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Pleasanton Preps: Sports offers youth lessons -- be sure to teach them

Also: Amador celebrates National Signing Day, Foothill wrestling highlights

As we transition from the fall into the winter sports season, the results slowly trickle in, giving me the chance to talk about prep sports.

Last week on social media, I saw one of my favorite memes as it implies to prep sports. I wrote about this during the late summer when talking about the lack of funding for the programs and how sports plays into the overall development of the student-athlete.

I have seen the quote attributed to more than one source but it's the message itself, rather than who said it, that is important.

"Too many kids have been taught that the goal of high school sports is to achieve an athletic scholarship. Here is the truth -- the goal of high school sports is to learn to be a better person, better teammate, better communicator and to enjoy being a teenager, something you can't get back."

That's the truth indeed.

Athletics make a student well-rounded. It's a fact whether you appreciate sports or not, and it's for all the above-mentioned reasons.

I would like to add one more important reason: accountability.

An athlete must be accountable to their teammates on and equally important, off the field.

Things you do in the classroom, as well as decisions you make in your free time, directly affect teammates. Do poorly in class, become ineligible, and your team is forced to play without you moving forward.

Make a poor decision off the field and out of the classroom, and once again you are on the sideline.

This can start as early as middle school and it's something that parents can help curb. I made some mistakes as a parent with one of kids when it came time to crack the whip on him academically.

I rationalized it by saying it wouldn't be fair to the rest of his teammates to sit him for a week, but in the long run, I wasn't doing him any favors by not enforcing the accountability aspect of his young life.

I see it now and hope that by bringing it up here, maybe one set of parents can avoid making the same mistake.

National Signing Day at Amador Valley

Eleven Amador Valley seniors signed on to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level during National Letter of Intent Day on Nov. 13.

The Dons honored that day were: Mackenzie Lee (swimming,UC San Diego); Andy Eun (swimming, Hendrix College); Lleyton Plattel (swimming, Arizona State); Chad Cliff (golf, UC Davis); Julia Gonsman (soccer, UC Berkeley); Kieran Wallace (rowing, Stanford); Valeria Torres-Colon (softball, University of the Pacific); Marley Diligent (lacrosse, UC Davis); Kate Reedy (soccer, Cal Poly); Lily Manos (lacrosse, UC Davis); and Maddy Sweeney (lacrosse, US Naval Academy).

Foothill wrestling

The Falcons traveled to Larkspur for a tournament at Redwood High on Nov. 30 and came away with a pair of big performances.

Freshman Max Wise (145 pounds) pinned all four of his opponents in dominating fashion to take the title. Junior Pat Francisco (138 pounds) finished in sixth place after battling his way to a 3-2 record.

Winter sports

Now that the winter sports are underway, let's make sure we get some parent volunteers to step up and get me the results from your son's or daughter's athletic events each week.

It's a simple assignment. Each week by noon on Sunday, send me the results for all their games in the last week. All I need is opponent, final score and highlights. That can be who scored and who played well. If there's a highlight like a last second score, add that as well.

We are always looking for pictures, so feel free to fire off those, but just make sure to include IDs of your players as well as who took the picture.

Send all information or any questions to me at Thank you and look forward to hearing from you!

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