The Falcon faithful return, rallying boys’ basketball to a bounce-back victory


Brody Rhodes

Senior Cal Amborn goes in for a layup under the basket.

AWHS boys Varsity basketball took on the Tamalpais High School Hawks in an exhilarating game on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at home. Coming off a tough loss to Branson, the AWHS Falcons bounced back with an energetic game as they welcomed fans back onto the stands.

Athletic Director, Jett Russell, sent out an email on Jan. 24 with a title that read, “SPECTATORS ALLOWED.” The following text included information about attendance saying, “proof of vaccination OR a negative covid test within 24 hours are required for entry – no exceptions.” 

“I’m really happy to see that we can [have fans], at least for the remaining games and hopefully into the playoffs,” Russell said.

Senior Jack Wuthnow high fives his teammates before the game. (Brody Rhodes)

After the tipoff, the Falcons’ fans went wild as senior center Charles Preston blocked a shot. The ball went back and forth, with the score staying relatively even, which allowed the Falcons to creep up 12-10 at the end of the first quarter.

The Falcons scored an additional 10 points and kept the Hawks to just four points in the second quarter. AWHS went into the half with a 10 point lead. 

Completing a rebound and making a three pointer, AWHS senior forward Jack Wuthnow started the fire that continued through the duration of the game. The Falcons found some difficulty with fouling but the game continued to be an even matchup. At the end of the third quarter, the Falcons led 39-30.

“I love having fans back, just the energy they give off really helps our team,” Wuthnow said.

The fans ignited with energy, as the fourth quarter was a quick one, with the ball constantly moving. The Falcons gained momentum and finished the game with a final score of 60-45, winning the game.

“I think we did a great job…having a deep bench is one of our team’s greatest strengths,” said senior forward Cal Amborn

AWHS fans cheer as a basket is made for the Falcons. (Brody Rhodes)

Cal had crucial minutes off the bench, contributing eight points to the final score. Many players scored, proving the Falcons’ strong ball movement and on-court chemistry.

“I think that anytime you get a win, the guys feel good, they go home, get a chance to rest and heal themselves and get back to practice,” said Coach Brett Tovani.

The Falcons have a rematch against Branson on Saturday, Jan. 29, which is predicted to be an intense game for the team. The Falcon flock is excited to continue cheering as their team takes on Branson.