It was very exciting last week when I learned former Foothill superstar softball player Valerie Arioto was named to the United States Olympic Team for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Arioto, now 30, is a 2007 Foothill graduate who went on to star at Cal-Berkeley as well. Following college, Arioto has thrived on the international stage, winning multiple world titles as part of the U.S. team, as well as being honored twice as USA Softball's Athlete of the Year.
But one thing was missing from Arioto's resume -- a chance to play in the Olympics. Softball became an Olympic sport in 1996 but was dropped following the 2008 games.
In 2016, the decision was made to reinstate the sport for 2020, giving Arioto a chance to complete her international resume. Primarily an infielder, Arioto was selected on Oct. 6 as one of 15 players to earn a spot on the Olympics roster following trials.
The Dons split a pair of matches last week, losing to San Ramon Valley and beating Dougherty Valley.
In the loss to the Wolves, the Dons' defense was led by Phoebe Monette's four blocks. Jillian Wittenauer and Danielle Caccamo had 10 digs and seven digs, respectively.
Colette Wogsland kept the Dons' offense running with eight kills and 12 assists. Chiao Chiao Hsia and Camille Ernst had six and five kills, respectively.
In the second match of the week, the Dons celebrated Senior Night in fine form, pulling out a thrilling 3-2 win over Dougherty Valley.
The Dons gave seniors Sarah Banholzer, Elizabeth Kostalnick, Sophia Moore and Monette a proper send off with the win.
The seniors led the way for the Dons. Monette and Moore controlled the net with eight and six blocks, respectively. Monette also had 11 kills, while Moore contributed five. Banholzer had a strong night on defense with 10 digs. Kostalnick, out with an injury, loudly cheered on her class of 2020 teammates.
Other leaders for the Dons were Wogsland (5 kills, 23 assists, 7 digs), Caccamo (5 kills, 13 digs), Jaiden Reilly (5 kills, 2 blocks), Ernst (7 kills) and Wittenauer (22 digs).
The Falcons split their matches against a pair of the East Bay Athletic League's top teams.
Foothill opened the week by going on the road and handing Monte Vista only its second loss of the season. Grayce Olson (23 kills, 12 digs), Naya Williamson (25 digs, 16 kills), Ishana Ram (49 assists, 11 digs, 4 ace) and Sruti Jonnalagadda (7 kills) led the way.
In the Falcons' loss to Cal High, the top players were Olson (16 kills, 25 digs), Williamson (12 kills, 12 digs) and Ram (31 assists, 12 digs).
Foothill water polo
The Falcons suffered a tough 8-3 road loss to Cal High last week.
Scoring for the Falcons were Eugene Kruger with two goals and Jackson Koempel with one of his own. Ian Jones did his part in winning two of the sprints to give the Falcons an early possession.
On defense Daniel Kim was able to put the pressure on Cal with four steals and two blocks. In the cage, Moises Ambriz did his part with nine blocks and six steals.
Foothill's junior varsity team also battled Cal last week, playing well but ultimately falling 14-9.
Leading the way for the JV Falcons were Carter Windom with four goals and Alec Fortunati with three goals. Kevin Hobbs and Jaden Sui also scored a goal each. Nadim Kira had two assists and one steal. Goalie Justin Roth had 10 saves, eight steals and two assists.
Crow's new position
The Ballistic United Soccer Club Board of Directors announced that Kevin Crow has accepted a position of technical director for the California Youth Soccer Association (Cal North).
Crow held the position of executive director for BUSC but will step down from all non-soccer operational duties. He will continue as technical director for BUSC as well as his Cal North responsibilities.
"I am excited about joining Cal North as technical director. The opportunity to help develop leagues, programs, and coaching education platforms that will help our partner member clubs in their efforts to focus on player development, coaching education, and the overall membership experience is a unique opportunity I could not pass up," Crow said. "At the same time, continuing on with Ballistic, the club I grew up playing with, is something that will always be a top priority in my life."