Sports

Native helps team to victory in East Coast ski race

Alameda native Julia Puchkov and her Stratton Mountain School (SMS) alpine racing team had a podium shut-out at the Vermont Alpine Racing Association race last Sunday, Jan. 11 in Killington, Vt.

Eight skiers from the SMS under-16 women’s team were among the 70 participants in the event.

Ken Pearce

Most people have a goal to travel around the world, but one Alameda resident wants to do so in a unique way. Alamedan Ken Pearce’s life goal is to run a marathon on all seven continents.

Pearce’s goal seems far-fetched until you realize that it is an expanded goal of one he’s already achieved. Pearce, a managing partner at Carriage Services, a leading provider of professional funeral and cemetery services that runs Greer Family Mortuary, ran in the Indianapolis Marathon in Nov. 2014, achieving his goal of running a marathon in every state in the United States.

The 41st Annual Elks Hoop Shoot City Finals is set for Friday, Jan. 9, at the Alameda Point Gym 1101 West Red Line Ave.

The contest consists of shooting free throws. Each contestant has 25 opportunities to shoot at the hoop. A child may compete as many times as he or she wishes.

The top three finalists in each age division (8-9 years; 10-11 years and 12-13 years) are eligible to represent their park at the City Finals.

The new year also bring a new sports season for Alameda high school teams and athletes. Teams have now moved on from volleyball, football and cross-country and switched to soccer and basketball. Here’s a look at the exploits of the men’s basketball programs so far in this young season.

SJND Pilots

Casey Chen, a freshman, won all four of her matches in one day without losing a set.

Part two of two

Alameda high school teams and athletes continued to show prowess in their respective sports in the latter portion of 2014.

Cross Country

No Island City team displayed its dominance this year quite like the St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men’s cross-country team. The team won its fourth straight North Coast Section (NCS) Division V title on Nov. 22 at the 3-mile Hayward High course.

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