Gerardo Recinos – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Fri, 05 May 2017 18:05:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.1 Girls lacrosse on the brink of program history https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/05/girls-lacrosse-on-the-brink-of-program-history/ Fri, 05 May 2017 10:16:52 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7273 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune On March 3, 2013, the girls lacrosse program officially kicked off. There was a team prior to that fateful March day. But that day the program was able to call itself something they hadn’t ever been referred to as. They were winners. Fast forward four years and two months from …

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Alhambr’s Emily Ramos fires a shot past the Livermore goalkeeper in the Bulldogs’ 11-5 victory over their opponents on May 3, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambr’s Emily Ramos fires a shot past the Livermore goalkeeper in the Bulldogs’ 11-5 victory over their opponents on May 3, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

On March 3, 2013, the girls lacrosse program officially kicked off.

There was a team prior to that fateful March day. But that day the program was able to call itself something they hadn’t ever been referred to as.

They were winners.

Fast forward four years and two months from their first ever win, the Lady Bulldogs have officially qualified for a North Coast Section berth with their 11-5 win over Livermore on May 3.

A lot still has to happen with the NCS selection process for everything to be official, but coaches John Sasaki and Richard Philbrook are fairly confident in their team’s fate.

With the win, the Bulldog girls improve to 8-11, with a 5-10 record in Diablo Athletic League play. In last year’s playoffs, Justin Sienna-Napa entered with a sub-.500 record, as did Acalanes.

MaxPreps.com’s playoff predictor has the Bulldogs slotted in as the 11th best team in Division II, but the Bulldogs still have to content with the tough Campolindo Cougars on May 5 before they can celebrate.

Not that it stopped them from deservedly doing so on Wednesday night.

Especially when Livermore showed up to the party, ate all the cake and opened all the presents.

The Cowboys looked ready to spoil the fun with the shift they put in the first half.

Alhambra’s attackers were smothered, and struggled to put many shots in the back of the net. It took eight minutes for the Bulldogs to eventually score. Ellie Smith was the beneficiary of a loose ground ball that she forced home from just outside the crease to open Alhambra’s account.

Isa Mendoza sparked the second goal, which gave Alhambra its first lead. The senior middie started the counter-attack move before making an outlet pass that eventually found Lexie Rosales. The senior finished off the counter attack with the ball in the net.

It was Rosales who again gave the Bulldogs a small lead in the last minute of the half after slicing between defenders to score.

But a one-goal lead at the half didn’t seem to satisfy the Alhambra girls.

Anytime Alhambra scored, Livermore answered. The goal that broke the Cowboys came on an errant pass clearance from the Livermore goalkeeper. Again it was Rosales that made the big play. The senior attacker intercepted the pass and took it on her own to score the game’s first unanswered goal by either team.

Then Jadyn London followed it up by taking a great pass from Luiza Daberdaku and eventually scoring after a foul call stopped play briefly.

Now when the teams went back to trading goals, Alhambra was the team with the advantage, and they could play a little more freely.

Daberdaku’s second goal double the Bulldog lead at 8-4, and then her third answered yet another Livermore goal.

Determined to see the Cowboys off, both Daberdaku and London scored once more in the final three minutes of play, so as to not give their opponents any idea or hope that they could steal this one.

From the time they knew that a win over the Cowboys would be the final piece to the NCS puzzle, this team wasn’t going to be stopped.

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Bulldogs honor first team on Senior Night https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/05/bulldogs-honor-first-team-on-senior-night/ Fri, 05 May 2017 08:33:09 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7278 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune For senior night, the Alhambra Bulldogs were not only honoring their players in the final year of their high school careers, they honored the guys who started the program 10 years prior. That team didn’t win a single game, but they did pave the way for what the program has …

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Alhambra senior Jake Arreallano fires a shot on goal in the Bulldogs’ 18-6 loss to the College Park Falcons on Friday, April 28, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra senior Jake Arreallano fires a shot on goal in the Bulldogs’ 18-6 loss to the College Park Falcons on Friday, April 28, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

For senior night, the Alhambra Bulldogs were not only honoring their players in the final year of their high school careers, they honored the guys who started the program 10 years prior.

