Alameda resident and Bishop O’ Dowd student Andrew Melendez signed his letter of intent Wednesday, Feb. 5 to become a member of the Santa Clara University cross-country team next fall.

Melendez was a member of the Bishop O’ Dowd cross-country team. Melendez finished in 30th place at the California Intercollegiate Federation Div. III cross-country championships at Woodward Park in Fresno with a time of 16:04 on Nov. 30, 2013.

The senior led the Dragons to a ninth place finish in the Div. III 5k race.

The winter sports regular season is heading for the home stretch with several Alameda basketball teams gearing up for a possible post-season run.

Encinal Jets

The Encinal High men’s and women’s basketball teams have been tearing it up recently as they enter the final week of the season.

With the extreme drought conditions taking hold in California, the City of Alameda is doing its part to reach the 20 percent reductions in water use requested by the Governor. All Alameda parks will be watered 20 percent less. This may result in green grass turning brown. Submit questions online at the city website or call the Parks Maintenance Line at 747-7572.

The day before Valentine’s Day was a day for sharing for the Alameda Women’s Golf Club (AWGC) as there was a three-way tie for the Net Tournament event Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Earl Fry Course.

Debbie Adams, Sarah Valentine and Bobbie Hoepner each shot a net 73 for a share of the tournament’s top distinction. Adams competed in the first flight — handicap of 10 to 20 — where her net 73 was three strokes better than the closest competitor. Dot Moody shot a net 76 for second place in the flight. Fran Mori and Tai Chewpanich both shot a net 77 for third place.

Three Encinal High student-athletes and one from Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) committed to their future college destinations last week on the Encinal High campus.

Current seniors Melissa Ma — she attends ASTI, but is a member of the Encinal women’s soccer team — Alexandra (‘Alex’) and Cecilia (‘CeCe’) Sifuentes and Dylan Tongilson all committed to college programs within the last two weeks.