The Foothill boys' golf team will hang yet another East Bay Athletic League championship banner following a solid performance in the EBAL Tournament on last Monday at Roddy Ranch Golf Course.
After going 14-0 during the regular season and winning the both the first half and the second half of EBAL play, the Falcons needed no worse than a third-place finish in the league tournament, as points are awarded for each half and the league tournament.
They did one better, finishing second to tournament winner De La Salle, thus racking up the necessary points to win the overall EBAL title. It was the Falcons seventh league title in the last nine years.
There were some anxious moments for the Falcons heading into the league tournament as their No. 2 player Raj Chekuri was stuck on the sidelines after fracturing his foot playing basketball.
Senior Kyle Ko, who had played in but three varsity matches all year, came through with a solid five-over 77 to fill in for Chekuri. John Fracisco and Heetae Yang led the way for the Falcons, each with a 71. Alex Chin added a 75 and Parker Jameson an 84 to round out the Foothill scores.
Playing in front of an enthusiastic crowd, the Foothill boys' tennis team knocked off Tamalpais 5-2 in the second round of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs last Thursday.
The matches were intense throughout with Cliff Moran and Shreekar Eedara both coming from behind to win in their respective singles matches, both of which lasted over two hours.
The No. 4 seeded Falcons also got wins at the No. 1 singles from Andy Francis and picked up their other two wins in doubles play. The teams of Arnav Patel/Alex Yang and Dylan Weiglein/Patrick Maund both grabbed wins for Foothill.
The Falcons made it to the quarterfinals beating Heritage 7-0 earlier in the week, but Foothill saw its postseason run come to an end when Dougherty Valley the top-seed in the tournament beat the Falcons 6-1 in the semifinals on Saturday.
The Foothill boys' varsity moved into the semifinals of the NCS Division I playoffs Friday with a thrilling, 5-set win over Antioch. The Falcons jumped out quick, winning the first two games 25-18, 25-19, but the Panthers fought back and took a pair of close ones 28-26 and 25-23 to send it to the deciding fifth set.
The teams fought back and forth throughout the decider before the Falcons did what they needed to do late, winning the match 15-13.
Edgar Alaniz was seemingly everywhere on the court for Foothill, racking up 16 kills, 12 digs and 10 service points. Sean Hsu had 21 kills and seven service points and Robert Lee finished with 50 assists.
The Falcons advanced to the second round by knocking off Clayton Valley Charter 25-8, 25-11 and 26-24 in a first-round match earlier in the week, Alaniz had 12 kills, 12 digs and four aces in the match. Lee had 28 assists and 17 service points and Kelly added 12 kills.
After a successful weekend at the NCS championships, the following Foothill swimmers have qualified for the CIF State Championships.
On the boys' side, the 200 Medley Relay team of Jonah Cooper, Jonathan Mui, Joe Schafer, and Aaron Li will make the trip to Clovis for the State meet along with the following individual swimmers: Cooper (100 fly/100 back), Calvin David (200 free/500 free), Nick Skinner (100 back) and Rob Harries (diving).
On the girls' side, the 200 Medley team of Kennedy Truex, Olivia Larsen, Hailey Morse, and Paige Heacox will make the trip along with Truex (100 free/100 back) and Emily Balicanta (diving).