What a week it was for the Amador Valley boys basketball team.
The Dons started their week with Senior Night on Feb. 13, hosting crosstown rival Foothill.
The game was slow moving through most of the first three quarters, with the Falcons leading 33-22 about midway through the third. But at that point, the Dons flipped the defensive switch, holding Foothill to just two points the rest of the game, coming away with the 45-35 win.
KC Tompkins led the scoring with 12 points for Amador. Tommy Kramer and Demetrius Williams had nine each, with Mitch Benson (seven), Jaden Sheppard (six) and Mitch Lawrence (two) rounding out the scoring.
The win advanced the Dons into the East Bay Athletic League playoffs and a first-round date with De La Salle. Once again, the senior-laden Dons pulled off the win, knocking off the Spartans 57-55.
With the score tied at 55-55 and time running down, Kramer got the ball inside to Tompkins, who scored with two seconds left to give the Dons the win. Kramer led the way with 24 points for the Dons.
The victory sent the Dons into the EBAL title game on Saturday at top-seeded Dublin. It was another thriller, with the Dons coming away with a 69-68 win to stun the Gaels. Williams had 17 points, with Tompkins adding 14 and Kramer knocking home 13.
With the EBAL championship in hand, Amador earned a first-round home game in the North Coast Section tournament. The No. 10 seed Dons host seventh-seeded James Logan on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Foothill girls soccer
The Falcons entered the NCS tournament as the No. 2 seed and won a pair of games last week.
In the wacky brackets of NCS, the Falcons had to go on the road to No. 15 seed James Logan in the first round. Undaunted, Foothill blasted Logan 4-0.
After a scoreless first half, Foothill blew the game open. Allison Casey started the scoring with a strong shot from distance, followed by Audriana Templeman's finish from close range. Taylor Noval and Allie Marzocco got the final two goals for Foothill.
The win sent the Falcons into a quarterfinal game with Clayton Valley.
It was a much tighter game than the first round, with the Falcons pulling out the 1-0 win.
The season-long formula for the Falcons was on full display against Clayton Valley, with a stout defense and opportunistic attack. Even though Foothill controlled much of the play, a first-half goal from Allison Casey was the only score the Falcons could muster.
A missed penalty kick in the first half and several other quality scoring chances came up short leaving the Falcons with another nail-biting win -- this time to clinch a spot in the NCS semifinals.
Foothill is scheduled to host No. 3 seed Carondelet in the semis Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
The Dons found a lot of success early in their game last week, downing De La Salle 8-1.
Casey Guan, Eswar Ramineri, Vedhant Kaliyur, Pranav Praveen and David Alber all posted straight set wins in the singles matches. Ben Deriquito turned in a valiant effort but dropped his match at the No. 1 singles.
In doubles, the teams of Dario Tommasini-Nithilan Muruganandham, Sankalp Sharma-Vishesh Pithadiva and Manas Aavula-Jaewook Lee all posted straight-set wins over the Spartans teams.
The Dons' doubles teams only lost four games total in their matches.
Amador JV girls soccer
The Dons finished their season with a 0-0 final against Foothill, leaving the team with a 12-3-5 final mark for first-year junior varsity coach Laura Burton, a former Amador player.