Fall Sports Heading into Post Season

Saint Joseph Notre Dame runners at the Stanford Invitational in September, from left: Chris Melendez, Michael Murphy, Cooper Teare, Gavin Hill, Matthew Murphy, Ryan Duarte, Gabe Arias-Sheridan and Will Mein. Arias-Sheridan led the team to a sweep of the first four places in the Division V boys' race at Stanford.

With the fall sports season almost over, let's take a look at how some of the high school sports' teams in Alameda have fared in 2013.

SJND Men's Cross Country

The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men's cross-country team will be looking to repeat as California Intercollegiate Federation (CIF) Division 5 crosscountry champs at the state championships Nov. 30. The team won the Tri-County Athletic League title after going undefeated in the league. The men swept the league, winning most races with a combination of experienced runners and freshmen placing in the top positions: Gabe Arias-Sheridan '14, Michael Murphy '15, Matthew Murphy '15, Cooper Teare '17, Chris Melendez '14, Gavin Hill '17 and Will Mein '17.

At the Mt. Sac Invitational in Los Angeles, the men won against the top cross-country teams in the state. The team is considered one of the best in the country and a favorite to repeat.

SJND Women's Cross Country

The SJND women's team has also put together a productive season. The women's team finished third in the same tournament led by Veronica Aquila '15 and Isabela Reid '14. The women's team will also compete in the CIF state championship, which will be held at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Lady Hornets Golf

For the seventh time in a row, the Lady Hornets golf team has been crowned league champions. This time it was at the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) women's golf championships at Chuck Corica Golf Course Oct. 14.

The Hornets shot an accumulative 378, blowing away its competition. The next closest score belonged to Castro Valley who shot a 457. Bishop O'Dowd shot a 514 for third place.

Melissa Yao led her team with a 72. Coming in second place was Elizabeth Wong with a score of 75. Andrea Leung placed third with a score of 76. Shooting her all-time best score of 77 was Corine Tan coming in fourth place. Placing fifth shooting a score of 78 was Kenness C h e u n g . Rounding out the scoring was Roxi Shiu with a score of 96.

This marks the first time all six girls made first team all league.

The great showing at the league title allowed the team to compete at the North Coast Section (NCS) tournament at the Peacock Gap Golf Club in San Rafael on Oct. 28. Yao produced a score of six-over 77 to lead the Hornets, who finished seventh with a team score of 419, but missed the cut for the North California Championship.

Encinal Men's Water Polo

The Encinal men's water polo team had a stellar 2013 going 18-9 overall and 6-1 in league play. The 27 matches were more than most water polo teams in the WACC played. The Jets played in lots of tournaments this season including the De Anza Tournament at Contra Costa College where they went 3-1.

The Jets play in the pool led them to the second seed in the WACC league playoffs. They defeated two opponents before losing to Alameda in the final 12-9 on Nov. 2. The Jets will now compete in the NCS tournament where they are the 13th seed. They faced Acalanes High yesterday in the first round.

Encinal Women's Water Polo

The women's team also had a good season, which will have them take part in the NCS playoffs. They are the seventh seed. They finished in fourth place in the WACC playoffs. They took out St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Albany 17-7 in the opening round, but fell in the quarterfinals. They took on Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa yesterday.

SJND Women's Volleyball

The St. Joseph Notre Dame women's volleyball team continued its winning ways in the 2013 season. The Pilots are 25-7 overall and 7-3 in the Tri-County league (TCAL). Junior Rebecca Langowski leads the Pilots with 335 kills on the season. The Doud sisters Emma (sophomore) 196 and Maddie (senior) at 163 are second and third in kills on the team.

The Pilots defeated Richmond 3-0 (25-5, 25-6, 25-5) in the first round of the TCAL playoffs last Thursday, Oct. 31. They took on Hercules in the second round of the TCAL playoffs on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Lady Hornet Tennis

The Alameda High women's tennis team is gearing up for the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) playoffs. The Hornets have been on a tear throughout the year going 12-4 on the season and 11-4 against WACC competition. After losing its season-opening match to Piedmont 7-0 on Sept. 12, the Hornets rallied to win three straight including a 7-0 victory over Encinal on Sept. 17. The Hornets won five straight between Oct. 3 and 15 over the likes of San Leandro, Hercules, San Lorenzo, Berkeley and Arroyo of Hayward. The Hornets last regular season contest was a 4-3 victory over San Leandro last Thursday, Oct. 31.

The WACC playoffs begin tomorrow.