That pool of volunteers continues to shrink every year, and as a result, aspects of the programs suffer. Coaches, who should be able to focus on coaching their teams, now spend just as much time hustling funds.
The booster clubs at the respective schools are always searching for new ways to raise funds, and they may have just scored a touchdown, hit a home run and scored a goal with one idea this year.
The clubs are getting together to raffle off a 2018 Chevy Cruze, sponsored by Dublin Chevrolet and ZOHO. The car will be raffled off at halftime during the Amador Valley-Foothill game on Oct. 26 at Amador Valley.
Tickets cost $20 each and can be purchased at both Amador Valley and Foothill high schools. There is no limit on how many tickets individuals can purchase.
The kicker -- $10 of every ticket purchase will go back to the athletic programs. This could help Foothill replace the turf field used by sports, the band and school classes. The turf is worn and badly in need of being replaced.
Foothill girls volleyball
The Falcons continued their strong early-season run, winning three of their last four matches.
The week of Aug. 28, Foothill beat Dougherty Valley in three straight games. Ekaylah Rampola (10 digs), Audrey Fracisco (7 service points, 4 digs) and Lexi Barrera (7 kills, 10 service pts) led the way.
Later in the week, the Falcons beat Monte Vista in a thrilling, five-game match. The leaders for Foothill in the win were Grayce Olson (22 kills, 14 digs), Ishana Ram (50 assists, 11 digs) and Emily Haskell (28 digs, 11 service pts).
Last week started on a bit of down note, as Foothill fell to California in three straight games. Playing well for the Falcons in the loss were Olson (20 kills, 7 service pts), Naya Williamson (14 kills, 7 service pts) and Haskell (25 digs).
Foothill closed the week by rebounding to beat Carondelet in three games. Olson (23 kills, 7 service pts), Haskell (21 digs, 4 service pts), Williamson (9 kills, 8 service pts) and Savanah Caires (6 kills, 1 block) were the statistical leaders.
Amador boys water polo
The Dons played a pair of matches last week, winning one easily and then dropping a heartbreaker.
The team opened the week by knocking off Alhambra 14-8.
Goals were scored by Josh Freeman (4), Jack Kost (3), Noah Freeman (3), Devon Kost (2), and Jack Bessiere (1).
Jack Kost, Devon Kost, Will Bosse, Jack Bessiere and Josh Freeman all had steals for the Dons, with goalie Tanner McMillen making 6 saves.
The next day, Amador dropped a tough 8-7 game to California in an intense defensive battle where the team battled to the end.
Scoring the goals were Noah Freeman (3), Jack Kost (1), Will Bosse (1) and Josh Freeman. Jack Kost, Devon Kost, Ethan Braga and Josh Freeman all had steals.
Foothill boys water polo
Foothill defeated Granada 16-6 in the first league game, after falling in non-league action in their first two games to Las Lomas (20-5) and Bishop O'Dowd (14-13).
Standouts for Foothill were co-captain Ryan Weiglein with 6 goals, 2 assists and 2 steals, as well as Eugene Kruger with 4 goals, 4 steals and an assist.
In the loss to O'Dowd, Nathan Williams -- the other co-captain -- had 5 goals, 3 assists and 3 steals. Sanjay Menon and Ryan Weiglein had 3 goals each.
The JV also beat Granada 11-7 with 5 goals from Alexander Chen and 2 goals, 4 assists and 2 steals from Ian Jones.
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