Isa Mendoza – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Fri, 05 May 2017 17:25:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 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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D’Atri qualifies for second consecutive State CIF Meet https://martineztribune.com/2016/11/25/datri-qualifies-for-second-consecutive-state-cif-meet/ Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:31:23 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5908 By JOEL TIMBRELL Martinez Tribune Two weeks after the DAL League Championships at Hidden Valley Park, the Bulldog cross country runners were ready for the most important meet of the season. This past Saturday, Nov. 19, eleven of them made the short trip over to Hayward High School for the 2016 North Coast Section Championships. …

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Alhambra junior Marissa D’Atri (center) leads a pack of runners at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez in the DAL championships on Nov. 5, 2016. (DARREN CHAVEZ / Courtesy)
Alhambra junior Marissa D’Atri (center) leads a pack of runners at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez in the DAL championships on Nov. 5, 2016. (DARREN CHAVEZ / Courtesy)

By JOEL TIMBRELL
Martinez Tribune

Two weeks after the DAL League Championships at Hidden Valley Park, the Bulldog cross country runners were ready for the most important meet of the season.

This past Saturday, Nov. 19, eleven of them made the short trip over to Hayward High School for the 2016 North Coast Section Championships.

NCS is considered the most important event of the year because it is the race which determines CIF State qualifiers. It is where the toughest competition is and where the fastest times are run all year, other than State meet.

In Division IV girls, the top four teams and top five individual runners qualify. The Division IV boys advance the top three teams and top five individual runners.

Nearly every year since 1999 has seen NCS Cross Country use the Hayward High School course. Runners start from the baseball field, make a loop around the dirt field adjacent to the track, and reverse towards the hill behind the baseball field from which they began. After that it is a few more loops around the field and up the hill once more before finishing the race on the grass to complete a total distance of three miles.

On Saturday, conditions were soggy and damp but not raining. The Division IV Boys started the day off with their race at 8:30 a.m.

Having already practiced the course at the Farmer Invitational in September, the Bulldogs knew exactly what they were doing.

At the start of the race, Hercules’ Ryan Cutter and Arcata’s Kellen O’Neill took off, leading a group of several Bishop O’Dowd runners. Senior Alhambra runners Noa Nabeshima, Connor Hayes, Trevor Oliveira-Smith and Robert Viano followed wave two of the runners and passed the mile mark in around 5:30.

By mile two, the Bulldogs were more separated, with all still running tough and on track to hit a personal record.

Coming up the final hill, it was Hayes in about 40th place who had the lead over his fellow Bulldogs. He rounded the corner and charged down the hill and toward the finish line, crossing it in his best 3-mile time ever of 16 minutes, 41 seconds. The time was good enough for 35th place.

Oliveira-Smith was the next to complete the distance with another huge PR of 17 minutes flat, while Viano was just seconds back at 17:06, also a PR.

The future of Alhambra distance running looks very bright because freshman Carson Edwards took the fourth Alhambra spot, crossing the line less than 10 seconds later at 17 minutes, 15 seconds. Edwards was the seventh fastest freshman in all of Division IV.

Rounding out the scoring runners was Nabeshima in 17:33, a season best time. Graham Manning notched another personal best as he edged out the clock for a sub-18 minute time with a 17:56, and Gabe Winslow brought it home by running a time of 18:08, yet another personal best.

The total team score of 292 points earned Alhambra a 10th-place finish out of 22 teams.

Two races later, it was time for the Division IV girls to run.

Fielding an incomplete team of just four runners (five makes a team), Marissa D’Atri, Nicole Tria, and Seniors Erica Cardinale and Isa Mendoza began on the starting line together.

D’Atri quickly broke away from most of the competition along with Miramonte’s Cassy Haskell and Gabrielle Peterson of Healdsburg. The trio passed mile one together, and at the 2-mile mark they were still very close.

As they approached the final hill, Haskell had roughly a 10-second lead as she started the incline. Then Peterson came into sight, with D’Atri on her heels about five seconds back.

In the final stretch, Haskell used her significant lead to win the race outright in 17:38. D’Atri then used her signature sprint to pass Peterson and finish the course in second place, easily punching her ticket to the 2016 California State Championships. Her time of 17:54.1 is the fastest any Alhambra girl has ever run at Hayward.

