Pleasanton Preps: Dons win first round of crosstown basketball matchups

Also: Ballistic United recreation director retiring from soccer club

Round one of the Amador Valley-Foothill varsity basketball rivalry has gone to the Dons, on both the boys and girls sides of the ledger.

In the girls varsity game, the Dons picked up a 45-35 victory that went back and forth before the Dons pulled away late for the win. It was an entertaining contest between the crosstown rivals.

Julia Balestreri had 13 points to lead Amador and controlled the lane on both offense and defense. Mary Tincher added 9 points with Jennie Yang and Emily Tincher chipping in 8 points each. Hope Alley had 16 points for Foothill, with Reese Lombardi adding 13 points for the Falcons.

In the boys game, the Dons cruised to a 48-22 win.

Jaden Sheppard had 13 points to lead the offense. Tyler Nanney had 9 and Jules Bellosguardo had 8, including a monster dunk in the third quarter that electrified the packed gym.

Earlier in the week the Amador boys lost 83-59 to Dublin. Brad Couture had 18 points for Amador, hitting six 3-pointers.

The Foothill program found success earlier in the week when both teams beat Granada on Jan. 15.

Noah Lewis had 20 points and Dylan D'Amico had 12 to pace the boys to a 48-38 win over the Matadors. Lewis was also a star on the defensive side of the floor.

In the girls win, a 49-27 thumping of Granada, Alley had 16 points to lead the way. Gianna Lyng (11 points), Kendall Harris (11) and Lombardi (9) all had good games to help the Falcons to the win.

BUSC to honor coach

Tony Chavarria, Ballistic United Soccer Club's director of recreation as well as a former BUSC player, is retiring from the club.

But before Chavarria leaves, BUSC will be having a goodbye ceremony to honor him on Feb. 7 at McKay's on Main Street in Pleasanton. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

I have known Chavarria for years, and I can honestly say he will be missed by all associated with the club. Being involved in the recreational level can be daunting at times; as is the case with just about every sport, you have a lot of kids who are playing because their parents signed them up, not necessarily because they want to play.

That makes it tough to go out each week with enthusiasm, but that's exactly what Chavarria did. He worked with the kids and coaches to make the recreation side of Ballistic a top-flight program.

Additionally, in a day where many coach youth sports for the money, Chavarria did it for the pure love of the game.

Cheers Tony and enjoy your retirement!

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

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