Sports

Scoreboard

Boys Volleyball:
Foothill 3, Livermore 0, Mar 3, 2022
Boys Volleyball:
Foothill 3, Granada 2, Mar 1, 2022
Girls Basketball:
Amador Valley 41, Granada 39, Feb 8, 2022
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 Calendar

Today
Boys Football
College Park HS at Livermore HS Livermore HS Football Field 7 p.m.
Boys Football
Foothill HS at Livermore HS Livermore HS Football Field 7 p.m.
Boys Football
Dougherty Valley HS at Livermore HS Livermore HS Football Field 7 p.m.
Boys Football
Livermore HS at Dublin HS Dublin HS Football Field 7 p.m.
Boys Football
Livermore HS at Granada HS Granada HS Football Field 7 p.m.

 
 
Sports Headlines

Hey ref! Fans' bad behavior, harassment causes shortage of officials
Words like funding, equipment, field space and coaching are thrown around regularly when it comes to local sports. But there is one phrase seldom mentioned that is the most crucial -- officials or rather, the lack of officials. Wednesday, 8:37 PM | 1 comments

Pleasanton Preps: Should EBAL expand into a super-league?
The North Coast Section last week forwarded on two different proposals to the December meeting -- one from Acalanes and one from Dougherty Valley -- that will shape the EBAL for the four-year span from 2024 to 2028. Tuesday, September 20, 8:47 PM

Goalies' mindset: mental and physical strength
Playing goalie on any competitive sports team takes a different kind of mindset. Most people only remember the goals allowed and one bad play in an entire contest can cause the team to lose, with the goalie often taking the blame... Tuesday, September 20, 1:20 PM

Pleasanton council OKs location for new cricket field at Ken Mercer Sports Park
Cricket players in Pleasanton will soon be able to compete and practice on a new field set to be constructed at Ken Mercer Sports Park following the City Council's decision on the location last week. Friday, September 16, 8:47 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Strong start to season for Foothill girls' volleyball
The impressive early season for the Foothill girls' volleyball team continued, as the Falcons ran off three straight wins last week. That plus Amador Valley cross-country sweeps team titles at Ed Sias Invitational in Pleasanton Preps. Tuesday, September 13, 2:28 PM

Never forget
I worry the significance of the 9/11 attacks will get overlooked as the years go by. LHS athletic director James Petersdorf and football coach John Wade are making sure that doesn't happen. Sunday, September 11, 6:19 PM | 1 comments

To play or not to play
Not many female athletes opt for junior college over four-year schools, even if it means giving up competitive athletics. Las Positas College women's basketball coach wants players to compete as long as they can. Monday, September 5, 11:55 AM

Judge rejects CEQA lawsuits against Oakland A's proposed Howard Terminal stadium
An Alameda County judge has rejected legal challenges to the Oakland A's quest for a new stadium that had argued that the proposed ballpark at Howard Terminal would cause serious environmental harm to the surrounding port area. Wednesday, September 14, 4:36 AM

Pleasanton high school football preview
Expect the stands to be packed, the bands playing and the community of Pleasanton living for what has been known as Friday Night Lights. Both Amador and Foothill have plenty of reasons to look forward to this season. Monday, September 5, 12:20 PM

Enjoy the journey: High school memories last a lifetime
Few young people realize high school is the last time this group of friends and teammates will be together. Enjoy what this year brings -- the good and the bad -- as these days will provide memories that will last a lifetime. Sunday, August 28, 5:41 PM

Pleasanton RADD athletes compete in Special Olympics regionals
Pleasanton RADD athletes earned a series of medals at the Special Olympics Northern California 2022 Walnut Creek Regional Softball Competition held last weekend at Heather Farm Park. Sunday, September 4, 9:34 PM

Tri-Valley wins Babe Ruth World Series
The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Star Team completed a perfect postseason run Saturday, winning the Babe Ruth World Series with a 3-1 win over the Southeast representative. Sunday, August 21, 5:44 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Get all the best EBAL reporting, right to your inbox
As the new high school season is beginning to hit its stride, I wanted to take the time to remind or introduce you to the Tri-Valley Preps Playbook. It is in its second year and is all about East Bay Athletic League sports. Tuesday, August 30, 6:25 PM

