Strong stretch for Foothill water polo teams

AVHS football hopes to rebound at Livermore; Foothill set for Homecoming Game

The Foothill High boys varsity water polo team is coming off a solid two weeks of performances, including a winning record in the always-tough Roddy Svendsen Shootout in Merced in mid-September.

In the tournament, the Falcons went 3-2 and saw Matthew Dotson earn All-Tournament honors after scoring 19 goals in the five games.

Back in East Bay Athletic League play, Foothill beat California 13-8 on Sept. 22.

Dotson had eight goals and two assists to lead the way. Aaron Li had three goals and four assists, while Fabio Salvoni led the defense with nine steals, as well as chipping in a pair of assists and one goal.

The Foothill girls hosted the second annual Lady Falcon Invitational Water Polo Tournament last Friday and Saturday, finishing third in the event.

The Falcons lost their first game to eventual tournament champions Washington High School in an overtime shootout by a final of 8-7. In the next match, the Falcons beat Liberty 7-3 led by Maddie David (five goals) and Brooke Christian (two goals).

The Foothill defense racked up 14 steals, their second highest mark this year. David (four) and Madison Weiglein (three) were the individual leaders.

In their final match of the tournament, the Falcons beat Irvington 15-3 to take third. David (five goals), Weiglein (four), Natali Dallos (two) and Maddie Bolt (two) were the offensive leaders.

Once again their defense proved very strong with 13 steals, led by Bolt (four) and junior Emily McElroy (three).


Amador Valley continues to fight injuries and it finally took a huge toll on the Dons as they dropped a 40-0 loss to San Ramon Valley last Friday.

The loss dropped the Dons to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in EBAL play. San Ramon moved to 4-1 and 3-1 with the win.

Next up for the Dons is a date at Livermore on Friday night, where the Cowboys (2-3, 1-2) and the Dons will face off for the 100th time in a battle between the two oldest EBAL schools.

Foothill (2-3 overall, 2-2 EBAL) plays host to Dougherty Valley (1-4, 0-3) in the Homecoming Game for the Falcons, who had their bye last week.

A win and the Falcons will have three straight and climb back to an even record at 3-3.


The Amador Valley girls varsity team participated in The Battle of the Bay Tournament last weekend.

The Dons beat Los Gatos 4-3 on the first day, then beat Menlo High 5-2 and St. Francis High 6-1.

Amador had two EBAL matches the week of Sept. 26, beating Foothill 7-2 and losing to Monte Vista 7-2. The loss to the Mustangs has been the only one of the season for Amador.


It was quite a week for the Foothill girls, as they topped both San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista -- the defending North Coast Section champions -- last week

The Falcons beat San Ramon Valley 25-19, 25-15, 25-19 behind the strong play of Kate Goto (17 kills), Andreea Paduraru (13 kills, seven digs) and Kelli Hughes (28 assists, seven service points).

Against Monte Vista, a team that was previously unbeaten on league play, the Falcons came out on top 25-20 25-21, 26-24.

Leading the way was Hughes (40 assists, 10 service points), Goto (20 kills, two blocks), Paduraru (19 kills, eight digs, five service points) and Amal Peermohammed (20 digs).

The wins ran Foothill's record to 18-4 overall and 6-1 in the EBAL.


Matthew Kim, Fabio Salvioni and Aaron Li -- all three members of the Foothill swim team -- participated the 11th annual Swim Across America-San Francisco Bay Swim on Saturday.

The 1.5-mile, open-water swim, raised money to fight cancer. With the help of Foothill students and parents and their friends, the trio raised total of $2,415 for the event.\

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