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Pleasanton Preps: Dons, Falcons ready for gridiron showdown

Amador golf, Foothill volleyball win EBAL titles; Dons dominate Mt. Sac Invitational

On paper, Friday night's East Bay Athletic League finale between Amador Valley and Foothill looks like a major blowout.

The Dons are 7-2 and pretty healthy coming into the game at Amador that is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Falcons are 2-7 and have 15 players from their 49-player roster out with injuries.

There haven't been a lot of golden moments for the Falcons this year, while the Dons have turned into a balanced team that can light up the scoreboard.

Figures to be a blowout, right? Well, not if you know the history of the Amador-Foothill rivalry.

"You have to throw the records out the window," said Amador coach Danny Jones, who also played quarterback for the Dons when a teenager. "There have been years where we won the game and we had no business winning. This is going to be a dog fight."

For Foothill coach Greg Haubner, his initial season as the head coach has been a frustrating one as the Falcons have seemingly lost players at every turn throughout the season.

"It has been frustrating," Haubner said. "But you have to play with the hand you're dealt. This game is a big deal for the kids, alumni, parents and the community. The kids are excited for the game."

Foothill volleyball

The Falcons claimed their first outright EBAL title since 2011 with a pair of wins last week.

The week started with a 25-19, 25-14, 25-14 win over Dublin. The highlights came from Emily Haskell (21 digs, 10 service points), Grayce Olson (16 kills, 9 digs), Riley Francis (9 kills, 1 block) and Savanah Caires (4 kills, 3 blocks).

Later in the week, needing a win over Amador to claim the title, the Falcons got just that with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 victory. This time the highlights came from Ishana Ram (35 assists, 10 digs), Olson (14 kills, 8 service pts, 6 digs), Naya Williamson (10 kills, 8 digs) and Haskell (15 digs, 8 service pts).

Foothill finished 17-1 in league.

Amador volleyball

The Dons sent their graduating seniors off with a win in their final home match, beating Granada 25-18, 25-12, 25-22. The seniors are Sarah Rieble, Helen Xiao, Mahlia Jackson, Lauren Melvin, Abby Swindale, Rachel Malmrose, Summer Reeves and Kaitlyn McFall.

Malmrose had 14 kills, Rieble adding 9 kills. Setter Xiao had 4 aces, 30 assists and 8 digs.

In the loss to Foothill, the Dons' offense was led by Malmrose's 9 kills. Sophomore Jillian Wittenauer led Amador's defense with 15 digs. Xiao and Jackson had 12 and 10 digs, respectively.

Amador cross-country

The Amador Valley boys and girls cross-country teams took team titles at the Mt. Sac Invitational last weekend.

There were 79 separate races over two days, with 300 schools and 10,000 athletes competing over the hilly three-mile course.

The boys team of seven runners were led by junior Jack Gray, finishing in eighth place overall with a time of 15:18 -- which was also an Amador Valley record for the course.

He was followed closely by Aidan Boyle in 14th with a time of 15:36, Aidan McCarthy in 20th (15:46), Jacob Lawrence 40th (16:10), Euan Houston 48th (16:19), John Lester 56th (16:39) and Max Jorgenson 75th (16:56).

The seven girls of Amador Valley were led by sophomore Hope Bergmark, who won the race and beat the second-place finisher by seven seconds. Her time of 17:35 ranks second all-time at Amador for the Mt. Sac course.

The other top finishers for Amador were Becky Laurence 21st (18:54), Ashley Baudin 31st (19:17), Derica Su 34th (19:19), Ella McCarthy 53rd (19:53), Surabhi Kumar 70th (20:26) and Rachel Dentler 74th (20:29).

Foothill cross-country

Russell Sullivan led the varsity boys in their debut in the Sweepstakes Division at Mt. Sac in sixth place in 15:00.3. Shrey Shah, Arjun Subramanian, Prithu Kachare, and Pranav Poominathan all achieved Mt. Sac personal records.

Aasahy Parab led the junior varsity team on the hilly course, while Eliseo Urrutia-Serrano was the fastest Falcon in the freshman race.

For the girls, Sydney Cohen at (23:02), Kina Atkin-Yamaguchi (23:16) and freshman Isabel Garcia-Flores close behind.

Foothill water polo

The Foothill High School boys varsity water polo team delivered a strong performance against San Ramon Valley on Oct. 18, however were unable to prevail against the league leader and lost 15-7.

The whole team played well with 3 goals scored by Nathan Williams, 2 by Dylan Weiglein and 1 each by Eugene Kruger and Sanjay Menon. Defensive standouts included goalie Moises Ambriz with 11 saves and a steal, and Ryan Weiglein and Daniel Kim each with a pair of forced turnovers and a steal.

Amador girls golf

Amador won the EBAL championship on Oct. 15 at Tilden Park Golf Course in Berkeley.

Ten teams in the league battled for first place, but Amador took the title with a team score of 386. Dougherty Valley placed second with a 391 and Foothill placed third with a 396.

Katie Murphy of Amador was the medalist for the tournament with a 71, beating the field by four strokes.

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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