High Schools Refresh Rivalry on Field, Diamond

Rafael Arredondo  Augstine Tautalatasi eludes a tackle against Alameda High
Rafael Arredondo

High Schools Refresh Rivalry on Field, Diamond

“It wasn’t the best and it wasn’t the worst, just felt good to strap up and go against a different team.”
— Cordell Reed

Encinal Journalism
Island Bowl Scrimmage for Pride

Last Friday, football players took the field for the first time in over a year as Encinal High squared off against crosstown rival Alameda High. Though not a traditional Island Bowl, bragging rights were still on the line in the scrimmage. Three touchdowns for the Jets and zero for the Hornets gave Encinal the unofficial win.

“It felt really good to be back out there with the guys. I’m just happy we get a chance to actually play,” said junior quarterback Garrett Deatherage. “As a team we played alright for our first game but there’s still a lot more for us to work on.”

There was plenty of rust to shake off, but players acknowledged the significance of returning to play.

“It wasn’t the best and it wasn’t the worst,” said senior running back Cordell Reed of his performance. “Just felt good to strap up and go against a different team.”

“I feel like today went well but there is a lot that we need to work on and continue to get better as a team every day,” added senior center Luis Verduzco Ramirez.
Encinal’s first official league game is on Friday, March 19 against James Logan High School.

Hornets Down Jets for First Win of the Season

On March 13 the Jets and Hornets faced off in the opening game of both schools’ baseball seasons. The visiting Hornets took home a 17-7 victory. The bats came alive for both sides as Encinal junior Chadd Edwards went 3-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI.

Encinal pitchers ran into difficulty early and often. However, junior Bobby Locklear had a respectable outing, allowing only two runs in three innings pitched.

“I think I pitched okay today, but definitely have room for improvement,” said Locklear. “Just happy to be back out there playing with my teammates.”

The prevailing sentiment was thankfulness for just being able to compete.

“Best part of today was just competing and being out on the field,” said Locklear. “I think we’re really lucky to be even playing, so just being able to play in the mid¬dle of a pandemic is a blessing.”

“We played well, better than expected, given it was the first game of the year,” said coach Trevor Sampson. “We are excited to build off of today’s game.”

The Jets will face San Lorenzo next on Tuesday, March 16.

Josh Linville’s Encinal High School English and Publication Design class contributed this story. Visit EHS Journalism’s new website at https://horizonnews.wixsite.com/horizon.

Glenann Bautista Alex De La O works out of a jam against the Hornets.