FTC Track Club athletes compete against nation's best
Eight athletes from the Pleasanton-based FTC Track Club competed at the United States Track and Field Association (USTAF) National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships held in late July in Sacramento. Sunday, August 28, 6:58 PM

Full circle: Dublin alum returns to lead its football program
Brandon Black, a 1995 Dublin High graduate and former football player, returned to coach the football team. Last season the Gaels went 6-5 overall and advanced to the D-II NCS playoffs. Sunday, August 21, 5:42 PM

Oakland A's release Pleasanton native Stephen Piscotty
Pleasanton native Stephen Piscotty was released by the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday in a personnel move seen as the last-place A's clearing more roster space for prospects to gain major-league experience at the end of a lost season. Friday, August 19, 2:51 PM

Pleasanton Preps: FTC Track Club athletes compete at Junior Olympics
The Pleasanton-based FTC Track Club recently sent 21 athletes to the 2022 USATF National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships that took place over six days in late July in Sacramento. Tuesday, August 16, 10:36 PM

Danville team wins Little League Intermediate World Series
That's exactly what the team from Danville did Sunday night, beating West Seoul Little League 5-2 in the championship game of the Little League Intermediate World Series broadcast on ESPN2 from Max Baer Field in Livermore. Monday, August 8, 8:40 PM

'It is a game-changer'
EBAL has long been one the best high school athletic leagues in Northern California. The schools are in wonderful communities, the athletes are among the elite and the facilities are among the best around. For the most part. Monday, August 8, 12:05 PM | 1 comments

Registration open for Hope 100 Golf Marathon
The Hope 100 Golf Marathon is returning to Castlewood Country Club's Valley Course next month and registration is underway for participants and sponsors for the annual endurance event that raises vital money for nonprofit Hope Hospice. Sunday, August 7, 5:31 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Monte Vista alum Starn reflects on winning SF Marathon -- in first try
Seemingly to make that a point, on July 24 Starn went out and ran in her first marathon, taking on the hilly San Francisco Marathon for her first try at the distance. She did more than just compete ... she won the women's race. Tuesday, August 2, 9:12 PM

Lawsuit aims to void vote allowing Oakland A's Howard Terminal project to move forward
Truckers, longshore workers and others opposed to a billion-dollar Oakland A's ballpark planned at the Charles P. Howard Terminal in Oakland have filed a lawsuit against a little-known Bay Area commission over its decision to allow ... Thursday, August 11, 8:19 AM | 1 comments

EBAL football teams' biggest adversary? Money
The biggest adversary our local public school athletic teams face each year isn't their opponents -- it's the financial burden on the teams to make ends meet, with the brunt of the work falling on the head coach. Monday, July 18, 12:50 PM | 3 comments

Pleasanton Preps: Recent Dublin grad reflects on his viral grab as Oakland A's ball boy
And that's when the night all changed. Power-hitting Adolis Garcia drilled a foul ball right toward the Rangers' bullpen. Without hesitation, Jon Thalblum moved to his right, then went horizontal to snag the line drive... Wednesday, July 27, 12:12 AM

District unveils new Livermore High School gym
LVJUSD recently held an open house for the community to view and tour Livermore High School's brand-new gymnasium, which was built as part of the voter-approved Measure J bond facilities improvement projects. Monday, July 18, 6:14 AM

Bernal Community Park gets new sponsors; sports complex to be renamed for Stanford Medicine
The city of Pleasanton has announced a new Bernal Community Park multi-year sponsorship agreement that will change the name of the athletic grounds to Stanford Medicine Sports Complex. Monday, July 11, 12:26 PM

A horse owner's journey: Pleasanton's Schmitt reflects on tenure in racing, looks ahead with hope to fair meets this summer
Mention horse racing people at the Alameda County Fair over the last 20 years and a few names come straight to mind. One that flies the most under the radar but can stand toe-to-toe with anyone is Pleasanton's George Schmitt. Tuesday, June 21, 9:19 AM

Pleasanton Preps: In his hometown of Pleasanton, he was just 'John'
It's been over a week now since we lost one of the great icons of Pleasanton when John Madden passed away. Here he was, larger than life and easily recognizable wherever he went. But, in Pleasanton, he was just 'John.' Monday, January 3, 4:33 PM

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, November 8, 4:29 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, September 15, 5:24 PM | 1 comments

