OAL adopts strict se­cu­rity rules

The Mercury News - - Bay Area Preps - By Mike Le­fkow and Dar­ren Sabedra Staff writ­ers

Fans plan­ning to at­tend Oakland Ath­letic League foot­ball games on Fri­day will be deal­ing with strict new se­cu­rity mea­sures, league com­mis­sioner Alphonso Pow­ell said Wed­nes­day.

The rules are the re­sult of fight­ing last Fri­day that stopped the Sky­line at Oakland Tech game early in the third quar­ter. Sky­line was lead­ing 7-6, but Pow­ell said the game will be ruled “no­con­test.”

Un­der the new guide­lines, only stu­dents from the com­pet­ing schools will be ad­mit­ted with­out be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by an adult, but they will have to show stu­dent IDs. Mid­dle school stu­dents, play­ers’ younger sib­lings and stu­dents from other schools must be with “a re­spon­si­ble adult” for ad­mit­tance, Pow­ell said.

The OAL has a full slate of games Fri­day.

Michael Peters, McC­ly­monds’ long­time coach, said the re­cent problems have been a con­cern.

“It’s pretty sad that fans can’t come out and be­have them­selves, watch the game and en­joy the game,” Peters said. “Even at the Oakland Tech-Sky­line game, it was in the stands. It wasn’t the play­ers. But that put a bad la­bel on our league. If they can’t come and en­joy the game, don’t come at all.”

The fight­ing at the Sky­line-Oakland Tech game mostly took place in the park­ing lot out­side the sta­dium. It was the third East Bay game in the past two weeks to be al­tered by fight­ing or threats of vi­o­lence. Ten­nyson’s game at Berke­ley last Fri­day was switched to Satur­day af­ter­noon be­cause of so­cial me­dia re­ac­tion af­ter an off-cam­pus al­ter­ca­tion the day be­fore.

One week ear­lier, Kennedy-Rich­mond’s game at El Cer­rito was stopped late in the first half be­cause of fight­ing in the stands and out­side the sta­dium. That game also was ruled no­con­test.

Col­lege bound

Cam­polindo se­nior Ha­ley Van Dyke, the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay girls bas­ket­ball player of the year last sea­son, has com­mit­ted to the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton. The 6-foot post player av­er­aged 24 points and 15.4 re­bounds per game last sea­son while lead­ing Cam­polindo to its first ap­pear­ance in a state cham­pi­onship game in 20 years.

• Val­ley Chris­tian run­ning back Char­lie Bos­tic has made an oral com­mit­ment to San Jose State, he an­nounced on Twit­ter. He has rushed for 816 yards and 13 touch­downs in 57 car­ries this sea­son.

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