Sports

Scoreboard

Boys Football:
Foothill (Pleasanton) 38, Castro Valley 12, Aug 30, 2021
Boys Football:
Foothill (Pleasanton) 38, Castro Valley 12, Aug 30, 2021
Boys Football:
Dublin 21, Heritage (Brentwood) 6, Aug 30, 2021
Boys Football:
Livermore 20, Livingston 13, Aug 27, 2021
Boys Football:
Amador Valley 37, Milpitas 7, Aug 27, 2021

 
 
 
 
Sports Headlines

EBAL Cross Country teams dominate
Local EBAL cross country teams have been dominant in competition. In the North Coast Section meet held Nov. 20, EBAL teams won four team titles and qualified 10 teams for the CIF State Meet and Dublin historic sweep. Tuesday, 10:30 AM

Injured Gaels' athlete overcomes obstacles to play again
After surgery to repair an Achilles tendon tear, Adam Moore had an eight-month recovery, which meant that Adam would likely miss his senior year of football and maybe the basketball season. He's back on the court this week, though. Monday, 5:36 PM

Final EBAL football rankings
These are the final rankings for EBAL football. Which team made it to the top of the Mountain division and which one landed at the bottom of the Valley division? Disagree with the results? Monday, 5:02 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Falcons reflect after close loss in NCS football title game
Foothill's 21-14 loss to Campolindo on Saturday in the NCS Division II football championship is a game, or more importantly a moment, the players on Foothill will never forget. They fell just short of the win, but what I saw next... Tuesday, 7:48 AM

Fall sports All-EBAL teams, athletes
Here are the All-East Bay Athletic League players and teams for all of the Fall sports. Take a look and see if your favorite athlete earned postseason honors! Monday, 7:17 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill routs in semis, sets up showdown with Campolindo for NCS football title
Here we are in late November and the Falcons are still playing, getting ready for Saturday night where Foothill will take on Campolindo for the North Coast Section Division II championship. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Foothill. Monday, 6:09 PM

Postseason action
Check out how local football, water polo, tennis, girls' volleyball and girls' golf teams fared in postseason competitions. Tuesday, 9:07 AM

Pleasanton native, Giants' shortstop Brandon Crawford earns 4th Gold Glove
San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, a 2005 Foothill High alum, won his fourth career Gold Glove for his defensive prowess when the 2021 awards were announced last week. Tuesday, 9:16 AM

Gridiron girl: Female football player a successful kicker for Dublin's JV team
Conventional wisdom says girls don't play football. For Dublin High junior Grace Toney, conventional wisdom went right out the window when earlier in the fall she decided to give football a shot and kick for her school's football team. Monday, 4:29 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Amador girls' water polo starts off strong in section playoffs
The memorable season for the Amador Valley High girls' water polo team has continued in the postseason as the Dons knocked off Redwood 11-4 in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs. Thursday, 9:22 AM

High school football coach needs a good dose of karma
On a soap box: In a battle of two teams from the city of Inglewood in the LA area, Inglewood High dropped a 106-0 assault on Morningside High. That's right " 106-0. The coach, Mil'Von James, needs to be fired immediately. Tuesday, 2:39 PM | 1 comments

Cross Country: Dublin boys, Granada girls take home titles
Dublin took the title in the boys' race, with the Granada girls taking the title on the ladies' side during an East Bay Athletics League (EBAL) meet Saturday, Nov. 6 at Newhall Park in Concord. Monday, 2:05 PM

Pleasanton Preps: What a teacher strike could mean for sports
It appears a strike by the teachers may be a realistic possibility, which is the worst-case scenario. Lost in the rhetoric going back and forth is the effect it could have on the local coaches, and as a result, the student-athletes. Wednesday, 12:38 PM

Foothill volleyball coach marks 25 years, 50 seasons, numerous titles
Long-time FHS girls' and boys' volleyball coach Dusty Collins was honored recently for a milestone achievement of being at the helm of both teams for 25 years. Tuesday, 2:47 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football clinches top spot in Valley Division
And just like that, the Foothill High football team is the East Bay Athletic League's Valley Division champions. With the wins over Dublin and Livermore in the books, the Falcons have the tiebreaker for the automatic NCS berth. Tuesday, 1:28 PM

