Orinda Magic Black, Coached By Stephen Pezzola
07/15/2015- Orinda Magic Black finished 3-2 in Chicago at the TOC Nike Invitational 2015. Black has started the Summer 2015 at 10-4 and hopes to continue their success in San Diego at the end of July.
07/10/2015- Orinda Magic Black won the Gold Bracket Consolation @ EOT Nike Invitational 2015. Congrats to Julieanne Martin(Salesian) and Lesila Finau(Dublin) on their All-Tournament Selection. Orinda Magic Blue won their first game in an emotional thriller to get their signature win of the Summer!
Orinda Magic Blue, Coached By Darrell Hirashima, Jr.
07/10/2015- Orinda Magic Blue won their first game in an emotional thriller to get their signature win of the Summer! Congrats to Bianca Camello(Salesian), Gabby Lomelli(Concord), and Sicaly Sorrell(Salesian) on their excellent play throughout the tourney. Mya Moore(Salesian) controlled the paint and TJ Roberts(Northgate) stepped up with some signature defense.
05/30/2015- CONGRATULATIONS ORINDA MAGIC BLUE, 2015 CHAMPIONS Jam On It RENO MEMORIAL DAY!
Last season(2014) was one of the most challenging in recent history, and we look forward to stepping it up in 2015. Competing in bigger tournaments and taking the team across the country to Virginia, are just some of the ways we intend to challenge our players.
Orinda Magic Black, Coached By Stephen Pezzola
The "Black Team" is The Magic's premiere high school travel team. Coach Stephen Pezzola will enter his 5th season as head coach. Last season(2013) was one of the most successful in recent history, and we look forward to building on that success in 2014. Winning 4 tournaments and taking runner-up in three others, the Black team battled through numerous injuries to rack up some impressive victories along the way. One of their most notable achievements in 2013 came when The Magic "Black Team" took home 5th place and two All-Stars from the Nike End Of The Trail (EOT) tournament in Oregon City, OR.
Orinda Magic Blue, Coached By Tery Lizarraga.
6/3/2013: All 8 Orinda Magic teams participated in HOH13 this year for the last tournament of the Spring, 2013. Black, Emerald & Platinum made it into the Gold Brackets for their Division, with Black taking the championship. Red made it into the Silver bracket and won all their Sunday games to add to our first place finishes.
5/29/2013: All 8 Orinda Magic teams participated in Reno this year with mixed results. Emerald and Black made it into the Gold Brackets and played for the championship with Emerald bringing home 1st and Black settling for Runner-Up for their Divisions, with Red playing for 3rd we had 3 OMBA teams going for hardware last weekend.
5/13/2013: All eight Orinda Magic teams participated in the Darrell Hirashima Classic this year with mixed results. Diamond and Ruby took home Co-Champions in the 7th grade L2 division. Platinum, Emerald, Red, and Black all took 2nd place.
5/29/2012: All 6 Orinda Magic teams participated in Reno this year with mixed results. Blue and Platinum made it into the Gold Brackets for their Division, with Platinum finishing 4th overall for the 6th grade level 1 division. Platinum, Blue and Red each finished with a record of 2-2, while Black Bronze and Silver mustered only 1 win
5/14/2012:Congratulations to Orinda Magic Blue(Coached by Kameo Williams) on their championship this past weekend at the 4th annual Darrell Hirashima Classic. This represents the first Orinda Magic Championship for a high school level team at this most honored tournament. Magic Platinum also won their second straight Hirashima Classic and their 3rd championship in a row as they cruised to victory in all three games.
5/07/2012: All Orinda Magic teams will be participating in the Darrell Hirashima Classic this coming Mother's Day Weekend. The tournament is held in honor of Orinda Magic's founder Darrell Hirashima, Sr.
5/07/2012: Congratulations to Orinda Magic Black(Elite) and Orinda Magic Platinum(6th Grade)! Both teams won hard fought victories in tight games to win Championships at the Oscar Jiminez District Championships. The Black team won in double over-time thanks largely to a late 3-pter from Deja Ford(Alameda High). The Platinum team was neck and neck with a fierce Lafayette Lightning team, but came away with some big buckets and defensive stops to seal their victory.
