This Friday will mark the first meeting between crosstown rivals Amador Valley and Foothill on the basketball court.
And thanks to the ... (well, stupidity is the best word regarding the East Bay Athletic League schedule makers), the boys and girls games will be played on the same night, at the same time, at opposite locations.
That's right friends, the boys will be playing at Foothill and the girls at Amador Valley. Both games are set for 7 p.m. The boys will be preceded by the JV and freshman games, while the girls will have but a JV game.
I wrote about this a couple weeks ago, but this is a boneheaded move. There is declining interest amongst the student bodies at the high school level about supporting their sports teams, but make it a crosstown rivalry and the kids will be there.
If the girls played Thursday and the boys played Friday, there would be great, emotional crowds for both games. As it is now, the student body and fans of basketball in the community are forced to make a choice, which isn't fair to either program.
The girls teams will enter the game both with losing records, as the Dons are 6-8 overall and the Falcons at 3-12. Despite that, it promises to be a good one as both teams are well-coached and work hard all the time. Both teams had games Tuesday night.
On the boys side, you appear to have a situation with a pair of teams both currently heading to postseason berths.
Amador enters the week 11-5 overall and 2-1 in EBAL play. Foothill is 10-6, but 0-3 in league.
The Falcons, as mentioned below, started EBAL play with the gauntlet of San Ramon Valley, De La Salle and Dublin, while the Dons opened with Dublin, then followed with Granada and Livermore.
Dublin is the lone common opponent at this point, with the Gaels beating Amador 71-26 and Foothill 87-66.
Make sure to get out to one of the games on Friday night as both should be exciting and entertaining!
Amador girls soccer
Last week was a busy one for the Amador girls, with the team playing three games the week of Jan. 6.
In the first game, the Dons took on the Livermore Cowboys at home, emerging with a decisive 5-1 win.
Entering halftime with a 2-0 lead after scores from Kennedy Mayo and Noelle Marceno, the Dons dominated the second half on the strength of goals from Maddie Benson and two more from Mayo for the hat trick. Maille Smith, Marceno and Benson all had assists.
On Jan. 9, the Dons took on Amador alum Tessie Wagner-Pease's Granada Matadors, coming away with a 3-1 victory.
After falling behind 1-0, Marceno equalized with an assist from Benson, and Mayo knocked in one off a Maggie Nostrand assist at the end of the half. A Smith header in the second half from a Penny Murphy free kick capped off the scoring.
In their third game of the week, on Saturday, the Dons prevailed 4-1 in Brentwood against the Liberty Lions.
They again gave up an early score but netted four unanswered goals for the road win. Marceno, Benson and Mayo scored in the first half, with Bella Mayo concluding the scoring in the second half.
Mayo, Kate Derham and Benson contributed assists, while the Dons defense contained a scrappy Lions offense. Amador finished the week moving its record to 6-0-1.
Foothill boys basketball
The Falcons opened the EBAL season with a brutally tough three game stretch, dropping all three games.
In the first game, Foothill fell 61-47 to San Ramon Valley. Dylan D'Amico had 13 points for Foothill, with Nick High adding 10 for the double-digit scorers for the Falcons.
Two nights later the Falcons dropped a 63-37 decision to De La Salle. Josh Valentine had nine points, with D'Amico adding eight and Nick High seven to round out the top scorers.
Finally, Saturday night Foothill fell 87-66 to Dublin. High had 15 to lead Foothill with Anirudh Murugesan chipping in 11.