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Pleasanton Preps: Best of pro sports on display with Crawford family tourney supporting Piscotty ALS fund

Also: Rage alums playing collegiate soccer honored on Letter of Intent Night

If there is one thing I love to see from our former high school athletes that move into the professional ranks, it is when they give back to charity events.

Such is the case with former Foothill star baseball/football player and current San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. A great kid from a great family, it's no surprise to see Brandon involved in such a wonderful event.

It's time for the 3rd annual Crawford Family Invitational Golf Tournament that will take place Feb. 22 at the Raven Golf Club in Phoenix, Ariz.

Net proceeds from this year's tournament will be donated to ALS CURE, a nonprofit special project fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation established by Mike Piscotty, father of Oakland A's right-fielder Stephen Piscotty, to create an operational business model incentivizing biotech and pharmaceutical companies to invest capital and focus research for the development of a cure for ALS.

In addition to raising funds for ALS CURE, this year's tournament honors the memories of the following people whose lives were tragically cut short by ALS (all are family members and close friends of tournament participants): Gretchen Piscotty, Dwight Clark, Bob Paul Sr. and Pete Hinojosa.

The format for the tournament is a team scramble contest (preceded by a putting contest). Team handicaps will be assigned based on a general four-category rating system for each golfer (as determined by their index/handicap).

Following the golf round, an awards banquet (featuring a prime rib and chicken breast marsala buffet dinner and open bar), and live auction fundraiser will be held in the Raven's Pavilion Room. Cocktail hour will commence upon completion of round, approximately 5:30 p.m., and dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.

The tournament entry fee of $270 includes green fees, cart, range balls, tournament services, prizes, dinner and a $100 tax deductible donation to ALS CURE.

The Giants, A's and 49ers are committed to sponsoring the event, and there will be current and past players from those teams participating, in addition to members of their broadcast teams. San Francisco 49er alumni expected to participate were teammates of Clark. Additionally, two high-profile, perennial All-Star/MVP candidates from the Rockies and Angels are expected to participate.

Anyone interested in golfing or sponsoring the event can register on the website at www.crawford-golf4charity.com. Additionally, anyone who can't make the event but are interested in donating to the cause may also do so on the site.

If you are planning a trip down to Spring Training, here is your chance to get in on a great event and contribute to a worthy cause. If you can't make it, there are other ways to get involved and contribute.

Congratulations to the entire Crawford family for taking the time to put together the event. It's a shining example of the right way to do something!

Rage Letter of Intent Night

The Pleasanton Rage Soccer Club recently held its Letter of Intent Night for players to sign their letters as to where they are playing college soccer.

The Rage players or alumni from the Class of 2019 playing collegiate soccer include Pleasanton students Allison Hunter (Amador Valley), Carnegie Mellon; Cierra Lofthouse-Wolf (Foothill), Las Positas College; Peyton Raun (Foothill), University of Pennsylvania; and Michaela Riter (Amador Valley), New York University.

Other Rage players honored at Letter of Intent Night were Meghan Roberts (Dublin High), CSU Monterey; Meghan Viceck (Dublin), University of Illinois, Springfield; Kate Hottinger (Granada), UCSD; Kayla Petroskey (Monte Vista), DePaul University; Elizabeth Todd (Bishop O'Dowd), University of Montana; Gabriella Funk (Irvington), NYU; Darya Rasoli (Irvington HS), California Lutheran University; Shyh Saenz (Mt. Eden HS), Gonzaga University; Britt Belluomini (Vacaville High), Chico State; and Ava Cholakian (Notre Dame High), University of Puget Sound.

Amador boys basketball

The Dons split a pair of games last week, beating Granada and losing to Dougherty Valley.

In the 47-37 win over Granada, Jaden Sheppard had 15 points and Patrick Gallagher added 13 to lead the offensive attack.

Late in the week, Sheppard had 20 points, but the Dons fell short to Dougherty Valley 58-48. Jules Bellosguardo added 9 points in the loss.

Foothill JV wrestling

The Foothill junior varsity team placed third out of 45 teams in the North Coast Section JV Tournament. Here are the Falcons' individual placings from the tournament: Ian Kapsalis first, Ethan Hoffman first, Miguel Lopez second, Seth Tang fourth, Shazil Tagi fifth, Jay Chang fifth and Patrick Francisco sixth.

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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