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July 8, 2009 > Newark nurtures success

Newark nurtures success

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

Newark Memorial has one of the the best all around academic and athletic high schools in the East Bay and perhaps the Bay Area. The school traditionally has produced some of Northern California's top performers. This year, many fall, winter and spring sports teams attained a high level of achievement in the classroom and on the playing field. This spring season badminton, tennis, and track and field teams each honored a North Coast Section Champion.

Some of the schools top performers this year included the schools Scholar Athletes of the Year Keith Dore and Kayla Green. Dore, the schools valedictorian, flourished on the football and baseball field. The academically and athletically gifted Dore had college recruiters beating down his door as he showed prowess by earning All-MVAL honors.

Green had an excellent senior season in the water for the Cougars. The two-sport athlete had a host of schools that she could have continued her college career but selected to stay close to home and attend San Jose State.

"I chose San Jose State because I was accepted for early registration for in their Pre-Nursing program," said Green. "They also have a good water polo team as well." Green, however, is unsure if she will play water polo while at SJSU.

Newark Memorial also had an opportunity to not only honor its Scholar Athletes of the Year, but it's Athletes of the Year as well. It was a tough decision for the Cougars coaches to make a selection but they selected two athletes that absolutely dominated their sport this year and in their career for the Cougars.

Rachael Borg and Greig O'Connor were stellar to say the least for their teams. Borg was a two-time state qualifier in cross-country; O'Connor earned All-NCS honors in wrestling, football, and the discus and shot put throws in track and field.

Borg, a five-time team MVP, was one of the most highly regarded distance runners in the North Coast Section. She qualified for the state cross country championships her junior and senior years and was an All-MVAL selection in track and field her senior year.

Borg, the school record holder in the two mile at 11:44, is bound for Sonoma State on athletic scholarship. She will compete in both cross country and track and field for the Sea wolves.

Greig O'Connor was one of the most consistent three-sport athletes in the North Coast Section. O' Connor was an All-League defensive lineman in football; he also placed in the top three in wrestling at the NCS Championships during the winter season. His top-three performance earned him a trip to the State Championships.

O'Connor would return to the State Championships in the throws in track and field. He will take his talents across the Bay this fall and compete in football for Menlo College.

"It's a place I always wanted to be," said O'Connor. "I was born there; now I'll get a chance to play there."

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