Last Friday, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School alumni and NBA standout, Jason Kidd, earned one of Cal’s high honors. The Golden Bears inducted Kidd into their Hall of Dame. His jersey, No. 5, has also been retired at UC Berkeley.
While Cal likes to present his time there as the beginning of his career, Alamedans know Kidd started leaving the competition way behind while playing for St. Joe’s Pilots here in town. With coach Frank LaPorte and his fellow Pilots, Kidd took two consecutive state championships in his high school career.
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) baseball team won the North Coast Section (NCS) Div. IV championship with a 4-1 victory over St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo Saturday, June 3. The NCS final was played at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.
The Pilots drew first blood with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Bruins rebounded with a run in the top of the second, but that was the only run they would score. The Pilots came back in the fifth inning with two insurance runs that proved to be unnecessary.
St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) long-distance runner Kiera Marshall finished fourth in the Dublin Distance Fiesta 3,200-meter competition Saturday, March 18.
Marshall completed the trek at Dublin High in 10:52.63. Her fourth place finish was faster than 198 other competitors in the massive race. Alexandra Beitia from Granite Bay won the race. The senior finished with a time of 10:44.36. Sydney Vandegrift from St. Francis of Sacramento came in second place with a time of 10:49.68. Isabella Chao from Campolindo of Moraga rounded out the top three with a time of 10:51.01.
The high school basketball season on the Island came to an end last Saturday, March 18, when the St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) women’s basketball team suffered a season-ending 70-30 loss to West Campus of Sacramento. The Pilots advanced all the way to the NorCal Div. IV championship game, but SJND could not keep up with the Warriors in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) regional title game.
Defending North Coast Section (NCS) Div. V champions, the St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men’s basketball team, began its quest for a NCS Div. IV title with a 56-32 victory over Healdsburg Saturday, Feb. 25.
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) women’s basketball team pushed its overall record to 12-4 on the season after a 54-49 over Capital Christian on Jan. 14.
The non-conference tilt was played at the Cougars’ home court in Sacramento. The Pilots used a 14-4 third-quarter disparity to take control of the contest. The Pilots showed some defensive effectiveness because they trailed 23-18 at halftime. The Cougars outscored the Pilots 13-11 in the first quarter and 20-17 in the second quarter.
The holiday season brings out the giving in everyone. Here in the Island City, there has been no shortage of generous giving happening within the community this year.
County Supervisor Helps Out Locally
As reported last week, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan’s office made a large contribution to Alameda-based Alameda Meals on Wheels (above left).
Chan (center, holding check) presented a donation of $17,000 from her office budget to representatives of the Meals on Wheels board of directors, volunteers and staff last Thursday.