Tria also made some history as she ran the seventh-fastest Alhambra girls time ever of 19:30 to finish in 28th place, while Cardinale finished out her high school cross country career with a solid time of 20:07. Not to be outdone, Mendoza kicked it into high gear to accumulate another PR, ending up with a time of 22 minutes, 45 seconds.

Marissa D’Atri will make her second consecutive trip to the State Cross Country Meet at Woodward Park in Fresno this Saturday, Nov. 26, along with Coach Angela Paradise. She will look to improve upon her 2015 time and finishing place on the hilly 5k course.

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Alhambra runners finish out season in fine form https://martineztribune.com/2016/11/11/alhambra-runners-finish-out-season-in-fine-form/ https://martineztribune.com/2016/11/11/alhambra-runners-finish-out-season-in-fine-form/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:03:21 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5816 By JOEL TIMBRELL Martinez Tribune All 12 of the Diablo Athletic League high schools met for the 2016 DAL Cross Country Championships this past Saturday, Nov. 5, at Martinez’s own Hidden Valley Park. In 2015 and several previous years, the league lineup schools included Acalanes, Alhambra, Campolindo, Dougherty Valley, Dublin, Las Lomas, and Miramonte. This …

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Alhambra junior Marissa D’Atri (center) leads a pack of runners at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez in the DAL championships on Nov. 5, 2016. (DARREN CHAVEZ / Courtesy)
Alhambra junior Marissa D’Atri (center) leads a pack of runners at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez in the DAL championships on Nov. 5, 2016. (DARREN CHAVEZ / Courtesy)

By JOEL TIMBRELL
Martinez Tribune

All 12 of the Diablo Athletic League high schools met for the 2016 DAL Cross Country Championships this past Saturday, Nov. 5, at Martinez’s own Hidden Valley Park.

In 2015 and several previous years, the league lineup schools included Acalanes, Alhambra, Campolindo, Dougherty Valley, Dublin, Las Lomas, and Miramonte. This year, Dougherty Valley and Dublin were kicked out to the East Bay Athletic League to make room for Northgate, Concord, Clayton Valley Charter, Mt. Diablo, Ygnacio Valley and College Park.

Other than the change in the team lineups, nothing new was introduced. The Frosh/Soph and junior varsity runners raced two miles, while varsity took on the tougher 3-mile course which added a few more loops and hills.

As the final regular meet of the fall cross country season for most runners, the Bulldogs were in the hunt for a final personal or season best time.

A record total of more than 500 athletes participated in the competition during the day. The Frosh/Soph boys were the first to run the 2-mile distance at 1 p.m.

With an unprecedented 179 runners, Alhambra’s small group of runners were outmatched. That fact did not dishearten anyone, however, as all three of them notched a season personal record. Sophomore Alan Kobylik led the trio across the finish line in 13 minutes, 18 seconds. Dean Sobhy was right on his heels just four seconds later at 13:22, and Caleb Banez finished out his season by dipping under the 14 minute mark as well, finishing at 13:53.

Roughly an hour later it was the junior varsity boys’ turn. Like the Frosh/Soph boys, only a trio of runners were there to represent the Blue and Gold, but they took the opportunity to PR also.

Shayan Mirzazadeh beat the clock to run just under 14 minutes at 13:59.9. Teammate Jaime Ayala cut over 20 seconds from his time at the Ed Sias Invitational to cross the line at 14:35, and Nate Rogers took home a time of 19:08.

The varsity runners were the only athletes that were not yet finished with their season. Every coach is allowed to register up to seven of their athletes for each team at the North Coast Section Championships (varsity girls and varsity boys). It is the top seven fastest runners, therefore, that are usually guaranteed a place at NCS. The top five on each team score points, and the lowest score overall wins.

In the Varsity Boys race, Senior Connor Hayes equaled his 2015 DFAL time in 17 minutes and 43 seconds, which was good for 27th place overall. Noa Nabeshima, Robert Viano and Trevor Oliveira-Smith finished second, third and fourth for the team by completing the 3-mile course with times of 18:06, 18:14 and 18:33, respectively.

