New Coach Brings New Hope PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2015 15:19

082715sBy Greg Benson • San Leandro Times

Every year, high hopes for a winning season inflate the chests of those looking for a glimmer of Silver and Black success.

However, not since the golden days of Jon Gruden have the Oakland Raiders broke the .500 mark.

Now, after three years of deconstruction, demolition and reconstruction, the Raiders are well on there way to rebuilding their reputation with a head coach hire that ignites hope in the hearts of their faithful fans.

Appointed as the 19th head coach in the 55-year history of the Oakland Raiders, Jack Del Rio was raised in the cradle of Raider Nation. The Hayward native shined as a three-sport star in high school, playing baseball, basketball and football. His standout play at linebacker for the University of Southern California Trojans earned him All-American honors as a senior.

Jack was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1985 and played with the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings over 11 years.

His coaching career spans 18 years — from 1997 as an assistant strength coach in New Orleans to head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.

Jack is a no-nonsense, nose-to-the-grindstone Bay Area native that knows what it takes to win in the NFL. He’s happy to be back home, but he also knows that he has a lot of work ahead of him.

“I’m a proud Bay Area guy so it’s a pleasure, a treat and an honor to be back here,” said Del Rio after the 18-3 preseason win over the St. Louis Rams. “But, honestly, I was only thinking about the details that need to be done. I have a long list. I took a lot of notes from the beginning of pregame through the end of the game and there are a lot of things that need to be corrected, and we’ll work on those.”

While the Raiders played a crisp and clean game against the Rams, they faltered last week in Minnesota, losing to the Vikings 12-20.

The team will next face the Arizona Cardinals back at home before closing out the preseason in Seattle. It all starts for real on Sunday, Sept. 13, in a battle with the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.

CAPTION: Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio confers with rookie defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. during their first preseason game at Coliseum.


Young Golfers Tackle the Links PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 21:52

082015sMatt Lloyd of San Jose was the overall boys’ champion with a score of 66 at the annual San Leandro City Junior Golf Championship last Thursday at the Monarch Bay Golf Course.

Michelle Xie of Palo Alto won the girls’ championship with a score of 71. Over 180 young golfers between the ages of 7 and 18 competed in the tourney.

The city’s Jr. Golf Championship started in 1963 with 30 to 40 players and has grown to become one of the largest city-run golf championships in California.

The city’s public works department has run the golf tournament since 1996 with the help of volunteers from American Golf and the San Leandro Golf Club at Monarch Bay.

The other two big youth tournaments each year are the High School Girls Fall Invitational and the High School Boys Spring Invitational.

The other flight winners in this years Junior Golf Championship are:

Girls 15-18: Audrey Lin, Fremont

Girls 12-14: Maddie Jun, Mountain View

Girls 10/11: Jasmine Chen, Pleasanton

Girls 7-9: Emily Luo, Danville

Boys 16-18: Joson Ralph, Sunnyvale

Boys 14/15: Wallace Lin, Los Gatos

Boys 12/13: John Hecklel, San Jose

Boys 10/11: Krishan Patel, San Jose

Boys 7-9: Gregory Tom, San Ramon.

CAPTION: Matthew Lee, 16, of San Rafael keeps an eye on the geese as he gets ready to putt at the San Leandro City Junior Golf Championship last Thursday at the Monarch Bay Golf Club.


San Leandro Wins East Bay Swim Title PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 21:48

Darryls win fifth consecutive summer swim league championship

082015s3By Darryl Francis • Special to the Times

The 2015 San Leandro Swim Team, aka “Drowning Darryls,” won their fifth straight East Bay Swim League championship on July 25 at Chabot College.

Over 1,200 swimmers competed at the meet as the “Darryls,” Northern league champs, swam against their own division as well as their Southern division opponents. The competition was fierce but the Darryls held on to take their fifth straight championship.

Many San Leandro swimmers won a number of awards. Two San Leandro swimmers, Lauren Francis (13-14) and Sydney Goldstein (7-8 ) (both pictured) led the team in the gold medal count. They both achieved first place finishes in all of their individual and team events.

Returning head coach Fred Scheberies, assisted by Jeff Engler, Lisa Bender, Amy McHale and Courtney Schwiesow instructed and inspired the Darryl swimmers throughout the season. Their experience and dedication to the team was instrumental in the victory.

