Sports

Scoreboard

Boys Volleyball:
Foothill 3, Livermore 0, Mar 3, 2022
Boys Volleyball:
Foothill 3, Granada 2, Mar 1, 2022
Girls Basketball:
Amador Valley 41, Granada 39, Feb 8, 2022
Boys Football:
Foothill (Pleasanton) 38, Castro Valley 12, Aug 30, 2021
Boys Football:
Foothill (Pleasanton) 38, Castro Valley 12, Aug 30, 2021
Boys Football:
Dublin 21, Heritage (Brentwood) 6, Aug 30, 2021
Boys Football:
Livermore 20, Livingston 13, Aug 27, 2021
Boys Football:
Amador Valley 37, Milpitas 7, Aug 27, 2021

 
 
 
 
Sports Headlines

Cal High boys' lacrosse team makes it to finals for first time
The spring sports season is the busiest time of the year. With so many sports taking place, when the teams get to post-season competition, often a great story gets overlooked. Such was the case with the Cal High lacrosse team... Monday, May 16, 4:23 PM

Remembering 'Dr. B' George Baljevich, a legend in Tri-Valley local sports
George Baljevich -- "Dr. B" -- was such an iconic figure in Pleasanton that locally he was every bit as well-known as John Madden. So, writing about Dr. B, who passed away at the age of 84 on May 12 was a daunting task. Sunday, 6:59 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Amador Valley diver Garman dominates field at sections
Amador Valley junior diver Scott Garman is making a mockery of both the East Bay Athletic League and North Coast Section diving competitions. See that plus postseason results in volleyball, lacrosse and track/field in Pleasanton Preps. Tuesday, May 10, 4:22 PM | 1 comments

Local cricket player recognized as international athlete
Cricket is growing in popularity, especially with the change of demographic in the Tri-Valley. DHS student Anika Kolan is an inspiration to players because she is recognized as an international athlete. Sunday, May 8, 7:56 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill edges Amador for EBAL boys' tennis title
Five of the nine matches were decided in the third set in the match that ultimately gave Foothill the EBAL championship over rival Amador Valley. See that plus highlights in hockey (shown), volleyball and golf in our Pleasanton Preps. Tuesday, May 3, 1:45 PM

Two years after breaking her leg, MV runner is breaking records
Monte Vista junior Cate Peters finished with the best qualifying marks in four races, including setting a new EBAL record. Two years ago, with two broken bones in her leg, she wasn't sure she would ever be able to run again. Monday, May 2, 11:39 AM

Pleasanton Preps: Big week at the dish for Foothill outfielder Bilter
Have yourself a week Evan Bilter! The outfielder on the Foothill varsity baseball team went through wins over San Ramon Valley and Livermore with eight hits in nine at-bats during last week. See that and more in our Pleasanton Preps... Tuesday, April 26, 3:13 PM

Sports infiltrated by coddled, selfish athletes
SF 49ers player Deebo Samuel, who is demanding to be traded because he isn't getting what he wants, is a product of how athletes are being raised " and coddled - across the country, and it has hit home regularly in the Tri-Valley. Monday, April 25, 2:04 PM | 3 comments

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill boys' volleyball notches six wins in busy week
The Foothill boys' volleyball team had a busy schedule last week, going 6-1 including a semifinal run as host of the Falcon Invitational. See that plus a local gymnast winning five gold medals in Italy in this week's Pleasanton Preps. Monday, April 25, 2:06 PM

Stunt: Up-and-coming female sport focuses on technical, athletic aspects of cheer
Stunt, which focuses on the technical aspects and athletic aspects of cheer, is becoming the fastest growing female sport in the country. Monday, April 18, 10:20 AM

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum Millard ready to seize opportunity as new head coach of Monte Vista
Foothill High alum and assistant coach Johnny Millard always aspired to run a high school football program. That day has arrived, as Milliard has officially become the next head football coach of the Monte Vista Mustangs. Monday, April 18, 11:48 AM

Funding facilities maintenance, upgrades a major issue in prep sports
NCS banned Foothill High from hosting any NCS events because it lacks ADA accessibility at the stadium. Denying the student athletes the chance to partake and compete at their home site needs to be fixed, and fixed quickly. Sunday, April 10, 4:37 PM

Stampede part of Livermore softball heritage
Part of the heritage of local softball scene is the annual Livermore Stampede. Thursday brings the start of the 28th edition of the tournament out at the Ernie Rodrigues Softball Fields out by Robertson Park. Monday, April 4, 10:56 AM

Bounceback week for Amador boys' volleyball
The Amador Valley boys' volleyball team found the way back to the Dons winning ways, taking a pair of matches last week. The highlight came with a straight-set win over crosstown rival Foothill. Sunday, April 10, 12:20 PM

Harbourne triplets are great athletes, regardless of the sport
Emma, Ben and Adam Harbourne, triplets at Foothill, have enjoyed the best of times while growing up, with playing sports being the center of their lives. But which sibling is the best athlete? Let the bantering begin... Monday, March 28, 11:20 AM | 1 comments

Amador boys' lacrosse wins one, drops one
Amador's boys' lacrosse team split their two games last week, beating Davis and losing to Miramonte. Sunday, April 3, 5:19 PM

Amador boys' volleyball stays hot
The Foothill boys' golf team started last week off by winning a tournament at Discovery Bay by 19 strokes. Other recent highlights include Amador boys' volleyball (shown), both tennis teams continue to roll and ice hockey is back... Monday, March 28, 11:25 AM

Dublin Distance Fiesta brings together 150 schools, 3,000 athletes
Dublin has established itself as one of the top distance running programs in the state, so it is fitting the Gaels play host the annual Dublin Distance Fiesta, which brought together 150 schools and almost 3,000 athletes this year. Sunday, March 20, 10:58 PM

Racial division brings out bad behavior at school sporting events
By the time some of these kids hit high school it has been instilled that people are different. As a result, you get these knuckleheads hurling racial taunts at sporting events. In so many ways we are regressing, not evolving. Sunday, March 13, 5:54 PM | 2 comments

EBAL baseball, softball power rankings as of March 20
EBAL play is slowly getting underway, with this upcoming week starting to see some big games. Don't be surprised to see a shakeup of this week's rankings in this space next week. Monday, March 21, 8:05 PM

Amador Valley cheer wins national championship
For the seniors on the Amador Valley comp cheerleading team, their high school careers could not have ended in a better way as the Dons brought home their second national championship at the USA Spirit Nationals last month. Monday, March 21, 7:36 PM

EBAL baseball, softball power rankings
EBAL play gets underway for most teams this week. In baseball, one team climbs a spot this week and one team drops a spot. In softball, No. 1 Granada set to play No. 2 Livermore. Sunday, March 13, 8:03 PM

What to Watch
Teams are beginning to establish themselves in their respective leagues, leaving us with some big games this week. It is time to separate the contenders from the pretenders. Sunday, March 20, 11:20 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Both boys' volleyball teams off to strong starts
The Amador Valley boys' volleyball team opened with the season by taking two of their three matches last week. Across town, the Foothill team also won a pair of EBAL games to open their season. Sunday, March 13, 8:13 PM

Look for this softball match-up to get intense
For rival softball teams of Granada and Livermore, the match-ups this year could have a little more edge to them as these are arguably the top teams heading into East Bay Athletic League play. Sunday, March 6, 7:33 PM

Grizzlies' southpaw is 'fired up' for last high school season
Before he goes to LSU, Cal High senior Nic Bronzini is dialed in on his senior season, with the Grizzlies a legitimate threat to win both the East Bay Athletic League and North Coast Section titles. Monday, February 28, 12:53 PM

Power Rankings
As usual, the EBAL baseball and softball leagues are deep with talent, both on the mound and at the plate. Sunday, March 6, 8:27 PM

Winter All-EBAL teams
Who are the standout players in East Bay Athletic League boys' and girls' basketball and boys' and girls' soccer? Find out who the Players of the Year and First and Second team members are, as well as honorable mentions.
Saturday, March 5, 7:05 PM

Monte Vista, Carondelet girls earn NCS basketball titles
Monte Vista and Carondelet girls' basketball teams win NCS titles. Two EBAL soccer teams going to the Northern California tournament. Monday, February 28, 12:54 PM

Two Foothill wrestlers compete at state after 3rd-place finishes in NCS tourney
Foothill senior Ethan Hoffman and junior Max Wise represented the Falcons last weekend at the CIF State Meet last weekend in Bakersfield after each finished third in their respective divisions at the North Coast Section tournament. Saturday, March 5, 7:05 PM

A blessing and a curse
Social media has become both a blessing and a curse. It can be a tremendous tool to get an athlete's story to potential college coaches. However, posts can be the death knell for a college career... Tuesday, February 22, 8:21 AM

Four EBAL wrestlers earn NCS championship titles
Four East Bay Athletic League wrestlers -- two from Livermore and one from Dublin -- came away with North Coast Section championships the weekend of Feb. 18-19. Tuesday, February 22, 8:21 AM

Pleasanton Preps: Falcons lose heartbreaker in penalties in NCS girls' soccer playoffs
The Foothill High girls' soccer team carried its late-season momentum that got them into the North Coast Sections playoffs over into their opening match victory before losing in the next round in a heartbreaker. Monday, February 28, 9:35 AM

Soccer, basketball Power Rankings
The first week of the NCS soccer playoffs were not kind to the EBAL as only one boys' team and three girls' teams are still alive. The midway point basketball playoffs brings hope and optimism for teams still competing. Tuesday, February 22, 8:21 AM

Being a coach's kid isn't easy -- neither is coaching your kid
It's not easy being a coach's son. And it is not easy for a coach to be the father of one of his players. While the experience certainly has its tough moments, it's a lifelong bonding experience for a parent and a child. Monday, February 14, 1:14 PM

Pasco cementing her legacy among SRVHS's outstanding basketball players
San Ramon Valley High has a rich tradition of producing outstanding players on both the girls' and boys' teams over the years. This year adds Natalie Pasco, who is cementing her legacy every time she steps on the court. Monday, February 7, 3:16 PM

Rankings after EBAL basketball tournament, soccer final regular season week
An intense girls' basketball rivalry continues as San Ramon Valley and Carondelet meet for the third time at the NCS finals. Monte Vista girls' soccer team ends regular season without a loss. Sunday, February 13, 3:33 PM

Pleasanton Cavaliers to host biggest girls-only rugby tourney on the West Coast
Pleasanton Cavaliers Rugby will host the biggest girls-only rugby tournament on the West Coast Feb. 19. Also: FHS women's soccer finished the final five regular season games with three wins and two ties to clinch an NCS playoff berth. Sunday, February 13, 4:01 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Sense of normalcy as Amador, Foothill clash in boys' basketball
For one night everything seemed almost back to normal. On Feb. 3, the Amador Valley boys' basketball team traveled across town to take on Foothill. One of the best rivalries I have seen on a basketball court over the years had been... Tuesday, February 8, 11:07 AM

