The Alameda Friends of the Park Foundation will be holding the 2014 edition of the Play for the Parks Tournament Monday, Sept. 15 at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex.

Proceeds of the event will help finance citywide projects. The Friends of the Parks Foundation support the preservation, knowledge and awareness of our natural resources through sponsoring community programs and projects in cooperation with the Alameda community and the Department of Recreation and Parks.

Four Alameda Girls’ Softball Association contests took place on the weekend of March 22 and 23.

The Harbor Bay Realty Thunderbolts took on the Tucker Dolphins in the age six-under match up. Harbor Bay’s Zaia Kramer’s homerun finished the first inning by bringing in multiple base runners. The six-under game did not have an official score.

The Eyewise Optometry Purple Pigs beat the Event Magic Monarchs 3-0 in the eight-under match. The Monarchs went scoreless during the contest, but made some great defensive plays. Sophia Tramel looked great in her pitching debut.

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School’s Pilots have done it again. For the fifth time in the school’s history, the men’s basketball team has been named state champions. Above, Temidayo Yussuf and Lamont Banks congratulate each other while other team members do the same.

Ralph Walker, head track coach for the Don Grant Youth Track Club, is training young men and women in the sport that he loves. “I’m hoping to find kids from Alameda to gear up for the Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet in May and the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics in Reno, Nevada, in July,” he said.

The free training takes place every Tuesday and Friday at 4 p.m. on the track on the College of Alameda campus, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. To learn more, call Walker at 776-7451 or email


The Alameda Island Aquatics swim team sent 19 swimmers to compete at the Pacific Swimming’s Short Course Junior Olympics March 14-16 in Concord.

The swimmers participated in eight different competition age groups with 16 swimmers racing in each meet.