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As senior Isaiah Smith crossed the goal line with eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter of the NCS D-V Championship Game it appeared that the Encinal Jets would eke out one final victory in an already magical season. Smith’s 68 yard scamper brought the score to 14-13, with Encinal only needing an extra point to tie the game.

The Alameda Women’s Golf Club (AWGC) played a Turkey Shoot event a week before Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 21, on the Jack Clark Course.  

In the tournament players were divided into teams of four. Each team was composed of two ladies with “low” handicaps and two ladies with “high” handicaps. Each team’s scorecard indicated one lady to be the designated golfer for that hole. Her net score was combined with the best net score of the other three golfers to determine the team score for the hole. 

St. Joseph Notre Dame alum Cooper Teare finished sixth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 10K championship race on Nov. 23, at the LaVerne Gibson Cross Country Course in Terra Haute, Ind.

Teare finished the race with a time of 30:49.2. He was less than 17 seconds behind winner senior Edwin Kurgat of Iowa State University who finished in 30:32.7. Teare was one of 253 participants in the race.

Teare, a junior at University of Oregon, led the Ducks to a ninth place team finish out of 31 teams. 

All six Alameda high school cross-country teams competed in the North Coast Section (NCS) Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 23, at Hayward High School.

Women’s Competition
The Alameda High School (AHS) women’s cross-country team had the best out of the Alameda high school teams. The Hornets finished in second place in the Div. III competition out of 20 teams. Campolindo High of Moraga won the overall competition.

As the ball sailed through the uprights, and the clock struck zero, the Encinal Jets had done something they hadn’t done in nine years — secured a place in the North Coast Section championship. Senior John Brindley’s 17-yard field goal gave No. 1 seed Encinal an enthralling 24-21 win over No. 4 seed De Anza High of Richmond last Friday night at Willie Stargell Field in Alameda.

“I just zoned everything out, took my steps and kicked the ball,” Brindley said. “I kicked it. I just waited, and then I didn’t know how to react after. I just ran around.”

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