Basketball, soccer rankings as of Feb. 6
Basketball: 1st to 4th: Tough week for Dougherty Valley boys; Soccer: 1st to 4th: Monte Vista boys' entered the week with a chance to take first place, then regular season went down the drain in the span of two games. Monday, February 7, 4:16 PM

Former top Amador player now at D-1 Ivy League school
Former Amador girls' basketball player Isabella Mauricio earned All-EBAL honors in leading the Dons to 3 division titles. Now a freshman at Brown University, the 5-foot, 4-inch Mauricio is making an impact at the D-1 school. Monday, January 31, 5:11 PM

Power Rankings: EBAL Basketball & Soccer
In EBAL basketball, Dougherty Valley's crazy loss to Amador Valley on Sunday makes this week a lot more interesting! In soccer, 4 teams can still win the boys' championship, and the 2 girls' frontrunners meet again this week. Monday, January 31, 7:01 PM

Pathetic and embarrassing: Local coach jacks up stats at expense of other team
Running up the score is one of the worst things for the losing team. And when the opposing team takes full advantage of jacking up a player's stats at the expense of the other team, it is nothing short of pathetic and embarrassing. Tuesday, February 1, 7:48 AM

Wrestler overcomes a neck fracture to become EBAL star
LHS wrestler Timothy Cowan, who is likely the top wrestler in the EBAL, was injured and told he should not wrestle again. Drive, resolve and love of wrestling pushed him through intensive rehabilitation. Now he wants a state title. Sunday, January 23, 7:24 PM

Amador girls' soccer team keeping up with historically dominant teams
The East Bay Athletic League soccer race can be a grind and right now, the Amador Valley High girls' soccer team is making a statement. In a league traditionally dominated by Carondelet and the Danville schools, the Dons are hanging in Monday, January 24, 3:10 PM

Basketball & Soccer Power Rankings
The EBAL boys' race has gotten top heavy with four teams sporting only one loss just over halfway through the league season. Sunday, January 23, 4:04 PM

'No Sunday games' rule out: Mad dash to get basketball games played by Feb. 12
As of Jan. 15, each basketball team in the EBAL should have played four of their 13 scheduled league games. Due to COVID protocol, that was nowhere close to happening as teams are struggling to get games played. Sunday, January 16, 4:10 PM

Soccer Power Rankings debut; basketball rankings as of Jan. 16
After finally compiling enough soccer results, here is the first EBAL Soccer Power Rankings of the top five boys' and girls' teams. The top team in each poll seem solid, but after that, teams are bunched together. Sunday, January 16, 2:57 PM

Canceled games, lack of players leaves Foothill coach exhausted
It has been taxing on the players and coaches alike. With her first four EBAL games postponed from COVID safety protocols, Foothill coach Cheryl Namoca has been working what seems like non-stop to get the games rescheduled. Sunday, January 16, 5:54 PM

Renaissance Man: Amador Valley senior is an athlete, musician, scholar
Ethan Daley is more than your typical high school athlete. In addition to being a good basketball player for Amador Valley, Daley dabbles in music and rocks a 4.3 GPA. Basically, he is a high school version of a Renaissance Man. Monday, January 10, 3:26 AM

Don't be surprised if Granada's in the championship mix
Don't be surprised if Granada High School's boys' and girls' basketball times are in the championship mix. Heading into the EBAL season, the Granada girls are 8-0, with the boys at 8-2. Sunday, January 2, 7:41 PM

Everyone - athletes, entire student body - suffer from COVID setback
Just when it seemed like we were approaching getting back to normal when it comes to COVID, we take a big step backwards. EBAL's basketball season started the week of Jan. 5, but over half the scheduled games were not played. Monday, January 10, 8:23 PM

Power Rankings: First week of regular season far from normal thanks to COVID
We have rankings but the first week of the East Bay Athletic League season was far from normal thanks to COVID. Some teams couldn't even play. Monday, January 10, 3:25 AM

Pleasanton Preps: In his hometown of Pleasanton, he was just 'John'
It's been over a week now since we lost one of the great icons of Pleasanton when John Madden passed away. Here he was, larger than life and easily recognizable wherever he went. But, in Pleasanton, he was just 'John.' Monday, January 3, 4:33 PM

Cancer battle shows Ballistic athlete's personal resolve, maturity
A diagnosis of a rare form of cancer turned 17-year-old Ballistic Soccer player Nate Morgan's life upside down. But Morgan used the struggle as an opportunity to mature and became an example of perseverance for his teammates. Monday, January 10, 8:51 PM

EBAL Basketball Power Rankings
These are the final preseason rankings as EBAL play begins Jan. 5. It figures to be a nasty season in both the Mountain and the Valley divisions as this may turn out to be one of the deepest EBAL seasons in some time. Sunday, January 2, 6:51 PM | 1 comments

Sharing the passion
Throughout the years there have been athletes that truly bleed the colors of their school. When one of those athletes gets to take over as the head coach, the chance to share the passion with players is too good to pass up. Tuesday, December 28, 8:32 AM

Pleasanton Preps: 'We Are Pleasanton' finishes first project for a local school
Christmas comes this Saturday, and when it comes to this time of year, the theme always falls on giving. One such group locally that has been working on giving to the Pleasanton schools is the "We Are Pleasanton" group. Monday, December 20, 9:14 AM

League play kicks into high gear after break
Here we are in the week between Christmas and New Year's -- a traditionally slow time for prep sports. While things slow down for this week, rest assured it is the last slow time we will have until June. Tuesday, December 28, 8:52 AM

Basketball Power Rankings as of Dec. 26
As of Dec. 26 in the EBAL Basketball Power Rankings, Dougherty Valley leads the boys' division with a 9-0 record, and Carondelet leads the girls' division with a 7-0 record (even though Granada is 8-0). Monday, December 27, 2:51 PM

EBAL Basketball Power Rankings
EBAL Basketball Power Rankings for both the boys' and girls' teams as of Dec. 12. It's the non-league campaign for both the teams and for myself. As is the case for the teams, expect my best rankings to mature as the season goes on. Sunday, December 12, 7:58 PM

Athenian Owls excel in academics and athletics
The Athenian High School, a small private school in Danville, has a well-deserved academic reputation.
But the Owls also have another distinction " two-time defending North Coast Section Fall Division II boys' soccer champions. Sunday, December 5, 7:43 PM

No more NCS events at Foothill’s stadium?
When Campolindo walked out of Foothill with the North Coast Section Division II Football Championship on Nov. 27, the Cougars took not only the football hardware, but also possibly any hope of Foothill hosting any NCS events in their s Monday, December 6, 10:45 AM

EBAL Cross Country teams dominate
Local EBAL cross country teams have been dominant in competition. In the North Coast Section meet held Nov. 20, EBAL teams won four team titles and qualified 10 teams for the CIF State Meet and Dublin historic sweep. Tuesday, November 30, 10:30 AM

Injured Gaels' athlete overcomes obstacles to play again
After surgery to repair an Achilles tendon tear, Adam Moore had an eight-month recovery, which meant that Adam would likely miss his senior year of football and maybe the basketball season. He's back on the court this week, though. Monday, November 22, 5:36 PM

Final EBAL football rankings
These are the final rankings for EBAL football. Which team made it to the top of the Mountain division and which one landed at the bottom of the Valley division? Disagree with the results? Monday, November 29, 5:02 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Falcons reflect after close loss in NCS football title game
Foothill's 21-14 loss to Campolindo on Saturday in the NCS Division II football championship is a game, or more importantly a moment, the players on Foothill will never forget. They fell just short of the win, but what I saw next... Tuesday, November 30, 7:48 AM

Fall sports All-EBAL teams, athletes
Here are the All-East Bay Athletic League players and teams for all of the Fall sports. Take a look and see if your favorite athlete earned postseason honors! Monday, November 22, 7:17 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill routs in semis, sets up showdown with Campolindo for NCS football title
Here we are in late November and the Falcons are still playing, getting ready for Saturday night where Foothill will take on Campolindo for the North Coast Section Division II championship. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Foothill. Monday, November 22, 6:09 PM

Postseason action
Check out how local football, water polo, tennis, girls' volleyball and girls' golf teams fared in postseason competitions. Tuesday, November 16, 9:07 AM

Pleasanton native, Giants' shortstop Brandon Crawford earns 4th Gold Glove
San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, a 2005 Foothill High alum, won his fourth career Gold Glove for his defensive prowess when the 2021 awards were announced last week. Tuesday, November 16, 9:16 AM

Gridiron girl: Female football player a successful kicker for Dublin's JV team
Conventional wisdom says girls don't play football. For Dublin High junior Grace Toney, conventional wisdom went right out the window when earlier in the fall she decided to give football a shot and kick for her school's football team. Monday, November 8, 4:29 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Amador girls' water polo starts off strong in section playoffs
The memorable season for the Amador Valley High girls' water polo team has continued in the postseason as the Dons knocked off Redwood 11-4 in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs. Thursday, November 11, 9:22 AM

High school football coach needs a good dose of karma
On a soap box: In a battle of two teams from the city of Inglewood in the LA area, Inglewood High dropped a 106-0 assault on Morningside High. That's right " 106-0. The coach, Mil'Von James, needs to be fired immediately. Tuesday, November 2, 2:39 PM | 1 comments

Cross Country: Dublin boys, Granada girls take home titles
Dublin took the title in the boys' race, with the Granada girls taking the title on the ladies' side during an East Bay Athletics League (EBAL) meet Saturday, Nov. 6 at Newhall Park in Concord. Monday, November 8, 2:05 PM

Pleasanton Preps: What a teacher strike could mean for sports
It appears a strike by the teachers may be a realistic possibility, which is the worst-case scenario. Lost in the rhetoric going back and forth is the effect it could have on the local coaches, and as a result, the student-athletes. Wednesday, November 3, 12:38 PM

Foothill volleyball coach marks 25 years, 50 seasons, numerous titles
Long-time FHS girls' and boys' volleyball coach Dusty Collins was honored recently for a milestone achievement of being at the helm of both teams for 25 years. Tuesday, October 26, 2:47 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football clinches top spot in Valley Division
And just like that, the Foothill High football team is the East Bay Athletic League's Valley Division champions. With the wins over Dublin and Livermore in the books, the Falcons have the tiebreaker for the automatic NCS berth. Tuesday, October 26, 1:28 PM

Postseason EBAL action
As the East Bay Athletic League Fall season starts to wind down, it is time to get excited for the looming North Coast Section playoffs in all sports. Tuesday, October 19, 11:49 AM

Pleasanton Preps: Amador inducts inaugural class for new Wall of Fame
The unveiling of what will be known as the AV Athletics Wall of Fame, which is located right outside the entrance to the Dons' stadium, was long overdue. The first class of inductees consisted of... Tuesday, October 19, 10:45 PM

