Island Bowl

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, our 60-second news review. Here are your Alameda headlines for the week.

Alameda police have arrested two men in connection with a string of apparent arson fires that took place within a seven-block radius on and around Park Street Sunday morning. But friends of one of the suspects in a string of early-morning fires Sunday are expressing disbelief he was involved in starting them.

The Encinal High School varsity football team will forfeit this Friday's Island Bowl following a bench-clearing incident at a game last Friday, the district's spokeswoman confirmed Monday.

Alameda High School opened in 1902. For decades, the Alameda athletic rivalry was with the Berkeley High School. Their respective team names – the Hornets and the Yellow Jackets – are an echo of this long-standing competition. The creation of Encinal High School, which opened as a freshman-only school in 1952, began to supplant that rivalry on September 30, 1955, when Alameda and Encinal played their first varsity football game.