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Foothill's Gallagher leads the way for local All-EBAL selections

Also: Season to remember for Amador Valley girls water polo

Foothill's 35-7 loss to California in the first round of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs last weekend brought the end of the season to high school football in Pleasanton, but the Falcons, along with several players from Amador Valley, were honored when the East Bay Athletic League awards were handed out.

Foothill finished 6-5 overall and 6-2 in the EBAL, qualifying for the playoffs despite fighting through a lot of injuries and a depletion of skill players to graduation from the previous year's league champion.

Amador, under first-year coach Danny Jones, was decimated by injuries, finishing 3-7 and 3-5, but still fought hard and missed the playoffs by just one game.

The lone first-team All-EBAL player between the two Pleasanton teams was Foothill senior offensive lineman Brennen Gallagher.

Max Moore of Amador was picked as a second-team lineman. Ben Wooldridge of Foothill was a second-team pick at quarterback, and Amador's Ndem Okoro was second-team at receiver.

Honorable mentions on offense for the two schools all came on the offensive line. Dylan Walsh and Zach Walsh were selected from Foothill, and Alex Crepeau and Jordan Urquhart were picked from Amador.

On defense, second-team selections were highlighted by selection of Okoro at defensive back. Patrick Mackle of Foothill and Crepeau were picked on the defensive line.

Brandon Larson of Amador was a second team pick at linebacker.

Adam Ashley of Amador and Michael Easter of Foothill were honorable mention (HM) picks at defensive back. Jake Jackson of Foothill was tabbed at HM as a specialist.

On the defensive line, Dylan Walsh and Noah Burke of Foothill joined Moore as HM selections. Finally, Tore Wiley and Jason Severance were also picked on the HM team.

Water polo

It was a benchmark season for the Amador Valley girls water polo team as the Dons finished third for the first time ever, posting a 7-2 EBAL record and an overall mark of 18-7.

The result was an NCS berth for the Dons, and although the season ended with an 18-8 loss to eventual second-place finisher Miramonte, it was still a season to remember.

For starters, it was the second straight appearance for the Dons in the quarterfinals, and they scored eight times against one of the most consistent teams in the section.

The scoring came from Mia Battilega (three goals), Talia Florio (two), Nikki White (two) and Lauren Coching (one).

Throughout the year, the Dons got inspired efforts from seniors Battilega, Coching, Florio, Meg McGregor, Miara Pipe, Lauren Mulligan and Nikki White.

"This senior class has been the core of the growing success of our program," coach Tim Reilly said. "They've helped lay the groundwork for future classes to continue to grow the Amador program."

Winter sports

The days are shorter and the nights are about to get chilly -- at least in a California way -- which can only mean one thing: It's soccer season!

It's time for winter sports and we want to make sure you get all your athletes the recognition they deserve. In a time where daily newspapers have all but punted local coverage other than De La Salle, we at the Pleasanton Weekly want to keep the coverage coming.

Please send me the results for your week by Sunday afternoon and we'll make sure to get it in the paper each week. We also welcome pictures each week, and all we need is an identification of the athletes and who took the picture.

Send your information to me at acesmag@aol.com.

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