California teen who helped stage a walkout over her high school's 'sexist' dress code had gone viral after documenting the protest on TikTok.   Evita Frick-Hisaw, 16, who is known as @baggyjeanmom on the platform, shared footage of her classmates wearing crop tops on June 3 in objection to a dress code assembly that was allegedly supposed to be held that day.    'In protest of the dress code assembly regarding "too much mid-drift," we are all wearing crop tops. We suggest you do too! Boys, support your friends and crop your tops,' reads a flyer about the walkout that she shared on her Instagram Stories.  Scroll down for video  Objection: California teen Evita Frick-Hisaw (pictured) helped stage a walkout at her high school in protest of it's 'sexist' dress code  Standing their ground: Evita, who is known as @baggyjeanmom on TikTok, shared footage of her and her classmates wearing crop tops in her viral video  United front:  Male students supported the cause by sporting crop tops and open shirts  Evita's viral TikTok video shows her wearing a...
    Bay Area News Group Top 15 (Mercury News & East Bay Times) Records through Tuesday, June 1 No. 1 Campolindo (15-0) Last week’s ranking: 1 Past week’s results: Beat Las Lomas 75-41 Up next: Season complete No. 2 Archbishop Mitty (14-1) Last week’s ranking: 2 Past week’s results: Beat Archbishop Riordan 67-58 Up next: TBA No. 3 Salesian (10-2) Last week’s ranking: 4 Past week’s results: Beat Bethel 58-50 Up next: Today vs. Pinole Valley No. 4 Archbishop Riordan (12-3) Last week’s ranking: 3 Past week’s results: Lost to Archbishop Mitty 67-58 Up next: TBA No. 5 Dublin (11-3) Last week’s ranking: 6 Up next: Season complete No. 6 Bishop O’Dowd (7-4) Last week’s ranking: 8 Past week’s results: Beat Piedmont 82-73, Alameda 59-55 Up next: Friday at Piedmont No. 7 Piedmont (10-3) Last week’s ranking: 5 Past week’s results: Lost to Bishop O’Dowd 82-73, beat Oakland 75-72, San Leandro 77-66, lost to...
    SAN FRANCISCO — In a battle between two of the Bay Area’s top boys basketball teams, Archbishop Mitty clamped down to claim the West Catholic Athletic League tournament championship with a 67-59 victory on the road over Archbishop Riordan on Wednesday night. The win all but locks up the No. 1 seed for Mitty in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs that start late next week. “Not only the seed, but to win the WCAL in a weird year is something special for these guys,” Mitty coach Tim Kennedy said. “Especially for these seniors in a weird year.” The Monarchs, ranked No. 2 by the Bay Area News Group, and No. 3 Riordan went blow-for-blow in the first quarter. Mitty’s Michael Mitchell and Riordan’s Zion Sensley traded three-pointers, and the quarter ended with Mitty up 20-17. Once the second quarter began, the Crusaders’ heavy workload might have caught up to them. “We looked like we were a step slow, after playing five games in six nights,” coach Joe Curtin said. ” I think it...
    A former student at a private Catholic high school in Cleveland has filed a federal lawsuit against the $15,000-a-year institution, claiming that an older teammate on the track team had repeatedly assaulted him in a sexual manner, but the attacks were largely swept under the rug.  According to the 27-page complaint, which was filed on Tuesday in US District Court Northern District of Ohio, the 17-year-old plaintiff, who is identified in the filing only as 'John Doe,' claims that before, during and after his enrollment at St Edward High School he was 'subjected to physical and sexual assaults, harassment, hazing, bullying and retaliation from other students associated with the track and cross-country teams.' The lawsuit alleges violations of the Title IX law, which prohibits federally funded institutions from discriminating against students, along with negligence, negligent hiring, and infliction of emotional distress. The plaintiff is seeking unspecified damages.  A former freshman at St Edward High School in Cleveland has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming that an older student had simulated a sex act on him five times in front of...
