Pleasanton Preps: Mixed results last week for Foothill Falcons, Amador Valley Dons

14 on Dons' cross country run personal best marks in the Monte Vista Invitational

It was a case of mixed results for the local football teams last week, as Foothill moved to 3-0 with a 55-34 win over Stagg of Stockton and Amador Valley dropped a 31-28 thriller at Freedom in Oakley.

"It went pretty much like we thought it would," Foothill coach Matt Sweeney said of the win over Stagg. "They couldn't stop us and we stopped them enough."

Isaiah Floyd continued his incredible start to the season, cranking out 250 yards rushing with Matt Gates adding 140 yards.

Foothill also got some great play from offensive linemen Dustin Dukleth, Dylan Walsh, Nick Brum, Brennan Gallagher and Zach Walsh. Josh Merryman also had some big plays.

Amador Valley suffered a heart-breaking loss following a trick play that allowed Freedom to score with nine seconds left in the game last Friday.

The loss offset another great night from Ledre McCullough, who had 119 yards on 25 carries. Dons coach Rick Sira had high praise for the effort of McCullough, along with Grant Huggins, Sean Tomonari, Peter Ernst and Mason Bartolo.

Amador cross country

Despite brutally hot conditions, Amador Valley still had 14 athletes run personal best marks by over 30 seconds in the Monte Vista Invitational last week.

The biggest personal record of the day belonged to Luis Pedrozo, who ran the two-mile course 4 minutes and 16 seconds faster than he did last year as a sophomore. Sam Steele also had an impressive performance, running 87 seconds faster than his personal best.

The freshmen girls were second as a team in their race and the senior girls won on the sixth runner tiebreaker, as Ysabel Thorn not only came in before Monte Vista's No. 6 runner, but also the Mustangs' No. 5.

Individually, Melodie Leroudier ran the fastest time of the day for Amador Valley, closing in 13:09 (third all-time) for a fifth-place finish in the senior race. Madison Perez also joined the top 10 list at No. 8 with a time of 13:45. Other athletes who finished in the top 15 for the girls earning medals were freshmen Isabelle Smedley (fifth) and Bliss Bergmark (sixth), sophomores Kaitlin Cartwright (fourth) and Haley Hunter (12th) and junior Karly Laffer (10th).

The Amador boys have been waiting for a leader to step up and on Sept. 8, junior Thomas Gallagher showed he is ready. His time of 11:29 in the heat tied him for 10th all-time and put him into the conversation as one of the top runners in the section. Jarod Moyers and Brett Walsh also were strong in the race.

On the sophomore side, Jovan Perez and Hayden Talbert led the team to a ninth-place finish, but Austin Lucero's 59-second personal record was important as he ran fifth to close the scoring.

Amador also had some freshmen run well with Matt Sioson and Sebastian Gil. The team ended up 13th on the day.

Amador girls golf

The Dons lost a tough match to Foothill, but then rebounded with a big win over Livermore (212 to 305) at Ruby Hill.

Freshman Katie Murphy led all scorers with a 38, while senior captain Emily Lin carded a 40 for the Dons.

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