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Friday, 27 November 2015 15:31

112615s1By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

Three San Leandro High athletes signed letters on Nov. 13 to attend college on a scholarship.

Softball players Brianna Morris and Dyemond Dye are headed to Holy Names College in Oakland, and Bradlee Beesley is going to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a baseball scholarship.

Morris and Dye both said that a small school with a close-knit campus is part of why they chose Holy Names.

Dye is a pitcher who also plays first and third base. She said she’s been playing softball since she was 4.

Morris plays shortstop. She’s planning on majoring in business at Holy Names.

Beesley is also business-minded, planning on a major in business administration at San Luis Obispo. Beesley, the Pirates shortstop, had offers from colleges around the country, including Ivy League schools.

But he said he liked San Luis Obispo because it has a very good baseball program, and it’s close to the ocean.

Asked if he plans to be a businessman after college, Beesley replied, “Well, first I’m going to try for a baseball career.”

CAPTION: San Leandro High ball players Dyemond Dye, Bradlee Beesley and Brianna Morris signed letters to attend college on scholarships next year.


Sign Up for Boys & Girls Club Basketball League PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 27 November 2015 15:54

The Boys and Girls Club of San Leandro is signing up players for its winter instructional basketball program for all boys and girls in grades 3 through 6. The league begins in January.

The program is designed to give players a fun and competitive basketball experience. Each player is evaluated and assigned to a team so that all teams have a balanced number of veterans and rookies.

All players are required to play two quarters per game, so everyone will be on the court and part of the action.

All practices and games are held at the Boys and Girls Club of San Leandro, 401 Marina Blvd. in San Leandro. The basketball program fee is $85 for current “After School” registered members or $95 for all others and includes uniforms and awards.

The Club is also looking for volunteer coaches for the program. For more information on the program or if you are interested in volunteering as a coach, call Ross Lim at 483-5581 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Amador’s Jones Ends Pirates Season PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 23 November 2015 23:09

111915s1San Leandro High answered Amador Valley’s first touchdown with one of their own on a pass to Dominic Harper to tie the game 7-7 in the first quarter.

But after that Amador quarterback Ronnie Jones couldn’t be stopped.

Jones wound up rushing for four touchdowns to lead Amador to a 50-21 win at Burrell Field on Friday night in the first round of the North Coast Section (NCS) Division 1 playoffs.

For San Leandro, Walker led the team with 75 yards rushing and Mutasem Qutob completed 7 of 13 passes.

Running back Omari Land rushed for a San Leandro touchdown in the second half. The Pirates scored their final touchdown late in the game on a 15-yard pass from Qutob to tight end Jahari Kay.

San Leandro finished the season with a 6-5 record.

CAPTION: San Leandro High wide receiver Dominic Harper dashes to the end zone on a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ricky Walker III.


San Lorenzo Point Guard Always Wanted to Be on the Court PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 23 November 2015 23:03

111915s2By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

Moms are usually right, but sometimes they toss up an air ball.

Dijour Ledbetter’s mom wanted her daughter to become a cheerleader.

But Dijour didn’t see it that way. She wanted to be on the court, not on the sideline.

“I used to get her cheerleading outfits,” said Michelle Taylor, Dijour’s mom. “But she said no. She just wanted to play basketball.”

Ledbetter remembered that, too, as she signed her letter of intent to play basketball on a scholarship to Cal State Dominguez Hills in Southern California next year.

The San Lorenzo High guard was honored at a ceremonial signing last Thursday at lunchtime in the Rebels’ gym.

Asked what she thought of her mom’s idea of being a cheerleader, Ledbetter said, “I just wanted to be always on the court.”

And she is, as she’s now in her fourth year on the Rebels girls basketball team. But Ledbetter has faced obstacles along the way. Her mom mentions that both her grandmothers died last winter within a month of each other.

When she was 3 years old, Ledbetter had a heart condition that caused her heart to beat 300 times a minute.

She had to undergo heart surgery, and as she was recovering, she was allowed to play basketball – but for just 45 minutes a day.

They brought a little basketball hoop and a ball into the children’s wing of the hospital, Taylor recalled. And Ledbetter took to it right away.

Her AAU coach, B.J. Gaither, has coached Ledbetter since she was five. He spoke at the signing ceremony, too.

“I saw right away she had ability,” Gaither said.

When she’s playing at Cal State Dominguez Hills next year, Gaither said, “I’m going to have to make it to a game.”

But he’s going to see Ledbetter play before that. Gaither also coaches the Pinole girls basketball team, who will host the Rebels on Dec. 8.

CAPTION: Dijour Ledbetter, a guard on the San Lorenzo High School girls’ basketball team, hugged her mom, Michelle Taylor, at the signing ceremony last week.


