Island City Basketball as It Stands Now

The Alameda high school basketball regular season is in its final week and here’s a roundup of their basketball exploits before the postseason.

Women’s Basketball
The Alameda High School (AHS) women’s basketball team holds a 20-4 overall record before its final two games. The Hornets started the season winning nine of its first 10 games. Before the turn of the calendar AHS went 2-1 in the Surf N’ Slam Classic in San Diego where they defeated Team Canada, a team consisting of top Canadian high school players, 56-44, on Dec. 30. In 2020, the Hornets beat rival Encinal High School (EHS) twice. 

First, a 53-43 win at home on Jan. 18. In the contest the Hornets led the Jets, 51-27, heading into the fourth quarter. The most recent victory came in a 51-42 game on the road on Feb. 8. The Hornets are 6-2 in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Foothill League. Both losses came at the hands of Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland. The Dragons are a perfect 8-0 in league play for first place. The Hornets are in second place. AHS will finish the season in a league contest against Piedmont High School tomorrow.

EHS is 7-13 overall entering the final week of the regular season. The Jets won their first game against Pinole Valley High, 62-49, on Dec. 6. The Jets best stretch of the year came when it won three straight games after losing to rival AHS. They beat Tennyson High School of Hayward, 61-34, on Jan. 24. Then took down Hayward High, 56-29, on Jan. 29. Finally, the Jets knocked off Arroyo High School of San Lorenzo, 54-24, on Jan. 31. The Jets are 4-2 in the WACC Shoreline League. EHS lost its las two games but look to rebound in the regular season finale against Hayward High tomorrow.

The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) women’s basketball team has experienced a roller coaster season heading into the postseason. The team ended the regular season 19-7 overall. They won several lopsided games this season including knocking off McNair High School of Stockton, 97-25, in the season opener on Dec. 2 and College Prep of Oakland, 87-3, on Dec. 6. 

After a 91-4 victory over Redwood Christian of San Lorenzo on Jan. 7, head coach Shawn Hipol resigned. According to reports, Hipol’s resignation came after he received scrutiny from a school administrator for his team’s blowout victories against league teams. Assistant coach Brian Sato took over on Jan. 15. SJND defeated last year’s Northern California Open Division runner-up, Salesian, 68-60, on Jan 11. The team will now take part in the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs.

Men’s Basketball
After a slow start to the season the AHS men’s team has rebounded nicely and now holds a 14-10 overall record. The team faced a tough schedule to start the season and lost 10 of its first 13 games. However, the Hornets have reeled off 11 straight victories including a perfect 8-0 in the WACC Shoreline League. Two of those victories were against rival EHS. They beat the Jets in a nail biter, 51-48, on Jan. 18 and 48-40, on Feb. 7. They also beat their other Island City rival SJND, 49-47, in overtime on Feb. 1. The Hornets will close the season against Tennyson High of Hayward tomorrow.

EHS sports a 12-11 record heading into the final game of the regular season. The team won the four of its first five games of the season. After the Jets lost three games in late December, they began January with four straight victories. The team is 3-4 in the Shoreline League. The team ended its season against Tennyson High yesterday.

SJND is 17-7 overall. They won 11 of its last 12 games before losing against AHS in overtime on Feb. 1. The team blew through league play. They have won each league game by at least 20 points. SJND will look to earn its first NCS title since 2017 when the Pilots beat Lick-Wilmerding High of San Francisco, 63-33, in the NCS Div. IV final.
 

Joshua Linville’s English and publication design class at EHS contributed to this report.