That team didn’t win a single game, but they did pave the way for what the program has become today. The Bulldogs did lose to the College Park Falcons, and by a big margin.

An 18-6 loss still makes it clear there is a gap between the Bulldogs and some of the teams nearer toward the top of the table. Even one like College Park, a middle of the pack team has developed, purely because they’ve had more time to.

But like the teams prior to this years iteration of the Dogs, the ones in the future will come to use these experiences as learning moments.

Alhambra scored first in the match. The moment was charged with a lot of excitement, as the larger than usual crowd was excited to see the Bulldogs take a lead.

Senior Marc Moore scored his 26th goal of the season (second on the team behind Jack Eaves)only 30 seconds in to the match and things looked bright for a moment.

Far too soon, College Park reeled off a scoring run that had coach Al Boyce in knots on the sidelines.

Seven unanswered goals by the Falcons flipped the script so quickly that the Bulldogs looked like they had been hit by a truck.

Connor Beasley in particular was having his way in attack, and continually slipped in behind the defense to score.

Twice he had scored before the half way point of the second quarter. It wasn’t until a smooth pass from Cole Malinowski to fellow senior, Moore, that the Bulldogs had made any noise.

Naturally, the Bulldogs went to that same formula before the end of the half. Moore made a nice run from the goalkeepers left to right hand side. Malinowski hit him in stride and Moore slung a shot from a running jump to score his third on the night.

In truth Moore was the only Bulldog who scored for most of the match up. But by time fellow senior Jack Eaves scored his 34th goal of the season (the team lead) the Falcons had already fully taken care of the result.

Even more frustratingly, the Falcons shut down the Bulldogs in the final quarter of play. College Park reinserted some of their starters, and did enough to trigger the running clock so as to speed up the match up.

With the loss, the Bulldogs will almost surely finish in last place of the incredibly tough Diablo Athletic League. Last season the Bulldogs won six games, while this season they will likely only get two wins.

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Lady Bulldogs beat down by 19th-ranked Sheldon-Sacramento https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/05/lady-bulldogs-beat-down-by-19th-ranked-sheldon-sacramento/ Fri, 05 May 2017 08:25:27 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7276 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune Earlier this season, Alhambra’s girls lost their first home game in over four years. Now they’ve lost their second. Sheldon-Sacramento were no slouches. The Huskies dropped a ton of runs in a strong hitting display, downing the Lady Bulldog softball team 10-4 on Wednesday afternoon. The May 3, 2017 loss …

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By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Earlier this season, Alhambra’s girls lost their first home game in over four years.

Now they’ve lost their second.

Sheldon-Sacramento were no slouches. The Huskies dropped a ton of runs in a strong hitting display, downing the Lady Bulldog softball team 10-4 on Wednesday afternoon.

The May 3, 2017 loss came as a shock to those who have probably only seen Alhambra lose maybe one or twice over the last six years. But when you look at the pedigree of the visiting opponent, it’s not as unexpected.

Sheldon was ranked 19th in the nation by MaxPreps, whereas the Bulldogs were number 66.

As a ball club, the Huskies hit .389 on the season before they arrived in Martinez, and it didn’t take very long for them to break out the bats and show what they could do.

Four hitters in, Sheldon had their first lead.

Strangely, the Bulldogs could possibly have gotten out of the inning with minimal damage, but they were caught napping.

Pitcher Brianna Edwards was caught trying to make a play at third base on a ground ball back up the middle off the bat of UCLA-bound junior Shea Moreno.

Instead of having a runner on third with two outs, the Bulldogs had to deal with two runners on. And as an intelligent base runner, Moreno advanced to second as the dejected infielders weren’t watching her.

Freshman Sam Oliver only needed one pitch to make Edwards pay. The freshman lefty went the opposite way before depositing the first offerring from Edwards on the walkway over the left-field wall for a three-run home run.

Alhambra struggled to answer.

Only Kaylee Pond managed to get anything going for the Bulldogs, but even then, only the freshman right fielder managed to score off the Sheldon starter.

Pond scored on a double off the bat of Karlee Sparacino, but neither Regan Silva or Maci Shepherd could drive in the runners that were stranded on second and third.

