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Pleasanton Preps: NCS championship caps perfect season for Foothill softball

Also: Ceremony honors all Falcon athletes bound for collegiate careers

The Foothill High girls softball team completed its incredible 28-0 season by winning the North Coast Section championship with a 2-0 win over Heritage on Saturday.

Throughout the season, the Falcons got huge performances from Nicole May. So it was fitting that May was the star of the championship game, pitching a one-hitter while launching a two-run home run at the plate herself to provide the offensive advantage.

The victory, which secured Foothill’s second NCS softball championship in the past three years, completed a dominant 2019 season for a Falcons’ squad motivated by their shutout loss in last year’s NCS championship game to crosstown rival Amador Valley.

The Falcons would avenge their 2018 title game loss to Amador in this year’s NCS tournament, defeating the defending champion Dons 11-1 in the semifinal round. May pitched for the win, giving up just three hits and one earned run.

Foothill racked up 13 hits against Amador, scoring eight runs in the first inning. Big hits came from the following players: Ellen Ebbers (home run), Caelin Cavanaugh (triple), Hope Alley (double) and May (double). Cavanaugh hit a game-clinching single to allow Foothill to run-rule Amador in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Volleyball awards

The following players were all-East Bay Athletic League volleyball players this season for Amador and Foothill.

First team: Jacob Kim (Amador), Luke McFall (Amador), Azfal Peermohammed (Foothill) and Daniel Qian (Foothill). Second team: Logan Miller (Amador), Mason Ward (Foothill) and Kevin Lee (Foothill). Honorable mention: William Sadler (Amador) and Kevin Neuman (Foothill).

Foothill athletic honors

The Foothill community honored 21 athletes at the 2019 Foothill High School College Committed Athlete Luncheon on May 23.

The event was sponsored by Foothill Athletic Boosters and Eddie Papa's. The recruited seniors will go on to play at the collegiate level in 10 different sports at either a two- or a four-year college.

Foothill principal Sebastian Bull spoke at the event and commented, "I am so proud to witness the excitement for these young student athletes as they begin the next chapter in their lives. The student athletes have represented Foothill with pride for four years and will be assets to their new campuses.”

“As a school we are proud of their accomplishments and want to remind these amazing student athletes that they will always be Falcons,” Bull added. “We wish them the best of luck on and off their playing fields."

The honored athletes (in alphabetical order) included Bella Aduaka (track and field, Cal Poly), Hope Alley (softball, University of Pittsburgh), Elisabeth Balicanta (swimming, Siena College), Jack Brice (basketball, Bethel College), Jonah Cooper (swimming, Ohio State), Calvin David (swimming, UC Berkeley), Stephanie Dunlop (cheer, Oklahoma State), Ellen Ebbers (softball, Morgan State), Jake Gebb (baseball, Chabot College) and Amber Huk (tennis, Sonoma State).

The other honorees were Jacob Hvidt (lacrosse, Southwestern University), Peyton Raun (soccer, University of Pennsylvania), Josh Robinson (baseball, Ohlone College), Haley Roundtree (volleyball, CSU Los Angeles), Joe Scalzo (baseball, California Lutheran University), Nicholas Skinner (swimming, TCU), Cory Steinhauer (baseball, University of Nevada, Reno), Matt Sugden (baseball, San Francisco State) and Russell Sullivan (track and field, American University).

Foothill basketball camp

The Falcons are running their Blue and Gold Camp over three weeks in June for boys and girls who are incoming fourth- through ninth-graders. The separate sessions run Mondays through Thursdays on June 10-13, June 17-20 and June 24-27. Each day runs 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Foothill.

Players will be grouped by divisions/grades to promote competitive teams.

Camp objectives: Blue and Gold Camp will develop basketball players in all aspects of their game. Sessions will focus on offensive skills, defensive fundamentals and overall knowledge of the game. Players will leave with a better understanding of how to develop their own skill set as well as building offensive and defensive team principles.

For more information, contact head coach Jason Wallis at jwallis@cv.k12.ca.us.

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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