For the second time, freshman Carson Edwards was promoted to varsity, and he impressed again with a time of 18:40, the fourth-fastest time out of all freshman runners at three miles. The five Bulldogs scored well enough together to wind up with 208 points, and defeated Berean Christian and Concord High School.

Graham Manning was only ten seconds back from Edwards at 18:50. Meanwhile, Gabe Winslow and Dylan Gregory fought over the seventh Alhambra place, but it was Winslow who took it with a 19:35 to Gregory’s 19:41.

A major theme of Alhambra cross country is quality, not quantity. With that in mind, the only five girls on the team all set forth to hit personal record times on Saturday.

Last year’s DFAL Championships saw varsity girls runner Marissa D’Atri finish in eighth place with a 19:08. On Saturday, D’Atri climbed three places higher to cross the line in fifth place in a very respectable 18:57. After this performance, she is almost certainly a favorite at the upcoming NCS Championship Meet.

Sophomore Nicole Tria finished her race in 18th place at 20:30, making her the fifth-fastest varsity sophomore girl. The effort was good enough to win the second individual medal for Alhambra.

Erica Cardinale sliced more than a minute off her 2015 time to end up in a solid time of 21:35. Fellow seniors Isa Mendoza (25:00) and Karina Diaz (25:23) rounded out the point-scorers. When the points were added up, Alhambra had again topped two teams in Concord and Acalanes with a score of 150.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, the North Coast Section Championships will be held at Hayward High School.

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Bulldog runners set up for final stretch in last league dual https://martineztribune.com/2016/11/04/bulldog-runners-set-up-for-final-stretch-in-last-league-dual/ Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:56:15 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5765 By JOEL TIMBRELL Martinez Tribune The season’s second Diablo Athletic League dual meet was held at Newhall Park in Concord on Wednesday, Oct. 26. It was there that Alhambra battled ten other teams, including the longtime rival College Park Falcons. Junior Varsity and Frosh/Soph runners competed at the 2-mile distance, and varsity athletes raced on …

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Alhambra senior Erica Cardinale (pictured above at Artichoke Invitational) nearly broke the 20-minute mark in her three-mile race on Oct. 26, 2016, clocking in at 20:05.3.  (DARREN CHAVEZ / Courtesy)
Alhambra senior Erica Cardinale (pictured above at Artichoke Invitational) nearly broke the 20-minute mark in her three-mile race on Oct. 26, 2016, clocking in at 20:05.3. (DARREN CHAVEZ / Courtesy)

By JOEL TIMBRELL
Martinez Tribune

The season’s second Diablo Athletic League dual meet was held at Newhall Park in Concord on Wednesday, Oct. 26. It was there that Alhambra battled ten other teams, including the longtime rival College Park Falcons.

Junior Varsity and Frosh/Soph runners competed at the 2-mile distance, and varsity athletes raced on the 3-mile course.

The Frosh/Soph boys race started at 3:30 p.m. Dean Sobhy was the first Bulldog to cross the line in a time of 13 minutes, 44 seconds. Teammate Caleb Banez finished his race less than a minute later, posting a 14:36.

No Alhambra girls ran in the Frosh/Soph or JV races, so the next notable performances occurred in the junior varsity boys 2-mile.

Juniors Shayan Mirzazadeh and Jaime Ayala ran together much of the race, and ended up just seven seconds apart as Mirzazadeh clocked a 14:21 and Ayala with a 14:28.

It takes five people from the same school in a race to make a team. The Varsity boys, with a total of six Bulldog runners, were the only ones who qualified for team scoring during the day. Out of a field of 77 people, Senior Connor Hayes finished well within the top half, running a fast 17:09 for 31st place.

Robert Viano was Alhambra’s second scorer. He finished the course in 17:24, a season record time and improvement by 23 seconds.

Two of the usual varsity runners (Noa Nabeshima and Trevor Oliveira-Smith) were absent on Wednesday. Fortunately, two Frosh/Soph runners stepped up to the varsity 3-mile distance to run in their place.