Alhambra got one run, the Sheldon Huskies got five in reaction.

Leadoff hitter Maci Fines sparked the Huskies, and a string of four consecutive extra base hits put the Bulldogs in a position to nearly be mercy-ruled.

The Bulldogs were backed up against a wall and in an unusual position. But they did at least manage to keep some of their credibility up as one of the best team’s in the section.

Junior Lindsey Osmer doubled to spark the rally, and Miranda Nilson reached on an infield single. The duo were driven in by the freshman Pond, who was one of the loan bright spots in an otherwise bleak day.

The right fielder was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI’s from the nine-spot in the lineup for Alhambra.

With the rally, it seemed like there might still be a shot for Alhambra to make a late run.

However Sheldon handed the ball off to hard-throwing lefty, senior Talia Miles.

The Deleware State University bound senior only allowed a single hit (to Pond) while striking out six hitters in her three innings of work to shut the door for Sheldon.

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Alhambra girls take down DAL foe Concord in road win https://martineztribune.com/2017/05/05/alhambra-girls-take-down-dal-foe-concord-in-road-win/ Fri, 05 May 2017 08:00:53 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7285 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune It’s a new world in the Diablo Athletic League for the Alhambra Bulldogs softball team. Gone are the days of 20-0 victories from the DFAL days. Now the Bulldogs see tough competition every week. And when it comes to the DAL, after the Bulldogs, the Minutemen from Concord High have …

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Alhambra senior Karlee Sparacino fields a ground ball in the Bulldogs’ 8-5 win over Concord High School on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Sparacino had an RBI single in the win over the Minutemen. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra senior Karlee Sparacino fields a ground ball in the Bulldogs’ 8-5 win over Concord High School on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Sparacino had an RBI single in the win over the Minutemen. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

It’s a new world in the Diablo Athletic League for the Alhambra Bulldogs softball team. Gone are the days of 20-0 victories from the DFAL days.

Now the Bulldogs see tough competition every week. And when it comes to the DAL, after the Bulldogs, the Minutemen from Concord High have a winning pedigree as well.

The Bulldogs beat the 2010, 2012 and 2013 NCS Division II champion Minutemen 8-5 on their home turf on a blustery Thursday afternoon. And unlike league contests of the past, this one wasn’t a laugher.

Alhambra did pound out 14 hits, with all but one starter reaching base, but the Minutemen’s lineup wasn’t full of slouches.

Concord banged out nine hits of their own off of Alhambra starter Brianna Edwards, but any time they did, the Bulldog bats backed up their pitcher with timely hitting.

It came from all throughout the lineup on April 27. Predictably, senior Kimiko Zapanta served as the spark plug for the Bulldogs. But she was also one of six Alhambra hitters to drive in a run on the afternoon.

She scored the first of the eight runs on Thursday after lining a triple into the alley way in center field. She was driven in by Bri Perez, who had an extra base hit of her own to drive in the run.

However Concord took their first and only lead soon thereafter when freshman Lexi San Filippo drove in a pair of runs on a booming double to right field.

But as previously mentioned, it didn’t seem to faze the Bulldogs.

They drove in three runs immediately after going down to the Minutemen only a half inning later. Maci Shepherd singled in a run, and then the Bulldogs used some aggressive base running to grab and third.

Again Concord responded. But every time they mounted a small comeback, the line up would turn over for the Bulldogs, and Alhambra would answer right back. There was only one lead chance in the contest, but once it did change, it stayed that way.

Edwards only had two innings where she retired all three hitters in a row, but they came at the right time. The first came in the third inning, where she got her team back to the plate after they themselves had been retired in order.They helped her out by scoring two more runs.

The second was in the bottom of the sixth inning, when she stopped the Minutemen from mounting a late come back when they got back to the top of the order.

And for that she was rewarded with stellar defense in the seventh to hold Concord to a one-out double and nothing more.

With the big win, the Bulldogs set themselves up in prime position to take control of the league. But that’s not the only caveat to the win.

Their hitting outburst landed them in the top 100 teams in the nation according to MaxPreps.com, who has Alhambra ranked at 86th in the nation as of Tribune deadline.