St. Leander’s Volleyball Wins Metro Tourney PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 November 2015 19:33

111215sThe St. Leander’s School 6th Grade Girls Volleyball team took first place at the 2015 Volley for the Cure Metro Tournament. The team members are (front row) Ashley Wehrly , Parris Bates, Sophia Alvarado, Kendal Kibanoff and Maribel Romero. (Middle row) Camillia Creese, Meaghan Calhan, Angel Oviedo, Jathziry Esquivel and Ysabella Lucero. (Back row) Coach Dan Lucero, coach Fredy Oviedo, coach Rich Kibanoff, (not pictured) coach Francisco.

New Softball League for Girls Forming in San Leandro; Play to Begin in the Spring PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 05 November 2015 20:00

By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

School board member Leo Sheridan and his wife, Michelle, are starting a girls softball league in San Leandro.

The league is open to girls 4 to 14 at any level of ability. The season will start on March 5, 2016.

Sheridan and his wife have been involved in youth sports in San Lorenzo and saw there was a need for girls sports in San Leandro.

“All the youth sports in San Leandro are dominated by boys,” Sheridan said. “So we decided to bring girls softball to San Leandro.”

Sheridan is currently negotiating with the school district and the City of San Leandro on ball fields for the league, and he expects to select the field in the near future.

Players can sign up online at There will also be some in-person registration dates that will be announced in the future.

The first registration date is Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at James Monroe Elementary School, 3750 Monterey Ave. in San Leandro.

Sheridan said he noticed that a lot of San Leandro girls play softball in San Lorenzo.

“We just want to get the word out that there’s now an option to play softball in San Leandro,” he said.


CV Meets SL on the Court for One More Shot PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 29 October 2015 10:58



The San Leandro High girls tennis team played Castro Valley last Thursday afternoon. The Trojans won the match, 6-1, but there were no hard feelings afterwards as all the players from both teams posed for a photo on the court, sporting their Breast Cancer Awareness sweatbands.

Woodson Defies Space-Time Continuum PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:36

101515s1By Greg Benson • San Leandro Times

Hop into the passenger seat of this silver-and-black DeLorean and take a trip back in time to a monumental moment in football history…

With the fourth pick of the 1998 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson.

As the first, and only, true defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy, Woodson promised to be an electrifying addition to the Raiders defensive back field.

If you do the math, that was well over 17 years ago!

In his first four seasons with the Raiders, he not only lived up to expectations, he far exceeded them — selected to play in four consecutive Pro Bowl games.

He would go on to play four more seasons in the Silver and Black before moving on to Green Bay.

While with the Packers, Woodson’s stats soared, accumulating more interceptions, sacks and defensive touchdowns than ever before.

Woodson, now in his third year back in Oakland, miraculously continues to play at a high level. The guy just celebrated his 39th birthday this month, and it's his 18th year in the league! Heck, that’s two more years than “Old Man” Willie Brown!

The fact that he can still fly around the field as he does year after year truly defies the sport’s space-time continuum.

101515s2“It’s unbelievable what he is doing,” said head coach Jack Del Rio after Sunday’s 16-10 loss to the Denver Broncos. “Just to be playing, alone, at 39 years old is incredible. But to be such a productive player and making big plays in the game... Clearly he is banged up and he’s fighting through the pain. His pain threshold is off the charts. I’m really proud of the effort that we’re getting from our guys.”

Woodson turned in another inspirational performance last Sunday — picking off the prolific passer Peyton Manning not once but twice (something that had eluded Woodson’s stat sheet all these years).

And the statistics keep grinding along — all the way to Canton, Ohio and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

With 64 interceptions and 20 quarterback sacks in his career thus far, he is the only NFL player in history to have ever achieved such a thing.

Even more amazing is Woodson’s ability to play through pain. After suffering a separated shoulder in the first game of the season at home versus the Cincinnati Bengals, he still suits up at safety week after week and inspires not only his younger teammates but his coach as well.

101515s3“It’s been tough. I’m still pretty sore,” said Woodson after Sunday’s game. “I tell you, I’ve never been so happy to be going into the bye week in my whole career.”

Nevertheless, Woodson keeps looking for that next one, that next big play to help his team pull out the win. This ageless wonder still craves more and continues to work on his game.

“I think I can play a lot better actually,” said Woodson. “When I watch film and see myself breaking on a ball or coming up on a tackle or anything, there’s always things I can do to get better.”

The Raiders next travel to San Diego after the bye week to face another division rival in week 7. The Chargers are also at 2-3 sitting behind the undefeated Denver Broncos in the AFC West division.

