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What’s up sports fans? I want to apologize to some of my younger readers. This article is a bit late because we had some technical difficulties with the video portion of this post. But I am excited to bring to my readers coverage of a very heated and local match up that dates back to the 50’s. It’s the battle of Redwood City, Woodside’s Wildcats v.s. The Sequoia Ravens. This was a game built in the traditional Friday Night lights setting, and was tug of war from the start. Woodside scored first but was countered by the Ravens. It would be a game that Woodside should have run away with but the competition from Sequoia would not allow the Wildcats that “W” without a serious fight.  As a matter of fact that game almost went into to over time until late in the fourth quarter with just a 1:36 left in the game, after a penalty put the Wildcats deep in their own territory, starting quarterback for the Wildcats Ricki Hoffer threw a 37 yard pass to Bryon Castillo to put the Cat’s at midfield.

Hoffer wasn’t through and neither was Castillo. The two connected again on 31 yard strike. Now at this point the two sides are going crazy. I was at the game and I gotta tell ya, it was like watching the NFL. The Wildcats went with runs up the middle and to the left to gain them closer to goal line, you could tell that the Woodside coaching staff led by head coach Sam Nicolopulos and assistants Chris Riccardi and Anthony Riccardi were thinking “The pass got us here, let’s use it to close it out.” It worked. Ricki Hoffer connected with Gino Cockrum for the game winning touchdown. What was also interesting is the look on Cockrum face when got up from the field after the catch. He was nodding his head looking at his quarterback as if to say “Yeah baby. That’s what I’m talking about.”  “I knew it was in my hands. Ricki put it right on the money.” Bryon

Castillo was just as jubilant, “That’s Woodside football baby, never give up, and get the win.” All in all I have to say it was exciting to watch. See I’m a Woodside alum. I attended Woodside back in 79. I got some pretty good video coverage. I know you students who are dying to see yourselves on the internet so here’s the footage. What’s your take on the game? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

















What’s up sports fans? This is our first take at a really special part of This is our “Throwback Legends (Segment), and we are very honored and pleased that we started with Bay Area native Rich Kelley. Rich started playing at Woodside High in Redwood City California he eventually went played at Stanford which is a enormous accomplishment in its own right, and he played so well there he eventually was called up to play on the professional level. We are ecstatic that he allowed us to do this interview. So sit back and take a look. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

Allan Guei Signs with Cal State Northride

Allan Guei Signs with Cal State Northridge

What’s up sports fans? It’s funny how standards can be set and we follow them. I myself fell prey to life’s whirlpool affect. When it was time to pay my taxes I payed them, unfortunately like the standard of procrastination in this country, I payed them late. Since then I’ve been working hard not to let that happen again. A standard I don’t want to make a common practice. In the NBA the standard is to dominate your opponent. It is the same with NFL, NHL and let’s face it in all competitive sports. What is interesting is that when you look up the word (Sportsmanship) Webster’s Dictionary defines it as; “:conduct (as fairness, respect for one opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing, becoming to one participating in a sport.” The Merriam-Webster’s Lerner’s Dictionary defined it as; ” fair play, respect for opponents, and polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport or other competition.”

It’s also interesting that by reading the dictionary you’d wonder if any of our competitive sports divas have kept these definitions in mind. Sometimes when these competitions get heated and a championship is on the line fair play respect for one’s opponent is is not what’s being practiced. Probably because the players have forgotten their humble beginnings as players, where it began on the playground. Back then basketballs would probably get shot over two thousand times and no one kept count. Because back in that time the Kobe Bryants, Derek Jeters, and Bret Farves of the game were only playing for fun. It was a more  simplistic time. But every now and then life can remind us who we really are and what we need to do to get back there. Usually this is done by an example.

The example came in a competition where Compton High School basketball player Allan Guei won a free throw contest. The prize, $40,000 to the winner. You’d think a young man like Allan who grew up in Compton could’ve found 40,000 ways to spend that money. Instead he only chose one, and it was the most vauluable way to spend it. See Allan didn’t get caught up in the idea that he could have the fancy clothes, new car or anything else he considered to buy. Instead he donated it to 7 of his classmates to help them get to college. Now don’t get me wrong we all know that shooting basketball is a valuable talent in this country and for Allan it didn’t go unnoticed. Mr. Guei will be going to college also. Cal State Northridge saw how well he shot free throws, and they decided to give him a basketball scholarship. Allan already had the scholarship. “They were all smart and wanted to pursue their dreams, but were having financial difficulties,” Guei told The Los Angeles Times. “I felt it was the right move to help the others.”

The $40,000 would have been extra spending money. Instead Allan Guei showed true wisdom, by conducting himself with fairness and showing a act of kindness. “I’m in shock,” said Omar Guzman, 17, who is headed to San Diego State University. “I’m really grateful there are people like that out there. It was generous.” It is something that the sports world should recognize because truly it’s what the game needs. To remember in the end, it’s just a game, and what you take from that game can be of great consequence or of great value. From that game you can make and have great relationships or you and make enemies. Allan Guei chose to get what was the greatest value and that value was wisdom. I hope other players of their perspective sports remember that their achievements will be forgotten, people will always remember acts of fairness, graciousness, and kindness the marks of true sportsmans like Allan Guei. But Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!