The Alameda High School (AHS) men’s cross-country team won the 3.1-mile varsity competition at the first West Alameda County Conference (WACC) meet of the season on Sept. 19 at Garin Park in Hayward. The Hornets finished with a tournament-low score of 54 to beat out nine other teams including Encinal High School (EHS). The Hornets top five participants finished in the top 20. The Hornets were led by junior Emilio Cazares who finished second overall out of 81 other runners. He finished the race with a time of 17:48.36.
The 106th annual Alameda Tennis Tournament took place the weekend of Sept. 6 to 8 at Krusi and Lower Washington parks.
Dung Pham won the men’s singles Division 4 tournament by defeating Terry Chea 6-0, 6-1 in the final Sunday, Sept. 8 at Lower Washington Park. Pham beat out 13 other competitors to win Div. 4. Pham beat Luis Hernandez 7-6, 6-2 in the first round on the day before. He followed that with a 6-4, 3-6, 11-9 victory over Anton Patton in the quarterfinal. Pham beat Edgar Setton 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinal.
Sixth months ago the Alameda Unified School District explored the possibility of combining the Island’s two public high schools. Last Friday’s rivalry between Alameda and Encinal high schools reminded the community that the Island Bowl is a tradition worth keeping.
The 65th Island Bowl wasn’t as close as last year’s matchup, but there were still fireworks between the Hornets and the Jets. When the dust settled, the Jets trotted off with a 42-0 victory and bragging rights for yet another year.