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2010 Athletics News (1/1 - 6/30)

Byline: Al Del Grande

Posted: June 30, 2010

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UCLA's John Wooden Praises Bob Ladouceur
Posted June 19, 2010
"When you win that many games, it doesn't matter at which level you're doing it. Because they are doing it at the high school level doesn't diminish their accomplishment any more than our collegiate record would be subordinate to the pro level. It makes no difference."

Matt Castello New Baseball Coach
Posted June 18, 2010
De La Salle High School announced that Rick Steen, who coached the Spartan varsity the past two seasons, has retired from coaching. Named to succeed Steen as head coach of the Spartans is assistant coach Matt Castello. Matt Castello is an 18-year member of the faculty and coaching staff at De La Salle, and did a prior stint as varsity baseball coach here from 2000 to 2003. “We thank Rick for his service and wish him well in retirement,” said Leo Lopoz, De La Salle Athletic Director. “He is not only a coach but more importantly an educator, and our student-athletes have benefitted from his presence here.” New Coach Notice.

Ipsen/Dumais win synchronized 3-meter silver at FINA Diving Cup
Posted June 4, 2010
Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Austin, Texas) and Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif.) won the silver medal in the men’s synchronized 3-meter contest Thursday at the FINA Diving World Cup, the top international competition of the 2010 season.

Spring 2010 Student Athletes
Posted June 2, 2010
The East Bay Athletic League announced their all-league selections for this year's outstanding student athlete Spring Teams. A total of 26 Spartans earned various honors from Champion status and 1st team selections to honorable mentions.

All-EBAL Teams
Posted June 2, 2010
The Contra Costa Times has announced their selections for the 2010 All-EBAL Teams in Golf, Lacrosse, and Volleyball in which Spartan athletes are well represented.

Spartans Earn EBAL All Sports Award

Posted May 26, 2010
For the 2009-2010 season, De La Salle sports earned 84.5 points and first place in the EBAL's All Sports Award. Both the Fall and Winter teams took 1st place, with the Spring Sports taking 3rd. The DLS Water Polo, Football, Wrestling, and Soccer teams had first place finishes, with the Basketball and Lacrosse teams sharing a league title.
Complete list of EBAL All Sports Award Teams

NCS Diving Title Taken by Kristian Ipsen
Posted May 24, 2010
Spartan diver is a team player as well as a rising international star. The North Coast Section diving title was taken for the second year in a row by junior Kristian Ipsen, who as a sophomore set the NCS record of 699.5 points. Between journeys to national and international meets, Kristian fits in life as normal high-school student, including final exams and team competition.

Spartan Seniors Going On to Collegiate Competition
Posted May 5, 2010
Congratulations to the student-athletes from the class of 2010 who have committed to college athletic programs.

Tyler Anderson - Oregon State - football (the Beavers)
Nate Appel – California State University at Chico - basketball (the Wildcats)
Nick Cooper - Pepperdine University - water polo (the Waves)
Mackenzie Hess -- University of California at Davis - baseball (the Aggies)
Thomas Hickel – United States Military Academy at West Point - football (the Black Knights)
Justin Howard – Saint Mary’s College of California – soccer (the Gaels)
Chris Lawrence – California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo - football (the Mustangs)
John McArthur – Santa Clara University - basketball (the Broncos)
Wes Moar – San Francisco State University - soccer (the Gators)
Sean Mullin – Bryant University, Rhode Island -- lacrosse (the Bulldogs)
Giuliano Sanchez - Mesa State College, Arizona - lacrosse (the Mavericks)
Sean Sweeney – California Polytechnic State University at Pomona - soccer (the Broncos)
Jacob Talarman – University of San Francisco - soccer (the Dons)
Terron Ward - Oregon State University - football (the Beavers)

Sheridan wins in Mexico
Posted May 4, 2010
De La Salle's Luke Sheridan defeated Luis Arias of Venezuela to win the Greco-Roman gold medal at the Pan American Youth Olympic Games qualifier in Monterrey, Mexico.
Sheridan was one of four American entrants in Greco-Roman and was the only one to win gold. Because of that, it is highly likely he will be selected to represent the United States at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in August. "I threw him in the headlock in the first period but he rolled through it and almost caught me," Sheridan said by phone. "He caught me in a body lock (in the second period) and I pulled (the headlock) out of nowhere and pinned him with it."

