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Choi's 15th annual Break-a-Thon

Tae Kwon Do Students Join Together to Use Mind, Body, and Spirit to Break Boards for Breakthroughs in Life-Saving Pediatric Research

By Peggy Su

On Saturday, April 13th, Choi’s Martial Arts will host its 15th Annual Break-a-thon fundraiser benefiting Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Last year, one hundred Tae Kwon Do students joined together to raise over $14,000. 100% proceeds will go directly to life-saving pediatric research.

The spirit of Tae Kwon Do is to develop oneself physically, mentally, and spiritually. At Choi’s Martial Arts, Grand Master Alexander E.J. ...
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Union City Pallen Karate Students Building Success

October 27, 2012

Pallen’s Union City Leisure Services program students competed in the inaugural AMAPA4KIDS Competition on Oct 27, 2012 in Antioch.
The kids, ages 5 to 16, trained in the mixed martial art of Kajukenbo and wowed the competition, taking not just 2nd place (Jade Cabatbat and Kira Bjornson) and 1st place (Ashley Estabillo and Mason Oania) but also grand champion (Mason Oania) in Katas.

Grand Master Max Pallen Sr.’s student (Mason Oania) also placed 2nd in Team Sparring. ...
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James Logan Downs Freedom in NCS Football Quarterfinals

Photos by Mike Heightchew

November 16, 2012

The James Logan Colts football team was met with a difficult challenge this past Friday night. The mission at hand? To shut down a Freedom High Falcons team that came into this quarterfinal North Coast Section game averaging almost 40 points per contest with an arsenal of weapons.

Challenge accepted and challenge completed.

The Colts kept the high-powered Falcons offense grounded and walked away with a 33-18 victory and earned a berth in the NCS semi-finals. The 18 points was the lowest total that Freedom scored in a game all season. ...
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CSUEB’s Youth Soccer Day a Huge Hit

October 7, 2012

Photos by Patrick Civello,

On Sunday, October 7, the Cal State East Bay Athletics Department hosted Youth Soccer Day, giving recreational soccer players from around the East Bay the opportunity to watch the CSUEB Pioneers take on the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors. More than 35 youth teams of all ages were in attendance, representing Hayward, Newark, Castro Valley, and Pleasanton.

The kids, all dressed in their team uniforms, were more than excited to watch a higher level of gameplay and immerse themselves in the exhilarating atmosphere of college soccer. ...
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Moreau Catholic Girls' Tennis defeats Newark Memorial

September 27, 2012

Varsity League Moreau Catholic 6, Newark Memorial 1

Singles #1 Y.Ramadan (NM) d. N.Dawang (MC) 6-3,6-1
Singles #2 S.Shetty (MC) d. S.Le (NM) 6-1,6-1
Singles #3 A.Ma (MC) d. F.Judge (NM) 6-0,6-0
Singles #4 T.Luu (MC) d. J.Sugayan (NM) 6-0,6-3
Doubles #1 DeLeon/Drake (MC) d. Bianchini/Roldan(NM) 6-3,5-7,6-1
Doubles #2 Young/Gonzales (MC) d. Bray/Tran (NM) 6-4,6-2
Doubles #3 Singh/Molina (MC) d. Scott/Soltan (NM) 4-6,6-3,6-4
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Logan JV Girls’ Volleyball Wins Logan Invitational

September 15, 2012

The Logan Colts JV girls’ volleyball team finished first in pool play with a 3-0 record (6-0 in games) earning the number one seed in the championship bracket of the inaugural Logan Invitational tournament.

