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Pirates Turn Up Heat, Beat CV PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 22 January 2015 16:24

012215sAustin Harris and Osi Nwachukwu battle with a Trojan for the ball as the San Leandro High boys basketball team beat Castro Valley, 61-47, on Friday night at home. The Pirates held a 3-point lead at halftime before opening up a lead in the third period. “We came out hard in the second half,” said San Leandro forward Osi Nwachukwu. “That’s the only way to get the win, to continue that in the second half and then the next game and the next and keep going.”


 
Dons Rally in San Lorenzo PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2015 16:09

011515sBy Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

The San Lorenzo gym shook like a 7.0 earthquake on Friday night as crosstown rival Arroyo rallied in the fourth period for a 55-48 win.

The Rebels led throughout the game and held a 27-21 lead at halftime. San Lorenzo forward Jeremiah Alston led the charge with 17 points in the game, including four 3-pointers.

But Arroyo forward Darrell McDavid tied it up, 42-42, with a 3-point shot in the fourth period. And with 4 minutes remaining in the game, Jamaar Sampson gave Arroyo a 48-46 lead with another 3-point shot.

“When Sampson made that 3-pointer, that was the turning point,” said Arroyo forward Josh Bold, who scored 14 points.

The Rebels gym was never louder, as fans from both sides in the stands competed with cheers just as hard as their teams played on the gym floor.

“That was the loudest game of my three years,” Bold said. “It was the most intense, too.”

McDavid led the Dons with 18 points, and Sampson scored 17 points.

Quante Campbell scored 11 points for the Rebels, including three 3-pointers, and Kevin Mosi added 5 points.

The rivals came into the game with identical records. The win improved Arroyo’s record to 11-4 for the season, and San Lorenzo is 10-5.

This week, Arroyo hosts Hayward on Friday at 7 p.m. San Lorenzo travels to Mt. Eden on Friday for a game at 7 p.m.

CAPTION: Arroyo forward Josh Bold (15) goes up for two points at San Lorenzo last Friday night as the Dons rallied in the fourth period to beat their crosstown rivals in a raucous game in front of a full house.

PHOTO BY JIM KNOWLES


 
St. Leander’s Wins Snowball Tourney PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 08 January 2015 17:01

010815sCongratulations to the St. Leander’s 5th grade girls volleyball team on winning the St. Felicitas 2014 Snowball Tournament. In the final match against St. Patrick’s, St. Leander’s lost the first set but came back to win the next two sets and the championship. In the photo are (back row) assistant coach Rich Kibanoff and head coach Fredy Oviedo. (Middle row) Maribel Romero, Ysabella Lucero, Jathziry Esquivel and Sophia Alvarado. (Front row) Alexandra Rodriguez, Kendal Kibanoff, Angel Oviedo and Ashley Wehrl.


 
Register for Winter Youth Jr. Warriors Basketball Season PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 02 January 2015 23:06

The City of San Leandro’s Junior Warriors Basketball program is back for its 15th year, open to boys and girls 5 to 14 years of age.

The 2015 season will be held on Saturdays beginning on Jan. 10, and will run through March 14. The program offers a non-competitive environment where beginners and veterans alike can improve their skills through weekly games and instruction.

This program promotes healthy lifestyle choices for kids by encouraging physically active programming.

Players will receive a reversible micro-mesh Jr. Warrior’s jersey, instruction and league play. This program is co-sponsored by the Golden State Warriors, the NBA, WNBA and the City of San Leandro.

Games will be played at Washington Manor Middle School and the San Leandro High School 9th Grade Campus. Registration for the program is now open.

For more information, call 577-3462 or register online at www.sanleandrorec.org.

 

 
Bay Battle Brings Out Oakland’s Best PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:03

121114sBy Greg Benson • San Leandro Times

Coming into the Battle of the Bay, the Raiders were 8-point underdogs to the 49ers. Having lost miserably to the St. Louis Rams, 52-0, just a week ago, Oakland had something to prove. And what better way of making a statement than in front of your home crowd against your cross-bay rivals?

