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Athletes of the Week 03-12-2014****** | Print |  E-mail
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CV Sports Hall of Fame: Melissa Onstad Thrived Under Pressure | Print |  E-mail
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The 11th in a series profiling the 16 new inductees to the Castro Valley Sports Hall of Fame.  The induction banquet will take place Saturday, May 3, at Willåow Park Event Center. For details, visit castrovalleysportsfoundation.org

 

By Lowell Hickey
SPECIAL TO THE FORUM

 

As a physical therapist at a children’s hospital, Melissa Onstad Randall helps a lot of young athletes recuperate from injuries. But it was an injury to an 11-year-old teammate back in the Castro Valley Youth Soccer League two decades ago that catapulted Melissa to a brilliant career as a goalkeeper.

“Our goalkeeper broke her finger and I went in for her,” Randall recalled. “I never came out.”

Not only did she complete that season at goalkeeper, but she remained at that position through high school and college, earning numerous accolades along the way.

“I tend to gravitate toward high pressure positions,” explained Melissa, who was a softball pitcher before giving up that sport to concentrate on soccer. “I seem to drive off the adrenalin. Also, part of the job of goalkeeper is to be a coach and leader because you have a view of the whole field. I liked that leadership role.”

Onstad (her maiden name) excelled as a goalkeeper at Castro Valley High from 1999 to 2002. She was a first team all-Hayward Area Athletic League selection for three years and the Trojans’ Most Valuable Player her junior and senior years. She led Castro Valley to an undefeated 16-0 record in HAAL play in 2002.

Melissa credits Justin Rothling, her personal goalkeeping coach in Castro Valley, with giving her the tools she needed to succeed.  “He also helped me get seen by other coaches in the area,” she said.

While in high school, Melissa also played goalkeeper for the Mustangs, an elite traveling team based in Danville, and that’s where she began to attract the attention of college coaches.

The Mustangs would travel to prestigious tournaments throughout the West – once as far away as Houston. College coaches were there scouting, even though they were not allowed to contact the younger girls.

“I was playing with girls a year ahead of me,” Randall explained. “The entire team was being recruited by Division I schools, so I had that exposure. I realized then that I might have a future in soccer.”

A future indeed. Recruited by Linus Rhode, an assistant coach at Oregon State at the time and now head coach, Melissa earned a full scholarship to OSU, where she started at goalkeeper for four years and set numerous school records. Her 1.13 goals against average and 24 career shutouts were both school records. Those marks have since been broken, but she still ranks third in goals against average and second in shutouts. Melissa is second in saves with 337 and her 90 saves in 2003 remains an Oregon State freshman record.

A committee of the Castro Valley Sports Foundation elected Randall to the Castro Valley Sports Hall of Fame.

An excellent student, Melissa made the Pacific-10 All-Academic Team in 2005 and 2006 before graduating in 2007 with a degree in sports science and pre-physical therapy. Her academic success led to a partial scholarship to graduate school and she earned her doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Randall believes that some of the life skills she learned playing soccer helped her in her academic career. “The commitment you make to a team and to coaches is something that helps you through life,” she said. “Commitment and discipline. Those are certainly required in grad school.”

No longer actively competing, Randall said the thing she misses most about her playing days in the team camaraderie. “The friendships I made in sports . . . you make friends for life.”

Melissa, who presently works as a physical therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver, is married to Nathan Randall. They are expecting their first child in early May, which probably will prevent Melissa from attending the Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.  In that case, her father (Brad Onstad) will pinch hit for her.

“My dad was very influential in my career,” she said. “It’s appropriate that he accepts the award for me.”

By the way, although now living in Denver, Melissa said she remains a loyal Raiders’ fan. “I promised my dad I’d never root for the Broncos.”

 

 

 
Athletes of the Week 02-19-2014* | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:10

 

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Sports Info • 02-12-2014 | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 16:15

 

Girls Basketball

Wednesday, February 12, 5:00 p.m. CVHS JV vs. Hayward at CVHS

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m. CVHS Varsity vs. Hayward at CVHS

Friday, February 14, 5:30 p.m. CVHS JV vs. Alameda away

Friday, February 14, 7:00 p.m. CVHS Varsity vs. Alameda away

 

Boys Basketball

Wednesday, February 12, 4:00 p.m. CVHS freshman vs. San Leandro away

Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 p.m. CVHS JV vs. San Leandro away

Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. CVHS Varsity vs. San Leandro away

Friday, February 14, 4:00 p.m. CVHS freshman vs. San Lorenzo at CVHS

Friday, February 14, 5:30 p.m. CVHS JV vs. San Lorenzo at CVHS

Friday, February 14, 7:00 p.m. CVHS Varsity vs. San Lorenzo at CVHS

 

Girls Soccer

Wednesday, February 12, 3:30 p.m. CVHS JV vs. Mt. Eden away

Wednesday, February 12, 3:30 p.m. CVHS Varsity vs. Mt. Eden away

Friday, February 14, 4:00 p.m. CVHS JV vs. Berkeley at CVHS

Friday, February 14, 6:00 p.m. CVHS Varsity vs. Berkeley at CVHS

 

