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Elisha Davis: Determined to be great, on and off the court

Elisha Davis, a Berkeley High alum, is succeeding on the court and off. Photo: Sun Devil Athletics
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For a college student athlete, there is no season more important than your senior year. It’s the year when everything could soon be coming to an end: the long practices, the extra work on weekends, the countless hours in the library. For many, it is a bittersweet reality.

For Arizona State Sun Devil and Berkeley High graduate Elisha Davis, senior year is an opportunity to live out dreams she has worked for since she was a child. Through her hard work and dedication, Davis has become an honor roll student with WNBA potential. She enters this season with pro aspirations and graduation right around the corner.

Davis, who graduated from Berkeley High in 2012, was introduced to basketball at the age of 6 by her father, and has been in love with the game ever since.

“My first love was really football,” said the 21-year-old Oakland native. “My dad wouldn’t let me play because I was a girl. So he gave me a basketball and basically told me to stay off the football field.” … Continue reading »

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Lady Yellowjackets fall in final to Long Beach Poly, 46-28

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Berkeley High’s girls’ basketball powerhouse, the Lady Yellowjackets, played — and lost — their third consecutive state final on Friday night, falling to Long Beach Poly, 46-28. The game was Berkeley’s record-setting 12th state final appearance.

Senior standout Rachel Howard led the Yellowjackets with 11 points and five rebounds. Berkeley was held to 23% shooting from the floor and committed 26 turnovers. It was the fourth meeting between Berkeley and Long Beach Poly in a state final: the Jackrabbits … Continue reading »

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BHS girls three-peat in NorCal hoops championship

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Berkeley High’s girls basketball team, a perennial powerhouse, added to a distinguished history with a 56-45 victory over Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills on Saturday in the NorCal Division I championship game. It was the third consecutive NorCal championship for the Lady Yellowjackets and a record 12th NorCal title for the team.

Senior Rachel Howard, a four-year varsity player, led the team with 23 points and nine rebounds. Junior forward Desire Finnie had 14 points and eight rebounds. The win took their season record to 22-11. … Continue reading »

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BHS women’s basketball team continues Cinderella story

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By David A. Gerber

Update, March 13: The team made it to the Division I Northern California regional championship game for a fourth consecutive year after topping host Gunn-Palo Alto 54-46 in Tuesday’s semifinals. Read more on BUSD site.

Original story: Berkeley High School women’s basketball team continued its Cinderella story last Saturday night as it knocked off the favored McClymonds High School of Oakland by a score of 54-44. Both teams had a boisterous and cheering crowd on hand at the game, which was played at Oakland Tech High School.

Berkeley started off the third quarter with a 10-0 run and seemed to never look back, playing strong defense through to the end. Desire Finnie led Berkeley with 20 points and 13 rebounds, with 10 of those points coming in the 4th quarter. Rachel Howard contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds, with Jaimoninia Welch-Coleman adding 10 points for the Yellow Jackets. … Continue reading »

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Brittany Boyd: A Berkeley role model makes waves at Cal

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By Will Rohrer

Lindsay Gottlieb already had Brittany Boyd’s number. The Cal’s women’s basketball coach recalls her whirlwind inauguration as the head of UC Berkeley’s program last April: “I was flying up here and was excited to meet the current team, but the first priority became… recruits. I was in the car on the way to the press conference and Brittany Boyd was already in my phone.” 

Even if you’re not a big sports fan, it’s likely you will have heard Brittany Boyd’s name mentioned over the past few weeks.

The Cal women’s basketball team just concluded a strong year, featuring a 25-10 record, a second place finish in the Pac-12, and an NCAA tournament appearance. One reason for their success is first-year player Boyd, who was selected to the Pac-12 all-freshman team. … Continue reading »

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Lady Jackets scrap hard, fall at the last, 57-40

Mater Dei's smothering defense caused problems for the Jackets all game. Photo: BUSD
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Berkeley High’s girls basketball team, the Lady Yellowjackets, started strongly against Mater Dei in Saturday night’s state championship game in Sacramento, leading 16-15 at the end of the first quarter. But the Southern California team, ranked fifth in the country, used a swarming, tenacious defense and solid offensive play to beat the Jackets, 57-40, in a repeat of the 2011 championship game.

Junior Rachel Howard led the Jackets in scoring, with 12 points. Senior Elisha Davis, who has been the team’s consistent scorer and leader all season, often found herself double and triple teamed — she finished with 10 points, with only two field goals. Mater Dei was led by the California player of the year Nirra Fields, who finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists. … Continue reading »

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BHS girls basketball team to state championships

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Berkeley High’s stellar girls’ basketball team (29-2) trounced Kennedy of Sacramento 56-38 Saturday night to secure its 11th appearance in the Division 1 state championship game.

Arizona State-bound Elisha Davis made four three-pointers and scored 17 points, and Desire Finnie and Rachel Howard added 13 points each.

The title is Berkeley’s record 11th in 15 regional title game appearances. The last time the Yellowjackets won a state title was in 1997.

This, on the same weekend that Berkeley High graduate Brittany Boyd, now a freshman point guard for Cal, showed everyone how it’s done by helping Cal secure a 84-74 victory over Iowa in her first NCAA tournament appearance. … Continue reading »

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Lady Jackets head to Norcal championships

The Lady Yellowjackets beat Oak Ridge last night and will play in the Norcal final on Saturday. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD
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Berkeley High’s girls basketball team beat Oak Ridge High School 49-38 last night to earn a place in Saturday’s Norcal final against Kennedy-Sacramento. The win took the Yellowjackets record to 26-2. The team are ranked number one in Division I for Norcal and fourth in the statewide rankings.

Writing to the BHS community yesterday to encourage people to come out and support the team, Berkeley High Principal Pasquale Scuderi said: “I am incredibly proud of all of our student athletes, and have a particular affinity for the positive impact that athletics can play in the lives and development of our young women. … This is a very talented group of young ladies that are, among other things, simply fun to watch.” … Continue reading »

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