Brian VanderBeek Blog
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on March 3, 2014
The emotional backlash over last week's disqualification of Central Catholic wrestler Cristian Dominguez was something we haven't seen in this area in a very long time. And, as we're finding out, the school was faced with the difficult decision to disqualify its own wrestler – a situation exacerbated by the quick sequence of events between an attempted home invasion robbery, the trip to the hospital and Friday’s wrestling meet.
It comes down to a basic tenet in high school sports, one that has seen decisions on player eligibility decided by where a player lives or goes to school. Each section, indeed, each school, plays by a slightly different set of rules.
To further illustrate that point I submit the girls' basketball team at Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School.
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on February 13, 2014
The elimination of the power ratings system has removed the suspense that used to hang over the final week of the regular season.
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on January 30, 2014
Thanks to all for the terrific response to my blog query about whether it would be proper in a 60-0 basketball game for the winning team to step aside and let the other team score.
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on January 28, 2014
A recent 60-0 girls basketball game prompted a newsroom discussion on whether the winning team should have stepped aside to let the losing team to score
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on January 20, 2014
For as long as Cal State Stanislaus has been playing basketball in its current gym, fans have complained about the hardness of the bleachers.
Posted by Brian VanderBeek on December 25, 2013
To celebrate Christmas Day, Comcast California promoted a replay of last weekend's five state bowl championship games, in order, starting at 10 a.m.