Pleasanton Preps: Dons poised for NCS playoffs while Falcons miss key players

Also: Both Foothill, Amador girls volleyball teams win matches

Amador Valley's Brett Severance knocks down a Granada pass. (Photo by Mike Shaffer)

It has been an interesting football season thus far for the Pleasanton high schools.

Seven weeks into the season, the teams are mirror opposites of each other. Amador Valley sits at 5-2 overall, while Foothill is at 2-5. Both teams are coming off losses, as the Dons fell 35-23 to Granada and Foothill lost 14-3 to California.

With the five wins, the Dons are pretty much set for a North Coast Section playoff berth regardless of what happens the rest of the way out.

"You want to win every game and that Granada game was something we pin-pointed," said Amador coach Danny Jones. "But we are happy with 5-2. We have truly been getting better every week. We just have to get better up front on both offense and defense. If we do that, we can be pretty good."

Foothill has not been as bad as the Falcons' record indicates. They were right there with San Ramon Valley and California before giving up late scores that made the final score look worse than it was.

Life has not been easy for the Foothill offense and quarterback Bryce Lombardi, as the Falcons have been without three of their top offensive weapons in Peter Montini, Ryan Stemplinger and Max Masajlo.

"We're getting exponentially better each week," said first-year Foothill coach Greg Haubner. "Those guys being out has caused the offense to struggle, but it's a great group of kids and they are always working hard."

Foothill girls volleyball

The Falcons won a pair of EBAL matches last week, to move to 13-1 in league and 21-5 overall.

The week started with a 25-13, 25-20, 25-16 win over Monte Vista. Highlights came from Ishana Ram (36 assists, 4 aces), Naya Williamson (9 kills, 12 digs), and Haley Roundtree (9 kills, 2 blocks).

Next up was a thrilling 24-26, 25-12, 25-23, 25-20 over California. This time Foothill was led by Grayce Olson (season high 33 kills, 9 digs), Ram (66 assists - season high, 11 service points), Emily Haskell (32 digs - season high, 10 service points), Savanah Caires (10 kills - season high, 5 blocks), Auguste Kersulyte (7 kills, 6 service points).

Amador girls volleyball

The Dons rolled to a pair of wins last week.

The first match was a straight set blitzing of San Ramon by 25-22, 25-18 and 29-27 scores.

Mahlia Jackson and Sarah Rieble led the Amador attack with 12 and 11 kills apiece. Junior Sophia Moore had four kills to go along with three blocks. Senior Helen Xiao paced the offense with 33 assists. Xiao also added 10 digs for a double-double.

Game two was 23-25, 25-15, 25-11, 25-20 win over Dougherty Valley.

Jackson registered her 6th double-double of the season for the Dons with 10 kills and 12 digs. Jackson nearly had a triple-double with nine aces. Other Dons contributing to the offense were Rieble and Rachel Malmrose with 12 and six kills, respectively.

Amador boys water polo

The Dons split games last week, knocking Dougherty Valley and losing to San Ramon.

In the win over DV, goals were scored by Noah Freeman (4), Jack Kost (2), Devon Kost (2), Josh Freeman (1) and Ethan Braga (1).

Luke Neely, Will Bosse, and Jack Bessiere all added assists.

Later in the week, the Dons dropped a match to San Ramon Valley. Goals were scored by Jack Kost (2), Noah Freeman (1) and Josh Freeman (1).

Foothill cross country

The Falcons took part in the Scott Bauhs Invitational and turned in some big performances.

Earning spots on the all-time bests list were seniors Russell Sullivan (15:09) and Shrey Shah (15:36). Also turning in strong performances were Prithu Kachare and Arjun Subramanian.

Haven Decker (21:04) and Sydney Cohen (21:06) turned in a strong showing for the varsity girls. Overall, the boys varsity team placed third, and the 10th grade girls team placed fourth, led by Dounya Besh, Aoife Kennedy and Iris Hur.

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