Middle school basketball championships are this week
After a week of competitive playoff action where half the games were decided by two points or less, middle school basketball playoff winners will face the #1 seeds in the Alameda Education Foundation’s (AEF) Middle School Basketball Championships next week.
In the Girls division, The Academy of Alameda Middle School B team will face #1 seed Lincoln Middle School, while Wood Middle School’s A team girls face Lincoln’s A team. In the Boys division, Wood B will challenge Lincoln B, while it’ll be Lincoln who challenges Wood in the A division.
The Girls’ games are on Wednesday, March 2. The B division game starts at 4 p.m., with the A game immediately after. The boys play on Thursday, March 3. All games start at 4 p.m. and are at the Alameda Point gym. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and free for children under 5.
The AEF basketball program hosts teams at Lincoln, Wood, and the new Academy of Alameda Middle School, but there are also students from Alameda’s other public charter schools on the teams. The program is modeled on high school sports, where student athletes must meet academic standards in order to participate.
“We are preparing them to be high school student athletes, and being a student athlete means academics first,” says AEF President Bill Sonneman.
The AEF Middle School Sports Program also includes a fall volleyball season and spring track and field, which will begin in March. The program is not funded by the district and depends on player participation fees, fundraising efforts and community donations.
To help support the program, AEF has two upcoming fundraising efforts underway. The first is Alameda Education Foundation Nights with the Warriors! Discount tickets for Warriors games can be purchased through the Foundation on their web site at alamedaeducation.org. Every ticket purchase includes a food voucher good for a hot dog, bag of chips and soda. AEF will receive $5 of each ticket sold. Upcoming games include a March 13 match against the Minnesota Timberwolves and an April 10 game versus the Sacramento Kings.
Lower level tickets are available for only $55 (regularly $70), and Club 200 options are available along the sideline at $40 (regularly $45, rows 1-9) or corner/baseline at $25 (regularly $30).
The second fundraiser is on Wednesday, March 9, when Otaez Mexican Restaurant helps to raise money for the program. Go to the restaurant for dinner between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Otaez will donate 15 percent of every check to the program. Diners must present a flyer, which can be downloaded from the AEF website. Otaez is located at 1619 Webster Street.