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Pleasanton Preps: Amador Valley, Foothill softball teams back in action

Plus: Highlights from the week in tennis, lacrosse, volleyball and hockey

The Amador Valley girls softball team had a tough run last week, going 1-2, including losing to a couple of perennial tough programs.

Amador started the week by dropping a 6-1 decision to Archbishop Mitty. Mia Hildebrand had a double and drove in the lone run for the Dons. Maddie Hildebrand had a single for the Dons' other hit.

The Dons then rebounded with a 10-0 win over San Leandro.

Valeria Torres-Colon had a single, double and a triple, driving in three runs. Malia Konig had a home run, driving in three runs as well. Allyson Kim, Chloe Engel and Alexa Perez each drove in a run as well.

Mia Hildebrand went the first three innings in the circle, allowing only one hit to get the win. Konig came on to pitch the last two innings to keep the shutout.

The week ended with a 2-1 loss to Benicia. Engel and Julia Camelo had two hits each, with Kim adding a double. Bridget Aguilar scored the lone run for Amador.

Across town, Foothill softball hosted San Marin last week and came away with a convincing 8-2 win.

Courtney Beaudin got the scoring started in the bottom of the first, driving in Hailey Hayes with a hit.

The Falcons added five more runs in the fourth inning on four hits, including a successful squeeze bunt by Caelin Cavanaugh to bring in Hope Alley. They added two more in the sixth to complete the eight-run game.

Foothill strung out 11 hits in the game including doubles from Hayes, Cavanaugh and Allie McElroy.

Boys tennis

The defending champion Foothill opened the season with a series of wins, beating Livermore 8-1, Dougherty Valley 7-2, California 9-0, Granada 8-1 and San Ramon Valley 8-1.

In their most recent match against longtime rival San Ramon Valley, the Falcons took five of the six singles matches, with Shreekar Eedara, Adam Linette, Akash Patel, Anirudh Poruri and Abhi Eedara all winning.

In doubles, Alex Yang/Dylan Weiglein, Ian Dong/Praveen Sentha, and Matt Haskell/Vince Barletta won their matches.

For Amador Valley, the Dons took on Monte Vista and dominated the Mustangs en route to an 8-1 victory.

Vedhant Kaliyur, Eswarsai Ramineni, Vishal Muthuvel, Sankalp Sharma and Xinyu Qiu were all winners in singles. The doubles teams of Robert Heeter/Brett Miller, Vishesh Pithadiya/Manas Aavula and Nithilan Muruganandham/Ethan Allavarpu took their matches.

The Dons then swept Dublin, winning 9-0. Kaliyur, Ben Deriquito, Ramineni, Muthuvel, Sharma and Belau all took their singles matches, with Heeter/Miller, Pithadiya/Aavula, and Allavarpu/Muruganandham sweeping the doubles.

Foothill girls lacrosse

The Falcons had a split week, bringing their record to 3-2.

The Falcons lost a tough game on a rainy night to a talented Piedmont High team 13-8 at Foothill. Nikki Trueblood led the Falcon scoring with four goals while Drew Pagtakhan and Kayleigh Montana added two each. Paige Doyle contributed five saves in goal for Foothill.

The Falcons had better luck later in the week against Granada, notching a 15-3 victory. Audriana Templeman and Trueblood scored three goals apiece, with Samantha Symons and Lexi Whitney contributing two each.

Kayleigh Dennen, Pagtakhan, Ananya Kuttikkad, Sadie Brown and Eva Bull each added a goal to round out the scoring. The Falcon defense kept the pressure on the Matadors with strong efforts from Noelle Jue, Kelly Fietz and Aly Lee to collect ground balls and force interceptions throughout the game.

Amador boys volleyball

The Dons posted a pair of wins last week, beating Dougherty Valley and Dublin.

The win over Dougherty Valley was in straight sets: 25-16, 25-16, 25-10. Outstanding hitting came from Andrei Rekesh, Sawyer Brookhart and Luke McFall. Colton Brooks was sensational from the service line, and Blake Bouchard provided dependable defense.

In the 25-12, 25-19, 25-19 victory over Dublin, standout performances from Will Sadler and McFall at the net keyed the win. Brooks and Brookhart were hitting well from outside, and Jacob Kim gave another outstanding performance as Setter.

Hockey

The ice hockey season kicked off with an exhibition match between Amador and Foothill, with a dozen goals scored in all.

Amador came out ahead 9-3 with Gabe Zirogiannis and Carter Leong each earning hat tricks. Single goals were scored by seniors Anthony Goldhawk, Justin Fulmer and Michael Cassetti for the Dons. Foothill goals were by Jeff Brugaletta, Morgan White and John Mihelcic.

The exhibition season continues on Saturday with Amador hosting Granada (4:45 p.m.) and Foothill hosting Monte Vista (8:15 p.m.) at Dublin Iceland. The Falcons and Dons will square off in a regular season game is April 27.

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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