Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - November 11, 2011

Sports digest

On the gridiron

Foothill High lost against Monte Vista High on Friday night, 12-7, ending the Falcons run of post-season play. Since 1992, Foothill has been in the playoffs but the Mustangs knocked them out of contention with the defeat Nov. 4.

Amador Valley could still go to the playoffs although it lost its Nov. 4 conference game to the Cal High Grizzlies, 42-28. But the Dons must first beat the Falcons at the crosstown rivalry game scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Foothill stadium.

Cross country championships

The Amador Valley cross country team hosted the East Bay Athletic League championship meet last Saturday over the 3-mile course at Shadow Cliffs Park. The Amador Valley girls' varsity team, led by Jena Pianin's first-place finish, ended a very close second to Granada, widely considered the strongest team in Northern California.

The Dons boys' squad also finished second behind a powerful San Ramon Valley team. The quality and depth of coach Jason Oswalt's harriers were evident as Amador Valley's cross country team had the most impressive overall performance of the day.

The Dons had the most varsity athletes earn all league (by finishing in the top 14 of the varsity race): Connor McCarthy (4), Jacob Schlachte (7), Kevin Huey (11), Jena Pianin (1), Kelly Parsons (4), Maddie Quinn (6), and Katie Girvan (11).

The Dons also had the most individual race wins: Jena Pianin in the varsity girls race, Blane Infald in the JV boys race, and Juliet Logan in the girls frosh/soph race -- and Zach Beston took second in the boys frosh/soph race. Also, the combined varsity score and time of the Amador boys and girls squads were the best of any school in the powerful East Bay Athletic League.

Sign up for Ryan Gordon games

Soccer players from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools, young and old, men and women, are invited to participate in the annual Ryan Gordon alumni games Jan. 7. All gate receipts and snack bar proceeds will go directly to benefit the soccer programs at Foothill and Amador high schools.

The ninth annual games feature men's and women's soccer players from the '70s, '80s, '90s and 2000s. Each game will be divided into periods for the older players and the younger players. The teams play for trophies that are awarded to the schools of the winners.

Ryan Gordon was a 2003 graduate of Foothill High School who was killed in a boating accident shortly after graduating. He played soccer at Foothill for four years and was to attend Santa Barbara City College and to continue playing soccer.

The games alternate play at the two schools. This year, the event will be at Foothill, with pre-game activities beginning at noon.

Honors for basketball coach

Terri McMorrow, Foothill's varsity girls basketball head coach and also a Foothill parent, is being inducted into St. Joseph University's Athletics Hall of Fame. She was on the 1984-85 women's basketball team that earned the university, a Division 1 school in Philadelphia, its first NCAA tournament bid. McMorrow attended the university on full scholarship for both her undergraduate and graduate studies.

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