SL Doubles Duo Outlasts Monarchs PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:24

041615s1By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

It all came down to the No. 3 doubles match on Tuesday afternoon at the San Leandro High tennis courts.

The four singles matches and the first two doubles matches were in the books, and the Pirates and Mt. Eden were tied, 3-3.

The Pirates No. 3 doubles team, Krishan Bhakta and Kenneth Trar, pulled out a win to give San Leandro a 4-3 team victory. They didn’t do anything fancy, they just outlasted their opponents.

Bhakta and Trar split the first two matches against Mt. Eden’s Jason Vargas and Jose Andrade 4-6, 6-4. The final set was 6-0 San Leandro, as their opponents tired.

“We were tired, too,” said Trar after the match.

Trar made the shot of the day after missing a lob at the net. He reached up for the ball but it was too high. So Trar raced back after the ball on the bounce and hit it backwards with his back to the net, and the ball went in for the point.

“I just wanted to get that ball – it was the luckiest shot of my life,” Trar said.

San Leandro won all the doubles matches. In No. 1 doubles John Cristobal and Danny Huynh beat Mt. Eden’s Davis Duong and Matthew Haddad 6-3, 6-1. In No. 2 doubles, Ghyle Nebril and Ryan Doan beat Thanh Ton and Thomas Nguyen 6-2, 6-4.

041615s2Cristobal and Huynh played together last year on the JV squad and now they’re the Pirates No. 1 doubles duo. They’ve learned how to combine their strengths, too. Cristobal says he hits his serves to the outside so the ball is more likely to go back to Huynh at the net.

And Huynh likes to play at the net.

“I want them to hit it to Danny,” Cristobal said. “I trust him.”

By taking all three doubles matches, San Leandro just needed one win in singles, and they got it from the Pirates No. 4 singles player Toby Fraser who beat Sergio Mora-Perez 6-1, 6-1.

The Monarchs won the other three singles matches:

In No. 1 singles, Austin Ralleta of Mt. Eden beat Rex Le 6-1, 6-1. In No. 2 singles Sean Tiner of Mt. Eden beat Jefferson Lei 6-2, 5-7. And in No. 3 singles, Kenneth Ozment of Mt. Eden beat Edmond Lau 6-4, 6-0.

You learn a little in every tennis match and Lei, the Pirates No. 2 singles player, said he’s learning to improve his ground strokes.

“That’s how we become better,” Lei said. “Every game give 100 percent, win or lose, and try to have fun too.”

The Pirates improved to 6-0 in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Shoreline Division, 6-5 overall.

CAPTION 1: San Leandro High No. 1 doubles player Danny Huynh returns a shot against Mt. Eden on Tuesday afternoon.

CAPTION 2: Kenneth Trar reacts after he hits a backward, over-the-head shot and got the point.


Rebels Spoil Pirates Party, 4-3 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 02 April 2015 13:54

040215s1By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

San Leandro loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning, trailing by a run on their home field against San Lorenzo last Friday.

So the stage was set for a dramatic finish.

But San Lorenzo executed a double play to end the rally – and the game – for a 4-3 win on the Pirates home field last Friday.

With the bases full of Pirates, Rebels catcher Jesus Manzo took the throw after a ground ball for the force at home and threw to first baseman Dalton Vanhille for the final out.

That enabled relief pitcher Keldon Hunter to preserve the win for starter Jonathan Sira and improve San Lorenzo’s record to 4-6, 2-5 in the WACC.

It was a tough loss for San Leandro, after entering the final inning trailing 4-2 and loading the bases. Alex Perreira ripped a single down the right field line to start the inning. Gerald Nervis followed with a walk. Bradlee Beesley beat out a ground ball, and then Kyle Guerra sent a liner to right to score Perreira and cut the margin to 4-3.

But just when the Pirates had the momentum, a force out and the double play closed the door.

As the teams go into spring break, San Leandro is 7-3 for the season, and 4-2 in the WACC.

San Lorenzo took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a solo home run to left by Aaron Johnson off Pirates starting pitcher Augusto Pineda. But shortstop Beesley pulled of a double play to end the Rebels half of the inning.

040215s2Pineda went five and two-thirds innings and didn’t allow another run. He stuck out the side in the fifth for a total of nine strikeouts.

“He’s getting better and better each time out,” said Pirates head coach Mike Bungarz.

In the the bottom of the fifth inning, San Leandro briefly took the lead. Perreira singled down the left field line. Nervis singled through the hole to left. And then Beesley hit a blooper that fell in for a hit in short center field. Bases loaded.

