Woodson Defies Space-Time Continuum | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:36

101515s1By Greg Benson • Castro Valley Forum

Hop into the passenger seat of this silver-and-black DeLorean and take a trip back in time to a monumental moment in football history…

With the fourth pick of the 1998 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson.

As the first, and only, true defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy, Woodson promised to be an electrifying addition to the Raiders defensive back field.

If you do the math, that was well over 17 years ago!

In his first four seasons with the Raiders, he not only lived up to expectations, he far exceeded them — selected to play in four consecutive Pro Bowl games.

He would go on to play four more seasons in the Silver and Black before moving on to Green Bay.

While with the Packers, Woodson’s stats soared, accumulating more interceptions, sacks and defensive touchdowns than ever before.

Woodson, now in his third year back in Oakland, miraculously continues to play at a high level. The guy just celebrated his 39th birthday this month, and it's his 18th year in the league! Heck, that’s two more years than “Old Man” Willie Brown!

The fact that he can still fly around the field as he does year after year truly defies the sport’s space-time continuum.

101515s2“It’s unbelievable what he is doing,” said head coach Jack Del Rio after Sunday’s 16-10 loss to the Denver Broncos. “Just to be playing, alone, at 39 years old is incredible. But to be such a productive player and making big plays in the game... Clearly he is banged up and he’s fighting through the pain. His pain threshold is off the charts. I’m really proud of the effort that we’re getting from our guys.”

Woodson turned in another inspirational performance last Sunday — picking off the prolific passer Peyton Manning not once but twice (something that had eluded Woodson’s stat sheet all these years).

And the statistics keep grinding along — all the way to Canton, Ohio and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

With 64 interceptions and 20 quarterback sacks in his career thus far, he is the only NFL player in history to have ever achieved such a thing.

Even more amazing is Woodson’s ability to play through pain. After suffering a separated shoulder in the first game of the season at home versus the Cincinnati Bengals, he still suits up at safety week after week and inspires not only his younger teammates but his coach as well.

101515s3“It’s been tough. I’m still pretty sore,” said Woodson after Sunday’s game. “I tell you, I’ve never been so happy to be going into the bye week in my whole career.”

Nevertheless, Woodson keeps looking for that next one, that next big play to help his team pull out the win. This ageless wonder still craves more and continues to work on his game.

“I think I can play a lot better actually,” said Woodson. “When I watch film and see myself breaking on a ball or coming up on a tackle or anything, there’s always things I can do to get better.”

The Raiders next travel to San Diego after the bye week to face another division rival in week 7. The Chargers are also at 2-3 sitting behind the undefeated Denver Broncos in the AFC West division.

Their ability to stay competitive late into these games has proved to be a giant leap in progress from the past.

With the inspiring play of Woodson and the infusion of youthful enthusiasm from second-year quarterback Derek Carr and rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper, the Raiders are well on their way to getting back… to the future.

CAPTION 1: On the second day of training camp of his rookie year, 1998, Charles Woodson jumps an out route and beats wide receiver James Jett to the ball on the practice field in the team’s afternoon drills in Napa.

CAPTION 2: Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson is the only player in NFL history to record over 60 interceptions and 20 sacks in his career.

CAPTION 3: Now in his 18th season, 39-year-old Raiders safety Charles Woodson continues to inspire his team with his exceptional play on the field and his leadership in the locker room.


CVHS Trojan Baseball Looks To Recover from Tough Losses | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:40




By Martín Báez



As the weather cooled down and it got colder, it was as if the Castro Valley High Trojans varsity baseball team did the same thing.

The Trojans only needed to get one more win in the three games left in the season but they couldn’t pull it off as they went on a three-game losing streak, the biggest slide of the season.

“It was a tough one, but we have to overcome it,” said senior third baseman, Josh Warren.

The trojans lost their first game against Arroyo 3-1 in extra-inning baseball at the Trojan field, behind Castro Valley’s lefty ace Joe Dimitratos with an ERA of under 2.00 this season. Dimitratos recently committed to Cal State East Bay to pitch for them.

For the second game, the Trojans were at the Arroyo Don’s field and hovering under a suspicion of a rain delay. But it soon cleared up getting the game in on time.

CV got off to a good start early as two key sacrifice bunts and small ball got the first run of the game in the third inning and then adding another in the fifth. But Arroyo came back knocking at the door with two runs in the same inning.

After that the Trojans kicked it into high gear to scrape out one more run in the sixth, but gave up their 3-2 lead in the seventh as a double and single plated in Arroyo’s tying run. Then a couple batters later with the bases loaded, Arroyo got a walk off walk.

Even though the Trojans suffered three close losses at the end of the season, they are still keeping their heads up and keeping a good attitude on and off the field. They remain positive and look to beat De La Salle in their first North Coast Section game of the year, with the tournament being a one game elimination.

If CV wins against DLS, they move on to the second round and play their opponents Thursday which, with high enthusiasm, they hope will happen.

Martín Báez is a student journalist at Castro Valley High School and a member of the varsity baseball team.

Athlete of the Week 05-27-2015* | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:39




Results and Qualifiers of NCS Bay Shore Area Championships | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:50


The NCS Bay Shore area championships were held at Castro Valley High School over the weekend with these results.

Team scores: Saint Mary’s 99, James Logan 84, Bishop O’Dowd 73, Castro Valley 70, Mission San Jose 31, Washington 28.5, El Cerrito 18, Newark Memorial 13.5, St. Joseph-Notre Dame 12, Berkeley 11, Irvington 10, San Leandro 9, Moreau Catholic 9, Albany 6, Hayward 6, Piedmont 5, Kennedy-Richmond 5, De Anaa 3, Alameda 2, Arroyo 1.

