Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum Mannion signs with Minnesota Vikings

Plus, updates on local lacrosse, softball, tennis, hockey and more

Sean Mannion, the former Foothill High and Oregon State star quarterback, is now a member of the Minnesota Vikings after agreeing to a free agent contract with the team last week.

Mannion, who has been a backup quarterback in the NFL for the past four seasons, was a third-round pick of the then-St. Louis Rams in 2015 and spent his entire pro career with the Rams, including amid the team's relocation to Los Angeles in 2016 and backing up Jared Goff last season when the Rams went to the Super Bowl.

Mannion, who turns 27 next Thursday, will head into the Vikings camp as the backup to starter Kirk Cousins.

Foothill girls lacrosse

The Foothill girls lacrosse team ran its win streak to nine games with a pair of victories last week.

First the Falcons beat Campolindo 15-6, coming back strongly after Campolindo scored the first two goals of the contest.

Audriana Templeman led the Falcons with six goals, with Sadie Brown adding three and Eva Bull and Drew Pagtakhan adding two each. Kaleigh Montana, Nikki Trueblood and Lexi Whitney rounded out the scoring.

The Falcon defense stymied the Cougars after their fast start with strong games from Ella Camp and Alex McMillin and 10 saves in goal by Paige Doyle.

Next up was a hard-fought victory over California. Templeman led the Falcons with six goals, with Bull, Montana, Trueblood and Noe Jue all scoring.

Amador Valley softball

The Dons won a pair of games last week, beating San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista.

The week started with a 4-1 win over San Ramon Valley. Mia Hildebrand had a home run for Amador, with her sister Maddie driving in a run as well. Allyson Kim also notched an RBI for the Dons. Valeria Torres-Colon had a double and a pair of singles.

The second game of the week was a 5-0 shutout of Monte Vista. Torres-Colon and Kim (two RBI) drove in runs for Amador, with Maude Fouque, Advika Deodhar, Sophia Youngberg and Bridget Aguilar all getting hits as well.

Mia Hildebrand went the first six innings pitching, allowing two hits and striking out four. Malia Konig closed the game striking out two in her one inning of work.

Foothill softball

The Falcons stayed unbeaten on the season with wins over Carondelet and Dougherty Valley.

In the 2-0 win over Carondelet, Nicole May allowed just three hits and struck out 11 batters. Hailey Hayes, Ellen Ebbers and Caelin Cavanaugh all had hits for the Falcons.

The 19-0 blasting of Dougherty Valley, Maddie Heinlin pitched a near perfect game allowing just one hit.

The bats were on fire, with Foothill collecting 18 hits. Courtney Beaudin hit a home run (her fifth for the season). Hayes, Ally McElroy, Amanda Mero, Ebbers and Heinlin each collected multiple hits.

Amador tennis

The week started with a 6-3 win over a strong Dougherty Valley squad. Aadarsh Tripathi, Ben Deriquito, Vedhant Kaliyur, Eswarsai Ramineni and Sankalp Sharma all won their singles matches. The team of Robert Heeter and Brett Miller took the No. 1 doubles match.

Next up for the Dons was a 9-0 thumping of Dublin. Tripathi, Deriquito, Kaliyur, Ramineni, Vishal Muthuve and Sharma all won singles matches, with the doubles teams of Heeter/Miller, Idan Belau/Manas Aavula and Ethan Allavarpu/Nithilan Muruganandham all took doubles matches.

Foothill tennis

Foothill improved its record to 13-1 by pitching three straight 9-0 shutouts, the last two against Cal and De La Salle.

In the Cal match, Shreekar Eedara, Adam Linette, Akash Patel, Ani Poruri and Kolben Thompson were joined by Andrew Kwon in sweeping the singles. The teams of Ian Dong/Alex Yang, Dylan Weiglein/Praveen Sentha and Matt Haskell/Vince Barletta, kept the heat on in the doubles matches.

Then, De La Salle visited Foothill and left empty-handed as the Falcons again were victorious in all the matches with Eedara, Poruri, Thompson and Kwon were joined by Alex Yang in taking the singles. Haskell/Dylan Weiglein, Dong/Sentha and Mihir Weiling/Ryan Weiglein swept the doubles.

High school hockey

Amador hockey had a pair of games last weekend, winning one and losing the other.

In the win, the Dons beat De La Salle 5-2. Derek Braaten scored twice, with Ryan Coultrip, Carter Leong and Joey Demeo scoring one each.

In their season opener, the Dons dropped a 7-6 game to the Danville Wolves, giving up the gamewinner in the final two seconds of the match.

Amador's Michael Cassetti had a hat trick and single goals were scored by Coultrip, JT Fulmer and Leong.

Foothill volleyball

The Falcons started the week with a 25-21, 22-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11 win over previously unbeaten Monte Vista.

The key players were Daniel Qian (20 kills, 5 aces), Azfal Peermohammed (39 assists, 5 kills) and Kevin Neuman (11 kills, 4 service points).

Later in the week, they beat Cal 25-18, 25-12, 25-17 behind strong play from Mason Ward (13 service points, 8 kills), Peermohammed (22 assists, 5 service points) and Vaishik Kota (4 blocks, 3 kills).

Foothill baseball

Foothill started the week with a tough 7-6 loss to De La Salle. The Falcons had nine hits in the game, including a grand slam from Matt Sugden in the fifth inning.

Later in the week, Foothill rebounded with a 7-2 win over Dougherty Valley.

Josh Anderson was the winning pitcher going five innings and striking out six. The offense was strong with a triple by Ryan Stemplinger and Sugden led the team with two hits.

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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