UC San Diego's O'Brien enjoys De La Salle-like success
Posted May 2, 2010
UC San Diego baseball coach Dan O'Brien doesn't have his players charging into blocking sleds, but the Acalanes High graduate has incorporated a hearty dose of De La Salle High football into his program. Much like the Spartans, Tritons players are taught to hold each other accountable.

No ban on metal bats
Posted April 27, 2010
The North Coast Section board of directors voted 35-12 today against banning nonwooden bats in games for the rest of the 2010 season. The NCS manages high school sports for schools from the East Bay to the Oregon border.

Viva Mexico!!!
Posted April 20, 2010
De La Salle wrestler Luke Sheridan will be in Monterey, Mexico, May 3-5 for the Pan American qualifier to the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, an International Olympic Committee-sponsored event to be held in Singapore in August.

Baseball team, area restaurants cook up plan to help injured pitcher

Posted April 17, 2010
Gunnar Sandberg, the 16-year-old Marin Catholic High pitcher who was critically injured after being hit in the head with a line drive on March 11, is recovering. Aside from his family, teammates and closest friends, nobody can be happier about the recent developments than De La Salle's baseball team.

All-East Bay Wrestling Profiles

Posted April 10, 2010
Four Spartans are named to the All-East Bay Wrestling Team - Joe Moita, Vinny Moita, Luke Sheridan, and Jordan Felix.

Mark Halvorson-East Bay Wrestling Coach of the Year
Posted April 10, 2010
De La Salle dominated nearly every local tournament it attended in 2010. The crowning achievement came at the NCS individual tournament, where the Spartans scored the most points (270.5) in tournament history.
Thanks in large part to the efforts of coach Mark Halvorson, the Spartans lived up to every expectation put before them. For raising the bar and then clearing it with room to spare, Halvorson has been named the East Bay Wrestling Coach of the Year.

Luke Sheridan-East Bay Wrestler of the Year
Posted April 10, 2010
After spending much of the year on the sidelines because of a bout with mononucleosis, Sheridan made his comeback in grand style, leading all East Bay wrestlers with a third-place finish at the California Interscholastic Federation state championships. For his season of perseverance and success, Sheridan has been named the Bay Area News Group East Bay Wrestler of the Year.

Spartan Grapplers Win NCS Team Title
Posted February 28, 2010
For second year in a row, the wrestling team title at North Coast Section goes to De La Salle. Last year, it was considered a breakthrough for the Spartan wrestling team to win the team title at the North Coast Section individual tournament. When the Spartans turned the trick again Saturday at Newark Memorial, it looked more like a glimpse into the future. The Spartans claimed three individual titles, and only one came from a senior as they ran away with the team title 270.5-166.5 over second-place Granada.

2010 Winter All-EBAL
Posted February 26, 2010
The East Bay Athletic League released their 2010 Winter Sports All-EBAL Teams for the Basketball, Soccer, and Wrestling programs. Basketball's John McArthur and Soccer's Wes Moar, were awarded the league's MVP honors.

John McArthur Basketball MVP
Wes Moar Soccer MVP

Joe Moita Wrestling First Team - 105
Vinny Moita Wrestling First Team - 114
Alex Abono Wrestling First Team - 132
Tommy Baldacci Wrestling First Team - 137
Luke Sheridan Wrestling First Team - 173
Matt Huberty Wrestling First Team - 191
Jordan Felix Wrestling First Team - 217
Dylan Wynn Wrestling First Team - 277
Joey Ramirez Wrestling Second Team - 121
Devon Aiello Wrestling Second Team - 142
Curtis Seigfried Wrestling Second Team - 147
Mike Garcia Wrestling Third Team - 154
Matt Hallick Wrestling Third Team - 162

Carlos Monroy Basketball First Team
Nate Appel Basketball First Team
Amadi Udenyi Basketball Honorable Mention
Benny Battle Basketball Honorable Mention

Justin Howard Soccer First Team
Michael Bernardi Soccer Second Team
Sean Sweeney Soccer Second Team
Anthony DeCosta Soccer Second Team
Sullivan Tobin Soccer Honorable Mention
Matt Bravo Soccer Honorable Mention
Jacob Talarman Soccer Honorable Mention
Austin Rogers Soccer Honorable Mention

Wrestlers Take League Team Title
Posted February 21, 2010
De La Salle won the East Bay Athletic League team title on February 20. T
he Spartans won eight individual titles to garner 290.5 points, and qualified 13 wrestlers for the North Coast Section.