Postseason EBAL action
As the East Bay Athletic League Fall season starts to wind down, it is time to get excited for the looming North Coast Section playoffs in all sports. Tuesday, 11:49 AM

Pleasanton Preps: Amador inducts inaugural class for new Wall of Fame
The unveiling of what will be known as the AV Athletics Wall of Fame, which is located right outside the entrance to the Dons' stadium, was long overdue. The first class of inductees consisted of... Tuesday, 10:45 PM

Cyril sisters two of the top junior racquetball players in the country
Twin sisters Esha and Arya Cyril are both exceptional students and are currently working through the college application process. But the duo is also something else - they are two of the top junior racquetball players in the country. Tuesday, 10:00 PM

Pleasanton Preps: An emotional trip to the 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial'
Last week, there was a ceremony for my father and two other iconic people in the development and history of Ballistic United. Their names were added to a plaque on a large rock at Sports Park called the 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial.' Wednesday, 2:18 PM

Top of the Mountain, bottom of the Valley
It is time for the East Bay Athletic League football teams to get down to business as the league seasons get underway. Both leagues are deep, with the championship likely to be determined on the final week of the season. Tuesday, 4:39 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Amador, Foothill set sights on football division titles as league play begins
Can each of the Pleasanton schools win an EBAL title? Absolutely, but it will be tougher for the Dons in the incredibly tough and deep Mountain than Foothill in the Valley Division. But what are the keys for each team moving forward... Wednesday, 12:03 PM

Good friends lead Cal High's Grizzlies to 4-0
Teddy Booras and Jake Calcagno " Cal High's quarterback and his favorite target " have set the local football world on fire as the duo has led the Grizzlies to a 4-0 mark, pacing an offense that is averaging 52 points a game. Tuesday, 4:26 AM

EBAL Power Rankings following the games from Sept. 24-25
This week Cal High, at 4-0, stays on top of the Mountain division and Foothill, with a monster 21-14 win against cross-town rival Amador last week still in first in the Valley division. Tuesday, 5:20 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football storms back for 21-17 win at Amador
It sounds like an over-used sports cliche, but learning from a loss can be important for team maturity. For Amador Valley, that moment may have come when they fell 21-17 last week to Foothill (who bounced back from a recent loss). Tuesday, 2:52 PM

Before St. Francis, Monte Vista took down De La Salle
Not many outside the Monte Vista program gave the Mustangs a chance. But in a 1987 'win for the ages', MV fought through a tough game and came away with a 14-13 win against De La Salle, ending a 44-game winning streak. Wednesday, 3:25 PM

Accountability at center of Amador coach's decision to cancel freshman football game
Perhaps the most important life lesson learned from high school sports is also the one missing the most: accountability. Amador football coach Danny Jones saw this missing from some freshman football players and acted decisively... Wednesday, 3:48 PM

Twins might be one of EBAL's best sibling athlete combos ever
Grayce and Kenny Olson may be the one of the top sister-brother athletic combos ever in EBAL. Grayce is a four-year starter for the Falcons girls' volleyball team; Kenny is one of the top football players in the league this year. Wednesday, 5:24 PM | 1 comments

Power Rankings for weekend of Sept. 17-18
SRVUSD's California High stays first in EBAL's Mountain division with a 4-0 record. Pleasanton's Foothill is back on top in the Valley division, knocking Livermore down to third. Tuesday, 4:51 PM

Power Rankings for weekend of Sept. 10-11
This week Cal and Livermore top their EBAL divisions, knocking San Ramon Valley and Foothill down. Wednesday, 3:23 PM

What to Watch: Sept. 17 to 23
As we get closer to the start of the EBAL League, there are three games this week that stick out to me as games to watch, with all three telling us a little more about the teams. Wednesday, 2:51 PM

Pleasanton Preps: We must never forget Sept. 11
I am also compelled to write about that day because it needs to stay relevant, and it needs to continually resonate with generation after generation of middle school and high school students. They must never forget. Wednesday, 1:31 PM

St. Francis pulls off football upset for the ages, beating De La Salle
Matt Dougherty connected with Nico Andrighetto on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 15.7 seconds left in the game as St. Francis pulled off a monumental, historic upset of De La Salle, 31-28, Friday night in Mountain View. Monday, 4:24 PM

