The Pittsburgh High football team secured a spot in the North Coast Section Division I championship after defeating Foothill 10-7 in Pleasanton on Nov. 29. The Pirates (10-2) scored first when running back Jordan Parker broke free for a 29-yard touchdown run which capped an 81-yard drive. On the ensuing drive, Noah Palega came up with a key interception deep in Pittsburg territory which eventually setup a 23-yard field goal by Blessing Wainiwheh to give the Pirates a 10-0 lead. Jaylyn Morgan led the Pittsburg offense with 134 rushing yards on 23 carries, while the defense held Foothill to just 26 rushing yard in the game. The Pirates play at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in Dublin against De La Salle (12-0).
— Nick Roth
Heritage soccer off to strong start
The Heritage High girls soccer team won its first match of the season, a 3-0 shutout of Hayward on Nov. 25. After scoring just once in the first half, the Patriots offense exploded for five goals in the second half to put the game out of reach. This season the Patriots have an experienced team led by eight seniors, two juniors and one sophomore, who have their sights set on a Bay Valley Athletic League title after finishing second to Liberty last season. Heritage will hit the road for its next game against Livermore on Dec. 6.
— Nick Roth
Freedom wins first game in style
The Freedom girls basketball team notched a double-digit victory in its first game of the season, a 72-60 win over Alhambra on Nov. 29. The Falcons put the game out of reach early, thanks to a 28-point second quarter. Freedom’s Jailyn Brown had a game-high 33 points and added nine rebounds, three blocks, three steals and two assists.
— Nick Roth
De La Salle vs. Pittsburg, football, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. — The Division I championship will be up for grabs when the Pirates take on De La Salle at Dublin High School.
Deer Valley vs. Homestead, girls basketball, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m. — The Wolverines face Homestead in their first game of the Amador Valley ABC Tournament. Last season, the Wolverines won all three of their ABC Tournament games and were undefeated in BVAL play.
Freedom at Fairfield, boys basketball, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. — Last season’s BVAL champions return to the court to host Fairfield, which went 25-8 last season.
Stars of the week
Christian Geronimo, Pittsburg, soccer — Geronimo earned player of the game honors in Pittsburg’s 3-3 draw against Monte Vista on Nov. 25. Geronimo scored once and had a team-high five shots on goal.
Jordan Parker, Pittsburg, football — Parker disrupted the Foothill offense by shutting down star wide receiver Isaiah Langley in the Nov. 29 NCS semifinal game. Parker held Langley to one 2-yard catch and also scored the lone Pittsburg touchdown in the 10-7 win on a 29-yard run.