Amador Valley opened the wrestling season in style, winning all four matches in the Don Duels last Saturday.
The final standings from the one-day event were: Amador Valley 4-0, Washington 3-1, Monte Vista 2-2, Dublin 1-3 and Amijo (Fairfield) 0-4.
Amador had 11 wrestlers that won all their matches: Donovan Lucente (106), Tyler Self (120), Brody Kiehn (132), Lucas Sira (138), Fabian Hernandez (145), Tyler Kline (152), Shawn Wu (160), Jacob Lum (170), RJ Pennisi and Thomas Pak (195) and Alex Crepeau (Hvw).
Foothill kicked off the 2016-17 season under new coach Walter Pratte with a solid 2-0 win at Berkeley.
Foothill controlled possession throughout the match and showed pace of play and good tactical and technical play against a physical Berkeley squad. Foothill outshot Berkeley 19-3 with 11 shots on frame against just one for Berkeley.
The scoring started early in the 5th minute when Sarah Mirr tapped a ball from Tami Kwong past the keeper. The lead went to 2-0 in only the 13th minute when Ari Nino’s shot from close range hit the back of the net.
It was a good start overall for the Falcons given the limited practice time over the past two weeks due to travel for several girls during the holiday including several who went to South America for a community service and soccer camp project.
Two Foothill girls’ water polo players were honored last month by opposing coaches with All League selections in the very competitive East Bay Athletic League.
Madison Weiglein, a junior, was selected to the All-League second team and senior Maddie David was selected as Honorable Mention.
In addition to these honors, Weiglein was named Most Valuable Player for Foothill and goalie Negar Tehranian was named Defensive Player of the Year, and senior Natali Dallos was the Falcon Award winner.
For those curious about what happened with the North Coast Section and CIF State Football Playoffs, things went as feared for EBAL champion Monte Vista.
The Mustangs went out, took care of business in the Div. I final beating Antioch 42-18. In the Open division, De La Salle hammered Freedom 42-7 for the championship.
So, who is the NCS D-I representative in the State Playoffs? Why Freedom of course because of NCS policy that lets the runner-up in the Open displace a section champion. Let’s say that again – a section champion.
Monte Vista goes undefeated in EBAL play, loses only to De La Salle, then goes out and wins three NCS games by a 150-46 final margin to take a section title and are not even considered for a spot in the State Playoffs.