Power Rankings
Each week I will rank the East Bay Athletics League teams in each division -- Mountain and Valley -- as well as give you the next opponent. These will change every week based on their performances from the current week. Wednesday, 1:38 PM

Monte Vista's girls' golf team one to watch
Monte Vista's girls' golf team went 8-0 last spring and finished No. 2 in the country. This year they are starting out strong with two members of last year's team and a new captain. Tuesday, 4:41 PM

Foothill bids farewell to longtime football scoreboard operator Isaacs
When Foothill High School's opening night football win over Castro Valley came to an end on Aug. 30, it also ended one heck of a streak for a scoreboard operator/announcer for the Falcons, Randy Isaacs. Wednesday, 2:11 PM

Dons, Falcons off to strong starts early in 2021 season
Two games into the 2021 high school football season, Amador Valley coach Danny Jones and Foothill headman Greg Haubner would be hard-pressed to ask for much more from their teams. Wednesday, 3:05 PM

Cowboy up: Livermore football coaches, players want to be the team to beat
For the last 15 years, the Livermore football team hasn't been a legit contender. Last spring, though, coach John Wade and his Cowboys showed they will not be taken lightly, going 5-1, including an opening night win at Foothill. Thursday, 9:17 AM

Friday night lights and Monday night football
It wasn't quite the opening night of high school football that people had hoped for as poor air quality from the raging fires in Northern California forced the postponement of several games Friday night. Wednesday, 7:02 PM

Sensational start for Foothill girls' volleyball
It has been a sensational start for the Foothill girls' volleyball program, with the Falcons starting 2-0 in EBAL play and 7-0 overall. Wednesday, 7:01 PM

Future looks bright for SRVHS offensive lineman
In high school football, offensive linemen often get overlooked. For San Ramon Valley High offensive lineman Jackson Brown, it is exactly the opposite. He's impossible not to notice. Wednesday, 10:34 AM

 
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Foothill's 21-14 loss to Campolindo on Saturday in the NCS Division II football championship is a game, or more importantly a moment, the players on Foothill will never forget. They fell just short of the win, but what I saw next...
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, 7:48 AM
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Here are the All-East Bay Athletic League players and teams for all of the Fall sports. Take a look and see if your favorite athlete earned postseason honors!
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                                            [date] => Monday, 7:17 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Foothill coach Greg Haubner (center) and his Falcons will play in the North Coast Section Division II championship on Saturday night. (Photo by Natalie Walsh)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill routs in semis, sets up showdown with Campolindo for NCS football title
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Here we are in late November and the Falcons are still playing, getting ready for Saturday night where Foothill will take on Campolindo for the North Coast Section Division II championship. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Foothill.
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                                            [date] => Monday, 6:09 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Foothill quarterback Nick Walsh celebrates a touchdown with his linemen during a game earlier in the season. (Courtesy of Natalie Walsh)

