Raiders Hit Rock Bottom PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 25 September 2014 22:28

092514sBy Greg Benson • San Leandro Times

Just three games into the season and the Oakland Raiders have already hit rock bottom.

After back-to-back losses, one worse than the other, the Raiders can’t seem to find a way to win.

In the season opener, The New York Jets racked up 433 total yards against the inconsistent play of the Raiders defense.

Offensively, Oakland struggled for yardage — only getting into the Red Zone once. If not for two New York turnovers, the final score may have been more lopsided than the 19-14 end result.

In the home opener versus the Houston Texans, the Raiders fell flat on their face mask.

Houston rolled over the Raiders, leading 27-0 into the fourth quarter. Veteran safety Charles Woodson was visibly dismayed on the sidelines.

“We suck,” said a frank Woodson in the locker room after the game. “That’s as blunt as I can put it. For whatever reason, defensively we just won’t stop people, especially early in games. Every drive, every first drive, their team is able to go and get points, and today it happened all day.”

Faced with a season quickly fading to black, the Raiders responded with a spirited effort against New England in week three.

The defense held Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in check throughout much of the game, applying pressure on passing plays and limiting rushers to 76 yards.

“No doubt about it, it was a much better effort,” said Woodson after the 16-9 loss. “We still came up short which is disappointing for us because we all fought our hearts out.”

Next up for the Raiders are the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

CAPTION: Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson hangs his head in disappointment late in the fourth quarter as the team suffers their second loss of the season, 30-14 to the Houston Texans at Coliseum.


Concord Minutemen Waste No Time in San Lorenzo PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:39

091814s1The Minutemen from Concord High lived up to their name on the gridiron Friday in San Lorenzo.

It was over in a matter of minutes, as Concord led, 46-0, at halftime on their way to a 54-8 win over the Rebels.

Concord quarterback Mitch Daniels threw five touchdown passes, three to wide receive Mason Knight.

San Lorenzo got on the board in the fourth quarter when Kevin Patino caught a touchdown pass from Ramiah Marshall.

Marshall also led the Rebels in rushing with 75 yards on the ground.

San Lorenzo quarterback Kevin Mosi completed 9 of 11 passes, and Rebels wide receiver Bejour Wilson caught 8 of those passes.

CAPTION: Concord wide receive Jed Gwynn picks up a first down at San Lorenzo on Friday before he’s run out of bounds by Rebels safety Daimarr Morris.


Raiders Redux, Part One PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 04 September 2014 13:33

090414s5By Greg Benson • San Leandro Times

From the time General Manager Reggie McKenzie first set foot on the shores of Bay Farm Island, a sense of great change filled the air space above Oakland Raiders headquarters.

For two years, McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen methodically stripped the Oakland Raiders franchise down to its studs. And, under a black cloud of construction dust, the team faultered with back-to-back 4-12 seasons.

With a few off-season misfires and some unfortunate injuries, the Raiders struggled to find an identity and form any consistent competitive edge.

With new majority owner Mark Davis taking over for his legendary father, Al Davis, time is running out for this reconstruction to show some better results.

One upside to the two-year deconstruction phase is the enormous amount of cushion the Raiders found under the salary cap.

By jettisoning some budget-busting contracts and signing shorter cap-conscious deals, the Raiders filled their NFL wallet with free agent dollars this offseason. Time for a shopping spree!

March, known for its madness,  marked the most active month for the Raiders reconstruction — signing 12 veteran free-agent starters to fill pressing needs on both defense and offense… all in less than 20 days.

The free-agent frenzy began on March 12 with the acquisition of offensive tackle Austin Howard — a 330-pound pocket protector from the New York Jets.

Next, defensive coordinator Jason Tarver added two new pro bowlers to his defensive box set — defensive end Justin Tuck from the New York Giants and linebacker LaMarr Woodley from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tuck may be approaching the sunset of his 10-year career at age 31, but you’ve got to love a guy who put Tom Brady on his back four times to help take two Super Bowls from the Patriots (2007 and 2011) — a team Raiders fans love to hate.

Woodley, at age 29, is another sackmaster with a long, loyal career. These two, when “activated,” will give the Raiders a much-needed boost in passer pressure.