That could all change drastically, and for the better, in the space of a week, with a big showdown with Sheldon-Sacramento looming. The Huskies are currently ranked 18th in the nation by MaxPreps, and beat down the Heritage Patriots team that stomped the Bulldogs in the season opener, 7-1.

Both teams will enter with only two losses on the season, but one will leave with a third.

But for now the Bulldogs will be content with their big lead at the top of the league, and a road win against one of the better team’s in the DAL.

*Results current as of May 1, 2017.

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Bulldogs hit their way past Northgate in DAL opener https://martineztribune.com/2017/04/28/bulldogs-hit-their-way-past-northgate-in-dal-opener/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:35:46 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7227 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune There has yet to be a statistic that measures hard hit balls in high school sports, but if there was, both teams would have piled up the numbers. Alhambra’s 7-3 win over Northgate on April 20 saw the Bulldogs pound out 11 hits, five of which were extra base hits, …

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Alhambra junior Lindsey Osmer makes a throw to first in the Bulldogs’ 7-3 win over the Northgate Broncos on Thursday, April 20, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra junior Lindsey Osmer makes a throw to first in the Bulldogs’ 7-3 win over the Northgate Broncos on Thursday, April 20, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

There has yet to be a statistic that measures hard hit balls in high school sports, but if there was, both teams would have piled up the numbers.

Alhambra’s 7-3 win over Northgate on April 20 saw the Bulldogs pound out 11 hits, five of which were extra base hits, in a solid effort at the plate. But don’t be fooled, it could’ve been more.

Alhambra scored a pair of runs in their first time of asking in the bottom of the first inning. Senior first basemen Regan Silva hit a line-drive two-run home run on the first pitch she saw on the afternoon. But that inning could’ve played out differently, had Karlee Sparacino’s line drive out not been caught.

And then again in the third inning, the Bulldogs put a crooked number on the score board.

The bottom of the line up set up the second scoring outburst.

Catcher Maci Shepherd and Morgan Azevedo each singled to spark the rally after one out, and nine-hole hitter Kaylee Pond drove in a run via sacrifice fly.

Back-to-back triples by Kimiko Zapanta and Bri Perez, and a single by Karlee Sparacino plated three runs and put Alhambra up 6-0.

If you compared this to a boxing prize fight, you would’ve said on of the two fighters was knocked down in the first round.

But importantly, the Broncos from Northgate weren’t done.

Junior Brianna Edwards hadn’t been troubled too much with the Northgate hitters the first time through the line up, but once they had seen what they had to offer, the Broncos could tee off with a better idea of what the right-hander in the circle was going to do.

Sophomore catcher Haley Randall doubled down the right-field line to start the inning, but the Broncos couldn’t put together a pair of hits to put together a big inning. They did however take advantage of an uncharacteristic error by one of Alhambra’s infielders to put across a pair of runs.

Of the three runs Edwards allowed in the Thursday afternoon contest, only one of them was earned. And it didn’t come until after the Bulldogs had gotten her one more insurance run.

Another senior, Miranda Nilson, hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Zapanta, who had reached on a single, stole second, and was moved over to third on a bunt single by Sparacino.

So that when the Broncos loaded the bases in the top of the sixth inning, the junior Edwards was able to settle in and get out of the jam.

One run did score on an RBI ground ball, but Edwards shut the door by getting freshman Katie Hicks to fly out to center field.

Northgate offered little struggle from that point on, even when the Bulldogs failed to punch in a couple of runs with two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Sparacino lined out, and Silva struck out with runners on, but Edwards only needed eight pitches to get the win and finish off the complete game effort.

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Tribune Athlete of the Week: Briana Perez https://martineztribune.com/2017/04/28/tribune-athlete-of-the-week-briana-perez/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:28:38 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7224 Tribune Athlete of the Week: BRIANA PEREZ Alhambra High School senior Briana Perez is this week’s Tribune Athlete of the Week. Perez is leading the way for the Bulldogs in her senior season, just as many expected her to do so after an offseason where the UCLA-committed short stop was named to the junior U.S. …

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Tribune Athlete of the Week: BRIANA PEREZ

Alhambra High School senior Briana Perez is this week’s Tribune Athlete of the Week.

