ALAMEDA — Less than a week after one of its brightest moments — an eight-point win over perennial Northern California powerhouse Salesian — St. Joseph Notre Dame’s girls basketball team is without its coach and unclear about its immediate future because of another score.
An 87-point win over an overmatched league opponent four days before the Salesian game, a result that angered an administrator at SJND.
Coach Shawn Hipol confirmed Friday morning that he has not been with the team the past three days and that a league game Thursday against College Prep was not played.
He later added that parents and players are meeting with top administrators at the school Friday night for guidance, facts and a possible resolution.
Emails to SJND athletic director Carlos Arriaga sent Thursday night and Friday were not returned.
The team is scheduled to play its next game Saturday.
A Tweet on Thursday by Harold Abend of Cal-Hi Sports, Prep2Prep and the West Coast Jamboree girls basketball showcase, announcing that Hipol had resigned, sparked a social–media buzz among the basketball community and beyond.
I spoke with Coach Hip last night. Complete travesty by the person causing all this. Kids and Coach Hip both deserve better and did no wrong. Awful.
— Craig Campbell (@CoachCCW) January 17, 2020
“I spoke with Coach Hip last night,” Craig Campbell, the girls basketball coach at powerhouse Clovis West, tweeted Friday. “Complete travesty by the person causing all this. Kids and Coach Hip both deserve better and did no wrong. Awful.”
“I know him personally,” KC Adams, running backs coach at Laney College, wrote in a tweet, “and he could have scored well over 100 in those games. Not his fault they forced him into the worst league around at the same time he has the best team in school history…”
“This is very sad, as my daughter is on this team,” tweeted parent Jamie Levingston. “We are very distraught.”
Ranked No. 8 by this news organization, SJND is scheduled to play Centennial of Las Vegas on Saturday in the MLK Showcase at St. Mary’s of Stockton and La Jolla Country Day in the MLK Showcase at Bishop O’Dowd on Monday.
An agenda item for the North Coast Section Board of Managers meeting Jan. 24 — written before last week’s blowout — calls for SJND’s girls and boys basketball teams to be placed in the more competitive West Alameda County Conference for the 2020-21 school year and in the next league alignment cycle.
SJND’s girls team is 33-0 in league play since moving from the Tri-County Athletic League’s Rock Division to the Bay Counties League in 2016-17.
The scores of those games have been woefully one-sided.
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