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March 24, 2010 > Spring sports have sprung

Spring sports have sprung

By Gary van den Heuvel
Photos By Mike Heightchew

With the recent change in weather came the inevitable transition of high school sports from the winter to spring seasons.

Tennis: Moreau Catholic High School began the week with a tantalizing 4-3 loss to San Mateo in a nonleague match-up. What was disappointing about the result was that three of Moreau's four singles players - #1 Derrick Lee, #2 Neil Enriquez and #4 Shahin Marzband - won their matches. Unfortunately, San Mateo won all three doubles matches to clinch the victory.

The Mariners bounced back on St. Patrick's Day with a 7-0 smoking of Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) rival Mount Eden High School. Lee, Enriquez, #3 Aditya Dharma, #4 Ryan Ma and the doubles teams of Errol Tongco/Chris Rasaga, Alromil Pacheco/Marzband, and Anthony Doan/Daniel Macauyag were as dominant as possible, winning every set and dropping a total of only 12 games in seven matches.

Moreau's week ended on a down note, losing 4-3 to Bishop O'Dowd. Lee again won his #1 singles match, as did #4 Ma and the team of Tongco/Danny Vieira.

In other HAAL action, first place Castro Valley made short work of Tennyson, winning its match, 7-0.

In the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL), Irvington improved to 3-0 in the league with a 7-0 spanking of Newark Memorial. The Vikings dropped two "double bagels" (matches won by a score of 6-0, 6-0) on the Cougars, courtesy of their top two singles players, Kevin Chen and Xuchen Hu.

John F. Kennedy High School improved to 2-1 in the league with wins over Washington and Newark; American dominated James Logan, 6-1; and Mission San Jose won a nonleague contest, 6-3, over Miramonte.

Volleyball: The Washington Huskies have the hot hand (5-1, 2-0 MVAL) early in the season. WHS beat Castro Valley 25-8, 25-8, 25-9 in a nonleaguer. Cedric Lousi had nine kills against Castro Valley, and he came up very big, with 16 kills and 10 digs, in the Huskies' next game, a win over Kennedy.

Mission San Jose is tied with Washington at 2-0 in the league after wins over American (25-11, 25-16, 25-11) and Logan (18-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-13). William Klepac led the Warriors with a cumulative total of 27 kills over the two games. Jeffrey Kanemitsu racked up a total of 70 assists in both wins. Logan, who'd started the season 6-1 before the loss to MSJ, had beaten Moreau (14, 16 and 12) earlier in the week. The Colts were led by the Barrina brothers - senior Josh (15 kills, 15 digs) and sophomore Neal (23 digs). Minh Ngo chipped in with 27 assists.

Track and Field: Mission San Jose began their MVAL season racing out of the gate. The Warriors boys team defeated Kennedy 116-21, while the Mission girls beat Kennedy 110-2. Alvin Cheng was a standout athlete for Mission: he finished second in the 100 meter dash behind teammate Edward Wang, and he finished first in the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) as well as the long jump (21 feet, 1.5 inches).

The fleet-of-foot Madison Hirsch was a dominant performer at the meet, held at Tak Fudenna Stadium. Hirsch won two events: the 800-meters (2:23.7) and the 1600 meters (5:30.39). Hurdler Alyssa Fujikawa won at both 100 and 300 meters, and Ami Wong prevailed in the shot put (22 feet, 9 inches) and the discus (70 feet, 3 inches).

Newark's boys beat Irvington 88-48. The Cougars were simply a faster team, discounting the performance of Irvington's Juan Coronado, who won the 1600 and 3200 meters races. Cougar Mick McElvogue was victorious in the shot (39 feet, 1 inch) and discus (112 feet, 9 inches). Newark's girls beat the Vikings 74-58 behind standout days from Laura Dunn (winner of the 800 and 1600 meters races), Paige Natividad (100 and 300 hurdles), Brionna Alexander (200 and 400 meters), and Jennifer Mulder (shot put and discus).

Both of Newark's teams competed in the Martinez Classic, where the boys finished third (behind El Dorado and Westmoor), and the girls took fourth place.

Golf: Moreau Catholic may be the team to beat in the HAAL - the Mariners have won their first six matches and are 4-0 in league play. In a nonleague match against Irvington, Blake Ramos's low score of 37 led Moreau to a 207-221 win over the Vikings, whose top golfer on the day was Caleb Choy, with a score of 41. Thomas shot another 37 in Moreau's 207-233 win over Arroyo at Skywest Golf Course.

Moreau beat Mission San Jose 192-213 at Lake Cabot. This time, Moreau's Carlos Briones was the top golfer, shooting 35 on the par-30 course.

In the MVAL, Irvington won a three-team duel at Sunol, shooting 198 to best Washington's 232 and Newark Memorial's 249 (Washington gets credited with a win over Newark, while Irvington gets credited with two wins). Two golfers tied with the best score (38) - Jonathan Lin (Irvington) and C.J. Hicks (Newark Memorial). Washington's Gerin Albelda was close behind, shooting a 40.

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