Cyril sisters two of the top junior racquetball players in the country
Twin sisters Esha and Arya Cyril are both exceptional students and are currently working through the college application process. But the duo is also something else - they are two of the top junior racquetball players in the country. Tuesday, October 12, 10:00 PM

Pleasanton Preps: An emotional trip to the 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial'
Last week, there was a ceremony for my father and two other iconic people in the development and history of Ballistic United. Their names were added to a plaque on a large rock at Sports Park called the 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial.' Wednesday, October 13, 2:18 PM

Top of the Mountain, bottom of the Valley
It is time for the East Bay Athletic League football teams to get down to business as the league seasons get underway. Both leagues are deep, with the championship likely to be determined on the final week of the season. Tuesday, October 5, 4:39 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Amador, Foothill set sights on football division titles as league play begins
Can each of the Pleasanton schools win an EBAL title? Absolutely, but it will be tougher for the Dons in the incredibly tough and deep Mountain than Foothill in the Valley Division. But what are the keys for each team moving forward... Wednesday, October 6, 12:03 PM

Good friends lead Cal High's Grizzlies to 4-0
Teddy Booras and Jake Calcagno " Cal High's quarterback and his favorite target " have set the local football world on fire as the duo has led the Grizzlies to a 4-0 mark, pacing an offense that is averaging 52 points a game. Tuesday, September 28, 4:26 AM

EBAL Power Rankings following the games from Sept. 24-25
This week Cal High, at 4-0, stays on top of the Mountain division and Foothill, with a monster 21-14 win against cross-town rival Amador last week still in first in the Valley division. Tuesday, September 28, 5:20 PM

Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football storms back for 21-17 win at Amador
It sounds like an over-used sports cliche, but learning from a loss can be important for team maturity. For Amador Valley, that moment may have come when they fell 21-17 last week to Foothill (who bounced back from a recent loss). Tuesday, September 28, 2:52 PM

Before St. Francis, Monte Vista took down De La Salle
Not many outside the Monte Vista program gave the Mustangs a chance. But in a 1987 'win for the ages', MV fought through a tough game and came away with a 14-13 win against De La Salle, ending a 44-game winning streak. Wednesday, September 22, 3:25 PM

Accountability at center of Amador coach's decision to cancel freshman football game
Perhaps the most important life lesson learned from high school sports is also the one missing the most: accountability. Amador football coach Danny Jones saw this missing from some freshman football players and acted decisively... Wednesday, September 22, 3:48 PM

Twins might be one of EBAL's best sibling athlete combos ever
Grayce and Kenny Olson may be the one of the top sister-brother athletic combos ever in EBAL. Grayce is a four-year starter for the Falcons girls' volleyball team; Kenny is one of the top football players in the league this year. Wednesday, September 15, 5:24 PM | 1 comments

Power Rankings for weekend of Sept. 17-18
SRVUSD's California High stays first in EBAL's Mountain division with a 4-0 record. Pleasanton's Foothill is back on top in the Valley division, knocking Livermore down to third. Tuesday, September 21, 4:51 PM

Power Rankings for weekend of Sept. 10-11
This week Cal and Livermore top their EBAL divisions, knocking San Ramon Valley and Foothill down. Wednesday, September 15, 3:23 PM

What to Watch: Sept. 17 to 23
As we get closer to the start of the EBAL League, there are three games this week that stick out to me as games to watch, with all three telling us a little more about the teams. Wednesday, September 15, 2:51 PM

Pleasanton Preps: We must never forget Sept. 11
I am also compelled to write about that day because it needs to stay relevant, and it needs to continually resonate with generation after generation of middle school and high school students. They must never forget. Wednesday, September 15, 1:31 PM

St. Francis pulls off football upset for the ages, beating De La Salle
Matt Dougherty connected with Nico Andrighetto on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 15.7 seconds left in the game as St. Francis pulled off a monumental, historic upset of De La Salle, 31-28, Friday night in Mountain View. Monday, September 13, 4:24 PM

Power Rankings
Each week I will rank the East Bay Athletics League teams in each division -- Mountain and Valley -- as well as give you the next opponent. These will change every week based on their performances from the current week. Wednesday, September 8, 1:38 PM

Monte Vista's girls' golf team one to watch
Monte Vista's girls' golf team went 8-0 last spring and finished No. 2 in the country. This year they are starting out strong with two members of last year's team and a new captain. Tuesday, September 7, 4:41 PM

Foothill bids farewell to longtime football scoreboard operator Isaacs
When Foothill High School's opening night football win over Castro Valley came to an end on Aug. 30, it also ended one heck of a streak for a scoreboard operator/announcer for the Falcons, Randy Isaacs. Wednesday, September 8, 2:11 PM

Dons, Falcons off to strong starts early in 2021 season
Two games into the 2021 high school football season, Amador Valley coach Danny Jones and Foothill headman Greg Haubner would be hard-pressed to ask for much more from their teams. Wednesday, September 8, 3:05 PM

Cowboy up: Livermore football coaches, players want to be the team to beat
For the last 15 years, the Livermore football team hasn't been a legit contender. Last spring, though, coach John Wade and his Cowboys showed they will not be taken lightly, going 5-1, including an opening night win at Foothill. Thursday, September 2, 9:17 AM

 
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                            [blurb] => The East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) spring sports season is the busiest time of the year. Here are highlights of North Coast Section events that are taking place and prospective NCS matches to come. 
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                            [headline] => Local cricket player recognized as international athlete
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                            [blurb] => Cricket is growing in popularity, especially with the change of demographic in the Tri-Valley. DHS student Anika Kolan is an inspiration to players because she is recognized as an international athlete. 
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                            [blurb] => Just over two years ago, Monte Vista junior Cate Peters wasn't sure she would run again. Now she is winning races and setting records.
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                            [blurb] => A key Bay Area commission may reverse a setback dealt to the Oakland A's plans to build a new waterfront ballpark. Staff for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission said...
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                            [headline] => Sign up for the new Playbook newsletter
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                            [headline] => Livermore Stampede part of area's softball heritage
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                            [blurb] => Part of the legacy of local softball scene is the annual Livermore Stampede. 
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                            [headline] => Harbourne triplets are great athletes, regardless of the sport
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                            [blurb] => Ben, Adam and Emma Harbourne, triplets at Foothill, have enjoyed the best of times while growing up, with playing sports being the center of their lives. But which sibling is the best athlete? Let the bantering begin... 
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                            [headline] => Matador, Cowboy softball match-up might get intense
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                            [blurb] => For rival softball teams of Granada and Livermore, the match-ups this year could have a little more edge to them as these are arguably the top teams heading into East Bay Athletic League play.
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                            [headline] => Social media: Blessing and curse
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                            [blurb] => Social media has become both a blessing and a curse. It can be a tremendous tool to get an athlete’s story to potential college coaches. However, posts can be the death knell for a college career...
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                            [headline] => Being a coach's kid isn't easy -- neither is coaching your kid
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                            [blurb] => It’s not easy being a coach’s son. And it is not easy for a coach to be the father of one of his players. While the experience certainly has its tough moments, it’s a lifelong bonding experience for a parent and a child.
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The spring sports season is the busiest time of the year. With so many sports taking place, when the teams get to post-season competition, often a great story gets overlooked. Such was the case with the Cal High lacrosse team... 
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                                            [date] => Monday, May 16, 4:23 PM
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                                            [headline] => Remembering 'Dr. B' George Baljevich, a legend in Tri-Valley local sports
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                                            [front_paragraph] => George Baljevich -- "Dr. B" -- was such an iconic figure in Pleasanton that locally he was every bit as well-known as John Madden. So, writing about Dr. B, who passed away at the age of 84 on May 12 was a daunting task.
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                                                    [caption] => Amador Valley diver Scott Garman dominated both the EBAL and NCS competitions this year. (Photo by Mindy Garman)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Amador Valley diver Garman dominates field at sections
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Amador Valley junior diver Scott Garman is making a mockery of both the East Bay Athletic League and North Coast Section diving competitions. See that plus postseason results in volleyball, lacrosse and track/field in Pleasanton Preps.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, May 10, 4:22 PM
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                                            [headline] => Local cricket player recognized as international athlete
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Cricket is growing in popularity, especially with the change of demographic in the Tri-Valley. DHS student Anika Kolan is an inspiration to players because she is recognized as an international athlete. 
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                                            [date] => Sunday, May 8, 7:56 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Will Coultrip scores a goal for Amador Valley while being supported by teammate Preston Elliott. (Photo by Linnea Coultrip)
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill edges Amador for EBAL boys' tennis title
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Five of the nine matches were decided in the third set in the match that ultimately gave Foothill the EBAL championship over rival Amador Valley. See that plus highlights in hockey (shown), volleyball and golf in our Pleasanton Preps.
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                                            [date] => Tuesday, May 3, 1:45 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Two years ago, Cate Peters broke two bones in her leg and didn't know if she would ever run again. Now is is breaking EBAL records. (Courtesy of Daniel Hernandez)
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                                            [headline] => Two years after breaking her leg, MV runner is breaking records
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Monte Vista junior Cate Peters finished with the best qualifying marks in four races, including setting a new EBAL record. Two years ago, with two broken bones in her leg, she wasn't sure she would ever be able to run again.
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                                                    [caption] => Foothill outfielder Evan Bilter (left) had a big week at the plate, going 8-for-9 with 5 RBI. (Photo by Carolyn Comerford) 
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Big week at the dish for Foothill outfielder Bilter
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Have yourself a week Evan Bilter! The outfielder on the Foothill varsity baseball team went through wins over San Ramon Valley and Livermore with eight hits in nine at-bats during last week. See that and more in our Pleasanton Preps...
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                                            [headline] => Sports corrupted by coddled, selfish athletes and their enablers
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                                            [front_paragraph] => SF 49ers player Deebo Samuel, who is demanding to be traded because he isn't getting what he wants, is a product of how athletes are being raised " and coddled - across the country, and it has hit home regularly in the Tri-Valley.
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                                            [date] => Monday, April 25, 2:04 PM
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill boys' volleyball notches six wins in busy week
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The Foothill boys' volleyball team had a busy schedule last week, going 6-1 including a semifinal run as host of the Falcon Invitational. See that plus a local gymnast winning five gold medals in Italy in this week's Pleasanton Preps.
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                                            [date] => Monday, April 25, 2:06 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Amador Valley's Stunt team celebrates being awarded a point at a recent competition. The sport is quickly gaining popularity. (Courtesy of Becky Harper)
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                                            [headline] => Stunt: Up-and-coming female sport focuses on technical, athletic aspects of cheer
                                            [small_headline] => Stunt: Up-and-coming female sport focuses on technical, athletic aspects of cheer
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Stunt, which focuses on the technical aspects and athletic aspects of cheer, is becoming the fastest growing female sport in the country. 
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                                            [date] => Monday, April 18, 10:20 AM
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum Millard ready to seize opportunity as new head coach of Monte Vista
                                            [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill alum Millard ready to seize opportunity as new head coach of Monte Vista
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Foothill High alum and assistant coach Johnny Millard always aspired to run a high school football program. That day has arrived, as Milliard has officially become the next head football coach of the Monte Vista Mustangs.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/04/18/pleasanton-preps-foothill-alum-millard-ready-to-seize-opportunity-as-new-head-coach-of-monte-vista
                                            [date] => Monday, April 18, 11:48 AM
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                                                    [caption] => Plans to make the Foothill High School stadium ADA compliant so the school can host North Coast Section events again. (Submitted image)
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                                            [headline] => Funding facilities maintenance, upgrades a major issue in prep sports
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                                            [front_paragraph] => NCS banned Foothill High from hosting any NCS events because it lacks ADA accessibility at the stadium. Denying the student athletes the chance to partake and compete at their home site needs to be fixed, and fixed quickly.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/04/10/funding-facilities-maintenance-upgrades-a-major-issue-in-prep-sports
                                            [date] => Sunday, April 10, 4:37 PM
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                                            [headline] => Stampede part of Livermore softball heritage
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Part of the heritage of local softball scene is the annual Livermore Stampede. Thursday brings the start of the 28th edition of the tournament out at the Ernie Rodrigues Softball Fields out by Robertson Park.
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                                            [date] => Monday, April 4, 10:56 AM
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                                            [headline] => Bounceback week for Amador boys' volleyball
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The Amador Valley boys' volleyball team found the way back to the Dons winning ways, taking a pair of matches last week. The highlight came with a straight-set win over crosstown rival Foothill.
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                                            [date] => Sunday, April 10, 12:20 PM
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                                            [headline] => Harbourne triplets are great athletes, regardless of the sport
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Emma, Ben and Adam Harbourne, triplets at Foothill, have enjoyed the best of times while growing up, with playing sports being the center of their lives. But which sibling is the best athlete? Let the bantering begin... 
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/03/28/harbourne-triplets-are-great-athletes-regardless-of-the-sport
                                            [date] => Monday, March 28, 11:20 AM
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                                                    [caption] => Amador Valley lacrosse goalie Jonny Wessel makes a save against Miramonte, supported by Alex Kragen and Tommy Hinek on defense. (Photo by Jason Carrel)
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                                            [headline] => Amador boys' lacrosse wins one, drops one
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Amador's boys' lacrosse team split their two games last week, beating Davis and losing to Miramonte.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/04/03/amador-boys-lacrosse-wins-one-drops-one
                                            [date] => Sunday, April 3, 5:19 PM
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                                            [headline] => Amador boys' volleyball stays hot
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The Foothill boys' golf team started last week off by winning a tournament at Discovery Bay by 19 strokes. Other recent highlights include Amador boys' volleyball (shown), both tennis teams continue to roll and ice hockey is back...
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/03/28/pleasanton-preps-foothill-boys-golf-dominates-discovery-bay-tournament
                                            [date] => Monday, March 28, 11:25 AM
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                                                    [caption] => Cate Peters of Monte Vista won the  girls' 800 race at the 14th Annual Dublin Distance Fiesta. (Courtesy of Chip Dehnert)