In the semi-finals, the Colts defeated Impact Academy (Hayward) in 25-13, and 25-15 to advance to the championship game. The championship match featured two MVAL teams squaring off: number one seeded Logan versus number two seeded Washington (who had defeated El Cerrito 25-17, 20-25, and 15-4 in their semi-final match). ...
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Ohlone Soccer Stalemated in Napa

September 14, 2012

The opening moments looked promising for the Renegades in their late Friday afternoon visit to Napa Valley College. Greivin Pacheco Quesada put himself in the Napa Storm goal box early, opening three shots on goal in the first five minutes of the match. Napa keeper Ivan Contreras put together a string of acrobatic dives that kept the Ohlone side from getting on the scoreboard. Napa center back Fernando Marquez was instrumental in stifling the Ohlone offense and keeping the Renegades off the mark. ...
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Mission San Jose Football Finishes Preseason with Dominant Win

September 15, 2012

Photos by Mike Heightchew

Mission San Jose High School [MSJ] challenged Thurgood Marshall High School of San Francisco [TM] on Saturday at Tak Fudenna Stadium. Although MSJ had a rocky start, both their offense and defense turned it on in the second half to pull through with a big win.

After finding themselves down 0-6 in the first quarter, MSJ had the ball on the opposing 1 yard line on fourth down. MSJ attempted a fake field goal play, but quarterback Tamim Sarwary turned the ball over on an interception. ...
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Andre Ward Dominates Chad Dawson

September 8, 2012

Photos by Alexis Cuarezma/Goossen Tutor

Hayward native Andre Ward dismantled Chad Dawson in what many speculated to be the fight of the year, but really turned out to be a blowout.

Dawson bowed out during the tenth round after taking devastating blows from Ward in the third and fourth round, and being dominated in each of the rounds that followed.

With the victory, Ward improved his career record to 26-0, and dropped Dawson's to 31-2. Ward, at age 28, has already defeated the top fighters in his class, and now has taken down the top light heavyweight in the world in Dawson. ...
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Logan Girls’ Volleyball Defeats Antioch 3-0 in Home Opener

September 11, 2012

The James Logan High School girls' volleyball team made the most of their home opener, defeating Antioch High School in 3 straight games: 25-19, 25-17, and 25-7.

The Colts looked sluggish in Games 1 and 2, but played well enough to win both. Antioch stayed close in each game, and even tied the score in Game 2 at 16-16 before the Colts pulled away to win.

In Game 3 the Colts finally began to play to their potential by focusing more, minimizing their own errors, and making the visiting team pay whenever they sent over a "free ball". ...
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Renegades Find Magic Touch in Big Win Over Shasta

September 11, 2012

It all started wrong for Ohlone last year in Shasta, when the Renegades lost one of their starting backs for the season due to a collision with a Shasta forward. The injury took the wind out of the Ohlone’s sails, and the best Ohlone could muster was a 0-0 draw on the road.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ohlone took a lesson from that game as well as the opening two games of this season, and created a formula that put Greivin Pacheco Quesada (Soph.) on the scoreboard in a big way with four goals and an assist. Quesada found the net early in minute 7 when Silver Silva (Soph. ...
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Mission San Jose Football Falls Just Short in Dramatic Finish

September 6, 2012

On Thursday, the Mission San Jose [MSJ] varsity football team played Ygnacio Valley (YV) High School in a preseason game. Although they lost, it was a nail-biter all the way up to the last four seconds of the game.

In the first quarter, YV came out strong against MSJ’s defense, scoring their first touchdown in the first few minutes of the game on a rush by the quarterback, and executing a two point conversion to make the score 0-8. MSJ came back on the next drive with a long rush by Ismail Shafi up to YV’s 20 yard line, but had to settle for a field goal kicked by Eric Gonzalez. ...
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Newark Soccer Club Opening Ceremonies a Big Hit

September 7, 2012

Newark Soccer Club kicked off the 2012 season with an entertaining opening ceremony on Friday at Sportsfield Park behind the Silliman Center in Newark. Hundreds were in attendance as kids of all ages paraded around the field in excitement, eager to get the new season of soccer underway.

Recreational teams starting at the U6 age group gathered at the ceremony to participate in a costume and dance contest. Teams marched onto the field to their personalized walk-up music, and showed off their spirit in front of a panel of judges. ...
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UC Premier Kaos wins Stanford Summer Classic

August 26, 2012

On the weekend of August 25th & 26th, the UC Premier Kaos captured the U17/18 Boys’ title in the Stanford Summer Classic Soccer Tournament. The Kaos were able to make it to the title game by posting shutouts of 1-0, 1-0, and 2-0 in three preliminary games against teams from MVLA, Mustang, and Davis Legacy soccer clubs.