The 11 seniors leaving the team are Devon McKeown, Abigail Pulizano, Kierra Jones, Anna Leon, Axel Cabato, Eric Hytonen, Benjamin Ingram, Harper James, Ronald Ting, Gregory Lee, and Christoher LeBoa.

The team will hold tryouts for next season in April of 2016.  Space is limited.

For more information on the team go to their website or

CAPTION: Lauren Francis and Sydney Goldstein finished in first place in all of their individual and team events to help the San Leandro Swim Team win the championship.


Dodgers Shut Out in Last Game of Season PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 06 August 2015 15:12

080615sThe San Leandro Dodgers baseball team got shut out in its last game of the season, 11-0, at the hands of the Alameda Tritons.

The defeat eliminated the Dodgers from the San Leandro Ports Tournament that ended the season. Although, the Dodgers are a 17-under team playing against teams of college-age players in this tournament, so they knew it was an uphill climb, and the Dodgers still finished the season with a winning record.

The tourney turned out better for the host team Ports, who went on to beat Danville APS, 8-2, in the championship game to win the tournament. Jesus Duran, Zack Skipper and Christian Marquez combined pitching duties for the win, with Ivan Sanchez behind the plate.

CAPTION: Dodgers shortstop Mike Hidalgo makes a throw to first for the out in a game earlier this season.


Dodgers Beat Danville; Head into Weekend Tourney PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 31 July 2015 16:32

073015sThe San Leandro Dodgers (17-U) baseball team won three games last week to finish the season with a record of 25-12-2.

Now it’s time for the Ports Invitational Tourmanent, today (Thursday) through Sunday at San Leandro Ballpark on Teagarden Street. The Dodgers open the tourney at 5 o’clock tonight against APS Orange. Games will be played on Friday, starting at 4 p.m., and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Last Thursday, the Dodgers beat Alameda, 13-5, as Nick Solis hit a 2-run homer and singled. Dominic Jackson and Ricky Peterson both doubled and singled, and Anthony Perez hit a double.

Peterson pitched four innings for the Dodgers, followed on the mound by Kristian Hutchinson for two innings and Anthony Perez for the final inning.

On Saturday, Dodgers pitchers Dominic Jackson, Robert Busch and Gabe Fernandez combined in a 9-4 win over  the Blankenship Bulls.

Solis led the Dodgers at the plate with a double and a single. Jakob Bouhuys doubled, and Moses Perez, Rudy Avila and Hutchinson all had two hits.

On Sunday, Jordan Perkins doubled and singled to lead the Dodgers to an 11-5 win against the Danville Bulls.

Alvaro Lopez and Solis both doubled, and Robert Busch and Gabe Fernandez had two hits apiece.

Moses Perez worked all seven innings behind the plate with Solis, Peterson and Fernandez on the mound.

CAPTION: Dodgers third baseman Dominic Jackson hauls in a pop fly in a game last week.


Gonzales Slows Down Hurricanes with 2-Hitter PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:24

072315sBy Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

Matt Gonzales pitched a complete game, 2-hitter and struck out seven batters to lead the San Leandro Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the Nor Cal Hurricanes on Tuesday night at San Leandro Ballpark.

Gonzales also led the offense with two hits. Other Dodgers with hits were Nick Solis, Jakob Bouhuys, Gabe Fernandez and Ricky Peterson. Bouhuys and Moses Perez worked behind the plate.

Last Week’s Results

The San Leandro Dodgers (a 17-and-under team) battled in the heart of the season and finished last week with four wins, two losses, starting off with a 17-run attack against Danville.

Robert Rusch and Alvaro Lopez both doubled to lead the Dodgers offense in a 17-0 shutout of Danville last Tuesday.

Three Dodgers pitchers combined for the shutout. Nick Solis pitched five innings, Kristian Hutchinson went two innings and Gabe Fernandez worked the seventh.

On Wednesday, the Nor Cal Hurricanes beat the Dodgers, 6-4, in a well played battle. The Hurricanes are a team of mostly 18 year olds from all over Northern and Central California, and some are headed to the Nor Cal All Star team that will play in the regional tournament in Florida.

The Dodgers got doubles by Perkins and Gonzales in support of Ricky Peterson and Dominic Jackson on the mound. The Dodgers also got hits by Solis, Hitchinson and Hayes.