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                                            [headline] => Dublin Distance Fiesta brings together 150 schools, 3,000 athletes
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Dublin has established itself as one of the top distance running programs in the state, so it is fitting the Gaels play host the annual Dublin Distance Fiesta, which brought together 150 schools and almost 3,000 athletes this year. 
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                                            [date] => Sunday, March 20, 10:58 PM
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                                            [headline] => Racial division brings out bad behavior at school sporting events
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                                            [front_paragraph] => By the time some of these kids hit high school it has been instilled that people are different. As a result, you get these knuckleheads hurling racial taunts at sporting events. In so many ways we are regressing, not evolving.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/03/13/racial-division-brings-out-bad-behavior-at-school-sporting-events
                                            [date] => Sunday, March 13, 5:54 PM
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                                            [headline] => EBAL baseball, softball power rankings as of March 20
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                                            [front_paragraph] => EBAL play is slowly getting underway, with this upcoming week starting to see some big games. Don't be surprised to see a shakeup of this week's rankings in this space next week.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/03/21/ebal-baseball-softball-power-rankings-as-of-march-20
                                            [date] => Monday, March 21, 8:05 PM
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                                            [headline] => Amador Valley cheer wins national championship
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                                            [front_paragraph] => For the seniors on the Amador Valley comp cheerleading team, their high school careers could not have ended in a better way as the Dons brought home their second national championship at the USA Spirit Nationals last month.
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                                            [date] => Monday, March 21, 7:36 PM
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                                            [front_paragraph] => EBAL play gets underway for most teams this week. In baseball, one team climbs a spot this week and one team drops a spot. In softball, No. 1 Granada set to play No. 2 Livermore.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/03/13/ebal-baseball-softball-power-rankings
                                            [date] => Sunday, March 13, 8:03 PM
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                                            [headline] => What to Watch: Contenders from the pretenders
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Teams are beginning to establish themselves in their respective leagues, leaving us with some big games this week. It is time to separate the contenders from the pretenders.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/03/20/what-to-watch
                                            [date] => Sunday, March 20, 11:20 PM
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                                            [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Both boys' volleyball teams off to strong starts
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                                            [front_paragraph] => The Amador Valley boys' volleyball team opened with the season by taking two of their three matches last week. Across town, the Foothill team also won a pair of EBAL games to open their season.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/03/13/pleasanton-preps-both-boys-volleyball-teams-off-to-strong-starts
                                            [date] => Sunday, March 13, 8:13 PM
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                                            [headline] => The team to beat: Look for this softball match-up to get intense
                                            [small_headline] => Look for this softball match-up to get intense
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                                            [front_paragraph] => For rival softball teams of Granada and Livermore, the match-ups this year could have a little more edge to them as these are arguably the top teams heading into East Bay Athletic League play.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/03/06/the-team-to-beat-look-for-this-softball-match-up-to-get-intense
                                            [date] => Sunday, March 6, 7:33 PM
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                                                    [caption] => Nic Bronzini with Zach Robman and Raoul Fabian, who have been on NorCal varsity together since freshman year. While Bronzini is going to LSU, Robman is going to Puget Sound to play baseball and Fabian is going to Long Beach State for baseball.
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                                            [headline] => Grizzlies' southpaw is 'fired up' for last high school season
                                            [small_headline] => Grizzlies' southpaw is 'fired up' for last high school season
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Before he goes to LSU, Cal High senior Nic Bronzini is dialed in on his senior season, with the Grizzlies a legitimate threat to win both the East Bay Athletic League and North Coast Section titles.
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/02/28/grizzlies-southpaw-is-fired-up-for-last-high-school-season
                                            [date] => Monday, February 28, 12:53 PM
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                                            [headline] => Power Rankings: First week of EBAL baseball, softball rankings
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                                            [front_paragraph] => As usual, the EBAL baseball and softball leagues are deep with talent, both on the mound and at the plate. 
                                            [link] => /sports/2022/03/06/power-rankings-first-week-of-ebal-baseball-softball-rankings
                                            [date] => Sunday, March 6, 8:27 PM
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                                            [headline] => Winter All-EBAL teams
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                                            [front_paragraph] => Who are the standout players in East Bay Athletic League boys' and girls' basketball and boys' and girls' soccer? Find out who the Players of the Year and First and Second team members are, as well as honorable mentions.
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[link] => /sports/2022/03/05/two-foothill-wrestlers-compete-at-state-after-3rd-place-finishes-in-ncs-tourney [date] => Saturday, March 5, 7:05 PM [comments] => ) [30] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2022/february/21 [caption] => (Getty Images) [caption_display] => (Getty Images) [photo_id] => 25958 [story_id] => 24819 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2022 [photo_month] => 2 [path_month] => february [photo_day] => 21 [photo_height] => 1408 [photo_width] => 2128 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2022/february/21/25958_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2022/february/21/25958_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24819&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25958 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2022/february/21/25958_.jpg ) [headline] => A blessing and a curse [small_headline] => A blessing and a curse [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Social media has become both a blessing and a curse. It can be a tremendous tool to get an athlete's story to potential college coaches. However, posts can be the death knell for a college career... [link] => /sports/2022/02/22/a-blessing-and-a-curse [date] => Tuesday, February 22, 8:21 AM [comments] => ) [31] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2022/february/21 [caption] => Timothy Cowan of Livermore, who was featured in a Playbook Big Picture story earlier this season, rolled to the title with 19-6 majority decision at the North Coast Section championships Feb. 18-19. (Courtesy of Brenda Chambers) [caption_display] => Timothy Cowan of Livermore, who was featured in a Playbook Big Picture story earlier this season, rolled to the title with 19-6 majority decision at the North Coast Section championships Feb. 18-19. 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[link] => /sports/2022/02/22/four-ebal-wrestlers-earn-ncs-championship-titles [date] => Tuesday, February 22, 8:21 AM [comments] => ) [32] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Falcons lose heartbreaker in penalties in NCS girls' soccer playoffs [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Falcons lose heartbreaker in penalties in NCS girls' soccer playoffs [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => The Foothill High girls' soccer team carried its late-season momentum that got them into the North Coast Sections playoffs over into their opening match victory before losing in the next round in a heartbreaker. [link] => /sports/2022/02/28/pleasanton-preps-falcons-lose-heartbreaker-in-penalties-in-ncs-girls-soccer-playoffs [date] => Monday, February 28, 9:35 AM [comments] => ) [33] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Soccer, basketball Power Rankings as of Feb. 20 [small_headline] => Soccer, basketball Power Rankings [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => The first week of the NCS soccer playoffs were not kind to the EBAL as only one boys' team and three girls' teams are still alive. The midway point basketball playoffs brings hope and optimism for teams still competing. [link] => /sports/2022/02/22/soccer-basketball-power-rankings [date] => Tuesday, February 22, 8:21 AM [comments] => ) [34] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => [path] => 2022/february/13 [caption] => Coaching your kids can create tough moments, but also memories both will carry for the rest of your lives. For Dublin boys' basketball coach Tom Costello, the moment with son / player Nick is "the year we won the EBAL in a double overtime game. The hug we had was everything,” Tom said. (Photo courtesy of the Costello family.) [caption_display] => Coaching your kids can create tough moments, but also memories both will carry for the rest of your lives. For Dublin boys' basketball coach Tom Costello, the moment with son / player Nick is "the year we won the EBAL in a double overtime game. The hug we had was everything,” Tom said. (Photo courtesy of the Costello family.) 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And it is not easy for a coach to be the father of one of his players. While the experience certainly has its tough moments, it's a lifelong bonding experience for a parent and a child. [link] => /sports/2022/02/14/being-a-coachs-kid-isnt-easy----neither-is-coaching-your-kid [date] => Monday, February 14, 1:14 PM [comments] => ) [35] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2022/february/6 [caption] => Natalie Pasco has been teammates with other seniors at San Ramon Valley High School since she started playing basketball in first grade. (Courtesy of Jeff Chambers) [caption_display] => Natalie Pasco has been teammates with other seniors at San Ramon Valley High School since she started playing basketball in first grade. (Courtesy of Jeff Chambers) [photo_id] => 25859 [story_id] => 24748 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2022 [photo_month] => 2 [path_month] => february [photo_day] => 6 [photo_height] => 911 [photo_width] => 1284 [position] => 4 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => no [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2022/february/6/25859_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2022/february/6/25859_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24748&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25859 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2022/february/6/25859_.jpg ) [headline] => Pasco cementing her legacy among SRVHS's outstanding basketball players [small_headline] => Pasco cementing her legacy among SRVHS's outstanding basketball players [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => San Ramon Valley High has a rich tradition of producing outstanding players on both the girls' and boys' teams over the years. This year adds Natalie Pasco, who is cementing her legacy every time she steps on the court. [link] => /sports/2022/02/07/pasco-cementing-her-legacy-among-srvhss-outstanding-basketball-players [date] => Monday, February 7, 3:16 PM [comments] => ) [36] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Rankings after EBAL basketball tournament, soccer final regular season week [small_headline] => Rankings after EBAL basketball tournament, soccer final regular season week [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => An intense girls' basketball rivalry continues as San Ramon Valley and Carondelet meet for the third time at the NCS finals. Monte Vista girls' soccer team ends regular