Nkosi Djehuti-Mes, a senior outfielder at Bishop O'Dowd High this past season, signed a letter-of-intent June 12 to play baseball at Southern University.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Djehuti-Mes said that Southern head coach Roger Cador was a deciding factor for him.
"He welcomed me ... and he made it feel like I would be at home," Djehuti-Mes said.
Djehuti-Mes took an official visit to the Baton Rouge campus this spring and noticed a big difference between there and Oakland, where he has lived his whole life.
"The weather was a whole lot different," he said. "It was humid, over-cloudy, 90 degrees ... sticky."
But he also noticed a friendly atmosphere there.
"They would welcome you, even though they didn't know you," he said.
Djehuti-Mes said that he was also recruited by Oregon, Fresno State, Indiana and North Carolina A&T, among other universities.
This past season, Djehuti-Mes batted .212, but showed power with one home run, eight RBIs, four doubles and 13 runs scored.
"It was a rough season. I didn't do how I wanted to do," said Djehuti-Mes. But he enjoyed the team experience. "It was definitely a season to remember. Everybody got along," he said. "It was the definition of a tight-knit group."
Shawn Hipol was hired as St. Joseph Notre Dame's new girls basketball coach earlier this month.
Hipol was the head coach at Skyline High for the past five seasons and guided the Titans to a pair of Oakland Athletic League regular-season titles in 2010 and 2014, and a co-title in 2012. His overall record at Skyline was 95-46 with a 40-10 mark in OAL regular-season play.
Prior to being the head varsity coach, Hipol had been the Skyline junior varsity head coach for 10 seasons.
"I had been there 15 years. It was time for a change," Hipol said. "All the kids at Skyline have been great. The administration has been great. This has been hard for me to do."
But Hipol, a 1992 Alameda High graduate, looks forward to taking over the St. Joseph Notre Dame program. Hipol, who is an off-campus coach, said that a faster tempo will be implemented on his team.
"We were looking for someone to take the program to new heights. Shawn has shown he has staying power," said Pilots athletic director Chris Pondok, who was part of the hiring committee. "He's obviously a great x's and o's guy."
Pondok stepped down as St. Joseph Notre Dame's girls basketball coach this spring, but will remain as athletic director, he said. Pondok had a overall record of 52-39 in three seasons as head coach.
-- Phil Jensen
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