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Chabot sports roundup, Nov. 8 edition

The young Chabot men’s basketball team, under new head coach Aaron O’Brien, will open the season in a pretty cool way -- with its own eight-team tournament.
The third annual Chabot Tipoff Tournament will have the Gladiators taking on Siskiyous at 5 p.m. Thursday in the first round.
Friday’s winners-bracket semifinals are at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The championship game is set for 5 p.m. Saturday.
So just like that, the season arrives in full force.
 “Well, it’s here. It hit us kind of fast,” O’Brien said with a chuckle. “We’ll see how we do. A lot of the teams played this past weekend, so it will be interesting to see how we do.”
In other Thursday openers, Lassen will face De Anza at 1 p.m., Cosumnes River will meet Allan Hancock at 3 p.m., and Feather River, ranked No. 7 in the CCCMBCA State Preseason Poll, will battle Marin at 7 p.m.
Talented Feather River boasts 7-foot freshman center Lamous Brown of Chicago, among others.
O’Brien, who spent the past eight seasons at Mt. Eden High, says the Gladiators will lean heavily on sophomore Dalvin Guy, one of the team’s two returners. The squad has 11 freshmen and some talent in the mix.
O’Brien knows his stuff. He turned the Mt. Eden program around, guiding the Monarchs to a 27-6 overall record in the 2015-16 season, including 9-0 in the WACC-Shoreline. He also coached at Ohlone; San Leandro High; as an assistant with the Quad City Thunder in the NBA developmental league; as an assistant at Holy Names College; and an assistant at UC Davis.
The Ukiah native also played and coached in Europe for a few years.
With so much youth on the Chabot squad, there’s really no sense in making any bold season predictions.
“We’re young and we’re not tested,” O’Brien said, “and we play in one of the better leagues in California, probably best league in Northern California with San Francisco and Las Positas. They’re ranked 1 and 2. Foothill and Ohlone are supposed to be pretty good this year as well, so we definitely have our work cut out for us.”

Chabot (1-1) split games to open the season, beating Mission 91-83 and falling to Foothill 58-55. De’Zire Hall had a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds against Foothill.
This after she scored a team-high 26 points and had 13 boards against Mission. Tylore Bell had 20 points and nine assists.

The amazing Las Positas men's cross country team achieved an all-time best second-place finish at the NorCal Cross Country Championship at Sierra College in Rocklin.
A trio of freshmen led the Hawks, who have Chabot athletes on the squad. David Frisbie took third in the 4-mile men's race in a time of 21 minutes, 34.1 seconds. Zach Connolly was seventh in 22:11.8 and Jordan Kirby was eighth in 22:14.8. Backing up the freshmen phenoms were solid sophomores: David Yeshiwas (25th, 22:48.3), Bret Greene (47th, 23:38.1) and Leonel Gomez (48th, 23:39.0).
Hartnell took the top spot with 31 points, but the Hawks, with 90 points, were thrilled to finish a point ahead of powerhouse American River.
So it's no wonder that LPC coach Kyle Robinson, whose team also has Chabot athletes, called it "huge day."
The Hawks' three freshmen in the top 10 were the top-finishing freshman runners in the meet. Now the team will enter the state meet Nov. 19 at Woodward Park in Fresno with a ton of momentum.

After dropping the third-place match against Santa Rosa two weeks ago in the NorCal Championships, the Gladiators turned the tables on Santa Rosa with a 44-3 win in a conference dual mach. Chabot improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference.
Ranked eighth in the state, Chabot will host Modesto at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Here’s a look at the individual results for the Santa Rosa contest:
125 pounds - Cody Tuazon (C) winner by forfeit; 133 - Raymond Monela (C) winner by pin 2:30 against Anson Morales; 141 - Devon Lyle (C) winner by pin :40, Reece Masset; 149 - Isaac Warf (C) winner by forfeit; 157 - Carsen Paynter (C) winner by major dec,16-2 over Garrett Heath; 165 - Kevin Garcia (C) lost by dec.14-9 to Joel Anguiano; 174 - Elijah Johnson (C) winner by major dec. 9-0 over Brian Rivas; 184 - Zack Wally (C) winner by a pin 1:10 over Rico Vasquez; 197 - Ben Sira (C) winner by dec. 3- 2 over Oscar Rios; 285 - Gabriel Cardona (C) winner by a dec. 4–1 over Paris Henry.

Freshman lineman Aaron Andrews had one-half a sack in Saturday’s 31-21 win over visiting Sequoias and remains atop the state in sacks with 13.5 and sack yardage of 120. The Granada High graduate is third in the state in tackles for loss with 20.
Chabot (4-5, 3-1), playing a brutally tough schedule, is tied for second in the Valley Conference with Laney. The two longtime rivals will meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Oakland, when the Gladiators have a chance to nail down a CCCAA bowl berth.

Chabot dropped a 3-0 decision to Hartnell in the Coast-North to fall to 0-9 in conference play. The scores were 25-16, 25-22, 25-17.

The Gladiators offense is revving into gear near the end of the season.
They drew 4-4 with Canada last week and then walloped De Anza 5-0. Gabriella Nunez had a goal and three assists against De Anza, and Breanna Aranda had two goals and an assist. Sydney Hollingsworth and Erica Alarcon also scored in the romp.
In the draw, Hollingsworth led the way with two goals and Aranda had a goal and two assists.

The Gladiators (10-6-2, 3-6-2) righted the ship last week with draws against Monterey Peninsula, 0-0, and Canada-Redwood City, 3-3.
In the 3-3 thriller, Chabot took a 3-0 lead in the first half on goals by Justyn Raygoza, Kevin Gonzalez and Brandon Sosa, but the Colts roared back in the second half.
Chabot will wrap up conference play with home games against Cabrillo on Tuesday and Ohlone on Friday, both at 3 p.m.
Matt Schwab


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