LPC court named for Tony Costello
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District on Thursday officially unveiled Tony Costello Court, naming the basketball court after former coach Tony Costello, who died Aug. 25, 2013, from pancreatic cancer.
The ceremony, which took place during the district's annual Convocation gathering, was attended by employees of LPC, Chabot, the district office, as well as members of the Costello family.
Prior to the unveiling, LPC faculty emeritus Sophie Rheinheimer and Coach Costello's sister, Colleen Costello-Kreidler, delivered speeches about the beloved coach. Coach Costello coached LPC for the first 6-plus years of the program. Prior to that, he coached at Chabot for 17 years, the last 14 as head coach.
Contreras wins scholar-athlete, Costello awards
Sophomore guard Jacob Contreras was named LPC's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Friday night at the 3rd annual End-of-Year Athletic Banquet and Awards Night.
Three nights earlier, Contreras was named the intitial winner of the Coach Costello Basketball Scholarship at the college's Annual Student Scholarship Ceremony.
Contreras has earned a 3.72 grade-point average while working 20-30 hours a week. He has already completed all of his course work in the Fire Services Technology discipline.
During this past season, he was a co-captain and instrumental in help leading his team after the passing of Coach Costello. Contreras averaged nearly 13 points a game and was 7th in the state in 3-pointers made. Defensively, he was called upon to guard the opposing team’s top shooting guard.
"Jacob is the epitome of what it means to be a student-athlete, not just at Las Positas but at any college level, and I hold him in the highest regard," said Hawks' Coach Lon Rork. "He will always act as a great example for what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication in the classroom, on the basketball court, and in the community.
"I will always use him as an example of what I would expect of the student-athletes involved in the men's basketball program and what they should all strive to be."
Kimble named honorable mention all-conference
LPC guard Davis Kimble has been named to the Honorable Mention All-Coast Conference North Division squad.
Kimble, a 5-10 freshman guard from Hayward, started 25 of 27 games this season, averaging 13.3 points and 4.3 assists while shooting 41.6 percent from the floor. During conference play, Kimble averaged 13.7 points and 2.8 assists while shooting 45.2 percent.
Kimble scored 20 or more points six times this season, and his season-high was 27 points in a victory over Cañada on Feb. 7. He was named all-tournament at the LPC Tip-Off Classic in November.