Previous multiple medalist and freshman Carson Edwards, in his first 3-mile distance ever, ran an incredible race and broke the 18 minute barrier in a time of 17:59.8. The time makes Edwards one of the fastest freshman Bulldog runners in recent memory.

Graham Manning (18:30) and Gabe Winslow (18:47) were the fourth and fifth scorers for Alhambra. When the points were added up at the end of the meet, they scored well enough to defeat Berean Christian, Concord, and Ygnacio Valley.

The final race saw four of the Varsity girls compete at the 3-mile distance.

Top North Coast Section runner and 2015 State qualifier Marissa D’Atri had another fantastic performance at Newhall Park.

With her 18 minute and 50 second time, D’Atri secured sixth place. State-ranked Campolindo runners Hannah Ruane and Isabella Chao took first and second.

Rapidly improving Erica Cardinale ran her second fastest ever 3-mile time of 20:05.3, which placed 24th out of 61 opponents. Sophomore Nicole Tria posted yet another impressive mark of 20:43, and Isa Mendoza was fourth for the team in 25:47.

The DAL Championships will take place at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez on Saturday, Nov. 5, where all 12 schools in the league will send runners to compete.

Two weeks later, on Nov. 19, select Varsity runners will be chosen to participate in the North Coast Section Championships at Hayward High School.

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Four Bulldogs claim medals at Hayward High Farmer Invite https://martineztribune.com/2016/09/23/four-bulldogs-claim-medals-at-hayward-high-farmer-invite/ Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:54:08 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5288 By JOEL TIMBRELL Martinez Tribune Alhambra High’s cross-country team made the trip to Hayward High School for the 14th annual Farmer Invitational this past Saturday, Sept.17. Like Martinez’s Hidden Valley Park on Center Avenue, Hayward’s course this year was slightly different because of construction work. The traditional three-mile course cut the quarter-mile run around the …

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By JOEL TIMBRELL
Martinez Tribune

Alhambra High’s cross-country team made the trip to Hayward High School for the 14th annual Farmer Invitational this past Saturday, Sept.17.

Like Martinez’s Hidden Valley Park on Center Avenue, Hayward’s course this year was slightly different because of construction work.

The traditional three-mile course cut the quarter-mile run around the dirt track and instead used the field right next to it.

According to meet officials, the course will return to its original design at the North Coast Section Championship races in October.

While Hayward has been known for its rainy weather at the NCS Championships, the conditions could not have been better on Saturday as temperatures stayed dry and climbed no higher than 75 degrees.

Hayward is also considered one of the best cross country race sites for spectators. Runners start from the grass fields directly across from the baseball diamond and make several loops around the campus and through the school’s hallways. They end at the finish line on the same field about 100 meters away.

Freshman and sophomores raced a distance of 2.25 miles while the varsity and junior varsity completed the regular three miles. Runners finishing in the top 25 in each race took home a medal.

At 10 a.m. the freshman boys race started. Carson Edwards started out quick with the top 15 runners, who were led by Mission San Jose’s Arnav Arora and Ashwin Provine.

In just his second cross country race ever, Edwards stayed with the lead group for the remainder of the race and crossed the line in eighth place out of 135 runners, earning Alhambra’s first medal with a time of 13:03.2.

Sophomore Nicole Tria fared even better in the 2.25 mile Frosh/Soph girls race.

She began even higher up than Edwards among the first five runners and ended up finishing in a close second place overall to the winner. Her time of 14:35 was good for the second Bulldog medal of the day. She was one of only three girls to break the 15-minute mark.

Almost three hours after Tria had finished her race, it was time for the junior varsity runners to compete.

Jaime Ayala and Gabriel Gonzales raced the three-mile distance for the first time, with Ayala establishing a personal record of 21:52 and Gonzales finishing in 26:07.

At 1:35 p.m., Marissa D’Atri, Erica Cardinale, Isa Mendoza and Karina Diaz started the three-mile distance for the varsity girls’ race. In a very tough group of runners that included powerhouses Granada and Nueva, D’Atri and Cardinale both won medals.

D’Atri finished high up in the results at third overall and a time of 18:21.21, while Cardinale ran the race of her life to just barely break the 20 minute mark for the first time with a 19:59.94 and 23rd place finish.

