by Anthony Beron
Another feather in the cap of Dennis Flannery.
His girls’ basketball team at McClymonds earned a spot in the Top Ten list of Bay Area high school sports stories compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Mitch Stephens.
“This is a school of champions,” said Aronnisha Smith, a junior who plans to join the team next year. “We fight even harder than the guys,” she says casually.
The results: Dennis Flannery named the region’s girls basketball coach of the year; a school-record 26 victories; the first Oakland Section championship since 1976 and first ever CIF Northern California playoff victory, a 67-60 Division I win over Armijo (Fairfield); the team boasts a 3.4 average GPA.
“(Mack is) a team of stars”, says Smith with an enlarged grin. “We always play our ‘ball once we get to the court.”
Next year, the team will lose four seniors, including Breannie Robinson. But its star, Daisy Powell, 6’2″ and a sophomore, is expected back.
“It’s my hope that we repeat, though we did set the bar high (this year),” said McClymonds Principal Kevin Taylor. “We perform at the highest, as we always do.”