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Pleasanton Preps: Both Amador basketball teams sweep season series from Foothill

Also: Golf Ball Drop fundraiser to benefit BUSC

The Amador Valley boys and girls varsity basketball teams completed their season sweeps of cross-town rival Foothill last week.

On the boys side, the Dons pulled away in the fourth quarter to win 58-40. Jaden Sheppard led the way with 18 points and controlled the boards on both offense and defense.

Brad Couture added 12 points and Jules Bellosguardo had 10 to round out the Amador offensive attack. Noah Lewis had 9 points and Josh Valentine added 7 for Foothill.

Earlier in the week, the Dons trailed by only one heading into the fourth quarter before De La Salle pulled away for the 52-44 win. Sheppard had 14, Tyler Nanney 11 and Bellosguardo 10 to pace Amador.

The Amador girls ended their regular season with a 52-30 win over Foothill.

Julia Balestreri and Lauren Slaton had 10 points each to lead the Dons. Emily Tincher added 7 and Kelsey Guidice had 6 to round out the top scorers for Amador.

Reese Lombardi had 10 points for Foothill, with Hope Alley adding 7 and Abby Miller 6 for the Falcons.

Earlier in the week, the Falcons cruised to a 61-23 win over Granada on their Senior Night. Alley had 16 points to lead the way with Lombardi, Gianna Lyng and Mariah Gragg scoring 10 each in the win.

Golf Ball Drop

Ballistic United Soccer Club will host its first Helicopter Golf Ball Drop fundraiser on March 16 at the Pleasanton Golf Center and Patelco Sports Complex.

The Golf Ball Drop will feature a $3,000 prize for closest to the pin. Prices are as follows: $10 for one ball, $45 for five balls, $100 for 12 balls and $200 for 30 balls.

There will also be cash prizes for second and third closest, as well as a prize for the furthest away. Entrants do not need to be present to win.

There will be a food truck at Patelco, as well as live stream of the drop. At 5 p.m. there will be an Under-17 USSDA match between Ballistic United and the San Jose Earthquakes. For more information, go to www.busc.org/fundraisers/golf-ball-drop.

Spring sports underway

The busy spring sports season has gotten underway -- that is, the sports that can be played when there isn't a downpour.

That means it is time to get your results in so we can write about the hard work the student-athletes are turning in at Amador and Foothill! It will take a volunteer all of 15 minutes maximum a week to shoot me an email by Sunday with the results for your son's or daughter's team from the week.

You don't have to be a writer -- that's my job -- so just send me the results, as well as top performers each week and I will put it together! Send your email to me at acesmag@aol.com by noon each Sunday and see the result in print the following Friday. Of course, we are always looking for photos as well, so send those along with the identification for the players, as well as who gets the credit for taking the picture.

I'd like to thank the boys and girls basketball teams at Amador and Foothill for consistently turning in their results throughout the winter season. On the flip side, the soccer and wrestling programs at both Amador and Foothill were missing in action. Unfortunately that meant the kids on those six programs missed out on credit they deserved.

Let's see if we can avoid that from happening in the spring. Best of luck to all the teams.

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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