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Sports - October 4, 2019

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football dominates Dougherty, Amador due back after bye

Also: Highlights from cross-country, volleyball, water polo

by Dennis Miller

The Foothill football team kept its strong season intact, beating Dougherty Valley 55-0 last Friday.

The game was over just after it started, as the Falcons scored three defensive touchdowns on Dougherty's first four plays of the game, getting two interception returns for scores, as well as a fumble return for another touchdown.

After starting the season with a 28-20 loss to San Leandro in a game they should have won, the Falcons have run off four straight, outscoring their opponents 149-13.

The road figures to get tougher as the next two games are away from home, at San Ramon Valley (this Friday) and at Monte Vista (Oct. 11), before Foothill comes home to host Clayton Valley on Oct. 18. All three teams sport 4-1 records.

Amador Valley football was on the bye last week. The Dons (3-2) are due back on the field at Dougherty this Thursday evening.

Foothill volleyball

The Falcons had a big week, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to beat Amador Valley, then sweeping Granada 3-0 last week.

In the win over Amador, Grayce Olson had 21 kills and six digs to lead the way. Naya Williamson added 14 kills, 11 digs, with Ishana Ram running the show with 59 assists and 19 service points.

In the sweep of Granada, Olson once again had 21 kills and six digs, with Emilie Clark chipping in 15 service points and three digs. Chloe Marceau had four kills.

Amador volleyball

On Sept. 21, the Dons competed in the East County Tournament at Deer Valley, going 4-1, winning the championship of their flight.

The Dons beat Big Valley Christian (2-0), San Ramon Valley (2-0) and Acalanes (2-0), before beating Mills (2-1) in the championship match. The Dons lost to Las Lomas 2-1 earlier in the day.

Tournament leaders for the Dons were Colette Wogsland (28 kills, 72 assists, 20 digs, 8 service aces), Phoebe Monette (28 kills, 6 blocks), Sophia Moore (26 kills, 10 blocks), Camille Ernst (24 kills), Danielle Caccamo (9 service aces, 23 digs), Jillian Wittenauer (46 digs) and Sarah Banholzer (20 digs).

Then last week, the Dons dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Foothill and fell 3-0 to California.

The Amador defense was led by junior MB Jaiden Reilly's seven blocks. Wittenauer also aided the Dons' defense with 21 digs.

Caccamo had five service aces to pace the Dons' offense. Freshman Sam Riter also contributed three service aces. Moore and Monette had 13 and 10 kills.

In the loss to Cal, Wogsland gave the Dons' offense a spark with a double-double of 10 kills and 16 assists. Riter had a balanced match with a double-double of her own,14 assists and 10 digs. Caccamo had five service aces.

Wittenauer and Ali Martinez held up the Dons' defensive effort with 16 and 14 digs, respectively.

Foothill water polo

While still working through not having a pool to practice in, the team accomplished victories in their league game and a third-place finish at the annual Foothill-Amador Tournament.

On Sept. 26, Foothill played a league game versus Dougherty Valley, winning 12-9 with Sanjay Menon and Eugene Kruger each scoring four goals, Daniel Kim scoring two goals, and Ian Jones and Jesse Goodman each putting one away for the team.

Goalie Moises Ambriz had a great game with 11 saves and four steals. Defensively, Eugene had three steals and Menon and Jones both had two steals.

The Falcons closed out the week on a high note with a third-place finish at the annual Foothill-Amador Tournament. Last Friday, the Falcons won both of their games, versus Benicia (11-6) and Irvington (16-5).

Then Saturday, they came up short against Acalanes, one of the top teams in North Coast Section. Menon led the team on offense throughout the weekend with 13 goals. Kim also had a breakout weekend with 12 goals of his own. Moises played great with over 30 saves.

Foothill cross-country

The Falcons went down to Corona in Southern California for the nationally recognized Woodbridge Invitational the weekend of Sept. 21.

Falcons' captain Arjun Subramanian led the team with a 14th-place finish in the 300-plus runner field. His personal record of 15:38.5 ranks him currently 10th in NCS.

Leading on the girls side, freshman Hailee Gorham turned in a 19:49.9 for a 55th finish in a race of 400 runners. Karen Wan (20:06.5) and Sydney Cohen (20:28.2) were close behind.

Editor's note: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact Miller or submit local high school sports scores, game highlights and photographs for his weekly Pleasanton Preps column, email him at acesmag@aol.com.

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