The Rebels got a force out at the plate, but then Michael Hidalgo hit a bouncer up the middle to score two runs for a 2-1 Pirates lead.

But the lead didn’t last long. In the sixth, the Rebels utilized small ball as Julian Torres beat out a grounder to short and later took second. Martin Pina was called safe at first on another close play and the runner made it home to tie it, 2-2.

The Rebels sixth wasn’t over yet. Bejour Wilson singled to left, Pina going to second. Then Pina took off for third on a steal, the throw from the catcher was high, sailing into left field, and Pina scored for a 3-2 San Lorenzo lead.

San Leandro has been playing solid baseball this year. A couple of costly errors in this game weren’t typical of the way they’re playing overall.

San Lorenzo added an insurance run in the top of the seventh that ended up making the difference. Vanhille singled with two out. Johnson singled to right, sending Vanhille to third. And then Angel Sanchez doubled, scoring Vahhille for a 4-2 lead.

This week, San Leandro will travel to Atwater for the Easter Tournament, an annual road trip the team looks forward to. The Pirates next WACC game will be at Berkeley High on Wednesday, April 15.

San Lorenzo will host Richmond next Wednesday, April 8, at 2 p.m.

CAPTION 1: San Leandro High base runner Michael Hidalgo steals second base, sliding in under San Lorenzo shortstop Angel Sanchez in the fourth inning last Friday afternoon on the Pirates home field.

CAPTION 2: Pirates starting pitcher Augusto Pineda went 5 and two-thirds innings, allowing just three hits and 1 run.


Hollingsworth Slugs Her Way to CCAA Player of the Week Honors PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 02 April 2015 13:52

040215s3Humboldt State sophomore Tiffany Hollingsworth impressed fans, opposing players and the California Collegiate Athletic Association with her performance two weeks ago.

The Arroyo High graduate was named the CCAA Softball Player of the Week by the conference office.

The San Leandro native blasted six home runs and drove in 14 runs in arguably the best week of any conference batter. She helped the Lumberjacks win six straight games and was 10-for-20 (.500) at the plate.

Hollingsworth went 2-for-7 in  Monday’s  non-conference doubleheader against Academy of Art. She drove in 2 runs and hit a long ball versus the Urban Knights. She was 8-for-13 (.615), drove in 12 runs and slugged five home runs against Cal State Stanislaus. She book-ended the series with multiple home-run games and hit a walk-off 3-run homer in the series opener.

Not only did Hollingsworth dominate opposing pitchers, she was also perfect in the field, recording 13 put-outs and 12 assists.

CAPTION: Tiffany Hollingsworth, Humboldt State sophomore and Arroyo High graduate, is currently the CCAA Softball Player of the Week.

Arroyo Baseball Holds Off O’Dowd, 5-1, as Two Pitchers Combine 1-Hitter PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:00

032615s1By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

Arroyo High outfielder Martin Fisher came through with a pair of 2-run doubles to propel the Dons to a 5-1 win over Bishop O’Dowd last Friday afternoon.

And two Arroyo pitchers combined for a 1-hitter on the Dons home field to prevent O’Dowd from making a comeback.

Fisher came to bat in the second inning with the Dons trailing 1-0 and two runners on base – Dominick Higares had led off the inning with a walk and Adrian Padilla followed with a single through the hole to left.

Then Fisher drilled a double to right field to score both runners for a 2-1 Dons lead.

The Dons performed a deja vu in the fourth inning when Padilla led off with a single to center, and later went to third on a bad throw. Matt Gonzalez walked, bringing up Fisher with two on.

This time Fisher did the job again, a liner to right for another two runs and a 4-1 Arroyo lead.

It was an unlikely role for the Dons outfielder who is usually the guy who gets on base and scores when somebody else gets the big hit. Fisher bats ninth, but he’s a fast base-stealer, so he’s like a pre-leadoff hitter.

“I kind of switched roles today,” Fisher said after the game. “I was just trying to get the bat on the ball. I was seeing the ball well today, so it was nice.”

032615s2Arroyo got a good four innings from starting pitcher Tim O’Dalaigh who gave up one hit in the first inning and that was it.

That one O’Dowd hit came when Matt Achramowicz tripled off O’Dalaigh and later scored on a squeeze bunt by David Kyriachu for O’Dowd’s only run.

After that, O’Dalaigh held the Dragons in check through the fourth inning. But since it was his first start of the season, Arroyo head coach Eric Anderson brought in Ricky Peterson who pitched a hitless final three innings.

