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Foothill boys continue strong season on the course

Both softball, baseball squads ready to ramp up for second half

The Foothill boys' golf team had another perfect week on the course to move to 7-0 thus far in the East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) season.

The Falcons ended last week by traveling to The Course at Wente Vineyards on March 31 to take on Livermore. On a windy day making the conditions tough, the Falcons turned in a 9-over-par team score to top the Cowboys 189-210.

Heetae Yang led the way with a 1-under-par 35. Raj Chekuri checked in with an even-par 36 for the No. 2 Foothill score. Kyle Ko (38), Chase Godi (39), Parker Jameson (41) and Alex Chin (41) rounded out the low scores for Foothill.

In the junior varsity match, the Falcons also moved to 7-0 on the season with a 216-257 win over Livermore at Callippe Preserve Golf Course in Pleasanton.

Calvin Knop had a 37 to lead Foothill. Patrick Zhao (43), Alex Barclay (44), Nick Clark (46), Derek Heisig (46), Frederick Liu (46) and Mitchell Payne (46) had the top scores for the Falcons.

Earlier in the week on March 29, the Falcons traveled across town to take on Amador Valley at Ruby Hill Golf Club, the home course for the Dons.

Yang showed signs of what was to come later in the week when he fired a 2-under-par 34 to lead the Falcons to a 181-186 win.

Chin was also under par with a 35, with Godi (36), Chekuri (37), Jameson (39) and John Fracisco (43) rounding out the low scores for Foothill.

Amador was paced by Nathan Leung who also was at 2-under, 34.

The Falcons also took the JV match by a 215-225 final, once again played at Callippe. Zhao (40), Barclay (41), Knop (41), Heisig (43) and Chris Wei (44) led the way for Foothill.

On the diamond

Spring break brings the last bit of downtime for any of the spring sports because when it is done, it is time to ramp it up for the second half of the season and the postseason.

Amador Valley and Foothill teams will be looking forward to making some noise in the second half of the season in all sports, as the Dons and Falcons have fared traditionally well this time of year.

One sport where the two schools are among the elite -- not just in EBAL play, but the entire section -- is softball.

Amador softball lost its opener to Pioneer of San Jose, but has run off six straight wins, allowing only two runs in the process. Foothill has started 7-0, including a 5-4, extra-inning win in the season opener against James Logan.

The two powerhouses will meet twice in the season, facing off at Foothill on April 26 and then back at Amador in the regular-season finale May 19.

On the baseball side of the equation, Amador has righted the ship after a slow start. The Dons started out 1-3, but then put together a five-game winning streak.

Foothill on the other hand is still searching for a rhythm. The Falcons opened the EBAL season with a pair of losses to Livermore and Monte Vista, falling to 3-5 overall for the year.

The schools will meet April 27 at Foothill and then May 20 at Amador Valley.

* Editor's note: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact Miller or submit local high school sports scores, game highlights and photographs for his weekly Pleasanton Preps column, email him at acesmag@aol.com.

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