Champions - Joe Moita; Vinny Moita; Alex Abono; Tommy Baldacci; Luke Sheridan; Matt Huberty; Jordan Felix; Dylan Wynn
2nd Place - Joey Ramire; Devon Aiello; Curtis Seigfried
3rd Place - Mike Garcia; Matt Hallick
4th Place - Payton Russom

Spartan Wrestlers Are North Coast Section Duals Champs
Posted February 14, 2010
De La Salle's wrestlers faced James Logan High for the NCS Division I team duals title on February 13 and beat the Colts 37-33. De La Salle met the Colts of James Logan High School in the North Coast Section Team Duals championship and came away a winner. In the 12th match of the round, Spartan 140-pounder Tommy Baldacci iced the victory by defeating Logan's Sarbuit Sepla 9-2, which gave the Spartans an insurmountable 37-24 advantage with just two matches remaining. The team now looks forward to the EBAL league championships on Saturday February 20 at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton.

John Baker and other Florida Marlins personnel boost U.S. troops' morale in Middle East
Posted February 5, 2010
The former De La Salle High and Cal standout appreciates his job even more today after taking part in a first-ever venture for Major League Baseball this past week — visiting troops in Iraq and Kuwait and doing whatever was asked of him to help boost morale of America's armed forces.
You read right. No major league player had been to Iraq since the U.S. invasion in 2003 until Baker, NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan, manager Fredi Gonzalez and assorted other Marlins personnel visited troops in the two countries the last week in January.

Spartans and A's Host Showdown!
Posted January 29, 2010
On Saturday, May 1, 2010 high school baseball will reach out to a wider audience - The Greater Bay Area, more specifically the youth of Oakland. We are excited to tell you about this outstanding event which will be held at the McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, CA.
It is with great pleasure that the Oakland A’s Community Fund in conjunction with De La Salle High School of Concord, CA join together for the second time to:

Promote youth interaction and exposure to baseball

Highlight America’s favorite pastime at the high school level

Raise money for Oakland inner city youth baseball programs

Last year’s event raised over $15,000 that will be used to support various needs that Oakland and surrounding communities have related to inner city youth baseball.
In today’s world keeping youth active and involved is a tough challenge; it takes money, time, people and facilities. In order to insure continued activity and sustained involvement in sports, kids must truly believe they, as individuals can be successful. The organizers of this event are; former A’s player Dave Stewart, President of the Oakland A’s Michael Crowley, The Oakland A’s Community Fund Board of Directors and The De La Salle High School Baseball Program. Together they believe kids; specifically the youth of Oakland can be successful. They are dedicated to working together to help provide an environment where that is possible. It is commonly understood that if kids have passion, love and a high level of interest in a sport, they will work harder, commit more and have a greater chance for success at that sport. On May 1, 2010 the youth of Oakland and surrounding communities will have the opportunity come to the McAfee Coliseum at no cost (14 and under) and enjoy a full day of competitive high school baseball. One of the goals is to re-ignite the fire in youth regarding the sport of baseball, and to encourage them to believe that they can also enjoy playing the game. Getting youth excited about playing baseball is only half the battle. Raising money to help make the programs in Oakland and surrounding communities successful must be done. We are hopeful that you will visit The McAfee Coliseum on May 1, 2010 for a full day of great high school baseball. All proceeds go to Oakland A’s Community Fund and will be directed to inner city youth baseball.

The Showdown Features:

1:00 p.m. Newark VS. Oakland Technical
4:00 p.m. Alameda VS. Clovis West
7:00 p.m. De La Salle VS. Mater Dei

Bill would require teen athletes with concussions to get doctor's approval
Posted January 28, 2010
California high school athletes who suffer concussions would need clearance from a doctor before returning to the playing field under a state bill proposed Tuesday by two Bay Area lawmakers.
The legislation comes during heightened national discussion on head injuries in sports, particularly football, and mirrors a strict Washington state law that helps protect teenage athletes who risk serious long-term injuries or even death by lining up to play when their brains still may be damaged.

Ward - Division 1 State MVP
Posted January 16, 2010
The East Bay Player of the Year by the Contra Costa Times, Ward erupted for 166 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the Spartans to a 28-14 victory and the school’s second CIF Bowl Championship win.

Last Updated: March 18, 2011