Local automatic qualifiers to NCS Meet of Champions

100: Landrum (CV) 12.33, 200:Landrum (CV) 25.63, Awakoaiye (BOD) 25.67,  400:Robinson-Jones (BOD) 55.66, 800: Hutchinson (CV) 2:24.94; 1600: Taylor (BOD) 5:11.93, Nix (BOD) 5:16.34, 3200: Amen (BOD) 11:22.46, Armstrong (CV) 11:29.41, Fung (CV) 11:49.10, Gullikson (BoD) 11:50.25, Burke (BoD) 11:50.57; 100IH: Awakoaiye (BOD) 14.57, Jones (CV) 15.07, Lee (CV) 15.66, 300LH:Lee (CV) 46.23,  400 relay: Bishop O’Dowd 47.76, Castro Valley 48.79,  1600 relay: Bishop O’Dowd 4:01.94,  HJ:  Lark (MC) 10-9,  Nguyen (MC) 10-0; LJ: Landrum (CV) 18-8 3/4, Jones (CV) 18-7 1/2, Awakoaiye (BOD) 17-5 1/2, TJ: Jones (CV) 39-3 1/2,  H. Johnson (BOD) 38-6,  Mitchell (BOD) 36-1, H. Robinson (CV) 33-0.

Athletes of the Week 05-20-2015** | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:55




East Bay Swag Wins Tourney | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 07:00



The East Bay Swag 6th-grade boys orange team, won the NP FORCE ‘No Way Out’ Tournament hosted in Pacifica, on April 11,12. Shown above, back row from left, Erick Alvarez, Coach Lee, Nick Palomo, Antonio Sanchez, Makau Mbithi, David Angel, Mateo Hancock, Jonah Dionisio and Coach Wiltz; front row, Nethen Lee and Jonathan Burckin. The team’s defensive press was strong, which helped fuel their offense, leading to fast-break layups. They finished their weekend with a 3-0 record and Tournament Championship, in only the second tournament that this team has played together. The boys now prepare for the Pacific AAU Jamm Festival and Jam on it tournament in Reno.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 13:48




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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 13:09





RCS Coach Named ‘Coach of the Year’ | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 15:04



Redwood Christian High School’s softball coach Jennifer Beck was named the 2014 California Small School Softball Coach of the Year, after she led the Eagles to the CIF North Coast Section D-5 title with a 20-2 season. The Eagles allowed just 34 runs and scored 193. Eagles’ pitcher Clare Dunnegan was named to All-State Team, and senior pitcher Clare Dunnegan was chosen for the All-State team following a season where she went 19-1 with a 0.54 ERA and averaged better than 1 strikeout per inning in 116 innings. PICTURED: From left, Coach Jennifer Beck with children Madison and Austin), pitcher Clare Dunnegan, and Assistant Coach Teresa Hendren, after winning the North Coast Division 5 Softball Championship.


CVHS Sports Schedule 08-27-2014 | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 15:01




Cross Country

Thursday, Aug. 28, 3:30 p.m.

CVHS scrimmaging at Canyon Middle School

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 4 p.m.

CVHS participating in the Monte Vista Invitational at Monte Vista High School in Danville



Thursday, Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m., CVHS Freshman vs. Monte Vista away

Friday, Aug. 29, 4 p.m., CVHS JV vs. Monte Vista at CVHS

Friday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m., CVHS Varsity vs. Monte Vista at CVHS


Girls Tennis

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 4 p.m. CVHS Varsity vs. American at CVHS

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 3:30 p.m. CVHS Varsity vs. Moreau Catholic at CVHS


Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 3:00 p.m.

CVHS v. Arroyo, Berkeley at Skywest Golf Course

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Cross Country (free) with CV Track Club

The CV Track Club offers competitive cross country training and competition without dues this Fall. Practices start this month. For more information, see JOIN at




Athlete of the Week 08-27-2014* | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 14:58





Athletes of the Week 10-29-2014 | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:23



Doubles partners Spencer Dong and Travis Lynds (left) hold their trophies; at right, Rachel Dong with her trophy

CV Siblings Win Tennis Titles

This week’s Athletes of the week are Castro Valley residents and CVHS students, Rachel and Spencer Dong. The siblings won 2 titles at the Antelope United States Tennis Association (USTA ) Open on Oct. 5.  Rachel, 14, won the girls 16 open title, her third girl’s 16 open title this year. At 13, she captured titles in all girls 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 open age divisions.

Spencer, 16, and his partner Travis Lynds, won the boys 18 open doubles title, at the USTA Open. This is the second title for Spencer, who also won the boys’ 16 open title in the Modesto USTA Junior Tournament, and was a finalist in the boys’ 18 open in the Alpine Hills Tournament.

During the summer, both siblings competed in the 18’s co-ed division and won Silver in the Fresno Sectional Championships where over 70 teams competed. Both siblings are scholar athletes. Both play on the CVHS Varsity tennis team in the number 1 position. Spencer, as a sophomore, was a co-captain for the team and earned a winning 10-4 record.

Rachel, is a freshman, and is currently playing in her first varsity season. She won on Friday 7-5, 6-3, against Bishop O’Dowd’s, top ranked, singles’ player,  giving her an 8-1 league record. Rachel is a multi-sport athlete and also plays competitive basketball and rec softball. Both siblings are Norcal and nationally ranked tennis players. In their spare time, both enjoy weekend jobs helping teach tennis to children in the community.






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