As 2019 comes to a close, it is time to look back at some of the Island City’s sports highlights of the last 12 months.

Part One

Dozens of jiu-jitsu enthusiasts congregated at Team Silva Martial Arts Academy to take part in a self-defense and jiu-jitsu seminar with the jiu-jitsu Red Belt Grand Master Carley Gracie.

The event took place Saturday, Dec. 7. Kids of all ages and seasoned Jiu-Jitsu martial artists learned from the well-renowned Grand Master. 

The high-school basketball season is well underway, and all six Alameda high-school teams are gearing up for a strong 2019-2020 season.

Alameda High School

Girls’ Competition

Members of the Alameda Gators swim team took part in the Oakland Undercurrent Meet Dec. 14 and 15 Laney College at 900 Fallon St. in Oakland. 

Alameda Gators member Sierra Miller finished third in the girls’ Div. B eight-and-under (8U) 25-yard freestyle meet with a time of 22.30. She also finished second in the Div. B 8U 50-yard backstroke, 25-yard butterfly, 50-yard butterfly and the 100-yard individual medley meets.

Alameda resident Kai Zarehbin was one of four members on the United States table tennis team that competed at the 2019 International Table Tennis Federation World Junior Table Tennis Championship. The tournament took place Nov. 24 to Dec. 1 at Terminal 21 in Korat, Thailand. 

Zarehbin, 15, was the youngest member of the team. He was joined on the team by Nikhil Kumar, Victor Liu and Michael Tran.