Tarver and his defense continued to benefit from a free-agent windfall with the addition of 49er corner backs Tarell Brown and teammate Carlos Rogers (who came in two weeks later) from across the bay. That same day, the Raiders also brought in Antonio Smith, a veteran defensive lineman from the Houston Texans.

The spending spree continued with San Jose State star and Green Bay Packer wide receiver James Jones, and offensive lineman Kevin Boothe, who returns to the Raiders after seven seasons and two Super Bowl Championships with the New York Giants.

Jones adds some much-needed experience to a young receiving corps and Boothe is a solid backup that can play anywhere on the O-line, even center.

Two days later, the Raiders signed offensive lineman Donald Penn. This guy lives at left tackle. He has started 108 consecutive games at that position for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the third longest current streak among all active tackles in the NFL entering 2014.

Now it was time for the Raiders to address their most pressing need. Who is going to lead this reborn team out of the blackness?

At that time, March 21, and up until this week, that man was quarterback Matt Schaub from the Houston Texans.

Schaub, now in his 11th season, showed great poise in the pocket and produced big numbers in Houston. That is up until last year. His accuracy and timing seemed to drop off, along with the O-line’s pass protection, falling out of favor with the fans and the franchise.

Throughout the preseason, Schaub seemed to struggle with finding a rhythm in his new offense. Timing was off, receivers were dropping balls, and linemen gave way under pressure.

In his two preseason starts, Schaub ended up completing 24 of 47 attempts for 218 yards, with one interception and no touchdowns — pretty much ineffective.

A week after the Schaub trade with Houston, the Raiders found a firey little free agent down in Jacksonville. Maurice Jones-Drew returned to his Bay Area roots of Antioch and the storied De La Salle Spartans.

While his numbers may have dropped off a bit in his last two years with the Jaguars, this nine-year veteran back still has the juice to turn it upfield.

He’ll be splitting time with Darren McFadden in the backfield which should keep both backs fresh through the season and help alleviate injury concerns.

“We both can do it all,” said Jones-Drew after the 27-26 win over the Detroit Lions. “We’ll have a fresh body in there all the time. That’s going to be tough for defenses to stop.”

Add in the free-agent signings of Green Bay defensive end C.J. Wilson and cornerback Carlos Rogers at the end of March, and there you have the Raiders version of the “Dirty Dozen.”

090414s7While all of these guys are on the downslope of their career trajectory, averaging just over 30 years of age, the Raiders have always been known to target veterans that still have something to prove and enough gas in the tank to light it up. So, stand back Raiders fans. This explosive experiment has the potential to ignite some greatness…

And, yet, as we’ve seen in the past, the experiment can go horribly wrong.

It takes just the right amount of chemistry, mixed with a little luck and a whole lot of enthusiasm, for it all to come together as a winning formula.

So, for that immeasurable ingredient of enthusiasm, the Raiders next turned to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Having the fifth overall pick proved very fortuitous. In selecting Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack, the Raiders instantly solidified their linebacking corps. This young ballhawk tore up the Mid-American Conference, setting the NCAA record for forced fumbles at 16.

Mack received extensive playing time in the preseason and showed good progress as both a tackler and pass rusher.

Tarver will undoubtedly find some creative ways to utilize this gifted strongside linebacker’s skills. Whether it be with his hand in the dirt rushing the passer, dropping back in coverage or stepping up to stop the run, Mack has the skills to make an immediate impact.

090414s4The next Raiders selection in the draft was a huge surprise. Not in that it was Derek Carr, but in the fact that he was still available at number 36.

McKenzie and his scouts loved this guy. He was pegged to be the future of the Raiders at quarterback early on. But it just wasn’t certain he would be there in the second round.

Carr’s college credentials are very impressive. He established 27 school records and 21 Mountain West Conference records over his college career, including yards (12,482), completions (1,086) and touchdowns (113). He also led the nation in total offense (5,199), total passing  yards (5,082) and passing touchdowns (50) as a senior at Fresno State in 2013.

Through training camp, he studied the playbook like a mad man, prepped for every game, and showed progress at every stage.

When Schaub experienced tendonitis in his elbow and was unable to practice after the 31-21 loss to Green Bay, Carr was able to step in as the starter for the final preseason game.