Six Bulldogs took to the starting line in the varsity boys three-mile race for the day’s last competition at 2:05 p.m.

Senior Connor Hayes ran a time of 17:04, just seven seconds off his personal best for the Hayward course.

Trevor Oliveira-Smith cut his 2015 NCS time of 17:43 down to 17:21.77, while Gabe Winslow posted a time of 19:13 on his first time running at Hayward.

Kyle Thompson, who ran 22:38 at last year’s Farmer Invitational, significantly cut his time down this year to 19 minutes and 54 seconds, making him the most improved Bulldog.

Up next on the cross country schedule is the Ram Invitational at Westmoor High School in Daly City, which will take place this Saturday, Sept. 24.

They will then host a meet at Hidden Valley Park on Center Avenue in Martinez on Sept. 28.

For more information and track schedules and results visit AlhambraTrack.org.

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D’Atri leads pack in Ed Sias Invitational with medal win in 2-mile https://martineztribune.com/2016/09/16/datri-leads-pack-in-ed-sias-invitational-with-medal-win-in-2-mile/ Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:22:40 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5231 By JOEL TIMBRELL Martinez Tribune The Bulldog cross country team officially kicked off their season last Saturday, September 10 at Martinez’s Hidden Valley Park for the 32nd Ed Sias Invitational. During 2014 Hidden Valley Park was renovated for easier access to the disabled. This resulted in the original cross country course being slightly altered. All …

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By JOEL TIMBRELL
Martinez Tribune

The Bulldog cross country team officially kicked off their season last Saturday, September 10 at Martinez’s Hidden Valley Park for the 32nd Ed Sias Invitational.

During 2014 Hidden Valley Park was renovated for easier access to the disabled. This resulted in the original cross country course being slightly altered.

All runners start from the baseball field next to the elementary school and continue past the lake and across the bridge. They then make their way up to the soccer field and make a right following the path all the way to the narrow red bridge which leads directly into “Finale Hill.” After climbing this hill it’s a sprint to the finish line down at the grass field.

With an attendance rating exceeding over fifty Bay Area High Schools, a total of 2,341 people competed on Saturday. Meet directors were actually forced to create an extra Junior Varsity race in order to accommodate the huge number of runners.

The races were broken up into Frosh/Soph, junior varsity, and varsity divisions for both genders. Each race saw everyone complete a distance of 2.0 miles. The top 10 runners in each race were awarded an Ed Sias medal.

At 9:00 a.m. the freshman boys race was on. First-year runner Carson Edwards used the previous week’s scrimmage race at Hidden Valley to his advantage, knocking 37 seconds off his “Little Ed” time with a personal best of 12 minutes, 26 seconds. In the insanely competitive race his very good freshman time left him just outside the top 20 at 22nd place overall. Teammate Dean Sobhy, who ran 15:09 the week before, finished with another outstanding improvement of 13:35.

While Edwards and Sobhy set the bar high, no one managed to cut as much time as Jaime Ayala. At the Little Ed Scrimmage, Ayala ran his first cross country race in 17 minutes and 6 seconds. On Saturday in his second race, he picked up the pace enough to finish in 14:59, a stunning 2 minute and 7 second improvement.

Following the other’s lead, Graham Manning decided to lower his season’s 2-mile time in the Frosh/Soph boys race with a 12 minute, 31 second performance.

At 11:05 it was the varsity boys turn to race. Seniors Connor Hayes and Robert Viano took their running to the next level as both set new personal records, with Hayes finishing at 11:21.9 and Viano just seconds back at 11:27.5. Two others broke the 12 minute mark, with Noa Nabeshima posting a time of 11:42.5 and Trevor Oliveira-Smith at 11:56.8.

2015 State qualifier Marissa D’Atri led the Bulldog girls team in the varsity division immediately after. This race included stellar runners such as sophomore Cassy Haskell of Miramonte and Concord’s Rayna Stanziano, who D’Atri battled in the 800 meters during the track postseason.