season without a loss. [link] => /sports/2022/02/13/rankings-after-ebal-basketball-tournament-soccer-final-regular-season-week [date] => Sunday, February 13, 3:33 PM [comments] => ) [37] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Pleasanton Cavaliers to host biggest girls-only rugby tourney on the West Coast [small_headline] => Pleasanton Cavaliers to host biggest girls-only rugby tourney on the West Coast [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Pleasanton Cavaliers Rugby will host the biggest girls-only rugby tournament on the West Coast Feb. 19. Also: FHS women's soccer finished the final five regular season games with three wins and two ties to clinch an NCS playoff berth. [link] => /sports/2022/02/13/pleasanton-cavaliers-to-host-biggest-girls-only-rugby-tourney-on-the-west-coast [date] => Sunday, February 13, 4:01 PM [comments] => ) [38] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Sense of normalcy as Amador, Foothill clash in boys' basketball [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Sense of normalcy as Amador, Foothill clash in boys' basketball [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => For one night everything seemed almost back to normal. On Feb. 3, the Amador Valley boys' basketball team traveled across town to take on Foothill. One of the best rivalries I have seen on a basketball court over the years had been... [link] => /sports/2022/02/08/pleasanton-preps-sense-of-normalcy-as-amador-foothill-clash-in-boys-basketball [date] => Tuesday, February 8, 11:07 AM [comments] => ) [39] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Basketball, soccer rankings as of Feb. 6 [small_headline] => Basketball, soccer rankings as of Feb. 6 [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Basketball: 1st to 4th: Tough week for Dougherty Valley boys; Soccer: 1st to 4th: Monte Vista boys' entered the week with a chance to take first place, then regular season went down the drain in the span of two games. [link] => /sports/2022/02/07/basketball-soccer-rankings-as-of-feb-6 [date] => Monday, February 7, 4:16 PM [comments] => ) [40] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2022/january/30 [caption] => Former Amador Valley High girls’ basketball player Isabella Mauricio is now playing as a freshman for D-1 school Brown University. (Courtesy of Brown University) [caption_display] => Former Amador Valley High girls’ basketball player Isabella Mauricio is now playing as a freshman for D-1 school Brown University. (Courtesy of Brown University) [photo_id] => 25806 [story_id] => 24711 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2022 [photo_month] => 1 [path_month] => january [photo_day] => 30 [photo_height] => 267 [photo_width] => 400 [position] => 4 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2022/january/30/25806_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2022/january/30/25806_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24711&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25806 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2022/january/30/25806_.jpg ) [headline] => Former top Amador player now at D-1 Ivy League school [small_headline] => Former top Amador player now at D-1 Ivy League school [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Former Amador girls' basketball player Isabella Mauricio earned All-EBAL honors in leading the Dons to 3 division titles. Now a freshman at Brown University, the 5-foot, 4-inch Mauricio is making an impact at the D-1 school. [link] => /sports/2022/01/31/former-top-amador-player-now-at-d-1-ivy-league-school [date] => Monday, January 31, 5:11 PM [comments] => ) [41] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Power Rankings: EBAL Basketball & Soccer [small_headline] => Power Rankings: EBAL Basketball & Soccer [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => In EBAL basketball, Dougherty Valley's crazy loss to Amador Valley on Sunday makes this week a lot more interesting! In soccer, 4 teams can still win the boys' championship, and the 2 girls' frontrunners meet again this week. [link] => /sports/2022/01/31/power-rankings-ebal-basketball--soccer [date] => Monday, January 31, 7:01 PM [comments] => ) [42] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2022/february/1 [caption] => (Getty Images) [caption_display] => (Getty Images) [photo_id] => 25813 [story_id] => 24720 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2022 [photo_month] => 2 [path_month] => february [photo_day] => 1 [photo_height] => 1000 [photo_width] => 1500 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2022/february/1/25813_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2022/february/1/25813_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24720&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25813 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2022/february/1/25813_.jpg ) [headline] => Pathetic and embarrassing: Local coach jacks up stats at expense of other team [small_headline] => Pathetic and embarrassing: Local coach jacks up stats at expense of other team [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Running up the score is one of the worst things for the losing team. And when the opposing team takes full advantage of jacking up a player's stats at the expense of the other team, it is nothing short of pathetic and embarrassing. [link] => /sports/2022/02/01/pathetic-and-embarrassing-local-coach-jacks-up-stats-at-expense-of-other-team [date] => Tuesday, February 1, 7:48 AM [comments] => ) [43] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Wrestler overcomes a neck fracture to become EBAL star [small_headline] => Wrestler overcomes a neck fracture to become EBAL star [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => LHS wrestler Timothy Cowan, who is likely the top wrestler in the EBAL, was injured and told he should not wrestle again. Drive, resolve and love of wrestling pushed him through intensive rehabilitation. Now he wants a state title. [link] => /sports/2022/01/23/wrestler-overcomes-a-neck-fracture-to-become-ebal-star [date] => Sunday, January 23, 7:24 PM [comments] => ) [44] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Amador girls' soccer team keeping up with historically dominant teams [small_headline] => Amador girls' soccer team keeping up with historically dominant teams [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => The East Bay Athletic League soccer race can be a grind and right now, the Amador Valley High girls' soccer team is making a statement. In a league traditionally dominated by Carondelet and the Danville schools, the Dons are hanging in [link] => /sports/2022/01/24/amador-girls-soccer-team-keeping-up-with-historically-dominant-teams [date] => Monday, January 24, 3:10 PM [comments] => ) [45] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Basketball & Soccer Power Rankings [small_headline] => Basketball & Soccer Power Rankings [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => The EBAL boys' race has gotten top heavy with four teams sporting only one loss just over halfway through the league season. [link] => /sports/2022/01/23/basketball--soccer-power-rankings [date] => Sunday, January 23, 4:04 PM [comments] => ) [46] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => 'No Sunday games' rule out: Mad dash to get basketball games played by Feb. 12 [small_headline] => 'No Sunday games' rule out: Mad dash to get basketball games played by Feb. 12 [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => As of Jan. 15, each basketball team in the EBAL should have played four of their 13 scheduled league games. Due to COVID protocol, that was nowhere close to happening as teams are struggling to get games played. [link] => /sports/2022/01/16/no-sunday-games-rule-out-mad-dash-to-get-basketball-games-played-by-feb-12 [date] => Sunday, January 16, 4:10 PM [comments] => ) [47] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Soccer Power Rankings debut; basketball rankings as of Jan. 16 [small_headline] => Soccer Power Rankings debut; basketball rankings as of Jan. 16 [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => After finally compiling enough soccer results, here is the first EBAL Soccer Power Rankings of the top five boys' and girls' teams. The top team in each poll seem solid, but after that, teams are bunched together. [link] => /sports/2022/01/16/basketball-power-rankings-as-of-jan-16 [date] => Sunday, January 16, 2:57 PM [comments] => ) [48] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Canceled games, lack of players leaves Foothill coach exhausted [small_headline] => Canceled games, lack of players leaves Foothill coach exhausted [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => It has been taxing on the players and coaches alike. With her first four EBAL games postponed from COVID safety protocols, Foothill coach Cheryl Namoca has been working what seems like non-stop to get the games rescheduled. [link] => /sports/2022/01/16/canceled-games-lack-of-players-leaves-foothill-coach-exhausted [date] => Sunday, January 16, 5:54 PM [comments] => ) [49] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Renaissance Man: Amador Valley senior is an athlete, musician, scholar [small_headline] => Renaissance Man: Amador Valley senior is an athlete, musician, scholar [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Ethan Daley is more than your typical high school athlete. In addition to being a good basketball player for Amador Valley, Daley dabbles in music and rocks a 4.3 GPA. Basically, he is a high school version of a Renaissance Man. [link] => /sports/2022/01/10/renaissance-man-amador-valley-senior-is-an-athlete-musician-scholar [date] => Monday, January 10, 3:26 AM [comments] => ) [50] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Don't be surprised if Granada's in the championship mix [small_headline] => Don't be surprised if Granada's in the championship mix [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Don't be surprised if Granada High School's boys' and girls' basketball times are in the championship mix. Heading into the EBAL season, the Granada girls are 8-0, with the boys at 8-2. [link] => /sports/2022/01/02/dont-be-surprised-if-granadas-in-the-championship-mix [date] => Sunday, January 2, 7:41 PM [comments] => ) [51] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Everyone - athletes, entire student body - suffer from COVID setback [small_headline] => Everyone - athletes, entire student body - suffer from COVID setback [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Just when it seemed like we were approaching getting back to normal when it comes to COVID, we take a big step backwards. EBAL's basketball season started the week of Jan. 5, but over half the scheduled games were not played. [link] => /sports/2022/01/10/everyone---athletes-entire-student-body---suffer-from-covid-setback [date] => Monday, January 10, 8:23 PM [comments] => ) [52] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Power Rankings: First week of regular season far from normal thanks to COVID [small_headline] => Power Rankings: First week of regular season far from normal thanks to COVID [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => We have rankings but the first week of the East Bay Athletic League season was far from normal thanks to COVID. Some teams couldn't even play. [link] => /sports/2022/01/10/power-rankings-first-week-of-regular-season-far-from-normal-thanks-to-covid [date] => Monday, January 10, 3:25 AM [comments] => ) [53] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: In his hometown of Pleasanton, he was just 'John' [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: In his hometown of Pleasanton, he was just 'John' [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => It's been over a week now since we lost one of the great icons of Pleasanton when John Madden passed away. Here he was, larger than life and easily recognizable wherever he went. But, in Pleasanton, he was just 'John.' [link] => /sports/2022/01/03/pleasanton-preps-in-his-hometown-of-pleasanton-he-was-just-john [date] => Monday, January 3, 4:33 PM [comments] => ) [54] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Cancer battle shows Ballistic athlete's personal resolve, maturity [small_headline] => Cancer battle shows Ballistic athlete's personal resolve, maturity [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => A diagnosis of a rare form of cancer turned 17-year-old Ballistic Soccer player Nate Morgan's life upside down. But Morgan used the struggle as an opportunity to mature and became an example of perseverance for his teammates. [link] => /sports/2021/12/12/cancer-battle-shows-ballistic-athletes-personal-resolve-maturity [date] => Monday, January 10, 8:51 PM [comments] => ) [55] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => EBAL Basketball Power Rankings [small_headline] => EBAL Basketball Power Rankings [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => These are the final preseason rankings as EBAL play begins Jan. 5. It figures to be a nasty season in both the Mountain and the Valley divisions as this may turn out to be one of the deepest EBAL seasons in some time. [link] => /sports/2022/01/02/ebal-basketball-power-rankings [date] => Sunday, January 2, 6:51 PM [comments] => 1 ) [56] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Sharing the passion [small_headline] => Sharing the passion [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Throughout the years there have been athletes that truly bleed the colors of their school. When one of those athletes gets to take over as the head coach, the chance to share the passion with players is too good to pass up. [link] => /sports/2021/12/28/sharing-the-passion [date] => Tuesday, December 28, 8:32 AM [comments] => ) [57] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/december/19 [caption] => The 'We Are Pleasanton' group raised $225,000 in three months for its first project -- the Amador Valley High School shade structure for the lunch area. (Courtesy of Todd Utikal) [caption_display] => The 'We Are Pleasanton' group raised $225,000 in three months for its first project -- the Amador Valley High School shade structure for the lunch area. (Courtesy of Todd Utikal) [photo_id] => 25536 [story_id] => 24547 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 12 [path_month] => december [photo_day] => 19 [photo_height] => 608 [photo_width] => 1080 [position] => 2 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/december/19/25536_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/december/19/25536_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24547&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25536 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/december/19/25536_.jpg ) [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: 'We Are Pleasanton' finishes first project for a local school [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: 'We Are Pleasanton' finishes first project for a local school [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Christmas comes this Saturday, and when it comes to this time of year, the theme always falls on giving. One such group locally that has been working on giving to the Pleasanton schools is the "We Are Pleasanton" group. [link] => /sports/2021/12/20/pleasanton-preps-we-are-pleasanton-finishes-first-project-for-a-local-school [date] => Monday, December 20, 9:14 AM [comments] => ) [58] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => League play kicks into high gear after break [small_headline] => League play kicks into high gear after break [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Here we are in the week between Christmas and New Year's -- a traditionally slow time for prep sports. While things slow down for this week, rest assured it is the last slow time we will have until June. [link] => /sports/2021/12/28/pleasanton-preps-league-play-kicks-into-high-gear-after-break [date] => Tuesday, December 28, 8:52 AM [comments] => ) [59] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Basketball Power Rankings as of Dec. 26 [small_headline] => Basketball Power Rankings as of Dec. 26 [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => As of Dec. 26 in the EBAL Basketball Power Rankings, Dougherty Valley leads the boys' division with a 9-0 record, and Carondelet leads the girls' division with a 7-0 record (even though Granada is 8-0). [link] => /sports/2021/12/27/basketball-power-rankings-as-of-dec-26 [date] => Monday, December 27, 2:51 PM [comments] => ) [60] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => First week of EBAL Basketball Power Rankings [small_headline] => EBAL Basketball Power Rankings [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => EBAL Basketball Power Rankings for both the boys' and girls' teams as of Dec. 12. It's the non-league campaign for both the teams and for myself. As is the case for the teams, expect my best rankings to mature as the season goes on. [link] => /sports/2021/12/12/ebal-basketball-power-rankings [date] => Sunday, December 12, 7:58 PM [comments] => ) [61] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Athenian Owls excel in academics and athletics [small_headline] => Athenian Owls excel in academics and athletics [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => The Athenian High School, a small private school in Danville, has a well-deserved academic reputation.
But the Owls also have another distinction " two-time defending North Coast Section Fall Division II boys' soccer champions. [link] => /sports/2021/12/05/athenian-owls-excel-in-academics-and-athletics [date] => Sunday, December 5, 7:43 PM [comments] => ) [62] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => No more NCS events at Foothill’s stadium? [small_headline] => No more NCS events at Foothill’s stadium? [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => When Campolindo walked out of Foothill with the North Coast Section Division II Football Championship on Nov. 27, the Cougars took not only the football hardware, but also possibly any hope of Foothill hosting any NCS events in their s [link] => /sports/2021/12/06/no-more-ncs-events-at-foothills-stadium [date] => Monday, December 6, 10:45 AM [comments] => ) [63] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => EBAL Cross Country teams dominate [small_headline] => EBAL Cross Country teams dominate [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Local EBAL cross country teams have been dominant in competition. In the North Coast Section meet held Nov. 20, EBAL teams won four team titles and qualified 10 teams for the CIF State Meet and Dublin historic sweep. [link] => /sports/2021/11/30/ebal-cross-country-teams-dominate [date] => Tuesday, November 30, 10:30 AM [comments] => ) [64] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Injured Gaels' athlete overcomes obstacles to play again [small_headline] => Injured Gaels' athlete overcomes obstacles to play again [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => After surgery to repair an Achilles tendon tear, Adam Moore had an eight-month recovery, which meant that Adam would likely miss his senior year of football and maybe the basketball season. He's back on the court this week, though. [link] => /sports/2021/11/22/injured-gaels-athlete-overcomes-obstacles-to-play-again [date] => Monday, November 22, 5:36 PM [comments] => ) [65] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Final EBAL football rankings [small_headline] => Final EBAL football rankings [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => These are the final rankings for EBAL football. Which team made it to the top of the Mountain division and which one landed at the bottom of the Valley division? Disagree with the results? [link] => /sports/2021/11/29/final-ebal-football-rankings [date] => Monday, November 29, 5:02 PM [comments] => ) [66] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Falcons reflect after close loss in NCS football title game [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Falcons reflect after close loss in NCS football title game [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Foothill's 21-14 loss to Campolindo on Saturday in the NCS Division II football championship is a game, or more importantly a moment, the players on Foothill will never forget. They fell just short of the win, but what I saw next... [link] => /sports/2021/11/30/pleasanton-preps-falcons-reflect-after-close-loss-in-ncs-football-title-game [date] => Tuesday, November 30, 7:48 AM [comments] => ) [67] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Fall sports All-EBAL teams, athletes [small_headline] => Fall sports All-EBAL teams, athletes [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Here are the All-East Bay Athletic League players and teams for all of the Fall sports. Take a look and see if your favorite athlete earned postseason honors! [link] => /sports/2021/11/22/fall-sports-all-ebal-teams-athletes [date] => Monday, November 22, 7:17 PM [comments] => ) [68] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/november/22 [caption] => Foothill coach Greg Haubner (center) and his Falcons will play in the North Coast Section Division II championship on Saturday night. (Photo by Natalie Walsh) [caption_display] => Foothill coach Greg Haubner (center) and his Falcons will play in the North Coast Section Division II championship on Saturday night. (Photo by Natalie Walsh) [photo_id] => 25357 [story_id] => 24432 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 11 [path_month] => november [photo_day] => 22 [photo_height] => 943 [photo_width] => 1574 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/november/22/25357_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/november/22/25357_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24432&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25357 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/november/22/25357_.jpg ) [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill routs in semis, sets up showdown with Campolindo for NCS football title [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill routs in semis, sets up showdown with Campolindo for NCS football title [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Here we are in late November and the Falcons are still playing, getting ready for Saturday night where Foothill will take on Campolindo for the North Coast Section Division II championship. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Foothill. [link] => /sports/2021/11/22/pleasanton-preps-foothill-routs-in-semis-sets-up-showdown-with-campolindo-for-ncs-football-title [date] => Monday, November 22, 6:09 PM [comments] => ) [69] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/november/14 [caption] => Foothill quarterback Nick Walsh celebrates a touchdown with his linemen during a game earlier in the season. (Courtesy of Natalie Walsh) [caption_display] => Foothill quarterback Nick Walsh celebrates a touchdown with his linemen during a game earlier in the season. (Courtesy of Natalie Walsh) [photo_id] => 25287 [story_id] => 24398 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 11 [path_month] => november [photo_day] => 14 [photo_height] => 943 [photo_width] => 1420 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/november/14/25287_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/november/14/25287_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24398&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25287 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/november/14/25287_.jpg ) [headline] => Postseason action [small_headline] => Postseason action [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Check out how local football, water polo, tennis, girls' volleyball and girls' golf teams fared in postseason competitions. [link] => /sports/2021/11/16/postseason-action [date] => Tuesday, November 16, 9:07 AM [comments] => ) [70] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/november/8 [caption] => Brandon Crawford, shown here throwing out Ryan Frazier during the sixth inning of the San Francisco Giants' game against the San Diego Padres on Oct. 1, won the 2021 NL Gold Glove for shortstop this weekend. (Photo courtesy of SF Giants) [caption_display] => Brandon Crawford, shown here throwing out Ryan Frazier during the sixth inning of the San Francisco Giants' game against the San Diego Padres on Oct. 1, won the 2021 NL Gold Glove for shortstop this weekend. (Photo courtesy of SF Giants) [photo_id] => 25236 [story_id] => 24376 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 11 [path_month] => november [photo_day] => 8 [photo_height] => 1334 [photo_width] => 2100 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/november/8/25236_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/november/8/25236_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24376&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25236 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/november/8/25236_.jpg ) [headline] => Pleasanton native, Giants' shortstop Brandon Crawford earns 4th Gold Glove [small_headline] => Pleasanton native, Giants' shortstop Brandon Crawford earns 4th Gold Glove [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, a 2005 Foothill High alum, won his fourth career Gold Glove for his defensive prowess when the 2021 awards were announced last week. [link] => /sports/2021/11/16/pleasanton-native-giants-shortstop-brandon-crawford-earns-4th-gold-glove [date] => Tuesday, November 16, 9:16 AM [comments] => ) [71] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/november/8 [caption] => Tim Conrad, the head coach of the Dublin JV team, talks with kicker Grace Toney during a recent game. (Courtesy of Chip Dehnert) [caption_display] => Tim Conrad, the head coach of the Dublin JV team, talks with kicker Grace Toney during a recent game. (Courtesy of Chip Dehnert) [photo_id] => 25225 [story_id] => 24370 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 11 [path_month] => november [photo_day] => 8 [photo_height] => 267 [photo_width] => 400 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/november/8/25225_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/november/8/25225_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24370&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25225 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/november/8/25225_.jpg ) [headline] => Gridiron girl [small_headline] => Gridiron girl: Female football player a successful kicker for Dublin's JV team [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Conventional wisdom says girls don't play football. For Dublin High junior Grace Toney, conventional wisdom went right out the window when earlier in the fall she decided to give football a shot and kick for her school's football team. [link] => /sports/2021/11/08/gridiron-girl [date] => Monday, November 8, 4:29 PM [comments] => ) [72] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/november/8 [caption] => The Amador Valley varsity girls' water polo squad. (Contributed photo) [caption_display] => The Amador Valley varsity girls' water polo squad. (Contributed photo) [photo_id] => 25235 [story_id] => 24375 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 11 [path_month] => november [photo_day] => 8 [photo_height] => 1761 [photo_width] => 2858 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/november/8/25235_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/november/8/25235_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24375&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25235 