Eighteen players, 15 boys and three girls, who live and attend high school in Pleasanton put aside the traditional Amador/Foothill rivalry for the weekend and teamed up for what they all hope was the beginning of a great tradition of high school hockey in Pleasanton.
The team played four games through the course of the weekend against teams of kids from Monte Vista High School, Dublin High School, California High School and San Ramon Valley High School.
Pleasanton fared well, winning two of the four games including a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Monte Vista in this group's first game Saturday morning. Particularly impressive is that other than some informal street hockey at Val Vista Park, this group of kids had never all been on the ice together.
While the team is not affiliated in any way with the Pleasanton schools, the kids are hopeful of starting clubs at both Amador and Foothill that would be open to all students to promote and share an interest in hockey of all kinds.
Next up for this group is the Holiday High School Showdown at Sharks Ice in San Jose on Dec. 21, 22 and 23.
Players were Andy Buck, Pravin Chandra, Kevin Garis, Bailey Held, Max Kelly, Eva Kristof, Michael Liamos, Samantha Magoon, Chris Mattox, Jimmy Mayo, Connor McClintock, Max Miller, Nick Powers, Ben Ross, John Scheeler, Zach Smith, Christina Williams, and Adrien Wisch. The head coach was Les Magoon; assistants were Dane Garis and Tom Powers.