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The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men’s basketball team used a defensive shutdown in the second quarter to power its way to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division V NorCal regional championship Saturday, March 22.

The Pilots downed Central Catholic of Modesto 54-42 in the regional final. The Pilots have now won the Division V regional final four years in a row. The victory also earns them a berth into the CIF Division V final tomorrow, March 28 where they will take on Renaissance Academy of La Canada, the Division V SoCal region champion.

Alameda students in grades nine through 12 who have written speeches with the theme: “Celebrating the Legacy of Nelson Mandela” will receive cash awards for their efforts Saturday, March 22, noon to 2 p.m. at the Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. The city-wide speech contest is held in celebration of the international Season of Non Violence each year. Participating schools select the best speech writers to compete. 
Find out more by writing jfranz@ci.alameda.ca.us.

St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) senior Temidayo Yussuf alonescored more than half the points of the team opposing him, in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Northern regional men’s basketball quarterfinals.

The Encinal High Drama Department is currently presenting the mega opus extravaganza: Hairspray.

Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, this musical is ostensibly centered on 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues; but don’t be fooled.

The music and dancing takes place on the “Corny Collins Show,” a diminutive version of “American Bandstand,” but with an audience of thousands, not the millions that Dick Clark enjoyed.

In an effort to raise funds for scholastic sports at Alameda High School (AHS), the Alameda High Athletic Boosters are holding the fourth annual Hornet Sting Social and Poker Night Saturday, April 12.

The party will take place at Rock Wall Wine Company (2301 Monarch St.) on Alameda Point and will feature live music, a silent auction, raffle and other activities.

Also included are complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a no-host wine tasting, beer and of course, the poker tournament.

The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men’s basketball team’s North Coast Section (NCS) Division V title bid came to a controversial, but successful close last Saturday, March 8 with a 49-48 victory over Branson of Ross.

Section title games are supposed to be the most competitive games of the high school basketball postseason because they match teams of similar skills compared to regional and state finals. That was not the case for the Encinal women’s basketball team in the North Coast Section (NCS) Division III women’s basketball title game last Saturday, March 8.

Five minutes into the contest the Miramonte Matadors of Orinda put the clamps on the Jets to the tune of a 20-6 run to start the game.

While Alameda’s local schools are friendly rivals for sure, the class presidents representing the student leadership of Alameda, Encinal and St. Joseph high schools have teamed up to hold an affordable prom dress sale. The trio: Emily Rentschler of Encinal, Marisa Woo of Alameda High and Marissa Murphy of St. Joe’s invite students to find affordable dresses and possibly win a free prom ticket just for showing up.

The sale will be held this Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alameda High New Gym at 2200 Central Ave.

Alameda resident and Bishop O’ Dowd student Andrew Melendez signed his letter of intent Wednesday, Feb. 5 to become a member of the Santa Clara University cross-country team next fall.

Melendez was a member of the Bishop O’ Dowd cross-country team. Melendez finished in 30th place at the California Intercollegiate Federation Div. III cross-country championships at Woodward Park in Fresno with a time of 16:04 on Nov. 30, 2013.

The senior led the Dragons to a ninth place finish in the Div. III 5k race.

The 2013-2014 high school winter soccer season came to a close last weekend after all three women’s teams were ousted from the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs.

The Alameda HIgh women’s soccer team (14-7-3) earned a 12 seed, out of 16 teams, in the NCS Division I playoffs. The Hornets upset fifth seed Amador Valley of Pleasanton 3-1 in the first round on Feb. 19. The Hornets lost to fourth-seed College Park of Pleasant Hill on Saturday, Feb. 22, in the second round. The match was tied 1-1 at the end of overtime, but the Falcons ourshot the Hornets 5-3 in penalty kicks.

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