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                                            [headline] => Postseason action
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Check out how local football, water polo, tennis, girls' volleyball and girls' golf teams fared in postseason competitions. 
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, 9:07 AM
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                                                    [caption] => Brandon Crawford, shown here throwing out Ryan Frazier during the sixth inning of the San Francisco Giants' game against the San Diego Padres on Oct. 1, won the 2021 NL Gold Glove for shortstop this weekend. (Photo courtesy of SF Giants)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton native, Giants' shortstop Brandon Crawford earns 4th Gold Glove
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                                            [front_paragraph] => San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, a 2005 Foothill High alum, won his fourth career Gold Glove for his defensive prowess when the 2021 awards were announced last week.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, 9:16 AM
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                                                    [caption] => Tim Conrad, the head coach of the Dublin JV team, talks with kicker Grace Toney during a recent game. (Courtesy of Chip Dehnert)
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                                            [headline] => Gridiron girl
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Conventional wisdom says girls don't play football. For Dublin High junior Grace Toney, conventional wisdom went right out the window when earlier in the fall she decided to give football a shot and kick for her school's football team.
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                                            [date] => Monday, 4:29 PM
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                                                    [caption] => The Amador Valley varsity girls' water polo squad. (Contributed photo)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Amador girls' water polo starts off strong in section playoffs
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The memorable season for the Amador Valley High girls' water polo team has continued in the postseason as the Dons knocked off Redwood 11-4 in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs.
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                                            [date] => Thursday, 9:22 AM
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                                            [headline] => High school football coach needs a good dose of karma
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                                            [front_paragraph] => On a soap box: In a battle of two teams from the city of Inglewood in the LA area, Inglewood High dropped a 106-0 assault on Morningside High. That's right " 106-0. The coach, Mil'Von James, needs to be fired immediately. 
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                                            [headline] => Cross Country: Dublin boys, Granada girls take home titles
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Dublin took the title in the boys' race, with the Granada girls taking the title on the ladies' side during an East Bay Athletics League (EBAL) meet  Saturday, Nov. 6 at Newhall Park in Concord.
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                                            [date] => Monday, 2:05 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Pleasanton teachers union members rally outside district headquarters last week on the evening of the school board meeting. (Photo courtesy of CTA)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: What a teacher strike could mean for sports
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                                            [front_paragraph] => It appears a strike by the teachers may be a realistic possibility, which is the worst-case scenario. Lost in the rhetoric going back and forth is the effect it could have on the local coaches, and as a result, the student-athletes.
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                                            [date] => Wednesday, 12:38 PM
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                                                    [caption] => "Then and now" photos nicely illustrate Dusty Collins' long-term dedication to coaching the girls' and boys' volleyball teams at Foothill High School. (Submitted photo)
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                                            [headline] => Foothill volleyball coach marks 25 years, 50 seasons, numerous titles
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Long-time FHS girls' and boys' volleyball coach Dusty Collins was honored recently for a milestone achievement of being at the helm of both teams for 25 years.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, 2:47 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Kenny Olson (8) is one of the top performers for Foothill. (Photo by Natalie Walsh)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football clinches top spot in Valley Division
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                                            [front_paragraph] => And just like that, the Foothill High football team is the East Bay Athletic League's Valley Division champions. With the wins over Dublin and Livermore in the books, the Falcons have the tiebreaker for the automatic NCS berth.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, 1:28 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Foothill High School's football team is one of 10 EBAL teams set to compete in North Coast Section playoffs. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Walsh)
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                                            [headline] => Postseason EBAL action
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                                            [front_paragraph] => As the East Bay Athletic League Fall season starts to wind down, it is time to get excited for the looming North Coast Section playoffs in all sports.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, 11:49 AM
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                                                    [caption] => From left: Amador alum Stephen Piscotty, who plays on the Oakland A's, joins Cesario and Breazeale at the induction. (Photo by Alan Greth)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Amador inducts inaugural class for new Wall of Fame
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The unveiling of what will be known as the AV Athletics Wall of Fame, which is located right outside the entrance to the Dons' stadium, was long overdue. The first class of inductees consisted of...
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/10/19/pleasanton-preps-amador-inducts-inaugural-class-for-new-wall-of-fame
                                            [date] => Tuesday, 10:45 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Arya Cyril and Esha Cyril, twin sisters, doubles partners and current seniors from the Quarry Lane School in Dublin, recently competed at the USA Racquetball 2021 National Junior Championships held in Iowa. (File photo)
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                                            [headline] => Cyril sisters two of the top junior racquetball players in the country
