Washington Manor Wins Basketball Title PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 17:36


The Washington Manor 6th Grade Boys Basketball team won the 2014 Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) league championship, beating Southgate School 29-23, March 29 at El Rancho Gym in Hayward. Manor went undefeated this year, 10-0. The members of the team are (front row) Sean Narretto and Robin Cruz. (Second row) Alexander Yee, Ty’Jae Dudley, David House, athletic director Mike Budge (holding the team trophy), and John Marples. (Back row) Allan Lei, Ramil Briones, head coach Jerry Delos Reyes, Preston Morales and Jessie Davies. Another player Gabriel Alarcon is not in the picture.

Pirates Doubles Teams Pull Off Sweep Vs. Dons PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:19



Arroyo No. 1 singles player Justin Chau returns a shot against Romello Rucker of San Leandro. Chau won the match in three sets.

040314s4By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

The San Leandro High tennis team beat Arroyo, 5-2, in a match on the Pirates home courts last Thursday.

The teams split the singles matches, two matches apiece, but San Leandro swept all three doubles matches.

The No. 1 singles match turned into the marathon of the afternoon. Romello Rucker of San Leandro and Justin Chau of Arroyo split the first two sets and went into the deciding third set as the other matches had already finished. Chau prevailed in the third set, 6-3, to take the match.

In No. 2 singles, Adrian Cristobal of San Leandro won against Calvin Lu in a well played match 6-4, 6-3.

Cristobal said he started off behind but he followed coach Lisa Maral’s advice to just focus on one point at a time.

040314s3The concentration helped him again in the last game of the second set.

“I was down, love-40,” Cristobal said. “I just thought if I want to finish the match right now I just have to focus on what’s ahead of me.”

Cristobal said he also learned an interesting lesson during the match.

“I found that winning is a lot harder than losing,” he said.

In the No. 1 doubles match, Denny Liu and Michael Bandoma of San Leandro pulled out a 6-3, 6-3 win over Jeremy Pon and Milton Huynh.

Liu and Bandoma have been doubles partners all four years in high school. Liu said that a key to winning in doubles is communicating with your partner.

“We give each other tips,” Liu said.

040314s2Both Liu and Bandoma said they like to play up at the net because you have a chance to finish off a rally and get the point.

“Get it done,” Bandoma said.


Justin Chau (A) defeated Romello Rucker 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. Adrian Cristobal (SL) defeated Calvin Lu 6-4, 6-3. Alvin Fong (A) defeated Juno Morey 6-2, 6-3. Ben Jong (SL) defeated Warren Li 6-4, 6-1.


Denny Liu and Michael Bandoma (SL) defeated Jeremy Pon and Milton Huynh 6-3, 6-3. Rex Le and Edmond Lau (SL) defeated Bruno Lopez and Charles Lee 6-0, 6-2. Jefferson Lei and John Zhou (SL) defeated Ryan Balleza and Manuel Carrajal 6-3, 6-3.

CAPTION 2: Denny Liu teamed up with Michael Bandoma to win the No. 1 singles match for San Leandro.

CAPTION 3: San Leandro doubles player Michael Bandoma focuses on the ball.

CAPTION 4: Romello Rucker of San Leandro took the match to three sets before losing to Justin Chau.

Alexander Wins Boys 100 Meters PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:32

San Leandro High hosts first big meet of the season on fast track at new Burrell Field



Andre Alexander of San Leandro won the 100 meters in 11.13 seconds and Aaron Jones (left) of Castro Valley finished second at the San Leandro Invitational Track Meet at Burrell Field on Saturday.

By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

San Leandro High speedster Andre Alexander took first place in the 100 meters at the San Leandro Invitational Track Meet at Burrell Field on Saturday, the first big meet on the newly remodeled field and track.

Alexander’s time of 11.13 seconds was enough to nip second place finisher Aaron Jones of Castro Valley by 5 one-hundredeths of second. But Jones came back in the 200 for the win in a time of 22.79.

A field of 20 high schools competed on a sunny day to get the track and field season off to a flying start.

In the 400 meters, San Leandro High senior Tavian Anderson came in first in at time of 49.81. Carl Nash of San Leandro finished fifth in 52.62.

032714s3Jasmine McNary of San Leandro took fourth place in the girls 400 meters in a time of 1:02.3.

Ruben Baker took fourth place for the Pirates in the 110 hurdles in a time of 16.95, and fourth in the 300 hurdles in 43.03.

The San Leandro boys 4x100 relay team – Tavian Anderson, Carl Nash, Andre Alexander and Anthony Pierce – won in a time of 43.34.

In the shot put, Malik Leblanc of San Leandro took second with a distance of 44 feet, and David Fields was fifth with a distance of 35 feet 10 inches.

