Pleasanton Preps: New column spotlights local youth sports

Foothill heads to Stagg; Amador Valley travels to Freedom

For 16 years, highlighting the exploits of prep athletes in the Tri-Valley was my life, and it was an incredibly rewarding experience.

Having stayed in the area, it has been disconcerting to see the decline in prep sports coverage over the years, to the point where it seems almost non-existent.

These boys and girls work extremely hard, in most cases year-round, and now get little or no recognition. It is not the fault of the reporters, many of which I spent countless hours with covering the games and they would love to keep the prep coverage big time. The blame falls on the people that sit behind desks in their ivory towers gazing down on the masses.

The worst part: it is not going to get better, and in fact, coverage has been reduced already this year.

That stops now, at least for Pleasanton and local high schools Amador Valley and Foothill.

Thanks to the vision of the Pleasanton Weekly, every Friday you will have a chance to catch up with the varsity athletic teams from Amador and Foothill.

And since it is the fall, that means -- football season.

Foothill has come out of the gate 2-0, with the Falcons' most recent win a 28-14 victory on the road against Freedom. Isaiah Floyd had another big game for the Falcons, running for 128 yards and three touchdowns.

"We played a really good game on both offense and defense," Foothill coach Matt Sweeney said. "We had guys playing different spots because of injuries and we were flying around. Dario Dondero had a really good game."

Sweeney also had high praise for the play of linemen Nick Brum, Brennan Gallagher, Dylan Walsh and Dustin Dukleth.

Next up for the Falcons is another road trip, this one over to Stockton to face the always athletic Stagg at 7 p.m. tonight. Stagg comes in 0-2 but has the type of athleticism that can cause problems.

Amador Valley was off last week after opening the season with a 27-14 win over Heritage. Next up for the Dons is a trip to Brentwood to take on the same Freedom team Foothill just beat. Game time is 7 p.m.

"We have never had (an early bye) before, but it turned out well," Amador Valley coach Rick Sira said. "The work we got done that week was really good."

What is it the Dons need to accomplish this week to make the city of Pleasanton 2-0 against Freedom this season?

"They are a pretty good team with a really good running back," said Sira, as he and his staff had a chance to watch the Foothill-Freedom contest. "We have to make sure the running back doesn't go crazy and make some big plays."

The Amador offense will once again be led by players like quarterback Ronnie Jones, running backs Ledra McCollough and Patrick Loughnane and receiver Grant Huggins.

Mason Bartolo, Erik Guidice and Peter Ernst are big-time performers on the line, with Jake Simonds and Alex Crepeau also being counted on.

Juniors Brandon Larson and Tore Wiley lead the linebackers.

Girls golf

Amador Valley opened with matches against two of the top teams in the North Coast Section in Monte Vista and Dougherty Valley. The Dons played well, but dropped a pair of close ones.

In another match against California, the Dons did come out on top. Playing well for Amador was junior Miranda Wang with rounds of 35, 33 and 35 in the week. Freshman Katie Murphy also turned in some solid golf, shooting a 38 and a 40.

Contribute each week!!

Please send 2-3 paragraphs of your team's results by noon Sundays to I also encourage you to send any pictures from that week's contests to the same address, along with detailed caption information.

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7 people like this
Posted by Water Polo Mom
a resident of Ironwood
on Sep 11, 2015 at 6:46 pm

In my house, Fall means Water Polo, not football. Water polo is a very exciting and physical sport, both the girls and the boys teams at Amador and Foothill are extremely competitive and belong to one of the toughest leagues in the nation. This makes it even more exciting when they make it to NCS.

The play is fast and furious and continuous. It is always exciting. There is strategy, set plays, passes, steals, long breakaways, skip shots, jump shots, backhanded and bullet shots. It does take a bit of time to learn the rules and see the plays, the fouls, and the off ball action, but it is very easy to get hooked. Most people are amazed that there is so much action and physical contact in the water. There is nothing that encourages the teams more than a crowded pool deck of cheering fans.

Dennis, I do appreciate what you are doing, and many years, my husband submitted the box scores to newspaper, I wrote the news articles for the Amador website; however, I do believe that Fall and football are not synonyms, and there are many more high school Fall sports that I would love to see covered.

9 people like this
Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Get the Facts is a registered user.

I agree with Dennis, coverage has fallen off greatly. I thank him for trying to get something started, as I often want to know what is happening.

For the parent of the above post, please read the last paragraph, reprinted below for your convenience. The only way to get these updates is for parents and fans to post results, there are eight Fall sports (counting cheer, and boys AND girls water polo) Dennis can't be everywhere at once.

"Contribute each week!!

Please send 2-3 paragraphs of your team's results by noon Sundays to I also encourage you to send any pictures from that week's contests to the same address, along with detailed caption information."

2 people like this
Posted by sueme
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2015 at 11:06 am

Thank you so much for covering local, high school sports. It is sad that the papers don't realize I open them looking for just this kind of coverage. I don't care about the Kardashians, I care about the local kids.

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Posted by Dennis Miller
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 15, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Hi Water Polo Mom!

I would love to get the water polo results each week and have been asking the coaches for them. One local coach said they are trying but can't get a parent to write something up. I in turn asked them to send me the scores and the top players and I will put the write up together! I think in my 16 years at the paper, we did a pretty good job of covering all sports and want that to happen here as well! Help me out and light a fire under the programs to get me the information!!

Thank you!


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