4/23/2012: Congratulations to the Orinda Magic Red Team! 1st Place Champions at the Strictly Hoops Cal Classic II. The 8th/9th graders played hard in all three games to come away with Gold last weekend. Coach Chris Russell led them in a down to the wire thriller to win their first game before dominating their other two opponents.
12/20/2011: In the Spring and Summer of 2011 Orinda Magic had five teams. Three high school teams and two youth teams. Our high school teams included varsity players from around the bay area reaching as far as Antioch and San Jose. Our teams traveled to Portland OR, Las Vegas, Reno, Los Angeles as well as attending multiple local tourneys. The Orinda Magic Black team took third place at the Cal Sparks Grad Games. The Orinda Magic Bronze team(6th grade) won the championship of their division in Reno @ the annual Jam on It Memorial Day tourney.
Magic has been able to expand to four teams for the first time in over two years. The additions to our coaching staff (Steve Pezzola, Greg Ginsburg, LaRone Smith, Austin Sutta) have strengthened the program and despite intense competition for players the Elite Team(Black Magic) has built a very strong roster moving into the summer. Anchored by long-time Orinda Magic players like Leticia (Moses) Oceguera, Gina Del Bene, and Amber Edmond, and more recent additions like Jamie Wallace and Krissy Segismundo, the Black Magic team will be looking to make their mark at the summer tournaments @ UCB, Oregon City, Santa Ana, and San Francisco. While they hold out hope that starting SG, Alexa Salcido, will recover from severe injuries to rejoin the team, the young ladies are looking forward to trying out their new teammates Alejandra Cephas and Corrine Hom. Returning from the Spring after recovering from some nagging injuries, Jamie Wallace and Haliegh Nickerson will join Geena Greene and Arienne Johnson in their push to finish the AAU season in top form.
In their second straight tournament with a diminished roster Magic Gold Team played at an impessive pace racking up over 150 pts in 3 games @ the Xtreme Hoops Oktoberfest Shootout while their stifling defense held opponents to just over 50 pts. The defense was anchored by Jessica Mitz and Madison Burroughswho
frustrated the opposition with their quickness and anticipation. Jordan
Johnson and Alejandra Cephas protected the paint and cleaned up the
boards while team leaders Jonae Gonzales and Anne-Marie Del Benetook advantage of every possession running the court and punishing opponents in transition. Scoring was led by Ashley Ewing
who slashed through opposing defenses with ease and gobbled up
offensive rebounds. A tremendous team effort rewarded with a
well-deserved championship. Congrats!
10/5/2009A depleted Magic Gold Team competed in their first tournament of the fall season playing in 3 exciting games down to the wire. In Game 1 the Magic matched up against the Stars in a back and forth battle. With just seconds remaining and the score tied Jessica Mitz nailed a 3 pt shot to put Magic on top for good. Game 2 exposed Magic as a team with weaknesses as casual play and a loss of focus put Magic in a deep hole early against a strong West Coast Xtreme lineup. The team showed character by battling back and giving themselves a chance to win with minutes to go, but a lack of execution down the stretch doomed the Magic 8th graders to their first loss of the season. Magic started game 3 strong, bolstered by the return of starting point guard Anne-Marie Del Bene. Just when the game against All-City looked to be in the bag Magic was hit by the injury bug. Magic stalwarts, Jonae Gonzales and Bailey Russ, were incapacitated leaving only 5 healthy players and a rapidly diminishing lead. Led by Gabby Brown's staunch defense the team held off a comeback to win another close one and start the season 2-1.
Bailey Russ, Jessica Mitz, Jordan Johnson, Jonae Gonzales, Gabby Brown, Ashley Ewing
9/28/2009NEW!Fall 2009 Magic Gold Team:
|0|| Bailey Russ||Montera Middle School|
|1|| Alejandra Cephas|
|3|| Anne-Marie Del Bene|| Diablo View Middle School |
|5|| Jonae Gonzales|| St. John|
|21|| Jessica Mitz|| Holy Family|
|22|| Tori McGovern || St. Philip Neri|
|23|| Madison Burroughs|| Los Cerros|
|24|| Gabriella Brown|| Diablo View Middle School|
|32||Jordan Johnson || Diablo View Middle School|
|33|| Ashley Ewing|| Stanley Middle School |