Sports digestFoothill's stunt cheer teams win top rankings
Foothill's group stunt cheer teams took the first- and second-place awards in the high school intermediate group stunt category at the USA Regional cheer competition held Saturday at Bear Creek High School in Stockton, which included nine high school cheer groups.
Each stunt group has four or five cheerleaders who perform as many intricate stunts as possible in under a minute, with routines timed to music. Points are awarded for difficulty, execution and showmanship.
The competition cheer teams head to Southern California this weekend for a pair of regional competitions against Southern California schools. The state competition will be held in February at the University of California, Davis, and nationals will be in Los Angeles in late March.
Foothill's group stunt cheer teams are:
* Team Sarina: Sarina DeJoy, Bailey Downum, 'Alakoka Kailahi, Jordan Robinson and Haley Zavattero
* Team Gabbie: Caressa DeRossett, Camile Hamlin, Hayley Jefferies, Emily Palange and Gabbie Scalise
The teams are coached by Kim DeJoy and Megan Moore.
Lady Falcons champs at basketball tourney
Foothill High's girls varsity basketball team won first place in the quartz division of the recent West Coast Jamboree. The four-day tournament featured 166 high school teams competing in 18 divisions at 12 different gyms throughout the East Bay.
Foothill won two games before facing Vallejo's Jesse Bethel High School at Las Positas College on Dec. 30. The Falcons won, 53-47.
Foothill player Madison Craig was named the quartz division's most valuable player (MVP), and Danielle LaMarche and Emily Barrett earned All-Tournament honors.
Team members are Madison Craig, Megan Clark, Danielle LaMarche, Lindsey Allen, Ashley Gustafson, Emily Barrett, Jessica Crawford, Jessica Woodruff, Ashley Lindke, Emmy Rodriguez, Brittany Bicomong, Mikaela Schwab and Marianne Fernandez.
Newark beats Amador in boys soccer action
Despite coming out strong in the second half, the Amador Valley boys soccer team fell to the Newark Memorial Cougars on Jan. 7.
The Amador defense was perfect for 79 of the 80 minutes played but it only took a mistake on a corner kick and an unmanned attacker for the Newark Cougars to score and beat the Dons 1-0 in non-league soccer action Saturday at the Cougar Field.
It was the first game on a grass field this season for the Dons, but they grew increasingly comfortable as play progressed, and the offense began connecting numerous passes creating pressure on the Cougar defense. But the shots on goal were far and few in between.
The second half started with total domination by the Amador offense as they used the wind at their back to pressure the Cougar goal. But they did not shoot the ball.
The loss dropped the Dons' record to 7-6-1.
TNT on Thursday
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT), the largest and most successful endurance sports training and fundraising program, is holding a meeting about training for those whose goal is participating in an endurance event. Attend a meeting from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, at Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave. Call 800-78-TRAIN or visit www.teamintraining.org/sf.