Mustangs still rolling The Monte Vista High football team continued to shine in nonleague games, as it beat host Pittsburg 44-14 on Sept. 7. Monte Vista got out to a 31-0 lead as it improved to 3-0. The Mustangs' defense continued to shine, holding Pittsburg to just 11 yards passing. Monte Vista has a bye week this week and resumes play Sept. 21 at Foothill.
Wildcats win invitational The Dougherty Valley girls volleyball team won the Gold Division of the George Mark Children's House Invitational at Alameda High on Sept. 8. The Wildcats beat Newark Memorial 25-23, 25-12 in the championship match. The Wildcats also beat Livermore 25-14, 25-19 in the semifinals. Livermore went on to claim third place with a 25-23, 13-25, 16-14 win over College Park.
Matadors defense shines The Granada High football team forced three turnovers to help beat Skyline 28-0 on Sept. 7, earning its second straight shutout and improving to 3-0 in nonleague games. Linebacker Dominex Kovacs had two memorable plays for Granada. He stopped Titans running back Tyrone Campbell at the goal-line just before the end of the first half to preserve his team's 14-0 lead, then ran back an interception 73 yards for another touchdown late in the fourth quarter. On offense, quarterback Tyler Offill had two touchdown passes, including a 38-yarder to Casey Soltis in the first quarter.
Dons start strong Justin Pasquale had a goal and five assists and Michael Pasquale added a goal and three assists to lead the Amador Valley High boys water polo team to a 11-7 nonleague win over James Logan on Sept. 8. Amador Valley's Brandon Plihal led all scorers with three goals. With the win, the Dons improved to 3-1.
On deck College Park at Dublin, girls volleyball, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. -- The Gaels will look to continue their solid start to the season when they host the Falcons in a nonleague game. Entering this week, Dublin had a 3-0 record in nonleague matches and went 4-2 at the CIVT Tournament in Sacramento on Sept. 8. Dougherty Valley at Antioch, football, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. -- The Wildcats will try to close out the nonleague portion of their regular season schedule when they play at Antioch. Dougherty Valley has lost its first three games this, including a 34-14 loss to American on Sept. 7. Antioch has won its first three games this season. Fresno at Dublin, football, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. -- The Gaels took to get back to .500 as they host Fresno in their final nonleague game. Dublin rekindled its rivalry with Amador Valley on Sept. 7, but lost 21-13. Dublin's first Diablo Foothill Athletic League game is home against Miramonte on Sept. 21.
Stars of the week Erin Brodbeck, Monte Vista volleyball -- The versatile senior had 14 kills, 12 digs and 10 service points to help lead the Mustangs past Liberty 25-17, 30-32, 25-21, 25-11 on Sept. 6. Emily Reder, San Ramon Valley volleyball -- The senior outside hitter had 26 kills, 17 digs and two assists to help the Wolves beat Las Lomas 25-23, 20-25, 25-19, 25-17 on Sept. 6. Jamirr Holland, Foothill football -- Holland scored two touchdowns, including one on a 34-yard pass from Kyle Kearns, to help lead the Falcons past Las Lomas 35-21 in a Sept. 7 nonleague game. Casey Soltis, Granada football -- Soltis scored two touchdowns, one on a 12-yard run and the other on a 38-yard catch, as the Matadors beat Skyline 28-0 on Sept. 7. Soltis nine carries for 62 yards, and two catches for 59 yards. Alex Sborov, Foothill girls golf -- Sborov shot a 2-under 34 at Wente Vineyards Golf Club on Sept. 6 to lead the Falcons to a 209-324 EBAL win over Livermore.