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Welcome back, Dons! Here are the Spring Sports Season Wrap-Up:
EBAL: 2nd (10-3)
NCS: Finished top 4, lost in semi-finals
EBAL First Team: Trevor Jackson – 2nd Base
EBAL Second Team: Brad Couture – Catcher; Jack Snook – Pitcher
EBAL Honorable Mention: Shane Cancilla – Pitcher; Justin Rasmussen – Pitcher; Troy Nassar – Pitcher; Justin Warner – 3rd Base
EBAL: 2nd (16-2)
EBAL First Team: Chad Cliff MVP; Michael Shaw
EBAL Second Team: Drew Kim
EBAL Honorable Mention: Kibum Kim
Other Individual Honors: Michael Shaw – EBAL Merit, playoff for 9th in State
EBAL: 4th (6-3)
NCS: 1st Round
EBAL First Team: Cal Ewanich – Attack; Lucas Heverly – Face-Offs
EBAL Honorable Mention: Ryan Chiou – Defense; Jackson Hilton – Attack; Colin Wallace – Midfield
Other Individual Honors: Cal Ewanich – set program record for most points in a season with 140 points off of 65 goals and 75 assists, ranked 2nd in CA for most points in a season, led EBAL in assists the last 3 years and has led EBAL in points 2/3 years, set a AV record for most career points with 307 currently; Lucas Heverly – U.S. Lacrosse All-American, set California record with 1,046 career face-off wins, 5th All-time most winning career in the Nation.
Overall Record: 19-4
EBAL First Team: Grace French – Defense; Lily Manos – Attack; Bella Mayo – Midfield
EBAL Second Team: Catherine Murphy – Attack; Kiki Sweeney – Defense; Mady Sweeney – Midfield
EBAL Honorable Mention: Marley Diligent – Midfield; Kalena Johnson – Midfield
Other Individual Honors: Bella Mayo – EBAL MVP, US Lacrosse 2019 Girls’ High School All-American Award & Tri-Valley Sports Final Athlete of the Week
EBAL: 2nd (9-4)
EBAL First Team: Valeria Torres-Colon; Allie Kim
EBAL Second Team: Mia Hildebrand-Pitcher; Sophia Youngberg-Catcher
EBAL Honorable Mention: Chloe Engel
Other Individual Honors: Chloe Engel-Golden Glove; Maude Fouque-Most improved; Allie Kim-Team MVP
EBAL: Boys-8th; Girls-7th
NCS: Boys-20th; Girls-22nd
EBAL Second Team: Lleyton Plattel-2nd place 500 Free
EBAL Honorable Mention: Olivia Kim-finished 5th in the Varsity 500 Free, went on to qualify for CIF state Championships, and finaled in the 500 at State
EBAL: 1st (18-0)
CIF Nor Cal Boys Regional Tennis Quarterfinalist
Track and Field
EBAL: Boys- 1st; Girls-2nd
NCS: Boys-5th; Girls-tied fort 6th
EBAL First Team: Chinyere Okoro-100m and 200m; John Lester-800m; Lizzy Shriber-800m; Jonah James-Pole Vault; 4×400m Relay-Elijah Weetman, Aidan Boyle, John Lester, Tim Lester
EBAL Second Team: John Lester-400m; Becky Laurence-800m; Kate Shriber-300m Hurdles; Demetre Aaron-Triple Jump
Other Individual Honors: Chinyere Okoro-NCS Champion in the 100m and 200m, school record holder in both events; John Lester-NCS Champion in 800m, 7th in the State; Relay team of Elijah Weetman, Tim Lester, Aidan Boyle, and John Lester- NCS 2nd place and 9th in the State; Team of Ashley Baudin, Courntey La, Lizzy Shriber, and Hope Bergmark broke the school record in the Distance Medley Relay and #17 in California
EBAL: 2nd (15-3)
NorCal Div 1: 5th
EBAL First Team: Jacob Kim; Luke McFall
EBAL Second Team: Logan Miller
EBAL Honorable Mention: Will Sadler
Other Individual Honors: Jacob Kim – Tri-Valley Sports Final Athlete of the Week
Save the Date!
Our annual Pigskin event is 9/20/19 in the Amador Quad. More details to follow!
AV Athletic Boosters is so proud of the Class of 2019. We see such a bright future from these amazing young adults. We would like to congratulate the 2019 AV Boosters Scholarship recipients:
Selway Scholarship: Samantha Nimmo
Mattos Memorial Scholarship: David Florio
Mano Family Scholarship: Jenna Brown
Jared Johansen Memorial Scholarship: Andrew Whiteland
Boosters Gold Scholarships:
Boosters Silver Scholarships:
Boosters Purple Scholarships:
Best of luck to all 2019 graduates. You will do great things!
Once a Don, Always a Don!
