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.

Cooper Teare of Alameda placed second overall out 249 other runners in the 2014 Junior Olumpics cross-country meet in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Lady Hornets basketball wins Home Invitational

Alameda High School’s girls’ basketball team reigned supreme at the Lady Hornets Invitational. On Dec. 13, the team took home the winning trophy by beating the San Ramon Valley High Wolves 46-44 in an overtime championship-game matchup.

The Alameda high school sports scene in 2014 was filled with plenty of highlights and feel good stories across all fields of play. Here is a look at some of the athletic exploits in the first half of 2014.