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.
The year is winding to a close so it is a good time to review the major feats acheived by Alameda student athletes in their respective sports over the first half of the year.
As is often the case the St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men’s basketball team was the premiere basketball team on the Island. The SJND Pilots once again were crowned state champions after they defeated St. Bernard of Playa del Rey 55-50 on March 24, in the California Interscholastic Federation Div. V title game.
Just two sports are in action during the high school winter sports season between late November and late February. While basketball gets most of the attention, athletes on the soccer field brave freezing temperatures to perform on the pitch. The five Alameda high school soccer teams have gotten underway in their pursuits of soccer sectional title this season. This is the last week before their extended winter breaks.
The Alameda High football team seniors were given a jovial sendoff after winning its regular season finale and presumably final home game on Senior Night 22-20 over Hayward last Friday at Thompson Field.
Hayward quarterback Ramon Barraza hit Donovan Survine in the front left corner from 27 yards out to bring the Farmers within two of the Hornets, with under a minute to play. However, the Farmers were penalized for excessive celebration after the play, which pushed Hayward’s two-point conversion attempt back to the 18-yard line.
The Alameda women’s golf team continued its dominant 2016 by winning the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) league championship on Oct. 17 at Tilden Park Golf Course in Berkeley.
The Hornets faced off against six other teams in the league, Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, Arroyo of San Lorenzo, Castro Valley and Piedmont, all of whom they faced in the regular season.
The Alameda Hornets and Encinal Jets football teams will face each other in the 62nd annual Island Bowl tomorrow at Willie Stargell Field.
The Hornets started the year 0-6. They lost by wide margins like the 43-0 loss to Dublin on Aug. 26 or the 50-20 defeat to Northgate of Walnut Creek on Sept. 23; and they have lost in nail biters like the 14-8 loss to Washington of Fremont on Sept. 2 and the 21-20 loss to American of Fremont on Sept. 9.