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Twin sisters Esha and Arya Cyril are both exceptional students and are currently working through the college application process. But the duo is also something else - they are two of the top junior racquetball players in the country.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, 10:00 PM
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                                                    [caption] => 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial' plaque at Ken Mercer Sports Park. (Photo by Dennis Miller)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: An emotional trip to the 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial'
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Last week, there was a ceremony for my father and two other iconic people in the development and history of Ballistic United. Their names were added to a plaque on a large rock at Sports Park called the 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial.'
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/10/13/pleasanton-preps-an-emotional-trip-to-the-pleasanton-sports-memorial
                                            [date] => Wednesday, 2:18 PM
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                                            [headline] => Top of the Mountain, bottom of the Valley
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                                            [front_paragraph] => It is time for the East Bay Athletic League football teams to get down to business as the league seasons get underway. Both leagues are deep, with the championship likely to be determined on the final week of the season. 
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                                                    [caption] => Amador Valley quarterback EJ Thomsen runs the ball down the sideline. (Photo by Elizabeth Thomsen)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Amador, Foothill set sights on football division titles as league play begins
                                            [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Amador, Foothill set sights on football division titles as league play begins
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Can each of the Pleasanton schools win an EBAL title? Absolutely, but it will be tougher for the Dons in the incredibly tough and deep Mountain than Foothill in the Valley Division. But what are the keys for each team moving forward...
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/10/06/pleasanton-preps-amador-foothill-set-sights-on-football-division-titles-as-league-play-begins
                                            [date] => Wednesday, 12:03 PM
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                                            [headline] => Good friends lead Cal High's Grizzlies to 4-0
                                            [small_headline] => Good friends lead Cal High's Grizzlies to 4-0
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Teddy Booras and Jake Calcagno " Cal High's quarterback and his favorite target " have set the local football world on fire as the duo has led the Grizzlies to a 4-0 mark, pacing an offense that is averaging 52 points a game.
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/09/28/duo-leading-cal-highs-grizzlies-to-4-0
                                            [date] => Tuesday, 4:26 AM
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                                            [headline] => EBAL Power Rankings following the games from Sept. 24-25
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                                            [front_paragraph] => This week Cal High, at 4-0, stays on top of the Mountain division and Foothill, with a monster 21-14 win against cross-town rival Amador last week still in first in the Valley division.
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/09/28/ebal-power-rankings-following-the-games-from-sept-24-25
                                            [date] => Tuesday, 5:20 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Foothill players listening to their coach after the 21-17 win over Amador Valley last week. (Photo by Natalie Walsh)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football storms back for 21-17 win at Amador
                                            [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football storms back for 21-17 win at Amador
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                                            [front_paragraph] => It sounds like an over-used sports cliche, but learning from a loss can be important for team maturity. For Amador Valley, that moment may have come when they fell 21-17 last week to Foothill (who bounced back from a recent loss).
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/09/28/pleasanton-preps-foothill-football-storms-back-for-21-17-win-at-amador
                                            [date] => Tuesday, 2:52 PM
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                                            [headline] => Before St. Francis, Monte Vista took down De La Salle
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Not many outside the Monte Vista program gave the Mustangs a chance. But in a 1987 'win for the ages', MV fought through a tough game and came away with a 14-13 win against De La Salle, ending a 44-game winning streak.
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/09/22/before-st-francis-monte-vista-took-down-de-la-salle
                                            [date] => Wednesday, 3:25 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Amador Valley football coach Danny Jones. (File photo/courtesy of AVHS football)
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                                            [headline] => Accountability at center of Amador coach's decision to cancel freshman football game
                                            [small_headline] => Accountability at center of Amador coach's decision to cancel freshman football game
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Perhaps the most important life lesson learned from high school sports is also the one missing the most: accountability. Amador football coach Danny Jones saw this missing from some freshman football players and acted decisively...
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/09/22/pleasanton-preps-accountability-at-center-of-amador-coachs-decision-to-cancel-freshman-football-game
                                            [date] => Wednesday, 3:48 PM
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                                            [headline] => Twins might be one of EBAL's best sibling athlete combos ever
                                            [small_headline] => Twins might be one of EBAL's best sibling athlete combos ever
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Grayce and Kenny Olson may be the one of the top sister-brother athletic combos ever in EBAL. Grayce is a four-year starter for the Falcons girls' volleyball team; Kenny is one of the top football players in the league this year.
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/09/15/twins-might-be-one-of-ebals-best-sibling-athlete-combos-ever
                                            [date] => Wednesday, 5:24 PM
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                                            [headline] => Power Rankings for weekend of Sept. 17-18
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                                            [front_paragraph] => SRVUSD's California High stays first in EBAL's Mountain division with a 4-0 record. Pleasanton's Foothill is back on top in the Valley division, knocking Livermore down to third.
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/09/21/power-rankings-for-weekend-of-sept-17-18
                                            [date] => Tuesday, 4:51 PM