Since losing to Seattle at home the week prior, San Francisco was battling their own demons within the franchise. Rumors circled that head coach Jim Harbaugh could be falling out of favor and the team was not playing up to their potential.

With a capacity crowd split between red-shirted 49er faithful and black-clad Raider diehards, the stage was set for the 13th Battle of the Bay (record being 6-6).

It would be the first play from scrimmage that set the tone for the game, as 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick scrambled out to his left and heaved a long pass over the head of receiver Michael Crabtree. Raiders safety Brandian Ross tracked the ball to the sideline and intercepted the pass.

Going into the locker room at the half tied 10-10, the Raiders still had more to prove. They’ve been in close games throughout the season, especially at halftime, only to have their opponents come out on the winning end by taking control in the second half.

On this day, the tide turned, and it was the Raiders who took control in the third and fourth quarters. Quarterback Derek Carr led the Raiders offense on two 80-yard scoring drives, taking precious time off the clock and extending Oakland’s lead to 24-13.

“Today our guys were really resilient towards the end of the football game,” said Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano. “Putting together those two drives for scores… was critical.”

Throughout the game, the crowd noise was deafening down on the field. At first, it was a combination of 49er and Raider fans. However, after those two scoring drives, it was mostly the Silver and Black sounding off in support of their team.

“Yesterday showed the true character of Raider fans,” said Griz Jones of M.O.B. Charities in Oakland. “We didn’t get caught up in all the 49er fans. We were into the game. I was very impressed with how the diehard fans conducted themselves.”

With a history of beer baths and brawls, it was good to see that the fans could rise above the rivalry and coexist in a peaceful manner. Hopefully, this will bode well for future match ups between the two teams.

Now with another win under their belt, the Raiders travel to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs. That was the only other win the Raiders had this season, beating the Chiefs in Oakland 24-20.

To sweep Kansas City would be oh so sweet for a 2-11 team that desperately needs some more momentum to carry them through to next year.

CAPTION: Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr leads his team on one of two 80-yard drives in the second half to secure a 24-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday at O.co Coliseum.

PHOTO BY ALEX MAGUIRE


 
Raiders End 16-Game Drought PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 21 November 2014 12:29

112014s4By Greg Benson San Leandro Times

You have to go all the way back to Oct. 27, 2013 to have seen the bright smiles and jubilant cheers of Oakland Raiders fans and players celebrating a victory at the Coliseum.

That day the Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-18 — the last home win for this team that has struggled to find its footing under a new regime, a new era.

That is until this last Thursday night when the Raiders shocked the nation and overcame a 16-game winless drought by downing the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Raiders started fast with two first-half rushing touchdowns by second-year running back Latavius Murray — one from 11 yards out and the other, a 90-yard bolt up the gut — something the Chiefs have not afforded any other team thus far this season, a rushing touchdown of any kind.

The running game with starters Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew has struggled all season. But, now, with Murray’s effort against Kansas City, expect to see this big back get a lot more action.

“The way he ran the ball today, yeah, he earned more snaps. No doubt about it,” said interim head coach Tony Sparano.

Up 17-3 well into the third quarter, the Raiders slowly lost grip of the lead and found themselves down 20-17 with 9:03 left in the game.

That’s when Raiders quarterback Derek Carr took charge and orchestrated an impressive 17-play, 80-yard scoring drive. Culiminating in a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver James Jones, the drive took 7:21 off the clock and gave the Raiders back the lead, 24-20.

“For a rookie quarterback, in that situation… to go 17 plays in a winning drive — that’s impressive,” said veteran defensive end Justin Tuck. “That let’s you know a little bit of the moxie of number 4.”

112014s3Carr is an infectious optimist — always believing, always encouraging his teammates.

“I’m just so happy for my teammates,” said Carr. “To see them smile. To see that we’re running the ball well, and have them come back in the huddle all fired up, feeling good about themselves, that’s the kind of stuff that fires me up.”

Now, with 1:35 left on the clock, the victory rested in the hands of Oakland’s defense.

The second ingredient for success, after starting fast, is finishing strong. That’s the part of the formula that had eluded the Raiders thus far this season. And, on this night, they again struggled to seal the deal.