Leblanc and Fields also finished second and fifth in the discus with a distance of 108 feet and 100 feet 4 inches respectively.

Dominic Harper of San Leandro was third in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet 1 inch, and Troy Hearne was fifth with 19 feet 8 inches.

032714s2In the triple jump, Pirates Troy Hearne and Isaac Pittman took forth and fifth places with distances of 40 feet 8 inches and 38 feet 7 inches.

In the 3,200 meters, San Leandro High long-distance runner Rafael Castro took fifth place in a time of 11:01.

Carter Mackey of Castro Valley won the 3,200 in a time of 9:43.

CAPTION 2: Castro Valley High sophomore Arianna Alfaro runs the 800 meters alongside Jasmine McNary (left) of San Leandro High at the San Leandro Invitational Track Meet at Burrell Field on Saturday. Alfaro took third place in the girls 800 in a time of 2 minutes 32 seconds. McNary took fifth place in 2:34.

CAPTION 3: Isaac Pittman of San Leandro leaps 17 feet 5 inches competing in the long jump.

Time Moves on But Baseball’s Forever PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:29

032714s4By Jack Jones • Special to the Times

The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, hot dogs, peanuts, beer...folks, baseball season is here.

Memories flash back to the year 1926. A scout for the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League put a baseball uniform on me at the age of 10. It was 12 sizes too big but I felt like a major league star.

As kids we never had smooth diamonds. We played on vacant lots, had rags, rocks or paper for bases, baseballs covered with black tape and we hoped the kid with the bat would show up. We never counted the innings and quit when it became dark. We could afford to watch the Oakland Oaks play, because the bleacher seats were 10 cents, the grandstands were 25 cents and hot dogs were a dime.

The Semi-Pro league was popular in the 1930s and 1940s and all the teams’ equipment and uniforms was paid for by various businesses such as O.K. Batteries, L.L. Merchants and Robak’s Cafe.

The players included many future minor and major leaguers. Many well-known families played in the league – the Raimondi, Abreu, Pacheco and Arnerich families. Bay View Park was renamed Ernie Raimondi Field. Ernie played for the San Francisco Seals and was later killed in World War II.

The Bay Area produced many great players. Two of my classmates from Roosevelt High in Oakland played nine years in the majors. Jim “Abba Dabba” Tobin, a knuckleball pitcher hit three home runs in one game. Ferris Fain led the American League in batting in 1951 (.344) and in 1952 (.324).

We didn’t have the luxury of safety rules. I ended up with a broken elbow, broken fingers, a broken nose, numerous body bruises and deep cuts from spiked shoes.

That little white baseball ended the careers of many players, but as a player you learn to respect but not be afraid of it. Today, batting helmets, elbow pads, shin guards, batting gloves, designated hitters, and relief pitchers have made the game safer.

Gone are the days of 10 cent hot dogs, cheap admission and reasonable salaries. When the great Willie Mays’ salary was as low as $5,000 a year and as high as $170,000 a year, you have to admit that a $240 million multi-year contract is outrageous.

Time moves on and there will be more changes, but there will still be a thrill when fans hear the umpire holler, “Play ball!”

CAPTION: Baseball fans always feel a thrill when it’s Opening Day at the ballpark.


Pirates Steal One From Encinal, 7-2 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:19


Pirates batter Michael Hidalgo makes solid contact but flies out to left field against Encinal on Friday.

By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

The San Leandro High baseball team stole eight bases in a 7-2 win over Encinal on Friday afternoon at San Leandro Ballpark.

The Pirates look like a contender this year in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Shoreline Division, displaying a combination of aggressive base-running, and good fielding, pitching and hitting.

032014s1San Leandro pitcher Fernando Guerrero took over for starting pitcher Arion Johnson and held the Jets scoreless for three innings, allowing two hits and striking out two batters.

Pirates closer Michael Hidalgo took the mound in the seventh inning to nail down the win.

Diego Rojas and Daniel Rivas had two hits for San Leandro, and both scored a run. Jaron Omololu scored a run, and Isaias Montenegro scored twice and stole two bases.

Three other Pirates joined Montenegro by picking up a pair of stolen bases – Hidalgo, Marcus Marquez and Rivas.

The Jets lead-off hitter Kaleo Johnson started off the game with a home run, but Pirates pitcher Arion Johnson allowed just one more run in his three innings.

With the win, San Leandro improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the WACC.

This week, Pirates host Berkeley High on Friday at 4 p.m. at San Leandro Ballpark.

CAPTION: San Leandro pitcher Fernando Guerrero held the Jets in check for three innings to allow the Pirates to build a lead.


Season Opens for Little League PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:16



The San Leandro Little League’s season got underway on Saturday with the Opening Day Ceremony on the beautiful fields of the renovated Pacific Sports Complex on Teagarden Street. Above, the Athletics and all the other teams lined up around the infield.

