Several of Skyline Football players have been invited to represent Skyline at various All-Star games in December
Parnell Walker, senior, will join the California Junior Prep Sports
(JPS) team in Honolulu, Hawaii for the Paradise Classic game on January 12, 2017. Played at Aloha Stadium, the California team will face teams from America-Samoa and Hawaii East. Elite football players from throughout California come together to play in this game, said Coach Joe Bates.
Parnell has played for Skyline for two years, he has played quarterback, wide receiver and safety for Skyline, he will play wide receiver on the JPS California team. Parnell is in his second year as a varsity starter.
In addition to Parnell Coach Joe Bates, has been selected to be a coach for the Paradise Classic All-Star game in which he will serve as the 8th grade team defensive back coach and support staff for the Senior game. Coach Bates was chosen because his ability to work well with youth and his overall connections to and throughout the East Bay.
Coach Bates said, it was Coach Sam Falefine, JPS Nor Cal Director, who recognized him as someone they wanted on the staff and with the organization.
"This is the second year Skyline has been selected to participate in this event. This is a week long trip to Hawaii during the holiday season and it is a great opportunity for athletes to not only showcase themselves one last time on film, but also represent the state of California against some of the best high school players in Hawaii and America Samoa," said Coach Bates.
JPS-California is a subdivision of Jr Prep Sports America, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping our young student-athletes achieve a higher education through athletics.
A little closer to home, seniors Seniors Kewon Morrison, Dreq Agliam, and Sam Anderson will be playing in the Bay Area Classic All-Star game on December 17, in El Cerrito. Players selected to play in this game need to be appealing to college recruiters with size, speed, ability, and grades. Dreq has played cornerback, Kewon and Sam are both wide receivers for Skyline.
"The selection of our all star student athletes is extremely powerful for marketing of our program, teammates, and coaches. The young men who will participate are an exceptional representation of Skyline and its football program. The selection of these players is an eye opening opportunity for them and others who are on the team. They see the results of hard work," said Coach Bates.
Skyline's football program is working with students to build academic success. According to Coach Bates, 30 of the 35 varsity
football players ea
rned a 3.0 or better last marking period, three seniors who took the SAT in November earned a 1070 or higher and a fourth earned a 930.
"These guys are working hard, said Coach Bates. They are really challenging themselves academically and most are doing things they didn't think they could do in the classroom. This team created an academic standard that begin in the offseason. Our program allowed our guys
to become closer as teammates, as brothers."
This was Coach Bates first year as Head of Skyline's Football program and upon reflection Coach believes his biggest success was
giving the program hope for future success. "I believe this past season opened the door for us to accomplish great things in the years to come both on and off the field. Some our greatest success for this team was academic progression and a creation of brotherhood."