There were plenty of athletic accomplishments by Alamedans in 2017. Here’s part one of a look back at the memorable sports moments in Alameda this past year.
The 44th Annual Elks Hoop Shoot City Finals were held on Friday, Jan. 6, in the Alameda Point Gym. Winners at the event included Gaby Cuellas (girls’ eight- to nine-year-old division) and Matthew Garcia (boys’ eight-to nine-year-old division).
This year’s Island Bowl had the makings of being a competitive ballgame. Both teams were on impressive hot stretches leading up to the contest. Encinal High was a perfect 8-0 and Alameda High was in the midst of a three-game win streak before the game last Friday on Thompson Field. But the Jets made sure any thought of a close ballgame in the 63rd Island Bowl never materialized on the way to its 44-6 victory.
The stage has been set for tomorrow’s Island Bowl showdown between Encinal and Alameda high schools. The 63rd rendition of the historic Alameda football game will pit the 4-4 Alameda Hornets against the 8-0 Encinal Jets at Thompson Field.
The Alameda and Encinal high school water polo teams are looking sharp as they approach the postseason.
Women’s Water Polo
The Encinal women’s team just finished going 3-1 in the Pinole Valley Tournament on Oct. 6 and 7. They defeated Marin Academy of San Rafael 10-6, lost to Redwood of Larkspur 7-5, but rebounded with victories over Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland (9-4) and Terra Linda of San Rafael (8-5).
The school year has begun, which also means the high school football season on the Island is about ready to kick off. The 2017 season begins tomorrow with a tilt between the Encinal Jets and Washington of Fremont at Stargell Field.
The 2017 season looks to be a promising one for the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Shoreline League defending champs. The Jets went 4-1 in the league (9-3 overall) last year.
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) Pilots baseball team took down Valley Christian of Dublin 10-0 in an in-league contest Thursday, May 4, at the college of Alameda baseball field.
The contest lasted just four-and-a-half innings as the Pilots held a double-digit lead after the fifth inning. The Pilots started the contest with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the fourth inning. In the bottom frame the Pilots bombarded the Vikings with eight runs.
The second half of the year saw just as many, if not more, sports highlights on the Island. The basketball courts and baseball diamonds gave way to the football fields and cross country courses in the second half of 2016. Here are some of the major sports moments from the second half of 2016.