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Pleasanton Preps: Amador Valley girls lacrosse off to strong start

Also: Foothill baseball, softball post wins; Amador tennis, volleyball keep rolling

The Amador Valley varsity girls lacrosse team took a pair of games last week, first beating Acalanes 17-8 and then downing Granada 16-4.

In the win over Granada last Friday, the Dons got early goals from Catherine Murphy and Mady Sweeney, and then it was Isa Clark, Bella Mayo, Marley Diligent, Lily Manos and Kalena Johnson to make it 7-0.

Grace French, Katelyn Sweeney, Maddie Riddle, Alexis Bayani and Erica Haley played well on defense for Amador.

Sam Nimmo and Sophia Shiblaq scored to make it 9-1, followed by goals from French and Bayani to make it 11-2 at half.

In the second half freshman Haley scored her first varsity goal and Katelyn Sweeney followed with a goal moments later. Mayo, Nimmo and Mady Sweeney added second goals as the Dons closed out the win.

Amador goalies Claire Lemelin and Blake Guidice each had strong games in the net.

Earlier in the week, Nimmo, Murphy, Mayo, Manos, Johnson, Diligent, Shiblaq and French all had goals in the win over Acalanes.

Foothill softball

The Foothill girls softball team knocked off Liberty 7-0 in the Falcons' lone game of the week because of the weather last Friday.

Nicole May went the distance in the circle, allowing only two hits and striking out 15. Foothill broke open a tight game with five runs in the fifth inning.

Hope Alley and Ellen Ebbers had three hits each for the Falcons, with May, Ebbers, Alley and Ally McElroy all driving in runs.

Foothill baseball

The Falcons have jumped out to a 5-0 mark to start the season, including winning a pair of games last week to extend their streak.

First it was a 13-1 win over James Logan where the Falcons banged out 17 hits. Justin Durflinger, Max Masajlo, Corey Steinhauer, Luke Novitske and Ryan Stemplinger had multiple hit games.

Josh Robinson went the first three innings on the mound, allowing only the lone run and striking out five along the way. Josh Anderson and Drew York closed out the game for the Falcons.

Next up was a 4-0 win over Tracy to end the week.

Steinhauer had a three-run home run for the big blow of the game. Seungmin Shim was the winning pitcher, allowing only three hits and striking out eight in four innings of work.

The previous week saw wins over College Park (8-1), Castro Valley (1-0) and Freedom (9-1).

Durflinger, Tommy Scavone and Joseph Scalzo were the leading hitters for the Falcons, with Robinson, Anderson and Shim getting it done on the hill.

Amador tennis

The Dons kept rolling with a pair of wins last week, beating San Ramon Valley 7-2 and Dougherty Valley 8-1.

Against San Ramon Valley, Vedhant Kaliyur and Sankalp Sharma pulled out three-set singles wins to join Aadarsh Tripathi and Eswarsai Ramineni as singles winners.

In doubles, the teams of Robert Heeter/Brett Miller, Vishesh Pithadiya/Manas Aavula and Ethan Allavarpu/Nithilan Muruganandham all won their matches.

Against Dougherty, Tripathi, Ben Deriquito, Kaliyur, Ramineni and Sharma all won their singles matches.

Heeter/Miller, Pithadiya/Aavula, and Ethan Allavarpu/Muruganandham all got it done in doubles again.

Amador volleyball

The Dons have rolled to four wins in as many East Bay Athletic League games to start the season.

It started on Feb. 19 with a 25-13, 25-6, 25-11 win over California. Outstanding play from Colton Brooks with kills from both front and back rows. Also, excellent contributions from Logan Miller and Brent Werder were key.

Next was an impressive 25-13, 25-23, 25-21 win against De La Salle. Brooks was again key with kills and services aces. The Dons also got solid performances from Sawyer Brookhart, Black Bouchard and Devon Kost.

The team followed with a 25-9, 25-18, 25-9 thumping of Livermore. Jacob Kim was great at setter, with other solid performances from Luke McFall and Will Sadler.

Finally, the Dons beat San Ramon Valley 25-16, 25-16, 25-17. Brooks, McFall, Brookhart and Sadler all played well.

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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