From the start D’Atri stayed with the lead group of runners. Even after ascending Finale Hill she would not be denied a medal. D’Atri used a sprint in the last stretch to hold off Las Lomas’ Veronica Towle for 10th place, finishing in a fast time of 12:47.1

Erica Cardinale and Nicole Tria fought it out for the second Alhambra finishing spot, with Cardinale’s time of 14:12 ending up ahead of Tria’s 14:23. Isa Mendoza also surpassed her prior week’s time of 18:39 with her finishing time of 16:42, making her the most improved Alhambra girl.

Each of the varsity teams exceeded expectations by finishing higher than they were supposed to, making the start of the 2016 season great. On the boys side Alhambra’s 9th place was enough to edge Acalanes, and the girls took 13th out of 24 teams.

On Saturday, September 17, the Bulldogs will make the trip to the Farmer Invitational at Hayward High School for a preview of the North Coast Section Championships Cross Country Race, which determines CIF State Qualifiers.

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Lady Dog lacrosse stunned by last minute goal in 8-7 loss https://martineztribune.com/2016/05/06/lady-dog-lacrosse-stunned-by-last-minute-goal-in-8-7-loss/ Fri, 06 May 2016 16:36:50 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=4076 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune For the fifth time in a row the Lady Bulldog lacrosse team tangled with the Ygnacio Valley Warriors with the team from Concord getting the upper hand. Not without drama, the game was decided by a late goal with less than a minute left on the clock. Both teams were …

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Alhambra senior captain, Luiza Daberdaku, battles for a loose ball in the 8-7 loss at Ygnacio Valley-Concord on May 2, 2016. (CLAIRE PULKOWNIK / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra senior captain, Luiza Daberdaku, battles for a loose ball in the 8-7 loss at Ygnacio Valley-Concord on May 2, 2016. (CLAIRE PULKOWNIK / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

For the fifth time in a row the Lady Bulldog lacrosse team tangled with the Ygnacio Valley Warriors with the team from Concord getting the upper hand.

Not without drama, the game was decided by a late goal with less than a minute left on the clock.

Both teams were evenly matched until sophomore attacker Sara Hernandez struck from a restart to give the excited Warriors the 8-7 win.

The Warriors were on top for most of the contest, and they looked to be the more aggressive side especially when it came to winning 50-50 ground balls, but neither team could extend a big lead.

Alhambra started the game off at a nice pace, and goals from Sarah Mills and Kelby Fuss had the Bulldogs flying in the early stages of the match.

But the Warriors would respond early and often.

Sophomore Kalina Campos twice slipped past the Alhambra defenders, using her lack of stature as an advantage to slip between the Bulldog back line.

Her first goal of the match came on a low shot that barely slid past Alhambra keeper Theresa Hansen, who’s line of sight was impeded.

The second goal from Campos came as she beat the Alhambra defender around the goal and scored from a tight angle.

Again Alhambra answered. Senior captain Luiza Daberdaku made a nice stick check in her own territory before making a decisive outlet pass to Isa Mendoza, whose run found her in front of goal. Mendoza slipped her shot slickly through the goalkeeper to help the Bulldogs retake the lead.

Until the half, the Bulldogs seemed unable to be stopped. Until they were. Suddenly the slick passing on display was lost, and the desire to win ground balls was more visible from the Ygnacio team.

Senior captain Sofia Campos scored twice for the Warriors before the halftime buzzer to give her team the lead, and at the start of the second half it seemed as if the halftime team talk did more damage than good.

Ygnacio came out firing. Sofia Campos scored again despite Alhambra having the better chances on goal up until that point.

That goal buoyed the rest of her team. Fabiola Donado took advantage of a lapse in play from the Bulldogs to beat the Alhambra keeper and open up a three-goal lead, forcing coach John Sasaki to take a time out.

The timeout did what Sasaki needed it to do for his team. They took a deep breath and decided to make a game of it.

Goals from Daberdaku and Jaydyn London evened things up yet again, but Hernandez answered those two with one of her own.

London matched that effort to bring things level at 7-7 with only two minutes on the clock.

At that point it was clear that one of the two teams would use their last possession to win the game, it was just a matter of which team it would be.

