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Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football wins first game on new field

Also: Local swimmer Heckman stars at nationals

The Foothill High football team finally got on its home field last Friday night, and the Falcons made the most of it, blasting Heritage 34-13 to move to 1-1 on the season.

Foothill had not been able to get on the field in some time as the turf was being replaced and the job fell behind schedule, costing the Falcons their first home game of the season, a 28-20 overtime loss to San Leandro (played at crosstown Amador Valley).

The project was completed in time for the second game, and behind four touchdowns from Pete Montini -- a player mostly ignored by almost all local media outlets -- the Falcons got it done.

Before the varsity game, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony involving local dignitaries. The field looked beautiful and is a major upgrade from the poor field conditions the athletic programs at Foothill had to play on the last couple of seasons.

Next up for the Falcons is a home matchup against Petaluma Friday night.

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Amador moves to 2-0

The Dons topped a solid program for the second straight week, beating Milpitas 42-21 in their home opener last Friday.

Kannon Dote led the way, as the senior quarterback was 24-for-34 for 283 yards. Josh Heverly had a big game on defense, picking off a pair of passes, including a pick-six to salt the game away.

Cal Ewanich had 10 catches for the Dons, with Eric Hunter and Heverly adding multiple catches.

Next up for Amador is a Saturday afternoon meeting with Campolindo (2-0). The game is at noon at James Logan in Union City as part of the Honor Bowl, a three-game day that honors veterans. James Logan plays Heritage in the second game, with a highly anticipated game between Liberty and Clayton Valley rounding out the schedule

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Heckman wins national title

Miranda Heckman had an incredible USA 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships that were held at the Avery Aquatic Center at Stanford from Aug. 6-10.

Heckman, a graduate of Granada who will swim for the University of Texas, swam to one first-place finish and two second-place finishes.

In a highly competitive 100-meter freestyle final, Heckman won with a time of 55.98, the only swimmer to break 56 seconds and taking her first Junior National Championship. In the 200M free and 400M free, she took second place with times of 2:00.31 and 4:13.27, respectively.

Heckman, who swims locally for Ruby Hill Aquatics, also competed at the USA Phillips 66 Summer National Championships from July 31 to Aug. 4, qualifying for both the 200M and 400M free C Finals.

Her swims in those events -- the 100/200/400M free at both nationals and junior nationals -- qualify Heckman for each of those events at the 2020 USA Olympic Trials, which will be held next summer in Omaha, Neb.

Heckman's accomplishments in the pool both locally and nationally include: The USA Junior Team for the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, qualifying for the 2016 United States Olympic Trials at age 14, USA Swimming All-American four times, California CIF state champion five times (twice in the 200M free and three times in the 500M free), California CIF state record holder in the 500M free and North Coast Section seven-time champion, to name a few.

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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 [email protected]

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Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football wins first game on new field

Also: Local swimmer Heckman stars at nationals

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Uploaded: Tue, Sep 3, 2019, 12:37 pm

The Foothill High football team finally got on its home field last Friday night, and the Falcons made the most of it, blasting Heritage 34-13 to move to 1-1 on the season.

Foothill had not been able to get on the field in some time as the turf was being replaced and the job fell behind schedule, costing the Falcons their first home game of the season, a 28-20 overtime loss to San Leandro (played at crosstown Amador Valley).

The project was completed in time for the second game, and behind four touchdowns from Pete Montini -- a player mostly ignored by almost all local media outlets -- the Falcons got it done.

Before the varsity game, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony involving local dignitaries. The field looked beautiful and is a major upgrade from the poor field conditions the athletic programs at Foothill had to play on the last couple of seasons.

Next up for the Falcons is a home matchup against Petaluma Friday night.

Amador moves to 2-0

The Dons topped a solid program for the second straight week, beating Milpitas 42-21 in their home opener last Friday.

Kannon Dote led the way, as the senior quarterback was 24-for-34 for 283 yards. Josh Heverly had a big game on defense, picking off a pair of passes, including a pick-six to salt the game away.

Cal Ewanich had 10 catches for the Dons, with Eric Hunter and Heverly adding multiple catches.

Next up for Amador is a Saturday afternoon meeting with Campolindo (2-0). The game is at noon at James Logan in Union City as part of the Honor Bowl, a three-game day that honors veterans. James Logan plays Heritage in the second game, with a highly anticipated game between Liberty and Clayton Valley rounding out the schedule

Heckman wins national title

Miranda Heckman had an incredible USA 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships that were held at the Avery Aquatic Center at Stanford from Aug. 6-10.

Heckman, a graduate of Granada who will swim for the University of Texas, swam to one first-place finish and two second-place finishes.

In a highly competitive 100-meter freestyle final, Heckman won with a time of 55.98, the only swimmer to break 56 seconds and taking her first Junior National Championship. In the 200M free and 400M free, she took second place with times of 2:00.31 and 4:13.27, respectively.

Heckman, who swims locally for Ruby Hill Aquatics, also competed at the USA Phillips 66 Summer National Championships from July 31 to Aug. 4, qualifying for both the 200M and 400M free C Finals.

Her swims in those events -- the 100/200/400M free at both nationals and junior nationals -- qualify Heckman for each of those events at the 2020 USA Olympic Trials, which will be held next summer in Omaha, Neb.

Heckman's accomplishments in the pool both locally and nationally include: The USA Junior Team for the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, qualifying for the 2016 United States Olympic Trials at age 14, USA Swimming All-American four times, California CIF state champion five times (twice in the 200M free and three times in the 500M free), California CIF state record holder in the 500M free and North Coast Section seven-time champion, to name a few.

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 [email protected]

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