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Island sports: Middle school basketball update

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ALAMEDA EDUCATION FOUNDATION

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Middle School Sports Program Basketball Score Report

Recap for the week of February 1, 2010

Chipman Girls B team plays Wood to a 29-28 finish. Photo courtesy of AEF.

Chipman Girls B team plays Wood to a 29-28 finish. Photo courtesy of AEF.

February 2, Wood at Chipman – Boys

Wood “A” 48, Chipman “A” 23

Wood “B” 45, Chipman “B” 40

February 3, Chipman at Wood – Girls

Wood “A” 45, Chipman “A” 12

Chipman “B” 29, Wood “B” 28

In girls team action, the Wood “A” team won. Tara Pula and Emmy Kastning contributed to the fast breaks, while point guard Alex Sifuentes had several left-handed layups. Ebone Qualls and Tatiana Villegas played strong defense to help keep the Cougars under control while Layla Stebbins scored 18 on offense. The Cougars played well despite missing their star player and never gave up. Chipman’s #34 took charge but could not stop the Lady Beavers at their home court as they cruised to a 45-12 victory.

In “B” team action, Chipman won. For Chipman, Lacey Lawson was strong on offense, driving from the line and diving for multiple loose balls while Meida Tautalatasi controlled the offensive attack from the point. For Wood, Sienna Shaw helped on rebounding while Erra McFarlin stayed strong on defense. Tatiana Kelly and Giani Duncan-Mosely controlled the offense and worked well together, but could not get a lead to save the game. It was 16-14 at the half and Chipman held the lead until the end in a nail-biting 29-28 finish.

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The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) announces the playoff and championship schedule for its Middle School Basketball program.

Playoffs between the Girls “B” teams and “A” teams will be on Thursday, February 18. The Boys playoffs will be on Friday, February 19. Playoffs will pit the #2 and #3 seeds against each other for a chance to compete in the Championships the following week.

The Girls Championships will be on Thursday, February 25 and the Boys will play on Friday, February 26. On all dates, the “B” game will occur first, followed by the “A” game. All playoff and championship games will be at the Alameda Point gym (court #4). “B” team games will start promptly at 3:45 p.m. followed by “A” team action. Team trophies will be awarded to the champions in the following divisions: “B” team girls, “A” team girls, “B” team boys, and “A” team boys.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students with I.D. (children under 5 are free).

This is the second year that AEF has sponsored middle school basketball. All middle school sports program were eliminated by the Alameda Unified School District in 2006 due to budget shortfalls. AEF picked up the ball has now supports track in the spring and volleyball in the fall, in addition to basketball. The sports program serves students at Chipman, Lincoln and Wood Middle Schools. Almost 500 students participate across the programs.

“Sports is so important to these kids,” says AEF President Bill Sonneman. “It teaches kids about sportsmanship, goal-setting and discipline, in addition to building school spirit.”

School administrators report positive impacts on their schools from the program. To participate in the AEF program, student-athletes must adhere to a code of conduct and a minimum grade point average. Grade checks are done regularly and students who fall behind receive tutoring. “I had students come in the other day and ask me if they could start doing their homework during lunch,” reports Chipman Assistant Principal Kirsten Zazo. “They were going to miss a game due to grades and they couldn’t wait to start working to regain their eligibility.”

The AEF Middle School Sports program is completely dependent on donations. Currently, AEF has funding through the 2009-2010 school year and is actively seeking grants and donations to sustain the program. The program is free to all middle school athletes although participants are being asked to participate in fundraising efforts.

More information on the sports program and AEF may be found here.

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