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/november/8/25235_.jpg ) [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Amador girls' water polo starts off strong in section playoffs [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Amador girls' water polo starts off strong in section playoffs [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => The memorable season for the Amador Valley High girls' water polo team has continued in the postseason as the Dons knocked off Redwood 11-4 in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs. [link] => /sports/2021/11/09/pleasanton-preps-amador-girls-water-polo-starts-off-strong-in-section-playoffs [date] => Thursday, November 11, 9:22 AM [comments] => ) [73] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => High school football coach needs a good dose of karma [small_headline] => High school football coach needs a good dose of karma [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => On a soap box: In a battle of two teams from the city of Inglewood in the LA area, Inglewood High dropped a 106-0 assault on Morningside High. That's right " 106-0. The coach, Mil'Von James, needs to be fired immediately. [link] => /sports/2021/11/02/high-school-football-coach-needs-a-good-dose-of-karma [date] => Tuesday, November 2, 2:39 PM [comments] => 1 ) [74] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Cross Country: Dublin boys, Granada girls take home titles [small_headline] => Cross Country: Dublin boys, Granada girls take home titles [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Dublin took the title in the boys' race, with the Granada girls taking the title on the ladies' side during an East Bay Athletics League (EBAL) meet Saturday, Nov. 6 at Newhall Park in Concord. [link] => /sports/2021/11/08/cross-country-dublin-boys-granada-girls-take-home-titles [date] => Monday, November 8, 2:05 PM [comments] => ) [75] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/november/2 [caption] => Pleasanton teachers union members rally outside district headquarters last week on the evening of the school board meeting. (Photo courtesy of CTA) [caption_display] => Pleasanton teachers union members rally outside district headquarters last week on the evening of the school board meeting. (Photo courtesy of CTA) [photo_id] => 25169 [story_id] => 24344 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 11 [path_month] => november [photo_day] => 2 [photo_height] => 1080 [photo_width] => 2048 [position] => 2 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/november/2/25169_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/november/2/25169_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24344&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25169 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/november/2/25169_.jpg ) [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: What a teacher strike could mean for sports [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: What a teacher strike could mean for sports [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => It appears a strike by the teachers may be a realistic possibility, which is the worst-case scenario. Lost in the rhetoric going back and forth is the effect it could have on the local coaches, and as a result, the student-athletes. [link] => /sports/2021/11/03/pleasanton-preps-what-a-teacher-strike-could-mean-for-sports [date] => Wednesday, November 3, 12:38 PM [comments] => ) [76] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => [path] => 2021/october/26 [caption] => "Then and now" photos nicely illustrate Dusty Collins' long-term dedication to coaching the girls' and boys' volleyball teams at Foothill High School. (Submitted photo) [caption_display] => "Then and now" photos nicely illustrate Dusty Collins' long-term dedication to coaching the girls' and boys' volleyball teams at Foothill High School. (Submitted photo) [photo_id] => 25102 [story_id] => 24313 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 10 [path_month] => october [photo_day] => 26 [photo_height] => 400 [photo_width] => 400 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => no [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/october/26/25102_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/october/26/25102_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24313&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25102 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/october/26/25102_.jpg ) [headline] => Foothill volleyball coach marks 25 years, 50 seasons, numerous titles [small_headline] => Foothill volleyball coach marks 25 years, 50 seasons, numerous titles [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Long-time FHS girls' and boys' volleyball coach Dusty Collins was honored recently for a milestone achievement of being at the helm of both teams for 25 years. [link] => /sports/2021/10/26/foothill-volleyball-coach-marks-25-years-50-seasons-numerous-titles [date] => Tuesday, October 26, 2:47 PM [comments] => ) [77] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/october/26 [caption] => Kenny Olson (8) is one of the top performers for Foothill. (Photo by Natalie Walsh) [caption_display] => Kenny Olson (8) is one of the top performers for Foothill. (Photo by Natalie Walsh) [photo_id] => 25100 [story_id] => 24312 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 10 [path_month] => october [photo_day] => 26 [photo_height] => 2848 [photo_width] => 4288 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => no [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/october/26/25100_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/october/26/25100_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24312&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25100 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/october/26/25100_.jpg ) [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football clinches top spot in Valley Division [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football clinches top spot in Valley Division [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => And just like that, the Foothill High football team is the East Bay Athletic League's Valley Division champions. With the wins over Dublin and Livermore in the books, the Falcons have the tiebreaker for the automatic NCS berth. [link] => /sports/2021/10/26/pleasanton-preps-foothill-football-clinches-top-spot-in-valley-division [date] => Tuesday, October 26, 1:28 PM [comments] => ) [78] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/october/19 [caption] => Foothill High School's football team is one of 10 EBAL teams set to compete in North Coast Section playoffs. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Walsh) [caption_display] => Foothill High School's football team is one of 10 EBAL teams set to compete in North Coast Section playoffs. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Walsh) [photo_id] => 25051 [story_id] => 24275 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 10 [path_month] => october [photo_day] => 19 [photo_height] => 943 [photo_width] => 1420 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/october/19/25051_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/october/19/25051_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24275&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25051 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/october/19/25051_.jpg ) [headline] => Postseason EBAL action [small_headline] => Postseason EBAL action [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => As the East Bay Athletic League Fall season starts to wind down, it is time to get excited for the looming North Coast Section playoffs in all sports. [link] => /sports/2021/10/19/post-season-ebal-action [date] => Tuesday, October 19, 11:49 AM [comments] => ) [79] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/october/19 [caption] => From left: Amador alum Stephen Piscotty, who plays on the Oakland A's, joins Cesario and Breazeale at the induction. (Photo by Alan Greth) [caption_display] => From left: Amador alum Stephen Piscotty, who plays on the Oakland A's, joins Cesario and Breazeale at the induction. (Photo by Alan Greth) [photo_id] => 25055 [story_id] => 24277 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 10 [path_month] => october [photo_day] => 19 [photo_height] => 960 [photo_width] => 1198 [position] => 2 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/october/19/25055_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/october/19/25055_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24277&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25055 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/october/19/25055_.jpg ) [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Amador inducts inaugural class for new Wall of Fame [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Amador inducts inaugural class for new Wall of Fame [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => The unveiling of what will be known as the AV Athletics Wall of Fame, which is located right outside the entrance to the Dons' stadium, was long overdue. The first class of inductees consisted of... [link] => /sports/2021/10/19/pleasanton-preps-amador-inducts-inaugural-class-for-new-wall-of-fame [date] => Tuesday, October 19, 10:45 PM [comments] => ) [80] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => [path] => 2021/october/12 [caption] => Arya Cyril and Esha Cyril, twin sisters, doubles partners and current seniors from the Quarry Lane School in Dublin, recently competed at the USA Racquetball 2021 National Junior Championships held in Iowa. (File photo) [caption_display] => Arya Cyril and Esha Cyril, twin sisters, doubles partners and current seniors from the Quarry Lane School in Dublin, recently competed at the USA Racquetball 2021 National Junior Championships held in Iowa. (File photo) [photo_id] => 25020 [story_id] => 24244 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 10 [path_month] => october [photo_day] => 12 [photo_height] => 2835 [photo_width] => 2400 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => no [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/october/12/25020_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/october/12/25020_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24244&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25020 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/october/12/25020_.jpg ) [headline] => Cyril sisters two of the top junior racquetball players in the country [small_headline] => Cyril sisters two of the top junior racquetball players in the country [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Twin sisters Esha and Arya Cyril are both exceptional students and are currently working through the college application process. But the duo is also something else - they are two of the top junior racquetball players in the country. [link] => /sports/2021/10/12/cyril-sisters-two-of-the-top-junior-racquetball-players-in-the-country [date] => Tuesday, October 12, 10:00 PM [comments] => ) [81] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => [path] => 2021/october/12 [caption] => 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial' plaque at Ken Mercer Sports Park. (Photo by Dennis Miller) [caption_display] => 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial' plaque at Ken Mercer Sports Park. (Photo by Dennis Miller) [photo_id] => 25019 [story_id] => 24243 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 10 [path_month] => october [photo_day] => 12 [photo_height] => 533 [photo_width] => 400 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/october/12/25019_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/october/12/25019_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24243&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=25019 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/october/12/25019_.jpg ) [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: An emotional trip to the 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial' [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: An emotional trip to the 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial' [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Last week, there was a ceremony for my father and two other iconic people in the development and history of Ballistic United. Their names were added to a plaque on a large rock at Sports Park called the 'Pleasanton Sports Memorial.' [link] => /sports/2021/10/13/pleasanton-preps-an-emotional-trip-to-the-pleasanton-sports-memorial [date] => Wednesday, October 13, 2:18 PM [comments] => ) [82] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Top of the Mountain, bottom of the Valley [small_headline] => Top of the Mountain, bottom of the Valley [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => It is time for the East Bay Athletic League football teams to get down to business as the league seasons get underway. Both leagues are deep, with the championship likely to be determined on the final week of the season. [link] => /sports/2021/10/05/top-of-the-mountain-bottom-of-the-valley [date] => Tuesday, October 5, 4:39 PM [comments] => ) [83] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/october/5 [caption] => Amador Valley quarterback EJ Thomsen runs the ball down the sideline. (Photo by Elizabeth Thomsen) [caption_display] => Amador Valley quarterback EJ Thomsen runs the ball down the sideline. (Photo by Elizabeth Thomsen) [photo_id] => 24952 [story_id] => 24216 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 10 [path_month] => october [photo_day] => 5 [photo_height] => 2871 [photo_width] => 5050 