The Alameda Women’s Nine Hole Golf Club, aka the Niners, held its holiday party at Speisekammer on Dec. 8. Members collected donated food for the Alameda Food Bank.

The club installed Katie Leong as its 2015 president; Carol Towata as vice president; Janis Peterson as secretary and Georgia Turner as treasurer.

The club appointed Di Huntley to oversee tournament scoring for 2015 and put Pam Curtis in charge of special tournaments. Juanita Solano will run scheduling next year and Lynette Mladinich will keep track of handicaps.

Alameda High School (AHS) senior Bret Greene finished the race in 17:47 making him the fastest overall to finish. AHS sophomore Lara Vetter was the fastest female to finish, completing the course in 20:56.

Two Alameda High students were the first male and female runners to finish the Midway Shelter Run and Walk 2014 on Dec. 6 in Alameda.

Maestro Harold Hayes stands at left with some of the students he taught in 2009.

Pacific Fencing Club (PFC) will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special ceremony at 3 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 13 at its Alameda location, 2329 Santa Clara Ave.

The anniversary marks the love and passion PFC owner and instructor Harold Hayes has for the sport of fencing. Hayes, 68, took up the sport while in college at Stanford University.

Champion team beaten by point total, not overall time

The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men’s cross-country team lost out on a chance to three-peat as California Interscholastic Federation Division V cross-country champions by the slimmest of margins. The race took place last Saturday, Nov. 29, at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Alameda High freshman Casey Chen won the North Coast Section (NCS) Division I women’s singles tennis championship last Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Chabot College in Hayward.

Though Chen is just a freshman, she was clearly the best player in the field of 16. Chen won all four of her matches without losing a set or dropping more than two games in a set in her four matches.

"I was very surprised by the scores of the matches," said Chen. "Even though I won by a wide margin the matches were all very difficult."