“Paddles ready!” was the command. We all held our paddles to the side, ready to move the boat forward. 

On Aug. 13 and 14, I had the opportunity to practice with, and then watch, our local dragon boat racing team, the Alameda DragonFlyers, in action. The practice session took place on the Oakland Estuary near Bridgeside Shopping Center; the race was held on Lake Merritt. 

I met many enthusiastic and welcoming team members, including Carol Beaver, the team’s captain and founder, and Corinne Spingarn, my paddling instructor. 


Alameda native Emily Lovell arrived at Half Moon Bay on Aug. 14 after biking 4,031 miles from Connecticut with Bike & Build, raising funds and working for affordable housing along the way. In her moment of celebration upon completing the ride, she didn’t forget to raise her Alameda Sun high in the air along with her bicycle (above). 


The start of the school year is less than a week away, which means the start of the fall sports season is just around the corner. Many Alameda students and parents will be heading to the football fields this fall to see Alameda and Encinal high schools compete for the 2016 league title.

This football season will be even more intriguing because both Encinal and Alameda will compete in the same league, the Shoreline League in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC), for the first time in several years.


The Alameda Junior Golf Club held another summer event Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. 

Tucker Backer shot a 78 to win the boys’ 16- to 18-year-old division. He squeezed by Nolan Floyd who shot a 79 for second place. David Espino posted an 86 for third place.

Adrian Davis blew away the competition in the 14- to 15-year-old division with a 73. That was more than 20 strokes ahead of second-place golfer Liam Neal who posted a 95. Torin Martin shot a 98 for third place. 


Alameda Women’s Golf Club (AWGC) newcomer Hazel Willacy won the August charm after posting a net 67 at the August Charm event on Aug. 6 at the Earl Fry Course.

Willacy competed in the third flight among golfers with a handicap of 36 to 40. Ruby Soo was second in the flight and in the overall competition with a net 69. There was a drop off after the top two golfers in the flight as the next golfer, Siv Richards, shot a net 76. Vivian Kang posted a net 79 for fourth place, while Lynette Mladinich shot a net 80 for fifth place in the flight.