For 16 years, highlighting the exploits of prep athletes in the Tri-Valley was my life, and it was an incredibly rewarding experience.
Having stayed in the area, it has been disconcerting to see the decline in prep sports coverage over the years, to the point where it seems almost non-existent.
These boys and girls work extremely hard, in most cases year-round, and now get little or no recognition. It is not the fault of the reporters, many of which I spent countless hours with covering the games and they would love to keep the prep coverage big time. The blame falls on the people that sit behind desks in their ivory towers gazing down on the masses.
The worst part: it is not going to get better, and in fact, coverage has been reduced already this year.
That stops now, at least for Pleasanton and local high schools Amador Valley and Foothill.
Thanks to the vision of the Pleasanton Weekly, every Friday you will have a chance to catch up with the varsity athletic teams from Amador and Foothill.
And since it is the fall, that means -- football season.
Foothill has come out of the gate 2-0, with the Falcons' most recent win a 28-14 victory on the road against Freedom. Isaiah Floyd had another big game for the Falcons, running for 128 yards and three touchdowns.
"We played a really good game on both offense and defense," Foothill coach Matt Sweeney said. "We had guys playing different spots because of injuries and we were flying around. Dario Dondero had a really good game."
Sweeney also had high praise for the play of linemen Nick Brum, Brennan Gallagher, Dylan Walsh and Dustin Dukleth.
Next up for the Falcons is another road trip, this one over to Stockton to face the always athletic Stagg at 7 p.m. tonight. Stagg comes in 0-2 but has the type of athleticism that can cause problems.
Amador Valley was off last week after opening the season with a 27-14 win over Heritage. Next up for the Dons is a trip to Brentwood to take on the same Freedom team Foothill just beat. Game time is 7 p.m.
"We have never had (an early bye) before, but it turned out well," Amador Valley coach Rick Sira said. "The work we got done that week was really good."
What is it the Dons need to accomplish this week to make the city of Pleasanton 2-0 against Freedom this season?
"They are a pretty good team with a really good running back," said Sira, as he and his staff had a chance to watch the Foothill-Freedom contest. "We have to make sure the running back doesn't go crazy and make some big plays."
The Amador offense will once again be led by players like quarterback Ronnie Jones, running backs Ledra McCollough and Patrick Loughnane and receiver Grant Huggins.
Mason Bartolo, Erik Guidice and Peter Ernst are big-time performers on the line, with Jake Simonds and Alex Crepeau also being counted on.
Juniors Brandon Larson and Tore Wiley lead the linebackers.
Amador Valley opened with matches against two of the top teams in the North Coast Section in Monte Vista and Dougherty Valley. The Dons played well, but dropped a pair of close ones.
In another match against California, the Dons did come out on top. Playing well for Amador was junior Miranda Wang with rounds of 35, 33 and 35 in the week. Freshman Katie Murphy also turned in some solid golf, shooting a 38 and a 40.
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