The shutout streak came to an end in the championship match as the Kaos found themselves trailing MVLA SC X-Treme 1-0 midway into the second half. With the game becoming more and more physical, the Kaos were granted a penalty kick due to a hard slide tackle from behind inside the penalty box. ...
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Elite Eagles Soar in 33rd Labor Day Invitational

September 3, 2012

Newark, CA – The Elite Eagles soccer team competed as part of 10 Boys U19 teams in the 33rd Annual Labor Day Invitational held in Newark, CA. The Elite Eagles won convincingly in a 3-0 victory over San Francisco Napoli in their first match. The Elite Eagles followed up their first shutout with a 2-0 shutout over the Vallejo Chelsea. In their 3rd outing they defeated a strong Madera Redstar Coyote’s squad in a 1-0 shutout.

This set up a battle for local bragging rights between the Newark Argonauts and the Elite Eagles. The Newark Argonauts advanced to the final on wins over the Mission SF Aztecs, Mt. Hamilton Tigres, and Clovis Crossfire. ...
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Mission San Jose and Logan Compete in Monte Vista Invitational

Photos by John Hotchkiss

September 4, 2012

Both Mission San Jose and Logan High School competed in the Monte Vista Cross Country Invitational on Tuesday in Danville. There were twenty high schools participating in the annual event, and 705 male runners and 459 female runners in total. The top seven runners from each school had their ranks included in a total team score, from which the winning schools were determined by the lowest combined ranks.

For the boys, San Ramon Valley placed first, with an average time of 11:07.92 and a total time of 55:39.56. ...
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Ohlone Soccer Picks Up a Point on the Road

September 4, 2012

The Ohlone Renegades took an early lead against the Marin Mariners on Tuesday afternoon, when sophomore Greivin Pacheco Quesada found Martin Lopez on the break. The perfectly slotted ball caught Lopez at full stride as he beat the Mariners’ back line, and keeper Brunet for Marin could do nothing but come out to see Lopez neatly tuck the ball into the right side of the goal. This goal looked to be one of many for Ohlone, as they marched through the field and controlled much of the game. ...
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Feather River Scores Early to Hold Off Ohlone Soccer

August 31, 2012

The Ohlone men’s soccer team played against Feather River at Fremont’s Central Park in their first home game of the season. Central Park will be Ohlone’s home pitch while the construction of a new field and stadium at Ohlone College is in progress. The Renegades had a tough matchup against the nationally ranked Feather River, who featured a host of international players. The match was back and forth to start, as both sides took time to get their nerves loosened and to explore the field. ...
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Logan Girls' Volleyball Falls Short to Amador Valley

August 30, 2012

The Logan Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team fell short to Amador Valley on Thursday, by the score of 0-3.

Amador Valley came out serving very tough with their first server scoring 8 straight points to take an 8-0 lead over Logan in Game 1. The Colts found themselves in a big hole and were never really able to recover, as they lost by a final score of 14-21.

Game 2 was more of the same, with Amador Valley serving tough and forcing Logan to settle for numerous free balls on their third contact. This kept the Colts on the defensive all game, eventually resulting in another 14-21 loss. ...
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Andre Ward, Boxing Icon
Hayward native Andre Ward prepares for fight of the year, and superstardom

Photos by Alexis Cuarezma

August 30, 2012

It’s hard to believe that one of the greatest fighters in the world today grew up right around the corner from us. A native of the Fairview neighborhood of Hayward, Andre Ward has risen to stardom in the world of boxing, and is now considered by many to be the top middleweight boxer in the world.

Ward attended Fairview Elementary, Bret Harte Junior High School, and Hayward High School before making his professional debut at the age of 20. Ward began his fight training when he was nine years old, when his father, Frank Ward, took him to King’s Gym in Oakland. ...
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