The Raiders would give the Chiefs another chance after a fourth-down penalty, three on one play to be exact. The Chiefs accepted the illegal hands to the face penalty on defensive end Benson Mayowa to place the ball at the 49 with 1:01 to play and a fresh set of downs.

Raiders players gathered on the sidelines, full of anticipation, urging their defensive counterparts to finish strong.

On third and six, linebacker Sio Moore heeded the call and blitzed Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith, sacking him for a 7-yard loss.

Moore was so excited, he ran towards the south end zone in an eruption of satisfaction and proceeded to celebrate the sack with fellow linebacker Khalil Mack.

But, wait, the clock is still running! Smith, seeing the celebration some 20 yards downfield, hurried to the line to snap the ball.

If not for the quick thinking of Justin Tuck to call a timeout, the Raiders would have been penalized for offsides.

Luckily, the timeout was taken, and the Raiders gained their composure to defend a fourth-and-13 play that ended with an incomplete pass from Smith to wide receiver Frankie Hammond, Jr.

The Raiders took over on downs, and Carr took a knee to give the Raiders their first win of the season.

The sidelines erupted in celebration, and Moore bolted for the Black Hole in the south end zone of O.co Coliseum.

“I was so glad to get swallowed in by the Black Hole! They deserve it,” said Moore in the locker room after the game. “I love playing in front of them. I love playing with the energy that they give me, because I’m a guy that came from nothing and I’ve made it here, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

While the Raiders record of 1-10 won’t get them anywhere near the playoffs, this win, on this night, will get them back a sense of pride that they can carry to the end of the season — a season of lessons learned and the hope of better things to come.

CAPTION 1: Oakland Raiders linebacker Sio Moore celebrates the team’s first win of the season with the fans in the Black Hole at O.co Coliseum.

CAPTION 2: Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Menelik Watson gives quarterback Derek Carr a big hug on the sidelines as the clock ticks down towards the team’s first victory of the season.

PHOTOS BY GREG BENSON


 
Injury-Plagued San Leandro Eliminated by Antioch, 50-26 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:03

112014s1By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

The Pirates saw enough of Antioch running back Najee Harris on Friday night, but it was more of a passing glance as the 6 foot 2, 210 pound sophomore raced past defenders at Burrell Field.

Harris scored four touchdowns and picked up 370 yards, leading the Panthers to a 50-26 win over San Leandro in the first round of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.

Harris introduced himself on the opening drive with a 70-yard touchdown run on the first play.

But San Leandro fought back to hold the lead at halftime. Pirates running back Nofu Noa broke away for a 35-yard touchdown run to put San Leandro on the board.

Later, San Leandro quarterback Derrick Purvis scored on a keeper from the 1-yard line to cut Antioch’s lead to 16-13.

The Purvis touchdown was set up on a big gain by running back Anthony Pierce and a 40-yard pass from Purvis to wide receiver Troy Hearne.

Before the half, Reuben Baker ran back a punt to the Antioch 15-yard line, setting up a touchdown pass from Purvis to tight end Jahari Kay to give San Leandro a 19-16 lead.

112014s2But in the third quarter, Harris and the Panthers took the momentum with three unanswered touchdowns.

The Pirates played without four or five key players who were injured in the game. With a couple of starting linebackers and a tackle out, it was even tougher stopping Harris.

The whole year was injury plagued for the Pirates, who lost starting quarterback Stephen Johnson to a foot fracture early in the season.

“It’s been a tough year, a lot of key guys out with injuries,” said Pirates head coach Brad Bowers.

Bowers gave credit to Antioch running back Harris, though.

“He’s solid,” Bowers said.

Antioch also has a few linemen who are over 300 pounds.

“They have some huge guys up front that we don’t have,” Bowers said.

San Leandro had a year of adversity, but still pulled off a good season with a 6-4 record and made the playoffs.

Purvis scored two touchdowns rushing for San Leandro and completed 5 of 15 passes for 90 yards. Omari Land led San Leandro in rushing with 82 yards.