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, August 25, 10:34 AM

 
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Should EBAL expand into a super-league?
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The North Coast Section last week forwarded on two different proposals to the December meeting -- one from Acalanes and one from Dougherty Valley -- that will shape the EBAL for the four-year span from 2024 to 2028.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/09/20/pleasanton-preps-should-ebal-expand-into-a-super-league
                                            [date] => Tuesday, September 20, 8:47 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Erin Brown, goalie of the Amador Valley High girl's water polo team, catches a goal during a match. (Courtesy of the Brown family) 
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                                            [headline] => Goalies' mindset: mental and physical strength
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Playing goalie on any competitive sports team takes a different kind of mindset. Most people only remember the goals allowed and one bad play in an entire contest can cause the team to lose, with the goalie often taking the blame...
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, September 20, 1:20 PM
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                                                    [caption] => An attached photo of the three proposed options for a cricket field at Ken Mercer Sports Park. Option 2 was approved by City Council on Sept. 6. (Image courtesy City of Pleasanton)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton council OKs location for new cricket field at Ken Mercer Sports Park
                                            [small_headline] => Pleasanton council OKs location for new cricket field at Ken Mercer Sports Park
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Cricket players in Pleasanton will soon be able to compete and practice on a new field set to be constructed at Ken Mercer Sports Park following the City Council's decision on the location last week.
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                                            [date] => Friday, September 16, 8:47 PM
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Strong start to season for Foothill girls' volleyball
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The impressive early season for the Foothill girls' volleyball team continued, as the Falcons ran off three straight wins last week. That plus Amador Valley cross-country sweeps team titles at Ed Sias Invitational in Pleasanton Preps.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, September 13, 2:28 PM
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                                            [headline] => Never forget
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                                            [front_paragraph] => I worry the significance of the 9/11 attacks will get overlooked as the years go by. LHS athletic director James Petersdorf and football coach John Wade are making sure that doesn't happen.
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                                            [date] => Sunday, September 11, 6:19 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Caleb Theodore. (Photo courtesy LPC)
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                                            [headline] => To play or not to play
                                            [small_headline] => To play or not to play
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Not many female athletes opt for junior college over four-year schools, even if it means giving up competitive athletics. Las Positas College women's basketball coach wants players to compete as long as they can. 
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                                            [date] => Monday, September 5, 11:55 AM
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                                                    [caption] => The Oakland A's released renderings of their proposed new ballpark at Howard Terminal near Jack London Square in Oakland. (Image courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group)
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                                            [headline] => Judge rejects CEQA lawsuits against Oakland A's proposed Howard Terminal stadium
                                            [small_headline] => Judge rejects CEQA lawsuits against Oakland A's proposed Howard Terminal stadium
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                                            [front_paragraph] => An Alameda County judge has rejected legal challenges to the Oakland A's quest for a new stadium that had argued that the proposed ballpark at Howard Terminal would cause serious environmental harm to the surrounding port area.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/09/14/judge-rejects-ceqa-lawsuits-against-oakland-as-proposed-howard-terminal-stadium
                                            [date] => Wednesday, September 14, 4:36 AM
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton high school football preview
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Expect the stands to be packed, the bands playing and the community of Pleasanton living for what has been known as Friday Night Lights. Both Amador and Foothill have plenty of reasons to look forward to this season.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/09/05/pleasanton-high-school-football-preview
                                            [date] => Monday, September 5, 12:20 PM
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                                            [headline] => Enjoy the journey: High school memories last a lifetime
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Few young people realize high school is the last time this group of friends and teammates will be together. Enjoy what this year brings -- the good and the bad -- as these days will provide memories that will last a lifetime.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/08/28/enjoy-the-journey-high-school-memories-last-a-lifetime
                                            [date] => Sunday, August 28, 5:41 PM
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                                                    [caption] => The Pleasanton RADD teams celebrate after their medal-winning performances at the Special Olympics softball regionals in Walnut Creek. (Photo courtesy of RADD)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton RADD athletes compete in Special Olympics regionals
                                            [small_headline] => Pleasanton RADD athletes compete in Special Olympics regionals
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Pleasanton RADD athletes earned a series of medals at the Special Olympics Northern California 2022 Walnut Creek Regional Softball Competition held last weekend at Heather Farm Park.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/09/04/pleasanton-radd-athletes-compete-in-special-olympics-regionals