    SPRINGDALE, Pa. (KDKA) — After leading his team to three straight playoff appearances, the boys basketball coach at Springdale High School said he has been benched. Aaron Epps said his commitment to his players cost him his job. READ MORE: Jake Erdeljac And Mara Casale, Couple Gunned Down In Westmoreland County Home, Remembered By Friends And Family Epps told KDKA’s Meghan Schiller that he helped turn around the boys basketball program, but now he’s out of a job. His players are furious and decided to take a stand and walk out. (Photo Credit: KDKA) “This was one of the worst programs in the WPIAL. And in three years, we got the second- and third-most wins in 2A, won the first section title since ’93,” said Epps. On Wednesday, his winning streak ended. Epps talked one-on-one with KDKA to share the news. “They don’t want the community to think that they just fired me. So they’ll say, ‘Well, we just opened the position.’ And you can come and apply again knowing that they’re not going to hire you back,”...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Hockaday School varsity lacrosse team took state on Sunday, May 9, in the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League Division 1 Championship Game in Houston. So did the Jesuit Dallas boys. READ MORE: Dallas Firefighters Put Out 3-Alarm Fire At Terrace House High Rise While the achievement was the same, the Hockaday girls say they weren’t exactly on an even playing field – literally. “Our 8 meter was completely dirt. I fell in it in our semis game, and I was just covered in dirt,” said Maddy Charest, a Hockaday varsity lacrosse player and co-captain. Hockaday School varsity lacrosse team championship game. (credit: Hockaday School) “The boys had a huge stadium with a huge turf field,” said varsity player Grace Hoverman. While the boys had a high-quality livestream of the game, the girls’ video was intermittent and grainy. The boys took home a large trophy and individual medals; the girls had a smaller trophy and no medals. READ MORE: 2 Women, Man Charged With Murder For Alleged Connection To Shackelford Drive Shooting “We put in just...
    ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota State High School League made a big decision Tuesday morning regarding the future of boys volleyball in high schools. A vote to sanction the sport failed to pass by just two votes. There are at least 41 schools around the state who will be disappointed by this news, Mounds View High being among them. They are in the boys high school league. Right now, it’s run by volunteers, not recognized by the MSHSL. And it will stay that way. That’s despite emotional testimony from players, parents, including First Lady Gwen Walz whose son plays volleyball, and Hugh McCutcheon. To know volleyball is to know his name. He once was the head coach for both men’s and women’s USA volleyball and now leads the Gophers. “We’re talking about mental and social benefits that are, I think, more important than six people and a ball. Whether you like it or not, your organization is the gold standard for high school sports in our state,” McCutcheon said. “People want to be state champions. They aspire to...
    MORAGA — Campolindo and Miramonte boys basketball teams met on Wednesday with undefeated records looking to keep their hot starts burning. The Cougars claimed a double-digit lead half way through the first quarter and only expanded on that lead, handing the Matadors their first loss with a 62-48 win at home. Campolindo shot to the top our rankings after a 6-0 start that included wins against Acalanes and Archbishop Riordan. A dominant win against their rival team kept the momentum. “Our offensive execution has gotten better,” Campolindo head coach Steven Dyer said after the game. “It might not have shown in the Riorden game, but I think today we did a good job of finding the right match-ups. We have a lot of guys who can score, so it’s just about finding the right match-ups.” Nearly every match-up is a good one for Campo senior Emmanuel Callas, who dominated the boards and was responsible for 12 of the Cougars’ 22 first-quarter points. Callas recorded a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. The 6-foot-4 forward had two...
    After the pandemic left teens across the Bay Area without high school sports for nearly a year, the girls and boys water polo teams at Mt. Pleasant High School in East San Jose faced an even longer hiatus. When Santa Clara County gave the green light for competition return, the Mt. Pleasant program didn’t have the numbers to put together a complete roster. Desperate to keep water polo afloat — a necessary outlet after months and months of Zoom calls within the confines of their homes — the boys and girls decided to join forces this spring onto one, 12-player co-ed team with just enough depth to compete in the Blossom Valley Athletic League’s Santa Teresa Division. They didn’t just compete. The Cardinals went undefeated — 8-0 in league play. “It was a really pleasant surprise,” longtime head coach Andy McKay told the Bay Area News Group. “We started out just happy to be back in the pool and seeing each other again.” The Mt. Plesant program has gone through its ups and downs. McKay...