Antioch advances to the next round of the NCS playoffs, traveling to Foothill for a game at 7 p.m. on Friday.

CAPTION 1: San Leandro wide receiver Reuben Baker dives for a pass from quarterback Derrick Purvis that’s just out of his reach.

CAPTION 2: Antioch running back Najee Harris gallops for a first down at Burrell Field on Friday night.

PHOTOS BY JIM KNOWLES


 
Assumption Runners Excel at Diocesan Meet PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2014 15:56

110614sThe Assumption School boys’ 3-5th grade cross country team show off their victory medals after running in the Oakland Diocesan Championship Meet on Friday, Oct. 17, at Joaquin Miller Park where the team placed 6th out of 34 teams from the Oakland Diocese.  The Assumption 3-5th grade girls’ team placed second out of 35 teams.  Assumption 8th grader Jasmine Powell placed fifth overall out of 144 runners in the 6-8th girls’ race.


 
Pirates Alumni to Play Fundraiser Basketball Game PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2014 15:55

Former San Leandro High School basketball players are invited to compete in a fundraiser alumni basketball double-header on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

The girls game will begin at 6 p.m. and the boys game starts at 7 p.m. This fundraiser raises money for both teams. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Anyone interested in playing can contact SLHS Athletic Director Jeanette Wood at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 618-4600, ext. 2177.

 

 
San Leandro Girls Tennis Nips Castro Valley, 4-3 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 30 October 2014 15:21

103014s1By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

The San Leandro High tennis team beat Castro Valley, 4-3, last Thursday afternoon in a close battle that went down to the final match on the Pirates home courts.

Castro Valley took all three doubles matches, but the Pirates won the four singles matches.

It all came down to the No. 3 singles as Jeanette Yee of San Leandro beat Gabby Zakas of Castro Valley 7-6 (5), 6-2.

The last time the two teams played each other, Zakas won, and the Trojans won the match 4-3.

“I think this time I was a little more focused,” Yee said after the match.

103014s2Yee said she also didn’t undercut the ball as much this time, hitting more shots with topspin.

In the No. 1 singles match, Jenna Dizon of San Leandro beat Hailey Agulay of Castro Valley 6-3, 6-3.

Dizon is the freshman class president as well as the Pirates No. 1 singles player. She said when she was 10 years old she decided she wanted to become a pro tennis player.

“Tennis and school are basically my life,” Dizon quipped. In the classroom, Dizon said she likes science, but she’s thinking about trying drama, too.

In the No. 2 singles match, Patti Castillo of San Leandro beat Alexa Bucciarelli of Castro Valley 6-3, 6-2 in a match that had the longest rallies of the day. Both players are good at getting the ball back.

Castillo, in her second year on the Pirates tennis team, keeps it simple. “I just try to get the ball over,” she said.

In the No. 4 singles match, Diana Rodriguez of San Leandro beat Aditi Gupte of Castro Valley 6-0, 6-4.

Rodriguez said she let her guard down a little in the second set. But she got back on track to win the match.

Castro Valley won all three doubled matches. In No. 1 doubles, Nicole Bucciarelli and Brianna Wong of Castro Valley beat Alice Chin and Lauren Nguyen of San Leandro 6-0, 6-0.

In No. 2 doubles, Angela Ho and Caroline Yu of Castro Valley beat Jaime Wong and Sharon Phan of San Leandro 6-2, 6-0.

In No. 3 doubles, Morgan Adams and Riley Powers of Castro Valley beat Lily Gee and Leandra Lumugai of San Leandro 6-0, 6-1.

CAPTION 1: Castro Valley High’s No. 1 singles player Hailey Agulay battled Jenna Dizon of San Leandro on Thursday afternoon in a match that ended in a 6-3, 6-3 win for Dizon. San Leandro won the team score, 4-3, in a close contest. But Castro Valley won all three doubles matches. See SPORTS, page 20.

CAPTION 2: San Leandro High No. 3 singles player Jeannette Yee won her match against Gabby Zakas of Castro Valley last Thursday.