From the face off, Daberdaku was surrounded by nearly five Ygnacio players, and was forced to turn the ball over. Ygnacio’s final possession in the attacking half of the field was clinical and Hernandez’s fourth goal of the game was it’s decider.

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Lady Bulldogs rout Newark 14-1 https://martineztribune.com/2016/03/11/lady-bulldogs-rout-newark-14-1/ Fri, 11 Mar 2016 18:27:12 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=3561 By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune In the first two years of John Sasaki’s time at the helm of the Lady Bulldog lacrosse program, the team had won a total of four games. Last season the team matched that total in a full season. And now, with five games having been played, the team has already …

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Alhambra senior captain Luiza Daberdaku (pictured above against College Park) scored three times in the Bulldogs 16-2 win over the Newark Memorial Cougars on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra senior captain Luiza Daberdaku (pictured above against College Park) scored three times in the Bulldogs 16-2 win over the Newark Memorial Cougars on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

In the first two years of John Sasaki’s time at the helm of the Lady Bulldog lacrosse program, the team had won a total of four games. Last season the team matched that total in a full season.

And now, with five games having been played, the team has already matched that mark with a 16-2 win over Newark Memorial on Tuesday, March 8.

The 4-1 start to the season is the best ever by the young program led by Sasaki and coach Richard Philbrook.

The Bulldogs looked great against the visiting Cougars, scoring at will early on. Alhambra had 10 different goal-scorers on Tuesday evening.

It wasn’t just the goalscoring that was in it’s best form, the passing and vision from the midfield and attackers was brilliant.

Kelby Fuss continued her run of form by scoring twice, including the opener, on Tuesday. That brings her tally to 17 in her last four games. She didn’t see as much time once the score line got out of hand, but made the most of her chances early on.

Sarah Mills, one of the team’s captains, also made the most of her time on the ball.

She followed up Fuss’ opening goal with one of her own from a rebounded shot. Mills was in the area waiting to pounce on any ground ball in the area and was rewarded for her positioning.

Alhambra’s Isa Mendoza (pictured above against College Park) scored twice on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra’s Isa Mendoza (pictured above against College Park) scored twice on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)
Before 10 minutes had gone, Alhambra had found the back of the net four times. On the fourth goal, Isa Mendoza played a peach of a pass to a running Ellie Smith, who scored from close range. Smith had two goals on the evening, while Mendoza had one to add to her assist.

In the 15th minute of play in the first half, Alhambra had three shots on goal in a single minute of play, but couldn’t do anything with it.

In fact it would be a whole five minutes before they could find the net again, and when they did it was defender and captain Luiza Daberdaku who made good on a long run.

Before the half ended the Bulldogs were in full on goal-scoring form. They netted five goals before allowing one in the final minute of play to the jubilant Cougars, whose coaches were counting their shots on goal, each with increasing excitement.

Goal scorers Daberdaku, Johana DeBrauwere and Audrey Pardini all helped seal the victory in the second half, as Alhambra made sure to make multiple passes on offense before attempting a shot in show of good sportsmanship.

As they did in the first half, with almost no time remaining on the scoreboard, Newark struck again on a shot spilled by the Alhambra keeper.

The Cougars once again celebrated only their 12th goal in the month of March after a big loss coming to Bishop O’Dowd on March 4, and a loss to Salinas on March 2.

The Bulldogs will have a week of before their next game against Mercy-San Francisco on March 15. The last time these two teams played in 2014, the Bulldogs were victorious by a score of 16-11.

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D’Atri & Tria medal among DFAL’s best https://martineztribune.com/2015/11/13/datri-tria-medal-among-dfals-best/ Sat, 14 Nov 2015 02:02:13 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=2399 By JOEL TIMBRELL Special to the Tribune The seven DFAL schools clashed at the Diablo Foothill Athletic League Championships last Saturday, Nov. 7, at Martinez’s Hidden Valley Park on Center Avenue. Alhambra, which had the least amount of athletes out of any school, faced off against Miramonte, Campolindo, Dougherty Valley, Dublin, Las Lomas and Acalanes. …

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Alhambra sophomore runner Marissa D’Atri (bib 72) makes her way up the final stretch of her 3-mile race, ‘Finale Hill’, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League Cross Country Championships held at Martinez’s Hidden Valley Park. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)
Alhambra sophomore runner Marissa D’Atri (bib 72) makes her way up the final stretch of her 3-mile race, ‘Finale Hill’, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League Cross Country Championships held at Martinez’s Hidden Valley Park. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)

By JOEL TIMBRELL
Special to the Tribune

The seven DFAL schools clashed at the Diablo Foothill Athletic League Championships last Saturday, Nov. 7, at Martinez’s Hidden Valley Park on Center Avenue.

