The Alameda 14A Blaze Team completed their final fall tournament in Stockton on Oct. 20-21.
After competing in four tournaments that were played between Sept. and Oct. in Hayward, Davis and Stockton, the Blaze finish the fall season with a 15-8 record. The team won the Davis tournament and reached the championship game in the Hayward and Stockton tournaments. In their final tournament, in Stockton (single elimination format), the Blaze played four games in one day, and won the Quarterfinals, 7-6, after the game went to the International Tie-Breaker. The strong coaching staff of Sharon Perkins, Roni Miller and Joe Davidchick led the team to many wins and competitive play this season.
The 14A Fall Blaze team consisted of: Alexis Esparza, Cassie Lumpkin, Sarah Mahler, Mira Piamonte, Bella Sheel, Meida Tautalatasi, Victoria Avery, Bella Vick, Maura Willow and Lily Wilmot.
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ASC Islanders'03 White 4, EBU Bay Oaks Sting Blue 2: The Islanders had a tenacious offense throughout the game. Zachary Hester scored the first goal and was assisted by Kolia Krajewski. Scott Kelly scored the second goal, while goalie Kian van der Meer shut down the Bay Oaks. In the second half, Zachary Hester scored again and Adam Krainer scored an insurance goal. The Islanders had strong defense from Aidan Ladenburg, Shane Connolly, Andrew Moore, and Ian Westerweck-Wood.
Lighthouse 2, ASC Fireballs 0: The Fireballs lost a close game despite four close shots on goal by Joey Yang, Patric Murphy, and Ryan Kimura. Excellent goal tending by Robert Jensen and Tyler Wade kept the game close. Defensively, Gregory Edison, Liam McDonough, Kolton Kimura, and Daniel Lee played well.
ASC Thunder Penguins 5, ASC Fireballs 2: The Fireballs Ryan Kimura scored two goals and was backed with solid goal tending by Robert Jensen and Kolton Kimura. Defensively, Caleb Garza, Patric Murphy, Ryan Kimura and Austin Dunford kept the Fireballs in the game.
MSC Invaders 3, ASC Hurricanes 0: For the Hurricanes, defenders Vivian Biczynski, Peach Salsbury, Mathilda Myerhoff, Hailey Pallister, and Mizan Chin kept the Invaders scoreless in the first half. In the second half, the Invaders challenged goalie Averie Martin with a barrage of shots and scored three goals. Despite lots of passing and a several drives from Hurricanes midfielders Delanie Milsten, Elizabeth Zenner, Paikea Kelley and forwards Mizan Chin, Emma Kohler, Ona Ortiz-Gudeman, and Scarlett Corbally the Invaders defense kept the Hurricanes off the scoreboard.
ASC Hurricanes 0, PSC Highlanders Purple 0: For the Hurricanes, Ona Ortiz-Gudeman and Elizabeth Zenner tirelessly created chances to break through a strong defense, leading to near misses from Emma Kohler, Scarlett Corbally, Paikea Kelley, Ortiz-Gudeman, and Zenner. Exceptionally strong midfield play from Hurricanes Paikea Kelley and Delanie Milstein kept the ball away from opposition forwards for most of the game. Piedmont penetration of the midfield was met by solid defense by Mathilda Myerhoff, Charlotte Morgan, Peach Salsbury, and Hailey Pallister.
ASC Hurricanes 2, PSC Highlanders Purple 2: For the Hurricanes, great passes from Mizan Chin and Ona Ortiz-Gudemann led to a goal by Scarlett Corbally. In the second half, Corbally drove up from the midline before hammering the ball into the goal. Hurricane midfielders Mathilda Myerhoff, Paikea Kelley, Elizabeth Zenner, and Delanie Milstein along with defenders Hailey Pallister, Charlotte Morgan, Mizan Chin, and Peach Salsbury kept most of the action away from goalie Averie Martin, whose aggressive goal tending prevented a potentially tie-breaking goal late in the second half.
MSC Purple Pandas 4, ASC Hurricanes 3: In a fast-paced second half, the Hurricanes rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to score three goals, one by midfielder Averie Martin and two by forward Scarlett Corbally. Goalies Elizabeth Zenner and Averie Martin made seven and eight saves, respectively. Both goalies were backed with solid defense from Mizan Chin and Peach Salsbury.
Mina Ewing, 8, from Alameda is a third grader at Earhart Elementary school who qualified for the Little Mo National tennis tournament in Austin, TX on Oct 20-22. Ewing won three matches and was the runner up in the consolation final.
Young rowers from Oakland and Alameda made a splash this month at one of the world's largest and most prestigious crew regattas.
Eli Solomon, Josh Morgan, Blanca Seiter and Christine Hovermale, all 14 years old, competed in the 48th annual Head of the Charles Regatta on the Charles River in Boston Oct. 20-21. They were among the youngest and newest rowers at the 9,000-athlete event but defeated crews much older and more experienced.
Blanca and Christine, rowing in a double, finished 10th out of 39 boats competing in the girls' high-school division. The boys, also competing in a double, finished 40th out of 44 boats.
"For the girls to break into the Top 10 showed extraordinary effort and accomplishment on their part," said coach Will Stevens, a former coach at Harvard and a varsity heavyweight rower at Yale. "There were crews there from all over the world, and they were competing against rowers three or four years older than them."
Christine attends St. Joseph in Alameda and Blanca is a freshman at Oakland Tech. Eli and Josh attend Alameda Community Learning Center. Christine and Blanca's time for the approximately 3-mile course was 21:14:765; Eli and Josh's time was 21:16:485.
The four represented Oakland Rowing Association, the newest rowing club along the Oakland Estuary. The club started in Fall, 2011 with 11 rowers and has grown to approximately 75 middle and high school rowers, and 20 adult rowers.
Oakland Rowing Association takes a more inclusive approach to the sport than many other rowing organizations. Stevens and his staff strive to bring a diverse range of kids and adults to rowing, especially those who have traditionally not been well represented in the sport.
Among other things, the club offers free after-school rowing classes to West Oakland middle school students, and encourages club members to bring friends who might not otherwise consider the sport.