The Alameda Rugby Islanders are ready to kick off its 2014 season on Feb. 8. The 2014 season will be the 11th year of the rugby club, which began in 2003.

The team and head coach Austin Britts have spent the entire month of January training for the upcoming season. The club held mini camps for the men’s under-19 squad on Saturday, Jan. 4 and Sunday, Jan. 5 at the soccer field near Alameda Point.

On Jan 12, the rugby club celebrated Alameda Recreation and Park Department’s decision to allow them to hold future practices at Tillman Park on Bay Farm Island.

Finding teams to play sports with in Alameda is easier than most adults think. The Alameda Recreation and Park Department’s Adult Open Gym is held all year on Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Alameda Point Gym (1101 W. Red Line Ave.) For a fee of $6 per person, adults 18 and older may join volleyball and basketball games.

For more information about the Adult Open Gym, call Dennis McDaniels, Recreation Services Specialist, at 747-7586 or e-mail him at:

The winter high schools sports’ season is in full swing and both men’s and women’s teams on the hardwood are putting together great seasons at the halfway point. Five of the six Alameda high school basketball teams have a winning records as of Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Encinal Jets Men’s Basketball

Sarah Valentine won the Alameda Women’s Golf Club’s (AWGC) third event of 2014 by shooting a net 68 at the Jack Clark Course last Thursday, Jan. 16.

Valentine played in the second of four flights — handicap of 22 to 27. She outplayed her competition in the flight by a wide margin. Pat O’ Hara was the closest to Valentine. O’ Hara shot a net 71 for second place. Claire Loud shot a net 74 for third place, while Juanita Solano and Madeline Sally both shot a net 75 to tie for fourth place in the flight.

While most of the country is saddled with snow during the winter, the Bay Area is experiencing weather beautiful enough to play a few rounds of golf. That is exactly what the Alameda Women’s Golf Club (AWGC) did last Thursday, Jan. 9 on the Earl Fry Golf Course.