Amador beats Foothill 52-45 in crosstown basketball final

Dons booster writes action-packed report of Friday night game

The last league basketball game took place at Foothill High School Friday with the gym packed and the energy was high.

The hometown rivalry game, where anything can happen, was going to be a good one. The Foothill Falcons were out to win the battle and maintain their home court win streak, but the Amador Valley High School Dons were there to sweep the game.

The first two quarters were tough. The Dons had trouble on their shots and scored only 8 points and 9 points respectively in each quarter. Luckily, the Falcons were not on a tear and the Dons were defensively strong. At the end of half time, the score was Dons 17, Falcons 26.

The Dons came out in the second half re-focused on the mission of beating the Falcons. For the next two quarters they outscored Foothill and held them to 10 points or less!

The crowd was going wild when in the fourth quarter the Dons tied the game up and then took and kept the lead.

The swarming of the court was amazing, so exciting and such fun. Way to go Dons! Final score: Dons 52, Falcons 45.

High score goes to Dons sophomore Goose Persin with 14 points. Right behind him was Stokley Chaffee with 13 points. Rod Hajian had a great night and 6 points. Ja'Maun Charles, Brandon Ruotolo and Scott Rasnick all got 5 points. James Charles put up 4 points.

Amador Dons booster Anna Ruotolo is with Opes Advisors in Pleasanton. She is also involved in coordinating AAU basketball teams in the Pleasanton community for boys in grades 5 through 12.

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Posted by Commentor
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Feb 23, 2015 at 8:22 am

Congrats to both FHS and AVHS athletes for a well played game! This news "article" was written by an Amador booster mom, though…. not exactly "newsworthy" and just reminds me of how parents can get a little too competitive...

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Posted by MaSuperior
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Don't put down the booster mom; she is out there for the kids. She wrote a good informative article and nothing more.
If you have volunteered for anything, have you not noticed, it's always the same people volunteering?
You should be thanking her, not critizing her!
Well done super mom!

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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Pleasanton at its finest. Not only tooting her teams own horn, but throws in her son's name and her profession. Hey, anybody need a loan? C'mon Pleasanton Weekly is this what news in Pleasanton has come to?

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Posted by EBAL mother
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Feb 23, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Commentor and Barbara, you are both rude! Show a little class and be happy for somebody else's success!

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 24, 2015 at 8:17 am

I'm happy that someone took the time to write the article and shine a spotlight on the kids involved. Naturally, many of the spectators at the game were the parents of the players so it stands to reason that the writer's kid ended up in the article.

Don't understand why the writer had to list where she works though.

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Posted by Simple Minds
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 24, 2015 at 8:18 am

hey if you don't toot your own horn someone is going to use it as a funnel.

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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 24, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Billie is a registered user.

Most articles about Pleasanton sports games *are* done by parents, otherwise they normally wouldn't get written. This game article was one of the better ones, providing background, highlights and a scoring breakdown for the Dons.

For you naysayers, did you bother to add up the scores of the players mentioned? Ms. Ruotolo documented *every* player who made up the winning 52 points.

As for the note at the end, I would bet it's the PW Editor's note. The PW frequently adds the same kind of info for every writer they publish who is not on staff. Check out past issues.

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Posted by Gina Channell-Allen
president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Feb 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Gina Channell-Allen is a registered user.

We ENCOURAGE parents and coaches to send us sports news - game coverage, registrations, fund-raisers, etc.

As this parent did, report on the team, not just one or two of the young athletes.

Send sports scores, news and photos for publication. Use first and last names and, if submitting a photo, identify the people in the photo from left to right. The photo must be attached to an email in JPG format, at least 300 dpi.

I have a form you can use. If you would like a copy, email me at Jeremy Walsh is our youth sports editor (among many other duties). Email youth sports to him at, or fax to 650-223-7554. For more information, call him at 925-600-0840, ext. 111.

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 24, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Anyone know what the records of the two teams are this year? Both teams historically have fielded good teams and I bet this year is no different. Bet it was an exciting game.

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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 24, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Billie is a registered user.

Amador Valley Dons Athletic Booster website: Web Link

Select a sport, then "Schedule" and you'll find the scores for each game.

I'm more familiar with Amador because my grandson attended there. I'm sure Foothill must have something similar.

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 24, 2015 at 7:49 pm


Thank you.

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Posted by Hillary
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 25, 2015 at 5:35 am

As a full-time working mother this saddens me. I don't see this post as self-promotion at all. I see a post from a mother who not only works, but who volunteers and raises a family. We should all be so lucky to have more of these people in our community who work tirelessly through volunteering because many people don't step up to lift a finger in our community. Why can't we praise people who go above and beyond rather than try to bring them down? I will never understand that. Thank you for sharing. It's nice to see school spirit alive and well - something that I was a big part of in my high school and it's fun to see high school students (regardless if they're from Amador or Foothill) enjoying their high school years.

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