Fall Sports Wrap
The 2013-2014 fall sports' season has come to an end and it is time to look back at the great accomplishments of Alameda high school athletes.
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men's cross-country team won its second straight California Intercollegiate Federation (CIF) Division V state championship Saturday, Nov. 30.
Pilots' senior Gabe Arias- Sheridan was the pace setter finishing the 5K race in 15:42. He was the fourth fastest to complete the track out of 198 participants.
Michael and Matthew Murphy rounded out SJND's top three individual times. Michael finished in 16:10, where he placed eighth overall and Matthew completed the track in 16:29 for 13th overall. SJND's 16:22 individual team average time was the best in the race.
Veronica Aguila was the sole female Pilots' runner to take part in the championship competition. She finished in 20:13, which was 34th out of 184 runners.
Alameda senior Cameron Tu tied for eighth place in the CIF Division II men's cross-country race with a time of 15:29. The Hornets had two participants in the Division II women's final. Senior Sonia Xu completed the track in 19:18 for 80th place out of 183 athletes. Freshman Lara Vetter completed the course in 19:22.
The Hornets and Jets football teams both qualified for the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs in 2013.
The Hornets entered the NCS Division II playoffs with a 6-4 overall record, 3-2 in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Shore Line League. The Hornets were overmatched in its Division II first round match up against number-one seed Casa Grande of Petaluma on Nov. 16. The Gauchos took down the Hornets 45-14. The Gauchos went on to the NCS finals where they lost to Miramonte.
Several members of the Hornet team made it on the allleague team. Keelan Doss (wide receiver), Rahman Kelly (offensive line), Sulaiman Hameed (defensive back), Mica Sanchez (linebacker) and Max Atkins (defensive line) were all named to the Shore Line League first team.
The Jets (8-3 overall) entered its first round playoff game on Nov. 16 against Novato as the favorites. But the Hornets of Novato took down the Jets 23-6. The Jets came into the game with an 8-2 overall record and a 4-1 record in the Foothill league.
The SJND women's volleyball team was once again the premier women's volleyball team in Alameda. The Pilots posted a 33-10 overall record and a 7-3 record in the Tri County League. The Pilots made it to the Division V NorCal finals on Tuesday, Dec. 3, but lost to Branson of Ross 3-0 (16-25, 16-25, 20-25). The Bulls also beat the Pilots in the NCS Division 5 finals. Junior Rebecca Langowski led the Pilots with 503 kills on the season. Sophomore Emma Doud was second with 304 kills.
The Encinal Jets women's volleyball team finished its 2013 season with a 9-10 record, but its strong performance in league play gave them an 8-2 record in the WACC. The Jets qualified for the Division III NCS playoffs. They lost to Sonoma Valley 3-0 (10-25, 23-25, 10-25) on Nov. 13.
Alameda's Ebone Qualls reached the NCS Division I women's tennis playoffs. She had to withdraw from the WACC playoffs in the semifinals after a serious asthma attack. Qualls was the underdog in her NCS first round match up against number- four seed Isabella von Ebbe from Acalanes High of Lafayette. Qualls lost the match up 6-0, 6-0 on Nov. 21.
The SJND team of Savannah Fisher and Nicole Bermudez qualified for the NCS Division II women's tennis playoffs. However, they were defeated in the first round by the team of Ishani Singhal and Kira Wang from College Prep 6-1, 6-3 on Nov. 21.