Alameda LL Opening Ceremonies this week

  • Alameda Little League will be holding its Opening Ceremonies on March 9, starting with the parade at noon. All teams from T-Ball to Majors will participate. Ceremonies will be held on the Minor field. The parade will be followed by a hot dog lunch for all players. After the ceremonies, teams in Divisions A through Majors will play their first games of the season.

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    O'Dowd, St. Mary's track teams impress

  • The Bishop O'Dowd High and St. Mary's High track teams had a number of top-three performances at the Sacramento State High School Track Classic on March 2. O'Dowd's Eugene Hamilton III won the 1,500 meters by more than five seconds with a time of 4 minutes, 1.70 seconds, and he was also second in the 400 (49.26). St. Mary's had a number of event winners: Ja'vion Robinson in the boys 110-meter hurdles (15.18 wind-legal), Chloe Jenkins in the girls 800 (2:17.93), Austin Collier in the boys long jump (21 feet, 8 inches wind-legal), Briahn Brown in the girls high jump (5-4) and both the boys 1,600 relay (3:27.03) and girls 1,600 relay (3:58.31) teams. Second-place finishes were achieved by Bishop O'Dowd's girls 1600 relay team (4:05.

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    49) and St. Mary's Carly Schulz in the girls 300 hurdles (45.71). Third-place finishes were achieved by O'Dowd's boys 1,600 relay team (3:29.64), Emily Fieberling in the girls 1,500 (4:50.22), Keisha May in the girls 800 (2:18.82), and Andrew Melendez in the boys 3,000 meters (8:58.49).

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    Pair of top-two finishes for EC squad

  • The El Cerrito High Mountain Biking Club received a win from Tyler O'Neal in the Sophomore Boys race and a second-place finish from Sean Bennett in the Varsity Boys race at Fort Ord. Molly Radosevich was sixth in the Varsity Girls race for El Cerrito.

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    On deck

  • California Interscholastic Federation Northern regionals, boys and girls basketball, March 8 or March 9, TBA -- The Bishop O'Dowd boys and girls teams and the St. Mary's girls squad open play in the new Open Division on March 28. O'Dowd will play in a doubleheader at Chabot College, with the girls game at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7:30. St. Mary's will host Sacramento at 7 p.m. The St. Joseph Notre Dame boys, El Cerrito boys and Piedmont girls have first-round byes and will host quarterfinal games on March 9. Local teams that competed in the first round on March 6 included St. Mary's boys (Division IV), Head-Royce boys (Division V), Berkeley girls (Division I), Oakland Tech girls (Division I), Alameda girls (Division II) and Encinal girls (Division III). Results of the first-round games were unavailable at press time.

    Stars of the week

  • Chris Chan, Alameda boys volleyball -- Chan produced nine kills and four aces in a 25-13, 25-21, 25-18 victory over Pinole Valley on Feb. 26, then had seven kills, four aces and five digs in a 25-12, 25-19, 25-20 win over St. Joseph Notre Dame on Feb. 28.

  • Temidayo Yussuf, St. Joseph Notre Dame boys basketball -- Yussuf scored a game-high 21 points in the Pilots' 63-56 win over Head-Royce on Feb. 27, then had nine points and 10 rebounds in St. Joseph Notre Dame's 44-38 win over University-S.F. in the North Coast Section Division V championship game on March 2.

  • Ryan Diew, Head-Royce boys basketball -- Diew had a team-high 16 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, but the Jayhawks lost to St. Joseph Notre Dame 63-56 in an NCS Division V semifinal game on Feb. 27.