The Foothill Falcons varsity boys water polo team started the season off with a bang, beating Heritage at home 16-7 on Aug. 29 and then defeating Livermore 15-8 on Sept. 5.
In the Heritage game, senior Sanjay Menon scored five goals and had one assist and four steals. Sophomore Daniel Kim had four goals with four assists, and Giovanni Minnite scored twice and added an assist.
Standouts in the Livermore game were Menon with seven goals and one assist; Kim with three goals, one assist and two steals; and Eugene Kruger with two goals, six assists and four steals.
Senior Jackson Koempel added two goals and sophomore Darragh Kennedy had a goal.
On the girls varsity side, the Falcons got a big 9-4 win over Livermore last week.
Top scorer of the game was Addie Sciammas with four goals, with Zoe Reid adding two and Anjali Klinder, Beth Earle and Kyra Thordsen getting one goal each.
The Foothill boys junior varsity team went 2-1 in three matches at the Milpitas tournament last Saturday.
Game one was a 13-8 win over host Milpitas. Spencer Cotrell had four goals and Alec Fortunati added three to lead the attack. Justin Roth had 10 saves.
In the second game, Foothill fell 11-2 to Fremont. Cotrell had two goals and Roth had 10 saves. And the final game of the tournament saw Foothill beat James Logan 12-3 -- Carter Windom and Cotrell had three goals each, with Roth recording nine saves.
It has been a tough start to the East Bay Athletic League season for the Dons as the team went 1-3 in the first two weeks of the season.
Amador Valley opened the season by dropping three straight games at California despite some great play from senior middle blocker Sophia Moore. Moore had six kills with no errors on 11 swings. Junior setter Colette Wogsland had 14 assists.
Next up was another tough loss, this time to Carondelet. The Dons were led on offense by sophomore Camille Ernst. Ernst had five kills and no errors. Setters Wogsland and Elizabeth Kostalnick had nine and eight assists, respectively. Junior defensive specialist Ali Martinez led the Dons' defense with six digs.
The Dons got their first win of the season by sweeping Livermore 3-0 on Sept. 3.
Wogsland and Ernst led the Dons' attack with four aces apiece. Ernst also had nine kills. Seniors Phoebe Monette and Moore also aided the Dons' offense with eight and six kills each, respectively. Wogsland and junior outside hitter Danielle Caccamo each had five kills.
The Dons' defense was led by junior libero Jillian Wittenauer's 14 digs.
Finally, Amador fell to San Ramon Valley in four sets.
Ernst led the Amador attack with seven kills on 31 attempts. Jaiden Reilly, Caccamo and Monette each had five kills. Caccamo led the Dons' defense with 20 digs.
The Falcons opened the season with an 8-1 win against Granada, taking five of the singles matches and all three doubles contests.
Sonya Panwar, Vaishali Bansal, Tanvi Kapse, Ester Tsai and Kelly Hsieh all took their singles matches. On the doubles side, Helen Han/Samreena Siddiqui, Lindsay Wang/Samridhi Semwal and Minju Kim/Sharan Sethi won their matches.
The Foothill cross-country team competed in the Monte Vista meet last week and got some solid runs.
Both freshman teams took second place with Hailee Gorham and Karen Wan leading the ladies and Colin Wong and Joshua Joseph leading the boys.
The junior boys came in third with a photo finish by Arjun Subramanian, who was inches from first place. Also, with a good run was Prithu Kachare, who came in fourth. The junior girls finished in sixth place, and the sophomore boys finished in fifth, led by Seth Tang.
It was mixed results for the local teams last weekend.
Foothill improved to 2-1 with a 59-0 win over Petaluma last Friday, while Amador dropped to 2-1 on the season after falling to Campolindo 27-16 on Saturday.
In action this week, the Falcons travel to Granada while the Dons host Heritage -- both games at 7 p.m. Friday night.
At the home football game, the Amador cheer teams will be raising awareness to charity causes that are close to them as part of "Cheer with a Cause." The cheerleaders will be wearing colors in support of their individual causes.