The lacrosse season started in rain-soaked weather. It was probably fitting that it would end in the same way. It was not an easy road to get to the championship game. A number of players pushed through fatigue and played whole games without rest. Amador had shown an incredible amount of grit and heart to get past a very tough Granite Bay squad, despite the absence of multiple key players. The girls were pumped up the moment they walked into their bus. It was beautifully decorated by a number of the moms. As the coach circled together her troops, there was nothing but excitement. The Dons took to the field one last time this season to attempt a win against San Ramon Valley.
Off the draw Amador would circle the offense. Catherine Murphy got to the line on a foul. Her shot clanked off the pipe but was recovered by Bella Mayo. Mayo took a rough check to get herself to the line. San Ramon was awarded a yellow for the dangerous contact. The Wolves goalie had a nice save. Her outlet pass dropped to the ground and was kicked out. Lily Manos drove the turnover into the 8 meter and was immediately fouled. Her penalty shot would give the Dons the first goal. The Wolves took the draw straight to goal but an aggressive triple team temporarily beat them back. The neck drive to goal would even the match. The Wolves attacked the net once more, but were denied by Blake Guidice. The Wolves came right back at the goalie and rifled the shot high. Amador gets the ball and goes down the field. Murphy was able to release another shot on goal, that went wide. Amador started to run some settled offense. Eventually Mayo drove from the high left corner and went past 3 defenders to score. The Wolves immediately answered by taking the draw in and executing their offense. A clean pass deep into the center was sent quickly into the net, 2-2. In the next offensive set Mayo drove from baseline and received a check to the head. This would be SRV’s second yellow. Mayo’s penalty shot scores, 3-2. From the get-go San Ramon was intent on playing very physical lacrosse. Their style of play works for them and can be contrasted by the Amador’s finesse. The Amador defense was doing everything it could to stem the tide. Both teams were exchanging goals at a furious pace. The Dons would draw their own yellow card for dangerous contact. The penalty would score giving the Wolves a 4-5 advantage. The Dons were taking shots on goal through the first half but many were flying wide or being deflected by excellent goalie play. The defense was sliding but San Ramon diced up the field with multiple cutters. Even when the defense forced the ball loose a penalty flag seemed to immediately be waving in the air. The Wolves were hitting their shots from the charity line. Amador finally got a great stop and turnover. Erica Haley aided the transition. Sophia Shiblaq from the right elbow hit a cutting Mayo, from the left baseline. Mayo received the rock and immediately dove and fired for goal. Despite falling to the ground her scoring shot would keep the match close. Amador would get a defensive stop but squander the transition by getting trapped on the sideline. SRV went straight to goal, easily slipping by defenders to make it 5-7. Amador went into the half battling hard and were only down two goals. The feeling was if they could keep the quality of play up and catch a few breaks, anything could happen. The rain was even slowing down.
SRV went to work out of the half and put up two quick goals. Amador finally earned a draw and were able to cycle their offense. Kalena Johnson received the ball in the high right corner and began weaving into the center. Her high right shot would sail into the net keeping the score reasonable at 7-10. The Wolves executed their infamous pop-pass from X to a streaking cutter multiple times in the second half. Their SRV senior captain’s lacrosse IQ was on display as she was able to get multiple assists. Amador stifled these plays well in the first half. Amador surrendered more of them in the second to give the wolves a, 7-11 advantage. The Wolves were on attack again when the play was called dead. The illegal stick penalty was quickly evident as their cutter couldn’t get rid of the ball on a pass. The pocket extended down deep and trapped the ball. The SRV player was penalized for an illegal stick and Amador was awarded the ball. Marley diligent would get a push and be sent to the line. Instead of shooting she would pass into a cutting Mayo who would fire in for goal, 8-12. From this point on San Ramon executed a beautiful run of goals against Amador. The defense did their best to put up a fight. Timeout was eventually called with 3 minutes left in the match. Coach Randel circled her team and encouraged them to stay positive. She gave them an incredible pep talk and focused on their journey to get to the championship match. She asked them to not shed one tear because they should be proud of what they have accomplished. Immediately after the timeout the coaching staff rallied the Amador fans to cheer on their team one last time. It was a beautiful moment as the girls broke from the huddle smiling proud, and their friends and family were standing and cheering. This is what builds a champion. Not numbers on a scoreboard, but the strength in your heart.
Amador had an incredible 19-4 record for the 2019 season. They battled through injuries and the loss of several players throughout the season. Even with the odds against them they reached the championship match and challenged a very good San Ramon Valley squad. The 2020 lacrosse season will have continued potential for all the returning players. Good luck to the seniors one last time! Thank you for your contributions to the team and good luck with your future endeavors.
by Jake Bayani
Just in case you missed it all photos taken by Jake are at this link. It will be up for another month. Please try and download whatever you like ASAP. And you can download the whole folder at once. I also added Steve Nimmo’s video inside my dropbox link as well.
I’ve uploaded all the photos that I’ve taken this year to a dropbox folder. You should be able to access the photos through the link below. If you have issues downloading just come talk to me and we can work out another way.