Cardinals' Alexander hosts fundraiser Arizona Cardinals linebacker Lorenzo Alexander is hosting his sixth annual celebrity bowling party at Albany Bowl on April 5 to raise funds for his ACES Foundation, which was created "to support young men and women through emphasizing Accountability, taking pride in the Community, and striving for Educational excellence while promoting a healthy mind and body through Sports," according to a press release. Alexander, a former standout at St. Mary's High in Berkeley and at Cal, played for the Washington Redskins for seven years and made the Pro Bowl as a starter for the first time last year. He signed with the Cardinals as a free agent in March 2013. Other NFL players scheduled to take part in the fundraiser are Super Bowl champ and Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch, Cardinals guard Mike Gibson, and new Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Tickets are $40 for adults in advance and $50 at the door for adults, and $20 for children 18 years old or younger. Tickets are tax deductible and can be purchased by visiting www.firstgiving.com/390020/lorenzo-alexander.
Piedmont bats come alive vs. Berkeley The Piedmont High baseball team scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning to help pick up a big 9-6 nonleague win over Berkeley on March 28, halting what had been a six-game losing streak. Spencer Gutterman went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Highlanders, who finished with 11 hits. Pitcher Tosh Meyers picked up the win, as Piedmont entered the week with a 4-6-1 record.
Hollands earns spot with Phillies El Cerrito High graduate Mario Hollands made the opening day roster of the Philadelphia Phillies. In nine spring training games, the-25-year-old Hollands produced a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings. He allowed 10 hits, four earned runs, two home runs and five walks while striking 10. The opposition batted .244 against him.
On deck Tennyson at Piedmont, baseball, April 4, 4 p.m. -- The Highlanders resumed West Alameda County Conference play this week and will host Tennyson in the second game of a home-and-home series with the Lancers. Stanford Invitational, track and field, April 5, all day -- Some of the best high school track and field athletes in the state will meet at Stanford for one of the better early season meets. St. Joseph Notre Dame at Encinal, softball, April 8, 4 p.m. -- The Pilots, off to a fast start this season, travel across town to face the Jets in a nonleague game.
Stars of the week Paris Austin, Bishop O'Dowd boys basketball -- Austin scored 23 points and finished with six rebounds for the Dragons in their 71-61 loss to Mater Dei-Santa Ana in the CIF Open Division championship game March 29 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Spencer Gutterman, Piedmont baseball -- Gutterman, a senior, went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Highlanders past Berkeley 9-6 and snap a six-game losing streak. Temidayo Yussuf, St. Joseph Notre Dame boys basketball -- Yussuf finished off his high school career in grand style, with 21 points, 16 rebounds two blocks and two assists to lead the Pilots past Renaissance Academy-Altadena in the CIF Division V championship game March 28 at Sleep Train Arena.