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/october/5/24952_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/october/5/24952_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24216&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=24952 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/october/5/24952_.jpg ) [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Amador, Foothill set sights on football division titles as league play begins [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Amador, Foothill set sights on football division titles as league play begins [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Can each of the Pleasanton schools win an EBAL title? Absolutely, but it will be tougher for the Dons in the incredibly tough and deep Mountain than Foothill in the Valley Division. But what are the keys for each team moving forward... [link] => /sports/2021/10/06/pleasanton-preps-amador-foothill-set-sights-on-football-division-titles-as-league-play-begins [date] => Wednesday, October 6, 12:03 PM [comments] => ) [84] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Good friends lead Cal High's Grizzlies to 4-0 [small_headline] => Good friends lead Cal High's Grizzlies to 4-0 [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Teddy Booras and Jake Calcagno " Cal High's quarterback and his favorite target " have set the local football world on fire as the duo has led the Grizzlies to a 4-0 mark, pacing an offense that is averaging 52 points a game. [link] => /sports/2021/09/28/duo-leading-cal-highs-grizzlies-to-4-0 [date] => Tuesday, September 28, 4:26 AM [comments] => ) [85] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => EBAL Power Rankings following the games from Sept. 24-25 [small_headline] => EBAL Power Rankings following the games from Sept. 24-25 [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => This week Cal High, at 4-0, stays on top of the Mountain division and Foothill, with a monster 21-14 win against cross-town rival Amador last week still in first in the Valley division. [link] => /sports/2021/09/28/ebal-power-rankings-following-the-games-from-sept-24-25 [date] => Tuesday, September 28, 5:20 PM [comments] => ) [86] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/september/28 [caption] => Foothill players listening to their coach after the 21-17 win over Amador Valley last week. (Photo by Natalie Walsh) [caption_display] => Foothill players listening to their coach after the 21-17 win over Amador Valley last week. (Photo by Natalie Walsh) [photo_id] => 24915 [story_id] => 24181 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 9 [path_month] => september [photo_day] => 28 [photo_height] => 2848 [photo_width] => 4288 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/september/28/24915_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/september/28/24915_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24181&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=24915 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/september/28/24915_.jpg ) [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football storms back for 21-17 win at Amador [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: Foothill football storms back for 21-17 win at Amador [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => It sounds like an over-used sports cliche, but learning from a loss can be important for team maturity. For Amador Valley, that moment may have come when they fell 21-17 last week to Foothill (who bounced back from a recent loss). [link] => /sports/2021/09/28/pleasanton-preps-foothill-football-storms-back-for-21-17-win-at-amador [date] => Tuesday, September 28, 2:52 PM [comments] => ) [87] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Before St. Francis, Monte Vista took down De La Salle [small_headline] => Before St. Francis, Monte Vista took down De La Salle [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Not many outside the Monte Vista program gave the Mustangs a chance. But in a 1987 'win for the ages', MV fought through a tough game and came away with a 14-13 win against De La Salle, ending a 44-game winning streak. [link] => /sports/2021/09/22/before-st-francis-monte-vista-took-down-de-la-salle [date] => Wednesday, September 22, 3:25 PM [comments] => ) [88] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => [path] => 2021/september/21 [caption] => Amador Valley football coach Danny Jones. (File photo/courtesy of AVHS football) [caption_display] => Amador Valley football coach Danny Jones. (File photo/courtesy of AVHS football) [photo_id] => 24860 [story_id] => 24144 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 9 [path_month] => september [photo_day] => 21 [photo_height] => 1298 [photo_width] => 948 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/september/21/24860_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/september/21/24860_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24144&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=24860 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/september/21/24860_.jpg ) [headline] => Accountability at center of Amador coach's decision to cancel freshman football game [small_headline] => Accountability at center of Amador coach's decision to cancel freshman football game [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Perhaps the most important life lesson learned from high school sports is also the one missing the most: accountability. Amador football coach Danny Jones saw this missing from some freshman football players and acted decisively... [link] => /sports/2021/09/22/pleasanton-preps-accountability-at-center-of-amador-coachs-decision-to-cancel-freshman-football-game [date] => Wednesday, September 22, 3:48 PM [comments] => ) [89] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Twins might be one of EBAL's best sibling athlete combos ever [small_headline] => Twins might be one of EBAL's best sibling athlete combos ever [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Grayce and Kenny Olson may be the one of the top sister-brother athletic combos ever in EBAL. Grayce is a four-year starter for the Falcons girls' volleyball team; Kenny is one of the top football players in the league this year. [link] => /sports/2021/09/15/twins-might-be-one-of-ebals-best-sibling-athlete-combos-ever [date] => Wednesday, September 15, 5:24 PM [comments] => 1 ) [90] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Power Rankings for weekend of Sept. 17-18 [small_headline] => Power Rankings for weekend of Sept. 17-18 [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => SRVUSD's California High stays first in EBAL's Mountain division with a 4-0 record. Pleasanton's Foothill is back on top in the Valley division, knocking Livermore down to third. [link] => /sports/2021/09/21/power-rankings-for-weekend-of-sept-17-18 [date] => Tuesday, September 21, 4:51 PM [comments] => ) [91] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Power Rankings for weekend of Sept. 10-11 [small_headline] => Power Rankings for weekend of Sept. 10-11 [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => This week Cal and Livermore top their EBAL divisions, knocking San Ramon Valley and Foothill down. [link] => /sports/2021/09/15/power-rankings-for-weekend-of-sept-10-11 [date] => Wednesday, September 15, 3:23 PM [comments] => ) [92] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => What to Watch: Sept. 17 to 23 [small_headline] => What to Watch: Sept. 17 to 23 [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => As we get closer to the start of the EBAL League, there are three games this week that stick out to me as games to watch, with all three telling us a little more about the teams. [link] => /sports/2021/09/15/what-to-watch-sept-17-to-23 [date] => Wednesday, September 15, 2:51 PM [comments] => ) [93] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Pleasanton Preps: We must never forget Sept. 11 [small_headline] => Pleasanton Preps: We must never forget Sept. 11 [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => I am also compelled to write about that day because it needs to stay relevant, and it needs to continually resonate with generation after generation of middle school and high school students. They must never forget. [link] => /sports/2021/09/15/pleasanton-preps-we-must-never-forget-sept-11 [date] => Wednesday, September 15, 1:31 PM [comments] => ) [94] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/september/13 [caption] => St. Francis stunned visiting De La Salle 31-28 on Friday night. Photo taken on Aug. 31, 2101 by Rick Eymer. [caption_display] => St. Francis stunned visiting De La Salle 31-28 on Friday night. Photo taken on Aug. 31, 2101 by Rick Eymer. [photo_id] => 24781 [story_id] => 24098 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 9 [path_month] => september [photo_day] => 13 [photo_height] => 450 [photo_width] => 600 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/september/13/24781_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/september/13/24781_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24098&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=24781 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/september/13/24781_.jpg ) [headline] => St. Francis pulls off football upset for the ages, beating De La Salle [small_headline] => St. Francis pulls off football upset for the ages, beating De La Salle [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Matt Dougherty connected with Nico Andrighetto on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 15.7 seconds left in the game as St. Francis pulled off a monumental, historic upset of De La Salle, 31-28, Friday night in Mountain View. [link] => /sports/2021/09/13/st-francis-pulls-off-football-upset-for-the-ages-beating-de-la-salle [date] => Monday, September 13, 4:24 PM [comments] => ) [95] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Power Rankings [small_headline] => Power Rankings [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Each week I will rank the East Bay Athletics League teams in each division -- Mountain and Valley -- as well as give you the next opponent. These will change every week based on their performances from the current week. [link] => /sports/2021/09/08/power-rankings [date] => Wednesday, September 8, 1:38 PM [comments] => ) [96] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Monte Vista's girls' golf team one to watch [small_headline] => Monte Vista's girls' golf team one to watch [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Monte Vista's girls' golf team went 8-0 last spring and finished No. 2 in the country. This year they are starting out strong with two members of last year's team and a new captain. [link] => /sports/2021/09/07/monte-vistas-girls-golf-team-one-to-watch [date] => Tuesday, September 7, 4:41 PM [comments] => ) [97] => Array ( [photo] => Array ( [large_photo] => _original.jpg [aspect_x] => 3 [aspect_y] => 2 [min_width] => 310 [min_height] => 206 [featureable] => 1 [expressable] => 1 [path] => 2021/september/7 [caption] => Randy Isaacs. (Contributed photo) [caption_display] => Randy Isaacs. (Contributed photo) [photo_id] => 24702 [story_id] => 24074 [front] => Yes [thumb] => Yes [photo_year] => 2021 [photo_month] => 9 [path_month] => september [photo_day] => 7 [photo_height] => 775 [photo_width] => 820 [position] => 1 [cropped] => Yes [thumb_type] => horizontal [mug] => No [feature] => yes [hero] => No [cropped_destination] => /var/www/vhosts/pleasantonweekly.com/httpdocs/news/photos/2021/september/7/24702_cropped.jpg [original_link] => /news/photos/2021/september/7/24702_original.jpg [return_link] => /news/edit_story.php?id=24074&trigger=news_photo_sheet [croppie_process] => /news/process.php?p=19&pid=24702 [photo_src] => /news/photos/2021/september/7/24702_.jpg ) [headline] => Foothill bids farewell to longtime football scoreboard operator Isaacs [small_headline] => Foothill bids farewell to longtime football scoreboard operator Isaacs [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => When Foothill High School's opening night football win over Castro Valley came to an end on Aug. 30, it also ended one heck of a streak for a scoreboard operator/announcer for the Falcons, Randy Isaacs. [link] => /sports/2021/09/08/foothill-bids-farewell-to-longtime-football-scoreboard-operator-isaacs [date] => Wednesday, September 8, 2:11 PM [comments] => ) [98] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Dons, Falcons off to strong starts early in 2021 season [small_headline] => Dons, Falcons off to strong starts early in 2021 season [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => Two games into the 2021 high school football season, Amador Valley coach Danny Jones and Foothill headman Greg Haubner would be hard-pressed to ask for much more from their teams. [link] => /sports/2021/09/08/dons-falcons-off-to-strong-starts-early-in-2021-season [date] => Wednesday, September 8, 3:05 PM [comments] => ) [99] => Array ( [photo] => [headline] => Cowboy up: Livermore football coaches, players want to be the team to beat [small_headline] => Cowboy up: Livermore football coaches, players want to be the team to beat [full_size_photo] => No [main_headline] => Yes [temp_folder] => sports [main_width] => 310 [main_height] => 206 [front_paragraph] => For the last 15 years, the Livermore football team hasn't been a legit contender. Last spring, though, coach John Wade and his Cowboys showed they will not be taken lightly, going 5-1, including an opening night win at Foothill. [link] => /sports/2021/09/02/cowboy-up-livermore-football-coaches-players-want-to-be-the-team-to-beat [date] => Thursday, September 2, 9:17 AM [comments] => ) ) [breaking_news] => ) [name] => news ) [1] => Array ( [values] => 1 [name] => sport_links ) ) [col3] => )