St. Joseph Notre Dame High's Gabe Arias-Sheridan didn't waste time getting to the front of his race on Nov. 1 at the Tri-County Athletic League championships.
Arias-Sheridan already had a three-second lead at approximately the 600-yard mark of the 2.9 mile boys race at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline-Richmond. He had a 12-second lead at approximately the two-mile mark and won by seven seconds with a time of 15 minutes, 40 seconds.
"I had no strategy," said Arias-Sheridan, who won the Bay Shore Athletic League boys individual title two years ago as a freshman. "I just went into the race trying to win."
Teammate Louis Rodrigues, who was second (15:47), gained on Arias-Sheridan in the final mile.
St. Joseph Notre Dame was dominant in the boys race. It got a good start, putting four runners into the top five in the first 800 yards. It finished with four in the first five and five in the top seven for an outstanding score of 19. Besides Arias-Sheridan and Rodrigues, the Pilots' other scorers were Michael Murphy (fourth, 16:12), Matt Murphy (fifth, 16:17) and James Lafollette (seventh, 16:28).
St. Mary's, which placed second with a score of 38, and the Pilots placed all seven of their runners in the top 14 of the boys race.
In the girls race, Kim Avalos placed second and Veronica Aguila was fourth to lead the St. Joseph Notre Dame girls team to a third-place team finish (76 points). Avalos finished with a time of 18:53 and Aguila was 25 seconds behind (19:18). St. Mary's Spencer Moore won the race in 18:07.
WACC Championships: Duc Nguyen's third-place finish led the Alameda boys cross country team to a second-place team finish in the West Alameda County Conference Championships on Nov. 3 at Hayward High. Nguyen, a senior, produced a time of 15:46.1. Steve Carlson also had a top-10 individual finish (ninth, 16:10.7) for the Hornets, who had a team score of 54.
Encinal's Blake Capper led the Jets with a 22nd-place finish (17:05.1). Encinal's team was ninth (220).
In the girls race, Sonia Xu placed second to lead the Hornets to a second-place team finish (55). Xu, a junior, produced a time of 19:00.0. Teammate Kelly Hosokawa also was in the top-10 with a ninth-place finish (19:49.4).
Encinal was paced by junior Jessica Barrett, who finished 36th (22:05.0). The Jets finished eighth as a team with 223 points.
Encinal 32, Hayward 7: Corey Sails scored two second-half touchdowns as the host Jets won their WACC-Foothill Division season finale on Nov. 2. On the downside, the game ended on a sour note with 1:43 left after Encinal kicker Emily Rentschler was bowled over on a successful PAT.
Encinal's Isaiah Hunter opened the scoring with a 45-yard run on the game's third play from scrimmage, though the Farmers came back quickly to take their only lead, 7-6, after Samuel Mahe caught a 27-yard pass from Thompson Pulu. But the Jets (6-5, 2-3) went up for keeps at 13-7 when quarterback Taivale Tautalatasi sneaked in from 7 yards after a beautiful fake with 55 seconds left in the first quarter.
No further scoring occurred until Sails ran for a 4-yard touchdown with 6:16 left in the third quarter. Sails added a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, and D'Quan Williams added a 28-yard run for the final touchdown.
The trouble started shortly after the Williams touchdown, as Hayward was called for roughing the kicker on the PAT. Players from both side began to mill on the field and exchange words as Encinal lined up for the kickoff. Though coaches for both teams quickly restored order, the officials called the game.
Hunter led Encinal with 70 rushing yards. Sails added 65. For Hayward (4-6, 2-3), Chris Scott caught three passes for 70 yards.
Encinal will travel to face Novato (7-3) in the first round of the NCS Division III playoffs on Nov. 10. The kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Encinal is the No. 11 seed and Novato is the No. 6 seed.
-- Mike McGreehan
Arroyo 17, Alameda 14: Ryan Gordon blocked a potential game-tying field goal late in the fourth quarter as the host Dons knocked the Hornets out of playoff contention in a WACC-Shoreline Division game on Nov. 3. The Hornets needed a win to become eligible for the NCS Division II playoffs.
With the game tied at 14-14, Carlos Jimenez capped an 11-play, 47-yard drive with a 37-yard field goal to give Arroyo (6-4, 4-1 WACC-Shoreline) the lead with 2:10 remaining.
Backup quarterback Elijah Hernandez marched the Hornets (3-7, 1-4) down to the Arroyo 5-yard line, William Upp was sent in to attempt a 22-yard attempt. Gordon broke through the line and got a hand on the ball to preserve the Dons' win.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent