Just two Alameda high school basketball teams survived the first week of the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs last week.

St. Joseph Notre Dame
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) women’s basketball team continued its domination of opponents in the first week of the NCS Div. III women’s basketball tournament. The third-seed Pilots won their first two contests by a combined score of 161-44. 


Tai Chewpanich and Cheryl Saxton each earned a share of the February charm at the Alameda Women’s Golf Club Charm event last Thursday, Feb. 7. Both players shot a net 72 at the event on the Jack Clark Course.

Chewpanich and Saxton both played in the first flight among golfers with a handicap of 11 to 18. Chewpanich had the best gross score of the event with an overall 84. Val Buschor finished third in the flight with a net 76. Maggie Lindquist finished fourth with a net 77, while Kathy Nakagura shot a net 78 to round out the top five.


The high school sports playoffs in both basketball and soccer kicked off this week. Alameda high schools are well represented in both sports. 

Women’s basketball
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 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.