Former SL Swimmer Ward to Compete in National College Meet PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:11


Andrea Ward competes in the 100 and 200 meter butterfly for U.C. Santa Barbara.

Former San Leandro Swim Team member Andrea Ward will be representing UC Santa Barbara on the national-stage in Minneapolis this week at the 2014 NCAA Div. I Women’s Swimming Championships.

Ward will be swimming 100 Fly and 200 Fly at NCAA and has also earned a spot in the 500-yard freestyle event.

In her college career, the senior has won a total of 18 titles in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) and set a pair of conference records this year.

Ward is studying physiology in Santa Barbara.


Citywide Track Meet To Make Comeback PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:09

The San Leandro Citywide Track Meet is coming back.

The Citywide Track Meet is returning on Saturday, May 3, under the direction of the San Leandro Sports Foundation. The track meet is open to all San Leandro school children in grades 3 through 8.

The citywide meet was an iconic community event from the 1950s through the 1990s with as many as 500 students competing in the event’s heyday.

The event fell out of favor in the ’90s, due to the condition of Burrell Field. That’s all changed now that Burrell Field has been rebuilt.

All public and private schools within San Leandro City limits have been invited to participate. Students can sign up through their schools. Meet Director Martin Capron has planned an exciting meet “Under the Lights” at the new Burrell Field.  The meet will be held from 5 to 9 p.m.

“We want to give students the great experience of participating in a track meet with all the bells and whistles, including professional timers,” Capron said. “We’re counting on a huge community turnout to cheer on the participants.”

Sports Foundation President Jerry Engler recalls when his own children competed in the meet in the 1990s. Though his children are now grown, Engler and the other members of the Sports Foundation want to reinstate this classic event so the young families of San Leandro can begin building their own memories.

A unique “Corporate Cup Challenge” is also planned to give teams of adults from businesses and community organizations the chance to compete against each other in wacky and challenging events.

In addition, there will be an Open Mile race under the sponsorship of the YMCA. Engler and Capron report that they have found tremendous community enthusiasm for the Citywide Track Meet. If you would like more information, call Martin Capron at 895-1980 or Jerry Engler at 352-8473. You can also visit the Sport’s Foundation’s website at


Pirates Beat Granada, 67-57, in First Round of NCS Playoffs PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:21

SLHS basketball team to travel to Monte Vista on Friday night for second round of playoffs

022714s1By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

The San Leandro High basketball team rallied in the second half to beat Granada High, 67-57, on Tuesday night in the first round of the NCS Division I playoffs.

The Pirates trailed at halftime, 35-29, and clawed their way back. San Leandro forward Stephen Johnson III tied the game, 37-37, with a steal that he took all the way to the basket for two points.

Jahary Kay gave the Pirates a brief lead, 40-37, but Granada came back with their 6-foot-7 center Collin Stafford scoring to give the Matadors a lead going into the fourth period.

The Pirates kicked it up another notch in the fourth quarter. Isaac Pittman knocked down a 3-point shot for San Leandro. Osi Nwachukwu scored on tip-ins and from 3-point range. And Anthony Onciano made jump shots under pressure.

022714s2The whole team chipped in to lead the Pirates to a convincing win as the San Leandro fans made a racket in the bleachers.

“The kids played extremely hard tonight,” said San Leandro head coach Darrnaryl Stamps.

The coach said the team made some adjustments at halftime.

“We got in the locker room and coach told us what we were doing wrong,” said Nwachukwu. “Our team leaders stepped up. It feels great to win in the playoffs.”

Nwachukwu led the game in scoring with 20 points. Onciano scored 14 points, Johnson scored 12, Pittman scored 9 and Kay scored 7 points.

For the second round of the playoffs, San Leandro travels to Monte Vista High for a game on Friday at 8 p.m.

022714sSan Leandro 49, San Lorenzo 41

Last Friday night, San Leandro won its final game of the regular season at San Lorenzo, 49-41.

But the Rebels made it close with a run in the fourth period. Jeremiah Alston scored on an underhanded layup to close the gap to 39-44, but San Leandro held on for the win.

San Leandro started off the game with a fast break by Stephen Johnson III that set the tempo. Osi Nwachukwu scored on a layup and Isaac Pittman landed a 3-pointer to give the Pirates a 30-21 lead at halftime.

The Rebels made some quick passes to their center, 6-foot-7 Dontay Bassett who scored from the lane to get San Lorenzo back into contention and make the second half interesting in front of a good crowd in the Rebel gym.

It was a team effort, as Osi Nwachukwu led San Leandro with 12 points, followed by Isaac Pittman with 11 points, Anthony Onciano with 10 points, and Stephen Johnson III with 9 points. Darrnaryl Stamps Jr. added a 3-point shot for the Pirates.