Don’t worry, it’s only the defending champions, the Seattle Seahawks.

Carr capitalized on the opportunity with an impressive performance, completing 11 of his 13 passes for 143 yards, and 3 touchdowns. And much of that was against the first-string defense of the defending champs.

“You want to play against the best, and they’ve got the ring to prove it,” said Carr after the 41-31 preseason win over Seattle. “They fly around. They’re fast. It was nice to play against them and I look forward to playing against them in the future.”

Little did Carr know at the time, but his wish was coming true as he spoke. A few short days later, Carr was named the starting quarterback for the Raiders over Matt Schaub.

Carr and the Raiders play Seattle in week nine.

CAPTION 1: Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew powers through the Detroit Lions defense in the team’s preseason debut at Coliseum. He is one of 12 veteran free-agent players the Raiders signed this offseason.

CAPTION 2: Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr won the starting job over veteran Matt Schaub with an impressive performance against the Seattle Seahawks in the final preseason game. The Raiders won 41-31.


Kearns Leads Foothill to 30-12 Win Over San Leandro PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:36

090414s1By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

The San Leandro High football team, playing without starting quarterback Stephen Johnson, lost to Foothill High, 30-12, on Friday night at Burrell Field.

Johnson will be out of action for several weeks after his foot was fractured in practice this past week. Nevertheless, San Leandro got on the board first with a touchdown run by fullback Norman Haddix for a 6-0 lead.

But after that it was all Foothill as quarterback Kyle Kearns threw three touchdown passes and kicker Daniel Rodriguez made three field goals.

San Leandro recovered two fumbles but the Pirates gave up five interceptions that put the brakes on the offense.

090414s2Later in the fourth quarter, San Leandro scored its second touchdown on a 40-yard catch by Reuben Baker from quarterback Anthony Onciano, who completed three of nine passes. Starting quarterback Brad Beesley completed two of seven passes.

Foothill receiver Ruben Mercado led the game in receiving with five catches.

For San Leandro, Baker and Sonny Sowles each caught two passes, and running back Ronald Thomas rushed for 106 yards.

This Friday, San Leandro hosts James Logan High at 7 p.m. at Burrell Field.

CAPTION 1: Foothill halfback Isaiah Floyd scores on a pass play in the second half.

CAPTION 2: San Leandro High running back Ronald Thomas II picks up a first down.

090414s3CAPTION 3: Pirates receiver Reuben Baker hauls in a touchdown pass from Anthony Onciano in the fourth quarter.


NFL Flag Football League to Play at Washington Manor Park PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:34

The San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department announced that it has partnered with the National Football League (NFL) to offer non-competitive Flag Football leagues for boys and girls ages 5 to 13.

The 10-week program will be held at Washington Manor Park, 14900 Zelma St., every Saturday from Sept. 13 through Nov. 15 and consist of player development skills, drills, clinics and games.

Players will receive a team-identified NFL jersey, instruction and league play.  This program is designed to encourage kids to be physically active and gain the health benefits of exercise, while having a great time making new friends and learning the game.

Teams Made Up of Three Different Age Groups

Players will be divided into three age divisions:  Rookies, ages 5 to 7; Pro Bowl, ages 7 to 9; Hall of Fame, ages 9 to 13.

An early registration discount has been extended through Wednesday, Sept. 3. League fees, including the early registration discount, are $124 for San Leandro residents and $144 for non-residents.  After Sept. 3, the league fee is $149 for San Leandro residents and $169 for non-residents.

For more information, call Customer Service at 577-3462, or register online at  Space is limited, so sign up as soon as possible.


Sign Up for Assumption CYO Athletics Program PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:52

Assumption School is having two CYO sports sign-up sessions for the 2014-2015 season in the school gym on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 10:15 a.m. to noon, and on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Assumption CYO is open to all children who attend Assumption School, are actively enrolled in the Faith Formation program or who live within the parish boundaries (proof of residence in the form of a utility bill - PG&E, EBMUD or cable must be submitted).

Children who are interested in boys and girls cross country (grades 3-8), girls softball (grades 5-8), boys and girls basketball (grades 2-8), girls volleyball (grades 4-8), and boys and girls track & field (grades K-8) can sign up.