Perez is leading the way for the Bulldogs in her senior season, just as many expected her to do so after an offseason where the UCLA-committed short stop was named to the junior U.S. Women’s National Team training team, and also named the number one high school softball player in the country by FloSoftball.

Sometimes it seems hard to think a kid could live up to the hype, but Perez is proving that it is possible.

She currently leads the Bulldogs with an astounding .667 batting average, and even more ridiculous is her .733 on base percentage and OPS that tops 2.006.

With three home runs and 18 RBIs from the number two spot in Paul Buccellato’s line up, Perez is making the case pretty strong for the Bulldogs going back to another North Coast Section title game, despite moving up to the tougher Division I playoffs after three consecutive Division II titles.

Before she leaves Alhambra, Perez will have one last chance to achieve for the Bulldogs what few schools in the area have done. To leave a legacy and a dynasty behind. A fourth title would cement that status.

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Clayton Valley stays undefeated in extra inning win over Dogs https://martineztribune.com/2017/04/28/clayton-valley-stays-undefeated-in-extra-inning-win-over-dogs/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:19:24 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7220 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune Alhambra is just good enough to lose at the moment, and that fact can easily be backed up by numbers. During their current six game losing streak, Alhambra’s baseball team has lost five of those games by a combined total of nine runs. The only outlier was the complete capitulation …

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Alhambra junior Garret Swartz rushes in to field a groundball at third base in the Bulldogs’ 4-2 loss in extra innings to the Clayton Valley Charter High School Eagles on April 25, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra junior Garret Swartz rushes in to field a groundball at third base in the Bulldogs’ 4-2 loss in extra innings to the Clayton Valley Charter High School Eagles on April 25, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Alhambra is just good enough to lose at the moment, and that fact can easily be backed up by numbers.

During their current six game losing streak, Alhambra’s baseball team has lost five of those games by a combined total of nine runs. The only outlier was the complete capitulation of an 11-1 defeat at the hands of Pinole Valley.

Take their latest effort, a 4-2 loss in extra innings to undefeated Clayton Valley Charter on April 25.

On paper taking a Ugly Eagles team that’s about to crack the top 100 teams in the nation on MaxPreps is a good sign. But that’s what Alhambra has been doing all season.

The Bulldogs battled back after allowing some early mistakes to score, but don’t have enough hitting to full turn around the ball game. And the people who suffer most are the pitchers.

Senior Jordyn Eglite won’t get the loss for his sterling eight-inning effort, but his performance against such a good club should have surely earned him a win.

And it looked like the Bulldogs were going to do that for him. In recent outings, Eglite has pitched well, but a blip in the first inning has caused damage.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Bulldogs helped their pitcher out. Battery mate Zach Schuler threw out a pair of runners trying to swipe second base after both reached on line drive singles.

But that just meant that rather than coughing up a pair of runs in the first inning, the Bulldogs would do so in the second inning, just to switch things up.

In fairness to the Eagles, they earned their first run. A lead off triple by senior Kevin Snyder yielded a run two pitches later when senior Vince Lontz drove him in on a ground ball to second baseman Jake Tyler.

But second run came in because of an error made in the outfield that allowed a line drive off the bat of James Biles that rolled all the way out to the far left field fence that meets with the end zone at Knowles Field. Biles scored on a ground out as well.

Even more frustrating for Alhambra in the losing effort was that this time they did answer back.

Immediately after allowing two runs to score, the Bulldogs struck back. After failing to get down a bunt twice, Jake Tyler singled in Schuler, who led off the inning with a walk.

Recently returned from injury, Daymyn Blalock scored the equalizer, but that was the last time Clayton Valley pitcher Mitchell Hofer would be vulnerable.

He and Eglite traded quick innings back and forth, neither looking likely to allow the opponent back into the contest.

Eglite looked in full command of his pitches, and did a good job using his off-speed stuff to steal strike one. He pounded the strike zone, starting off 21 of the 20 hitters with a strike.

