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Amador at Granada tonight for 7 p.m. game; Foothill in Danville to face San Ramon Valley

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill water polo teams notch key wins

The Foothill High varsity boys water polo team turned in a big effort, beating California 12-7 in an East Bay Athletic League match last week.

Standouts on offense were Joe Schafer and Dominic Scalise with five and four goals, respectively. Bryan Meyn led the defense with 12 saves in the goal while Scalise added three steals and a field block.

Also scoring were Matthew Kim, Aaron Li and Nathan Williams with one goal each. Schafer is currently the league leader in scoring with 57 goals.

In girls water polo action, the Foothill varsity squad posted an impressive 4-1 mark at the recent Sierra Shootout tournament.

Maddie David (19 goals, three assists and 12 steals), Mikayla Theide (17 goals, seven assists and eight steals) and Hailey Morse (10 goals, 11 assists and 21 steals) led the charge for the Falcons. Madison Weiglein added to the totals with eight assists and eight steals. Sophomore goalie Emily McElroy posted 24 saves.

In a league win over Cal High, David led the way with five goals, two assists and four steals. Also scoring were Morse (two), McElroy (one) and Theide (two). Brooke Christian added a pair of assists. Sophomores Meghan Hogue and Weiglein contributed strong defense. Goalies Negar Tehranian and McElroy combined for 10 saves.

Volleyball

Foothill traveled down south last weekend and came home with the Silver Division championship at the Royal High School Varsity Classic in Simi Valley.

The Falcons lost tough matches to Notre Dame and Granada Hills but beat Simi Valley and Atescadero before dispatching Stockdale in the Silver Division title match.

Senior libero Taylor Campbell led the way with 52 digs on the day, junior setter Kellie Hughes had 99 assists and sophomore outside hitters Andreea Paduraru and Hana Okuhara had 26 and 22 kills, respectively.

Cross country

The Dons traveled to Oregon and represented well, with both varsity teams finishing third.

Thomas Gallagher paced the boys by setting a personal best 5K time of 16:35 and finishing sixth. Brett Walsh was a pace-setter early and held on to finish 23rd (17:12), also earning a medal.

Alex Laurence, who made up huge ground in the second mile, finished just behind Walsh in 27th (17:15), also a medaling position. Drew Helmers finished 37th in the race in a time of 17:26, and Jovan Perez rounded out the scoring in 63rd, running 17:52.

The girls came up in the Division 1 race and although the competition was a little bit tougher, it shook out in a similar way for their third-place finish.

Melodie Leroudier was the top finisher for the Dons, finishing in second place (18:48). Kaitlin Cartwright was the second Don across the line in 13th, with Madison Perez finishing 30th.

Isabelle Smedley was 34th, and Abbie O'Brien rounded out the top five Amador Valley runners finishing 60th.

Football

Amador Valley kept the ball rolling in the right direction as the Dons finished out their non-league campaign with a 34-6 win over Northgate last weekend.

Grant Huggins hauled in a 51-yard scoring strike from quarterback Ronnie Jones, and Patrick Loughnane scoring twice on runs. Ledre McCollough added a rushing touchdown for the Dons.

On defense, Mason Bartolo, Peter Ernst and Tore Wiley shut down the strong Northgate running game. Amador travels to Granada tonight for a 7 p.m. game.

Foothill scored early and often, rolling to a 35-7 win over Granada in the league opener for both teams.

Ben Wooldridge threw for two touchdowns and Isaiah Floyd found the end zone three times to lead the offense. The Foothill defense was spectacular as well, holding what had been a potent Granada offense to 138 yards total 65 of which came on one play late in the game with the score 35-0.

Things figure to get a lot tougher for the Falcons (5-0, 1-0) this week as they travel to Danville to face San Ramon Valley.

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