                                            [date] => Sunday, September 4, 9:34 PM
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                                            [headline] => Tri-Valley wins Babe Ruth World Series
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The Tri-Valley Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Star Team completed a perfect postseason run Saturday, winning the Babe Ruth World Series with a 3-1 win over the Southeast representative.
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                                            [date] => Sunday, August 21, 5:44 PM
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Get all the best EBAL reporting, right to your inbox
                                            [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Get all the best EBAL reporting, right to your inbox
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                                            [front_paragraph] => As the new high school season is beginning to hit its stride, I wanted to take the time to remind or introduce you to the Tri-Valley Preps Playbook. It is in its second year and is all about East Bay Athletic League sports.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/08/30/pleasanton-preps-get-all-the-best-ebal-reporting-right-to-your-inbox
                                            [date] => Tuesday, August 30, 6:25 PM
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                                            [headline] => FTC Track Club athletes compete against nation's best
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Eight athletes from the Pleasanton-based FTC Track Club competed at the United States Track and Field Association (USTAF) National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships held in late July in Sacramento.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/08/28/pleasanton-preps-ftc-track-club-athletes-compete-against-nations-best
                                            [date] => Sunday, August 28, 6:58 PM
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                                            [headline] => Full circle: Dublin alum returns to lead its football program
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Brandon Black, a 1995 Dublin High graduate and former football player, returned to coach the football team. Last season the Gaels went 6-5 overall and advanced to the D-II NCS playoffs.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/08/21/full-circle-dublin-alum-returns-to-lead-its-football-program
                                            [date] => Sunday, August 21, 5:42 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Stephen Piscotty. (File photo courtesy Oakland Athletics)
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                                            [headline] => Oakland A's release Pleasanton native Stephen Piscotty
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Pleasanton native Stephen Piscotty was released by the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday in a personnel move seen as the last-place A's clearing more roster space for prospects to gain major-league experience at the end of a lost season.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/08/19/oakland-as-release-pleasanton-native-stephen-piscotty
                                            [date] => Friday, August 19, 2:51 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Right: Tori Daniel (age 8) earned the bronze medal placing third in the 1,500-meter event at the 2022 USATF National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships. (Photo courtesy Ally Smith)
                                                    [caption_display] => Right: Tori Daniel (age 8) earned the bronze medal placing third in the 1,500-meter event at the 2022 USATF National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships. (Photo courtesy Ally Smith)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: FTC Track Club athletes compete at Junior Olympics
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The Pleasanton-based FTC Track Club recently sent 21 athletes to the 2022 USATF National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships that took place over six days in late July in Sacramento.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, August 16, 10:36 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Danville are international champions, winning the Little League Intermediate World Series 5-2 over West Seoul (South Korea) on Sunday night in Livermore. (Photo courtesy of Danville Little League)
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                                            [headline] => Danville team wins Little League Intermediate World Series
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                                            [front_paragraph] => That's exactly what the team from Danville did Sunday night, beating West Seoul Little League 5-2 in the championship game of the Little League Intermediate World Series broadcast on ESPN2 from Max Baer Field in Livermore.
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                                            [date] => Monday, August 8, 8:40 PM
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                                            [headline] => 'It is a game-changer'
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                                            [front_paragraph] => EBAL has long been one the best high school athletic leagues in Northern California. The schools are in wonderful communities, the athletes are among the elite and the facilities are among the best around. For the most part.
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                                            [date] => Monday, August 8, 12:05 PM
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                                                    [caption] => These were the participants in the 2021 Hope 100 Golf Marathon. Registration is underway for this year's event. (Photo courtesy Hope Hospice)
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                                            [headline] => Registration open for Hope 100 Golf Marathon
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The Hope 100 Golf Marathon is returning to Castlewood Country Club's Valley Course next month and registration is underway for participants and sponsors for the annual endurance event that raises vital money for nonprofit Hope Hospice.
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                                            [date] => Sunday, August 7, 5:31 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Monte Vista alum Brooke Starn celebrates after her top-flight finish. (Photo by Mandee Starn)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Monte Vista alum Starn reflects on winning SF Marathon -- in first try
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Seemingly to make that a point, on July 24 Starn went out and ran in her first marathon, taking on the hilly San Francisco Marathon for her first try at the distance. She did more than just compete ... she won the women's race.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, August 2, 9:12 PM
