Encinal Jets

 

Three Alameda schools have teams contending for sectional titles

The North Coast Section (NCS) selection committee revealed the sectional basketball playoffs brackets last week and Alameda high school teams qualified for the playoffs. 

 

The playoffs for the winter sports season is rapidly approaching, so it’s time for an update on the performances of Alameda athletes heading into February.

 

Part Two
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.

 

Part One
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.

Basketball
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 2016-2017 high school basketball season is in full swing and Alameda teams already picked up some impressive victories last week.

St. Joseph Notre Dame
St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men’s team won the 29th annual Chris Vontoure Spartan Classic in Concord Saturday, Dec. 10.

 

The Alameda and Encinal high school women’s water polo teams staged their own Island Bowl in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) water polo tournament championship last Friday, Oct. 29. 

The matchup was too intense to end in regulation, so it was decided in overtime. The Alameda High School Hornets (17-4) outscored the Encinal High School Jets (17-8) 2-1 to win the championship 14-13. 

 

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. 

 

The Encinal and Alameda high school cross country teams took part in the second West Alameda County Conference (WACC) meets last Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Hayward High.

 

The water polo regular season came to a close today, and all four Alameda and Encinal teams have been stellar this season. 

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