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, February 12, 3:30 p.m. CVHS JV vs. Mt. Eden at CVHS

Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 p.m. CVHS Varsity vs. Mt. Eden at CVHS

Friday, February 14, 4:00 p.m. CVHS JV vs. Berkeley away

Friday, February 14, 6:00 p.m. CVHS Varsity vs. Berkeley away

 

Girls Wrestling

Friday, Saturday, February 14, 15,  7:00 a.m. CVHS competing

in Championships held at Pittsburg High School

 

 

 

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Sports Notes • 02-12-2014 | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 16:15

 

AAU basketball

The Castro Valley-based Bay Transitions AAU basketball program has scheduled tryouts for its Spring and Summer teams on from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, February 15, at the San Leandro High School’s freshman campus in San Leandro. All third-through-eighth grade boys are welcome to try out. There are no residency restrictions. If you have any questions about the tryouts or the program, contact Bryon Pointer at 510-363-5411.

 

Castro Valley Track Club

Sign up night for Castro Valley Track Club is from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, at the Castro Valley Public Library’s Canyon Room at 3600 Norbidge Avenue. Sign-ups can also happen at the end of any practice. For more information, go to www.cvtrackclub.com or email Coach Jim Phillips at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


 
Signing Letters of Intent | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 16:12

 

 

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Three Castro Valley High School student athletes signed letters of intent to their respective colleges last Wednesday at CVHS. From left, Nicole Anthony (Cross Country/Track) signed with Chico State University, MaryAnn Nguyen (Soccer) signed with Notre Dame de Namur, and Nate Moore (Track) signed with the University of Oregon.

 


 
Athlete of the Week 02-05-2014 - Sasha Wallace* | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 15:50

 

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Groundbreaking for Moreau’s ‘Al Vermeil Field’ on Saturday | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 21 February 2014 13:22

 

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Groundbreaking for “Al Vermeil Field” and Moreau Catholic High School’s Athletic

and Student Activities Complex in Hayward will begin at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday.

 

Moreau Catholic High School begins the transformation of its “largest classroom” this Saturday, February 8, with the groundbreaking ceremony for its new Athletics Complex.

To mark the occasion, Moreau will gather players and coaches of its original teams, as well as its Hall of Fame inductees, on its field at 9:30 a.m. to honor their contribution to the school’s athletic legacy.

Among the Mariner Hall of Famers who will be in attendance is Al Vermeil, a legendary Moreau football coach who has since become the only strength and conditioning coach to win championships in both the NFL, with the San Francisco 49ers, and the NBA, with the Chicago Bulls.

Thanks to the initiative of hundreds of his former football players, Moreau Catholic will name the football field the “Al Vermeil Field.” 

“We are honored that our beloved Coach has agreed to lend his name to the field,” said Moreau Catholic President Terry Lee. “This top-of-the-line, all-weather turf field is a fitting tribute to his accomplishments and contributions to the Moreau Catholic community in perpetuity.”

The field and the entire, new state-of-the-art athletic facilities, including an eight-lane track, new bleachers, energy-efficient lights, scoreboard, sound system, entryway and landscaping, are slated to be unveiled this fall.

Moreau High School is located at 27170 Mission Blvd. in Hayward.

 


 
Sports Notes • 02-05-2014 | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 21 February 2014 13:25

 

Castro Valley Track Club

Tuesday, Feb. 18, is sign-up night for Castro Valley Track Club from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Canyon Room of Castro Valley Library. You can also sign-up at the end of any practice. For more information, see www.cvtrackclub.com or email Coach Jim Phillips at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

CVHS Cheer Squad

The Castro Valley High School Varsity Cheer Squad will hold a cheer clinic for boys and girls grades 3 to 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 8. No experience necessary. T-shirt and pizza lunch included in the $50 registration fee. The participants will perform at the varsity basketball game on February 14. Come out and have a day of fun with the CVHS cheer squad. All donations will help the Varsity Cheer Squad travel to Nationals in March. Contact Judy Vaz at 427-7498 or Maria Keller at 305-2825 for information. Registration form is available at cvhscheer.shutterfly.com.

 
Athletes of the Week 02-05-2014* | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 21 February 2014 13:21

 

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 16:43

 

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SPORTS NOTES | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 06 February 2014 14:50

 

 

Track

Tuesday, February 18 is sign-up night for Castro Valley Track Club from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Canyon Room of Castro Valley Library. You can also sign-up at the end of any practice. For more information, see www.cvtrackclub.com or email Coach Jim Phillips at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Softball

Nor Cal Young Guns 18’s fastpitch is having its final tryout for the 2014 travel season at noon on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Castro Valley Community Center at 18988 Lake Chabot Road . The team is especially in need of infield positions.  For any information, contact Jeff at 510- 828-3812 or Google younggunsfastpitch.com

 


 

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