Alhambra, which had the least amount of athletes out of any school, faced off against Miramonte, Campolindo, Dougherty Valley, Dublin, Las Lomas and Acalanes.

It was a perfect day for racing. There were clear skies, no rain or wind, and low 70s temperatures. The Frosh/Soph and junior varsity competed at the 2-mile distance, while varsity runners raced the tougher 3-mile course. Medals were awarded to the top 10 finishers in each division.

Campolindo, a powerhouse cross country program, tends to perform best at the late-season races. The DFAL Championships were no different, as the Cougars dominated every division. Some Bulldog runners, however, also put up impressive performances.

One of the Bulldogs’ best showings was in the Frosh/Soph girls 2-mile race. First-year runner Nicole Tria, already a multiple medalist this season, had another great race.

Tria began the race behind several of Dublin’s and Campolindo’s top runners. She looked to be in about 12th place for the first half mile before the pack of runners disappeared out of view towards the lake. When the field came back into view running across the narrow bridges and up Finale Hill, Tria had moved up to seventh.

During the last 400 meters, she held her place to finish seventh overall in a season best time of 14 minutes, 16 seconds, which earned just one of two Bulldog medals.

The Frosh/Soph boys race saw Alhambra’s Graham Manning also set a season best 2-mile time with a 12:15 finish for 24th place. Alan Kobylik additionally significantly improved his time to 13:14, while Gabriel Gonzales and Nick Atencio finished just seconds apart in 15:13 and 15:19, respectively.

What may have been the most outstanding performance was the duo of Don Rogers and Kevin Searls, who pushed the racing stroller of sophomore Nate Rogers. Searls, who is still the College Park 3200 meter record holder and the Humboldt Distance Running Camp Director, assisted Don in ascending Nate up the steep Finale Hill to finish his first complete race.

Kyle Thompson and Kyle Fitzpatrick surpassed their previous best times at the junior varsity 2-mile distance. Thompson closed his season with a time of 14:01, and Fitzpatrick took more than one minute from his past time of 16:47 to complete his last race in 15:31.

Running in just her fourth race of the season, sophomore Marissa D’Atri confirmed she is one of the top runners in the North Coast. As the varsity girls race turned from an all-out competition to a slower, tactical race, D’Atri stayed out of trouble and turned in an excellent time of 19:05. Her time achieved the eighth finishing place overall, which secured the second Bulldog medal. She took home the recognition of 2nd-team all DFAL for finishing in the top 14 runners.

D’Atri now looks ahead to the North Coast Section meet at Hayward High School, where she has a real chance to qualify for the State Championships in Fresno.

In the same race, junior Erica Cardinale battled through sickness for a 22:50 finish. Catherine Stites, Isa Mendoza, Kiersten Soza, and Kate Rogers competed in this race as well for the Bulldogs. In a stunning result, Campolindo’s Hana Sun won the race and upset both Chloe Hansel of Las Lomas (the 2014 State Champion) and Cassidy Haskell of Miramonte, the top freshman runner in NCS.

Bulldog runners struggled against the substantial amount of fast competition in the varsity boys race. Year after year the DFAL is the toughest league in NCS, and this season was no different.

Noa Nabeshima concluded his 3-mile distance with a time of 17:24, while teammate Connor Hayes broke 18 minutes for the first time with a 17:42. Robert Viano, Trevor Oliveira-Smith and Dylan Gregory each beat a few Miramonte and Acalanes opponents in the same race.

The North Coast Section Championships will be held Saturday, Nov. 21, at Hayward High School. As a Division III school, Alhambra runners will have to finish in the top 16 to qualify for the State Championships at Woodward Park.

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