For children new to CYO who do not attend Assumption School, a birth certificate (a copy, not the original) must also be submitted.  All required forms must be submitted at walk-up registration on one of these dates.  There will also be a registration for the spring sports (girls basketball and track and field) in January 2015.

Absolutely no late registrations and no registrations will be accepted in the school office.


Jr. Optimists Rifle Club Places in National Contest PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:57

The San Leandro Junior Optimist Rifle Club would like to thank NRA Foundation for a grant of new equipment to upgrade safety and competition.

This grant will provide the club the ability to teach more young people how to safely handle and clean firearms, and shoot competitively.

The kids shoot Olympic Style positions for score and can compete on an equal basis with the new gear provided by the grant.

With this equipment, the Junior Optimist Rifle Club team just placed third nationally, and the Sub-Junior Optimist Rifle Team of 13-years-and-younger placed fifth in the nation for 2014 NRA National Junior Prone Postal Matches.


SL Swim Team Wins League Championship PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:38



Lauren Francis, Taylor Matthews, Jacklyn Scheberies, and Emily Yiu swam for the gold with a 2.05.40 to break the league’s 11-12 girls 200 medley relay record that was set in 1996.

The San Leandro Swim Team, aka the Drowning Darryls, won their fourth straight East Bay Swim League Championship, held at Chabot College on July 26, against some 1,200 swimmers from all the teams in the league.

Lauren Francis, Taylor Matthews, Jacklyn Scheberies, and Emily Yiu took first place in the 11-12 girls 200 medley relay in a time of 2.05.40 to break the league record in that event.

Lauren Francis took the gold in all of her events and also swam a 31.05 in the 11-12 girls 50-yard backstroke to break another record that had stood since 1996.  Francis also went undefeated this year in all of her individual events.

Darryls coaches Fred Scheberies, Jeff Engler, and Amy McHale were excited to receive the league championship and most improved awards. Scheberies was also proud of his daughter, Jacklyn, who was on the record breaking 11-12 girls team.

San Leandro has won the league’s most improved award two years straight. In addition to setting the new league records, the Darryls walked away with 19 gold medals, 18 silver medals, and 12 bronze medals.

The Darryls returned to their roots this summer, swimming at the new San Leandro High School pool.

The team thanks the voters of San Leandro who passed the Measure M initiative and the San Leandro School District for the pool where the Darryls continue to provide an enjoyable and competitive team.

Tryouts for the team are held in April of each year. More information on the team can be found at San Leandro Swim Team website at


Teens Take the Links at Monarch Bay PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:31



Young golfers have come to town each summer for the San Leandro City Junior Golf Tournament, which began in 1963. Last Thursday, teen golfers competed once again at the Monarch Bay Golf Course.

081414s2By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

Young golfers from around Northern California came to town last week for the annual San Leandro City Junior Golf Tournament.

This year, 145 teenage golfers competed at the Monarch Bay Golf Club in the tournament that’s been a San Leandro tradition since 1963.

The overall boys winner was Joshua McCartly of Danville who shot at 66. The overall girls winner was Michelle Xie of Palo Alto, shooting a 72.

The winners in the other age divisions were: Boys 16-17 Aaron Justin Ong of Hayward; Boys 14-15 James Lemos of Hercules; Boys 12-13 Ian Scarborough of Half Moon Bay; Girls 15-17 Melissa Yao of Alameda; Girls 12-14 Ashely Pan of Moraga.

The continued success of the tournament is due largely to the volunteers from American Golf and the San Leandro Golf Club at Monarch Bay.  The Public Works Department has managed this event since 1996.

CAPTION 2: Brendan Hopkins of Danville tees off on the 10th hole at the annual City Junior Golf Tournament, held last Thursday at the Monarch Bay Golf Club.

Dodgers Wrap Up Season at San Leandro Ballpark PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:35

081414s4The Washington Manor Dodgers baseball team finished their season with a 28-12 record –  pretty good for a 17-and-under team that played mostly 18-19 year old teams.

The Dodgers were eliminated in the August Tournament at San Leandro Ballpark on Aug. 1 in a 13-2 loss to the Playmakers, who have several college players on their roster. Despite the age difference, the Dodgers kept the game close until the sixth inning when the Playmakers got 10 hits and 7 runs.

