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Pleasanton Preps: Amador varsity teams sweep De La Salle/Nike Invitational

Also: Falcons top Dons in girls volleyball, both water polo squads post wins

The Amador Valley girls cross-country team celebrates its first-place performance at last week's De La Salle/Nike Invitational, one of the top competitions in Northern California. (Contributed photo)

In a battle of North Coast Section powers, the Amador Valley girls and boys cross-country squads both finished in first place at the De La Salle/Nike Invitational on Sept. 15.

The three-mile race is considered one of the top early-season competitions for cross-country teams in Northern California.

The varsity girls team of seven runners, competing against 28 teams with 183 runners in all, was paced by sophomore Hope Bergmark who finished second. Bergmark was followed by Becky Laurence who finished seventh.

The rest of the team finished strong with Ashley Baudin (15th), Ella McCarthy (30th), Surabhi Kumar (44th), Derica Su (45th) and Rachel Dentler (76th) rounding out the team performance.

In the boys varsity race, the Amador squad was competing against 32 teams and 210 runners.

The seven-runner team was led by Jack Gray and Aidan Boyle, who finished third and fourth, respectively. Rounding out the rest of team was Aidan McCarthy (15th), Jacob Lawrence (24th), Euan Houston (37th), John Lester (55th) and Max Jorgenson (77th).

On top of the two team titles, any runner that finished in the top 25 also received individual performance awards.

Girls volleyball

The first Pleasanton showdown took place last week, with the Falcons beating the Dons in four sets: 26-24, 26-24, 21-25, 25-18.

The core group of seniors led the way for Foothill, with Emily Haskell (29 digs, 2 aces), Haley Roundtree (9 kills, 5 blocks), Savanah Caires (5 blocks, 4 kills) and Riley Francis (5 kills, 3 blocks) pacing the Falcons.

Amador was led by Mahlia Jackson's double-double of 15 kills and 15 digs. Sarah Rieble also had 10 kills and three blocks for the Dons.

Foothill's other match, also an East Bay Athletic League win, was a 25-13, 25-21, 22-25, 23-25, 15-9 thriller over Granada.

Grayce Olson (27 kills), Naya Williamson (11 digs, 10 kills), Ishana Ram (51 assists, 16 service points), and Haskell (29 digs, 16 service points) led the way.

The victories left Foothill 15-2 overall and 9-1 in league, good enough for first place at the halfway point.

The Dons bounced back big after the home loss to Foothill by going on the road and beating California in straight sets, 25-22, 25-17 and 25-20.

The Amador attack was led by seniors Rieble and Kaitlyn McFall with 11 kills and 10 kills, respectively. The duo of Rieble and McFall also combined for 7 blocks. Setter Helen Xiao had 30 assists to keep the Dons' offense moving throughout the match.

Boys water polo

The Foothill boys varsity water polo team had its best-ever finish at the Roddy Svendsen Shootout, taking third place in Merced on Sept. 14-15.

Earning All-Tournament honors were seniors Nathan Williams and Ryan Weiglein with outstanding performances. Williams scored 8 goals, and added 11 assists and 10 steals. Weiglein scored 14 goals, had 7 assists and 3 steals.

Prior to the tournament, Foothill was bested by Livermore 9-6, and then went on to beat Heritage 13-7. Williams led against Heritage with 5 goals, with Dylan and Ryan Weiglein each scoring twice. Jesse Goodman, Camden McFarlane, Daniel Kim, and Josh Nagra added a goal apiece.

Foothill capped the week with a 15-9 win over league opponent Dougherty Valley.

Across town, the Amador boys rallied for a thrilling 9-7 win over Livermore on Sept. 20. Down 4-1 at the half, Amador fought back by outscoring the Cowboys 8-3 in the second half.

Jack Kost had 3 goals -- all three in the fourth quarter -- to pace the scoring. Noah Freeman has 2 goals, with Ethan Braga, Alex Moirano, Jack Bessiere and Josh Freeman adding 1 each.

Tanner McMillien had 11 saves to key the Amador defense.

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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