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Pleasanton Preps: Foothill girls remain well-positioned in EBAL soccer race

Also: Tri-Valley Aquatics relays win, Amador boys reach NCS soccer playoffs

The Foothill High girls soccer team started its final stretch of the regular season with a pair of ties last week.

In the week's first game, the Falcons tied Dublin 1-1 to stay in second place.

This match against a solid Gael squad saw the Falcons fall behind in the first half, only to quickly level the match off a goal from Audriana Templeman. After halftime, the Falcons maintained an edge over the Gaels in possession and scoring opportunities but came up short of the win with the match staying knotted after another strong defensive effort.

The Falcons then traveled to Cal High for their last road match of the regular season and a showdown with the Grizzlies for sole possession of second place in the East Bay Athletic League.

As has been the trend for Foothill as the season has gone on, a strong defensive effort with limited offensive attack resulted in another draw -- this one 0-0, leaving the teams tied for second place heading into the last week of the season.

This match saw the Grizzlies create a few more scoring opportunities only to be stopped by strong play from goalkeeper Allison Jenezon and the back line of the Falcons defense.

Swimming

The Tri-Valley Aquatics swim team won four relay races last month at the Zone 2 Championships held at Campolindo High School in Moraga, including boys and girls 200-medley and 200-freestyle relays.

The girls 15-18 relay team, winning both races, consisted of Tessie Scavone, Caroline Gjerde, Katherina Cory and Valerie Yefimov

The girls 15-18 winning relay team was Tessie Scavone, Caroline Gjerde, Katherina Cory, and Valerie Yefimov. The boys medley relay featured of Cole Reznick, Grant Yap, Pieter Cory and Caleb Bitting, and the boys free relay was Reznick, Yap, Cory and Bobby Dean.

The club, based out of Las Positas College in Livermore, also had first-place finishers in a variety of individual events and many new personal-best times by its swimmers.

Amador boys soccer

The Dons got the win they needed to qualify for the North Coast Section playoffs, blanking Livermore 3-0 on Jan. 30 to clinch their postseason berth.

The goals were scored by Zion Kiehle, Peyton Henry and Ben Blackfield.

Spring sports starting

It's almost time for the spring sports to take over the athletic landscape, and we want to make sure we get the results from as many teams as possible. But we need your help to do it.

How can you help?

If you spend 10 minutes a week, you can make sure that your child's team get their results in the paper each week. All you need to do by Sunday of each week is email the results of the week's games, along with any highlights to me at acesmag@aol.com.

Many times, teams ask for parent volunteers and here is your chance to pitch in and help.

You don't have to be a writer as I am more than happy to put together the story for you; just send me the results! We are also always on the lookout for pictures, and all we ask is to identify the players in the pictures as well as photographer credit.

One final request -- please send in the weekly results, win or lose. It is always amazing how we seem to hear from teams when things are going good and then get crickets when they lose.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

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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