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Pleasanton Preps: Sense of normalcy as Amador, Foothill clash in boys' basketball

Also: Dons continue unbeaten run in girls' soccer with three draws on the week

For one night everything seemed almost back to normal.

On Feb. 3, the Amador Valley boys' basketball team traveled across town to take on Foothill. One of the best rivalries I have seen on a basketball court over the years had been COVID-shackled the last two years.

This time, despite imposed attendance rules by the two schools, it was as close to back as could be.

Student bodies showed in as much force as possible and the crowd was loud and raucous -- just like it has been in past years. Foothill even opened both sides of the bleachers for the first time this season.

Amador had a 19-16 lead at the half, then moved it out to 30-22 at the end of three quarters, and when the two teams played even in the fourth, the Dons brought home the 47-39 win.

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Tyler Cheng had 14 for Amador, including four 3-pointers. Colton Cash scored 12 for the Dons.

Isaiah Minor had 13 points for the Falcons, with Ehssan Aksar adding 12 points.

Equally important as any players performance was that the students were able to bring the true feeling of an Amador-Foothill game as close to normal life as possible.

Rivals when the game is on, the two student sections came together at halftime cheering on Brady Donlon, the little brother of Foothill's Carter Donlon.

Throughout the season, at halftime little Brady has taken his basketball out on the court and taken a series of 3-pointers. This time, the more he shot, the more student bodies took interest.

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Brady came close on a few shots and the fans got louder and louder. When he drained one, both fan bases rushed the court and celebrated with Brady.

It's another thing that makes this rivalry great -- coming together to celebrate one of the young kids in the town. And after watching Brady do this throughout the season, it looks like Foothill's got a player coming in the future.

Later in the week, Amador dropped a 55-44 game to California. Foster Keast each had 9 points for the Dons.

Amador girls' soccer

The Dons continued to stay unbeaten on the season, earning three draws last week to move their record to 6-0-6 overall and 4-0-6 in East Bay Athletic League play.

The week started with a 1-1 final with San Ramon Valley on Feb. 1.

Madeline Benson had the goal for the Dons, putting away a pass from freshman Maylen Montoya. San Ramon Valley scored late in the game off a deflection.

Amador goalie Elizabeth Fineberg had 7 saves for the Dons.

Amador junior Brooke Walker battles during the Dons' game against Dougherty Valley. (Photo by Dave Shaw)

In game two, against Dougherty Valley, Amador controlled the midfield and the flow of play leading to 19 shots, but the Dons could only put home a pair, both of which came from Benson.

The Dons were leading 2-1 when the Wildcats were awarded a free kick just outside on the penalty area late in the game. Amador goalie Sydney Head got the shot to her left and was able to deflect it off the crossbar. As the teams scrambled to clear the ball, a Dougherty player was able to push it into the goal for the 2-2 final.

Finally in the big match of the week, on Saturday, the Dons faced first-place Monte Vista and the two battled to a 1-1 final.

Natalie O'Sullivan hit a cross that Benson headed home to complete her four-goal week.

From there the Dons kept the pressure on the Mustangs throughout the game but couldn't find the second goal that would have been the game winner.

Amador Valley goalkeeper Elizabeth Fineberg clears the ball against Monte Vista. (Photo by Dave Shaw)

Still, the Dons have yet to lose a game this year, but if they are going to continually tie games heading into the NCS playoffs, they better work on their penalty kicks!

Editor's note: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact him about his Pleasanton Preps column, email [email protected]

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Pleasanton Preps: Sense of normalcy as Amador, Foothill clash in boys' basketball

Also: Dons continue unbeaten run in girls' soccer with three draws on the week

by Dennis Miller / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Feb 8, 2022, 6:59 pm

For one night everything seemed almost back to normal.

On Feb. 3, the Amador Valley boys' basketball team traveled across town to take on Foothill. One of the best rivalries I have seen on a basketball court over the years had been COVID-shackled the last two years.

This time, despite imposed attendance rules by the two schools, it was as close to back as could be.

Student bodies showed in as much force as possible and the crowd was loud and raucous -- just like it has been in past years. Foothill even opened both sides of the bleachers for the first time this season.

Amador had a 19-16 lead at the half, then moved it out to 30-22 at the end of three quarters, and when the two teams played even in the fourth, the Dons brought home the 47-39 win.

Tyler Cheng had 14 for Amador, including four 3-pointers. Colton Cash scored 12 for the Dons.

Isaiah Minor had 13 points for the Falcons, with Ehssan Aksar adding 12 points.

Equally important as any players performance was that the students were able to bring the true feeling of an Amador-Foothill game as close to normal life as possible.

Rivals when the game is on, the two student sections came together at halftime cheering on Brady Donlon, the little brother of Foothill's Carter Donlon.

Throughout the season, at halftime little Brady has taken his basketball out on the court and taken a series of 3-pointers. This time, the more he shot, the more student bodies took interest.

Brady came close on a few shots and the fans got louder and louder. When he drained one, both fan bases rushed the court and celebrated with Brady.

It's another thing that makes this rivalry great -- coming together to celebrate one of the young kids in the town. And after watching Brady do this throughout the season, it looks like Foothill's got a player coming in the future.

Later in the week, Amador dropped a 55-44 game to California. Foster Keast each had 9 points for the Dons.

Amador girls' soccer

The Dons continued to stay unbeaten on the season, earning three draws last week to move their record to 6-0-6 overall and 4-0-6 in East Bay Athletic League play.

The week started with a 1-1 final with San Ramon Valley on Feb. 1.

Madeline Benson had the goal for the Dons, putting away a pass from freshman Maylen Montoya. San Ramon Valley scored late in the game off a deflection.

Amador goalie Elizabeth Fineberg had 7 saves for the Dons.

In game two, against Dougherty Valley, Amador controlled the midfield and the flow of play leading to 19 shots, but the Dons could only put home a pair, both of which came from Benson.

The Dons were leading 2-1 when the Wildcats were awarded a free kick just outside on the penalty area late in the game. Amador goalie Sydney Head got the shot to her left and was able to deflect it off the crossbar. As the teams scrambled to clear the ball, a Dougherty player was able to push it into the goal for the 2-2 final.

Finally in the big match of the week, on Saturday, the Dons faced first-place Monte Vista and the two battled to a 1-1 final.

Natalie O'Sullivan hit a cross that Benson headed home to complete her four-goal week.

From there the Dons kept the pressure on the Mustangs throughout the game but couldn't find the second goal that would have been the game winner.

Still, the Dons have yet to lose a game this year, but if they are going to continually tie games heading into the NCS playoffs, they better work on their penalty kicks!

Editor's note: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact him about his Pleasanton Preps column, email [email protected]

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