On Thursday, All Pro pitchers Wong and Cassreal combined to shut out the Dodgers, 2-0, in a pitchers duel.

Matt Gonzales threw five innings for the Dodgers, striking out 11 batters, while walking none and giving up just three hits. Anthony Perez pitched the final two innings, with two strike outs, no walks and allowing no hits. Moses Perez worked behind the plate for the Dodgers for the full seven innings.

On Saturday, four Dodgers pitchers combined to hold the Bay Area Bombers to two hits for a 10-1 win.

Robert Busch pitched three innings, Kristian Hutchinson worked two innings, and Ricky Peterson and Gabe Fernandez each pitched an inning for the win.

Nick Solis hit two doubles and a single for the Dodgers. Dom Jackson doubled, Matt Gonzales and Anthony Perez each hit a pair of singles, and Moses Perez and Asher Hayes both singled.

The Dodgers swept a double-header from the Bay Area Bombers on Sunday. Gabe Fernandez pitched six-and-two-thirds innings in the first game for a 3-2 win. Dominic Jackson had a single and a double to lead the offense.

In the second game, Jackson pitched five innings in a 5-1 win for the Dodgers with Jakob Bouhuys going all seven innings behind the plate. The Dodgers got doubles from Solis and Moses Perez.

The Dodgers improved to a 20-12-2 record this season.

CAPTION: San Leandro Dodgers pitcher Matt Gonzales threw a 2-hitter at San Leandro Ballpark on Tuesday night to beat the Nor Cal Hurricanes


Arroyo to Host Baseball Clinic for Young Players PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:28

Young baseball players who want to learn the game are invited to the 4th Annual Arroyo High Summer Baseball Clinic on July 27 to July 30.

Instruction will be offered to players between 7 and 15 years old from Arroyo coaches and varsity players, and former college and professional players. All players will receive an Arroyo Baseball Clinic T-shirt.

The hitting and base-running clinic will be on Monday and Tuesday, July 27 and 28; and the defense and pitching clinic will be on Wednesday and Thursday, July 29 and 30. The clinic runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on all four days.

Bring your glove, cap, cleats and baseball pants. Bats will be provided but you can bring your own.

The cost is $50 for each 2-day session, or $100 for all four days.

The purpose of the clinic is to improve performance of the individual player by building on strengths as well as recognizing and improving areas for development.

To register, download an injury waiver from the Arroyo High School Baseball Facebook page and mail it to:

Arroyo High School

Attn: Eric Anderson – Baseball Coach

15701 Lorenzo Ave

San Lorenzo, CA 94580

Or you can register on the day of the clinic by bringing a signed injury waiver and $60 per 2-day session. Arrive by 9 a.m. if you’re registering that day.

Space is limited so pre-registration is encouraged.  For more information, call coach Anderson at 317- 4072.


Fernandez Takes Mound, Dodgers Back in Win Column PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 July 2015 12:16

The San Leandro Dodgers split their two games last week before taking a break over the Fourth of July weekend.

Redwood City (a 19-20 year old team) beat the Dodgers (17-under), 4-3, on Wednesday. Nick Solis, Logan Britto and Kristian Hutchison combined pitching duties for the Dodgers with Moses Perez working the whole game behind the plate.

Anthony Perez had two hits for the day. Solis hit a double and a single, Rudy Avila hit two singles, and Jacob Bouhuys singled.

On Thursday, the Dodgers bats came alive in a 10-2 win over the Washington Manor All Stars.

Anthony Perez hit a pair of singles, Hayes hit a double and a single, and other Dodgers with base hits were Moses Perez, Anthony Perkins, Bouhuys and Britto.

Gabe Fernandez pitched four innings for the Dodgers, and Robert Busch, Alvaro Lopez and Anthony Perkins each pitched an inning in relief.

The Dodgers will be on the road in Pleasanton and San Jose this week. The next game at San  Leandro Ballpark will be on Sunday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m. versus Fairfield, and then on Tuesday, July 14, at 5 p.m. against Nor Cal Market. Both of those home games will be nine-inning contests.


Solis and Hidalgo Put the Bat on the Ball for Dodgers in Reno Tourney PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:24

The San Leandro Dodgers (17-U) baseball team finished fifth among 20 teams at the Muckdogs Wood Bat Tournament in Reno, Nevada over the weekend as Nick Solis led the San Leandro team with four home runs in the tourney.

