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Original post made by Justice is served, Birdland, on May 23, 2010

Saturday night karma came full circle as Foothill beat Amador Valley in the NCS Volleyball Championship game. Where's the karma?? Let me explain. Saturday night was Foothill's Senior Ball. Starting last Tuesday, Foothill's Athletic Director started trying to get the final changed from 7 p.m. Saturday night to either Friday night or at the worst, Saturday afternoon so as to allow the Foothill seniors to attend their Senior Ball.

Fact: On Thursday night, the North Coast Section told Foothill's administration the game could be changed if Amador agreed to it. Foothill proposed both a Friday night game or a Saturday afternoon game, as late as 4 p.m. Their repeated attempts to work out a change was denied by Amador, who insisted the game was played at 7 p.m. Saturday night.

Fact: Not only did it deny the Foothill seniors from making the majority of their Senior Ball, but it also denied many Foothill students from attending the game.

Well, karma came through as Foothill came through winning the title on Amador's home court. At some point, a lesson should be learned here. Pleasanton is allegedly a Community of Character, but in regards to the Amador volleyball program, it couldn't be further from the truth.

Try and make an argument, but the facts are simple and documented through the NCS office. Amador was offered two seperate chances to change the game and both times they said no, trying for an advantage. Perhaps had they complied, Foothill wouldn't have additional motivation.

Congrats to Amador's coach and administration for inspiring the Foothill players -- have fun hanging that second place banner Amador!!!

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Posted by Yikes
a resident of Birdland
on May 23, 2010 at 3:59 am

Hey Mike"Justice" Wallace, you forgot one more FACT: Special Olympics Volleyball had the gym reserved until 5pm. The NCS posted this schedule 9 months ago......your post truly adds to our community of character!

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Posted by Volleyball fan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 23, 2010 at 7:41 am

Special Olympics was scheduled to end at 2:30, a fact I found out when I called the S.O. earlier in the week. The game easily could have been played at 4:00. The AV coach said no.

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Posted by Justice
a resident of Birdland
on May 23, 2010 at 8:22 am

Yikes -- two things, first learn the facts, which is what I posted. Second, even if Special Olympics had the gym Saturday during the day, what about Friday night? Keep treading water with your excuses, the facts are indeed the facts. Amador was unwilling to help the Foothill kids make their Ball -- classless move. Even the district tried to get involved, but to no avail.

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Posted by sue
a resident of Birdland
on May 23, 2010 at 10:56 am

Wow.... i don't have kids at either school yet but after reading this i can't wait. Congratulations to both schools for making it to the NCS. I hear Amador played a good game of baseball. sometimes you win and sometimes you loose.

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Posted by VolleyMomToo
a resident of West of Foothill
on May 23, 2010 at 11:25 am

Nothing like a sore winner to put a mean-faced perspective on a kids' sporting event.
Thanks, Justice, for setting us all straight with your "facts".

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Posted by molly
a resident of Country Fair
on May 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I don't have kids on either volleyball team, but I have to say that this is just another example of how ugly this cross town rivalry has become. I listen to my 'friends' who are Amador parents, and their mean-spirited comments about Foothill, and it makes you just scratch your head and wonder why we can't remember we are all one community, in support of our kids. This type of ugly play on the part of the Amador coach just adds to the animosity.

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Posted by getoverit
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Hey Justice, Karma had nothing to do with it. These two teams have gone back and forth on wins and losses all season. They are both great teams.

Now lets remember that Amador had NCS finals on their senior ball night in the past. They made the best of it and still remember the night fondly. And, without all of the public wining!

To have a community of character, we must start with the adults. Clearly, by reading these notes, it's not happening from all sides.

The Amador boys were up very early Saturday morning hosting special olympic track and volleyball all day long. They did this even with the biggest game of the season that evening. I'd say this shows great character.

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a resident of Del Prado
on May 24, 2010 at 7:26 am

I really think that post like these should just be deleted off the bat...

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Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 24, 2010 at 9:44 am

I agree with PTOWN RESIDENT. Posts, like Justice's and those like it, only add to the ridiculous venom in the cross-town rivalry. A little competition is fine, but the rancor from the parents whenever a AVHS versus Foothill game is played, whether it be boys' or girls' sports. Wake up Pleasanton parents - teach your kids to be tolerant, kind people. There is way too much "it's all about me" behavior here and it's at the expense of others. Pleasanton is a nice town, let's keep it that way. It needs to start at the top, though: parents, teachers, administrators, mayors, council members, school board,'s all a domino effect.

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Posted by friend
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm

This post was in poor taste. Does not help anybody.

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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I don't think the post should be deleted, but it would be nice to see Pleasanton Weekly look into the "facts" - maybe do a story on it.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm

If true it represents the management of Amador...............good riddance Coupe.............Cesario next please.

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Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Yes, Rick. Cesario needs to be next.

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Posted by wow
a resident of Golden Eagle
on May 24, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Wow this post is so ridiculous. It is absolutely disgusting that people get on this blog and publicly criticize and humiliate organizations and individuals. Shame on you.

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Posted by getoverit
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2010 at 12:08 am

Thank you to wow, friend, Ptown resident, molly, sue, and others for your posts. Parents are being bad examples to their kids in this situation. The world does not revolve around "boys volleyball". These boys are so fortunate to have achieved what they have so far in life. STOP the petty bickering

Please read the weekly article on the special olympic events. Now these are athletes who know about pain and sacrifice and showed gratitude for what they were able to achieve on Saturday.

Thank you to Amador athletics and the many volunteers who helped make this happen. This was truley the most worthy and most appreciated athletic event of the day.

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Posted by Amazon
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 25, 2010 at 5:35 am

The girls lacrosse team at Foothill also had an NCS game scheduled for last Saturday night against Cal....and the Cal coach agreed to move it to Friday night to allow Foothill players to go to Senior Ball. So if Cal could do it for Foothill, I don't understand why Amador could not. This wasn't about who had the gym previously booked. If there is a will....there is a way.....

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Posted by FH Parent
a resident of Del Prado
on May 25, 2010 at 8:10 am

It doesn't matter at this point...there will always be winners and losers.. it is what each individual takes away from the experience that matters. Congrats to both teams, all those boys deserve a round of applause for representing Ptown as being the finest in NorCal...

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Posted by A mom from Foothill
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2010 at 10:37 am

As a parent that has a child on the Foothill Volleyball team and who works at Amador, I think it is important for people to understand that it was not Amador that said no.......Amador administration did not have a problem with moving it. It did not work out time wise for the Amador Volleyball coach, He has a job that he could not change his commitment on such short notice, He worked hard to bring that team to where it was and he needed to be there durning the me,...Those Foothill boys walked into Prom at 10:00 on top of the world. The only people who were disappointed pre game were a few of the seniors dates...and who could blame them. Getting ready for an important event like that is a lot of steps, so it takes time and is costly.

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