The Dodgers had singles by Anthony Perez, Moses Perez and Tim O’Dalaigh.

Ricky Peterson started the game for the Dodgers and pitched three and a third innings, until he was replaced by Jacob Jennings and then Sonny Apodaca.

The Rakers/Seals beat the San Leandro Ports to win the tournament.

CAPTION: Dodgers third baseman Nick Solis makes a throw to first base in a game earlier this season.


Up and Down Week for Dodgers PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:39

071714sThe Washington Manor Dodgers are 18-9 for the season after splitting four games over the past week.

Dodgers 5, APS 0

Dodger pitcher Jacob Jennings threw a 2-hitter last Thursday in a 5-0 shutout of APS at San Leandro Ballpark.

The Dodgers, a 17-and-under team, picked up runs on a homer by Alvaro Lopez in the fifth inning, and doubles by Moses Perez and Christian Marquez.

Nick Solis hit two singles, and Carlos Ramos and Dominic Jackson both had base hits.

Jackson also was the catcher for the full seven innings of Jennings’ 2-hitter.

Dodgers 7, East Bay Bombers 0

The Dodgers got another outstanding pitching performance for a 7-0 shutout on Saturday when Ricky Peterson pitched a no-hitter against the East Bay Bombers.

East Bay Prep 9, Dodgers 5

The Dodgers lost to East Bay Prep, 9-5, on Sunday in Danville with Christian Marquez and Dominic Jackson pitching for the Dodgers. The Dodgers had doubles by Anthony Perez, Marquez, and Justin Brooke.

Alameda Dark Horses 15, Dodgers 5

On Tuesday evening, the Alameda Dark Horses came to town and lit up the scoreboard in a 14-5 win over the Dodgers.

Dodger pitching wasn’t on its best night, giving up 10 hits and 11 walks, and the Dodgers made five errors. “It’s hard to win with a line score like that,” said manager Bill Brouse. “We sure hope to get better for our remaining games.”

The Dodgers highlights were a homer and single by Tim O’Dalaigh, a double by Jacob Jennings, a pair of singles by Joshua Romero, and base hits by Dominic Jackson, Carlos Ramos, Anthony Perez, Justin Brooke and Jeremy Conti.

The Dodgers host the Blankenship Bulls tonight at 7 p.m. San Leandro Ballpark on Teagarden Street, and on Saturday the Dodgers host the North Bay Giants in a double-header, starting at 5 p.m.

CAPTION: Dodgers pitcher Jacob Jennings threw a 2-hitter last Thursday in a 5-0 win at San Leandro Ballpark.


Washington Manor All Stars Advance to State Tournament PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:36


The Washington Manor 15-U All Stars are (back row): Coach Dave Guzman, Gabe Fernandez, Joshua Knudsen, Nico, Eddie Lopez, Daniel Medina, Jakob Bouhuys, Alex Perez, Manager Jonathan Rodriguez and coach Matt Knudsen. (Front row) Tyler Dewitt, Peter Del Prete, Jonathan Cadena, Louis Toscano, Estevan Ledsinger, Kyle Guerra, Jordan Firestone and Christian Guzman.

The Washington Manor All Stars 15U beat the Alameda All Stars 15U by a score of 7-1 last Tuesday at Contra Costa College in seven innings.

The lead stayed with Washington Manor after the first, when it scored two runs on a sacrifice fly by Gabe Fernandez. Washington Manor scored two runs in the fourth on an RBI single by  Estevan Ledsinger and a walk by Gabe Fernandez.

Kyle Guerra  led the Washington Manor offensive threat, as he got on base three times in the game. He singled in the sixth inning. Washington Manor relied on  Peter Del Prete  to eat up innings en route to the win.

Del Prete pitched seven innings and allowed no earned runs, four hits and one walk while striking out four. Washington Manor put up one run in each of the second, third and sixth innings. In the second inning, Washington Manor scored, bringing home Jordan Firestone.

Washington Manor was the underdog in District 4 play and ended with a 3-0 record and the District 4 Championship.

The Washington Manor All Stars 15-U advanced to the state tournament at the Belmont Sports Complex and will begin tournament play against East Sacramento on July 19 at 4 p.m.



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