When the Stuart Hall boys’ basketball team won the Bay Counties League West tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals of the North Coast Section playoffs this past season, it appeared the young Knights were on the verge of becoming one of the top Division V programs in Northern California.
But now it appears Stuart Hall (24-6 last season) will have to take that next step without four players expected to serve as its core, including star sophomore point guard Stephen Powell. A second-team All-City selection by The Examiner, Powell, who averaged a team-high 21.2 points per game, was expelled from the school this month for what Stuart Hall admissions director and assistant basketball coach Tony Farrell called “a code of conduct violation.”
“There was a code of conduct violation and it was an expellable offense,” Farrell said. “And it was absolutely the last thing that anyone would have wanted to have happen.”
Junior power forward Jairo Camacho was also expelled for an unrelated incident, while junior forward Christian Nyembo has moved with his father to Santa Ana and will attend Mater Dei. In addition, sophomore De’end Parker has informed Farrell and Knights coach Charlie Johnson that he will not be back at the school this fall and will likely attend Lincoln. Parker sat out this season after transferring from Sacred Heart Cathedral, where he spent his freshman year.
According to Farrell, the losses have hit the student body at the school of 160 hard, especially the departure of the charismatic Powell, who was “beloved” on campus, Farrell said. Powell is now at Lincoln, but will be unable to play basketball for the Mustangs until his senior season due to transfer rules.
Meanwhile, the Knights will push forward with a new-look roster.
“The kids are bummed and hurt, but they’re resilient” Farrell said. “They’re ready to go to work with what we have. The rumors of our death are greatly exaggerated.”
Frisco’s fastest: The CIF State Track and Field Championships are set for Friday and Saturday at Sacramento City College and The City’s fleetest will make the trip in search of a medal.
No San Francisco athlete is seeded in the top 15 in any event, but a few could pull a surprise. Lincoln junior David Henderson won the San Francisco Section title in the 100 meters in 10.85 seconds, the 17th-best time amongst state qualifiers. But Henderson reportedly ran a 10.56 during the season, which would rank as the third-best qualifying time.
St. Ignatius junior Katy Daly has the best seed of any city athlete, as her 10 minutes, 47.87 seconds in the 3,200 ranks 16th in that event. Washington junior Raymond Quan (shot put, discus), Lowell senior Leona Shum (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Balboa freshman Sanura O’Reilly (200, 400) each qualified for multiple events.
Hall blanked in semifinals
EUREKA — Vince Ayala pitched a four-hit shutout as top-seeded St. Bernard Catholic eliminated fourth-seeded Stuart Hall 11-0 in five innings Knights to advance to the North Coast Section Class B baseball championship game.
St. Bernard (22-2) will face Tomales on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Babe Ruth Field in Eureka for the title.
Stuart Hall (17-10-1) — which traveled five hours to the game — was undone by nine errors and allowed eight unearned runs. Kris Suzuki went 2-for-2 in his final game for the Knights and will play at Occidental next year.
— Staff report
St. Bernard Catholic (Eureka) 11, Stuart Hall 0
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