The Dodgers started off on Thursday by beating the Bay Area Bombers, 8-6.

On Friday, the Dodgers trounced Hard 90 (from Sacramento), 14-1.

In the first game on Saturday, the Dodgers beat the Oaks (from Concord), 8-2. The second game on Saturday ended in a 6-6 tie, called on account of darkness, against SSC Easton Cats (Sacramento).

On Sunday, Fairfield beat the Dodgers, 9-1.

Overall, the Dodgers were 3-1-1 for the tournament. Nick Solis went 10-for-12 at the plate in the tourney with four home runs, four singles, and two doubles, and one of his homers was a grand slam.

Mike Hidalgo went 11-for-15 at the plate with a home run, five singles, a double, and a triple. And Anthony Perez also hit a homer.

The Dodgers next game will be against the All Stars tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at San Leandro Ballpark on Teagarden Street.


Dodgers Rebound after Getting Shut Down by Alameda PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:54

062515sThe San Leandro Dodgers started off the week, despite a double by Nick Solis, at the losing end of a 12-0 shutout at the hands of the Alameda Mariners last Tuesday.

But the Dodgers (a 17 and under team) bounced back in the next four games with two wins and a game that ended in a tie.

The game on Wednesday with the Marin Wildcats ended in a 6-6 tie as the game was called after seven full innings. The Dodgers got a double by Gabe Fernandez.

On Thursday, the Dodgers shut out Future Prospects Elite, 7-0.

In Saturday’s double-header, the Danville Hoots edged the Dodgers, 2-1, in a pitchers’ duel with Ricky Peterson going seven innings for the Dodgers. San Leandro got hits by Gonzalez, Peterson, Solis, Hayes, Bouhuys and Fernandez.

Matt Gonzalez Tosses a 3-Hitter

In the second game of the twin bill, the Dodgers shut out Danville, 3-0, as Matt Gonzalez gave a great pitching performance with 12 strikeouts, two walks, and allowing just three hits.

Jakob Bouhuys worked behind the plate the full seven innings.

Britto and Solis each had two doubles. A. Perez hit a double and single and drove in two runs, and Perkins singled.

The Dodgers are traveling this week up to the annual tournament in Reno, Nevada that runs Thursday through Sunday. The team’s next game back at San Leandro Ballpark on Teagarden Street will be against the All Stars on Thursday, July 2, at 6 p.m.

CAPTION: San Leandro Dodgers third baseman and pitcher Nick Solis is one of the 17-and-under team’s leaders at the plate this year.


Assumption’s 4th Grade Boys Team Takes CYO Basketball Title PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015 15:36


The players, from left to right, are Sam Quiroz, Hassan Flemming, Jack Larsen, Matthew Ruggiero, Atticas Gonzalez, Giovanni Sandoval and John Cooke, along with Coach David Ruggiero.

The Assumption School 4th grade boys basketball team won the 2015 Southern Alameda County Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) League Championship by beating St. Joachim, 24-22.

Assumption made the decisive basket in the championship game on a long shot right at the final buzzer for the win. The team, coached by Dave Ruggiero, showed great team work and excellent defense.


San Leandro Ports Win June Baseball Tourney; Dodgers Beat Orange, 10-0 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015 15:33

The San Leandro Dodgers beat the APS Orange, 10-0, in the June Wood Bat Tournament at San Leandro Ballpark but the Dodgers were eliminated after losing to KTF Baseball and the Watsonville Aggies.

The San Leandro Ports went on to win the tourney.

In their win, two Dodgers pitchers combined for a shutout. Ricky Peterson pitched five innings and Gabe Fernandez pitched the final two frames.

Jakob Bouhuys hit a pair of singles for the Dodgers, Alvaro Lopez tripled, Gabe Fernandez and Asher Hayes doubled, and Dominic Jackson and Sam Diosdado both singled.

Bouhuys worked all seven innings behind the plate.

In the finals, the San Mateo Shockers eliminated the Alameda Tritons, and then the San Leandro Ports went on to beat San Mateo to become the 2015 June Wood Bat Champions.

The Dodgers play Redwood City at 7 tonight at SL Ballpark.



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