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.
Alameda and Encinal high school’s cross country teams had strong showings at the first West Alameda County Conference (WACC) 5K meet Thursday, Sept. 15.
Alameda finished in fourth place in the men’s varsity race, behind Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, Berkeley and Piedmont while Encinal came in eighth place. Ten teams competed in the 5K, or 3.1-mile race.
Week two of the fall sports season saw some surprising outcomes for Alameda high school sports teams on the fields and courts.
The Alameda High School football team came up short in its contest against Washington of Fremont. The Hornets did put up a much better fight than in their previous outing. The Hornets lost 14-8 last Friday, Sept. 2, at home. The loss moves them to 0-2 on the year.
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.