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Jets, Lions Win Middle School Girls Basketball Championships

Congratulations to the Encinal Junior Jets and Lincoln Lions for capturing victories in the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) Middle School Sports girls basketball championships. Both teams fought off challenges by the Wood Beavers teams to win the Division II and Division I championships, respectively.

Alameda Post - group photos of the Lincoln Lions and Encinal Junior Jets teams and their trophies
The Lincoln Lions (top) and Encinal Junior Jets celebrate their big wins. Photos AEF.

Five middle school teams competed in girls basketball championship play this year—Academy of Alameda, ACLC/Nea combined, Encinal Junior Jets, Lincoln, and Wood. All five made it to the playoffs and three went on to the championships.

All of the teams improved greatly over the course of the season. In fact, the DII champion Encinal Junior Jets came from barely having enough girls for a single team last year to winning their division this year, and now are planning to add a second team next year.

AEF began running Middle School Sports in 2009 after the program was cut by Alameda Unified School District due to budget shortfalls. Since that time, the program has grown from 200 participants to 700. The AEF program currently includes coed volleyball, girls basketball, boys basketball, and track & field.

The AEF Middle School Sports program is different from other youth leagues in that it incorporate academic and behavioral tie-ins to help prepare students for high school, as well as program principles to support equity. The program currently consists of fall coed volleyball, winter girls and boys basketball, and spring track & field. It is open to students who are enrolled in Alameda Unified and Charter public middle schools (grades 6-8). Tryouts and team selection are managed by the school sites. To learn more, visit the AEF Middle School Sports web page.

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