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                                                    [caption] => The Oakland A's released renderings of their proposed new ballpark at Howard Terminal near Jack London Square in Oakland. (Image courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group)
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                                            [headline] => Lawsuit aims to void vote allowing Oakland A's Howard Terminal project to move forward
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Truckers, longshore workers and others opposed to a billion-dollar Oakland A's ballpark planned at the Charles P. Howard Terminal in Oakland have filed a lawsuit against a little-known Bay Area commission over its decision to allow ...
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                                            [date] => Thursday, August 11, 8:19 AM
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                                            [headline] => EBAL football teams' biggest adversary? Money
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The biggest adversary our local public school athletic teams face each year isn't their opponents -- it's the financial burden on the teams to make ends meet, with the brunt of the work falling on the head coach.
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                                            [date] => Monday, July 18, 12:50 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Oakland Athletics ball boy Jon Thalblum of Dublin, seen here during a game earlier in the season, was trending on social media after a play he made on a foul ball at the A's stadium last weekend. (Photo by Mike Zagaris / Courtesy Thalblum Family)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Recent Dublin grad reflects on his viral grab as Oakland A's ball boy
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                                            [front_paragraph] => And that's when the night all changed. Power-hitting Adolis Garcia drilled a foul ball right toward the Rangers' bullpen. Without hesitation, Jon Thalblum moved to his right, then went horizontal to snag the line drive...
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                                            [date] => Wednesday, July 27, 12:12 AM
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                                                    [caption] => The Livermore High School community joined together on June 25 for the ceremonial grand opening of the new gymnasium. (Photo courtesy LVJUSD)
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                                            [headline] => District unveils new Livermore High School gym
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                                            [front_paragraph] => LVJUSD recently held an open house for the community to view and tour Livermore High School's brand-new gymnasium, which was built as part of the voter-approved Measure J bond facilities improvement projects.
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                                            [date] => Monday, July 18, 6:14 AM
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                                                    [caption] => An aerial shot of the Bernal Community Park with the rebranded Stanford Medicine Sports Complex. (Photo courtesy City of Pleasanton.)
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                                            [headline] => Bernal Community Park gets new sponsors; sports complex to be renamed for Stanford Medicine
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The city of Pleasanton has announced a new Bernal Community Park multi-year sponsorship agreement that will change the name of the athletic grounds to Stanford Medicine Sports Complex.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/07/11/bernal-community-park-gets-new-sponsors-sports-complex-to-be-renamed-for-stanford-medicine
                                            [date] => Monday, July 11, 12:26 PM
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                                                    [caption] => George Schmitt and his wife Clare at the Del Mar racetrack, one of the tracks where the Schmitts have run their horses. (Photo courtesy Schmitt family)
                                                    [caption_display] => George Schmitt and his wife Clare at the Del Mar racetrack, one of the tracks where the Schmitts have run their horses. (Photo courtesy Schmitt family)
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                                            [headline] => A Pleasanton horse owner's journey
                                            [small_headline] => A horse owner's journey: Pleasanton's Schmitt reflects on tenure in racing, looks ahead with hope to fair meets this summer
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Mention horse racing people at the Alameda County Fair over the last 20 years and a few names come straight to mind. One that flies the most under the radar but can stand toe-to-toe with anyone is Pleasanton's George Schmitt.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/06/21/a-pleasanton-horse-owners-journey
                                            [date] => Tuesday, June 21, 9:19 AM
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: In his hometown of Pleasanton, he was just 'John'
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                                            [front_paragraph] => It's been over a week now since we lost one of the great icons of Pleasanton when John Madden passed away. Here he was, larger than life and easily recognizable wherever he went. But, in Pleasanton, he was just 'John.'
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                                            [date] => Monday, January 3, 4:33 PM
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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
                                            [small_headline] => Gridiron girl: Female football player a successful kicker for Dublin's JV team
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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.
                                            [link] => /sports/2021/11/08/gridiron-girl
                                            [date] => Monday, November 8, 4:29 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.
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                                            [date] => Wednesday, September 15, 5:24 PM
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                                            [headline] => SRVHS offensive lineman gets noticed on and off the field
                                            [small_headline] => Future looks bright for SRVHS offensive lineman
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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, August 25, 10:34 AM
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