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Sports - May 3, 2013

AVHS basketball wins scholastic award

Varsity has top GPA in North Coast Section

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

The boys varsity basketball team at Amador Valley High has bragging rights that go beyond the court, where it reached the first round of North Coast Section finals in February. The team was awarded an NCS Scholastic Championship Team Award for Division 1, due to the 3.51 GPA of its members.

"I've never had a team that has such a strong GPA so this was a new experience for me," said head coach Ralph Fields. "It's definitely something to be proud of."

Fields has been coaching basketball for 15 years, the last five at Amador.

"As a coach you're always worried about one or two guys, but this year not at all," he said. "All of our seniors are going off to college, nice colleges. The award is a nice thing for the community, for the school and for the basketball program."

Fields surprised the varsity with the award at the end of the season basketball banquet, which was held with the JV and freshman teams also.

"They set a very high standard," Fields said. "It's nice that the younger guys got to see that and know it's important."

He said team members may have been surprised to find out that their fellow players also receive top grades.

"Guys don't know the guy's GPA next to them - it's not typical locker room talk," Fields said.

"I think this is not just about the basketball program," he added. "It's about the staff at Amador, the administration, our athletic director Lou Cesario, our parents all working together. It's a total team effort."

Team members are Anthony Adams, Brad Carbine, Stockley Chafee, Jamaun Charles, Jeros Domagas, Glenn Leininger, Mat Macapagal, Max Molz, Austin Piscotty, Scott Rasnick, Nick Reyes, Brandon Ruotolo, Josh Slaton, David Wang and Josh Weiman. Assistant coaches are Steve Cain, Dave Goldman, Chris Norwood and Bill Martin.

Other Division 1 basketball teams that received the award are Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, with a 3.68 GPA; and San Ramon Valley High in Danville, with a 3.38.


Posted by PurpleGPA, a resident of Old Towne
on May 10, 2013 at 11:21 am

AWEsome to see brain power can play ball. Congrats to the players in the program and the coaches too !!

Posted by Way to go Dons!, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Great work both off and on the court. You make the town and Amador alumni proud, but the real benefits will be yours! Your future is limitless with hard work like that!

Posted by Dons basketball, a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on May 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

Congratulations to the boys who are able to play a sport and keep their GPA up through their senior year. This is tough to do and the coaches were lucky to have such a great group of young men. All the kudos go to the boys for their hard work! Great job boys!

Posted by AVHS gpa, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 6, 2013 at 8:53 am

These seniors boys are all going off to great college. This is very impressive, keep up the good work boys and make us proud.

Anthony Adams -
Brad Carbine - Brigham Young University
Jeros Domagas - Aurora University - Academic Scholarship
Mat Macapagal - De Paul University
Nick Reyes - UC Davis - Academic Scholarship
Josh Slaton - CalPoly - Track Scholarship
David Wang - UC Santa Barbara
Josh Weiman -

Does anyone know where Anthony Adams and Josh Weiman plan to go?

Posted by BurgerJoint, a resident of Civic Square
on Nov 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I can tell you none of those kids are going with basketball scholarships or because of their varsity coachs assistance!! As a matter of fact, NONE of them have D1, or D2 basketball scholarships They did all of that on their own or from other sports programs. Good luck boys.

Posted by What the?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 15, 2013 at 9:53 am

Wow burgerjoint, you take the opportunity 6 months after the original story about a great accomplishment by a group of boys to jump in and rip the coach? Are you a disgruntled coach who got fired or did someone you know get cut? Nice of you to add the "good luck boys" at the end of your vent.

Posted by BurgerJoint, a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Say what the..

Yes, a previous varsity coach however never fired in my coaching roles. I now mentor students looking for scholarships through athletics and music. I just read the article recently because I have a life. So why are you following up and READING IT six months later? And if you know so much, DO they HAVE any scholarships to D1 or D2 schools for basketball? Prove me wrong but a recruiter interested in an Amador basketball player in recent years, has never come across my desk. I know our kids in Dublin are prepared with assistance from their coaches and staff. I wish them luck because they will have to do it on their own, however capable with their grades.

Posted by Bball fan, a resident of Rosewood
on Dec 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I agree with BurgerJoint. None of these players got any help from the AV coaches for scholarship opportunities. Dublin and Livermore players seem to get more help than any of the Pleasanton basketball players who just have to figure it out themselves. Or worse yet, try to get noticed DESPITE their coaches . . . very sad indeed.

Posted by Bball fan, a resident of Rosewood
on Jul 9, 2014 at 11:37 am

Any truth to the rumor that some if not all of the AV boys basketball coaches are getting fired? If so good riddance!