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Pleasanton Preps: Foothill mourning loss of one of their own

On the field, Amador girls lacrosse controls game against Carondelet

Often we get too caught up in the pettiness of daily life to step back, take a breath and put things in the proper perspective.

Such was the case last week when the Foothill High community lost one of their own when Scott Kienhofer passed away after a battle with cancer.

The celebration for life for the Foothill senior is set for 10 a.m. this Saturday (March 24) at St. Raymond's in Dublin, with a reception set to follow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Scott's father Brian wanted to make sure everyone knew that Scott would have wanted it called a party. I didn't know Scott personally, but have heard nothing but wonderful things about the young man.

I have had the pleasure to know Scott's older brother Shaun, and I can tell you he is one the nicest, most down-to-earth high school kids I have dealt with in the last 10 years.

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Shaun spent a year as teaching assistant for my wife at Foothill and ranks among her all-time favorite students. Scott was scheduled to be her TA this year but was on independent study and never actually made it to school.

It can be very hard for high school kids to rationalize losing a classmate. I've walked in their shoes, and it's something that stays with you the rest of your life. One of my best friends in high school was our Amador quarterback Tim Monday. We went to Hawaii following our graduation in June of 1979, and less than two months later Tim was killed in an accident.

Here's what you need to do -- carry the memory of your friend forward and honor their memory by living your life. It's what they would want. Our lives were better off for having known our friends, and to not remember that would be a disservice.

Amador girls lacrosse

The Amador girls grabbed an important East Bay Athletic League win, knocking off Carondelet 10-6 on March 9.

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Bella Mayo got the game going the right way for the Dons, taking the opening draw and working it down for the first goal of the game. Mady Sweeney got the next score, drawing a shooting-space violation after charging the 8-meter spot. Sweeney easily converted, and Amador led 2-0.

Carondelet rallied and tied it 2-2 a short time later before Anna Ford gave the Dons the lead back. Once again, the Cougars battled back and knotted the match at 3-3. The Carondelet goalie was keeping her team in the game as the Dons continued to keep the pressure on.

Sweeney and Sophia Shiblaq finally were able to give the Dons some breathing room with a pair of goals from the penalty line. Kalena Johnson added another goal and the Dons led 6-3 at the half.

Mayo got her second goal of the game to start the second half and the Dons kept increasing the margin. Grace French triggered the next goal for the Dons with a big-time defensive takeaway and charge on to the attack.

French's shot was deflected, but after Carondelet was unable to clear the ball, Lily Manos picked up the loose ball and fed it to Kylie Racer who made Carondelet pay by scoring another Amador goal.

Racer got the next goal, this time taking a pass from Sweeney and putting it away and make it 9-3.

Carondelet rallied for a pair of goals and kept the pressure on the Amador goal, trying to get back into the game.

But an offside call on the Cougars gave the Dons a break. Marley Diligent took the ball and raced down the field before hitting Johnson with a well-placed pass. Johnson in turn put a nice move on the defender and put the ball into the back of the net.

Carondelet kept trying to rally, but the tough Amador defense did what it needed to do to lock up the win.

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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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Pleasanton Preps: Foothill mourning loss of one of their own

On the field, Amador girls lacrosse controls game against Carondelet

by Dennis Miller / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 12:08 pm

Often we get too caught up in the pettiness of daily life to step back, take a breath and put things in the proper perspective.

Such was the case last week when the Foothill High community lost one of their own when Scott Kienhofer passed away after a battle with cancer.

The celebration for life for the Foothill senior is set for 10 a.m. this Saturday (March 24) at St. Raymond's in Dublin, with a reception set to follow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Scott's father Brian wanted to make sure everyone knew that Scott would have wanted it called a party. I didn't know Scott personally, but have heard nothing but wonderful things about the young man.

I have had the pleasure to know Scott's older brother Shaun, and I can tell you he is one the nicest, most down-to-earth high school kids I have dealt with in the last 10 years.

Shaun spent a year as teaching assistant for my wife at Foothill and ranks among her all-time favorite students. Scott was scheduled to be her TA this year but was on independent study and never actually made it to school.

It can be very hard for high school kids to rationalize losing a classmate. I've walked in their shoes, and it's something that stays with you the rest of your life. One of my best friends in high school was our Amador quarterback Tim Monday. We went to Hawaii following our graduation in June of 1979, and less than two months later Tim was killed in an accident.

Here's what you need to do -- carry the memory of your friend forward and honor their memory by living your life. It's what they would want. Our lives were better off for having known our friends, and to not remember that would be a disservice.

Amador girls lacrosse

The Amador girls grabbed an important East Bay Athletic League win, knocking off Carondelet 10-6 on March 9.

Bella Mayo got the game going the right way for the Dons, taking the opening draw and working it down for the first goal of the game. Mady Sweeney got the next score, drawing a shooting-space violation after charging the 8-meter spot. Sweeney easily converted, and Amador led 2-0.

Carondelet rallied and tied it 2-2 a short time later before Anna Ford gave the Dons the lead back. Once again, the Cougars battled back and knotted the match at 3-3. The Carondelet goalie was keeping her team in the game as the Dons continued to keep the pressure on.

Sweeney and Sophia Shiblaq finally were able to give the Dons some breathing room with a pair of goals from the penalty line. Kalena Johnson added another goal and the Dons led 6-3 at the half.

Mayo got her second goal of the game to start the second half and the Dons kept increasing the margin. Grace French triggered the next goal for the Dons with a big-time defensive takeaway and charge on to the attack.

French's shot was deflected, but after Carondelet was unable to clear the ball, Lily Manos picked up the loose ball and fed it to Kylie Racer who made Carondelet pay by scoring another Amador goal.

Racer got the next goal, this time taking a pass from Sweeney and putting it away and make it 9-3.

Carondelet rallied for a pair of goals and kept the pressure on the Amador goal, trying to get back into the game.

But an offside call on the Cougars gave the Dons a break. Marley Diligent took the ball and raced down the field before hitting Johnson with a well-placed pass. Johnson in turn put a nice move on the defender and put the ball into the back of the net.

Carondelet kept trying to rally, but the tough Amador defense did what it needed to do to lock up the win.

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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