PDPreps Insider: Ukiah basketball coach replaced

For the first time in 37 years, Ukiah has a new boys basketball coach as Jeff Silva-Brown has replaced Bill Heath.

Heath said he was given the option to resign and when he did not do so, principal Gordon Oslund fired him.

“I didn’t leave voluntarily,” Heath said. “I was told it had been decided the program was going in a different direction.”
Silva-Brown, who assisted Heath the past 12 years, is a teacher at Ukiah High while Heath retired from his teaching post in 2010.

Heath estimates through the years his team won 599 games.

“I was blessed to have a lot of good players and good assistants,” he said.

“I would’ve liked to reach No. 600 but I have no hard feelings. It wasn’t my decision to make.”

When asked to comment, athletic director Ty Yanez said:

“I don’t know anyone more dedicated to Ukiah High School than Bill Heath. He’s a fantastic man and I have nothing but positive things to say about him.”

Elsie Allen star injured

Elsie Allen’s Joe Hoeup, who led the Sonoma County League in scoring last year as a junior, could miss this season because of a fractured left ankle.

The injury happened in late November during a scrimmage with Maria Carrillo.

“He made a layup and landed wrong,” coach Madison Lott said. “The ankle snapped.

“We’re hoping he’ll make it back for the latter part of the season but we just don’t know.”

Hoeup, who was a member of The Press Democrat All-Empire second team last season, averaged just over 18 points in 2013.

Robbie Rogers at SRHS

Robbie Rogers, the only currently active gay male athlete in a major U.S. sports league, will be having a book signing and talk at Santa Rosa High School today beginning at 7 p.m.

Rogers, a starting midfielder for the recently crowned MLS champion L.A. Galaxy, revealed himself as a gay man in February 2013 and then became the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American pro sports league when he played his first match for the Galaxy in May.

Tournament action

It’s another week of tournament action on the basketball front.

The REIBT tournament at Healdsburg, with eight boys and eight girls teams, starts Wednesday with Windsor’s boys team playing Justin-Siena at 4 p.m.

Cardinal Newman’s Rose City tournament begins its 47th year on Thursday with the first of four first-round boys games. The first game pits Rancho Cotate and St. Mary’s at 3:30 p.m.

Still football season

Redwood Empire teams have fallen out of the running, but the CIF football season continues this weekend with two North Coast section teams involved in the NorCal semifinals that will send teams to the state bowl game next weekend in Carson.

Campolindo, which beat Analy in the Division 3 semifinal, will play Sutter at Acalanes and Clayton Valley Charter, which ousted Casa Grande in the Division 2 semifinal, plays host to Oakdale. Both games are Saturday with 7:30 p.m. kickoffs.

The Press Democrat staff and correspondent Howard Senzell contributed to this report.