April 15, 2024
Oakland celebrates high school basketball champions

OAKLAND — The Warriors may have moved out of Oakland but there are other basketball players in the town and they have as soon as yet again made it a town of champions.

The celebration commenced very last thirty day period when the Oakland Specialized High School girls’ basketball workforce captured its third straight point out championship — the fifth in faculty heritage. And, whilst the Bulldogs had been developing a dynasty, yet another community school, the Oakland High University boys’ group, created some history of their very own by successful their first Division 3 championship.

“We desired to let it be acknowledged as our legacy: Regardless of what we do is heading to be portion of us without end,” reported Wildcats teammate Jaylon King.  

That legacy obtained some citywide appreciate with a champions parade on a double-decker bus by way of the streets bordering Lake Merritt on Sunday.

Dad or mum and tremendous-booster Dunia Wilder began organizing the celebration even in advance of the games’ last horns sounded.

“Though we ended up observing the game titles at condition, I was like, ‘If we’re winning, we are executing this,'” she reported.  “So, as shortly as we won, we just jumped on it and began organizing a parade to celebrate the metropolis of Oakland.”

As the bus pulled out with music blaring and children dancing, it was hard to decide if the celebration was extra for the athletes or for the metropolis itself.

“I feel — specifically with the groups leaving, the Warriors leaving — I imagine the metropolis requires a thing to definitely rally all-around and we’ve been very privileged to be ready to do that,” claimed Oakland Tech place guard Mari Somvichian.

“Even although you and I know there is certainly undesirable in each town, it really is good to highlight the excellent,” said Oakland Tech head mentor Leroy Hurt.  “For Oakland boys to get it the similar calendar year we received it? It’s just, you know, a terrific point.”

“It would make me experience very good,” Wilder mentioned. “I feel that the town of Oakland wants some joy, some pleasure and anyone is enthusiastic.  People are heading to be out celebrating them right now.”

The parade completed with a rally in entrance of City Hall and, as the mayor made available proclamations to the gamers, it was the college students who supplied some inspiration for a metropolis dealing with worries of its individual.

“It really is just like, if we do the job really hard enough and just focus and remain focused, we can do it,” explained Oakland Tech’s Jada Williams.

Watching the rally was Moe Campbell, an alum of Oakland Substantial University, circa 1989. Now, his son is on the staff that received its initial championship with a group of teammates who grew up participating in jointly on Oakland Parks and Rec basketball courts.

“You can find a serious tale at the rear of all people youngsters and which is why there is a whole lot of pull for this, right? That is why everybody’s like, ‘c’mon, c’mon!'” he mentioned. “And they’ve got a lot more to show, I’m telling you, it’s not in excess of with. This just displays you that it can happen correct right here in Oakland.”