2015 Alameda Sports Year in Review

File photos. Candice Carroll, 7, a second grader at St. Joseph Elementary School won the gold medal in the Bronze Division for 6- and 7-year-old girls at this year’s NASTAR National Championships in Aspen, Colo. (“Seven-Year-Old Takes the Gold,” April 5).

2015 Alameda Sports Year in Review

Part One

As the new year arrives, the Alameda Sun takes a look back at 2015 to bring out the highlights of local schools’ sports teams. This week the focus is on the first half of the year.

Basketball

The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men’s team suffered its toughest year this decade in 2015. The team went 14-12 in the regular year, its first year with fewer than 20 wins this decade. The Pilots lost in the Div. V North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs to University-San Francisco 68-65, but qualified for the Div. V state playoffs. They beat Urban in the opening round 67-59 March 14, but lost to University again 73-30 in the second round. The women’s team went 21-13 overall in the 2015 season. They advanced to the NCS and NorCal semifinals. 

The Encinal men’s team went 18-13 overall including three wins against rival Alameda (55-46 on Dec. 13, 44-37 on Jan. 9 and 60-42 on Jan. 30). They also won the West Alameda County Conference tournament championship with a 74-68 win over San Lorenzo on Feb. 21. Their season ended with an 81-76 loss to Mission of San Francisco in the Div. III state tournament first round. The Encinal women’s team went 17-13 in 2015. They went 8-2 in the WACC good for second place. They advanced to the NCS quarterfinals, but lost to Acalanes of Lafayette 78-61 on Feb. 27.

The Alameda women’s basketball team went 14-14 on the year. They beat rival Encinal 59-53 on Jan. 7. They advanced to the NCS quarterfinals, but lost to Windsor 57-54. The men’s team went 6-22 on the year.

Soccer

The SJND men’s soccer team (12-6-3 overall) bowed out early in the TCAL soccer tournament. The team lost to Kennedy 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs on Feb. 5. The women’s team went 2-8 overall and did not advance to the postseason.

The Alameda men’s team went 3-13-2 in 2015, but took down Encinal 3-0 on Jan. 7. The women’s team went 8-9-2 on the year, but did defeat Encinal 2-0 on Jan. 7.

The Encinal men’s team went 3-12-2 in 2015, while the Jets’ women’s team went 4-13 overall.

Baseball/Softball

The SJND baseball team went 15-12 on the year. They beat Athenian of Danville 13-3 in the first round of the NCS Div. V baseball tournament. They lost to Head Royce of Oakland in the second round.

The women’s team went 12-11 on the year. After losing 5-4 to Albany in the opening round of the TCAL playoffs, the Pilots rebounded to advance to the NCS Div. V finals. They won their first two contests by double digits. They beat Head Royce 10-0 in the first round on May 29, then beat St. Bernard’s of Eureka 14-4 on June 3. The Pilots’ season ended, however, in a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Clear Lake of Lakeport on June 5.

The Alameda High softball team went 20-8 overall in 2015. They went 1-1 in the NCS Division II playoffs. They beat Concord 8-2 in the opening round on May 26, then lost to Newark Memorial 10-4 on May 29.

The Hornet baseball team also went 20-8 overall, ending its NCS run in the quarterfinals with a 4-0 loss to Marin Catholic of Kentfield on May 30. They did, however, win the WACC tournament with a 5-4 victory over Bishop O’ Dowd of Oakland May 21. 

The Encinal softball team went 13-11-1 on the year. Encinal made it to the NCS Div. III quarterfinal where they lost to Bishop O’Dowd 5-1 on May 30. The Jets were able to beat Alameda 8-7 in the teams’ only contest on April 24.

The Encinal baseball team went 8-16 in 2015.

Swimming

Alameda High junior Catherine Boles placed third in the consolation final of the 200 Free, finishing in a time of 1:51.03, and fourth in the final of the 100 backstroke, breaking her own existing school record with a time of 56.11 at the NCS championships on May 16. Boles also received and accepted a swimming scholarship to US Santa Barbara on Nov. 11.

Next week, part two of this story will feature local athletic achievments from the second half of 2015. Contact Sun staff at editor@alamedasun.com.

Pro golfer James Hahn is a native Alamedan. This year he competed in the Masters, a storied golf tournament. (“First Alamedan in ‘The Masters’” April 9).
Alamedan Ken Pearce completed a personal mission to run a marathon in every state of the union and began another to run on every continent. (“Alamedan Runs Marathon of Marathons” Jan. 15).
Junior golfer Penny Chai achieved golf’s most difficult feat, the hole in one, in June of this year.