But his pitch count was rising, and after eight innings, he had to be lifted from the game.

Hofer too was lifted, and perhaps fairly, neither pitcher would be hung with a loss after they both posted gutsy performances.

But someone had to lose, and after Biles entered the game for the Eagles and mowed down all six hitters he faced, it was clear it would be the Bulldogs who went home unhappy.

Junior Teddy Stanghellini was wild coming in from the bullpen, and the Eagles made him pay instantly. It didn’t help that the Bulldogs allowed the first hitter to reach on an error, but things got worse when Clayton Valley opted to score the go-ahead run on a suicide squeeze.

The gamble was rewarded as not only did they get one run in, but even after Biles was cut down at home plate trying to score on a throwing error, the runner on third came in to score a pitch later on a wild offering from Stanghellini.

And for the sixth time in as many games the Bulldogs were defeated, not only on the score board, but perhaps morally as well.

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Athlete of the Week: Jadyn London https://martineztribune.com/2017/04/21/athlete-of-the-week-jadyn-london/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:01:37 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7162 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: JADYN LONDON Alhambra High School sophomore Jadyn London is this week’s Tribune Athlete of the Week. The sophomore midfielder has been crucial to the Alhambra girls lacrosse team’s plans for the future, and the present. The team has had a renewed sense of purpose in the last year, and is starting …

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: JADYN LONDON

Alhambra High School sophomore Jadyn London is this week’s Tribune Athlete of the Week.

The sophomore midfielder has been crucial to the Alhambra girls lacrosse team’s plans for the future, and the present. The team has had a renewed sense of purpose in the last year, and is starting to make waves as a program.

London was integral in the Bulldogs’ last two victories, a 12-10 win over Washington-Fremont, and a 13-3 win over Clayton Valley Charter.

“She managed to dominate opposing players with 8 goals, 9 assists and controlling the draw circle,” said coach Richard Philbrook. “As a midfielder, Jadyn has great responsibility for both defense and offense; she showed her skills by denying goals against her, excellent ball handling and led the team with hustle, running back and forth the length of the field constantly.”

Both Philbrook and head coach John Sasaki have nothing but praise for the sophomore’s ability on the field, but also her role in the team dynamics.

“While not an official Captain, Jadyn consistently shows her leadership with dedication to the team and leading by example.  We would not be where we are today as a team and with our current record without the play of Jadyn London,” Philbrook said.

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Lady Dog lacrosse pummels Clayton Valley Charter 13-3 https://martineztribune.com/2017/04/21/lady-dog-lacrosse-pummels-clayton-valley-charter-13-3/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:52:09 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7160 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune The girls lacrosse team at Alhambra has started demanding attention this season. After a hot start, they’re not quite cooling off. They destroyed Clayton Valley on March 14 by a 13-3 scoreline, an eye-opening mark for the other teams in the league who may not be used to seeing this …

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By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

The girls lacrosse team at Alhambra has started demanding attention this season. After a hot start, they’re not quite cooling off.

They destroyed Clayton Valley on March 14 by a 13-3 scoreline, an eye-opening mark for the other teams in the league who may not be used to seeing this much fight from an Alhambra team.

Sure there is still a gap between the Bulldogs and the Lamorinda schools (Acalanes, Miramonte and Campolindo) but those blips aside and the girls are right where they want to be. Currently in the middle of the pack as far as the Diablo Athletic League is concerned, the girls will be playing meaningful lacrosse in May.

That’s not something that could have been said any of the last few seasons.

Games have become more exciting at Knowles Field simply because it isn’t just the other teams fans cheering on goals.

In fact the Alhambra crowd got a chance to cheer early and often.

It only took a minute into the match for the Bulldog crowd to get going after they were ignited by a goal by senior Lexi Rosales. That goal came so fast, that fans hadn’t even finished cheering before the Dogs had scored again. This time it came from the stick of a ground ball won by Jadyn London.

The Eagles answered back in the fifth minute, but before the half was over, the Bulldogs struck three more times, with Kelby Fuss, Sarah Mills and Luiza Daberdaku all adding a goal.

All three were well-worked team goals. Mills finished a rebounded effort off like a good goal poacher does, while Daberdaku lost her defender off a well-set pick to score her goal.

