The start of the school year is less than a week away, which means the start of the fall sports season is just around the corner. Many Alameda students and parents will be heading to the football fields this fall to see Alameda and Encinal high schools compete for the 2016 league title.
This football season will be even more intriguing because both Encinal and Alameda will compete in the same league, the Shoreline League in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC), for the first time in several years.
Many in the Alameda community were left confused last Tuesday, May 17, following the sudden death of an Encinal High School student.
Giovanni Pulido, 15, collapsed following Encinal High’s spring football conditioning drills on the Encinal campus. Pulido, who was a month away from completing his freshman year, was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead around 7 p.m. that evening.
With the dust settled on the spring sports season, in which, the St. Joseph Notre Dame men’s team was crowned a state champion, the attention of the Alameda sports scene has now moved to the diamond.
All six Alameda high school baseball/softball teams are underway in their 2016 season.
The Alameda baseball team is picking up where they left off in 2015. The reigning West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Foothill League champions are 8-4 in the season so far including an impressive 3-0 showing at the Willie Stargell Easter Classic.
The winter sports’ regular season came to a close last week and now its time to reflect on the great basketball played on the hardwood in Alameda high schools. Five of the six basketball teams in the city finished with a regular season record above .500 and all six teams have a shot at advancing to the North Coast Section playoffs. However, first they must compete in their league tournaments.
The Encinal Jets basketball team took down Head Royce of Oakland 67-53 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to improve its record to 11-8 overall. The Jets won the non-league contest in a special holiday afternoon game on the road.
Both the Jets and the Jayhawks came out scorching hot on offense to start the contest. The two teams posted their highest point total of any quarter in the game in the first quarter. The Jets held onto a narrow 18-17 lead at the end of the first period.