The high school sports playoffs in both basketball and soccer kicked off this week. Alameda high schools are well represented in both sports.
The Alameda High School (AHS) women’s basketball team earned the seventh seed in the 16-team North Coast Section (NCS) Div. II women’s basketball playoffs. The Hornets went 15-11 overall and 4-6 in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Foothill League. AHS played Tamalpais High of Mill Valley in the first round at press time Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Members of the Alameda Gators swim team competed in the Hills Hurricane Swimming event on Feb. 9 and 10 in Moraga.
Sydney Thompson was the most successful Gator at the swim meet. The 12-year-old won the girls’ 11- to 12-year-old 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 33.87. She beat out 53 other competitors to win the race. The 50-yard breaststroke was Thompson’s only win, but she had plenty of other top-10 finishes at the event.
Thompson finished third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.59. She was one of 96 competitors in the race.
The Alameda Islanders’ 2009 girls red soccer team finished second at the NorCal Premier State Cup tournament after losing to the San Juan Soccer Club Spirits, 1-0, in the final Sunday, Jan. 27.
The Islanders’ 2009 girls’ team is an under-10 team. The team played in the Division 4 Gold Cup division of the Premier State Cup tournament.
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) women’s basketball team has been on a dominant streak as postseason play approaches. The Pilots have won three in a row by perplexing margins. In its last three games SJND has outscored opponents 253-54.
The Pilots defeated Redwood Christian of San Lorenzo, 84-18, on Jan. 29. In the contest the Pilots led 52-12 at halftime. The Eagles did not score in the fourth quarter. Senior Andrea Rogers led the team with 14 points.