Conner cruises, Dragon boys run past Casa, girls incomplete with injury
Sonoma water polo teams swept in Ukiah
Needing a victory to keep their Sonoma County League title hopes alive, Sonoma Valley High School’s cross country boys followed the lead of senior standout Alex Conner and ran past Casa Grande in Wednesday’s key SCL dual meet at the Martinelli Ranch course in Petaluma.
Unfortunately, the cross country Lady Dragons, who entered their SCL dual-meet against a strong Casa team with an impressive 4-1 record, especially competing with the minimum five runners, were hampered by an on-course injury and had to settle for an incomplete.
On the 3.1-mile hills-and-pastures layout, the Sonoma boys beat the Gauchos 19-36, as Conner opened up a big early lead and glided to first-place finish in a time of 16 minutes, 32 seconds, followed by junior Chris Tose’s second in 17:33; senior Steven Wedell’s s fourth in 17:54; sophomore Christian Martinez’s fifth in 18:15; sophomore Owen Ljung’s seventh in 18:41; sophomore Keegan Ginter’s 11th in 18:57; and junior A.J. Lemaire’s 13th in 19:35.
Pacing the Lady Dragons were junior Gianna Biaggi’s fourth-place in 22:04; junior Hannah Cenci’s sixth in 22:16; junior Serena Spry’s eighth in 23:06; freshman Hanna Lemaire’s ninth in 23:51; and junior Laura Amador turned her ankle and was unable to finish.
The junior varsity Dragon boys were paced by junior Peter Gray’s third in 20:50; sophomore Trey Garcia’s eighth in 22:20; frosh Return Bongiovanni’s 11th in 23:33; and sophomore Bailey Zellers’ 20th in 28:02.
Sonoma’s second-place Dragon boys’ and girls teams’ will next run in the SCL championship meets on Saturday, Nov. 5, on the Spring Lake course in Santa Rosa.
The Sonoma boys’ and girls’ water polo teams ended their regular season Wednesday afternoon in Ukiah, were they dropped 25-2 and 21-12 Redwood Empire League decisions, respectively.
In the girls’ match, the Lady Dragon were paced by senior standout Ghitta Ferrara’s nine goals and one goal each by junior Rose Greenberg, sophomore Madeline Cline and freshman Shauny McVeigh.
Scoring a goal apiece for the Dragon boys were juniors Sebastian Amara and Chase Campion.
Sonoma’s water polo boys’ and girls’ teams will next compete in the REL championship tournament tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 29, back in Ukiah.