Matt Gonzalez also knocked in a run in the second. Designated hitter Levi Nodden was 2-for-2 at the plate, and Padilla was 2-for-3.

Nodden went the distance in a pitcher’s dual two days earlier against the same team, at O’Dowd. Nodden pitched seven innings with Jaycob Medina behind the plate against Leo Nierenberg pitching for the Dragons. The two teams have a friendly rivalry and a lot of them play together in the summer leagues.

This week, Arroyo will host Hayward on Friday at 4 p.m.

CAPTION 1: Arroyo shortstop Adrian Padilla takes the throw and steps on second to force out O’Dowd base runner Kaelan Ashford-Jones.

CAPTION 2: Starting pitcher Tim O’Dalaigh gave up just one hit and one run in four innings.


San Leandro High Wrestling Team Wins WACC Title PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:10

031915sThe San Leandro High wrestling team won the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Championship this year – the first time the PIrates have won the league title since 2003.

In the league tournament, San Leandro won with a total of 214 points, followed by Castro Valley in second place with 208 points.

San Leandro wrestlers were crowned league champions in four weight categories: Jake Vergra, 108 pounds; Wesley Wong, 132 pounds; Elon Hufana, 160 pounds; David Fields, 222 pounds.

David Fields placed third at the North Coast Section (NCS) tournament, qualifying for the state meet.

Elijah Moeun, 120 pounds, took 8th place at the NCS. Moeun was unseeded so it was one of the big surprises of the meet that he did so well, said San Leandro wrestling coach David Jagoda.

Jagoda was also pleased that San Leandro was the NCS Scholastic Team Champion, having the highest grade-point average (GPA) of any wrestling team in the North Coast Section.

San Leandro was also a co-champion in the dual-meet season, sharing the title in a 3-way tie with Arroyo and Castro Valley.

CAPTION: The San Leandro High wrestling team is (front row) Wesley Wong, coach Bennett Carpenter, David Fields  , Martin Reyes, coach Yubini Barerra, and head coach David Jagoda. (Second row) Tommy Lau, Elon Hufana, Marcos Molina, Fidel Campos Jr., and coach Steve Ogle. (Third row) Johnny Yu, Toby Frager, Marvin Tayo, and Johnny Lin. (Top row) Elijah Moeun, Alan Padilla, Austin Vuong, and coach Darren Nguyen. Not pictured: Jake Vergara, Diego Ahumada, Lawrence Guo, Yuri Jew, and Matthew Famor.


San Ramon Hands Pirates Loss in NCS Playoffs, 59-34 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 05 March 2015 15:32

030515s2By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

The San Leandro High boys basketball team’s season came to a close on Friday night in a 59-34 loss at San Ramon Valley in the second round of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.

The Wolves took charge with their big forwards, 6-foot-7 Kyle Spackman and 6-foot-10 Greg Polosky, controlling the boards. San Ramon’s speedy point guard Keith Smith got his share of rebounds with seven, right behind Spackman who led in rebounds with eight.

“We didn’t box out,” said San Leandro forward Brandon Harris after the game. “We gave them too many second and third chances.”

Harris scored 7 points for the Pirates. Osi Nwachukwu led San Leandro in scoring with 12 points.

Harris and Nwachuku hauled down five rebounds apiece and Nwachukwu made two steals.

San Leandro had an excellent season with a 17-9 overall record, advancing to the second round of the playoffs.

San Ramon Valley (23-5) advanced with the win to the NCS semifinal game at De La Salle.

CAPTION: Pirates forward Brandon Harris drives for the basket under pressure at San Ramon Valley.


Pirates Basketball Breezes Past Granada in NCS Playoffs PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:34

022615s1By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

The San Leandro High boys basketball team breezed through the first round of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs with a 70-44 win over Granada High on Monday night at home.

Osi Nwachukwu led the Pirates with 17 points, followed by Daniel McClure with 13 points, including three 3-point buckets, and Alvon Marshall knocked down 11 points.

“We just wanted to execute and play solid defense,” said San Leandro head coach Darrnaryl Stamps. “We could have rebounded more but I thought we played a solid game.”

San Leandro advances to the next round of the playoffs, traveling to San Ramon Valley in Danville for a game on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Pirates already had a good lead, 53-27, at halftime. They started the second half with 3-pointers – one by Anthony Onciano and then by McClure from the top of the key and there was no doubt where this game was headed.

“We knew it was loser goes home – it’s the playoffs,” said Onciano. “Our No. 1 goal was to play good defense and play as a team.”

Concord 60, San Lorenzo 59

Concord held off San Lorenzo by 1 point for a 60-59 win in the first round of the NCS Division II playoffs on Tuesday night in the Rebels gym.