San Lorenzo also evenly distributed their shots. Tony Mustain, Jeremiah Alston and Dontay Bassett all scored 8 points, and Kevin Mosi and  Victor Paramo each scored 7 points.

It was Senior Night in the Rebels gym. In a ceremony before the opening tip-off, parents made an appearance on the floor with their sons who are playing their last year of high school basketball – Allen Jones, Jarell Hubbard, Victor Paramo, James Wilson and Christian Lemos-Marquez.

CAPTION 1: San Leandro High forward Jahary Kay looks for a lane against Granada on Tuesday night in the Pirates gym.

CAPTION 2: San Leandro High guard Anthony Onciano tries to find a way around 6-foot-6 Granada High center Taylor McNeil.

CAPTION 3: San Leandro High forward Isaac Pittman makes a beeline for the basket in the fourth period on Tuesday night as the Pirates rallied to beat Granada High, 67-57, in front of the San Leandro home crowd.


St. Leander Girls’ 8th Grade Volleyball Team Are Champs PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:19


The players and coaches of the St. Leander School 8th grade girls’ volleyball team are coach Buddy Angeles, coach Edgar Daluz, coach Steve Beck, Maya Daluz (2), Sydney Mendoza-Beck (3), Elayne Meadows (3), Selina Esaias (5), Kayla Danao (6), Bernice Angeles (7), Ileana McDonald (8), Cindy Ly (9), Maelisa Limasing (10), Anayla Bailey (11), Diana Torres (12) and Mireya Valladares (14).

The St. Leander School 8th grade girls’ volleyball team won the 2014 Oakland Diocese Championship in a history-making third championship in a row.

On February 15 and 16 at St. Theresa’s gym, St. Leander beat Our Lady of Guadalupe of Fremont in straight sets 25-6, 25-17.

In the next match, they faced one of their toughest opponents, St. John’s of El Cerrito, as they went the distance and lost their only set of the season. The two teams were matched evenly in athleticism and skills, but in the end the Gaels prevailed and won in a very tight match 25-15, 23-25, 15-13.

In a fitting end to an extraordinary season on Feb. 18, the 8th Grade Girls’ volleyball team played their last CYO game at St. Bede’s gym and defeated St. Philip Neri of Alameda 25-14, 25-10, making them the 2014 Oakland Diocese Champions.


Two San Leandro High Students Sign College Athletic Scholarships PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 February 2014 15:40

022014s1By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

San Leandro High athletes Gabriella Cantrell and Demytrick Aliifua will be going to college on athletic scholarships.

Cantrell is a sprinter who runs the 100 and 200 meters, winning the North Coast Section championship in those two events last spring. She recently signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Southern California.

Aliifua played on the line for the Pirates football team, starting in his freshman year. He also wrestled and competed in the shot put, but his football ability got him a scholarship to Utah State.

Pirates head football coach Brad Bowers spoke at a letter-signing ceremony at the high school and said that this shows dedication and hard work, not just by the student-athletes but by their families as well.

“This is only a stepping stone,” Bowers said. “We’ll be watching and seeing your success over the next few years. We’re extremely proud of you.”

Cantrell started running track when she was 6 years old. Her dad, Greg Cantrell, said she was always running around on her tiptoes so he knew she was a sprinter. Her whole family is athletic and her grandfather ran the 800 meters.

Cantrell said she plans to major in physiology  at U.S.C.

Aliifua visited the Utah State campus in Logan and found out that “it’s cold.” But he’s sure he can get used to the weather because he likes the school and the players he met. He plans on majoring in engineering.

“It will be tough but other players have done it,” Aliifua said.

Aliifua’s dad, Mila, spoke and thanked coach Bowers.

“I’m grateful to the coaches and thanks to Boom (Bowers),” he said. “He never let my son get away with anything. He took care of my son and I appreciate it.”

CAPTION: San Leandro High students Demytrick Aliifua and Gabriella Cantrell wore the colors of the colleges they will attend next fall on athletic scholarships.


St. Felicitas Goes Undefeated PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 February 2014 15:38

022014s2The St. Felicitas 7th Grade American Boys Basketball team went undefeated in the 2013-2014 season in the Southern Alameda County (SAC) league with a league record of 10-0. On Feb. 9, St Felicitas won the 2013 - 2014 SAC league championship playoffs by defeating St Bede’s in Hayward.

CAPTION: The St. Felicitas 7th Grade boys basketball team is (front row) N.J. Albiento, Christian Alejandro, Nikko Echalas and Leo Santiago. (Back row) assistant coach Leon Alejandro, Mario Huelga, Joey Meier, Charlie Wheeler, Ruben Martinez, James Huang and head coach Jerry Delos Reyes.



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