The Bay Area will have a record three participants in the prestigious McDonald's All-American Game that takes place April 3 in Chicago.

Archbishop Mitty's Aaron Gordon, Salesian High's Jabari Bird and Deer Valley's Marcus Lee were selected to the West squad, it was announced Thursday. It's the first time the Bay Area has had more than one selection in the game that dates back to 1978.

There have only been six local players total in the previous 35 years.

Gordon, a 6-8 forward who is the No. 4 player in the country by ESPN, has not made his college decision. He's led Mitty to the past two Division II state titles.

Bird, a 6-foot-6 guard who is rated the No. 19 senior in the country by ESPN, led Salesian to the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV state title last year. He will play at Cal next season.

The Kentucky-bound Lee is a 6-9 forward who ESPN ranks the No. 18 senior in the nation.

The trio marks the first time a player from a Bay Area high school has been selected since Oakland Tech's Leon Powe in 2003.

Soccer

The Earthquakes have lost starting fullback Steven Beitashour for at least a month after he underwent a procedure to repair a sports hernia, the team announced.


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Beitashour, a Major League Soccer all star who got invited to U.S. national team camp last month, ended last season with problems that required surgery. The Leland High product had the hernia repaired in November but left U.S. camp early after aggravating it.

Veteran Dan Gargan, who was acquired in the MLS re-entry draft in December, should take Beitashour's place when the team opens the season March 3 against Real Salt Lake. Gargan, 30, is a seven-year MLS veteran who spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Fire. The Quakes also could use midfielder Shea Salinas, who played right back for the Philadelphia Union three years ago.

  • Irish defender Peter McGlynn announced on Twitter that he has signed with the Quakes, who took him with the 72nd pick in the supplemental draft. McGlynn starred at UC Santa Barbara.

    Miscellany

    Olympic champions Missy Franklin and Dana Vollmer won their races on opening night of the Arena Grand Prix of Orlando, Fla. Franklin, who's signed a letter of intent with Cal, easily won the 200-meter freestyle in 1 minute, 58.01 seconds. Vollmer, a former Cal star, won her signature event, the 100 butterfly, in 58.91 seconds.

  • Single game tickets for the SaberCats are on sale Friday at 10 a.m. The home opener is March 29.

  • The Philadelphia Eagles agreed on a two-year contract with quarterback Dennis Dixon. The San Leandro High product spent the past season with the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens on their practice squad.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond and wire services contributed to this report.