The Foothill High swim teams completed a successful season last week by sending a group of swimmers to compete in the California Interscholastic Federation State Championship in Clovis.
Calvin David came through with the best swim of the weekend, finishing 8th in the 500 freestyle event. David also finished 22nd in the 200 free.
The boys' 200 Medley Relay team of Jonah Cooper, Jonathon Mui, Joe Schafer and Aaron Li battled to 11th place with some solid swims.
Kennedy Truex finished 15th in the 100 back and had a finish of 29th in the girls 100 free. Truex teamed with Olivia Larson, Hailey Morse and Paige Heacox to fight for a finish of 22nd in the girls' 200 Medley Relay.
In the boys' 100 Backstroke, Cooper finished 19th and Nick Skinner 30th for the Falcons. Finally, in the one-meter diving, Rob Harries was 23rd on the boys' side and Emily Balicanta was 20th for the girls.
Losing their No. 2 golfer to a non-golf related injury late in the season finally took its toll on the Foothill boys' golf team, as the Falcons stumbled to a fifth-place finish in the North Coast Section Tournament of Champions, held at Roddy Ranch May 16.
Raj Chekuri suffered a foot injury right before the East Bay Athletic League tournament, but the Falcons were able to play well enough to still win the league title. That was not the case at NCS as Foothill finished with team score of 390, missing the final Northern California qualifying spot by six shots.
De La Salle won the NCS title with a 370 score followed by Campolindo (381) and Monte Vista (384). All three teams will move on to the NorCal Championships at Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas next week. In all, four of the top six teams in NCS were from the EBAL, leaving no doubt as to the strongest golf league in Northern California.
The Falcons were led by senior Heetae Yang with a 2-over-par 74. Yang was followed by junior Alex Chin (77), junior Chase Godi (78), senior John Fracisco (80), senior Kyle Ko (81) and senior Parker Jameson (84).
MIDDLE SCHOOL TRACK AN FIELD
The future stars of the EBAL track and field teams were on display at the Tri-Valley Meet of Champions on May 17 at Dublin High.
Harvest Park captured both the boys and girls 1,600 meter runs as Jack Gray won the boys race with a time of 4 minutes, 51 seconds and Hope Bergmark took the girls event with a time of 5:31. Hayley Hayes of Hart was second in the girls with a 5:44 finish.
Lizzy Shirber of Pleasanton Middle School won both the 400 and 800 meter races. Dajhae Wilshire of Harvest Park was second in both the 100 and 200 races, just missing in each event.
Torre Anderson of Hart won the girls long jump with a leap of 14-feet, 11.5 inches and the Hart girls team took both the 4x100 and the 4x400 relay races.
In the lacrosse playoffs, both the Amador boys' and girls' teams had their seasons ended by Granite Bay. On the boys' side Amador beat Foothill in the first round 13-8, but fell 8-6 to Granite Bay in the quarterfinals.
The Amador girls had the daunting task of playing Granite Bay in the first round and the Dons were on the wrong side of 17-7 final.
The baseball and softball playoffs started earlier this week. In baseball neither Amador or Foothill made the playoffs, while on the softball side not only did the Dons and the Falcons make the Division I playoffs, but they were named the top two seeds.
Amador is No. 1 and the Falcons No. 2 meaning the only way they meet would be in the finals.
Picture: The Foothill swim team at the CIF State Championship. Photo courtesy of Julie Morse