The Bulldogs came out from the second half and made it nine unanswered goals from their ranks, as they blitzed the Eagles with a non-stop barrage of offensive fire power.

Seemingly every player got involved for the Bulldogs, making a contribution against their opponents. By the time the later stages of the second half rolled around, there was little doubt that the Alhambra girls would hold on to the lead.

Most of the starters were able to catch a breather, while some of the substitutes got some extended minutes in one of the biggest wins of the season so far.

The last time the two teams met at Clayton Valley Charter, the Bulldogs were victorious by a 12-7 margin. So if we go solely by the score line, it looks like the girls are heating up at the right time, as the final week of stretch of the season comes up.

With six games left to play as of Tribune deadline on March 19, the Bulldogs are 6-8 overall, and  4-7 in DAL play.

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Falcons out-duel Alhambra in 2-1 home win https://martineztribune.com/2017/04/21/falcons-out-duel-alhambra-in-2-1-home-win/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:46:38 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7157 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune Between the two teams, there were only five hits. Both pitchers carved through the line ups, but once again Alhambra’s baseball team couldn’t punch in the runs they needed. And worst off all the 2-1 loss on April 18 came at the hands of the rival College Park Falcons. The …

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Alhambra junior Trent Greene drove in the Bulldogs’ lone run in the 2-1 loss to College Park on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra junior Trent Greene drove in the Bulldogs’ lone run in the 2-1 loss to College Park on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Between the two teams, there were only five hits. Both pitchers carved through the line ups, but once again Alhambra’s baseball team couldn’t punch in the runs they needed.

And worst off all the 2-1 loss on April 18 came at the hands of the rival College Park Falcons. The last team the Bulldogs would’ve wanted to be held silent by.

Once again Jordyn Eglite was the bad-luck loser, despite tossing one of his most solid outings this season against one of the top opponents he’s faced.

His lively fastball looked great from pitch one of the outing, but a poor first inning hurt him once more.

And truth is it had very little to do with his performance on the mound. Eglite only allowed two hits on the afternoon, but one of them was a booming triple to Braden Gowdy that set up the Falcons with a runner in scoring position with only one out.

But the Bulldogs could’ve gotten out of the inning with a run. They could’ve even gotten out of the inning without a run on the board had it not been for their defense.

The Falcons scored their first run on a fielder’s choice. Sophomore short stop Jake Tyler made a throw home to try and cut down the run at the plate, but it was low and Tyler Boyce couldn’t hang on.

However once more, because of the poor throw, that allowed the runner to move to second base and put himself into scoring position as well. And the ball never left the infield.

Worse than that, the next run came around to score on a throwing error by the catcher, Boyce, after base runner Chris Gardner stole third base. He was able to jog home without a throw.

Already in the hole it was going to be a mountain to climb for Alhambra, and that got even harder because the guy on the mound was mystifying the Bulldogs.

Crafty lefty  was perfect his first time through the order, and in his 5 1/3 innings, he struck out seven Bulldogs, while only allowing three hits.

It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Bulldogs made any noise off the College Park southpaw.

Boyce, the lead-off hitter, singled to left field to finally get Alhambra a runner on base.

He too benefited from some less than stellar defense from the opponent. A passed ball allowed him to move to third base, which was key.

Because Trent Greene’s RBI single didn’t leave the infield, Boyce was able to score, rather than be standing on third base.

But that was the last peep the Bulldogs would make.

A lead-off walk by Spencer Schulhauser was wasted an inning later, as the senior was stranded, and even more painful was the sixth inning.

This time the Bulldogs had finally figured out Kozlowski. With two men on and one out, College Park coach Andy Tarpley made the move to the Bullpen, and it was perfectly timed.

Gowdy got a weak pop fly and ground ball to escape the threat in the sixth inning, and then only needed four pitches in the seventh to close out the win for the Falcons over their rivals.

The loss is the Bulldogs’ third in a row (as of Tribune deadline) since their extra inning win over Pittsburg on April 4, and it’s seen the club fall to an even 7-7 on the season as things heat up and league play gets to its peak.

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