Foothill High gets bragging rights with a 35-7 win over Amador Valley

Falcons capture EBAL title with perfect 6-0 record

The Foothill High football team left little doubt as to who gets the bragging rights in Pleasanton this year with a 35-7 win over Amador Valley on Nov. 6.

The Falcons captured the East Bay Athletic League title with a perfect 6-0 record and are 10-0 overall. Amador finished 4-2 in league and 7-3 overall.

The Falcons got four touchdowns from Isaiah Floyd and one from Cash Connolly for their scoring. The lone Amador score came on a 41-yard pass from Ronnie Jones to Hakim Tokhi.

Up next for both teams are the North Coast Section playoffs. Foothill somehow was bypassed for the second seed of the tournament and was seeded third, still earning a first-round bye.

The Falcons will play the winner of Freedom and Dublin on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Foothill.

Amador was seeded seventh but will have play No. 10 seed San Leandro on the road thanks to the absurd seeding process of NCS. The Dons will take on the Pirates at 7 p.m. Friday at Burrell Field. With a win, Amador would then travel to second-seeded Antioch on Friday, Nov. 20.


On a day when the times were very fast, the Amador boys' cross country team ran to a third-place finish in the EBAL championships on Friday, Nov. 6. The Dons finished behind only Monte Vista and Granada by seeing their top five runners finish within 38 seconds of each other.

Thomas Gallagher finished ninth for the Dons with a personal best time on the course. Brett Walsh, who returned from injury to race for the first time since September was 14th and freshman Sean Carrick was 15th . Alex Laurence and Drew Helmers rounded out the top five.

On the girls' side, the Dons had a solid day in their own right, but were no match for the top three teams of Monte Vista, Granada and San Ramon.

Melodie Leroudier led the way with a fourth place finish and was followed by Kaitlin Cartwright, Karly Laffer, Isabelle Smedley, Kayla Schroeder, Maura Carrick, and Bliss Bergmark.

Next up for both teams is the NCS meet on Nov. 21 at Hayward High.


The Foothill girls redeemed one of their losses from earlier in the season, thumping Liberty 15-5 in the first round of the NCS playoffs during the week of Nov. 2.

Seven different players scored for the Falcons. Hailey Morse (4 goals, 3 assists), Madison Weiglein and Maddie David (3 goals and 2 assists each), Mikayla Theide (2 goals and 2 assists), Meghan Hogue and Emily McElroy (1 goal and 1 assists each) and Katie Earle (1 goal) all got on the score sheet. Langi Kailahi and Laura Belichak both had assists. Goalie Negar Tehranian had four saves and six steals. Maddie Hobbs also got time in the goal and made a pair of saves.

The Falcons run came to an end on Saturday, losing to third-seeded Lomas 16-8.

The Foothill boys' team ended their season with a 17-8 loss to De La Salle on November 5 in NCS. The Falcons ended the season 4-3 in league and a 13-10 overall record.

Leading the way was All American, First Team All-League, Academic All-American, and Co- captain Joe Schafer with 92 goals this season. Senior co-captain Dominic Scalise (41 goals, 52 assists, 54 steals), junior Aaron Li (26 goals, 23 assists, 34 steals), junior Fabio Salvioni (17 goals, 25 assists, 59 steals), and senior co-captain Bryan Meyn in goal (157 saves, 36 steals, 15 assists), Matthew Dotson (27 goals, 26 assists, 33 steals) and freshman Nathan Williams (16 goals, 30 assists, 41 steals) also had great seasons.


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Posted by Absurd
a resident of Castlewood
on Nov 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm

With regards to ANY seeding process, "absurd seeding process of NCS"...

The cream of the crop will always rise to the top !!!

Pleasanton just is not all that special in the world of high school football... The DNA pool is so small, it's not like you have 10 D1 players coming out of Amador or Foothill every year... The year happens you will have a STATE championship team. De-Lew-Shun-Al parents dreaming of Johnny playing D1, are just that...

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Posted by Lessismore
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 10, 2015 at 3:43 pm

TO Absurd YOU ARE A "fill in the blank"

Congrats to both Foothill and Amador on great seasons and good lucky in NCS.

Congrats to all the fall teams about schools.

One of many reasons Ptown is a great place to live.

One last thing Absurd. Check your facts on kids playing D1 sports from Ptown.

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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2015 at 5:53 pm

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If you want absurd things that NCS does, check out the playoff schedule for water polo and volleyball. Semi-Finals for water polo and first round for volleyball are tomorrow, on Veteran's Day. That's right, on a national holiday for students, and arguably one of the most important holidays we have in the U.S., the North Coast Section has ignored common sense and scheduled games. They could easily have scheduled them on the day before or the day after (the next game for both sports is on Saturday), but no, let's be lazy and do it on a holiday.

Way to go, NCS! Way to put the students and veterans first!

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Congratulations to all school participants and I mean all who choose to develop themselves in a positive manner.

Regarding sports star from this town? Well they are few and far between. I remember the kid who played for the Minnesota Vikings 25 years or so ago but that about it. I cannot think of anyone who has gone to a big school from here Alabama, USC, Oklahoma et al and made a splash. Better to focus on education and skills

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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2015 at 7:57 pm

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Jerry, you are thinking of Keith Millard, played nine seasons in the NFL. Greg Kragen (AV) also played thirteen years in the NFL about that same time. More recently Sean Mannion (FHS) is currently a backup QB for the Rams, and Scott Peterson (AV) is a lineman for the Cardinals.

