Part Two of Sports Year in Review 2017 as Reported by Alameda Sun

Ed Jay    More than 800 athletes were at the starting line to take part in the annual Fourth of July foot race.

The second half of 2017 was also filled with athletic feats by Alamedans. Here are some of the athletic highlights from Alameda residents in the final half of the year.

July
Cielo Aguilar won the Mayor’s Fourth of July 5K Ralph Appezzato Charity Event. The 19-year-old finished with a time of 16:01. Mayor Trish Spencer completed the course in a time of 36:05.

August
The 63rd Alameda Swim Meet took place Aug. 4 to 6 at the Encinal High School Swim Center. Youngsters Olivia Luison, Oliver Cantal and Hannah Boles were big winners in the event.

Team Japan won the 36th annual World Tournament Baseball event after a 2-1 victory over team Korea in the final on Aug. 12 at the College of Alameda. Team Alameda went 3-1 in the preliminary round, but lost to Japan 7-5 in the semifinals. 

September
Bob Votruba, 62, toured Alameda on his bicycle to raise awareness for children with disabilities on Sept. 1 and 2. The Ohio native rode around Crown Beach, Crab Cove, the Naval Air Station and other Alameda sites as part of his One Million Acts of Kindness Tour where he journeyed around the entire United States.

Tai Chewpanich won the Alameda Women’s Golf Club’s 86th Club Championship on Sept. 28, on the Earl Fry Course. She shot an overall 234 (79-76-79).

October
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) and Alameda high school cross country teams competed at the Clovis Invitational on Oct. 7. The SJND men’s team finished 11th out of 32 teams in the small school division. The women finished seventh out of 29 teams. Junior Emily Perez finished the 5K in second place out of 207 athletes with a time of 17:54.5. The Alameda men’s team finished 23rd out of 35 schools in the large-school division. The women finished in 12th out of 29 teams. Junior Lauren Lum finished in first place out of 200 participants with a time of 18:49.6.

The Jets beat the Hornets 44-6 in the 63rd Island Bowl on Oct. 27. 

The Alameda men’s and women’s water polo teams won the West Alameda County Conference championships on Oct. 28. The women’s team won their fourth straight league title with an 11-4 victory over Bishop O’Dowd. The men also defeated Bishop O’Dowd 13-10.

November
The Alameda Islanders 2001 Red U17 Girls team defeated Marin Football Club 2-1 on Nov. 12 to win the Norcal Section 2/3/4 Gold League championship. 

Alameda athletes signed letters of intent to play college athletics in November. Alameda High student-athletes Annika Crvarich (University of Southern California rowing) and Bella Vick (University of San Diego softball) signed at an event on Nov. 8. Encinal baseball and softball athletes Sandeep Mahl (San Francisco State University), Christine Warren (Corban University) and Osiris Johnson (Cal State Fullerton) made their college choices known at an event on Nov. 29.

December
The Encinal men’s basketball team beat Lincoln of San Francisco 57-28 in the 28th Island Classic on Dec. 2. Alameda High beat SJND at the event 70-57.

Vali Ebert    Team Japan won the 36th annual World Tournament Baseball event in Alameda on Aug. 12.
Ekene Ikeme    Encinal beat Alameda 44-6 in the 63rd Island Bowl on Oct. 27 at Thompson Field.