Alameda Sports Year in Review as Reported by Alameda Sun
Part Two: June to December
The second half of 2018 had many impressive accomplishments in Alameda. Here is part two of the Sun’s look back at 2018’s athletic accomplishments on the Island.
John Williams won the Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July 5K R.A.C.E. on July 4. He completed the race in 15:27. Jessie Stewart was the first woman to cross the finish line and 26th overall. Stewart finished with a time of 18:05. Former Mayor Trish Spencer finished the race with a time of 32:32.
Alameda native Charles Scanlon won multiple medals in swimming competitions at the Special Olympic USA Games in Seattle. The 1995 Encinal High School (EHS) graduate won a gold medal as a member of the Northern California 4x50-meter medley relay team in the Division I race on July 4. He won a silver medal in the men’s 1,200-meter breaststroke race on July 5. Finally, he earned a bronze medal in the Division II 100-meter individual relay on July 2.
Alamedans Jake Thorne and Robin Anthony-Petersen helped the men’s and women’s Under-20 United States Ultimate Frisbee teams win gold medals at the World Junior Ultimate Championships in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. In the women’s final the U.S. defeated Columbia 15-8 on Aug. 25. Thirteen teams competed in the women’s tournament. The U.S. beat host team Canada 15-10 in the men’s final. Eighteen teams competed in the men’s tournament.
Alameda native Kai Zarehbin won two gold medals at the 2018 Joola Los Angeles Open table tennis tournament on Sept. 1. He beat his brother Aziz in five sets (11-5, 11-5, 7-11, 9-11, 11-4) to win the under-15 competition. He then defeated Alex Wu in three sets (11-6, 11-5, 11-8) to win the under-18 tournament.
EHS defeated Alameda High School (AHS) 22-18 in the 64th Island Bowl on Sept. 7. Jets running back Archie Cole scored the winning touchdown with a little over a minute left on the clock.
The AHS women’s golf team won its 12th straight league championship after winning the West Alameda County Conference golf tournament on Oct. 15, at the Monarch Bay Golf Club in San Leandro. The team posted a tournament-low 412.
The AHS women’s water polo team advanced to the North Coast Section Div. II women’s final, but lost 14-12 to Tamalpais High of Mill Valley in the final on Nov. 15.
Alameda native Sergio Silva defeated opponent Bill Hotter by unanimous decision to win his third professional jiu-jitsu fight at the Fight to Win 94 event on Nov. 17 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond.
The 2010 Under-nine Alameda Islanders Red boys’ soccer team earned second place in NorCal State Cup Premier division four tournament Dec. 4.