Pleasanton Preps: Amador boys tennis caps undefeated regular season with EBAL title

Falcons' strong softball season continues, Dons coach Cesario earns 400th win

The Amador Valley High boys tennis team finished off a 24-0 regular season by winning the East Bay Athletic League title with a 6-3 win over rival Foothill last week.

In singles action, the Dons took three of the six matches with Aadarsh Tripathi, Eswarsai Ramineni and Sankalp Sharma pulling out wins for Amador.

The Dons ended up taking all three doubles matches, as the teams of Robert Heeter/Brett Miller, Manas Aavula/Idan Belau and Ethan Allavarpu/Nithilan Muruganandham all came through with wins.

Foothill softball

The Falcons kept going last week, winning another pair of games to stay unbeaten on the season.

The week started with a 2-0 win over Granada. Foothill got going early, with an Ellen Ebbers single driving in Hope Alley for the 1-0 lead in just the first inning. The Falcons' other run came when Amanda Mero singled in Gianna Lyng.

Nicole May commanded the circle, giving up just three and striking out 10.

The Falcons extended their streak to 20 later in the week with a 3-1 win over Dublin.

Dublin did take a 1-0 lead in the first, but Foothill rallied in the top of the second with a run to tie and then added two more in the third when May homered, bringing in Hailey Hayes.

Doubles by Lyng in the fourth and Courtney Beaudin in the fifth put runners in scoring position, but the Falcons were unable to capitalize.

Along with driving in the two runs, May racked up 13 strikeouts.

Amador softball

The Dons split a pair of games last week, beating Dublin but falling to Livermore.

The week started with a 12-0 romp over Dublin as the Dons pounded out 16 hits. Six of the hits were doubles, with Valeria Torres-Colon leading the way with two of them. Sophia Youngberg, Hannah Kramer, Samantha O'Brien and Maddie Hildebrand had the other two-baggers.

Chloe Engel, Emma Hodges, Kirstin Siqua, Youngberg, Kramer and O'Brien drove in runs for Amador.

Mia Hildebrand and Mia Konig combined for the win in the circle.

The week ended with a tough, 4-2 loss to Livermore despite a home run from Mia Hildebrand, who drove in both Amador runs. Maude Fouque, Torres-Colon, Allyson Kim and Engle also had hits for the Dons.

Amador volleyball

The Dons took three matches to end the regular season.

The first match was a tight five-setter on Senior Night, as Colton Brooks, Micah Kiang, Taylor Melendrez, Logan Miller and Andrei Rekesh were honored.

Strong performances by Miller (12 kills, 5 blocks), Luke McFall (15 kills, 7 blocks), Rekesh (3 kills, 2 aces), Jacob Kim (4 kills, 7 blocks, 4 aces, great sets), Will Sadler (7 kills, 3 blocks) and Nolan Gill (numerous first-touch passes, sets and saves) were the key.

The second match of the week was a non-league match with Serra that Amador took 23-25, 25-15, 27- 25, 25-20.

Leading the charge for the Dons were McFall (17 kills, 5 blocks), Sadler (13 kills, 4 blocks, 1 ace), Sawyer Brookhart (9 kills), Rekesh (3 kills, 4 blocks, 1 ace) and Melendrez (5 kills, 2 blocks, 2 aces), as well as Kim and Gill with strong performances in their respective roles as setter and libero.

The final match of the regular season saw the Dons go in and beat Foothill on the Falcons' Senior Night, 25-23, 26-24 and 25-16.

Amador got strong performances by all, especially McFall (9 kills, 3 blocks, 1 ace), Miller (8 kills, 8 blocks), Sadler (6 kills, 3 blocks), Kim and Gill. Graduating senior Micah Kiang came in to serve the final point.

Foothill baseball

The Falcons went 2-0 on the week, beating Granada and Dublin.

Foothill jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in beating Granada 7-2 on April 24. Josh Robinson got pitching victory, with Kyle Bautista and Josh Anderson combining to close out the game. The trio combined to allow only two hits and two runs.

Corey Steinhauer and Joseph Scalzo each had a home run for Foothill.

Later in the week, Foothill beat Dublin 5-2.

Matt Sugden drove in two runs in the third inning on a double, while the sixth inning cinched the win for Foothill with runs scoring on a triple by Scalzo and a home run by Caleb Lammle.

Jake Gebb got the win on the mound, striking out four batters in the process.

Cesario honored

Lou Cesario, the longtime Amador baseball coach, recently picked up his 400th career win, making him the only active high school baseball coach in the Bay Area with 400 wins.

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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