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As the ball sailed through the uprights, and the clock struck zero, the Encinal Jets had done something they hadn’t done in nine years — secured a place in the North Coast Section championship. Senior John Brindley’s 17-yard field goal gave No. 1 seed Encinal an enthralling 24-21 win over No. 4 seed De Anza High of Richmond last Friday night at Willie Stargell Field in Alameda.

“I just zoned everything out, took my steps and kicked the ball,” Brindley said. “I kicked it. I just waited, and then I didn’t know how to react after. I just ran around.”

The Alameda High School (AHS) women’s cross country team won the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Cross Country Championship meet Nov. 9 at Hayward High School.

The squad fought back competition from eight other schools to win the championship. They were led by four athletes that finished in the top nine out of 60 total participants. 

With six minutes remaining before halftime, the Encinal Jets found themselves down 8-0 to Fortuna High School (FHS) in the first round of the North Coast Section (NCS) Division V playoffs.

The Huskies had just finished an 11-minute, 13-play drive that was punctuated by a Daeden Taylor touchdown run. But the No. 1 seed Jets needed just 14 seconds to respond. Senior Micah Konapiliahi hauled in a 63-yard touchdown catch from senior quarterback David Romero-Reinholz to narrow the Huskies’ lead to 8-7.

Vivian Kang and Ruby Soo shared the victory at the Alameda Women’s Golf Club net tournament event Thursday, Nov. 14, on the Jack Clark Course.

Kang and Soo both shot net 69s to sit atop of the leaderboard. Kang played in the fourth flight — handicap of 36 to 38 — while Soo competed in the fifth flight — handicap of 39 to 40. Kang held off Jean Cho who posted a net 71 in the fourth flight. Kay Park finished third in the flight with a net 74. Janet Rhee shot a net 75, while Sandi Kaney posted a net 79 for fifth in the flight.

The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished second in the Bay County League East championship meet last Thursday, Nov. 7, at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland.

The men’s team finished second to Head-Royce High School (HRHS) of Oakland. Nine teams total competed in the event. The Pilots finished with a team score of 51, while the Jayhawks scored 42 (the team with the lowest score wins).

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