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Pleasanton Preps: TV30 honors the best student athletes of the year

Pleasanton Preps: TV30 honors the best student athletes of the year

Riley Young of the Foothill basketball team accepts her award from TV30 during the 2024 Outstanding High School Athlete Awards ceremony. (Photo courtesy of TV30)

I still remember growing up in Pleasanton and the incredible coverage of youth and high school sports.

It was great and the community really enjoyed the attention. When I decided to pursue a degree in journalism, I wanted to give something back to local athletes.

NaVaughn Long of Granada High School in Livermore. (Photo courtesy of TV30)

I knew how I would share my memories and wanted the next group of athletes to have the chance to do the same. For 26 years I worked at the Tri-Valley Herald, many years as the local sports editor covering the East Bay Athletic League and all local youth sports.

Slowly, coverage declined, and when the Herald and the Valley Times—our rival newspaper—merged, the signs were clear: local sports coverage was going to take a hit.

When I started at the Herald in the fall of 1985, we had five full-time writers dedicated exclusively to covering the EBAL. Every football, basketball and baseball game was covered by both local papers.

When I accepted the severance package (the writing was clearly on the wall and forced upon us), I was the only editor left at the Herald.

When the Pleasanton Weekly offered me the chance to keep local coverage alive in Pleasanton, I jumped at the chance. A few years ago they came to me with the Tri-Valley Preps Playbook – a weekly online publication of all EBAL – that was another thing I couldn’t pass up.

The Playbook is free, but you must sign up to receive the email every Tuesday during the school year. It includes power rankings for many sports, a weekly action plan and “Big Picture,” a weekly column on all things related to local high school sports.

If you go to www.pleasantonweekly.com and sign up, it will be sent to your inbox every week.

It brings me great joy each year when other local organizations continue to honor local high school athletes for their achievements. TV30 is one such group.

The Tri-Valley Sports Final, which I hosted each week when I was at the Herald, highlights high school action during the school year and then youth sports in the summer, as well as celebrating the end of each high school year.

It was great fun hosting the show each week alongside Ian Bartholmew and the late cult local sport star Dr B.

This time it was the 30th annual Outstanding High School Athletic Awards ceremony. About 25 awards were given to high school students from Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton to honor them for their outstanding athletic achievements.

Tanaya Barrett of Dublin High School has signed up for the Ohio State University softball program. (Photo courtesy of TV30)

The show will be televised on Comcast Channel 30 or AT&T U-Verse on Channel 99. The show will also be available via streaming and video-on-demand on tv30.org.

Also in attendance at the program were Livermore Mayor John Marchand, Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown and Dublin Deputy Mayor Sherry Hu.

Chris Williams, Dublin High cross country and track and field coach, was named Coach of the Year.

Williams led the two Dublin programs for 16 years and established the Gaels’ cross country and track and field as elite programs not only locally but also nationally.

“Even more important than the victories are the positive impact he has had on the lives of his athletes,” Bartholomew said of Williams.

These student athletes were honored at the banquet when current Tri-Valley Sports Final hosts Bartholomew and Tim Sbranti presented the awards to the 2024 honorees. They were:

Foothill High School: Katie Salonga, volleyball; Paige Bennett, volleyball; Riley Young, basketball; Beti Terpstra, basketball; Marissa Anderson, softball; Kaycie Burdick, softball; and Nate Novitske, baseball.

Amador Valley High School: Tristan Ti’a, Football; and Matthew Foley, baseball.

Dublin High School: Garrett Esomonu, football; Jalen Stokes, basketball; Lana Nguyen, wrestling; Tanaya Barrett, softball; and Kaitlin Lee, swimming.

Livermore High School: Kamari Robinson, football; Xavier Thorpe, football/basketball; Jae Cosgriff, softball; and Tanner Lee, baseball.

Granada High School: Quinn Boyd, football; NaVaughn Long, basketball; Cortevious Taylor, basketball; Lauren Nguyen, wrestling; Parker Warner, baseball; Saskia Raab, softball; and Sarah Deplitch, softball.

Editor’s note: Dennis Miller is a sportswriter for the East Bay Division of the Embarcadero Media Foundation. To contact him about his Pleasanton Preps column, email [email protected].