PHOTO BY JIM KNOWLES


 
San Leandro Streaks Past Jets, 35-6 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:24

Pirates prepare for next opponent, Bishop O’Dowd, on Friday

102314sBy Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

San Leandro High’s offense is improving each week as the Pirates rolled to a 35-6 win at Encinal in Alameda on Friday night.

The Pirates will need the offensive power this Friday at Burrell Field when Bishop O’Dowd comes to town, a rivalry that’s always a big game.

San Leandro led all the way at Encinal, taking an early lead when Pirates running back Ronald Thomas broke through to the end zone from 5 yards out, his first of two TDs. His second score came on a 32-yard run.

“The line is going good now, they’re opening the holes,” Thomas said after the game. “We’re getting better. We’re getting ready for O’Dowd now.”

Sonny Sowles also scored a pair of touchdowns for the Pirates on runs of 35 yards and 15 yards. And Pirates quarterback Derrick Purvis scored on a keeper from the 11-yard line.

San Leandro’s reliable kicker Ivan Flores booted the extra point after every touchdown.

The Jets scored once when wide receiver Brian Clinkscale broke loose from the 35-yard line for a touchdown. Otherwise, the Pirates defense held back the Jets much of the night.

“The offensive line is getting better. The young guys are coming along,” said San Leandro head coach Brad Bowers.

Bowers said getting the team fired up for O’Dowd is never a problem.

“We’re always up for O’Dowd. Emotion isn’t an issue,” Bowers said. “We need to get these guys executing plays and we’ll be all right.”

This week, San Leandro hosts Bishop O’Dowd on Friday at 7 p.m. at Burrell Field.

CAPTION: San Leandro quarterback Derrick Purvis takes off for the end zone on an 11-yard touchdown run.

PHOTO BY JIM KNOWLES


 
Rebels Rally to Win ‘Helmet’ Game PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:37

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PHOTOS BY JIM KNOWLES

San Lorenzo High fans erupted in the final minute as the Rebels rallied to beat crosstown rival Arroyo, 28-24, on Saturday on the Rebels home field.

By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

The San Lorenzo vs. Arroyo rivalry is just as intense as ever as a full house witnessed the Rebels pull out a 28-24 win on their home field on Saturday afternoon with an interception and return for a touchdown.

San Lorenzo cornerback Martin Peña stepped in front of an Arroyo receiver to pick off a pass and took it all the way down the right sideline to a touchdown that gave the Rebels the win.

“Coach told me they were going to throw a quick out,” Peña said. “At first I just wanted to knock the ball down, but then I got it so I took off for the end zone.”

Peña’s fellow cornerback Bejour Wilson picked off another pass to nail down the win. As the final minute wound down the entire student body of San Lorenzo was down off the bleachers against the fence surrounding the field.

“This is the best feeling in my high school life right here, man!” Peña said.

The big win against the crosstown rivals, “The Helmet Game,” came on homecoming week. The stands were decorated with bunting and signs. Each class marched in front of the stands at halftime, dressed in their themes for homecoming.

101614s1The celebration came after an uphill climb for the Rebels, since Arroyo took a 16-0 lead in the first quarter.

Arroyo running back Eric Tafeamalii plowed into the end zone to give the Dons a 14-0 lead, and then quarterback Devin Delatorre made the 2-point conversion on a keeper.

The Rebels got on the board before halftime on a 20-yard touchdown catch by Peña on a pass from quarterback Kevin Mosi, who added the 2 point conversion on a pass to Wilson.

But then in the third quarter, Dons increased their lead to 22-8 in the third quarter on catches by receiver John Schherrer, another touchdown by Tafeamalii, and a catch for the 2-point conversion by Davon Dawson.

San Lorenzo came back with a 30-yard touchdown catch by Peña. And then, following a recovered fumble, a touchdown by running back Ramiah Marshall to cut the Dons lead to 24-22.

That set the stage for Peña interception and return for a TD, and a big homecoming celebration at San Lorenzo.

This week, San Lorenzo hosts Alameda on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Arroyo hosts Piedmont on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

CAPTION: Arroyo receiver John Scherrer picks up a first down against San Lorenzo.


 

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