Their ability to stay competitive late into these games has proved to be a giant leap in progress from the past.

With the inspiring play of Woodson and the infusion of youthful enthusiasm from second-year quarterback Derek Carr and rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper, the Raiders are well on their way to getting back… to the future.

CAPTION 1: On the second day of training camp of his rookie year, 1998, Charles Woodson jumps an out route and beats wide receiver James Jett to the ball on the practice field in the team’s afternoon drills in Napa.

CAPTION 2: Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson is the only player in NFL history to record over 60 interceptions and 20 sacks in his career.

CAPTION 3: Now in his 18th season, 39-year-old Raiders safety Charles Woodson continues to inspire his team with his exceptional play on the field and his leadership in the locker room.


Pirates Girls Tennis Prevails over San Lorenzo PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 15 October 2015 17:11

101515s4Nell Aragon usually plays doubles but she played her first singles match in high school competition on Tuesday for the San Leandro High girls tennis team against San Lorenzo.

Aragon won her match and helped San Leandro to win by a team score of 6-1.

Aragon started off her No. 4 singles match a little nervous, losing the first set, 6-4, to Abby Lopez of San Lorenzo. But she gradually gained some confidence, winning the next set 6-4 and won the tiebreaker 7-2.

“It’s my first singles match. I didn’t know what to do at first, and she (Lopez) is pretty good,” Aragon said. “But I just told myself, I have to win.”

In No. 3 singles, Sophie David of San Leandro defeated Lena Mei 6-1, 6-0.

101515s5David played tennis since she was a little kid, but in high school she got into badminton. But in the past year, she realized she missed tennis.

“I just realized I missed the sport, so I got back into it,” David said.

In No. 1 singles, Jenna Dizon of San Leandro defeated Bella Lee 6-2, 6-3.

In No. 2 singles, Diana Rodriguez of San Leandro defeated Marisol Trujillo 6-0, 6-1.

In No. 1 doubles, Vivian Ye and Allison Zheng of San Leandro defeated Angelina Lam and Alysha Robbins 7-6, 6-1.

In No. 2 doubles, Sophia Sperman and Laila Thompson defeated Gabby Del Rosario and Jasmine Verano 6-0, 6-1.

And the Rebels picked up a win in the No. 3 doubles match, as Vanessa Brown and Mara Flores of San Lorenzo defeated Hanna Ly and Chinasa Ukaonu 6-4, 7-6.

San Leandro improved its record to 4-9 overall and 4-6 in the WACC.

— By Jim Knowles

CAPTION 1: San Leandro High tennis player Nell Aragon lost her first set but battled back to win the match in No. 4 singles.

CAPTION 2: San Lorenzo No. 1 singles player Bella Lee.


SLHS Girls Volleyball Team Turns Up the Heat PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 08 October 2015 14:48

100815sThe San Leandro Girls Varsity Volleyball Team are going strong this season with coach Mark Nguyen guiding the team to a 11-6 record after their recent 3 sets to 1 victory over rival Castro Valley High.  Pictured above are Kobi Allston (#6), Mere Asenaca (#7), Elizabeth Water-Leiga (#4), Leila Inocentes (#2), and Kathleen Gacis (#1).

Seeing Some Daylight PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 17:02



San Lorenzo quarterback Marcus Trujillo breaks away for a first down against American High on the Rebels home field last Friday afternoon. San Lorenzo needed more than that run, though, as American rolled on to a 54-0 win. Arroyo High was also shut out, 59-0, in Livermore on Friday night, as it’s been a tough season for the local lads. The San Leandro High game was practically a nail-biter in comparison, as the Pirates fell to Freedom High, 49-19.

Pallen’s Team Wins Gold PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:47

Grandmaster Jordan Pallen of the Pallen’s Martial Arts Association (PMAA) at 1655 East 14th St. in San Leandro took his Senkotiros Arnis competition team to the 9th annual full contact stick-fighting tournament known as the River City Rumble over the Labor Day weekend.

Master Nilo Baron of the Filipino Martial Arts Academy in Sacramento hosts this event.   The team was made up of nine competitors ranging in ages 6 through 40, representing children, juniors and adults. Four gold and four silver medals were awarded to different team members:

Colin Novenario – Gold:  children single weapon traditional form.

Nikki Bonato – Gold: children single weapon traditional form.

• Christian Pallen – Gold:  junior padded stick.

• John Thaddeus Paulino – Gold:  adult padded stick.

• Vanessa Pallen – Silver:  children single weapon traditional form.

• Vinny Bonato – Silver:  children double weapon traditional form

• Jessie Pallen –Silver:  single stick live.

• Chris Cruz – Silver: single stick live.




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