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.
Both Alameda high school football teams were downed in the opening round of the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs in blowouts last Saturday, Nov. 14.
The Alameda Hornets proved to be outmatched by Tennyson of Hayward Saturday afternoon. The Hornets, the 12th seed, lost 30-0 in a pretty remarkable fashion in the first round of the NCS Div. II playoffs. The Lancers, the fifth seed, scored all 30 of their points in the second quarter.
Two Alamedans will participate in the "presenting the colors" ceremony at the San Francisco 49er home game this Sunday, Nov. 2.
Duane Blackwell and Chester R. Bartalini, Jr. will be two of the five presenters at the game at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. They will present alongside George Rodgers, Ryan Renard and Don Marden. Rodgers, Renard and Marden will be the flag bearers, while Blackwell and Bartalini will be the lead and trail sentries, respectively.
Oakland Raider Hall-of-Fame player Willie Brown made a surprise appearance at the Alameda-based Pop Warner football team the Alameda Wolverines’ football practice last Tuesday, Aug. 26. Brown, along with representatives of the Oakland Raiders, traveled to the Wolverines’ practice at College of Alameda and invited them to watch the Raiders’ final preseason game last Thursday, Aug. 28, against the Seattle Seahawks at O.co Coliseum.