by Anthony Beron
The victory dance should have taken place HERE last Thursday. The championship game should have been in the McClymonds gym.
Yes, the McClymonds Lady Warriors made history by winning the Oakland Athletic League for the first time in 38 years. And the boys team, the Warriors won and were undefeated in the OAL.
So what is the pay-off for their hard work and higher seeding in the CIF playoffs: WE HAVE TO PLAY AT OAKLAND TECH, our rival school, instead of playing in our OWN GYM.
And the school is abuzz with that sad reality. “If I had an option,” said boys’ basketball coach Brandon Brooks, “I’d definitely have our team play here because of our strong, enthusiastic fan base.” He thought it was moved to Oakland Tech because of the smaller size of our gym.
Colleen Piper, Spanish teacher, called the move to have McClymonds play at its rival’s gym “unfair” and “uncool.”
Teacher Relonda McGhee, who favored playing at Laney College, where the Silver Bowl was played, said that “Playing at Tech is risky, because it’s our rival.”
Most students agreed. “We should play here, on our home field, because we are the champions,” said Danny Sola, a senior.
But some expressed caution. “Playing here can be dangerous,” said Luckie Lovette, a junior. “In the past, the fans have caused a lot of problems.”
While McClymonds students mentioned the unfairness of the situation, the athletes just practiced for the game.
“As long as we have a court and a hoop,” said Lady Warrior Romanalyn Inocencio, “I’m cool.”