As the purity of high school sports continues to decline, every so often we are blessed with an example of the beauty of sports, especially at the high school level.
Last week, the Dublin High boys varsity basketball team played a home game against Livermore for their annual Silent Night (a game in which the student body stands but remains silent until the Gaels score their 10th point).
The week before the game, Dublin coach Tom Costello felt a home game with a packed student section would be a good time for four-year Dublin basketball student manager Stewy Thalblum to get some court time.
"I just thought it would be cool," Costello said of getting Thalblum some playing time. "He's a great kid and when I ran it by the team, they got all fired up. Our crowd always chants 'we want Stewy,' so I thought, 'let's get this kid into a game.' He's been at every practice for four years -- he earned this."
But something like this doesn't work unless both teams are onboard. Costello then called Livermore coach James Petersdorf.
"He is such a classy guy," Costello said of Petersdorf. "Their whole team was good with it and made it happen. I can't say enough about how classy Livermore was with this getting done."
With two minutes left in the third quarter, Costello sent Thalblum into the game. After missing a couple of shots, Thalblum drilled a shot right in front the raucous Dublin student section.
The students stormed the court and Livermore's players and staff allowed the students to enjoy the moment.
It was a great move from Costello and even bigger moment for Livermore for working to make this moment happen. The event made it all the way to NBC Nightly News, airing on Feb. 9.
In a day where the true meaning of what sports brings to the table seems to be getting lost, this came along to help put everything in perspective.
Well done Dublin and Livermore!
The varsity boys had an up and down week that stared with a 4-1 win over Granada. Max McGee, Jensen McMillan, Pablo Gil land Joseph Lemus scored goals for Foothill.
Then, the Falcons came back to earth with a 5-0 loss to Dublin.
The junior varsity boys had a very tough week being shut out by both Granada and Dublin, losing 2-0 and 3-0, respectively
The JV girls started the week on shaky ground being shut out by Granada 2-0. The Falcons then bounced back with a 2-0 win over Dublin.
Sydney Mutzel scored from long range to get the Falcons on the board against the Gaels. Emma Harbourne scored on a nice left-footed shot early in the second half to put the game out of reach.
Amador girls soccer
The Amador girls varsity soccer team celebrated Senior Night before their Feb. 4 home game against the Dublin Gaels.
Allison Jones, Bella Mayo, Julia Gonsman, Sofia Griffen and Kate Reedy from the class of 2020 were recognized for their outstanding efforts on the field and in the classroom.
After the pregame ceremony, the Dons prevailed 4-0 with goals from Gonsman, Noelle Marceno, Maille Smith and Kennedy Mayo.
Reedy, Bella Mayo and Maddie Benson contributed assists while the defense shut down any Gael offensive threats for the shutout.
On Feb. 6, the Dons visited Livermore and came away with a 0-0 draw. Although the Dons controlled the game, they couldn't convert on any of their multiple scoring opportunities. The defense dominated Livermore's offense to preserve the tie.
Amador ended the week 11-2-2.
Two of Pleasanton's lacrosse athletes were selected for the national team recently.
Madysyn Sweeney of Amador and goalie Paige Doyle off Foothill were named to the Adrenaline Lacrosse All American Team. The team is made up of 60 players from the western half of the U.S.
Sweeney is a two-sport varsity scholar athlete (basketball and lacrosse); she has been on the FCA leadership team at Amador all four years. Sweeney will be heading to U.S. Naval Academy on a lacrosse scholarship in June.