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Pleasanton Preps: Both boys tennis teams start season off strong

Also: Foothill baseball opens with win, TV30 seeks Coach of the Year nominees

The Amador Valley boys tennis team kept their early season success going by taking the title at the James Logan tournament last week.

The Dons played four matches in the tournament and took all four easily. The victories were all by 5-2 finals and came against Mission San Jose, College Park, Campolindo and Tamalpais.

Meanwhile across Pleasanton, Foothill returned to the courts on Feb. 14 to begin the 2018 tennis season with a 6-1 defeat of Castro Valley.

The Falcons then rolled into East Bay Athletic League play with a 6-1 victory over Livermore before falling in a tough, 5-4 loss to Dougherty Valley.

The Dougherty Valley match was a classic as the Falcons took the defending EBAL and North Coast Section champions down to the wire in a 2-1/2-hour battle that was decided in the last match, the No. 3 doubles.

Shreekar Eedara, Adam Linette and Abhi Eedara won in singles, and Alex Yang and Dylan Weiglein took the No. 1 doubles.

The 2018 Falcons are led by seniors Kyle Thompson and Jared Tay, juniors Akash Patel, Shreekar Eedara, Weiglein, Brendan Hwang, Tanmay Gandhi, Matt Haskell and Yang, sophomores Andre Linette and Andrew Kwon, and freshmen Ani Pouri and Abhi Eedara.

Amador boys basketball

Amador's sensational late-season run came to end in the second round of the North Coast Section tournament with a 72-37 loss to Dublin last Friday.

The Dons had stunned Dublin a week earlier to win the EBAL title, then posted a 52-41 win over James Logan in the first round of NCS to advance to the rematch with the second-seeded Gaels.

Foothill baseball

Foothill kicked off its season with a 10-2 win over Castro Valley on Saturday.

Foothill started the scoring early in the bottom of the first inning with a single by Jeremy Lea followed by a double by Brett Hansen and a two-run single by Jake Simons. Castro Valley fought back in the top of the third against the flame-throwing Hansen to tie it at 2-2.

In the bottom of the fourth, Foothill put two more on the board with a walk to Hansen, a sacrifice bunt by Owen Camp and a single by Justin Lavell that advanced Hansen to third. Lavell then stole second, with Hansen scoring on the throw to second. Carson King finished the scoring in the fourth with a single, scoring Lavelle.

In the bottom of the fifth, Foothill would blow things open adding four more runs led by a double from Corey Steinhauer, a single by Lea, a single by Hansen, a single by Camp, a hit by pitch on Lavell and a sacrifice fly by Max Masajlo.

The Falcons' final runs came in the sixth on a two-run homer from Lea.

Foothill's pitching staff started off the season right, allowing no earned runs for the game.

Hansen was the starting pitcher allowing two runs -- both unearned -- on three hits and a walk, while posting three strikeouts in three innings pitched.

James Kroll followed, allowing no runs and one hit while striking out one in two innings of work. Josh Anderson closed out the last two innings of the game allowing no runs, one hit and one walk and striking out three.

Coach of the Year nominations

Did you have a high school coach this academic year that made a difference in your sports training and will also have a positive impact on the rest of your life?

Now you have a chance to thank that person by nominating him or her for the Tri-Valley Sports Final Outstanding High School Coach of the Year Award.

This is the fourth year for TV30's Coach of the Year Award. Last year's winner was Amador volleyball coach Chris Kim, who was nominated by both students and parents for the work and inspiration he provided.

It's easy to nominate your favorite coach. Just go to tv30.org and click on the banner at the top of the website. Fill out the short form to nominate your favorite coach.

The winner will be announced at this year's Tri-Valley Sports Final Outstanding Athletic Awards ceremony taking place on May 24 at the Robert Livermore Community Center. The deadline to submit the nomination is at midnight on April 22.

Editor's note: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact Miller or submit local high school sports scores, game highlights and photographs for his weekly Pleasanton Preps column, email him at acesmag@aol.com.

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