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                                            [headline] => Power Rankings for weekend of Sept. 10-11
                                            [small_headline] => Power Rankings for weekend of Sept. 10-11
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                                            [front_paragraph] => This week Cal and Livermore top their EBAL divisions, knocking San Ramon Valley and Foothill down.
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/09/15/power-rankings-for-weekend-of-sept-10-11
                                            [date] => Wednesday, 3:23 PM
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                                            [headline] => What to Watch: Sept. 17 to 23
                                            [small_headline] => What to Watch: Sept. 17 to 23
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                                            [front_paragraph] => As we get closer to the start of the EBAL League, there are three games this week that stick out to me as games to watch, with all three telling us a little more about the teams.
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/09/15/what-to-watch-sept-17-to-23
                                            [date] => Wednesday, 2:51 PM
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: We must never forget Sept. 11
                                            [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: We must never forget Sept. 11
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                                            [front_paragraph] => I am also compelled to write about that day because it needs to stay relevant, and it needs to continually resonate with generation after generation of middle school and high school students. They must never forget.
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/09/15/pleasanton-preps-we-must-never-forget-sept-11
                                            [date] => Wednesday, 1:31 PM
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                                                    [caption] =>  St. Francis stunned visiting De La Salle 31-28 on Friday night. Photo taken on Aug. 31, 2101 by Rick Eymer.
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                                            [headline] => St. Francis pulls off football upset for the ages, beating De La Salle
                                            [small_headline] => St. Francis pulls off football upset for the ages, beating De La Salle
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Matt Dougherty connected with Nico Andrighetto on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 15.7 seconds left in the game as St. Francis pulled off a monumental, historic upset of De La Salle, 31-28, Friday night in Mountain View.
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/09/13/st-francis-pulls-off-football-upset-for-the-ages-beating-de-la-salle
                                            [date] => Monday, 4:24 PM
                                            [comments] => 
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                                            [headline] => Power Rankings
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Each week I will rank the East Bay Athletics League teams in each division -- Mountain and Valley -- as well as give you the next opponent.  These will change every week based on their performances from the current week.
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/09/08/power-rankings
                                            [date] => Wednesday, 1:38 PM
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                                            [headline] => Monte Vista's girls' golf team one to watch
                                            [small_headline] => Monte Vista's girls' golf team one to watch
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Monte Vista's girls' golf team went 8-0 last spring and finished No. 2 in the country. This year they are starting out strong with two members of last year's team and a new captain. 
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, 4:41 PM
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                                            [headline] => Foothill bids farewell to longtime football scoreboard operator Isaacs
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                                            [front_paragraph] => When Foothill High School's opening night football win over Castro Valley came to an end on Aug. 30, it also ended one heck of a streak for a scoreboard operator/announcer for the Falcons, Randy Isaacs.
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/09/08/foothill-bids-farewell-to-longtime-football-scoreboard-operator-isaacs
                                            [date] => Wednesday, 2:11 PM
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                                            [headline] => Dons, Falcons off to strong starts early in 2021 season
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Two games into the 2021 high school football season, Amador Valley coach Danny Jones and Foothill headman Greg Haubner would be hard-pressed to ask for much more from their teams.
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                                            [date] => Wednesday, 3:05 PM
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                                            [headline] => Cowboy up: Livermore football coaches, players want to be the team to beat
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                                            [front_paragraph] => For the last 15 years, the Livermore football team hasn't been a legit contender. Last spring, though, coach John Wade and his Cowboys showed they will not be taken lightly, going 5-1, including an opening night win at Foothill.
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                                            [date] => Thursday, 9:17 AM
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                                            [headline] => Friday night lights and Monday night football
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                                            [front_paragraph] => It wasn't quite the opening night of high school football that people had hoped for as poor air quality from the raging fires in Northern California forced the postponement of several games Friday night.
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                                            [date] => Wednesday, 7:02 PM
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                                            [headline] => Sensational start for Foothill girls' volleyball
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                                            [front_paragraph] => It has been a sensational start for the Foothill girls' volleyball program, with the Falcons starting 2-0 in EBAL play and 7-0 overall.
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                                            [date] => Wednesday, 7:01 PM
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                                            [headline] => SRVHS offensive lineman gets noticed on and off the field
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                                            [front_paragraph] => In high school football, offensive linemen often get overlooked. For San Ramon Valley High offensive lineman Jackson Brown, it is exactly the opposite. He's impossible not to notice.
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/08/25/srvhs-offensive-lineman-getting-attention-on-and-off-the-field
                                            [date] => Wednesday, 10:34 AM
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