The Sonoma State women's soccer team, led by several players from the Tri-Valley, earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Division II Tournament but dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 final to Cal State-Los Angeles in the first round.
The Sonoma State team went undefeated in the powerful CCAA, winning the conference title. The dream season included defeating the reigning champion UCSD in league play to capture the conference banner.
Sonoma State's team is led by a quartet of local Tri-Valley soccer stars from Livermore and Pleasanton.
Ashley Morton from Livermore High and Lamorinda Soccer Club is the goalkeeper and led the conference in shutouts. Alyssa Silva, forward, is also from Livermore and played club soccer for Livermore Fusion. Defender Krissy Kelly is from Granada and West Coast Soccer Club. Molly Murphy, midfielder, is from Amador Valley and played soccer for Pleasanton RAGE.
Amador Basketball Classic
The 59th annual Amador Basketball Classic is set for Dec. 6-7 at Amador.
This year's tournament features a four-team field with the games taking place on Friday and Saturday. The first game of the tournament on Dec. 6 is Freedom taking on Newark Memorial at 5:30 p.m., followed by the host Amador taking on Deer Valley.
The winners of the two games will meet in the finals on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m., with the other two teams meeting in the consolation game at 4:30 p.m.
For the first time in eight years, Amador's boys and girls cross-country teams both qualified for the CIF State Championships at the North Coast Section races last Saturday.
The girls team captured first place at NCS for the second year in a row. The varsity team consists of Derica Su, Hope Bergmark, Ella McCarthy, Taya Small, Lois Hong, Erica Haley and Dahlia Versteeg.
The boys team took second place and came within four points of upsetting Dublin, one of the fastest teams in the state. The varsity team features Aidan McCarthy, Jack Gray, John Lester, Euan Houston, Jacob Lawrence, Mason Romant and Ryken Mak.
Crosstown Foothill also competed at the NCS cross-country meet last weekend.
The shining star was Arjun Subramanian, who finished 11th (15:31) and will be competing at the state meet this coming weekend. Arjun is the sixth Falcon in school history to be going to the state meet.
Following Arjun were Prithu Kachare, Pablo Angel, Seth Tang, Chris Loo, Chad Linke and Joshua Joseph.
On the girls varsity team, Hailee Gorham finished 31st (19:08), followed by Karen Wan, Claire Van Horn, Sydney Cohen, Isabel Garcia-Flores, Haven Decker and Katherine Pesochinskiy. The team bettered last year's performance (13th place; their previous best) by taking eighth this year.
Before the NCS meet, the Falcons competed in the East Bay Athletic League meet. The boys varsity was led by Subramanian (15:51), followed by Kachare. The girls' varsity front-runner was Gorham (19:30), followed by Pesochinskiy and Karen Wan.
The Falcons' season came to an end in the second round of the playoffs, falling 49-7 to Clayton Valley. The Eagles will now face Campolindo for the Division II title game on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Pittsburg High.
The Division I title game is Friday night at 7 p.m. at Dublin where De La Salle will face Pittsburg.
Winter sports underway
After a strong season of results being turned in for the fall sports teams at Amador and Foothill, let's see if we can keep the ball rolling for the winter season!
All it takes is one parent volunteer to take the pressure off the hard-working coaches. What's involved? Not much actually. By noon on Sunday of each week -- it can certainly be sooner -- just send the results and highlights for your team for that week to me at [email protected]
It doesn't have to be written story-style, that is unless you want to take a shot at writing an article. I will put together the results into a story and get both online in the Weekly and in each week's print edition.
It takes all of 10-15 minutes a week to get the efforts of our athletes covered. We are always looking for pictures as well, with nothing more than an identification of the athletes in the picture and credit to who took the picture.
Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you all each week!