Our last column ran out of space before we could list this year's inductees into Encinal High's Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 2 There are five this year: Bill Tippett, wrestling/football; Blaik Nicholls, football/track; Vielka Oristil-McCarthy, softball/basketball/track; her twin sister, Vycelka Oristil-Gatto, basketball/track; and Kyle White, baseball.
As a teacher at Encinal, I knew all five and once coached Vielka Oristil on our girls' cross country team. And Blaik Nicholls was an "A" student in one of my college prep U.S. history classes. Quiet, studious and a knowledgeable participant in class discussions, Blaik was an industrious student-athlete who went on to Stanford after graduation.
Sadly, however, my fellow coach, Don Grant, informed me a few years later that Blaik Nicholls had passed away .... So, he will be inducted posthumously.
Kyle White's induction gives our Hall of Fame its first father-son combination as he joins his dad, Tom White, former Jets quarterback. Eventually, Kyle became a pitcher for the San Diego Padres.
As reported earlier, the Encinal gym is likely to be filled with past athletes who starred on Jet playing fields and/or on the basketball court. For anyone who enjoys sports camaraderie, it promises to be an enjoyable evening, especially for those who once wore the blue and white. Though Nov. 2 is just a week away, you may still obtain a ticket or two ($40) if you hurry.
Contact EHS Alumni Association at 1304 East Shore Drive in Alameda or Theresa Tenorio at Encinal High School, 210 Central Ave., Alameda, CA 94501
THE OTHER IMPORTANT DATE is Nov. 15. Why? It's "Kids Nite Out" at the Alameda Boys and Girls Club. For a donation of $50, each adult teams up with a young club member (between ages 7 and 12) to enter a variety of contests: free throw competition: hockey puck shoot outs; putting contest; football throws through a tire; modified foosball; word searches, and several others. Participants will also be served dinner by Dave Mann of LaVal's Pizza, plus enjoy an afterparty for Adults.
This event has been going on for nearly 30 years (with a gap of a few years occurring when the club had to move from the Lincoln Avenue to its present location at 1900 Third St.).
To join what promises to be a fun-filled evening and, at the same time, contribute to a truly worthy cause, phone 510-522-4900 by Nov. 10.
Having been the director of the Alameda Boys' Club in its earliest days throughout the 1950s, I have to say the present Alameda Boys and Girls Club with its full-sized gymnasium, game rooms, plus various specialty rooms and a nearby ball field are impressive beyond our fondest dreams.
If you take part in Kids Nite Out, great! But, even if you don't, these made-for-youth facilities are worth a visit. You'll be impressed, too.
Contact Joe King at email@example.com.