When the highly-regarded Amador Valley High boys track and field 400-meter relay team could not execute its final handoff and did not finish its event at the North Coast Section Tri-Valley Area Championships, the whole Dons boys squad could have lost momentum for the postseason.

Instead, Amador Valley won the meet's boys team title.

"I let them get it out of their system a little bit, talk about it a little bit. I said we have a job to do," said Amador Valley coach Peter Scarpelli about keeping his team focused after the 400 relay. "The biggest thing was to turn the page. .. just keep pushing ahead."

The Dons then took first at the NCS Meet of Champions in dramatic style. The Dons clinched the win with a first-place finish in the final track event, the 1,600 relay. Amador Valley finished its season by tying for seventh place at the California Interscholastic Federation state championships

For his team's outstanding season, Scarpelli has been named the Bay Area News Group East Bay Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year.

"I tried to be more process-oriented than results-oriented. That was my mantra this season," he said

Scarpelli gave a lot of credit to his seniors for their leadership, especially captains Darnell Roberson and Josh Slaton.

"The team was so successful this year because of the leadership of our seniors," Scarpelli said.