The soccer season for Alameda high school teams ended last month with teams’ bids at a North Coast Section (NCS) titles unsuccessful.
Alameda High School’s (AHS) women’s team lost to Livermore High, 5-0, in the first round of the NCS women’s Div. II playoffs on Feb. 13. The Hornets were heavy underdogs as the 16th seed, while the Cowboys were the first seed in the tournament. AHS finished the season 9-8-3 overall.
With winter break over, Alameda athletes are also back to their respective sports teams. Though there has been rainy weather as of late it has not stopped Alameda soccer teams from competing on the pitch.
All Alameda soccer teams have gotten off to slow starts, but they will look to turn things around in the second half of the season.
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.
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 St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) high school spring sports regular season came to a close last week, but several teams are playing in league tournaments.
The SJND men’s basketball team (14-13 overall) took on El Cerrito on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Tri-County Athletic League (TCAL) semifinal. The Pilots downed St. Mary’s of Albany 61-39 in the first round on Friday, Feb. 13. If they win they will face the winner of St. Patrick/St. Vincent of Vallejo and Salesian of Richmond on Feb. 20.
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.
In our second part of showcasing the 2013-14 winter sports’ season for Alameda high school athletes, we will take a trip to the soccer fields. This season the women’s teams are experiencing much better results than their male counterparts.