Winter Sports: A Preview


Sam Hokkanen, Contributor

What an amazing sports season it has been. Fall sports at O’Dowd thrived throughout the entire season, bringing great pride to all of our hearts. Good luck to our teams as they venture into the league and NCS playoffs! However, it is now time for one of the most awaited seasons of the year: Winter sports. Before we begin this exciting season, let’s take a look at our teams. 

Boys’ Basketball

Being the school’s most historically successful team is no easy task. Led by Amos Hodgson ’23 and Miles Burrows ’23, our boys are hungry and have been putting in the work since the summer. This season, O’Dowd is hosting the first annual O’Dowd Thanksgiving Showcase, including teams from NorCal, SoCal, and Nevada. The brand-new Knauss Gymnasium will see some real action and a whole lot of hooping. Get excited dragon fans!

Girls’ Basketball

Our girl hoopers are just as hungry. They will also be playing in the Knauss Gymnasium on an NCAA-regulated court. The new gym and bigger stands will bring even more spectators. The legacy of Amaya Bonner ‘22, now playing for the Cal Golden Bears, lives on. 2021 WACC all-league first-team inductee Savannah Jones ‘24, is back for another strong season and is ready to show up for her team. The girls’ games are something you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Grab a snack and enjoy the show!

Girls’ Soccer

Our beloved girls are coming off an amazing season, led by some amazing seniors including Katie Senn ‘22, Sara Redfield ‘22, and Delanie Mistlen ‘22. There’s no doubt that these heavy losses will impact the team, but our strong core will prove itself once again. 2021 WACC all-league second-team inductee Sadie Lahey-Teare ‘23 and honorable mention Francesca Miller-Heller ‘24 are ready to lead their team to victory!

Boys’ Soccer

Saying that our soccer teams are talented is an understatement. Soccer players at O’Dowd have competed in national and even international events. Last summer, Walker Blake ‘24 traveled to Israel as a member of U16 Team USA and received a silver medal in the Maccabiah Games, an Olympic-like event that involves Jewish athletes worldwide. Tomas Caminos ‘24 plays for Project 510, a community-based Oakland Roots development team. Everyone is anxious to see what this strong O’Dowd team will do this season. Let’s get it, boys!

Girls’ Rugby

Although girls’ rugby is the youngest of the winter sports, our team is stronger than it has ever been. They have been building up a roster full of some of the most talented players in the Bay Area. Returning stars Taylor Cohen ’24 and Cecilia Otuhiva ’24 are ready to dominate on the field. Go get ‘em girls!

Boys’ Rugby

The roughness and toughness doesn’t end there. Our boys are ready to kick off the season with their new head coach, Coach Bragg. As the former assistant coach, Coach Bragg is ready to take on his new role, and, as a Rugby player himself, he is ready to make an impact on the team. Football player Emilio De Palm ‘23 is ready to lead the Rugby team to new heights. It’s going to be a great season!

Good luck to all of our winter sports athletes this season! Don’t forget to go support our dragons this upcoming season. Tickets can be found on the O’Dowd website. Dragon pride is alive!