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Pleasanton Preps: Dons close girls soccer regular season with decisive wins

Also: Another head-scratching decision by NCS seeding committee

The Amador Valley girls soccer team faced off against Granada and Foothill in the final week of the regular season and came away with two convincing victories.

On the road against Granada on Feb. 11, the Dons prevailed 2-0 on the strength of goals from Kate Reedy in the first half and Maille Smith in the second. Assists were provided by Julia Gonsman and Bella Mayo. Once again, the Don defense dominated to record the shutout.

Then on Feb. 13, Amador faced off against crosstown rival Foothill in the final game of the regular season. The Dons dominated from the opening whistle, recording a 3-0 win.

Amador went up 2-0 in the first 10 minutes. Kennedy Mayo struck first with a well-placed blast off a Penny Murphy assist. Noelle Marceno followed shortly after with an impressive strike via a Mayo cross.

Natalie O'Sullivan capped the scoring in the second half with a fantastic unassisted goal in front the Falcon net.

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The Dons' defense handled any Falcon offensive threat to record their ninth shutout of the season.

Foothill boys basketball

The Falcons closed out the regular season with a pair of wins, beating Livermore and Amador on the road.

The week opened with a 69-35 win at Livermore. Nick High had 20 points to lead the way for Foothill, with Dylan D'Amico adding 10 as the other Falcon in double figures. Damascus Shields scored seven for Foothill.

Later in the week, Foothill knocked off Amador for the second time this season, this time 59-53. High had 27 for the Falcons with Josh Valentine adding 15.

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For Amador, Will Sadler had 16 points and Dominic Miranda had 15.

NCS basketball

It's good to see we can always count on the North Coast Section seeding meetings providing some truly head-scratching decisions, and this time it took place in the Division I boys basketball brackets.

Foothill and Amador both finished 15-11 overall, with the Falcons winning both meetings with the Dons this year. Seems simple enough that Foothill would get a better seed than Amador, doesn't it?

Nope and not even close.

Amador was given the No. 6 seed and home game to open the tournament, while Foothill was seeded No. 9 and must go on the road to face College Park.

College Park, playing in a much easier league than the East Bay Athletic League, finished 13-13 on the season, yet was given the No. 8 seed and a home game.

Foothill coach Jason Wallis was not pleased with the seeds, nor should he be. Then again over the last 30-plus years I have learned that NCS -- to me it means "No Common Sense" -- takes logical conclusions and stands them on their ears.

Beers, Brats and Bingo

I have had the honor of getting to know several military veterans from the American Legion Post 237 over the last few years at the gym, and it gives me pleasure to help promote one of their fundraisers.

The Beers, Brats and Bingo event is just as it sounds, and it will take place next Saturday (Feb. 29) at the Pleasanton Veterans Memorial Building. The doors open at 5 p.m., with the games starting at 6 p.m.

The event, which is open to families, has limited seating and only the first 200 people will be guaranteed a seat.

Spring sports

With the winter sports teams heading into postseason play, it means that spring sports are underway with practice and soon to be games ready to go.

That also means it is time to find a volunteer to send me your results each week! It doesn't take much time, probably about 15 minutes a week. Just send the scores of your games and some highlights, and I will put it together to run in the Weekly.

Of course, we are always looking for pictures as well, with the identification of the athletes in the photo, as well as the name of the photographer.

The deadline each week is noon on Sunday and send the story to [email protected]

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Pleasanton Preps: Dons close girls soccer regular season with decisive wins

Also: Another head-scratching decision by NCS seeding committee

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Feb 18, 2020, 12:28 pm

The Amador Valley girls soccer team faced off against Granada and Foothill in the final week of the regular season and came away with two convincing victories.

On the road against Granada on Feb. 11, the Dons prevailed 2-0 on the strength of goals from Kate Reedy in the first half and Maille Smith in the second. Assists were provided by Julia Gonsman and Bella Mayo. Once again, the Don defense dominated to record the shutout.

Then on Feb. 13, Amador faced off against crosstown rival Foothill in the final game of the regular season. The Dons dominated from the opening whistle, recording a 3-0 win.

Amador went up 2-0 in the first 10 minutes. Kennedy Mayo struck first with a well-placed blast off a Penny Murphy assist. Noelle Marceno followed shortly after with an impressive strike via a Mayo cross.

Natalie O'Sullivan capped the scoring in the second half with a fantastic unassisted goal in front the Falcon net.

The Dons' defense handled any Falcon offensive threat to record their ninth shutout of the season.

Foothill boys basketball

The Falcons closed out the regular season with a pair of wins, beating Livermore and Amador on the road.

The week opened with a 69-35 win at Livermore. Nick High had 20 points to lead the way for Foothill, with Dylan D'Amico adding 10 as the other Falcon in double figures. Damascus Shields scored seven for Foothill.

Later in the week, Foothill knocked off Amador for the second time this season, this time 59-53. High had 27 for the Falcons with Josh Valentine adding 15.

For Amador, Will Sadler had 16 points and Dominic Miranda had 15.

NCS basketball

It's good to see we can always count on the North Coast Section seeding meetings providing some truly head-scratching decisions, and this time it took place in the Division I boys basketball brackets.

Foothill and Amador both finished 15-11 overall, with the Falcons winning both meetings with the Dons this year. Seems simple enough that Foothill would get a better seed than Amador, doesn't it?

Nope and not even close.

Amador was given the No. 6 seed and home game to open the tournament, while Foothill was seeded No. 9 and must go on the road to face College Park.

College Park, playing in a much easier league than the East Bay Athletic League, finished 13-13 on the season, yet was given the No. 8 seed and a home game.

Foothill coach Jason Wallis was not pleased with the seeds, nor should he be. Then again over the last 30-plus years I have learned that NCS -- to me it means "No Common Sense" -- takes logical conclusions and stands them on their ears.

Beers, Brats and Bingo

I have had the honor of getting to know several military veterans from the American Legion Post 237 over the last few years at the gym, and it gives me pleasure to help promote one of their fundraisers.

The Beers, Brats and Bingo event is just as it sounds, and it will take place next Saturday (Feb. 29) at the Pleasanton Veterans Memorial Building. The doors open at 5 p.m., with the games starting at 6 p.m.

The event, which is open to families, has limited seating and only the first 200 people will be guaranteed a seat.

Spring sports

With the winter sports teams heading into postseason play, it means that spring sports are underway with practice and soon to be games ready to go.

That also means it is time to find a volunteer to send me your results each week! It doesn't take much time, probably about 15 minutes a week. Just send the scores of your games and some highlights, and I will put it together to run in the Weekly.

Of course, we are always looking for pictures as well, with the identification of the athletes in the photo, as well as the name of the photographer.

The deadline each week is noon on Sunday and send the story to [email protected]

Comments

AmadorFan
Ruby Hill
on Feb 22, 2020 at 3:20 pm
AmadorFan, Ruby Hill
on Feb 22, 2020 at 3:20 pm
1 person likes this

Good luck tonight Lady Dons in the second round of NCS playoffs!


wow
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2020 at 5:51 am
wow, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2020 at 5:51 am
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how many guys are on the girls soccer team? not a very diverse team.
So if boys and girls are equal and discrimination is wrong. Why do we have a "girls"
soccer team. maybe because boys and girls aren't equal. Truth hurts ouch.....


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