The Rebels finished the season at 21-9.

CAPTION: San Leandro High sophomore Alvon Marshall takes off on a fast break and scores two points in the Pirates win in the first round of the NCS playoffs on Tuesday night.


Bancroft Basketball Wins Middle School League Championship PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:33

022615s2The Bancroft Middle School boys basketball team led by coaches Reggie Walker and William Mustain won the S.A.C.M.L. Middle School league title for the second year in a row with great team work and excellent defense.

In the championship game, Bancroft beat Canyon Middle School 43-30.

The players are #1 Jayland Bailey, #3 Jordan Mason, #5 William Mustain Jr., #10 Ajuna Turner, # 15 Thomas Kilgore Jr., #21 Mack Pennewell, # 25 Osaro Aihie, #32 Isiah Mellor. Not shown #11 Lamontae Mustain.


Cunningham Returns to Pirates’ Gym PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:32

Former Pirate star’s No. 33 jersey retired

021915sBy Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

Former San Leandro High basketball star Jared Cunningham made an appearance back at the Pirates’ gym on Friday night as his jersey number was retired in a halftime ceremony.

Cunningham’s No. 33 jersey now hangs in a frame on the north end of the San Leandro gym, as a former coach described Cunningham as the best basketball player to every play at San Leandro High.

Former coaches Todd Petersen and Sean MacKay spoke at haltime. Petersen recalled Cunningham showing up as a freshman in 2005, looking too small to play. But by his junior year, Cunningham was averaging 28 points per game. MacKay said he remembered every game being sold out because the fans all wanted to see Cunningham.

After the coaches spoke, Cunningham took the mike and thanked all his coaches and the fans for supporting him.

After graduating from San Leandro, Cunningham went on to become a star at Oregon State where he was a crowd favorite. After his junior year, he went pro and was signed by the Dallas Mavericks, and has since gone to Atlanta and the LA Clippers before being waived by Philadelphia last month.

Cunningham is now a free agent in the NBA development league with a team in Deleware, which is for promising players who need a little more playing time. He said he feels confident that he’ll be back with another NBA team before long.

“I know it’s going to happen,” Cunningham said Friday night in the Pirates’ gym. “I just have to keep playing and stay in shape.”

CAPTION: Former San Leandro basketball star Jared Cunningham (left), who later played for Oregon State and the NBA, chatted with his former coaches at San Leandro, Todd Petersen (right) and Sean MacKay, before the Pirates’ game against Berkeley on Friday.


Osi Leads San Leandro To Win Over Berkeley PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:28

021915s2By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

The Pirates boys basketball team evened their season series with Berkeley on Friday night with a 66-60 win in the San Leandro gym.

San Leandro led at halftime, 32-23, and held off Berkeley the rest of the night. At halftime, former Pirates star Jared Cunningham was honored with a ceremony retiring his No. 33 jersey and the current Pirates had a chance to meet the former Pirate and Oregon State star.

But it was Pirates senior Osi Nwachukwu who was the star on Friday night. Not just Osi’s game-leading 19 points, but his 11 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots put away Berkeley’s hopes for the night.

Onciano Scores Double Digits for San Leandro

Also for the Pirates, Anthony Onciano scored 10 points, Camani Grace scored 9 points, and Alvon Marshall and Brandon Harris scored 7 points apiece.

Bryan Morris led Berkeley with 17 points, followed by Casey Roquemore and Zach Copeland with 11 points each.

San Leandro lost at Berkeley, 77-69, at their first meeting this season in January. San Leandro improves with the win to 17-7 for the season, 5-3 in league play. Berkeley is now 16-8, 5-2.

San Leandro travels to Bishop O’Dowd for a game this Friday at 7 p.m., the last regular game of the WACC season.

CAPTION: San Leandro sophomore Camani Grace gets away a shot under pressure against Berkeley on Friday night.


Pirates QB Johnson Bound for UCLA PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:26

021215s2San Leandro High quarterback Stephen Johnson signed a letter of intent to go to UCLA on a football scholarship in the fall at a ceremony held last week at the high school.

Johnson was sidelined by an injury most of the 2014 football season but his speed and athleticism were noticed by UCLA.

The 5 foot 11, 180 pound Johnson is considered a dual threat with ability to both throw the ball and to take off as a running back.

He signed his letter with his family, friends and coaches looking on.

CAPTION: Stephen Johnson (left) is congratulated by coach Brad Bowers at the singing ceremony last week at San Leandro High.

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.”



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