Amador Valley wins NCS baseball title

  • The Amador Valley High baseball team, seeded fourth, upended No. 2 De La Salle 3-1 on June 1 to complete a late-season surge to the North Coast Section Division I championship. Nick Carney got the win with 3¿1/3 innings of scoreless relief pitching, allowing two hits at Saint Mary's College. Amador starter Michael Echavia was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, and Jake Dronkers got the save. The Dons also knocked off No. 1 seed and East Bay Athletic League champion Granada 9-7 on May 29 in the semifinals. The Matadors had beaten the Dons 15-0 on May 3 and 5-0 on March 27. But the resilient Dons finished the season with five straight wins.

    -- Staff

    Valley Christian tops rival Athenian

  • The Valley Christian baseball team beat Athenian 3-0 in the semifinals of the NCS Division V playoffs on May 29. Vikings junior Josh Stevens (5-0) tossed a four-hitter with seven strikeouts. Senior Will Cantrell was 1 for 1 for Valley Christian, which scored all of its runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Vikings lost to Head-Royce 11-1 in the championship game. Vince Volpatti and Cantrell both had singles for the Vikings, who finished the season at 19-8.

    -- Matt Schwab

    Dons' Peters second in state 300 hurdles

  • Amador Valley High football standout Sam Peters completed his brilliant spring season with a second-place finish in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at the California Interscholastic Federation Championships in Clovis on June 1. His time was 37.45 seconds, the state's fourth best overall mark, according to prepcaltrack.com. Granada's Matt Tyler finished tied for ninth in the high jump, at 6-feet-5. Granada's Maryann Gong was eight in the girls 1,600. Dublin freshman Mecca McGlaston was eighth in the girls 100 hurdles. Monte Vista freshman Heidi Fuhriman was 11th in the girls 800.

    -- Matt Schwab

    Granada's dream baseball season ends

  • The top-seeded Granada High baseball team (24-2) rallied but fell short in a 9-7 loss to visiting Amador Valley in the NCS Division I semifinals. Granada's Ryan Kirby was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, and Matt Richards 2 for 4. The Matadors earned their first EBAL title in 21 years this season, led by an all-Division I college-bound outfield of Kirby (University of San Diego), Vince Fernandez (UC Riverside) and junior Casey Soltis (Oregon).

    -- Matt Schwab

    Cal, SRV fall in NCS softball semifinals

  • The upstart San Ramon Valley High softball team, seeded eighth, and No. 2 seed California bowed out of the NCS Division I playoffs in the semifinals. The Wolves fell to Freedom 3-1. Wolves freshman Emma Davitz was 2 for 3 with a run scored, and freshman Alexis Villalobos had a hit and an RBI. Junior Courtney Kezerian struck out eight and took the loss. For California, Lindsey Chalmers struck out 10, walked two and scattered six hits.

    -- Matt Schwab

    Stars of the week

  • Michael Echavia, Amador Valley baseball -- He was clutch throughout the playoffs, including getting two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs in a 9-7 upset of Granada in the Division I semifinals.

  • Sam Peters, Amador Valley track and field -- Peters finished second in the 300 intermediate hurdles at the state meet in Clovis on June 1.

  • Nick Carney, Amador Valley baseball -- Carney fired 3¿1/3 strong innings in relief in the Dons' 3-1 win over De La Salle in the NCS Division I championship game.

  • Mecca McGlaston, Dublin -- The Gaels' freshman phenomraced to an eighth-place finish in the 100 hurdles at the state meet.

  • Lindsey Chalmers, California softball -- She struck out 10 and allowed two, taking the loss in the Grizzlies' 1-0 defeat to Logan in the NCS Division I semifinals.