To compete for an East Bay Athletic League basketball title, you need to beat the teams you're supposed to beat and hold serve at home against the other title contenders.
In Week 1 of the EBAL season, the Amador Valley boys basketball team checked both boxes.
In their first game, on Jan. 2, the Dons dumped Livermore 52-17, and then followed with a 65-64 thriller over a very good Dublin team at Amador.
Jaden Sheppard, who is among the elite players in the league, had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Dublin. Brad Couture had 18 points, hitting six three-pointers, including three in the fourth quarter.
On the other side of town, opening week of the EBAL play was a tough one for the Falcons, as they faced a pair of the top teams in the league.
Foothill opened the league season on Jan. 2 by dropping a 57-40 final to Dublin in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated. In fact, Foothill led at the half before the Gaels turned it on in the final two quarters. Ben Pierce had 14 for Foothill with Dylan D'Amico adding 10 and Logan Still with 6 points.
Two days later, the Falcons lost 62-36 at De La Salle. Still had 12 points and was the lone Foothill player in double figures. Garrett Hill had 7 points and D'Amico scored 6 in the loss.
Foothill girls basketball
The Falcons also suffered a pair of losses in opening week.
First up was a 73-43 loss to Dublin. Gianna Lyng had 8 points for Foothill with Hope Alley (7), Reese Lombardi (6) and Kendall Harris (6) rounding out the top scorers.
Two days later, a 57-37 loss to Carondelet ended opening week in a game where the Falcons battled throughout. Katelynn Jensen had 12 points, with Harris adding 6 and Mariah Gragg scoring 5 for Foothill.
The Hart Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball team came away with the Tri-Valley Athletic League title beating Mendenhall 45-29 on Dec. 21.
The team is coached by Katlyn DeVoe and has the following team members: Valentina Ortiz, Mariah Branscomb, Bella Gavino, Olivia Fragomeli, Claire Gersich, Gianna Ghio, Natalie Hill, Isabel Dong, Avamarie Perry, Elizabeth Williams and Sophia Enright.
Tri-Valley Triathlon Club
The Tri-Valley Triathlon Club is set for its kick-off and information meeting on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The meeting is set at 9-10:30 a.m. at the Sports Basement in San Ramon. There is an optional run set at 7:30 a.m.
Triathlon season runs from February through September. Come to the meeting to learn about TVTC's 2019 programs and coach supported events. Hear from coaches, sponsors and other members. RSVP to coach Liz and firstname.lastname@example.org to attend the meeting.