Brandon Crawford (FHS) and Stephen Piscotty (AV) play professional baseball. Kevin Crow (AV) played professional soccer, and golfer Todd Fischer (FHS) were Pleasanton grads as well.

There have been others well. You said none made a splash at big schools like USC, but Brad Leggett did just that, except that NFL offensive linemen just don't really make a splash. These are just a few examples.

To "Absurd", Depending on your definition of "many", there are many scholarships given to AV and FHS athletes every year. Many go to under appreciated sports like softball and soccer. For example, a few years back, FHS girls soccer had eleven scholarships from the same team and graduating class! That is a bit exceptional, of course, but these scholarships often go under the radar. I, for one, had never heard of Brandon Crawford until after he made the majors, and I think I saw at least one of his football games.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 10, 2015 at 8:10 pm

GTF… Rich Moran also had a great NFL career with the Packers having graduated in the same class as Millard and Kragen...

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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2015 at 8:33 pm

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Like I said, there have been others. My brain and Google can only come up with so much.

But really, let's be honest, the best thing to come out of Pleasanton was a Power Ranger. Seriously, one of the first batch of Power Rangers was an AV grad. I am so proud of my town.

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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Nov 10, 2015 at 9:02 pm

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I read that Foothill is the #2-rated football team in the Bay Area behind De la Salle.

Not just in the East Bay, the ENTIRE BAY AREA!

That is quite an accomplishment for the student athletes!

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 10, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Get the facts,

Yes right about Milliard and Kragen but long ago. Scott Peters played one season for philly and one for Cards and then done. Man ion is a third string guy with Rams and will be done after this season. My point is you can count on one hand the kids who have gotten a paycheck in sports. Better investment is education.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 10, 2015 at 9:53 pm


Brad Leggett is from Fountain Valley HS

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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2015 at 10:34 pm

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I love how you conveniently skipped over the two current baseball players. And there have been others. Your original point never mentioned making money in sports, it was about "sports stars from this town", and we have and have had them. Saying "you can count on one hand the kids who have gotten a paycheck in sports" is not a very bold statement, of course it's a longshot to make a career in sports.

But there have been many who have made the professional ranks, and many, many more who have gotten full ride scholarships to D1 and other schools to play ball, many playing sports where pro careers don't exist.

PS: Mannion is a ROOKIE, as was every great player at some point. Of course he's riding the bench. Your statement of one-and-done is a bit premature, only time will tell.

PPS: Brad Leggett, one of many examples I could use (I just used one a bit obscure because I happened to know of him) went to AV his first three years, only went to Fountain Valley for his senior year, I believe his dad coached for the Raiders in LA and he moved there. He went to USC, Crawford went to UCLA, both "big schools". Alabama and Oklahoma don't do a lot of recruiting in Northern California, I would presume.

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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Castlewood
on Nov 11, 2015 at 7:39 am

Scott Smith CAL. Josh Shinnick UCLA. Steve Sebahar Washington Jimmy Carter Hawaii and of course probably the best football player Rick Kane Detroit Lions. All AV grads Im sure i am forgetting some but maybe the quality of football has declined as many of these names are from the past. Many went to smaller colleges on football scholarships and got a degree and good jobs. For some I know football opened the doors to academia.

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Posted by Larue1694
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 11, 2015 at 9:28 am

I can only speak for Foothill, but I do know that Ray Hudson who played for FHS is playing football at Cal Berkeley and is this week's PAC-12 Special Teams player of the week. Sean Mannion was mentioned, and yes, he is a back up for the Rams drafted in the 3rd round. Isiah Langley is playing on defense as a true Freshman for USC.

There are many student athletes who go on to play in college at different levels, that doesn't make parents or students delusional. There most certainly are those parents, I would agree, but most parents support their kids without being delusional.

Foothill and Amador have great athletic programs, especially football. Great teams who have school pride and heart. We are all very proud of how well our team has done this season, regardless of what successes come in the future. Playing sports in HS is a forever memory, don't take that away from them by being so cynical.

And Dennis Miller is correct, why Foothill is the 2nd seed really doesn't make any sense, but so be it.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 11, 2015 at 10:55 am


Don't get upset when I talk about facts. I am only talking about football because that is what the article is about. Education is the key not sports for most.

Facts. Mannion has a big problem with his progressions and as such throws interceptions in bunches and unless he can improve and quickly he will be gone. NFL defenses are very complex and he has to learn his check downs

Langley is currently 4th cornerback and SC is probably going to redshirt him. That will be a problem because SC already has 2 five commits coming in at that position.

Scott Smith played back up at Cal and was a bit slow laterally so was limited

Jimmy Carter I played against and he was a very quick but very undersized athlete. He went to Hawaii because in the early 70's they were trying to build a program

I agree with Forty above about Kane. I played against him in High School and both while he was at Oregon and after he transferred to San Jose State. I liked him and we were friends until he died a few years back in Reno.

Alabama is currently recruiting in NorCal. They are pursuing that TE at DLS.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 11, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Who says it has to be either or?
Perhaps many of the aforementioned student athletes who are currently attending or attended Cal or UCLA were average students, but leveraged their football skills to gain admission. Athletics does not have to be the end game, it can be means to an end as well...

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Posted by Janey
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 11, 2015 at 6:50 pm

To get the facts, which power ranger went to AV?

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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 11, 2015 at 9:22 pm

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David Yost was the blue ranger, class of '85 I believe.

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